In a moment of contemplation, Dior’s image palettes didn’t hit the scene until 2008 with the Flower Blossom palette. This was followed by the Tyen’s Love Dior coffret released in 2009. In 2010, we saw Renee Grau’s Tailleur Bar coffret released. Nearing the end game of 2011, two more image palettes have been released: the Mitzah Bricard and the Lady Dior. One thing they do have in common though, is their illustration of the House of Dior’s history.
When it comes to image palettes, the most common complaint is that of overspray. The beauty of these palettes in additional to their loveliness is that their elaborate patterns go all the way down to the pan, a testament of their handmade background rather than being mass-produced; I can vouch for this from personal experience with these palettes. As such, these palettes came under an extremely limited runs of 5,000 pieces or less per palette. Here’s a video demonstrating the process for making the Tailleur Bar:
You can see from this process why all the palettes after Flower Blossom were on a very limited run of 5000 worldwide, each set being numbered, though I suspect it might have been because the Flower Blossom didn’t sell very well as I remember it still being available in some department stores till the winter, three seasons after it was released.
This one inspired by Victoire de Castellane’s famous “Diorette” jewelry collection. The colours of this palette were very pale but on someone with lighter skin tones, they might have shown up better. However, the powder was very fine with a smooth shimmer not outright glitter. I think part of the problem was the lack of pigmentation and the other was that it was very beautiful, maybe too beautiful to use that deterred people from buying it even though it costed the same amount as a regular Dior eyeshadow quint. This was intended to be used as both an eyeshadow and face palette, primarily as a blush and/or highlighter.
The Love Dior was presented in a set with lovely white pebbled texture boxes with a specially made shade of nail polish no. 928 Love. It was made to honour 30 years of make-up artist Tyen has been with Dior as a homage to a famous look he did on a model once with the words “Love Dior” over her eyelids. While the palette does reflect the colours used in the “Love Dior” look, the polish was a more versatile choice to customers since purple and deep magenta berry lip colours wouldn’t appeal to everyone. Like the Flower Blossom, the Love Dior palette could also be used as face palette or as an eyeshadow one. The limited run ensured that the product would sell out and the darker pigmentation made the colours more appealing to a wider range of skin tones compared to its predecessor. By far these sets are the hardest to find still new.
Based off of the success of the Love Dior, the following year the Tailleur Bar set was released. Tailleur Bar, French for the Bar Suit, was what had launched Christian Dior into fame in 1947. The actual image on the palette was based on a sketch Renee Grau made to bring Monsieur Dior’s vision of the Bar Suit to life. Dior couldn’t draw but he could imagine while Renee at the time was famous for his artwork in advertisements. Instead of a nail polish, this came with a Rouge Dior Serum in no. 470 Pearly Pink which was also released as part of the Dior’s Fall 2010 make-up collection.
The release of the Mitzah Bricard palette was unlike its predeccessors, much like the woman who inspired the palette. This was the first not to be made in a set with another product but was made as part of a mini collection, and not only that, the box it came in was different. The case was metal, like that of the Dior Lace palettes of Spring 2010, the box was black instead of the pebbled white boxes of its predecessors and it came with a small eyeshadow brush with its own velvet sleeve. Although standard for Dior’s other compacts, the velvet pouch that came with it was new as the previous two numbered sets didn’t come with one. What differentiated these pouches were that they had a leopard print lining within them. This same lining appeared with the limited edition 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette no. 753 Mitzah, which was only available in Sephora in Canada and the U.S along with the Diorshow mascara in Golden Brown. Other products of this mini collection were the nail polishes no. 912 Ebony and no. 622 Camel which were available in wherever the Mitzah Bricard palette was sold.
The latest offering is the newest revamp of the Lady Dior bag. Though composed mainly of tweed, the handles were made from crocodile. The bag was part of the Spring/Summer 2011 show, where plenty of Lady Diors got a colour lift in bright tropical shades. This bag is also prominently featured in the Lady Dior ads in Russia featuring Marion Cotillard. Like the Mitzah Bricard, there was only the palette with no accompanying item except for an eyeshadow brush with its own velvet sleeve.
Finally we have next spring’s offering, the Anselm Reyle palette:
This palette is a collaboration made from Dior’s partnership with German artist Anselm Reyle in tribute to Christian Dior’s previous career as a gallerist and even once he became a visionary couturier, Dior still kept art close to his heart. This palette will be released with five limited shades of nail polish in Ultra Violet, Pink Graffiti, Electric Blue, Metallic Silver and Untitled Black. Both the palette and nail polish range will be part of a larger Anselm Reyle accessories collection. All items will be launched in January 2012.