As a Holiday tradition, each year Dior launches a full-size mascara + mini eyeshadow quad set for the season. Last year they released the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Set, which included my favorite Dior mascara of all time, the Iconic Overcurl Mascara, and a mini 5 Couleurs Couture Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette in 746 Ambre Nuit. This year they launched the Diorshow Pump N Volume Holiday Set ($29.50) which comes with a full-size Pump‘N’Volume Mascara in 090 Black and mini 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in shade #647 Undress. I purchase these sets almost every year because I like to collect the eyeshadows. It is a good way to sample the colors out first before splurging the $62 on the full size – plus, these sets are an amazing deal because you get a full size mascara with a cute bonus eyeshadow for the same price you’d otherwise pay for a standalone Dior mascara. Win/win. The set includes:
- 0.21 oz/ 6 g Pump‘N’Volume Mascara in 090 Black
- 0.07 oz/ 1.98 g Mini 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in shade #647 Undress
Up first is the mini eyeshadow palette. The mini 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in shade #647 Undress is a soft, warm-toned outfit consisting of five soft mid-tone neutral colors. Unlike the full-size 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes, the mini palette does not come with the pretty embossed design as is per Dior’s signature mark. Nonetheless, the texture, quality and colors are on-point with their larger-sized counterparts. The setup of this palette evolves around one central shade with corresponding hues that work together to create more natural or sophisticated looks for every mood and occasion hosting matte, satin, iridescent, and ultra-shimmery finishes. Overall the palette has the perfect mix of earthy tones that are a cinch to wear for the everyday but can seamlessly transition into a nighttime look by simply amping up the deeper shades. Across the board all colors have an amazing soft texture that effortlessly buff into the lids with light to medium coverage. Color payoff is quite good, giving a soft wash of color on first application, and can be intensified by layering.
A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them. Since none of the shades are in fact named I am numbering them from left to right:
- #1 – is a cool, light peach with pink undertones and has a pink/pearlescent shift with a shimmer finish
- #2 – is a warm, pale gold with yellow undertones and has a matte finish
- #3 – is a warm, light to medium brown with yellow undertones and has a matte finish
- #4 – is a warm, medium bronze gold with brown undertones and has a satin finish
- #5 – is a warm, medium to deep brown that has a hint of golden shimmers and a shimmer finish
Swatched on the arm
Next is the Diorshow Pump‘N’Volume Mascara. I love, love, LOVE Dior mascaras, in particular the cult status Iconic Overcurl Mascara, but will literally try just about every new formula they launch. I will admit, though, that I have kind of stayed away from the Pump‘N’Volume due to the collective disapproval of Dior mascara vets and novices alike. Initially I was not going to purchase this set because of the Pump‘N’Volume, but decided to give it a chance. This mascara has amazing volume and gives maximum length with literally just one swipe that lasts as long as other Diorshow formulas. It holds a curl very well and has a true, rich black color that boosts the lashes to a super lush and full state, layering beautifully. The consistency is quite runny but not as wet as Urban Decay’s Perversion. Clumping is the #1 complaint for this mascara, but the key is to not “squeeze and pump” the mascara just yet until you start to run low on product and try to avoid dipping into the tube too many times, which the latter is one of the top causes for clumping with any mascara. Although I have come to love this mascara, I don’t see myself repurchasing it once I finish the tube mainly because while yes, it has amazing volume and length, so do Dior’s classic Iconic, Iconic Overcurl, and Black Out mascaras – and in terms of general formula quality, the aforementioned three are much more worth the investment than the Pump‘N’Volume.
Bottom line, the Diorshow Pump N Volume Holiday Set is a solid performer. While the Pump‘N’Volume mascara is okay and workable, admittedly I like the set the best for the cute mini shadow quad. I recommend this for all Dior fans and people wanting to try their products. It’s a great bargain and ideal for gift giving – or of course, to keep for yourself!