Dior Cristal Boreal – 18th Century Glam is Back!

Dior consistently puts out the prettiest collections. Just beautiful, pretty makeup. Their holiday collection, Cristal Boreal, is the perfect example.  Cristal Boreal is influenced by 18th Century King Louis XVI style – think corseted gowns, decorative broaches ala Marie Antoinette. The dominant colors in this collection are silver and a wide range of purple. As I was saying, pretty!
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There are so many standout, stand-alone items in this collection that caught my eye (and unfortunately, my wallet intervened before things got out of hand!) Hands down, the best Dior quint I have ever encountered (yes, I mean that) is the Smoky Crystal quint featured in this collection. These shadows are so pigmented and smooth and the colors range from a soft lilacy-pink to gunmental grays, soft silver and a beautiful taupe. I bought this during Sephora’s Friends & Family sale and it’s one of my favorite makeup purchases this year!

Also a Sephora exclusive is the Silver-Purple nail polish – sadly, it’s no longer in stock online. This is a very interesting color and I can’t say I’ve seen this before. It’s a unique polish, so if you were able to get it while in-stock consider yourself lucky! We also have the Cristal Boreal Eyeshadow in Silver Gem – which rivals the gorgeous texture and pigment of the Smoky Crystal quint. It’s so pretty but this is one case where my wallet gave me pause. I love Dior’s singles – but at $30 it’s definitely a major splurge!

And speaking of splurges and wallet interventions, we have the ever so pretty Cristal Boreal Gloss Pendant. I first saw this in September at the Nordstrom Fall Trend show in Chicago around the neck of the Dior rep. Literally, I thought women were going to snatch it right off her neck as she was presenting! This baby is blinged out with 52 Swarovski crystals and holds a pink crystal gloss inside. But at $80, this is a major splurge. It’s also majorly pretty, but my wallet wasn’t so interested in hearing that:)

Dior also released some holiday palettes that I think would make a great gift. At $40 apiece, these are a great idea if you’re looking to gift a little glamour to any gals in your life.

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What are your thoughts on Cristal Boreal? Did you splurge on any of it, inquiring minds want to know!

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4 Responses to “Dior Cristal Boreal – 18th Century Glam is Back!”

  1. knownever says:

    I hadn’t seen the smokey crystal quad until now. it looks REALLY amazing. I would honestly hope that the colors are actually as green as they read in photos because I’ve been in love with metallic green smokey eye!

  2. Katrina says:

    if I only new someone that sold Dior..I love the necklace..

  3. liz says:

    i’ve had the dior earth reflection eyeshadow palette in my sephora shopping cart for months…but now i might have to get the smoky crystal one!

  4. Great minds think alike–I too bought Smoky Crystal at Sephora’s F&F and have worn it a lot. Here’s my review : http://primebeauty.blogspot.com/2009/12/review-dior-smoky-crystal-eyeshadow.html

    I also want the pendant but can’t justify that—just yet!

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