Dior’s Spring 2010 Dentelle Collection — Love and Lace
For its Spring 2010 makeup collection, Dior drew inspiration from the luxurious femininity and the sensuous intrigue we associate with lace. Though ’20s era fashion is cited as the inspiration behind the romantic Dentelle (French for “lace”) collection, I actually think the prints embossed on the eyeshadow shades inside the Dior 5 Couleurs Edition Dentelle 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette and on the Dior Poudrier Dentelle Illuminating Lace-Effect Powder for Face suggest the type of attention to detail that typifies Grand Siecle-era Point de France needle lace. This type of lace dates back to the 17th century and resembles Argentan and Argetella lace, but it’s distinct because of the tiny and sparse crown motifs, as well as the picotées or “picots” arranged along the mesh’s hexagonal shapes. Louis XIV was so smitten with this elaborate needlepoint that he made his entire royal court decorate their garments, towels, and tablecloths with it. The floral motifs, meanwhile, reference the timeless Chantilly lace, which also dates back to the 17th century and which has been favored throughout the eras by such powerful and style conscious women as Marie Antoinette and Audrey Hepburn (not to mention blushing brides everywhere).
The collection’s mood then is soft and innocent, with just a hint of tender sultriness. The Dior Poudrier Dentelle Illuminating Lace-Effect Powder for Face (pictured at top) features a golden peach shade along the center and a lighter, more shimmery champagne peach shade along the sides (within the embossed print). It’s not as heavy as a blush but rather just adds a subtle, almost dewy glow to the face. The Dior 5 Couleurs Edition Dentelle 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette, meanwhile, features five demure, ladylike iridescent shades in cool pink, gray, and purple tones for a very elegant but subdued look. At the center of the palette, you’ll find a chalky pink color (which is quite useful when blending the other hues since it has such a dusty matte texture). The other shades, meanwhile, consist of a pearly, silvery pink; a smoky gray pearl color; a shimmering Byzantium purple shade; and a pale taupe hue. The colors look even more restrained on the skin than they do in the palette, and the texture is silky and exquisite, so that they do make you think of that second skin quality we associate with lace.
Personally, I was really thrilled with the innocent but mysterious quality of the eyeshadow palette and the subtle glow of the face powder. That being said, this really is a collection that’s best suited for those who have a more understated view of beauty.
Pictured below are swatches of the shades in the eyeshadow palette, as well as some pics of me wearing the shades on my lids!
Dior Edition Dentelle 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Coquette swatches:
Me wearing shades from Dior’s Edition Dentelle 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Coquette:
** To create this look, I started out by applying the iridescent pink shade all over the lids and right up to the brow bone. I then swept the pale taupe hue atop the lids to give the look a bit more depth and dimension. Next, I applied the iridescent purple along the crease, focusing on the outer area of the eye and creating a “V” shape along the outer corners of the eye.
Dior Edition Dentelle 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette, $58; and Dior Poudrier Dentelle Illuminating Lace-Effect Powder for Face, $55. Available at Sephora stores, Neiman Marcus stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.com