Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadows launched a while back, and I picked up a few colors - mostly brown neutrals - a while back. I have been using them quite often too, but I just cannot seem to get around to reviewing them ever! Never mind, baby steps, one shadow at a time - so the color I am reviewing today is the Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Panama (566). The Diorshow Monos come in the classy Dior compact packaging with a useful-sized mirror inside, and the surface of the shadow features a tweed-Dior embossing on it. I have been restricting myself to one teeny corner on the shadow to avoid spoiling the design, but it will have to go away eventually! Also included in the packaging are two sponge applicators and a velvet pouch that holds the compact, both of which I seem to have misplaced already :P
Panama is a choclatey brown almost satin-like eyeshadow. There is some shimmer in it, but it's almost invisible and just adds a bit of light to the eyes and isn't very noticeable. The color can look cooler depending on the lighting, but for the most part, I find this a warm brown. The Dior Mono eyeshadows can be used wet or dry, and I find that using them wet does increase the intensity a bit (makes them seem almost creamy rather than powdery). I tried it once just to see how it turns out, but I feel the moisture will end up ruining the eyeshadows, and I have used these dry, like any other regular eyeshadow, ever since. The swatch below as well as on my eyes are both used dry. If you do want to intensify the shadow without resorting to wetting it, you could use a sticky base such as a paintpot or eyeliner before applying the eyeshadow.
I can never tire of brown/neutrals, but these are the sort of shades that you can find just as easily in a good number of drugstore brands - good quality and very affordably priced too. That said, if you do like the idea of using a Dior product and are willing to pay for the packaging and the luxury factor, this is definitely a good buy.
Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow - Panama (566) - Ingredients