I just finished cleaning my makeup brushes, something I try to do at least once a week. While I was swirling those bristles, I thought to myself: there sure seems to be a lot more brushes to wash than usual. Then it dawned on me that that’s because I’ve been testing out a lot of new products lately, which of course means experimenting to find just the right brush for each product. Several different brushes were dirtied while testing out the product pictured to the right: Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow in “Hypnotique.”
I can’t even begin to describe how gorgeous this shade is, but I’ll try anyway. It’s a purpley taupe with multi-coloured shimmer. (There’s a violet shimmer running through it that’s particularly stunning.) It’s one of those shades that takes on different hues depending on how the light hits it, making it difficult to pin down with a description. It was also next to impossible to get a swatch photo that really does the shade justice. The camera just doesn’t capture how multifaceted it is.
I could see this shade being very flattering on a lot of different people, but especially so for those with light skin and blue or green eyes. I wore this shadow almost every day last week with nothing else but a bit of bronzer in the crease. This shade doesn’t need any supporting actors because it steals the show all on its own.
True to the name, this shadow is very long-wearing. I get about 10-12 hours of wear (applied over a primer of course). The formula is very smooth and blendable, but also very lightweight. Since it’s a cream/powder hybrid, it doesn’t have that thickness that some cream shadows have. You can apply this in very thin layers and build to your desired level of intensity without it looking cakey.
So what are your options for application? The product comes with a little sponge tip applicator, which is very cute, but not my applicator of choice. It’s too small, doesn’t pick up enough product, and is too scratchy for blending. You can also use your fingers, but I find that doesn’t give me enough control, and most of the product ends up stuck to my fingertip rather than applied to my lids.
I generally prefer a brush for applying cream shadows, and this one is no exception. I tried several different ones and found that a flat, smooth, synthetic brush works best. (A flat concealer brush is a safe bet.) The brush that worked the best for me is the realTechniques shading brush. I find the flat part of the brush picks up the product really well and can be used to pack it onto the lid, while the fluffier tip of the brush allows you to blend as you go.
I’m going to be making a trip to Sephora in the next little while and have enjoyed using this shadow so much that I’ve added a couple more shades to my shopping list. I’m glad I get to see and swatch them in person, because photos really sell these shadows short. If you’re looking for a good splurge item, these don’t disappoint!