Spring collections are already peppering counters here in Hong Kong like a flock of predictably pastel butterflies, but personally I'm not over ye burgundy-bruised opium-eater eyes of winter yet. What?That's my seasonal colour story and I'm a-stickin' to it.
So it's a good thing that among the bright lipsticks and blushes (and even a PAHNK liner, you go
|indirect natural light|
Namely 92 Diapason, a new Illusion D'Ombre to join both Chanel's and my collection, it being a burgundyplum filled with multitonal, predominantly blue, sparkle. i.e. classic Kate-bait. Because LOOKIT the sparkles, twinkling, agitating, whispering sweet nothings:
|natural light, weak sun|
The blue sparkle absolutely saturates Diapason's rich red-plum base, giving a strong duochrome effect, which becomes obvious once you 'break' its pristine surface -- Diapason on the left, with (the sad dry remains of my) Illusoire on the right, a much more muted, taupe-greyed purple:
Swatches in the same order, made with the included synthetic brushes
|full sun with extra fuzz|
Although I love Illusoire (enough to use it down to the last crumbs), the higher-contrast Diapason is even more to my taste. *cough* No, seriously:
With all this inbuilt complexity, no point in gilding the lily further. A simple wash of Diapason, laid down all over my lid up to the socket and taken all the way under the eye, edges blended gently with a Sephora Pro #28 brush, looks like this:
The sheerer, blended-out edges let the warmer base peek through, while the untampered areas on my lid flashes more strongly blue. But differently blue (and red) depending on the specific contours of the eye *_*
Lips: Etude House Rosy Tint Lips 3 Rose Petal (also mixed with foundation and worn very lightly as blush) Base/Basics: Suqqu Makeup Base Creamy, Mehron Celebre HD Foundation LT-1, Burberry Sheer Concealer 01, Shu Uemura H9 Eyebrow Pencil Stone Grey, Fasio Full Dynamic Volume mascara
PS I have a feeling my Diapason may not be quite au diapason with the Diapason other bloggers have reviewed -- whether it's a batch issue
*EDIT: thanks to my pals at Wondegondigo and Musing On Beauty, I can confirm that the ingredients lists for the Diapason sold in the US, Europe and Asia are identical; all are made in France. So I'm chalking this one up to possible batch variation / skintone / lighting -- I think the four bloggers I linked to above all have posh studio lighting setups, while I have... an open window.