Dior recently released a Backstage collection, consisting of foundations and palettes across eyeshadow, eyebrow, highlight and contours products. While this collection took me by surprise because the aesthetic is different from Dior’s usual look and feel, the Dior Backstage contour palette ($55 CAD) interested me.
The Contouring Palette contains two highlighting shades (a light champagne and a medium sand shade) as well as two contour powders (a cool toned light brown and warm deep cherry brown shade). The highlights are incredibly soft and deliver a subtle glow to the face. The contour powders add subtle depth that can be built up to increase the intensity as needed.
I’ve taken pictures both indoors and in direct sunlight to showcase the dimension to these shades:
I love a brand that makes cool toned contour powders because contours are meant to create depth and give areas of your face a sunken in appearance (rooted in grey undertones) whereas bronzers are meant to be warmer to add dimension and warmth to the face. The Dior Backstage Contour Palette has both, making it great colour story for those skin tones it suits. However, the contour and bronzing powders jump quite a few shades so where I can easily use the contour powder, if I go overboard with the bronzer (since it has a very strong cherry undertone to it), I can quickly look bruised. And that takes me to the negative: there is only one shade of this palette! I cant believe we are still doing this in 2018…
The highlight powders also jump quite drastically from the first shade suiting light skintones to the second shade that is better suited for medium-dark skintones. The finish of both highlighters is a very soft sheen, so if you’re used to a blinding or highly reflective highlight, you might want to pass by this.
The formula is incredibly soft, yet buildable and blends out effortlessly on the skin. This is the type of formula where the more you buff it into the skin, the more it melts in, adding dimension and glow, lasting all day on me.
Despite the limited shade options in the Dior Backstage Contour Palette, its quite versatile in that each shadow would work well as a soft eyeshadow and as contour/highlight powders. I can see this being the perfect companion to those who work in office or more conservative environments.
Overall, the Dior Backstage Contour Palette is a beautiful palette that for those who like subtle makeup or work in a conservative office environment could get a lot of use out of this. The pan sizes are large enough to get a big brush in there to add dimension to the face, or sculpt the eyes for a soft shadow look. Buildable, soft and lasts all day – if you’re in the search for subtle makeup, this could be your go to!
If you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to the Dior Backstage Contour Palette that offers a variety of highlighter, contour and bronzers, I highly recommend the Morphe 9C Palette (that I actually prefer to the Dior Backstage Contour Palette). The Morphe palette doesnt need to be built up as much on the face, has a variety of cool toned contours and warm bronzers that show up instantly and last all day and a highlighter that is buildable but beautifully reflective. What’s your favorite contour/bronzer/highlighting palette?