I've already raved about the Diorshow New Look Holiday 2013 set, and this is the sister to it. I find these sets to be some of the best values out there.
This version of the mascara + palette set features Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara and a mini of palette 254 Bleu de Paris.
Just a quick word on Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara- this is different than the others due to the curved brush. I'm going to open this as my next mascara, so look out for an in-depth review at that time.
The mini eyeshadow palettes are one of my favorite products out there. (To be honest, I have a mini problem- mini palettes, mini lipsticks, and especially mini perfumes.)
The 5 Couleurs Palette #254- Bleu de Paris is a breath of fresh air and exactly the blue palette I've been looking for.
The palette outside, in natural light:
But swatched, it looks even better. For reference, I swatch these quints from the upper left and around in a clockwise manner, finishing with the middle color. Dior eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, and I get a full day's worth of wear as long as I'm using my favorite primer.
Inside, no flash:
Inside, with flash (more representative):
Color #1 is my favorite in this palette. It has just enough grey in it to make it versatile and workable in most situations. Blue is a tough color for me to wear (I have blue eyes), but this palette looks lovely on me. I'd have paid $28.50 for a single of #1, so this is a fantastic buy for me.
In case you were wondering, the mini palettes require a brush with a small head in order to efficiently pick up pigment. I used the Ulta Professional Crease brush (pictured below with the palette) for my swatches.
Comparing the palette, it's 1/3 the size of the regular palettes. That would place the value of the mini at $20.
Bottom Line: Run, don't walk to grab this set. I'll revisit the mascara once I open it (I'm set for 2014 already in terms of mascara!), but this is just such a great value. This set in particular features some incredible blues in a manageable palette size.
Pricing/Availability: $28.50, at Nordstrom or Macys. The later claims it as an exclusive, but it's been at my local Nordstrom for over a month already.