Eyes, Reviews

Review: Dior Fusion Mono Matte in Mirage & Nocturne

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As unimpressed as I was at first by the Dior Trianon collection for spring 2014, just a quick peek at these two eyeshadows was all it took for me to fall in love. Though for the record, I’m still not a huge fan of the pastel pink/purple/green color scheme that’s so popular this season, and I’m more than ready for summer collections to get here. But I digress. I’ve been more and more interested in cream shadow formulas lately, so these two came home with me.


Dior Fusion Mono packagingIf you’ve used Chanel Illusion d’Ombre shadows, the packaging for these is exactly the same (aside from the color & logo on the cap). They come in a hefty glass jar with a plastic cap. The caps are sturdy and don’t seem like they’ll crack from tightening them down too much. Each one also had a little plastic cover inside to keep the product from drying out. Neither of the ones I got had shrunk or pulled away from the jar, which is an issue I had with both of my Chanel Illusion d’Ombre shadows, so I’ve decided to leave the plastic covers in there, at least for a while. The pots overall are a little larger than they need to be, but they’re short enough to fit in a Muji drawer so I’m ok with it. Also, they just feel so hefty and luxurious when you pick them up.

The Dior shadows each come with a tiny little travel brush, which again, is very similar to the one you get with Chanel’s version. I usually really dislike included applicators, but this case is an exception. For one, the packaging size hasn’t been increased to make room for the brush, which is my biggest applicator-related pet peeve. Also, this brush is actually useful. The brush’s cap protects it while it’s not in use, and you can pop the cap onto the base of the brush to make it a bit longer (though the total length is still very ‘travel-sized’). The flat synthetic bristles pick up the product and transfer it to the lid really nicely, and the shape allows very precise placement. The angled tip is also really nice if you want to use the shadow as a liner.


Dior Fusion Mono Matte Mirage & Nocturne

Left: Mirage
Right: Nocturne

I’m a sucker for neutrals, and I was glad to see some cream shadows that aren’t complete glitter-bombs. Not that glitter is bad, but sometimes you just don’t want to go all out, ya know? Despite the name, these aren’t what I’d call completely matte. Mirage is a muted taupey brown with a few shimmers that are visible in the pot but not on the skin. Nocturne is a deep charcoal almost-black-grey with fine silver shimmers that are visible in the pot and on the skin. Despite the shimmers, it comes of as much more matte than the glossy, sparkly finish of the regular Fusion Mono formula. Mirage is a great neutral for the lid or crease, and Nocturne of course is perfect in the outer corner and/or as a liner.


Texture, application & wear

Dior Fusion Mono Matte Nocturne & Mirage swatches

Top: Nocturne
Bottom: Mirage

The shadows have a very squishy mousse-to-powder texture. I realize that doesn’t sound very attractive, but I love it! They’re very silky-feeling. They go on a bit sheer and build up nicely; the swatches above are each two swipes over bare skin. They don’t set immediately, so you have a little bit of time to work with them and blend them out. A fluffy brush was great for blending the outer edge of the crease color, but a stiffer domed brush was better for blending between colors on the lid just for a bit more precision. I’ve been wearing them over Lorac eye primer, and they made it 8 hours before I started seeing very minimal creasing.


In Short: The colors and finish are great for day or night, and the quality is fantastic. What’s not to like?


Dior Fusion Mono Matte Mirage & Nocturne FOTD

Mirage (crease) and Nocturne (outer corner/lower lashline) with Chanel Convoitise (lid)

Dior Fusion Mono Mattes ($30) are available at nordstrom.com and Dior counters.



  1. Stephanie | theFantasia.com

    March 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Oh dear. You are totally right – those colours are so worth checking out! I wasn’t too sure about how much I liked so much of the pinks/pastels on the eyes, but Mirage looks amazing :)

  2. Sen

    March 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Nocturne looks fantastic. I’ve had my eye on the purple one, Hypnotique, forever! I hate pastels, why do they think “oh it’s Spring lets add pastel errewhere”?

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