Dior Amber Neutrals Backstage Eye Palette contains richer, more red-toned neutrals with a mix of mattes and soft shimmers. It’s an improvement from the previous Backstage palettes, though it’s not a palette I’d splash out nearly $50 for given the plethora of higher-performing neutral palettes on the market. The mattes in the palette performed well, while the shimmers were lackluster, drier, and had lots of room for improvement.
Dior Primer Primer Backstage Eyeshadow
Primer is a light, golden beige with a creamy, lightly tacky texture that was thin and clingy. The primer emphasized imperfections on my lid and made them appear dry, almost flaking. It did not improve the wear of the products; they lasted, at best, maybe a half hour longer than on their own, but they were much harder to work with over the primer. I’d rather a gaping hole instead of this product sitting in the palette, just accumulating excess powder kicked up from some of the other pans.
Dior Bronze Highlighter Backstage Eyeshadow
Bronze Highlighter is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, moderately dusty consistency with semi-opaque pigmentation. The color applied fairly evenly but had some fallout, and it had a tendency to look a bit faded within a few minutes of application. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.
Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (003) Backstage Eyeshadow
Ombre Sculpting Powder (003)
Ombre Sculpting Powder (003) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product. The texture was smooth, silky, and substantial enough that it almost felt cream-like. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.
Dior Shimmer Orange Backstage Eyeshadow
Shimmer Orange is a medium yellow with strong, warm orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color coverage, but it was dusty and drier to the touch, so there was fallout and the product sheered out too easily on my skin. It stayed on well for six and a half hours on me before fading visibly.
Dior Shimmer Red Copper Backstage Eyeshadow
Shimmer Red Copper
Shimmer Red Copper is a medium-dark, rusty copper with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color coverage, but the texture was more emollient and had a tendency to apply unevenly unless applied with a fingertip. This wore well for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.
Dior Shimmer Sienna Backstage Eyeshadow
Shimmer Sienna is a medium brown with moderate, warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even application that blended out easily along the edges. The texture was soft, velvety, and finely-milled without becoming too powdery in the pan. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.
Dior Matte Red Backstage Eyeshadow
Matte Red is a muted, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich color coverage in one layer, which adhered evenly and blended out easily on my skin. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety to the touch, but it wasn’t prone to fallout or sheering out too readily. It stayed on nicely for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed fading.
Dior Matte Brick Backstage Eyeshadow
Matte Brick is a deep, red-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, velvety consistency that was substantial without being too thick or heavy on my lid. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.
Dior Matte Smoky Brown Backstage Eyeshadow
Matte Smoky Brown
Matte Smoky Brown is a deep, taupe-brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery in the pan and, as a result, had a touch of fallout during application. The eyeshadow had full color coverage in one pass that lasted well for seven and a half hours on me.