Taken in bright sunlight:
I came to the counter with very high expectations for these new items. In the pan, each palette contains a glittery shade, a frosty shade, and a matte shade. The glittery color was extremely eye-catching as it sparkled beautifully under incandescent lighting.
Out of the 3 palettes, I found Smoky Nude the least glittery. The sparkles are a lot more subtle in the swatch compared to Smoky Navy and Smoky Black. I naturally gravitate towards neutral shades so this was the first palette I swatched. It is smooth and nicely pigmented without being too glittery, frosty, or matte. The dark brown shade did require 3-4 swipes to show up.
Smoky Black was unfortunately not as pigmented in comparison. The darkest black shade with glitter was the best out of the 3 colors. It is also the most beautifully done glittery shade I've seen in a long time. There was no glitter fallout because the shimmer is fine but noticeable. The other 2 shades took 6-7 swipes to get full pigmentation. I was sorely disappointed.
Smoky Navy also performed poorly in the pigmentation department. It took 6-7 swipes for the darker colors to show up. The pale blue shade was slightly chalky as well.
I saw Smoky Khaki, Smoky Brown, and Smoky Pink in the pan. They look gorgeous in the pan, especially Khaki and Brown. I wasn't able to swatch them so I can't do a proper review for you.
Overall, I like the concept and packaging design for Dior's new 3 Couleurs Eye Palettes. However, I wished the pigmentation would be more consistent. It seemed to vary from palette to palette, with the darker ones performing quite poorly. I was wowed by Smoky Nude's buttery smooth texture but frustrated with Smoky Blue and Navy.
Bottom Line: For $16USD a shade, I expected more from Dior but was left feeling underwhelmed. I like the palettes but am not in love with them. Again, I'm only speaking for the 3 that I played with. I think Smoky Khaki and Brown have the potential to be smooth and pigmented like Smoky Nude. If you're on a budget, check these out in person before taking the plunge. If you like sheer shades that are buildable, these will mostly be right for you.
Are you picking any of these up? Did you have a better experience with them?