Dior Spring 2012 Garden Party Collection Garden Clutch 002 Granville Garden Swatch and Review

Granville Normandy, a windy cliff town in France, is not a great place to grow flowers. But ironically it has a fascinating rose garden planted by the hands of a legendary designer. Even though I don’t see the garden in person, it inspired the designer’s upcoming Spring collection makeup pieces. Today let me take you to Dior’s Garden with Clutch 002 Granville Garden.

For Spring, Dior decided to make everything in a silvery shiny box as oppose to the traditional navy blue. This palette contains what you need for glowing eyes and lips.

Upon opening the box, we see a light milky pink colored clutch palette wrapped in white tissue paper with “CD” written all over (not pictured.) The clutch is of absolute details. It is a signature Dior clutch with soft leather-like woven texture and adorned with silvery rosebud clasps. When you hold on to the clutch, it is so sleek and smooth that it is hard to let go. It’s got a nice weight to it, holding it feels just like holding a real purse.

The design and workmanship of the two roses are remarkable. Don’t worry about the wear and tear on the roses because they actually don’t touch each other, the clutch closes on magnetic mechanism.

Finally, the tag identifies this piece as 002. There is another palette 001 Milly Garden in the collection as well.

Here is a shot of the back of the palette, no sticker or whatsoever, only soft smooth feel to it.

Once you open the clutch, you see 3 eyeshadows of rosy pastel color with embossed rose design and a trap door on the right for lip gloss. On the bottom is an applicator brush.

The applicator brush is made of a metallic body with soft brush heads on both sides. One side is a sponge tip for the eyes and the other is a soft brush for the lips. There is also a clear plastic divider underneath the brush covering the shadows (not shown.)

Three colors for the Granville Garden eyeshadows are taupe brown, rosy pink and light minty green, representing soil, roses and leaves respectively. The patterns and the roses on each shadow are randomly scattered almost like a captured garden.

All three shadows contain soft shimmers, although they have different textures and finishes. Taupe-ish brown is ultra soft, leaning towards metallic finish with multi-colored shimmers. Rosy pink also has muti-colored shimmers but more satin-y. Minty green is more sparkly and frosty with larger shimmer particles. This shot is taken with flash.

The hidden compartment protects the lip glosses away from the shadows in case of any mixing of colors. Opening the door is pretty easy and flexible considering it to be a little on the loose side.

There is the Lip Maximizer (left) and the Dior Ultra-Gloss (right.) I couldn’t find a color number on the Ultra-Gloss, but it’s a pretty sheer universal color. The maximizer works very similar to the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Collagen Active Lipgloss, but in a solid form. It has the same minty cooling sensation as well as very lip plumping. See the Lip Maximizer review here.

Now, for the overview of the entire palette from end to end. The palette comes in a full sized mirror on top, but since the weight is heavier on the bottom, the palette will easily tip over when lay flat. It is nothing major since I like to hold the palette in my hand anyway.

So I decided to give an idea on how the colors look indoors with natural light setting. As you can see the eyeshadows look very subtle with soft pigmentation. They adhere to skin almost seamlessly and last forever. Fallouts? Not with these shadows. The lip maximizer (left) and gloss (right) are sheer natural looking with glossy finish. The lip gloss is a tad more pigmented and they are both very nourishing with ample hydration.

Let’s see how everything performs in the sun. The shadows along with the rose pattern apparently seem a lot more vivid. The colors provide a greater detailing of each bits and pieces of workmanship. It’s almost as if the roses are blooming.

The sun gives the lip maximizer and gloss more vibrant colors as well.

I took a two part snapshot of the eyeshadows seperate from the lip maximizer and gloss to show you how the colors look under far greater visibility. The eyeshadows are very glowy with shimmers. But nonetheless, the eyeshadows give a natural beauty an enhanced look without being overly done. The lip colors are kept soft and subtle for a polished and graceful look.

If you pay close attention to the lip maximizer, you’ll notice its sparse micro shimmers just like how lip maximizer 001 looks.

Before taking a last look at the colors, the clutch is made of fine details from the woven leather-like shell to the silvery rosebud clasps. It’s just like a purse from the Dior couture line. The fresh spring themed palette brings out the best of a natural looking beauty. The shimmers on the eyeshadows and the glossiness of the lips are something more than just a glowy look. The colors are perfectly suited for Spring as flowers are ready to blossom. By holding the Granville Garden clutch, I get to have a glimpse of Mr. Dior’s favorite garden.

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This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR. All reviews are expressed with complete honesty. Fruity Lashes don’t do paid or guaranteed reviews. Read my full disclosure here.

11 Responses to Dior Spring 2012 Garden Party Collection Garden Clutch 002 Granville Garden Swatch and Review

  1. Jamilla December 9, 2011 at 3:52 AM

    This is really beautiful, but I think it’s too pastelly for me! Thanks for the post!

  2. Lisa December 9, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    Wow I need this palette. So gorgeous!

  3. Jess December 9, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Looks beautiful, but zhe shadows seem to be very sheer. I think this is a collevtor’s item! 🙂

    • admin December 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM

      Collector’s item indeed. The clutch is really beautiful and fun to hold.

  4. Jen December 9, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Dior makeup always kind of leaves me… Wanting more I guess. This has really pretty packaging but I’m bored with the insides–I DO really like how they cover up the lip stuff though. Those mixed palettes can get messy.

    • admin December 9, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      So true regarding the cover up for the lip stuff. Palettes with both eyeshadow and lips together do make a mess if there was no cover up.

  5. Sheila December 9, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    It’s so pretty but too sheer for me. I wanna see how the 5-colour eyeshadows turn out, especially that green one. Will definitely get the green nail polish though =)

    Thanks for the swatches!

    • admin December 9, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      It’s really for the “glowing” eyes and lips for spring. You won’t believe how sparkly they look especially the minty green. The more I look at it, the more I love the palette.

  6. Kat December 9, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    As I thought, the colors are really lightly pigmented–perfect for spring. Unfortunately, I like pigmented color to my shadows. Hopefully the other palettes will be better. The colors in this clutch palette are so very pretty though.

  7. Sam January 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Thanks a lot for this beautiful review, this is exactly what I needed! I am also a bit curious to see how you can wear these colors but, oh well, I’m going to try. For sure, you definitively made me wanna buy one!


    • admin January 19, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      There are two versions make sure to find the one that you want most.


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