Not only are there two beautiful pearl shades of nail varnish – the white Dior Vernis in Lady and the pale gold Dior Vernis in Diorling (£20) – and even Dior False Eye Lashes with pearl drops (£19), but there are also two extremely versatile, pearly, palettes of Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow (£40). The two lower shades in the Night Golds colourway (pictured left) – a gorgeous, golden-toned palette – have already had a few outings on my eyelids – and we’re not even into party season (when I’ll give the gold leaf shade a whirl).
I didn’t get sent any of the lipsticks from the Grand Bal collection but have found the perfect partner for the eye make-up in the form of the gorgeous, warm and intense pink Rouge G de Guerlain L’Extrait in Paresse (£29.50) – one of a quartet of rich lip lacquers which the Parisian beauty company brought out for autumn-winter 2012 – for a glamorous but not overly dramatic look. Those of you in search of more drama might prefer to team the golden eye shadows with a glossy red lip for the full Addicted to Love effect. My favourites are Reckless from the new collection of reds
by Tom Ford Beauty (£TBC) or the single (lonely) lipstick in Lancome’s Christmas collection – Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Ruby Exquis (£21), presumably the only red Lancome reckons any woman needs this festive season.
And Lancome is where you’ll find the pearly polish that gets my vote: Lancome Vernis in Love in Ginger Swing (£12; pictured right), a champagne shade inspired by a ginger cocktail. I don’t think she ever suggested it, but I can just imagine style guru Diana Vreeland advising readers of her Why Don’t You column to match their nail polish to their favourite cocktail. Chin-chin!