The newest addition to Dior eye shadow line is Diorshow Fusion Mono. Diorshow Fusion is technically a cream eye shadow, but with the modern foamy gel texture that we've already seen from Chanel and Armani. Like their competitors, these Dior eye shadows are shiny with a somewhat metallic finish (especially when applied damp). They can be just easily blended (and applied, actually) with your finger as with a brush-- or with the foam applicator that comes in the box.
The one thing you can't do with Diorshow Fusion is pack it on. As you can see in the swatch above of Cosmos, the blue one, this is not the way to build intensity. Instead, use a damp brush (small and flat) or as mentioned above-- dampen Dior's sponge applicator and glide it over the lid. But for everyday use a quick swipe with a finger or a fluffy brush gives a semi-sheer wash of the pretty colors, and a smooth finish.
As soon as I removed the lids for the little jars to take the photos, two of the eye shadows dislodged and sprang out. They didn't break or fall apart, and apparently it has nothing to do with dryness: the eye shadows are brand new and retain their soft gel-like texture. It looks like more of the way the product sits in the glass jar-- it separates from the glass in a way that reminds me of the stage of making pâte à choux when the batter comes together and pulls away from the saucepan. In any case, while I think Dior needs to figure out a solution, the jumping eye shadow doesn't affect application or texture. It's just annoying.
I chose three colors out of eight that are available (take note of an error on Nordstrom's website, as they switched between Meteore and Chimere):
Cosmos- a gorgeous light teal/blue.
Meteore- a basic coppery peach.
Hypnotique- a grayed purple. You know this one will be a best seller.
Each of the three is perfect on its own for a high result/minimal effort kind of look. Of course, they can be incorporated into more complex multi-step eye makeup, but I have yet to do that. For me, the charm is in the beautiful color and finish as they are.
Bottom Line: Not perfect, but really really nice.
Diorshow Fusion Mono Cream Eye Shadows ($30 each) are available at the counters and from dior.com.