17 August 2012

Goodbye, Amber Diamond.

If you've lemmed after this god-of-all-highlighters highlighter, then you're probably hoping I'm saying I smashed it on the floor, or I'm selling it, or I've lost it.  And thus, goodbye. However - I'm afraid these aren't the case, and it may be your worst fears.

Dior are partly discontinuing the Amber Diamond.

Partly - because they seem to be operating differently in different countries. The good news is, however, for the majority of you who I'm assuming is in the UK, Amber Diamond will be with us to stay :) However, it's best to check with your local counters to see what the case is in your country! Thank you so much to Amelia for correcting me - I was under the impression Amber Diamond will be gone from the UK too!

How could they, you ask? I could not agree more.


Amber Diamond and I haven't always been the best of companions. If you read my first few posts on it, I believe one of them was called, "What Do I Do With You Amber Diamond?!" But over the year, it's become my go-to higlighter, but as I like to call it - my go-to glow-er.

For me, highlighters should be lighter than your skin, opaque and making areas of your face protrude. However, there are other highlighters like the world famous YSL Touche Eclat (or "Tissue Cloth" as my boyfriend once thought I said) that attracts light onto your skin. Amber Diamond is neither.


Amber Diamond is a glower. It's for people who want that pure, natural, Victoria's Secret skin that is so inconspicuously bare, until you turn your head and BAM! - your cheek are a'glowin'. So if anything, I'd say this was a blusher, that is so subtle for us midtoned girls that it adds just a bit of a sunkissed look, but with the dimension to make your cheeks glow.  It may not make your cheekbones protrude, but it sure as hell makes them look alive.

For paler girls, I imagine it's quite similar, perhaps less subtle initially; and for darker skintones, more subtle but perhaps a bit more resembling of a traditional highlighter.

You can see from the swatches below that it's also completely an eyeshadow palette. It's probably how I used it most in its early days. These are the perfect neutral shades that will add the same glow to your eyes and make you look awake. I personally like the whitest shade in my inner corner, and the second shade all over the lid.

Swatches left to right & all shades mixed together.


What is this brush you ask? Well, it first caught my eye when I bought Amber Diamond last summer as the store attendant applied it with this brush. It's a densely packed, natural bristled flat-top kabuki that is specifically meant for powder foundations. But it also works so well for loose mineral foundations, blushers, highlighters and contours. After lemming for a year, I finally got it after being told that this too, was being discontinued in the UK. And to be replaced by an identically shaped, but £20 more expensive alter-ego.

The d-word is a horrible thing.

So how long do you potentially have? 2 weeks. In September, these babies will be gone from some countries, off to be a fragment of our beauty blogging imaginations. I can confirm for sure that in the UK, the brushes will be discontinued but at least Amber Diamond is staying!

You can buy Amber Diamond (and its less famous but still pretty sister, Rose Diamond) at the Debenham's website and local counters! :)

What's your plan of action?

To see what will be taking their place, check out Mostly Sunny's blog post :) It's not bad - but it's not the same.

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6 comments:

  1. Eeee you linked me! Wow it totally made my day!

    Amber Diamond has been discontinued here in Belgium for a while now. I was looking for it a couple of months ago and couldn't find it. That's when I was told a new line was coming out. You can still definitely find it in many places though, but true you might want to act fast!

    I'd love to see how the new one works, but that one doesn't offer a gradient so it might be less versatile.

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  2. I replaced with a near-dupe - ELF Golden Bronzer ;)

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  4. I'm in the US and I have this but...to be honest? xD I hardly ever use it. It's a great highlighter and all but I think i'll be getting plenty of life from mine for a while yet.

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  5. I panicked when I read the first few sentences!! So glad to hear it's staying put in the UK! Phew! Absolutely adore this product!!

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