Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis
Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis

Nails the Color of Hollywood Red

Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium red cream with mostly neutral undertones. If pressed, I’d say blue-based but it’s very, very neutral. There’s a very fine ruby shimmer that’s really not visible in most lighting conditions. Frankly, I didn’t even know it existed until I was editing photos. Cult Nails Evil Queen is a smidgen lighter. China Glaze Poinsettia is not as rich. Chanel Rouge Carat is darker, bluer-based, and has more noticeable shimmer. Zoya Sooki is similar. Zoya Tamsen is very comparable. Butter London Pillar Box Red is a smidgen darker. MAC Touch of Red is lighter and warmer.

The formula is thin but not watery, and while the color looks opaque in two coats, under brighter lighting (like flash), it’s not quite–there is a shadow of visible nail line.  Because of the thinner formula, three coats is do-able and doesn’t feel too thick or take forever to dry.  It even dries down to a nice, shiny finish that doesn’t have to have a top coat, but it does look a little better with one.  I typically get a week of wear with Dior’s polishes with no chipping and only minor tip wear.

P.S. — I know a few readers asked for brush photos, so, the ever-lovely Musings of a Muse has some! :)

The Glossover

LE
product

Marilyn

A-
This is a beautiful color that really evokes a feeling of glamorous Hollywood--from the classic color to the vintage packaging.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Dior Fairy Golds Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Fairy Golds Eyeshadow Palette

Take Flight with These Fairy Golds

Dior Fairy Golds Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays that consists of five shades of eyeshadow. It will be available in October.

The first shade (on the upper left) is a pale pink-tinged beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. Urban Decay Sellout is similar. Milani Champagne Toast is a bit warmer, darker. MAC Summer haze is browner. Urban Decay Booty Call has more of a matte finish.

The next shade (on the upper right) is a dirty champagne with a sparkly, almost glittery, finish and a metallic sheen. It was fairly true-to-pan in color and payoff. Despite its glitter-content, it applied well enough (could have been a little smoother) and didn’t have much fall out during application, and I only saw one or two stray particles after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Echo is darker. Giorgoi Armani #1 Madreperla is more muted, less metallic. MAC Retrospeck is similar.

The center shade is a pink-tinged white with a bright, metallic finish and some larger shimmer/glitter particles. It had decent to good pigmentation and applied smoothly. This shade has less glitter compared to the golden shade. I did not experience any fall out with it. Dior Garden Roses is a less metallic variation. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk is darker, pinker. MAC Fresh Ice is a bit darker. Giorgio Armani #11 is very comparable.

The fourth shade (on the bottom left) is a lightened, pink-mauve with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and applied easily. Urban Decay Provocateur is darker, glittery. MAC Invincible Light is pinker. MAC Star Crystal is very similar. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy

The last shade (on the bottom right) is a medium-dark brown with red-orange undertones and a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and it was soft and finely-milled. Urban Decay Lost is a bit darker. MAC Havana is warmer but very close. Benefit Dandy Brandy is just a touch lighter. MAC Roasted Chestnut is similar but frosted. MAC Buckwheat is very comparable.

I was surprised to find this palette rather warm-toned, as the other holiday palette was very warm-toned as well. This isn’t cool-toned at all, though it’s not as warm as Night Golds. However, it is frostier, because it has two sparkly/glitter shades. I think it could benefit from having one matte or near-matte finish in it. When I tested the wear, I had no fading or creasing after eight hours (both with and without primer), and there were only a couple of stray particles from the glittery shades below my lid.

The Glossover

palette

Fairy Golds

A-
The palette is very shimmery, and I think it could use at least one matte shade to add more variation in texture/dimension when the products are used together. There's also not enough contrast within the five shades.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Dior Lady Diorific Vernis
Dior Lady Diorific Vernis

The Lady in White

Dior Lady Diorific Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a bright, neutral white with metallic shimmer. Urban Decay Love Train is slightly pink-hued. MAC Frayed to Order is also pink-toned and dries to a matte finish. Chanel Pearl Drop is yellow-hued. Nubar Organza is very similar. China Glaze Frosty is similar in base color but it has silvery-white sparkle, so it does not have the metallic finish (or resulting brush strokes).

The most concerning drawback about Lady is its streaky, brush-stroke-riddled finish.  It has a slightly thicker consistency, which doesn’t help matters, as it makes for a rather uneven application as the polish had a tendency to dribble to the edges of the nail.  There was some leveling but not enough.  It’s semi-opaque after two coats but some places looked more semi-sheer.  It took a bit longer to dry, and it’s a formula that you need to wait for the first coat to really dry down before applying the next, as it will pull and drag the first coat otherwise.  I typically get a week of wear out of Dior’s formula with no chipping, just minor tip wear.

P.S. — I know a few readers asked for brush photos, and I’m working on it, but this is what (usually) happens: I take too long and the review doesn’t go up. So, hoping to snap one next photo/swatch session, but until then, the ever-lovely Musings of a Muse has some! :)

The Glossover

LE
product

Lady

C
This polish just doesn't nail it formula-wise; it's too thick, streaky, and has a ton of visible brush strokes no matter the lighting situation.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette

This’ll Make You Do a Double Take

Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays that consists of five shades of eyeshadow. It will be available in October.

The first shade is a warm, subdued white-beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and was very soft, smooth, and finely-milled. This shade was a little stark as a highlighter against my medium-colored skin (no effect on rating, just a note). MAC White Frost is similar but not as warm-toned. theBalm Tempting Tara is more metallic. theBalm Envious Erin is a smidgen golden. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is similar.

Next (on the upper right), there is a light-medium copper-shimmered bronze with a strong metallic finish and larger shimmer particles. It almost looks wet when applied and smoothed out. It had decent to good pigmentation. When I applied it on the lid, I didn’t experience any post-application fall out and only had some fall out during application. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more orange, slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker and more orange. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is darker. Bare Escentuals Louder is a touch more bronze.

The center shade is a rich, burgundy-tinged deep brown with flecks of champagne sparkle. The color was very intense and easy to apply, and it went on smoothly. Guerlain Emilio Pucci is a bit darker, richer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is browner, less burgundy. Urban Decay Busted is a bit lighter. Dior Couture Gold had a shade that looked similar but performed much worse. NARS Ponderosa is similar but a cream. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is more purple. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is similar. MAC Smut is a touch blacker.

The fourth shade (on the lower left) is a lightened yellowy gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery , and it applied smoothly with excellent color payoff. MAC Sweet & Sour is a bit darker. Dior Couture Gold is similar. Urban Decay Blunt is similar, perhaps a touch lighter.

The last shade (on the lower right) is a pale champagne-bronze with a metallic finish. It looks almost taupe-like in the pan, but it doesn’t seem to have much gray in it when swatched. It had a soft, finely-milled texture that translated into a nicely pigmented shade. Dior Couture Gold is darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze is more antique gold-hued. Urban Decay Echo Beach is darker, less golden. Dior Couture Gold is more yellow/orange. Bobbi Brown Desert Sand is similar.

All in all, this palette is definitely similar to last year’s Couture Gold — dupe for dupe? No, not exactly, but there are certainly some overlapping shades and similarities. At a glance, the only difference is instead of a sparkly light gold, there’s a sparkly copper. I like this year’s better, as the quality across the five shades is much higher across the board with none of these shades having problems.  When I tested the palette on the eye, it wore for eight hours with no creasing or fading.

The Glossover

palette

Night Golds

A-
If you have Couture Golds from last holiday, you might skip this, because the two are fairly similar. Overall, it's very warm-toned and will tend to flatter warmer complexions more.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Dior Diva Diorific Vernis
Dior Diva Diorific Vernis

She’s a True Diva!

Dior Diva Diorific Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark black with just a hint of brown and multi-colored flecks of shimmer in fuchsia, gold, and bronze. China Glaze Midtown Magic is browner and has more shimmer. Dior Czarina Gold is also browner and has a lot more shimmer–also has a few bits of green sparkle. Chanel Strong almost similar in natural light, but it has a berry tone to it.

Now this shade is one that just might be worth picking up to get your hands on the packaging and feel good about doing so.  I think the way it looks in the bottle is gorgeous–all dark and foreboding with lots and lots of shimmer catching the light.  More importantly, it performs beautifully.  The consistency is just right, so it’s not so thick that it pools or bubbles, but it’s not so thin that you have to sacrifice pigmentation. It’s fully opaque after two coats, and it dries down a bit faster than average and finishes with a natural shine.  (For really glossy nails, I would still use a top coat.)  I typically get a full week of wear out of Dior’s polishes with no chipping and just minor tip wear.  It’s not a cinch to apply with the little cap of a handle, but at least what’s inside the bottle is quite nice.

P.S. — I know a few readers asked for brush photos, and I’m working on it, but this is what (usually) happens: I take too long and the review doesn’t go up. So, hoping to snap one next photo/swatch session, but until then, the ever-lovely Musings of a Muse has some! :)

The Glossover

LE
product

Diva

A+
I think this is an unexpected color and combination for the holidays that's still festive and delightful. The formula was nice to work with, and it had opaque coverage in two coats.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Dior Diorling Diorific Vernis
Dior Diorling Diorific Vernis

A Gold By Many, Many Names

Dior Diorling Diorific Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a sheer, shimmering champagne gold with flecks of copper-red. I’m pretty sure this is a renamed version of Golden Light (also known as Golden Era and or Lumiere or #207), and while it may be called Diorling, the number is #207. China Glaze Jingle Bells has a similar coloring, but it’s opaque and does not have any red shimmer/sparkle. Chanel Diwali is more of an antique gold (less yellow). OCC Cruising is a stronger yellow gold and has a lot more shimmer/glitter. Readers mentioned some great dupe potentials here as well! :)

After two coats, it’s still rather sheer. Without a color description from Dior, it’s hard to say what they were aiming for. I prefer to err on the side of a lower grade rather than give a brand the benefit of the doubt, but you may prefer this kind of sheer look. The consistency was on the thicker side–thicker than the version I had previously–which did cause a little unevenness in the texture of the polish as it applied. I did get some pooling along the sides, too. There are noticeable brush strokes from the metallic finish of the polish that become more visible under harsher light.  I don’t have any wear problems with Dior’s formula and typically see a week with minor tip wear and no chipping.

Since it was released previously, you can pick up the color regular Dior packaging as well. If you go that route, it’s less expensive at $23, but it does contain less product (0.33 fl. oz. compared to 0.40 fl. oz.). I think the regular packaging makes for easier application, but the packaging on this one may strongly sway some. It’s not comfortable to use to apply the actual polish, though the brush wasn’t the normal wider brush of Dior’s polish. The bottle I have from before seemed to apply better.  There are three other shades coming in this limited edition, holiday packaging, though–so maybe one of those will perform better!

The Glossover

LE
product

Diorling

C-
Sheerness aside, the consistency and application of the polish were problematic, so it's not a shade I'd feel good about recommending.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →