Monday, October 31st, 2011

Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Apparat (871) Nail Lacquer ($22.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition shade in time for the holidays. ┬áThe bottle of Apparat doesn’t look like it does in the promotional photos, but it doesn’t look like the bottle color on the nails either. The resulting color on the nails is actually comparable to what one would have expected, based on the promotional photos, so I guess it works out in the end.

In the bottle, it has a very coppery burgundy brown look. On nails, it’s a deep red with ruby and gold shimmer and a slightly metallic finish. The metallic finish enables some brush strokes to be seen, but it’s very subtle and barely noticeable in natural light. I wish the golden shimmer danced a little more in the light than it actually does; it reads less like something special as it does just a shimmery garnet hue. The color is reminiscent of Zoya Karina but with finer shimmer.

Dior’s formula wears a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping. Apparat had a really nice, even flow and it was opaque in almost one coat, though I did two for good measure. The brush is larger than the average brush, and it’s tapered at the top, which works if you have larger nail beds, but if you have really petite ones, you may find it difficult. I like it, and it makes it easy to avoid too many brush strokes and do one or two pulls per nail.

The Glossover



The formula is nice; easy to apply and wears a week without chipping. It's opaque in two coats and the color flows evenly across the nail.











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Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $22.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

The color is reminiscent of Zoya Karina but with finer shimmer.

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34 thoughts on “Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Oooh that is SO different on the nail than on the bottle !

  2. Absolutely gorgeous colour. It looks totally different in the bottle to how it looks on your nails :) Jude xx @jadlgw

  3. Carrie Ann

    It’s pretty, but not very unique on the nails. It looks so gorgeous in the bottle!

  4. I’ve never tried Dior polishes before, but this is really pretty!

  5. Azar

    This reminds me of Essie’s Wrapped in Rubies as well.

  6. Ashley Sarah

    I actually like the look of the nail polish in the bottle more on than on the nails!

  7. elizabeth

    love, love, love it :) thank you christine :))

  8. Hiromi

    it’s still pretty on the nails, but i gotta say a bit of a letdown after seeing the bottle!

  9. Heidi

    Reminds me of Maybelline’s Limited Edition “Autumn Leaves” color.

  10. That’s a lot more red then I expected! May have to check that out! I need a good Christmas red!

  11. Ashley D.

    Pretty but too bad it doesn’t look duo chrome.

  12. nawi

    I like the colour but I have bought dior polishes before and I just can’t apply wel with the brush so I am not going to purchuse dior anymore.
    Does any one else have the same probleem? With Chanel I can very easily apply

  13. Nichole

    I’d prefer the color as it looks in the bottle – definite buy. Not impressed with how it looks on the nails.

  14. Marian

    That’s great for fall! It reminds me of the skin of an apple!

  15. Amanda

    Does anyone know of a nail polish that is the same colour as that looks in the bottle?

  16. It looks pretty but I much prefer it in the bottle, I was expecting more of a bronzed colour.

  17. This is gorgeous, too bad all that gold/copper didn’t make it onto the nail.

  18. Shannon

    I own this polish and I don’t know if it’s just my skin tone but it is way darker on me. Much more burgundy than red. I’d say the last photo is the most accurate.

  19. dom

    great color, but i was hoping to see a bit more of the gold accent. i’m not very familiar with polish but i thought it was a duochrome, so it was a nice surprise to see such a rich, earthy red (which i like1)

  20. Z

    Meh. Pretty enough for the holidays I guess, but not really unique enough to warrant a purchase.

  21. Angela

    Do you happen to have a tutorial for painting your nails? I am always amazed at how pristine your polish looks and how the edges are so nice and clean.

  22. Lovosa

    Reminds me of Illamasqua’s Scarab nail varnish :) sooo pretty!

  23. Kelly

    Such a lovely fall colour

  24. Anne

    :-( Wanted it to look like it did in the bottle – bah!

  25. Leenie

    That’s a pretty color, how ever I would never spend 22 dollars for nail polish

  26. Rebecca

    This color reminds me of the MAC LE Bad Fairy nail polish that came out in the Venomous Villains Collection.

  27. Annalisa

    Just bought it! It looks so gorgeous!!! Thanks for your swatches + review

  28. Tuna Lala

    I love this color! I woul have preferred more gold but the the formula makes up for it. I have it on right now :)