Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

For this spring, Dior’s released six limited edition shades of polishes, and I picked up three of the ones that were available at Nordstrom (I didn’t get Porcelaine). There is also Bouquet (available online at Sephora) and Bloom (I saw online at Saks). I wasn’t overly impressed by the three I chose, and I’m normally a fan of Dior’s polishes. Pampille was a milky disaster that applied unevely, looked almost goopy when applied (but wasn’t so thick that it was actually goopy), while Blossom was sheer and a little thick to work with. Perle was interesting, but it almost seemed too pigmented/densely packed with shimmer to be a really versatile top coat.

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a soft, pastel peachy-orange with muted, yellowed gold sparkle. It seems like it has an almost jelly-like finish, though it didn’t quite have that really plush, juicy texture/look of a true jelly polish. It was semi-sheer with noticeable nail line. I concede it’s possible this was intentional, since it is spring and pastel and sheer seem to be keywords that are rarely ignored during the season, but without an actual description that affirms (without one, expectations based on an online photo would be that it is like the rest of the range!), I err against giving the brand the benefit of the doubt (but if sheer is cool with you, then the rating breakdown would be 8.5, 10, 8.5, 9, 4.5). I don’t have a dupe for this, due to the translucency and shimmer content. NARS Wind Dancer (LE, $19.00) is a lot darker, more orange, and has no shimmer. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) is a cream finish and more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) and MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) are closer in color but are creams. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) has a slight plushness to the finish, but it is darker, more orange, no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel ($25.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “matte pearly white with iridescent purple glimmer.” It’s an iridescent mix of lavender, fuchsia, and pink with a white-ish frosted matte finish. This is a matte top coat, though it’s fairly pigmented/dense so it’s not the most versatile top coat. I think it’s one that would work best on pinks and reds, as well as lighter shades in general. I tried it over black, which was all right, but it didn’t seem to work as well as I expected! I also tried it with just two coats over nails, and alone, it’s semi-sheer–but this a top coat, so that’s as expected. On its own, it wore well for five days on me (I normally get a week), and as a top coat, it wore a full week. MAC Frayed-to-Order was the only dupe I could think of, and it’s a bit whiter. See comparison swatches.

Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a milky, mint-tinged white with iridescent green shimmer. The consistency was thicker, and it applied unevenly and showed streakiness on the nail. It was semi-opaque after two coats. Guerlain Star Dust (862) (LE, $23.00) is the only comparable shade I have, but it has more of a clear base than a milky one, so they end up looking quite different applied. See comparison swatches.

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LE
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Blossom (132)

B

Product

8.5/10

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7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Perle (187)

A-

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Pampille (192)

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6/10

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7/10

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6/10

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Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel
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Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel

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23 thoughts on “Dior Blossom, Perle, Pampille Vernis Nail Enamels Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. I really love the Blossom shade. It seems to be a rather unique shade. I definitely don’t have anything like it.

    How many coats did you use in your photos?
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  2. I have literally just finished layering Perle over Dior’s other new shade, Porcelaine. I love it :) Can’t stop stroking my nails!!

    • How is Porcelaine? I didn’t get it, because I already picked up three and just figured that one would be a disaster.

      • It’s really lovely. I needed three coats, but it levellled well and didn’t streak. I’ve had it on since Monday and only minor tip wear. It looks a little incongruous whilst we’re still in the depths of winter, but come spring it will be perfect!

  3. Amanda

    I have Formula X for Sephora in “Over the Moon” and the shimmer in that looks very similar to the shimmer in Perle. Possible dupe? :)

  4. I like Perle just by itself! (I’m a bit of a sucker for sheer shimmery polishes, to be honest). I know it’s supposed to be a matte topcoat, but I see myself wearing it alone, with some shiny clear topcoat on!
    Sylirael Recently Posted: The Bigger the Loot, the Better! Clinique Chubby Sticks in Chunky Cherry and Grandest Grape

  5. Hmm, Blossom makes the tips of your nails look yellow, and I know you have nice nails! I don’t think any of these are for me.

  6. That whole “Spring = sheer” thing drives me insane! I would be all over Blossom if it was opaque.

    • Like some of last year’s spring lacquers, I believe, were similar in texture/look but more opaque! I could be remembering that totally wrong, but more along the lines of Diablotique.

  7. Blossom is really cute! It’s so springtime-looking!

  8. Itìs sad you didn’t take porcelaine! I would like to know if it is similar to Chanel Riva!

  9. These are all so sheer! Probably great for layering but I couldn’t wear them alone. Where’s all the color?
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  10. I’m one that prefers pigmented polishes, so these wouldn’t be up my alley.
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  11. Celine

    Oh my! These type of shades are what makes me wish I had nice nails to wear them.

  12. I am beginning to mind the absence of accents on French words on Temptalia. On one hand, the review never appears completely achieved to me, without the orthography, which I do not mind.
    On the other hand, it changes the meaning of the word (which I mind a little bit more); for example, Perle and Perlé do not share the same meaning: Perle means Pearl and is a noun, Perlé is an adjective.

    • We don’t do it because of some of the behind-the-scenes codes/scripting requirements that letters be easier to deal with on the back-end. It also caused massive encoding issues a few years ago – as in, I had to go through every single post and fix every sentence that had an accent in it. So in general, I avoid it because it’s more problematic in our experience.