Friday, December 6th, 2013

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark pink cream with cool, blue undertones. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The formula applied evenly without pooling along the edges or streaking. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, though a top coat would give it extra glossiness. Formula X A+ (P, $10.50) is a touch darker. Cult Nails Morning Glory (P, $12.00) is matte. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is bluer-based. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is also bluer-based. L’Oreal Members Only (P) is very similar. See comparison swatches

Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark orange-red with a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented and fully opaque after two coats. The formula was easy to work with, and I didn’t have any issues with it streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. The consistency was slightly thinner than average but worked well. NARS Tomorrow’s Red (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Kid Orange (P, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is similar. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is lighter. Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is more orange. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy (LE, $20.00) has pearl. China Glaze Life Preserver (LE, $7.50) is similar. Essie Meet Me at Sunset (LE, $8.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Both shades applied well to the nail, and I didn’t have any issues with achieving smooth, even, rich color. If you want to invest in excellent basic shades, you couldn’t go wrong here. On the other hand, if you prefer to purchase more unique shades at this price point, then these two are easily skipped–there are numerous dupes and similar shades on the market. I normally get seven days of wear with very minor tip wear with Dior’s formula. The brush is wider, slightly domed, so if you have narrower nail beds, it may feel too wide. Whenever I use it, I find it to be very easy to use, and the only nail that I have to watch a bit more is my pinky, but it still fits well there.

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Darling (653)

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Trafalgar (657)

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9.5/10

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Longevity

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Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

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16 thoughts on “Dior Darling (653) and Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ooh! Both shades look really juicy and plush. Trafalgar is calling out my name. :D

  2. Ooooh what a pretty pink that is! I literally went ‘oooooh’ out loud, yet no one is here to hear me or ask me what I’m oooh’ing about :-)

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    I had to do a double take at the red polish. Initially, I thought the name was a Vonnegut reference, but no such luck. :P It is a beautiful shade, though. Chanel does some great polishes.

  4. Dior Darling is such a pretty pink shade! Are these part of LE collections or Special Edition???
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  5. The colors look so juicy and fresh! Do they have a top coat on?
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  6. Darling is such a cute shade! It looks great for spring & summer.

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    Darling looks very similar to Chanel Rose Exuberant to me. Do you know if they are dupes?

  8. I noticed that these types of brushes tend to make the polish so much easier to apply!