Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer
Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Merveille (651) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($22.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) looks like a fiery orange-red in the bottle, but it turns out a little less fiery and more coral-orange on the nails. Nubar Pink Flame is closer to the shade I expected from the way Merveille looked in the bottle (it appears redder on the nails than Merveille). There is faint golden-copper shimmer, but it doesn’t show up much in natural light–only in really bright lighting does it arrive (fashionably late) to the party.

I was also surprised that this wasn’t opaque after two coats–it seems like such a rich shade, but there is a hint of visible nail line after two coats. Even though the flow was even and fluid, it just didn’t provide as much color coverage as a polish should, especially this kind of a shade! This shade was a little thinner than others but didn’t seem watery when I was applying–but by the underlying translucency, it might be a touch watery. I do typically get a week of wear with only minor tip wear with Dior’s formula.

The Glossover

LE
product

Merveille

B+
I like this a lot against warmer skin tones, because it brings out the copper shimmer more. If you like the way it looks on the nail, it's definitely workable; if you want something more like the bottle, I'd skip.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer
Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer
Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer
Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer
Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer
Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $22.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Nubar Pink Flame is closer to the shade I expected from the way Merveille looked in the bottle (it appears redder on the nails than Merveille).

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37 thoughts on “Dior Merveille Vernis Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. It’s nice to see an orange-red during the holidays.

  2. Avatar of luna lunamaris

    I find it fascinating how Dior manages to make the polish look so different on the nail. I have a few of their polishes which look fantastic in the bottle but disappoint when applied.

  3. Avatar of Ana Ana G.

    When I saw this n the bottle I was, WOW!!! But on the nails it’s really disappointing.

  4. Avatar of Pamela Pamela

    The Dior nail colors you’ve recently reviewed have me under-whelmed. They’re not at all what they appear in the bottle! The true colors for both this and Exquis are disappointing.

  5. Amanda

    You gave this polish a B, yet you gave the atrocious Couture Golds palette a B+? Christine, I’m starting to worry your judgement is clouding. (I totally kid. I agree with you most of the time.) I actually love this nail polish and have been wearing it nonstop even though it’s not the most unique shade. Like Christine, I don’t really see the shimmer until light strikes, but I find it kind of leaves the nails with a bit of a metallic sheen — pretty cool. However, I disagree about the opacity of this formula. It goes on opaque for me in one coat, although I prefer it with two. It also looks much more red on me (more like the Nubar Pink Flame), but that could be because I have a cooler skin tone.

  6. looks actually quite nice!!!! very unusual…

  7. When I saw the bottle I expected the perfect red/gold Christmas-colour, when I saw the swatch I was rather disappointed, it looks more like a summer-colour to me.

  8. Avatar of Katherine katherine

    Oh pretty! I really need a color like this for the holidays. My skintone is warm and this kind of orangey red looks so much better on me than straight red. I think I’ll pick this one up, thank you for the swatch!

  9. dom

    while it still swatches on pretty nicely, i was hoping for a deeper red, like in the bottle. that being said, this is something i can definitely wear since i’m more warm-toned.

  10. Ev

    Ah, the gold shimmer looks so gorgeous in the bottle! The nail swatches do look good though in a rich understated way, just not like how it looks in-bottle.

  11. Avatar of Alyssa Alyssa

    It looks a lot like China Glaze-Coral Star, only the micro glitter in the Dior is gold instead of silver

  12. Ella

    This is the first review I read that says Merveille took a bunch of coats to become opaque. Most say 2 and a few say it was nice in 1 coat. Is it possible that as a press sample you received a dud? Idk if they’re any different from what the stores sell. I’ll definitely make the trek to the store to see for myself, but I want to be as well-informed as possible if I’m gonna shell out $22 bucks on nail candy! lol

  13. Looks great! May have to pick this up… Love this on you Christine!

  14. M.

    Too bad it turns so coral – I love gold-shimmered red-oranges/oranges, a la Sinful Tapping Nails and HC Lava.

  15. I bought this shade, I just couldn’t resist!

  16. Jennifer

    If only they could create a formula like the nails, inc magnetic polishes…then it could look like the bottle! :-/

  17. Avatar of Janis summerblue

    I think the color is beautiful. Having said this, I would never, apart from the most special of occasions, spend this kind of $ on a nail polish … but if I won the lottery. ;)

  18. Shan

    The Merveille red looks divine on you, Christine! I would have got this if I hadn’t already bought my red Christmas polish (“Rouge Carat” – Chanel). Thanks for the beautiful swatches, as always.

  19. Nadia

    I love it and I have it!!!