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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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

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10/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer
Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer

Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling poppy red.” It’s a bold, bright red with warm, orange undertones and soft flecks of sparkle. MAC Vivid Effect is less shimmery and lighter. Dior Merveille is slightly darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is redder, darker. Essie Too Too Hot is redder. See comparison swatches.

It has rich, intense color payoff and yielded full color coverage in two coats. The consistency was nicely balanced and wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed well across the nail and never streaked, bubbled, or pooled along the edge. Dior’s wider brush makes it easier to apply one coat smoothly and evenly, and it minimizes any chance of brush strokes (no visible ones here). The finish is amazing; it is subtle but sparkling–perfect for summer–and shiny without needing a top coat. I usually get a week of wear with no chipping, just minor tip wear, with Dior’s formula.

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The finish is amazing; it is subtle but sparkling--perfect for summer--and shiny without needing a top coat.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer
Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer

A Ripe, Juicy Mango of a Polish

Dior Mango (438) Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “deliciously fruity and radiant yellow.” It is a brightened tangerine orange with a cream finish. China Glaze Orange You Hot is darker, more orange. Zoya Arizona is more orange. China Glaze Papaya Punch is a darker orange. China Glaze Sun Worshipper is closest but brighter–almost neon.

The formula is a smidgen on the thicker side, so it takes a little longer to dry, and it’s best to let the first coat dry down before applying the second, as it has a tendency to pull/drag more so than other polishes.  The color coverage was mostly opaque after two coats, and it didn’t pool along the edges.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Bright enough to be summery, but not so bright that it turns neon, it still dries down to a shiny finish without need for a top coat.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, November 30th, 2012

Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer
Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer

Sink Your Teeth Into This Watermelon Pink

Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich and voluptuous high-shine pink.” It’s a vibrant reddened pink with a cream finish and warm undertones. It’s pinker than L’oreal The Queen’s Might. Seche Opulent is a darker pink. NARS Anardana is pinker. Illamasqua Collide is less warm-toned and pinker.

It might be winter where you are, but you can breathe a little warmth into your holiday with Pasteque, which was a fantastic polish from start to finish.  It was very nearly opaque in a single coat, but two cinches it.  The formula is flawless, as it’s not too thick or too thin, spreads evenly across the nail, and dries down quickly.  The finish is naturally shiny, so you could skip the top coat if desired.  If only all polishes were this good!  I typically get a full week of wear out of Dior’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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This shade is Dior at its best--beautiful, even coverage, flawless finish, excellent pigmentation.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer
Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer

A Deep Purple Emerges from the Shadows

Dior Shadow Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense, shimmering purple.” It’s a dark eggplant purple with flecks of coppery red shimmer. Cult Nails Spontaneous is lighter. MAC Festive Finery is duller, slightly lighter, and has a cream finish. Cult Nails Enigmatic is browner. China Glaze Urban-Night has a stronger red undertone. You might be remembering Bobbi Brown Twilight from yesterday, but while both are dark, purple-ish shades, Shadow is much more of a purple-eggplant without all of the brown that Twilight had.

This is a Nordstrom-exclusive shade that launched with the retailer’s Anniversary sale, but it’s still available.  Shadow was opaque after two coats, and the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin.  It applied easily and evenly, without pooling along the sides or bubbling up.  Dior has a wider, curved brush, which has made it easier to apply polish for me, but I could see those with narrower nail beds having more difficulty.  I liked that the shimmer in this one was bright enough to actually show up even in low light.  I typically get a week of wear without chipping, just minor tip wear, with Dior’s formula.

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Shadow

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I liked that the shimmer in this one was bright enough to actually show up even in low light. It's an appropriate shade for fall, and I can imagine it looking lovely across skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Dior Golden Light Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Dior Golden Light Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Golden Light Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Golden Light (207) Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a sheer, champagne gold with subtle yellow undertones and then dirty gold and red shimmer. OCC Cruising is more opaque and yellower. Shades like Chanel Diwali are all more brown, less yellow. China Glaze White Cap is more of a white gold.  I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade, though–the red sparkles do make it different from other potential golds.

After two coats (which is what the swatches show), there’s still a fair amount of visible nail line, and there was still some visible nail line after three coats. You’d need at least four to get more opaque color.  It’s the type of color I think one can get away with as a sheer, and it might even be intended (but without color descriptions, I can’t know, and I’ll err on a lower grade than a higher one), because it has a slightly translucent look even in the bottle.  There are subtle brush strokes in the end result as well.

The consistency was a hair on the thicker side, though it did not impede the application, as it applied fluidly, evenly, and didn’t bubble or pool along the sides of the nail.  I typically get a week of wear out of Dior’s formula.  If you’re unfamiliar with Dior’s lacquer, it does come with a wide, tapered brush, which I’ve had a good experience with but if you have narrower nails, it might be something to consider.

I’m not sure why, but Golden Light is a very confusing shade–namely because there are several name variations. It may be best to know it by its number, 207. Nordstrom lists it as Golden Era, while the press release (and bottle) list it as Golden Light or Or Lumiere. It has been released previously, so if you tend to pick up Dior’s polishes, you may already have it.

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Golden Light

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It's the type of color I think one can get away with as a sheer, and it might even be intended (but without color descriptions, I can't know, and I'll err on a lower grade than a higher one), because it has a slightly translucent look even in the bottle.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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