Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a metallic, warm-toned taupe. It’s a warm, gray-ish brown with threads of white metallic shimmer. To that end, there are visible brush strokes. The color itself was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Dior’s wider brush did help minimize the brush strokes and how wonky they may have looked with a skinnier brush. Both Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble and Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty are lighter, less brown, less metallic. See comparison swatches.
Galaxie (992) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a deepened, plummy berry with deep pink shimmer. This shade applied better with very minimal brush strokes; it is slightly metallic but not as metallic as Destin. It was opaque after two coats. Illamasqua Vice has no shimmer and has a wax finish. Illamasqua Charisma is warmer, redder. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised is similar in color but has no shimmer. See comparison swatches.
Dior’s polishes have a wide, rounded brush, which can be a blessing or curse, depending on your natural nail width. For me, it works well for all but my pinky nail, which I have to be a little more careful of and be sure not to splay the brush at all. I think it helps to apply the color more fluidly and minimize unevenness and brush strokes (particularly ones that swerve). I typically get a week of wear with Dior’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.