The last time Dior put up a nail-lip matchy-matchy show, they kept the colours pretty close. In the same family at least. So, when I saw that the Grand Bal Christmas collection had a Diorific lipstick named Diva and a nail colour named Diva, I expected them to be in the same colour family.
Uh… not quite the same huh?
The Diorific Diva lipstick is a lovely rosy pinky shade (I’ve already swatched and reviewed it here) but the Diorific Vernis in Diva #901 is a whole different story altogether. Now this, THIS is what I’d call a Diva sort of shade for the Christmas season – bold, brash and out there.
The packaging is cute too of course ;)
The Diorific Vernis has to be one of the most adorable nail polish bottles I’ve ever come across.
Look at it! It looks just like a Christmas bauble doesn’t it? If there were awards being handed out for best Christmas packaging, Dior will win hands down for their vernis.
Not being familiar with Dior nail polishes, I do not know if this is a reworking of an old classic like the Diorific lipsticks. If anyone knows, please share!
The bottle is about the size of a normal nail polish bottle, but I love the round glass base. It looks so adorable! Yes, there’s that word again :P A pain in the butt to store of course, if you are picky about having everything neat and tidy.
Colourwise, Diorific Diva Vernis in the bottle is a deep black-brown shot through with golden-pink shimmer. You can just about see the shimmer in the bottle as the light hits it, which is really pretty. I however find that when applied on nails, the colour becomes a bit flat. Its like the shimmer doesn’t quite manage to come through, which is a pity because it is really beautiful in the bottle.
You need about 3 layers to achieve true opacity and this is how it looks in natural light. You might notice how the colour looks lovely and sparkly in the bottle, but that brilliance doesn’t quite translate when painted on the nails.
On nails, in the shade, you get a shiny black. If you peer closely and angle it to catch the light, you will see the sparkles come through in quite a restrained manner. Not quite the Diva-esque attitude I expected from a polish with that name. I’d have preferred something bling and out there and brash, the way a diva should be :)
I have to mention the brush, because Dior nail polishes have a very good brush included, that makes applying polish very easy. You can view their regular brush here. But the brush in the Grand Bal Diorific polishes are your regular polish brushes.
I find that these brushes usually splay too much and do not deposit polish as well on the nail. Also, call me picky, but I personally find the cap part hard to hold when applying the polish. I prefer something with more grip to it. As it is, I have to make sure I hold the cap properly at the two sides where it flattens, in order to get a good grip. Not quite a fan of the packaging for this reason.
Application wise, I found that Diva went on pretty smoothly and by the third coat, looks as smooth as it gets. I think the consistency is pretty good too and despite the brush, is quite easy to control. It must be borne in mind I am no nail afficionado so just painting in the lines is a great achievement for me already :P A layer of top coat seals the colour in better and does make it a bit more shiny, I find.
In a nutshell
Dior Diorific Vernis in Diva #901 is a limited edition nail colour for the Christmas 2012 collection. The packaging is absolutely adorable and makes it look like a Christmas tree bauble. Diva in the bottle is a deep black-brown colour with gold-pink shimmer. I find that that shimmer does not quite translate onto my nails so it is a lot less bright and shimmery on nails than it looks in the bottle. In the shade, it looks almost a flat black, but when the light hits and you look closely, you get a hint of shimmer. Texture wise, I find it is quite even in its consistency and although the brush isn’t the regular easy to use flat Dior Vernis brush, it wasn’t too hard to handle. The cap though, is a bit hard to manage. I think ultimately, this is one for the collectors.
Pros: Unusual colour for the Christmas season, Shimmer is understated so anyone can wear it to any occasion without looking too bling, Relatively easy to apply evenly on nails
Cons: The polish isn’t as shimmery on nail as it looks in the bottle, Cap is a bit hard to hold due to its design
Who will like this: Anyone who loves collecting unusual nail polish bottles, Anyone who wants a deep coloured nail polish with very understated shimmer
If you are looking for a colour that has lots of bling to it for the holidays, I don’t think Diva quite fits the bill. It is an elegant sort of colour with all that hidden shimmer that you can keep as a guilty pleasure to yourself, or flash it when the light hits properly. But if you are the more diva-esque type and need more bling, you may have to try something else.
Is Diorific Vernis in Diva your sort of nail colour? Do you like wearing black or deep colours on your nails?
I like wearing black or deep colours on my nails. I always feel that I am prone to making less mistakes when I apply a deep polish as when I apply a light coloured one. Plus, I like how people will look at my nails if I have a deep colour on as opposed to when I have a more normal red, pink or nude shade ;) Its very Diva of me LOL!
Dior Diorific Vernis for the Grand Bal collection comes in 4 shades – Lady (pearly white), Marilyn (red), Diva (shimmer black) and Diorling (shimmer gold) Price: RM79 Availability: Dior counters Limited Edition: Yes, Grand Bal Christmas Collection 2012