Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer – 011 “Lady”

Now that the holiday season has gone by, getting back into the groove of things has proved to be difficult! However, despite being lethargic, it’s nice to get back into my usual routine with work and school; and more importantly, trying to update this blog regularly is something that is on my list of priorities. I’ve put myself on a brief spending diet in order to get through some products and make good use of past purchases. Interestingly enough, this won’t affect content on this blog because I really have THAT much stuff to get through, review, and blog about. Lol :)

I’m back on my nail polish kick and have been diligently getting back into home manicures. My recent polish of choice is the Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer in the shade 011 “Lady.” According to Sephora’s website, this Dior polish is “a limited-edition Dior nail lacquer to perfectly complement the Rouge Diorific lipstick.” The lipstick is one that didn’t really do anything for me, so I jumped at the chance to try the polish.

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“The whimsical and playful masquerade balls of his time embodied Christian Dior’s love of surprise and elegance. Today, the House of Dior embodies that same sense of extravagant splendor with a golden holiday collection of limited edition items. This vibrant, high-shine nail lacquer, encased in a precious glass bottle accented with gold topper, will leave your nails perfectly polished for the Dior Grand Ball!”

This is undoubtedly the MOST beautiful bottle of nail polish that I’ve ever owned. It’s so pretty and nice to look at and one that I don’t want to toss in my bucket of other polishes. It’s so beautiful even though the pearly white shade of the polish isn’t that unique. Honestly, you could do without this polish. But, luckily for me, I don’t have a pearly white shade in my collection so that’s the excuse I used to convince myself!

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As you can see, the shade is light, pearly white that reminds me of a dreamy cloud. There’s no shimmer or glitter, just a pretty sheen of whiteness that isn’t too stark like white out and one that isn’t pale like marshmallow. The formula is easy to work with, but sheer – so count on at least 2 coats – if not 3, depending on what your final goal is. Drying time is pretty average – I use a standard base coat and the Seche Vite top coat on top.

Unfortunately, wear time is seriously minimal – like, 2 days at max (even when I’m not doing anything vigorous). Normally, my other polishes (OPI, Essie, Butter London, etc.) last a few more days before I can see the first signs of chipping, but not the Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer! It look beautiful after application, but chips shortly there after – and, it’s not a slight fingterip chip – it’s more like a strip of color coming off. UGH.

Although the wear time sucks and it requires a lot of coats, the color and packaging is pretty. However, because the color isn’t unique and formula is just average, I wouldn’t recommend this product unless it was really tugging at your heartstrings. :)

0.4 oz
Retails for $26.00.

REVIEW: Essie Nail Polish in “Bikini So Teeny” – Summer 2012

It’s quite rare for a nail polish to catch my attention, let alone have its own post – but, I just have to rave about my new favorite nail color: Essie’s “Bikini So Teeny.” It’s totally is rocking to my socks off as of late. As always, I’ve prepped with using the Butter London Nail Foundation for a base coat before this color; and, used the Seche Vite top coat afterwards.

On the Essie website, the color is described as “a sparkling cornflower blue.” Yes, a cornflower-perriwinkle-blue that shouldn’t be confused with that of “baby blue” or “sky blue” (because it’s neither). It has the faintest of faintest glimmer – not shimmer – and the color is so unique. In some ways it appears flourescent because the color really pops.

I’m happy with this for the color and the ease of application. The color doesn’t appear to be streaky or thin; and 2 solid coats should do the trick. My only gripe with Essie formulations is that it takes long to dry (longer than other brands). But one thing that Essie polishes are known for is the “jelly” finish.

This color has been difficult to find recently because of its recent recognition on YouTube. I found mine at Walgreens and it was the last one after hunting it down all afternoon. It’s a great fun summer color and the name is so cute!

Nail Talk: Butter London Nail Foundation & Illamasqua Nail Varnish – “Nomad”

My current favorite base coat is the Butter London Nail Foundation. Much like foundation for your face, this base coat is a beigey-skin color that neutralizes any imperfections your nails may have. Unlike the traditional clear base coats, by starting off with a your-skin-color, the nail varnish you apply afterwards appears truer and bolder.

I’ve also noticed that it helps even the goopiness in some nail polish formuals. For example, Essie polishes are annoying to use because it streaks and thins out when applying; for me, it’s impossible to get a smooth and even application. There’s something about Butter London’s Nail Foundation – I don’t know what it is, but it’s a foundation – for your nails. Clever.

Today’s choice of color is Illamasqua‘s nail varnish in “Nomad.” The shade on the left is “Milf,” which I’ll be playing with next.

“Nomad” is a rich, bright kelly-green shade that is kind of minty as well; the application was smooth, thick but not difficult to work with, and the pigmentation is impressive. It dries well before the top coat application and the opacity of the color is a bonus on top of the vibrant and glossy looking finish. The “formula is hard wearing and chip resistant and contains individual finishes from matte to high gloss,” according to Sephora’s website.

I really like Illamasqua’s polishes and am looking forward to indulging in more fun summer colors. What are some of your new favorite shades? What are your thoughts on the nail foundation?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Back to Basics: CHANEL Black Satin

Introducing: Chanel‘s nail polish color in “Black Satin.” I know that it doesn’t seem like anything special since it’s your basic black nail polish (or so it seems). However, despite its simplistic look, a good black nail polish is actually hard to find. Ideally, a black nail polish that performs well is considered opaque and rich in color – meaning, the color must present itself as a true black. Less expensive black nail polish applies streaky and thin, and often, the color after application may translate to an off-black or even a dark gray tone. Though plenty of high-end nail polish brands, such as OPI, China Glaze, Essie, and Orly make perfectly good black nail polishes for under $10, it is understandable that Chanel’s polish may seem unnecessary.

Truth be told – this is a splurge item, which is totally fine by me. I chose to purchase Chanel’s Black Satin because I wear black nail polish quite frequently (when I’m not working) – not because I’m going for a dark and dreary look, but because I enjoy the color itself. I think that it looks pretty in the Fall/Winter seasons, paired with other darker colors that are normally associated with Fall/Winter. I like that it’s a bit unusual, as it seems that many people tend to stay away from a dangerous color.

Chanel nail polish retails for $26, so I normally try to reserve my Chanel nail polish purchases for the “special colors” only. Though black may not seem special, I do wear it quite frequently; and for weeks at a time on my toes – so I felt justified, haha. According to Chanel’s website, they describe their polishes’ “state-of-the-art formula strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant colour.” I would say that I honestly can’t tell if the formula mositurizes; however, I do agree that the polish is in fact long-wearing, provides high-shine, and is chip-resistant. I also appreciate that the polish applies evenly without streaking, too. I think the formula itself is high-quality because from the first brush stroke, the color is delivered in a thick manner, but not goopy and messy. The brush is easy to control so that you can manipulate the color to match your own nail bed. This makes application time very short and drying time is also quite short as well.

I pair all my nail polish applications with Sally Hansen‘s nail growth polish as my base coat; and, I use Seche Vite as my top coat – though I tend to use this one only when I’m in a hurry. The smell of Seche Vite is like no other – I feel like I need to leave my door open and wear a gas mask when I use this. But despite that pungent odor, it does make your nail polish dry in 10 minutes.

All in all, I do recommend Chanel’s nail polishes. However, because they are so expensive, I will leave it up to each individual to make their own decisions. I can honestly say that this color is not a total must-have and I won’t say that you need this product in your life right now. I would recommend it to those who wear black polish often; and, to those who are looking for a black polish that will always deliver superb results.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
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