Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in 398 Lilac Colorvision

Described on the Sephora website as a soft pastel purple, I couldn't help but reach for the bottle of Lilac when I reached the nearest Sephora store. It feels strange to say this, but I walked in there with a 15% off VIB coupon and nothing concrete in mind to buy. I was disappointed that the discount was a mere 15% when Ulta gave 20% off just a few weeks ago. I had bought some staples there and was counting on the Sephora coupon to browse brands like Guerlain, NARS and Dior. How I wish the summer stuff had been released already but I needed to content myself with spring items, hence the acquisition of yet another purple nail polish. (To see a few similar colors from the lilac/lavender family, click here.)

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer Lilac Colorvision

Admittedly, Lilac turned out to be the prettiest version of lilac that I owned. Rarely would I wear the same color on tips and toes but what the heck. A nearby nail salon was offering a mani/pedi for $35 (a deal in this day and age, in this country!) so I jumped at the chance to not have to do it myself. I also bought Dior's Gel Coat, which promises superior shine that's comparable to a gel manicure. I love a good shiny manicure but would never try gel. Between the process being damaging to nails and the UV exposure, there was enough for me not to want to bite. Besides, I remove my manicure within 5 days so there is simply no point in it lasting longer.

I understand that Lilac is new to the US market for spring and it is a Sephora exclusive at this time. I'm happy with the color. It applies well, is beautifully opaque in two coats and hopefully will last me the full five days that I need it to. The Gel Coat top coat is shiny, perhaps not exceptionally so, and seems to be a thicker consistency so that it dried on my nails without reaching the tips. Is that strange? I just know I'm going to get tip wear faster because the tips of my nails aren't coated. The pictures may not show it well, or at all, but there it is.

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer Lilac Colorvision

I love wearing purple nail polish although I do worry about how a very pastel version looks against certain colors. I imagine I'll be wearing plenty in the pink and purple family at least for the next week in an attempt not to clash. But I might be convinced that lilac is the new beige.

UPDATE: Thinking about it later in the day, Dior's Gel Coat reminds me of CND's Super Shiney Top Coat but is not superior to it. At most maybe at par. However, with the price difference, I am not likely to repurchase Dior.

UPDATE 4/20/13: Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Lilac Colorvision passed the 5-day test with flying colors. No chips, just a few scratches here and there. Despite not having the tips coated well, I did not get terrible tip wear. Sure, it showed some signs of wear by the third day but it wasn't so bad that it got me itching to remove it like I thought it would. This is testament to the wonderful formula of Dior's nail polish, I think, and not so much a result of using their Gel Coat Top Coat. I don't regret having purchased the top coat and will be using it on subsequent nail work to get the lovely shiny finish but as I've said previously, I am not likely to repurchase it.

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