Dior Vernis in Waterlilly: The Rundown

Scented nail polish?  Say what?!?  The beauty side of my brain just told the geeky side of my brain to stop trying to figure out the chemistry formula involved and just buy the damned color because it’s ‘cool’. So yeah, I bought it.

DISCLOSURE ALERT > I own stock in Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy (LVMH) group which is the parent company of Dior couture.

For Spring 2012,  as part of its Garden Party collection, Dior presents us with two scented nail polishes.  The first is a purple pastel called Forget-Me Not (aptly titled as the polish is the same color of said flower) while the other is a murky mint green aptly called Waterlilly.  As I already own tons of purple nail polish, and the price of this polish is pretty steep at $23 for .30 ounces, I opted for Waterlilly.

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Dior Vernis in Waterlilly--gorgeous pastel green shimmer polish

Packaged in a stunning silver box and contained it a beautiful glass bottle with ‘Vernis’ etched into it, Waterlilly smells pretty much like any other high-end nail polish out of the bottle.  The green is a mid-tone pastel with flashes of pink iridescence which are more apparent in the bottle than on the nail.   It comes with a wide brush I’ve seen in my Sally Hansen quick-dry polishes and I am not a fan of it.  The brush felt awkward in my hand and the polish seemed to want to stick to the brush more than my nails.  I worked my way around it and the color payoff is gorgeous to say the least. Against my cool skin it screamed ‘spring is coming!’ in a classy fashionable way.

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Dior Vernis in Waterlilly. 2 coats, no flash (HDR)

Compared to Illamasqua’s Milf, Dior Waterlilly is a darker green and not a cream polish.  Illamasqua Radium is more yellow-toned with shimmer.  The only thing I have close to the color of Waterlilly is Essie’s Mint Candy Apple with Pure Pearlfection over the top to add shimmer.  Even still, it isn’t as vivid a green as Dior Waterlilly but it’s close enough for a good color hack. If you have cool undertones, this color will definitely pop on you.  Warmer skin tones could also wear this color but as it leans more cool (think Illamasqua Milf) than warm (think Illamasqua Radium).  No matter your skin tone, this is a very ‘bleeding edge’ fashionable shade of green for spring that very few people will be rocking.

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From top: Illamasqua Milf, Dior Waterlilly, Illamasqua Radium (2 coats each with indoor flash)

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From top: Illamasqua Milf, Dior Waterlilly, Illamasqua Radium (2 coats each without flash)

Drying time wasn’t measured as i used Illamasqua top coat (quick drying) and Nicole by Opi Drying Drops to speed things up as I am beyond impatient about drying nail polish.  When dry, I did notice a faint violet smell but nothing that made me want to continuously sniff my nails.  It’s a nice touch but pretty forgettable as i noticed no smell after the first day of wear.  After two days of 120 wpm tying/coding, I noticed no discernable tip wear at all.  Like with other luxury nail polishes I own (Rescue Beauty Lounge, Chanel) I get no chipping of the polish on the nail and only slight wear on the tips.  Because of the etching (and this is just me), I find this bottle to be highly collectable and definitely worth having in your nail color wardrobe.  The price is steep for how much you get but considering this is a haute couture design house and not MAC for Gareth Pugh, and there are no existing true dupes for it, plus the outstanding wear makes it a worthy beauty investment.

Dior Vernis in Waterlilly is available from upscale retailers such as Nordtrom and Neiman Marcus and of course Dior.com and retails for $23/bottle.

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How cool is the etching of 'Vernis' on the bottle? So luxe.

UPDATED > Color Hack: MAC for Gareth Pugh

I’m a real geek when it comes to colors. I take notice of how they look, how they ‘sound’ and how much they look like others in the ROYGBIV spectrum. So when other bloggers start proving my tendency of detecting ‘color hacks’ right, I feel vindicated.

Such is the case with the MAC for Gareth Pugh collection.

You can read the rant I did a few weeks ago about the collection and see my swatches but this post concentrates on the nail polishes. There are two of them in this collection: Ascension and Hyper. Both are beautifully packaged and both hideously overpriced at $23 for .30 oz. And you don’t have to be a math nerd like me to know that’s -0.2 oz than in a bottle of Chanel or China Glaze and -0.1 oz than a bottle of butterLONDON.

Looking at Temptalia‘s swatches, Ascension seems to be a bit ligher and have more of a greenish cast to it than Deborah Lippman’s ‘Wicked Game’. Hyper looks to be pretty danged close to China Glaze’s ‘Blue Years Eve’ from their Holiday 2011 collection (an absolutely stunning color). Both bottles have stunning packaging and a unique shape so if you’re a collector for these reasons, or are just totally infatuated with Gareth Pugh (for me it’s Michael Kors and Tom Ford but I digress), I wouldn’t fault you for indulging.

Deborah Lippmann is $16/ bottle, China Glaze averages $7 a bottle. MAC for Gareth Pugh is $23/bottle. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it. For me personally, having DL’s Wicked Game and CG’s ‘Blue Year’s Eve’ in my stash provides better color and better value.

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'Wicked Game' by Deborah Lippmann, 2 coats. A more intense 'color hack' of Ascension from MAC for Gareth Pugh.

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'Blue Year's Eve' by China Glaze, 2 coats. A more vibrant 'color hack' of Hyper from MAC for Gareth Pugh.