Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dior Vernis Nail Polish Silver Purple (782)

The most intriguing item in Dior Holiday 2009 collection is the nail polish, Silver Purple (782). It's maddening to look at the swatches on the retail websites (from Sephora to department stores) because they're way off in showing the true color. Sephora is especially bad, making the polish look a lot more purple than it actually is. My photos are not 100%, either, but they are much closer.

Purple Silver is a purple-gray-taupe with a metallic finish. It looks very dark indoors and in low light, while sunshine brings out more silver. I think it's stunning in a low key way and can even be office appropriate in certain workplaces.

The first time I tried it with Essie 3-Way Glaze, and it was an utter disaster- chips, cracks and peeling within a day. The second time I applied five different bases1 and a Nail Aid top coat which gave me much better results, though like most Dior Vernis, Silver Purple tends to chip unless you apply and renew the top coat religiously (as in every day). It's worth it, tough. The color is unique and very beautiful, and as long you do the maintenance, you can get about 5 days of a flawless look.

Dior Vernis nail polish in Silver Purple ($20) is a limited edition for Holiday 2009. Available from all Dior counters and Sephora, which is where I bought it.

All photos taken today by me, color is three day old, new top coat. Yes, it was raining. Heavily2. Now excuse me as I go and take a very hot shower and try to warm up.
1 proof that beauty bloggers are weird
2 proof that beauty bloggers are insane


  1. I had a similar experience. Application wasn't smooth, and it chipped quickly. Which base coat and top coat do you recommend? thanks for the review!

  2. Katie, thanks for reminding me about the application issues: it is streaky when applying the first coat (though the second one smooths everything).
    As for base and top coats, my favorites are the ones by Zoya. Nail Aid also works great, as does the Lippman Collection, though the latter is way too expensive for what it is.

  3. That's a stunning color, I have yet to see anything like it from another brand...



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