Friday, June 17, 2011

Dior Vernis Smoking Plum 987 Nail Polish

I'm about to do my nails for the weekend, and since I'm in a Dior mood the color I grabbed is Dior Vernis Smoking Plum 987. This isn't a summer color (I bought it in January or February), but dark plums have always been my thing. In the last couple of weeks I've been wearing strong colors on my hands and pale nudes on my toes (so they don't compete with my shoes and sandals. Besides, I have big flat feet- not necessarily something to enhance).

Smoking Plum (or Smoky Plum, I've seen it listed under both names, but in any case it's 987 or Prune Smoking in the French version) is a deep somewhat brownish red plum. To achieve the plummy shade you see in the bottle you will need three coats and some patience- this polish is prone to nail disasters if you don't make sure each coat is thoroughly dry. One coat is too streaky and a little too red, as you can see in the swatch. Two coats are fine and give a full coverage, just not as intense as the color appears in the bottle.

There is no visible shimmer when the polish is applied to the nails, though the bottle hints there is more to Smoking Plum than appears in first glance. It's the complexity of Dior colors- a certain glow that makes them special and stand out among similar shades. I just wish wear time was as spectacular. I always chip this color within a day or two.

Bottom Line: pretty.

Dior Vernis Smoking Plum 987 Nail Polish ($21) is available on and some counters (if I remember correctly, I bought this bottle at my local Nordstrom).

All photos are mine.


  1. Despite summer coming, I wear dark colors like this all the time. And this color is gorgeous!

  2. Pretty. I also wear deep colors all year round. Pales and nudes just make my skin look red, and I look best in at lest medium contrast. I should get Smoking Plum. I considered pulling out Lemon Balm for tomorrow's manicure; we'll see.

  3. Elizabeth, I know- I just bought several non-summery colors from Butter London and RBL and already eyeing the upcoming fall collections. Dior and Tom Ford are winning my attention.

  4. ZP, thanks for reminding me to wear Lemon Balm soon. I adore this color.


I love comments and appreciate the time you take to connect with me, but please do not insert links to your blog or store. Those will be deleted. The comment feature is not intended to provide an advertising venue for your blog or your commercial site.

Related Posts Widget