|Dior Electric Tropics Catwalk Duo Vernis and Top Coat in Aloha|
This duo is my first foray into the world of high end polish. I love nail polish, and I first started this blog with the idea of this being a nail blog. However up til now, I've never paid more than $10 for a bottle. Even $10 makes me cringe, because there are so many good colors and formulas available at budget prices. It's a lot easier to make a good polish than it is to make good makeup! And, I'm still not convinced there's a formula out there that can consistently top OPI's. So, how did I end up with this duo? I think it insidiously crept into my mind through all the beautiful promo pics, and other blogs raving about its super-bright nearly fluorescent qualities. I loved the idea of a bright red-orange, and the color was unique yet still classy.
When I first got the bottle in the mail, early May, I of course rushed to try it on. I liked it, but it wasn't love. The color seemed more orange, and I couldn't detect any of the red I'd read about on blogs, and it was definitely not fluorescent. Bright, sure, but not even the brightest I've ever seen. Perhaps for those accustomed to only demure high-end colors, this might be the brightest out there, but it doesn't hold a candle to, for example, a China Glaze summer collection (real fluorescents). In addition, upon first application, I found the shortness of the handle to be irksome, and the brush shape to be a bit difficult (I still prefer OPI wide), and the formula to be not as smooth as I liked. Inside I was crying from disappointment that I paid $26 for just another orange polish. Fortunately, impressions can change over time. After a few weeks of sitting on my dresser, the days grew warmer, summer exploded onto the scene, and I found myself reaching for it again. I gave myself a pedicure, and haven't taken it off for at least a week now. It's the perfect summerized alternative to a classy red. When I started preparing this review, I painted just a few nails on my hand for swatching purposes. However, after taking the photos, I decided I really liked the color and manicured the rest of my fingers as well! I think this polish was made for summer, and it took summer's arrival to warm me up to this set. I'm quite happy now.
Enough story. On to the review...
|Dior Vernis Aloha, uncapped!|
There is also a clear topcoat, which you may have noticed. I actually like the topcoat a lot. It's smooth and dries quickly to a very glossy clear finish. Two manicured thumbs up for the topcoat!
|Dior Vernis in Aloha in strong sunlight|
|Dior Vernis in Aloha and a tasty basil plant|
I hope you enjoyed my review. This polish was unexpectedly thought provoking. I'm still not completely sold on high end polish, but I've noticed that I didn't feel the need to pick up any other nail polishes this season. Hm. So, what do you think of Aloha? Still no? Are high end polishes worth it? What future colors are you anticipating (Chanel Graphite, anyone?)
P.S. I planted my first "garden" this year. Right now it only has the basil plants and some mint (that I almost killed), but I'm hoping to add some peppers or other veggies soon. I'm hoping the mint grows faster so I can make mojitos =P
Aloha! What a pretty summer color - I bet that would look fantastic on your toes.ReplyDelete
I feel the same way about high end polishes. Yes, Chanel and Dior turn out some great un-dupeable polishes but I can only get 3 days wear time, if that, IF I'm lucky. So for now, I'm sticking to OPI, Essie and my favorite high end polishes - Rescue Beauty Lounge - $18. However, that quickly adds up once you add shipping from NYC. I feel it's worth it if you are a collector. For me personally, I don't take my nail polishes that seriously.
Yes, I will check out Chanel's Graphite when it comes out but I will think twice about buying it. I'm still glad I walked away from Chanel's yellow offering for summer, Mimmosa.
How does this Dior topcoat compared to Seche Vite? That's my jam!
I love the colour, it looks gorgeous on your nails! Your review is excellent too.ReplyDelete
I feel the same way about high end polish too. More expensive brands don't seem to last any longer than cheaper one's on my nails. I still get suckered in to buying Chanel and Dior by the pretty colours and packaging, but Essie and OPI are my favourite nail polish brands because they apply well and actually last on my nails.
Aloha, I have it too! I ended up not loving it as much as I thought I would, but I still really like it for the summer. The reason why I don't *love* it is that on me it only lasts half the time of the other Dior polishes that I own :(ReplyDelete
I rarely find high end polishes to be worth their price. I have 3 or 4 Chanel varnishes because I fell in love with the shades and could not find them elsewhere, but they often start chipping on the second day :( I like Dior for the brush (now that I am used to it) and for drying extremely fast, but it lasts about as long as any decent drugstore polish. So unless I absolutely love the shade, I still go for SOPI :)
Lexi- I'm glad I passed on mimosa too, and I was sorely tempted, too. I've always wanted to try RBL, but I can't get over paying for shipping =P. I love their coral color and starfish patrick from what I've seen online. As for Seche, I'm actually not fit to comment, as I don't own it. I think seche might not be three free?ReplyDelete
Nat- I'm relieved that you and others seem to agree! In the future I'll only get the colors I think are really special!
Olga - I love the fast drying time too. I was in love with sopi until the price hike! I wasn't a huge fan of this summer's collection, but a good fall collection and I sure I'll be hooked again.
I agree with you with the fear of purchasing a n/p that's not OPI and more than $10. It took me ages to purchase Chanel and now I'm hooked. Like most others, I can't pull this off at work either but it's a great shade for summer.ReplyDelete
Hi Kirstie - Thanks for your comment! I'm afraid I'll soon fall in the dangerous clutches of Chanel colors as well! Well, worse things could happen =PReplyDelete