What Can Make Dior Vernis Better? Seeing Three of Them Together! Charnelle, Trench, & Bengale

Remember what they told you about not judging a book by its cover? Well, believe it or not, the same principle applies to nail polishes too. I am not big on nude nail polishes (blasphemy!). Sure I like a good one or two in my arsenal just in case I have to look very classy, but I don’t tend to get overexcited about them. When I saw Charnelle (115) and Trench (223. Two of the four new nude Dior Vernis) in the bottle, I was uninspired. Same goes to the muddy dark brown, Bengale (615. Part of the Dior Golden Jungle collection). I hemmed and hawed for a while before trying them on, and bang! I was actually more than pleased!

Again, I am a big fan of how Dior sees “nude.” What is “nude” on one person could wash someone out, so the four Vernis are supposed to cater to a variety of skin tones.

On me, Charnelle is a pinkish white. It has the right amount of pink in it, as nude nail polishes along this line could make my skin tone look “dirty” if there is too much pink. It has a creme finish, but like all of Dior’s creme nail polishes, it has that tiny bit of shimmer in it to prevent it from looking too flat. The formula and wear time are typically Dior, which means it’s not too thin, not too thick, easy to control, and long-lasting. However, do note that in the case of Charnelle, after two coats some of my nail line is still visible.

I can best describe Trench as café au lait with a dash of gray. The formula is perfection, and opacity can be achieved with two coats. It really is almost taupe on me, which makes it a lot more interesting than a straight café au lait brown. I strongly urge you to swatch this one at the counter, because while it looks really banal in the bottle, on the nails it’s so nuanced and balanced that it’s altogether charming and unique. As you can see, it is darker than my skin tone, but still true to the spirit of “nude.” It’s the new nude!

Last but not least, we have Bangale which is part of the Golden Jungle collection.

Bengale is a dark, muddy brown in the bottle, but once I tried it on I was amazed! It’s still dark, it’s still brown, but it has a bit of khaki in it that is very unexpectedly chic and sophisticated. I experienced no issue whatsoever with the formula or lasting power. Smooth sailing I tell ya!

Bottom line: I would definitely recommend all three, as quality-wise they are typically Dior! Charnelle functions well alone, and it would also make a lovely base for a French manicure. I predict Trench would be one of the best-sellers out of the four, because the borderline taupe-ness is very intricate. Bengale is a chic and complicated one for autumn. I can’t get over the hint of khaki in it!

Have you seen any of these? What’s your go-to nude nail polish? Does any of the three interest you?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are provided by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.



  • Shoegal

    I like all three for the fall!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Yup! Charnelle would work well all year round though :)

  • http://leisurelysensitive.blogspot.com Yak Man

    I like charnele and trench :D. I have a color like Bengale but that onr is more khaki and lighter

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Khaki is good. I love it on my eyelids as well as nails!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    I would buy Bengale just because it’s cool name :d !

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      That’s almost logical LOL

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    oh my, i love the “trench” color on you!
    these are beautiful but i’ve seen similar colors like Charnelle & Bengale. Trench looks quite unique, though.
    i am more excited about their holiday collection. they are bringing back the round luxurious bottle for the polishes. i had the same shape of bottle a decade ago and i miss it!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      hanks so much Lena! I am really looking forward to that as well! Eyeing Diva (the black with gold shimmer) already!

  • http://beautysdelight.blogspot.com Tessa

    zo mooi verzorgd zien ze er uit!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I agree!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com Dovey

    I love Charnelle ,but I agree with Lena, Trench looks wonderful on you!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thank you so much, Dovey! I really didn’t think I’d like Trench as much as I do :)

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I really, really want these…am trying to hold back!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha just pick one? One little one? :)

  • http://Mylucitedreams.wordpress.com My Lucite Dreams

    Don’t loving Bangale in the bottle, but LOVE it on your nails. It is very sophisticated.
    xx

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I know what you mean! It was a bit of a facepalm moment when I saw it in the bottle, but once I put it on I was impressed!

  • http://twitter.com/BeautyReflectTS BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS)

    LOVE them all! I need to go to the counter and check it out!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      You should, Tracy! I’d love to check Greige out because apparently that’d be closer to my skin tone!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    *sigh* Charnelle and Trench….too too pretty!! :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Dior Vernis is totally something else eh :)

  • http://www.beautyloves.be BeautyLoves

    I love them! Wearing Trench right now, it’s so pretty!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Glad to hear you like Trench too!

  • http://twitter.com/corallista Ankita/Corallista (@corallista)

    I liked Trench the most out of this lot! Right now I have a bright raspberry red on my nails!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I love bright raspberry red as well! I’m really really digging Essie Size Matters :)

  • nawi

    think Charnelle looks pretty on you and trench is a dupe for chanels particuliere or not?

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey there, thanks for the nice comment! I don’t own Chanel Particuliere, but I Googled some pics. All I can say is the two look very similar on some, but I do think it’s a shade that will look different on different skin tones, so unless you get to swatch them side by side you can’t be sure!

      All I can tell you is I personally think it’s a very interesting shade with an excellent formula. If you think you’re going to wear it often, you should definitely go ahead!