While most people are probably more interested in the new Rouge Diors, let’s not forget Dior is launching their new Manicure line at the same time! I have heard great things about Dior Crème Abricot, so how does the daytime serum version, Huile Abricot perform? Also, are you really really running out of time but want your nails to look more presentable? Dior is offering Instant French Manicure Pen as a solution!
You guys know that I prefer to stick to a skincare product for at least 2 months before I say something about it, but I have to make an exception for Dior Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum (RRP in Belgium: 25 euros) here. I have been using it a couple of times a day for the past 2 weeks, and I am hooked because it has done a fantastic job strengthening my nails!
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might know that my nails are a weak, peeling mess. I have been on a vitamin supplement continuously for a year now, but nothing stops them from chipping and peeling. This is why I can never test out wear for nail polishes anymore: even with a base coat and a top coat, the manicure I did before going to bed will for sure start chipping even before I make it out of the door the next day. It’s more than sad!
Dior Huile Abricot is a thick serum type of product that comes in a squeeze-tube packaging with a felt-tip applicator. The packaging is foolproof. I squeeze one drop out, and distribute it on the nails/cuticle before rubbing it in. It has a very light scent, and it is absorbed into the skin fast with no greasy residue. My fingers are practically glued to the keyboard during my waking hours, and I can’t stand making a mess with greasy fingers. I have tried other cuticle oils/treatments in the past, but I could never stick to them because of the greasy residue (that and less clever packaging. You’d think a dropper is easy enough to use, but in my experience that’s not true). With Huile Abricot, I don’t have that problem!
I have been motivated enough to rub it in at least twice a day. When I am home, Huile Abricot is right next to my computer. When I am out for the day, I toss it in my handbag. Within as little as a week, I started seeing a clear difference. My nails would normally peel all the time, but all of a sudden it stopped! My cuticle has been much softer and healthier as well. Of course it will take quite some time for nails to grow out, and I will for sure report back if Huile Abricot can solve my problem once and for all. For the moment, I am just going to say that I truly appreciate this product, as it is doing something for my nails that no other hand cream, cuticle treatment, or even vitamin supplement has achieved!
Here is the ingredient list:
You might know that I am skeptical about companies calling their products “oil” when they are nothing more than silicone. Dior Huile Abricot doesn’t suffer from that problem. The first ingredient is isononyl isononanoate, a skin-conditioning agent. After that you actually do see a mixture of oils!
Dior Instant French Manicure Pen (RRP in Belgium: 25,50 euros) is a bit like a white marker. It has a twist-off cap. You are supposed to shake it and press the end of the pen before you use it. You can get decent result with one pass (provided that you shake it properly and bring it across your nail with even pressure), but I prefer to make it optimal with two coats.
Dior claims the Instant French Manicure Pen is foolproof. Since I am pretty clumsy however, it took me several times to achieve a decent-looking French manicure. It is still a little difficult to maneuver the pen on my right hand, but let’s just say this is designed to be an emergency product, so I can live with something that is passable and not perfect.
In the same vein, the manicure doesn’t last too well. I can usually get a day with it, but after that it starts smudging (especially when I do the dishes and so on). All in all, Dior Instant French Manicure Pen will work if you have very limited time, but if you want a perfect-looking French manicure that will last several days, you might still have to go the proper route.
Here is how Dior Instant French Manicure Pen looks (two passes):
I don’t know if you can spot the difference, but my cuticle and nails look much healthier after two weeks, if I may say so myself!
Bottom line: I might have finally found a cuticle/nail treatment that actually works! Dior Huile Abricot is easy and pleasant to use, and that’s why I am pretty sure I’ll stick to it. The ingredients are good as well. I’ll have to keep you posted about whether my nails will grow out healthier, but for the moment, color me extremely grateful and impressed! Dior Instant French Manicure Pen is designed for people who have little time (and perhaps not even a table where they can lay their hands down to paint the nails properly). The result is passable for a day or so. If you want something quick and don’t mind having to remove it the next day, it is not a bad choice. If you want a perfect French manicure that will last several days however, you might need the patience to do one properly!
Do you have a favorite nail/cuticle treatment? Do you think you’ll pick anything up from the new Dior Manicure line? I still have half a bottle of my beloved Dior Top Coat left. After that, I will no doubt pick up the new Abricot Top Coat!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx