Dior always seems a little slower in catching up with manicure trends, but it’s one of those brands that can persuade me to finally try something. The case in point this time: a caviar manicure with Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo from the Golden Winter Collection!
Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo (RRP in Belgium: 41 euros) comes with a Gold Nail Lacquer Base and (transparent) Crystal Pearls.
Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo definitely contributes to the bling factor in the Golden Winter Collection. From the caps to the funnel, everything practically screams “HOLIDAY!” here.
I personally love the packaging of Diorific Vernis. It reminds me so much of Christmas ornaments! It also contains a bit more than regular Dior Vernis (12ml instead of 10).
The Gold Nail Lacquer Base looks like a warm, pale gold in the bottle. On the nail however, it definitely isn’t a warm gold! The brush is slightly longer and not as tapered with the regular Dior Vernis, but still it’s easy breezy to apply. Despite the fact that it has an intensely metallic/foil finish, there are barely any brushstrokes! I am pretty sure out of all the metallic nail polishes I have tried, this is one of the smoothest-looking ones!
The Crystal Pearls are tiny sparkling transparent beads.
The funnel doesn’t look like most of the plastic-looking ones I have seen on the market. I know this is a minor concern, as nobody will ever see the funnel you did your caviar manicure with. Still, I feel the urge to applaud Dior‘s attention to detail and quality!
I believe that most of you know how to do a caviar manicure by now, but let me walk you through this quickly. First, you have to remove the black base from the transparent tray (to catch the beads). Second, apply a coat of nail polish on every nail. Third, paint the second layer in finger at a time. Before the polish dries, pour the beads onto the nail over the plastic tray. Repeat this step on as many nails as you like! Lightly press the beads on the nail, and leave it alone for 15-20 minutes.
As a last step, pour the beads back into the bottle with the funnel.
And you’re done!
The thing with a caviar manicure is it doesn’t last that well. As a matter of fact, the only way to keep it longer is to paint the nails right before you head out, and use your hands as little as possible throughout the day/night. By that, I mean try to be extra gentle even when you wipe your hands dry. This should reduce the amount of crystal pearl fallout.
Since I personally think it might be a bit over the top to have sparkling beads on every nail, I did a holiday-inspired manicure with Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis and Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo. I have Marilyn on my index finger and pinky, two coats of Gold Nail Lacquer Base on my middle and ring fingers, and the Crystal Pearls topped on my ring finger:
Can you see how incredibly smooth the gold nail polish is, yet how intensely metallic? Awesome!
Bottom line: While I wouldn’t say Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo is a must-have for most (except for hardcore Dior/caviar manicure fans), quality-wise the set is impeccable. The gold nail polish is one of the best metallic nail polishes I have ever tried, and I’m sure I’ll do an accent nail with it often enough. All in all it is a very holiday-appropriate manicure set, and it will work well with other Diorific Vernis from the Golden Winter Collection! You have seen it here as an accent nail with Marilyn, and it will serve the same purpose for Royale and Minuit as well.
Have you tried a caviar manicure? Do you like it? It’s more or less a special occasion manicure in my book, as I am normally way too rough with my hands to make it last even one night on me!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx