Bewitched, Bewildered, & Bejeweled: Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo Gold Nail Lacquer Base, Crystal Pearls, funnel

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 box

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo (RRP in Belgium: 41 euros) comes with a Gold Nail Lacquer Base and (transparent) Crystal Pearls.

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo content

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.

Dior Diorific Vernis size scale

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).

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo Gold Nail Lacquer Base

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!

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo Crystal Pearls

The Crystal Pearls are tiny sparkling transparent beads.

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo funnel

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!

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo instructions

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.

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo Crystal Pearls, funnel

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:

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo swatch

Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis swatch

Can you see how incredibly smooth the gold nail polish is, yet how intensely metallic? Awesome!

Dior Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo tray, funnel, pearls

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

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • Nati

    Gorgeous manicure! I really like Dior vernis, but I already have many micro beads for nail art… so I think I’ll skip this, thought the packaging is so cute :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Nati, yeah in that case you probably don’t need this 😉 There are some other nice Diorific Vernis in the collection though. You should check those out!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    I really like the metallic golden polish !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Same here! Definitely one of the best metallic nail polishes I have ever tried!

  • beauties

    caviar nails are pretty. too bad they don’t last long :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah I agree. I’d be inclined to do it more often if it’d actually last a couple of days.

  • birtegovarts

    Big like!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It practically screams Christmas!

  • ValleyDoll

    Wauw, the packaging is gorgeous !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah I love it as well!

  • Lily

    Love the packaging! However, I wouldn’t fork out $$ for this or any other caviar manicure – just so impractical >_< Also, I like to use my hands and I just know I'd lose those caviars by chunks. LOL!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I understand. I’d totally wear that gold nail polish on its own, but still it’d be like paying for a lot of stuff you wouldn’t use!

  • Natasja

    Still not a big fan of caviar nails, but boy.. just the packaging makes me want to have it all :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know! So much bling!

  • Rocaille

    The attention to detail and packaging are fantastic, but I wish maybe the beads would also have a bit of color to them? Or some opalescence, or something? Great review anyway, Sunny!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Monika, the beads sparkle but that’s about it from what I can see. I’d be pretty happy if that gold nail polish were available on its own to be honest :)

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Why? Why are they attempting a caviar duo? Hasn’t history proven by now that they almost never look nice? Or am I just too critical? To me, it always looks so damn messy..

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I have no idea :p That gold nail polish is very nice on its own though! I am a neat freak as you know, but this wasn’t as messy as I thought it’d be!

  • Amber

    The packaging is truly luxe, and I agree, it does scream holiday! I love that the metallic is non streaky. Nice one Dior! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know! It’s amazing to see a non-streaky metallic nail polish. It’s almost impossible to find!

  • Larie

    I can’t do this, lol. The little beads make my skin crawl. And I am not one for one-night manis, usually – I need something to last.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean! I have a bit of phobia with little things that cluster together, but this one didn’t creep me out for some reason 😉 LOL at one-night manis!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    LOL I’m with Larie , caviar beads I just can’t do either. I like the plain polish though!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yup I definitely love this polish on its own!

  • Icaria

    Truly the gold looks fantastic and the packaging is what one expects from Dior but those beads, no way josé! As beautiful as they look it’s a no go for me as I use my hands too much and they’d probably all end up between my lap top keys!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha hey I actually didn’t have that problem for some reason! That or the beads are way too small so I didn’t really notice them. It’s really something for a night out. You can’t possibly cook/do the dishes with something like this on your nails.

  • Replica

    Not sure I could do with the beads as am sure the texture would weird me out, but love the look of the golden polish :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Actually the texture is so interesting that I kept touching it LOL Pretty sure I shortened its life span 😉

  • Liz

    I’m kind of surprised Dior went there with the caviar stuff. The texture gives me the creepy crawlies so I can’t, but damn it, those ornament shaped bottles are so cute.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha well there are other shades you can look into!

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny,

    I had no idea the set involved a textured mani! The gold is beautiful, but the texture might be something I might have to get used to :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dovey, the texture is actually so interesting that I kept touching it (which didn’t help it last, haha)!

  • peggy timmermans

    The result definitely is lovely! I like the change in colours, not every nail the same.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Peggy! I find that easier to wear than 10 fingers of caviar manicure 😉

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    This is such a fun look, and the bottles are SO Christmas-y and cute as buttons. I’ve never done a caviar manicure but my mom has and she was losing balls (LOL) left and right! She was having to re-do them every day! PS: I LOVE Marilyn.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kristen, I agree! Caviar manicures are really only supposed to last a day, and forget about any housework! Marilyn is such a stunning red! It has a slightly jelly finish that makes it interesting :)

  • petra

    Loving the colors of this products, perfect for christmas!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Petra, I agree! I suppose I can use the gold shade alone as an accent nail with other shades when the holiday season is over as well!

  • Dominique33

    We don’t have the caviar manicure here, and we don’t have the scented powders ( such a shame ! ) I picked up both quints, Minuit and Royale Diorific lipsticks and Minuit nail polish so far. If it’s still available on Dior website I may order the duo and the powder ( still unsure ). I really think it’s a beautiful duo in the bottles, quite disappointing on the swatches though. But those 2 bottles are gorgeous I must say :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dominique, whaaaat that’s weird! Are you sure it’s not at certain counters? Here the powders and caviar manicure at only available at one counter nationwide.

      You definitely did a great haul there! I personally love that gold polish, and I’m sure I’ll wear it more often than the beads 😉

      • Dominique33

        It’s available in Paris and on the Dior website, oh yes a great haul it’s such a beautiful collection. The gold polish is truly gorgeous, a very classy gold indeed.