These might be the last Dior Vernis you’ll see for a little while, but I can’t promise you anything because I am still thinking about Wonderland! I am going to quickly swatch *Grège and *Ruban for you, as well as going over the (relatively) new Dior Top Coat Abricot in comparison with their *Gel Coat!
Dior Ruban Vernis (268. RRP in Belgium: is an icy ballerina pink with plenty of silver shimmer.
When I first saw the shade, I thought it would be tricky to work with. Thankfully, you can actually make it even and opaque with minimum work! As it is with any nail polish, use a base coat to smooth your nails out (and protect them from staining). Lay down a thin first coat, and then follow up with a thicker second coat. The trick here is also to make sure the first coat has completely dried down before moving on to the next step!
Voila, with two coats. you get a finish that is shiny, smooth, and opaque (as usual, the swatches are done without a top coat)!
Admittedly, Ruban is not the type of pink I usually reach for, but it doesn’t clash with my warm undertone!
Next up, we have Grège (413). Grège is a shade that got carried over from the previous line-up (it came out with 3 other neo-nudes back in back in autumn 2012). I can see why this beige-y café-au-lait with a little gray undertone is one of their best-sellers!
Grège has the effortless consistency and application of a typical Dior Vernis. It is opaque with two coats, though one coat is very even already. If you are running out of time, you can easily whip up a quick French manicure with this!
I like how there is a tiny bit of gray in it, because a pure beigey nude doesn’t tend to work too well with my skin tone. It is very modern and classic!
By now, the concept of a “gel” top coat might not be too new anymore, but Dior was among the first to launch their Gel Coat. Gel Coat gives the nails a better shape, an amazing, long-lasting shine, as well as keeping the nail polish going for longer. The only downside is you need a little patience for it to become touch-dry. You know that my nails are very weak, and sometimes the manicure I did the night before wouldn’t even stay intact before I head out the next day. With the new Dior Vernis and Dior Gel Coat however, I can keep my manicure perfect for two days! I am beginning to think the longer dry time is worth it!
To use Dior Gel Coat, drip a generous drop onto dry nail polish before carefully smoothing it out. Don’t press down too hard! If you remember this, it will never shrink or drag your nail color!
I picked up a bottle of Dior Top Coat Abricot when I ran out of my previous bottle of Dior Top Coat (I must have gone through 2-3 bottles of them). It is great if you have very limited time, as it pretty much functions as the quick-drying drops you see from some brands. Either way, I am glad to own both, and I definitely use them both depending on the amount of time I have!
Here are the ingredient lists of the two top coats if anyone is interested!
Dior Top Coat Abricot:
Dior Gel Coat: