Showing posts with label Dior Bird of Paradise collection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dior Bird of Paradise collection. Show all posts

26 April 2013

Dior Bird of Paradise Collection Vernis Nail Duo in Bahia (002): Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! I was hoping to have day two of the Seven Deadly Sins nail challenge, but that didn't happen. Instead I have the second duo from the Dior Bird of Paradise collection. If you missed my review of Samba, the first duo, you can find that here.

Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Bahia (002), Bird of Paradise Collection

If you already have similar colours in your collection, you might want to pass on these. But if not it might be worth it to take a closer look. Both polishes have a superior formula that, at least in my book, make them worth the extra cost. I found the colours very rich in colour, flattering, and perfect in every way.



Like the first duo, these polishes do not have names, so just numbers are given. All swatches are with a coat of Seche Vite. Also, I've taken photos under direct light and in my light box so you can get a better sense of how the polish looks.

Bahia 667 is a hot pink creme, it's very saturated and intense in terms of colour, but it's not quite a neon. This is actually a re-release. It was originally called Pink Graffiti and was part of the Anselm Reyle limited edition collection. At least the bottle number is the same and it looks like the same polish. So if you missed it before, you have a second chance! ;) And thanks to @thepolishowl on Instagram who originally told me about this!

Dior Vernis 667 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Dior Vernis 667 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Dior Vernis 667 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Bahia 792 is a blue creme that leans slightly towards a teal blue. It's absolutely gorgeous. Only downside is that this one is slightly staining.

Dior Vernis 792 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Dior Vernis 792 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Dior Vernis 792 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

The formula on both was the same. Both only needed two coats for full opacity. They went on very smooth, with no streaking, and were perfectly self-levelling. They have a flawless finish with a high shine, even without top coat. The polishes in the Bahia duo have everything I would want in a creme polish.

Like the Samba duo, these are 7ml/0.23fl. oz. minis. In Canada it retails for $30.

What do you think of this? Out of the two Dior duos, which one is your favourite?

20 April 2013

Peacock Nail Art Using the Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Samba

Hi everyone! I promised you some nail art when I reviewed the Dior Vernis Nail Duo from the Bird of Paradise collection (if you missed that you can find it here). I meant to post this yesterday but it got too late. :(

If you've seen the promotional ads for the Bird of Paradise collection, you will know why I went with the peacock theme. I didn't have a lot of time, and I was doing a full mani, so I wanted to keep this simple. Sometime I'd love to do a peacock design that is more elaborate, but that will have to be filed under "someday" for now.

Peacock nail art

I used only four polishes for this design: the Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Samba (polish numbers 402 and 794), OPI Vant To Bite My Neck? (dark eggplant creme), and Orly Luxe (a gold foil metallic).

Peacock nail art

Everything was done freehand. In case you're interested, here's how I went about painting this. For the peacock feather on my middle finger I drew in the feather with the OPI, then I painted in the top part of the feather with the Dior 794. I went over the feather a second time with the OPI, added a dab of the Orly, then finally Dior 794 on top of the OPI as an accent.

For the thumb I did an abstract peacock design. I started by painting in the feather shapes with Dior 794. Then I outlined them with the OPI, then finished with a touch of the Orly in each feather.

Peacock nail art

The studs are from the Born Pretty Store, and you can read my review of them here. I've found this stud set so useful and have used it many times! Don't forget to use my coupon code MSL91 to get 10% off. They have free shipping worldwide with no minimum order!

Peacock nail art

Until I can do some tutorials, here's a few tips regarding freehand nail art that I've picked up in the past few months. First, try to get the best nail art brushes that you can. Sometimes it takes buying a few brushes before you find the one that's right for you. I'm thinking about doing a post in the future about brushes, if you are interested, let me know and I'll make it a priority. In the meantime a lot of other bloggers have done posts on the topic. Second, I use nail polish thinner to make the polish more fluid and workable. It also "revives" dried polish that's on your palette, so you don't waste as much polish. And finally, don't try to get your lines right the first time. I often start out with a very light line, then go over it once or twice more.

Peacock nail art

Overall, I'm really happy with how this turned out, and I find it very elegant. I was planning to do some swatching and nail art today, but nixed that because I didn't want to take this off!

What do you think of this?

19 April 2013

Dior Bird of Paradise Collection Vernis Nail Duo in Samba (001): Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! I was in The Bay a few days ago and I saw the new Bird of Paradise collection from Dior. The collection includes a variety of products - blush, lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadow, etc. - but more relevant to my interests, and this blog, where the two nail lacquer duos. These are mini sized duos that are billed as "summer nail lacquer duo for tips & toes." Each duo consists of two 7ml/0.23 fl. oz. polishes in the signature Dior bottle. According to the Sales Associate at the Dior counter, these polishes are very limited edition, and not part of the core collection. However as we'll see with the second duo, one of these polishes has been released previously.

Dior Bird of Paradise Collection Vernis Nail Duo in Samba (001)

While my logical left brain told me I shouldn't be splurging on these, my emotional right brain said "go for it!" Lol. So right brain won this time, and I bought both duos. I'm showing you the first one today, and the second one I will show you later this week.

The individual polishes don't have names, so I'll be referring to them by their bottle numbers. All swatches are with a coat of Seche Vite. Edit: I noticed that photos have a slightly off appearance when viewing them in the blog post. Viewing the photos in the lightbox mode is recommended. To do that simply click on any photo.

Dior Bird of Paradise Collection Vernis Nail Duo in Samba (001)

402 is a pale jade creme. On the Dior website it's labelled a "sea blue," however, I don't agree with that description. I find this to be such an amazing hue. I don't normally gravitate to colours like this, but I fell instantly in love once it was on. The formula is perfection and it went on very creamy and smooth and was completely self-levelling. I used two coats for these swatches, and I was just in awe of how easy it applied, and how flawless it looked.

Dior Vernis 402 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Samba 001)

Dior Vernis 402 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Samba 001)
(note: I don't know why this looks so different from the other photo,
but they were similar in my photo editing program)

794 is the stunner of the collection, and the one that has caught every body's eyes. This is a metallic teal green with an electric green shimmer. While there is a slight shift towards blue, I wouldn't call this a true duochrome. The formula on this one was also perfect, and I used two coats here. You do have to have a bit of a steady hand as the brushstrokes are slightly visible, but it is very minimal. One issue I had was slight shrinkage at the tips after applying top coat. I didn't have that issue with my other swatches from this collection, so I believe it's something about the makeup of the polish itself.

Dior Vernis 794 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Samba 001)

Dior Vernis 794 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Samba 001)

Dior Vernis 794 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Samba 001)

Comparisons: In searching my collection I did manage to find a few polishes that were close to these, however, there's no dupes here.

Dior 402 Comparison

  • Pinky/Index: Dior 402 was a shade darker than the other two, it also had the best formula out of the three shown here.
  • Ring: Models Own Jade Stone is a shade lighter than the Dior but very similar. This was three coats.
  • Middle: Essie Turquoise & Caicos is lighter and more sheer than the others. It also is a tad more muted in colour. Out of the three this had the worst formula, very sheer and almost watery, but three coats for full coverage.
L-R: Dior, Essie, Models Own, and Dior

I also have bottle shots, which include Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet. The Sally Hansen is much lighter than the Dior as you can see.



Dior 794 Comparison
  • Pinky/Index: Dior 794
  • Ring: China Glaze Unpredictable I thought would be similar based on the bottle but this is not close at all. It's more of a green-gold base with slight blue duochrome.
  • Middle: Sally Hansen Scarab (Lustre Shine line) is the closest to the Dior, and very similar in formula, but the Sally Hansen is more blue than the Dior. 
L-R: Dior, Sally Hansen, China Glaze, and Dior


According to promotional material I've seen, this collection is supposed to be available in May, but as I said, I found it already on display. I was also told that it was very limited edition, so if you are interested you might want to keep your eye out for it. I paid $30 CAD for each duo. 

What do you think of this duo? Are you tempted to buy it? Stay tuned tomorrow and I'll have some nail art using this duo!!
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