Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dior Vernis #206 Pied-de-Poule, #796 Carre Bleu and #853 Massai from Fall/Winter 2014 Make-up Collection, Review, Swatch & Comparison

I hope everyone is having a great start in the week. I might have worked too hard during the first two days or I must be totally confused because I just wished a colleague who works four days a week "a nice weekend"! This was when I recognized that there are three more days, ugh...

Before I start with the beauties of today, I just would like to remind you that I am hosting my first give-away ever, so please go check it out if you haven't joined yet. It is so much fun that I suspect a new one is on its way! I have enjoyed reading the comments so much, got some new ideas and a lot of motivation. Huge thanks to everyone who left them.

Lovely Dior gel-effect formula that I am loving to bits! *happy sigh* I have reviewed some of them previously here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). Part 3 is also coming very soon. Today I would like to review two of the four limited edition shades coming up for this Fall and also show you a quick swatch of a repromote from their permanent line. 

The new shades are called #206 Pied-de-Poule and #796 Carre Bleu.

Dior Vernis #206 Pied-de-Poule and #796 Carre Bleu from Fall/Winter 2014 Make-up Collection

A gorgeous mid-toned nude with slightest hint of lilac is called after the famous pattern (a.k.a. Houndstooth) which was used to design Chriastian Dior's best seller suits. Check out this picture from 1950, and you know what I mean. 

#206 Pied-de-Poule is a great nude, not too dark not too light, very flaterring due to its natural undertones. It is opaque in two coats, has the long wear time of their new gel-effect formula. Pied-de-Poule is a true cream. It also appears warmer or cooler depending on the light, therefore I have two swatches for you.

Dior Vernis #206 Pied-de-Poule
Dior Vernis #206 Pied-de-Poule

I pulled out some of my favorite nude nail polishes for a comparison. I love nudes which are not too yellow nor too dark and Pied-de-Poule exactly fits the bill.

Dior Vernis #206 Pied-de-Poule and similar nail polishes from my stash

Dior #403 Palais de Royal (reviewed here) from the permanent collection is darker. It is great because I am loving it but I was wishing for one, which is close but lighter. Burberry #103 Ash Rose (reviewed here) is one of my all time favs, which is slightly lighter. Giorgio Armani #103 Parma Greige has more lavender and #104 Greige is darker (both are reviewed previously here).

Tom Ford Sugar Dune (reviewed here) is lighter and more pink. Chanel #559 Frenzy is warmer, I was really not expecting the latter!

Dior #306 Gris Trianon is cooler and darker. The closest shade in my stash is YSL #39 Beige Gallery (reviewed here) which is a little cooler but they are really close. So I would say, you might want to skip Pied-de-Poule if you own Beige Gallery already. However if you missed Beige Gallery, I recommend that you don't miss this opportunity twice! ;-)

Nail wheel comparison of Dior Vernis #206 Pied-de-Poule and similar nail polishes from my stash

Dior #796 Carre Bleu is a deep night blue with secret silver shimmer which only reveals itself under a strong light. Before I tell you what I think about the color, I would like to mention that the consistency is very good, longevity is au par with other nail polishes from gel-effect range, so it is rather impressive. Carre Bleu is also self levelling and a dream to work with.

The shade... It must be my all time favorite dark blue nail polish! It is not too dark and at the same time it has this understated beauty, a chic and professional aura. It is a great alternative to black without being black nor blackened. This one is pure love for me and I can see myself wearing it often after the summer is over.

Dior Vernis #796 Carre Bleu
Dior #796 Carre Bleu with flash, to show the faint shimmer

I would like to show you some comparison swatches and you will understand why I liked Carre-Bleu so much. Those are a few dark blue nail polishes from my stash...

Dior #796 Carre Bleu and similar nail polish shades from my stash

Dior #607 Blue Denim (disc.), Chanel #553 Blue Rebel and Chanel Magic (disc., reviewed here) are all lighter and brighter.(see?)

Dior #908 Tuxedo (disc.) is more metallic, Chanel #461 Blue Satin is darker and has more of a metallic finish. Dior #900 Poison Blue (disc.) leans more purple and is darker.

Chanel #631 Orage from this year's collection didn't move me much if you remember the post about this one, because to me it rather looks like another black. If you would like to choose only one dark blue polish this year, I would recommend you getting Dior's Carre Bleu instead.

The closest shade I have in my collection is Giorgio Armani's #701 Bleu d'Armani (swatched here), which is another blue I love wearing. I would say it is a little bit deeper. I think if you have one, you don't need the other but if you will pick only one, go for Dior #796 Carre Bleu since you get more product for your money.

Nail wheel comparison of Dior #796 Carre Bleu and similar shades

There is also a repromote shade #853 Massai, which is also reformulated and included in the permanent line. In the pictures I have seen that they slightly changed the name and called it Red Massai, which is a little confusing but as long as the number stays the same, don't worry, they are exactly the same shades. This one is also a stunning burgundy red with great formula and cream finish. Below swatch is with two coats.

Dior #853 Massai, repromote from permanent collection for Fall 2014

Final thoughts: A lovely natural mid-toned taupe nude and a stunning midnight blue which is not too deep nor too bright. I can't wait for the Fall to come. Wait a minute, it is so rainy at the moment here, I might consider to wear one of them tonight!

Check out these other posts for Dior's Fall Collection

What do you think of Dior's Fall Collection? What is in your wish-list?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Giveaway: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #09 Love

I was planning to post about some more fall make-up but got caught while trying to change the design of the blog a little. It is hard to believe that I have worked as programmer for several years and used to deal with thousands of lines of code. Even adding the media buttons took ages! Anyhow, now that it is done, hope you like it. I might have skipped a Sunday post but instead, I have this one for you...

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #09 Love

I have just reviewed Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in #09 Love (check out swatches and FOTD here) and received positive thoughts and comments from you. This showed me that there are other bunny lovers out there and this giveaway is especially for you, the price is a brand new Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs in #09 Love. Just log in to Rafflecopter and follow the instructions. I would be very happy if you use some of my new media buttons *click click!* to add me to your RSS Feed, Instagram or Twitter. If you want to tweet about the giveaway, you can do so each day and get more points. I still don't have a Facebook page, do you think I need one? 

Giveaway is open internationally, ends on the 3rd of August. Good luck to you and to me since it is my first giveaway, hope I didn't forget anything ;-)

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