Today I would like to share Part 2 of my review and comparisons of Dior's new gel shine formula with you. After this post, i was considering to compare nail polish brushes of different brands, please leave a comment if you think that would be helpful. As I stated in my previous post (Part 1), the new brush is very close to Gel Effect Top Coat brush.
At Part 1, I presented you some cheerful colors, here comes taupe & grey: #403 Palais Royal, #803 Metal Montaigne and #494 Junon.
|Dior Vernis #403 Palais Royal, #803 Metal Montaigne, #494 Junon Gel Effect Nail Polish|
EDIT: Before I even released this post, there were questions regarding the brush of the new Dior nail polishes, so I managed to get a photo for you below. New Dior brush is close to YSL brush, thiner and a tad longer than old Dior brush but still it is wider than Chanel's. Hope that helps.
|Comparison of brushes from Chanel, Dior (old), Dior (new), YSL and Guerlain nail polishes|
#403 Palais Royal is a mid-toned taupe creme. It is not warm nor cool, which makes it more interesting for me compared to the older taupe of Dior, Trench. Because of this slight coolness once compared to other taupes, I find Palais Royal more modern. The formula is great, it is opaque with two coats, below it is swatched without a top coat.
|Swatch (shadow): Dior Vernis #403 Palais Royal|
|Swatch (sun): Dior Vernis #403 Palais Royal|
I like taupes on my tips, so here is an extended comparison. Chanel #559 Frenzy is lighter, Armani #104 Greige is also lighter and cooler. Dior #306 Gris Trianon is lighter and slightly cooler. YSL #39 Gris Gallery is lighter and a tad warmer. Armani #105 Taupe Greige is the closest of the bunch but it is a tad more mauve. Chanel #505 Particuliere is warmer and slightly darker. Dior #223 Trench is warmer, therefore for me the new shade #403 Palais Royal is a modernized version of Trench.
|Comparison of Dior Vernis #403 Palais Royal with similar shades|
Talking about grey, #494 Junon is a mid-toned bluish grey creme. The formula of this one was also great, not too thin nor too thick, self-leveling and opaque with two coats. It appears very blue on the photos but I found it to be more grey in real life. I also swatched it against some blues later on and have seen that Junon was looking more grey. To me Junon is one of the modern and edgy shades of the new Dior nail polish line.
|Swatch (shadow): Dior Vernis #494 Junon|
|Swatch (sun): Dior Vernis #494 Junon|
I was expecting #803 Metal Montaigne to be metallic, but it has more of a pearly finish. It is a deep anthracite with very fine silver shimmer, which gives that pearly effect. The formula was again perfect, below you see it with two coats and no top coat. Metal Montaigne is not really a very new shade but while testing Front Row, I found out that this type of pearly finish has more of a gel shine effect once worn together with Gel Effect Top Coat, so I can't wait to have Metal Montaigne on all my fingers. By the way check out how beautiful it shines with direct sun light <3
|Swatch (shadow): Dior Vernis #803 Metal Montaigne|
|Swatch (sun): Dior Vernis #803 Metal Montaigne|
Dior Metal Montaigne is close to Chanel Steel but definitely is a revamped version with a prettier shimmer. Chanel Black Pearl leans more blue, Dior #072 Metallic Silver is more metallic, less pearly.
Dior #497 Junon leans more blue than Dior #707 Gris Montaigne. YSL #38 Gris Underground has a similar blue tingle but is much lighter. Burberry #203 Storm Grey is also another blue leaning grey which is darker than Junon.
|Comparison of Dior Vernis #803 Metal Montaigne and #494 Junon with similar shades|
I am going to review three more shades soon, which are on their way to me at the moment.
Intermediate thoughts: I am loving the shiny finish of these and how they look on the nails. I am still testing Front Row (reviewed here) and I don't have even minor tip wear after 3 days although I am constantly typing. I will let you know at Part 3 how the test ends ;-)
Dior Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Polishes are already available internationally and retail around 23€ for 10 ml.