Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dior Vernis 908 Tuxedo

I usually refuse to pay more than $10 for nail polish, but sometimes you just gotta jump, you know?  This color is iconic Dior blue - it reminds me of all of the Dior packaging, shimmery and deep and lovely.  It's a dark, dark royal blue with very fine blue shimmer and sparkle.  It's opaque in one coat, but I did two, just for more intense color.
Two coats of Dior Tuxedo over Zoya Get Even, with Zoya Armor coat on top.
The formula is thick but easy to manage, though Dior polishes have the flat, wide, paddle brush that is found in Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (and some other brands).  It works, and covers the nail in one or two strokes, though it does lead to some minor dragging if you don't have enough polish on the brush tip.  It takes some experimentation to figure out the "happy amount" to have on your brush for even coverage - but not goopiness or overflowing the nail - but it's not problematic.  This is also one of the fastest drying polishes I own, and one-coat opacity is always a good thing, especially if you're crunched for time.  Tuxedo also dries down with an extremely glossy finish, even without a top coat.

Yes, this color is easily dupeable, and yes, it's expensive, but for me, I bought it as a pick-me-up.  It's Dior.  It's beautiful.  I see myself wearing this over and over again; it's dark enough to pass for vampy black under some lighting, but bring it into sunlight, and it eases into a beautiful jewel tone - like sapphires.  And it always retains that sophisticated, barely there shimmer.  Love.

$21 (US) for 0.33 fl. oz. at Dior Counters.  Dior nail lacquers are 4-free; that is, these formulas don't contain formaldehyde, dibutyl phtalate, toluene, or formaldehyde resin.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Polyester-23, Acrylates Copolymer, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anydride Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Pthalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethanol Copolymer, Surcrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Mica, Polyethylene, N-butyl Alcohol, Dimethyl Oxobnezo Dioxasilane, Citric Acid, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Methicone, Paraffium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Stearalkonium Hectorite.
+/- CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), CI 15880, (Red 34, Red 34 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 73360 (Red 30, Red 30 Lake), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).