Dior's holiday polishes all have a gold shimmer in them, and are at counters now. I looked at all of them and this was my favorite; I picked up Merveille, as well, because it looked like such a festive red. Now that I have it, though, I'm not convinced that it's entirely unique, so I'm debating whether to keep it or not - I haven't even swatched it. I just stare at the bottle with an extremely thoughtful expression on my face. S., wisely, says nothing.
Anyway. When I bought Exquis, I thought surely there would be a dupe for it - and yes, I bought it anyway. Now that I have it, though, I can't think of anything. Can you?
|Two coats of Exquis + Zoya top coat; no flash. It's a kind of khaki, olive, something, and flashes gold in lights.|
|Photo taken with flash. The formula is smooth and easy to work with. Dior brushes are flat and wide - paddle brushes, I think they are called? A couple of brush strokes is enough for each nail.|
Exquis is a dark mushroom color with a delicate gold shimmer. If you look very closely, there are also teeny tiny red and green flecks that add depth to the overall color. Sometimes I wish the shimmer were stronger, but it is beautiful in sunlight. It reminds me of mushrooms, but in a good way. Plus, mushrooms are cute. I asked S. what he thought - if he thought it was worth the higher end price tag. After some inspection, he said he likes the color because it's not flat, and it's rather multi-dimensional. Good enough for me!
Have you picked up any holiday collection items yet? I swatched all four of the Dior Or lipsticks, but they just didn't seem that fabulous, so I passed on them. Now I kind of want to go back for the darkest lipstick, though. I need to stop reading blogs!
$22 for 0.33 fl oz, at Dior counters.