Is luxury nail polish worth it? Bionic tests Dior Vernis

by Bionic Beauty on 03.Dec.2009 · 5 comments

This was my first time trying a Christian Dior cosmetics product. It’s normally pretty far out of my reach (especially in this economy), but I really wanted to review the brand on Bionic Beauty to get the word out about how the Dior brand performs.


Dior Vernis nail polish in Silver Purple

In the picture above, I am wearing Dior Vernis nail polish in Silver Purple.
The bottle itself is very luxe with slightly rounded corners and a polished silver-tone cap. However, the cap broke off the first time I unscrewed it. Now I’ve just this ugly little black screen top showing, but oh well. I’ll make do, since that’s definitely not too big of an issue.

The application went very smoothly. There was no cuticle drag or nail tip heaviness; and the frosted shimmer applies evenly and without streaks. However, the very blunt, square-ended brush was difficult to work with. Since it was such a straight line, it made not getting polish on my cuticles and edges a very difficult task.

The pigmentation is great. I am wearing two coats in the photograph above and it’s not transparent at all! A few weeks later, I went back to use this polish again. Unfortunately, the little “underneath” black cap stuck fast to the polish bottle (even thought I was storing it upright).

With that out of the way, I enjoyed this color, but the formula and bottle did not impress me nearly as much as Rescue Beauty Lounge, OPI or China Glaze.


1 Holly December 3, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for the review! I guess I will stick with OPI and China Glaze. Are they made by the same company? They have all the same colors, just different names.

2 Bionic Beauty December 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Hi Holly, They are actually separate companies. I agree that some of their colors are similar, but I actually haven’t found any duplicates between the two brands. OPI is a bit more “traditional” in their colors and has the DS (Designer Series with Diamond dust), lots of creams and mushrooms; while China Glaze has lots of sparkles, shimmers, holographics, bright colors, etc. CG also seems to release quite a few more specialized collections each year.

However, they are both “Big 3 Free” formulas, but CG is typically longer lasting and a bit thicker. OPI seems to run a bit smoother and fluid- and their formula seems a bit more consistent throughout their color range.

I hope this information helps! Let me know if I can help you out with anything! 🙂

Have you tried Rescue Beauty Lounge? I know they are pricey (around $18 a bottle), but the formula ROCKS. I typically chip my nails within 24 hours, and RBL lasts 3-4 days for me. Incredible! And I only need 1-2 coats instead of the typical 3-4 so I’m using a lot less polish. I’ll have a full review and lots of swatches up soon!

Happy Friday!
Jami (BB)

3 Mo December 5, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Good info on OPI and CG Jami! There are a couple of brands that I’ve had problems with due to coverage inconsistency so it’s helpful that you keep an eye on that stuff!

4 Kimberly December 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hi, I just wanted to mention the cap actually didnt break off. Just like Chanel polish, there are two caps. An outside cap and an inside screw cap. This is to make it easier to polish with (instead of holding onto a chunky square cap). I just wanted to make sure you didn’t think it was “broken”
PS. I always add a drop of sally’s beauty secrets nail polish thinner to Dior or Chanel polish. It makes a world of a difference, lasts longer, goes on smoother , and doesn’t chip. Top it off with Seche Vite fast dry top coat also from sallys, dries cement hard (and super glossy) in 5 min! My polish lasts for at least a week like new!

5 Bionic Beauty December 29, 2009 at 10:55 am

Hi Kimberly, I’ve got some Chanel polish too and have never had the outer cap come off like it did on the Dior polish. The outer cap on the Dior was actually glued on with a high-end lock-tite type of adhesive. So when the outer square cap broke off, it physically cracked; and it also cracked the inside black cap. 🙁 So now they are both cracked. I solved the problem by switching on another brand’s brush and cap. Much, much better.

The Sally’s nail polish thinner is nice! Especially if you have problems with a thick polish. I use it sometimes for China Glaze glitter polishes. However, I would only recommend the Seche Vite top coat when you have glitter polishes or ridges. Otherwise, check out “Out the Door” – it dries much quicker that SV and lasts a LOT longer. 🙂

I hope this helps!

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