Remember what they told you about not judging a book by its cover? Well, believe it or not, the same principle applies to nail polishes too. I am not big on nude nail polishes (blasphemy!). Sure I like a good one or two in my arsenal just in case I have to look very classy, but I don’t tend to get overexcited about them. When I saw Charnelle (115) and Trench (223. Two of the four new nude Dior Vernis) in the bottle, I was uninspired. Same goes to the muddy dark brown, Bengale (615. Part of the Dior Golden Jungle collection). I hemmed and hawed for a while before trying them on, and bang! I was actually more than pleased!
I like a good makeup challenge from time to time (like coral and reddish brown eyeshadows), but a lot of the time I prefer to stay in my comfort zone. Neutral smokey eyes with a lip color that doesn’t shout? Very me, and very Dior Golden Jungle! Have you seen their Golden Browns palette and Instinct Addict Lipstick?
You might remember that a while ago, I attended the Dior Golden Jungle launch in Taipei. Besides the Crocodile Leather Effect Nails, another piece that I fell in love with was the Golden Savannah palette. Well, today I can finally tell you if it’s the neutral quint of my dreams this season!
Let me admit this: when I heard Dior is releasing their version of a crackle polish, I just about winced. I have played with a crackle polish or two, but the thick and rubbery texture is something I just can’t get past so I previously didn’t own any. When I saw the promotional image however, I thought: if it does look like this, I wouldn’t mind trying!
Yesterday I went to the Dior Golden Jungle Launch in Taipei. Since it’s one of the collections I was looking forward to the most this autumn, I took a whole bunch of photos and swatched some pieces for you! There are also some FOTDs and NOTDs if you want to see the pieces in action. I hope you’re getting excited!
The event took place at the Wedgewood Tea Room. Since it’s on top of the department store building and each of us had a working station to ourselves, I had quite possibly the best lighting and surface to work with to date. The head artist of Dior demonstrated on a model how to work with different products, from the foundation routine to the finished face with a simple smokey eye.
We also each had an SA to help us complete the look. Mine had a much harder time because I kept swatching things and asking for tissues/makeup remover!
Despite the fact that I am neither a fan of crackle polishes nor one of crocodiles, the second I saw the promotional image of Dior Crocodile Leather Effect Nails I was intrigued. When I saw it on the SAs last week, I was pretty sure I wanted to take it home!
The Crocodile Leather Effect Nails come in a set with two nail polishes, including the base (gold) and the crackle (khaki green). The first thing I noticed about these is that the brushes are not typical Dior Vernis brushes. They are longer and not tapered (in other words closer to the ones you’d see from other brands). The SA told me that this is done on purpose, as if you make the coats TOO even it wouldn’t work as well.
The effect could be extremely fine if you put on very thin layers, but also much more obvious with thicker coats. I removed the nail polish on my ring finger to show you (it’s OPI Glitzerland on the rest if you are curious).
Here the coats are extremely thin, and I would almost consider it as a failed attempt because the colors aren’t coming out. I also tried a layer of the crackle on my pinky (where two coats of OPI Glitzerland weren’t removed), and the lines are SO fine that you almost don’t see them. Fail!
I used thicker coats the second time around and it worked much better! I know that you could make the coats even thicker to have the pattern looking yet again different, so it really depends on what you’re after! What I love about it is the fact that it requires one coat each, and the texture is fine instead of rubbery. Also, just to be honest, I think it’s by far the prettiest crackle effect I’ve seen!
The Khaki Design 5-Couleurs Designers has 4 eyeshadows and one liner. I think the color combination is fabulous, and the fact that they included a liner also makes it very practical (though I can’t testify how well it works/holds up). However, the two lighter shades have a chalkier texture and they aren’t very pigmented on me.
Golden Savannah on the other hand comes with 5 good-performing shades. The only one that is not very pigmented is the golden shade in the middle. However, I do think it is sheer by design. It would work well to highlight your inner corners, the center of your eyes, or even layer over other shades. This is a quint that would be great for smokier looks, and I am personally satisfied with the quality!
Now, what did I learn from the head makeup artist? I learnt how to do a simple smokey eye with Golden Khaki!
Let me get this out first: I think the pattern is fabulous. I don’t own/wear anything with leopard print, but this one is very nicely put-together! I had doubts about picking individual colors up with brushes, though now that I’ve played with it I can tell you it is possible (not a big and fluffy brush, but something like MAC 239 should work)!
The texture/pigmentation are not the best I’ve seen from Dior, and I wasn’t sure how it would work. The head makeup artist taught us to first line the waterline and lash line with a pencil liner before mixing the two darker shades and using the mixture all over our lids. As soon as it hit my lid I breathed a sigh of relief, as it didn’t take a lot of building up for the color to show up (I did have UDPP on, but that’s what I systematically do). The fallout was minimal as well (there was a tiny bit, but it’s most probably because I only had a sponge applicator to work with). Since I had extra time, I also worked the darkest shade into my outer v/crease, highlighted the inner corners/center of my eyes/brow bones with the lightest one. Some liquid eyeliner (I took my own) and mascara later it was done, and I like the result very much!
(Do excuse the foundation shade. I could write a whole post about the “wanting to look fair” thing and what effect this concept has on SAs recommending foundation shades, but I won’t bore you here)
The gloss isn’t very pigmented, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be lost on my lips. Nevertheless I think it’s a cute palette to tote around if you ever need some touching up!
All in all it was a fun experience, and I did go home with Crocodile Leather Effect Nails. I’m pretty sure I’ll get Golden Savannah at some point, though that’ll probably have to wait till I’m back in Belgium!
Have you seen Dior Golden Jungle? Does anything from this collection interest you? What are some other autumn collections that you can’t wait to lay your hands on?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx