Comparison Swatches: Dior Vernis Incognito/OPI Tickle my France-y, Dior Vernis Plaza/ONLY YOU Pink Kiss, Dior Vernis Riviera/ONLY YOU Acid Love

Hey everybody, happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying some down time and restoring energy!

I promised you to show you some comparison swatches of Dior Vernis and similar shades in my stash. Well, here they are! I’m sorry that two of the three shades I pulled out for comparison are only available in Belgium. However, this is just to give you an idea. With so many spring/summer collections coming out, I’m sure you can find something close enough if you don’t want to splurge out on Dior Vernis!

The first set is OPI Tickle My France-y and Dior Vernis Incognito (257). In the following swatches you can see Tickle My France-y on my index and ring fingers; Incognito on my middle and pinky.

These two are not dupes, but they are definitely in the same vein. Tickle My France-y doesn’t have the slightly transparent quality of Incognito, and it is browner.

Next, we have Dior Vernis Plaza with ICI PARIS XL ONLY YOU Pink Kiss.

Pink Kiss is super opaque, and it is more fuchsia with a stronger blue undertone. Also, if you look VERY closely under direct sunlight, you see a teeny bit of shimmer which Plaza doesn’t have. Plaza has more pink in it compared with Pink Kiss. In the following swatch pictures, I’m wearing Pink Kiss on my index and ring fingers, Plaza on my middle and pinky.

Now let’s move on to the crazy bright Dior Vernis Riviera and ONLY YOU Acid Love.

Again, I love both. While Riviera is flashier and much more of an opaque orange, Acid Love has a jelly-ish finish, and the coral becomes very pronounced in comparison.

The only one of the Dior Vernis I have nothing to compare with is Lucky. Again, I’m sorry that I’m comparing two of the Dior shades to Belgian exclusives, but this is just so you know you can highly possibly find something similar enough if you’re either into the refined Incognito or the hot and fun Plaza and Riviera!

That’s it for today! I hope you guys have had a great weekend. I’ve got very exciting things lining up here, so remember to stay tuned!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: The GRAND highlight of my day so far is that Karen from Makeupandbeautyblog features my FOTD in her Weekly Roundup! Also, if you love cats, remember to check out MBB’s Rent-A-Tabby service. It’s hilarious, and who doesn’t want to spend a few days with a handsome tabby in a costume!

Disclosure: Some of the products mentioned in this review is sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers

Swatch & Review: Dior Vernis 257 Incognito, 537 Riviera, 579 Plaza, 659 Lucky, & Top Coat. Matching Lips and Nails, Anyone?

Hey everyone!

When I swatched/reviewed the Dior Addict Extreme for you a couple of days ago, I promised to swatch/reviewed the matching Vernis. Well, here they are!

I’m going to begin with the top coat. These are my first Dior Vernis, so I would also like to review the brush. What better than a bottle of clear top coat to show you how the brush looks?

As you can see, the Dior brush is short and tapered on the sides. The pointy tip allows precise application. Either I have made a lot of progress in nail polish application recently, or these brushes are seriously amazing, because I had next to zero cuticle clean-up to do! The top coat has an excellent formula. It doesn’t pull, drag, or shrink the nail polish. It dries speedy fast, so you don’t have to stick your hands out in agony until you can move around like a normal person. It also did a great job keeping the nail polish fresh and glossy!

Now onto the nail polishes.

Incognito (257) is a pretty and understated nude pink. While the matching lipstick has the tendency to wash me out, I love how this shade looks on my fingernails. It’s so clean and classic! The formula is great. While one coat doesn’t achieve opacity, it is smooth and brush-stroke-free. With two coats it’s perfect (though not 100% opaque if this is very important for you)! It’s definitely something I would reach for when I have a wedding to attend, or when I want to be understatedly pretty!

While the lipstick form of Riviera (579) is stunning, the nail polish version is really a burst of bright (almost neon) orange/coral! It’s mostly orange, though I see a bit of coral in it too. The formula is slightly thicker, but still very easy to work with. With one coat it is almost already opaque, though I always do two for good measure.

579 Plaza is a berry pink. Again, the formula is slightly thicker but very workable, and with one coat it is already almost opaque! This is the kind of color that I never had the courage to try, because I thought it would make my skin tone look muddy. However, it is really not an issue with this one and I love it!

Last but not least, allow me to present you 659 Lucky. On me it is a coral red, though with different light/angle it could look like a hot pink! It is a very nuanced color. Despite the fact that it is not shimmery/glittery/holographic or a duo-chrome, I would say it is a very complex shade!

All of these have a creme finish, though even without a top coat they are very glossy. The dry time is satisfactory, and they last around 4 days on with minimal chip/tip wear (which is the best case scenario for me. Please bear in mind that my nails are still not in good shape at the moment, and nail polishes never stay very long on broken nails).

Bottom line: I would not say any of these colors is an absolute must-have, as you might be able to find quite similar ones on the market. However, I must say that the formula is excellent, the brush a breeze to work with, and the nuance in these seemingly straight-forward shades makes them worthy of the designer name!

Please stay tuned for some comparison swatches in my existing stash!

What do you think? Does any of the bright and cheerful colors call your name? Are you a fan of nudes such as Incognito? Would you wear matching lips and nails?

In other news, meet my new pet Mr. Owl:

Isn’t he oh-so-cute??? My bestie HM gave it to me last week, and it’s the first cocktail ring I own! I’ve never been a fan of chunky rings as they’re not the most practical, but this owl looks so adorable and tame I really don’t mind taking him to places!

Mr. Owl says goodbye:

Have a good one, guys, and we’ll see you around!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

Swatch & Review: ICI PARIS XL ONLY YOU Spring/Summer Limited Edition 113 Banana Split, 178 Acid Love, 213 Pink Kiss, 313 Miss Bikini, & 383 Wasabi

Hey everyone!

Remember a while ago I swatched and reviewed some ICI PARIS XL ONLY YOU shades for you? I was very impressed with the brush and the formula. Today I’m showing you their spring/summer limited edition shades. Let’s see how these super fun and bright colors perform!

All swatches are done with base coat and two coats. No top coat so you can see how glossy they are on their own!

This is 113 Banana Split. I haven’t previously owned any yellow, but pastel yellow is one of the “it” colors this season so I was very excited to try! In bottle this shade is slightly shimmery, but the shimmer doesn’t transfer onto nails. Instead, it just has a lovely sheen. I absolutely adore the color, but my gripe with this one is the formula is pretty thick. The texture is almost like mousse and it is not very easy to work with. The result still looks pretty good, but I wish the formula were a little thinner.

178 Acid Love is another hot color of the year, namely tangerine tango! It is coral/orange, and I was smittened! The formula with this one is on the thin side, almost runny but not quite. Like everything else in this collection, two coats achieve complete opacity! This one has a creme finish.

213 Pink Kiss is definitely one of my favorites of the bunch! I have tried fuchsia/plum before, but it didn’t go all that well so I was a little wary of Pink Kiss. As soon as I was done with the first coat however, I knew it’s THE winner! The formula JUST right: it is pigmented and smooth enough to be a one-coater. I did two for good measure, but if you only have time for one, this polish is a good bet! This has a slight shimmer in the bottle, which translates into a sheen on nails. Gorgeous!

383 Wasabi is a fantastic chartreuse. It again has some shimmer in the bottle, but on the nails it’s hard to see any shimmer. The formula is pretty thin, and the first coat was rather streaky. However, it is all nicely smoothed out with the second one, and it becomes completely opaque as well.

Last but not least, I bring you 313 Miss Bikini. Contrary to my worries, this periwinkle blue does not clash horribly with my skin tone! It is still not a color I would reach out for on a daily basis, but it’s really not bad! This one also has a slight shimmer, and under the sun you can see a little bit of it, but it is not very visible. There are two things I don’t like so much about this nail polish though. First of all, the formula is pretty thick. It requires some effort to smooth it out. Second of all, this shade stains pretty bad. I did use a base coat, but still it was hard to remove everything. Unfortunately it was the first shade I chose to swatch, so my blood pressure basically shot through the roof lol

All in all, these are bright and fun shades that are perfect for spring/summer. Formula-wise, Pink Kiss stands out the most, Wasabi and Acid Love are thin but easy to work with, and Banana Split and Miss Bikini require a little more work because it’s thicker. Also, be warned that Miss Bikini is hard to remove. If you like the color and don’t mind dealing with some staining, you should go ahead. However, I would really recommend using a base coat when you wear this shade. Generally speaking, these polishes wear as well on me as Zoya or China Glaze, which is 3-4 days with minimal chip and tip wear.

With some help from Muffin, my personal favorites are these three:

How about you? Did you see anything you like? What are some of the “it” shades this season you have tried or want to try? What are your favorite nail polishes for spring/summer?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: The recommended retail price of ONLY YOU polishes is 4.95 per bottle (10ml). I think the 3 for 9.95 promotion is still going on, but I have no information as to when it will end.

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

Swatch & Review: OPI Baguette Me Not

Hey everyone, I hope Monday is treating you well! It’s incredibly sunny here today, and I’m hoping it’ll stay this way for a while! Today I’m bringing you a happy shade that matches how I feel on a sunny day, namely OPI Baguette Me Not!

2008 is already 4 years behind us, but OPI La Collection de France remains one of the best OPI collections I have ever seen, and Baguette Me Not remains my favorite bright pink.

Baguette Me Not is what I would describe as a happy salmon pink. It is a creme finish with no shimmer or glitter. It has a personality without being too attention-seeking. The warmness of the color works very well with my warm undertone. The coverage and consistency are excellent. It’s also something that I can wear all-year-round, neither too heavy for summer nor overly bright for winter. I have received plenty of compliments when I sport this on my nails. It’s sweet with a punch, carefree yet sophisticated!

What do you think? What’s your happy pink?

Sunny xx

Swatch & Review: OPI Royal Rajah Ruby

Hey everybody! Since my nails are not as miserably broken as before, I thought I’d start showing you my nail polish collection. I’m going to begin with the vampier part of my collection because it’s still the season to wear these shades. Today I’m showing you OPI Royal Rajah Ruby.

Royal Rajah Ruby came out with the OPI Spring 2008 India collection (it’s really old news), and I got this bottle at the end of 2010. I was looking for a vampy polish that will be good for the upcoming holidays after Lincoln Park After Dark turned out to be a major disappointment on my fingernails (it’s way too black. I tried to paint my fingernails twice with this polish, but I couldn’t stand it for more than half an hour so I ended up swapping it out). I hesitated between this and other similar shades (Tease-y Does It, Eiffel for This Color, Siberian Nights…) but ended up picking this one because the others are either too dark (I don’t want to repeat the LPAD fiasco) or too brown. I can tell you I don’t regret a single bit! Royal Rajah Ruby is a sensational brown-based red with gold shimmer. It’s noticeable in a nice way but not too in-your-face. The first coat could be a bit tricky, but with two coats it’s even, glossy, and completely opaque (you wouldn’t find me singing praises about a nail polish that takes more than two coats to achieve opacity. I simply don’t have the patience for that). I wear this both on my fingernails and toenails in winter, but even in summer I wear it on my toes!

Here are the swatch pictures in both natural and indoor light:

Brown-based nail colors are tricky for me to wear, because brown doesn’t contrast enough with my skin tone. As a result, my skin is left looking dull. However, this one really doesn’t cross the line of being too brown. I think it’s a lovely balance between brown and burgundy, and the shimmer spices it up nicely!

The formula is typical OPI. I still find OPI formula and brush the easiest to work with, and even on my broken nails it lasts a little better than other brands. I know that nowadays more bloggers rave about up-and-coming brands than OPI, but OPI nail polishes still have a special place in my heart!

How about you? What are some of your favorite vampy shades? Do you have anything that’s similar to Royal Rajah Ruby?

Sunny xx