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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Dior Bond Street

By on April 27, 2011
in 365 of Untrieds, Blue, Dior, Spring 2011
dior-bond-street-nail-polish-le-vernis-bottle-365-untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

This spring Dior bucked the traditional pastels & florals of the season with their Gris Montaigne Collection, focusing on greyed hues.  It’s funny how just a year ago grey felt kind of “done” and yet here it is again, feeling fresh and new.

The Gris Montaigne Collection includes two nail polishes. One of them, the aptly named Gris Montaigne, was also part of an offshoot nail collection, City Gris, based on three fashion capitals; Paris, New York and London.  Gris Montaigne is joined by NY 57th and Bond Street which is my favorite of the three and the subject of today’s 365 of Untrieds.

Formula & Application: Dior nail polish is 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin) and free of camphor, which can be an irritant. The rectangular glass bottles are topped with a mirror-like chrome finish cap that comes off to reveal an inner ribbed cap (similar to Chanel polishes).

Dior recently overhauled their formula and brush which is now a flat paddle style with firm, curved bristles, similar to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri & Complete Salon Manicure brushes. This style of brush has it’s pros and cons; it gives great coverage but if it isn’t cut perfectly it can be hard to create clean edges near the cuticle.

The firmness of the brush can also cause dragging if you use too hard a touch. Fortunately Bond Street is so pigmented that in spite of the unevenness I created with my first coat, I achieved full, opaque coverage in two coats.

Dior Bond Street is a deep slate blue creme.  It ended up surprising me as it looks so much lighter in the bottle than it dries.  Though please not that it’s much more greyed in person than it appears on screen.  I like to think of it as a darker version of the beloved MAC Blue India.  They are definitely cut from the same cloth though Bond Street has a bit of teal in its base that lends to it looking a bit more blue depending on the lighting.


Bottom Line: The hue is rich and gorgeous and unique to my collection.  I’m as equally impressed with application and formula as I am the color so Bond Street gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.  Definitely worth checking out.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: I don’t have to think twice… STASH

Dior Bond Street is available online at  Dior nail polishes retail for $21/ea for a .33oz bottle.

Thoughts on Bond Street?  Have you tried Dior’s new formula and brush?  What has your experience been?  Will you be picking up a bottle of Bond Street?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by Dior. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Chris says:

    This looks worth checking out! I have not tried Dior polishes, but I am interested in this one.

  2. Tiffany H says:

    Wow! Great color!

  3. Serena says:

    Great color.
    Can you do swatches of gris montaigne and/or the rock your nails collection, if you have them? I feel I can’t make a final decision until I see your swatches…. lol

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Hi Serena! I don’t have the Rock Your Nails collection. Gris Montaigne is in my “untrieds” pile as well so that will be reviewed.

  4. Oh I love this color – if I didn’t already have Blue India I would have to pick this up!

  5. Paulina says:

    Bond Street is one of my favorites!!!!!!! So chic and beautiful.

  6. Gwen says:

    Pretty color! Looks like I need to get it.

  7. This is so beautiful, but Lord knows I cannot afford it.

  8. Wow, super pretty! $21 is a lot for a bottle of nail polish, but for something I really love I think I can swing it.

  9. Jenn says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Paz says:

    Gorgeous!! Fresh new look on both greys and blues!!

  11. Apriltini says:

    I have Blue India and absolutely adore it, so a sister would be wonderful. However, I cannot bring myself to pay that much for a polish, no matter how beautiful it is. That’s a couple days worth of food!

    Gorgeous swatches!

  12. Kelly says:

    oh that’s beyoootiful!

    if I were going to splurge on one high-end polish, would you go with this (soooo pretty), a Chanel (not sure what colour) or an RBL or Lippman… or another brand entirely?

    I’m needing an incentive reward for myself and I can’t decide what it’s gonna be, other than a spendy-er polish.

    Gosh this one is really putting it’s hooks in me and I like the flat brushes… Hrm.

    Thanks for all these swatches! I’ve loved nearly all of them!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      That’s not even a question to me. I’ve been so beyond impressed with RBL’s formula and colors that it would be hard for me to choose any brand over it. Regardless of any relationship I have with Ji or the fact that I created a color with her, it truly is my favorite high end nail polish line and worth every penny. I like the Lippmann glitters but her formula can be hit or miss. Chanel comes out with some huge hits and I like this Dior a lot but the brush isn’t my favorite. If I had to choose one of the four to buy from, it would be RBL.

  13. Kellie says:

    wow! Gorgeous color but .. $21? Dupes?

  14. Lillian says:

    I absolutely love the all three shades in the Gris Montaigne collection. They’re so gorgeous! Too bad they’re $21..

  15. Nicole says:

    Love that! I don’t have any Dior polishes either, worth a trip down the hill to check out.

  16. Tyesha says:

    Love this blue! Since I’ve already splurged on the Nars Midnight Express, I think I’ll pass on this one.

  17. Christine says:

    Well, I can’t go on living without this nail polish now. I hope you are proud of yourself.

  18. PattyK says:

    I actually really like the new brush, it works very well for me. I really wanted Bond Street to look like it does it the bottle, I was disappointed that looked darker on the nail. I still like Bond Street, but it would have been LOOOVE if the bottle shade showed up on the nail. I love the colors in their latest line (esp Nirvana and Purple Mix), again they end up being darker than they look it the bottle, but I still like them.