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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Dior Gris Montaigne

dior-gris-montaigne-nail-polish-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.

TGIF Fanatics! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend. I’m just hoping for some decent weather. I’m itching to grab drinks on a patio somewhere in town. Heck, I’d be happy to just sit on my deck and have a beer with the boyfriend. Do you hear me Mother Nature?

Anyway, when I posted my review of Dior Bond Street, ALU reader Serena asked if I could swatch Dior Gris Montaigne for her. Being that the polish was sitting in my untrieds bin I decided to test it a little earlier than I anticipated.  You see, I’m trying to alternate between different brands as much as possible but I’m happy to accommodate requests when I can.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Dior Bond Street

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.

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Dior Silver Pearl Nail Polish Swatch & Review

By on April 7, 2010
in Dior, Silver, Spring 2010 with 21 Comments
dior silver pearl dior gris perle bottle After getting all swooning for Dior’s Silver Purple last fall I was excited to see what Spring would bring.  Here we have a variation last season’s smokey purple toned silver with the aptly named Silver Pearl or Gris Perle depending on the country.

I must admit when I first saw promo pics of Silver Pearl I wondered if we had a Chanel Kaleidoscope dupe on our hands.  Don’t we all wish for that?  Then I saw it in person and was all, “I’ve seen this before.”  I wasn’t even all that jazzed to test it.  *insert foot in mouth*  I’m totally eating my words now that I’ve gotten around to trying it.  Check out this bolt of silver lightening after the jump!

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Mannequin Hands with Dior, Lippmann and OPI

mannequin-hands-kyl Mannequin Hands is a new series featuring ALU Fanatics showing off their “mannequin hands” shade.  The one polish that best gives that elongated, flesh-toned look to their hands.

Today we have a former Cleveland gal (Go CLE!) sharing her mannequin hands with us.  Kyl from The Beauty Couch sent in pics of her three favorite shades from Dior, Lippmann and OPI. Kyl is a MAC NW15 or L’Oreal True Match N1/N2 so if you think she may be your hand twin, check out her picks after the jump!

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Dior Silver Purple Le Vernis for Holiday 2009 Swatches & Review

By on October 1, 2009
in Dior, Holiday 2009 with 27 Comments
I can’t help but get excited when the holiday collections start rolling out. There is usually some fun nail glitz to be discovered. And what I love about the Dior Cristal Boreale collection shades is that they’re a subdued version of the typical blinged nail. We’re talking cocktail party flare, not a full-on disco party for the nails.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of glitter bombs. I just HATE the removal more than people talking at the movies (and I DESPISE that). Dior Silver Purple brings on the sparkle without all the irritation. Check it out after the jump!

As I’ve come to expect from the Dior Le Vernis line, the formula provides flawless application. Between the flat brush, the intense pigmentation and smooth consistency I applied two coats in a flash and called it a day.

I was so excited to get my hands on Silver Purple that I rushed to take off my current mani so I could try it out. The color completely roped me in. A smokey purple with silver metallic shimmer, I wouldn’t describe the finish as being brush stroke-y. You can see lines of metallic particle running down the nails but it reminds me of falling stars not brush marks.
Making a return for holiday, Dior is relaunching Black Sequins as a Sephora exclusive. As I said in my review from last year, Black Sequins is a very rich black sprinkled with silver micro-glitter.

Finally, Rose Boreal looks like a crystallized pink. Unfortunately I do not have this one to show you.

The Dior Cristal Boreale collection is on sale now at though only Silver Purple is listed for nails. The other shades will release at Sephora and Dior counters nationwide this month. Dior Le Vernis lacquers retail for $20/ea.

Are you digging Silver Purple as much as I am? Who’s happy to see a Black Sequins comeback? Let’s hear it!

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