Dior – Le Vernis #715 Dune from The Nude Collection 2012 (swatches, comparisons & review)


Starting as early as 1947 when Monsieur Christian Dior created what he termed, the “New Look”, his venerable house has been reinventing fashion and beauty ever since – but not always in expected ways. Take nude, for example … or four nudes … or four “Dressy Nudes”. What sounds like an oxymoron, actually begins to make sense when you place it in the context of beauty: subtle, understated, and modern neutrals – sort of like looking perfectly “done” without any effort at all.  Doesn’t get easier than that.

undulating sand dunes of the Sahara desert (source)

Dior Dune

Dior Dune


Dune‘, the darkest of the four Dior Nude lacquers released for fall 2012, is a sleeper; a plush mink brown hue with greyed taupe leanings, it holds that sparse & subtle “secret shimmer” deep inside – nothing overt, but a detail which adds a beautiful dimension of depth to the finished look. The formula bore a medium thick viscosity with amazing pigmentation, providing perfectly self-levelling coverage and leaving behind an ultra-glossy mirror like shine. Coats applied: 2

*NOTE: The Seche Vite Top Coat I used for these swatches must be somewhat incompatible with Dior varnishes, as it seemed to shrink from the tips a few minutes after application – something to keep in mind.

in sunlight

in shaded light

with flash


When I brought ‘Dune’ home, I immediately went hunting through my collection for any possible look-a-likes, but while this colour itself may not be exceptionally outrageous or unique, it’s still different enough to warrant owning, as the following will show. Like I needed convincing, right? The following swatches are with the 3 shades I found that came the closest tonally, and how they compared. For the record, all four shades had an excellent natural shine and are with two coats of lacquer, in order to keep things consistent.

  • index finger: CHANEL ‘Particulière’ – best coverage with 1st coat, more beige/milk chocolate toned, no shimmer
  • middle finger: Dior ‘Dune’
  • ring finger: OPI ‘You Don’t Know Jacques’ (France collection) – thinnest formula, closest tonally, a touch more grey tinged
  • pinkie finger – Essie ‘Don’t Sweater It’ (reviewed here) – similar viscosity and ease of application, definitive mauve leanings

in sunlight

in shaded light

with flash


Final thoughts: The darkest of the four shade of Dior’s Nude Collection, ‘Dune’ drew me, for some particular reason – even though I was sure I already had a zillion like it. Turns out, I have nothing like it; that perfect melted chocolate tone it holds seems to also wear an eerie grey veil at times, coupled with the sparse shimmer that makes a sly appearance now & then … I don’t need to say more, do I? I love how it’s perfectly wearable for day and yet takes on an edgier look for evening, deepening mysteriously. And the formula? Pure perfection, in true Dior style. Which has me wondering why I didn’t go back for the other three already …




*Disclaimer: Some products provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

26 Responses to Dior – Le Vernis #715 Dune from The Nude Collection 2012 (swatches, comparisons & review)

  1. nawi says:

    will you be getting any of the other colours? I want to get Charnelle and Trench or Grege have trouble deciding?

    • Eugenia says:

      I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be picking up any of the others; there are so many new Holiday collections coming out that I may go for instead!

  2. Latoya says:

    Even though I’ve got a new-found love in brown nail polish, I’m not sure I *love* this, Eugenia – though its still very pretty! I actually think that if I were to pick one of the four, I’d go with ‘Jacques’ – I prefer it without shimmer. And, since I’m not totally sold yet on this deep a brown, it’d be a cheaper way to investigate! 😛

    • Eugenia says:

      Here’s the thing with Dior and their “secret shimmer” — it’s almost undetectable to the naked eye. I didn’t notice it here until I saw the bottle in direct sunlight and then again with flash – I wanted to point that out, in case I gave you the impression it was actually shimmery (it isn’t!). Still, if it’s not a colour you “love”, then I agree with your thinking about testing the waters with a less expensive option first!

  3. I was all set to ignore the Dior Nudes but three out of the four shades are constantly in my head now – including Dune! Thanks for the comparison to You Don’t Know Jacques! I had no idea they were that similar. It’s going a long way to stem the lemming at the moment, though I do see the slight difference that’s still tempting me to secure Dune at any cost. Darn their beautiful polishes and elegant packaging!

    • Eugenia says:

      Ahhhh, Liz…I understand the craving all too well; yesterday I was at the Dior counter and I barely restrained myself from going on a shopping frenzy, lol! It’s the brand’s fault for making such luscious lacquers!

  4. Julia says:

    I don’t know; I like it but I really don’t wear a lot of straightforward brown and I think that I like last year’s Dior Ebony better. That’s okay, because I’m REALLY looking forward to the Holiday collection (I know, it’s September, but I’ve already seen some pictures…). Even if just for the super cute throwback looking bottles. Also I’m sort of wondering what the deal is because I was just at the department stores last week and they only had the core colors and the Golden Jungle display…I could have looked again today but I was coming home from giving a presentation and I was *way* too tired to brave the Sunday afternoon mall! Oh well, some other time!

    • Eugenia says:

      ‘Ebony’ is beautiful in its own right, but it’s almost black next to ‘Dune’. As to Dior’s holiday collection, it looks spectacular — I’m with you & can’t wait to see the products live as well! Mall traffic……shudder! I don’t blame you for wanting to skip it!

      • Julia says:

        Oh, I know Ebony is much darker. Of course before I got Ebony I was like “Ew, brown” and then I loved it so maybe if I see Dune in person and can swatch I can form a better opinion.

        I work odd hours so I am able to shop during weekdays, which I MUCH prefer to weekend shopping. Nothing cheeses me off more than going to an Ulta or Sephora or something on a weekend when there are a bunch of husbands and boyfriends standing around in the aisles, being in the way… When I go shopping it’s SERIOUS BUSINESS, no stragglers allowed! :)

      • Eugenia says:

        Hahaha! I never stopped to think about it that way, but you’re right; the “milling” boyfriends/husbands hanging around waiting really do clog up the space, don’t they? On the other hand, I actually rely on my husband coming makeup shopping (or any other kind of shopping for that matter) with me, as I find his input invaluable! Go figure, right?!

  5. Mara says:

    I’m waiting to see this collection in stores! I think my picks will be the lighter shades, but i’m opening my mind and trying different colors!
    I had the same issues with seche vite so I changed for Poshé top coat, which gives the same shine and drying time, but it’s B3F, so it’s compatible with more brands. I already finished two bottles and I bought a big refill!
    Beautiful pictures as always :-)

    • Eugenia says:

      Mara, I picked up this shade while Stateside last month – for sure it’s in all stores there now, you could call your local Dior counter and find out. The lighter colours are beautiful too and while I passed on them the first time around, I am seriously reconsidering and will definitely give them another look – plus you know how much I hate breaking up sets, lol!

      I really like Poshé as well and use it as part of my rotation of base & top coats; I think you’re right though, and I’ll go back to it. My favourites are the a-england ones, but I hate using them up for swatching only!

  6. Love it! I want to check out this nude collection for sure Big Sis. Perhaps I’ll finally bring home my first Dior polish! :)

    • Eugenia says:

      That blows my mind, Lil Sis; how have you managed to resist Dior polished until now? Lol!! You will be quite impressed with the whole experience – formula, colour, application – once you finally do cave! Can’t wait!

  7. Linda says:

    Really nice, I like the addition of shimmer! I think these darker ‘nudes’ are a little easier to wear for us pale girls. It’s a curse! Thanks for showing it!

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re welcome! I think you’re absolutely right, Linda; the darker nude shades offer up a really nice contrast against paler skin, without being too much!

  8. meandjd says:

    Hey, I nominated you for the liebster award. Keep up the work on your blog!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks you so much and I’m flattered that you nominated me, but isn’t that award about new bloggers with less than 200 followers? I don’t think that’s me on either count, but I appreciate the thought just the same!

  9. Larie says:

    Ahhhh! This is my favorite of the four…NEED. Your comparison has convinced me even more! That subtle shimmer is splendid.

    • Eugenia says:

      I love the slight touch of delicacy the shimmer gives this shade too! But now I’m having second thoughts about not picking up the others, lol! It’s never enough, right?!

  10. Maribeth says:

    This is delicious. I simply love it!

  11. beachgal says:

    I think I have an Esse that is like this – not sure of the name – some I pulled out are more gray than Dune is – still looking. Always love, love you to do comparisons.

    • Eugenia says:

      I have a few Essie’s hiding somewhere in my stash that might possibly be contenders, but something tells me that even when I do find them, ‘Dune’ will still be unique! 😉

What are your thoughts, beautiful?