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)
‘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 shaded light
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 shaded light
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