Dior – Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo (LE) Golden Winter Holiday 2013

Dior Jewel Manicure Duo opener

 

When the first promotional images of Dior’s Golden Winter Holiday 2013 Collection began circulating, I was drawn to this Jewel Manicure Duo – even though I had no idea at the time what it was exactly. I still had no clue what it was, even as I hunted it down (and bought basically sight unseen) the last one available at my nearest Hudson’s Bay Dior counter. THAT, my friends, is what a beauty addiction is – make no mistake about it.

As with the rest of the Golden Winter Collection, this was a limited edition item and for some bizarre reason, it seems like the company decided to make like only 3 sets (I don’t know the exact number… obviously more than that, but still a ridiculously small amount) and I heard that people were snapping them up at the speed of light. So, I apologize in advance if a lemming that can’t be fulfilled is created with this post.

Secondly, and as my swatch photos (below) show, this is Dior’s take on the ‘caviar look’ that was popular a little over a year ago and I know that there was a lot of negative feedback on this nail trend, I think it still deserves a fair shake – there’s something so unique and opulent about the way this combination comes together.


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo box

Dior – Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo


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Dior – Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo contents

Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo Gold Nail Lacquer Base (12 ml/0.40 fl. oz) & Crystal Pearls (20 g/0.70 oz) CAN $39.00 – the set comes with a bottle of gold lacquer, a bottle of crystal pearls, a clear plastic tray, a small funnel, and clearly illustrated instructions.


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo

Dior – Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo


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Dior – Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo tray & funnel

Dior – Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo (included tray & funnel)


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo funnel

Dior – Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo directions

Dior – Diorific #001 Jewel Manicure Duo (included detailed instructions)


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Dior – the gold lacquer & crystal pearls of the Jewel Manicure Duo


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Dior – the gold lacquer & crystal pearls of the Jewel Manicure Duo


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo gold

The gold lacquer of the Jewel Manicure Duo – a beautiful pale gold hue with a lustrous metallic finish that applies in a self-levelling way, brush stroke-free and with a beautiful shine at the finish. Similarly toned to last year’s ‘Diorling’ (released as part of the Grand Bal Collection – and which I do NOT own), this version appears to have a much deeper pigmentation and stronger opacity. Coats applied: 2, plus Dior’s Gel Top Coat (on all nails except the accent/crystal beaded finger)


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Dior – the gold lacquer of the Jewel Manicure Duo


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Dior – the gold lacquer of the Jewel Lacquer Duo


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Dior – the gold lacquer of the Jewel Manicure Duo


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo beads

The crystal pearls of the Jewel Manicure Duo – transparent micro beads that can take on the tone of the underlying base shade they’re applied over – can be definitely be worn on all nails, but work to better effect as one accent nail. Worn over the gold shade of this duo and seen in some lights, they seem to take on an eerie glow – almost phosphorescent. So cool to see it when it happens, let me tell you!


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Dior – the crystal pearls of the Jewel Manicure Duo


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Dior – the crystal pearls of the Jewel Manicure Duo


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Dior – the crystal pearls of the Jewel Manicure Duo


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo swatch

Dior – Jewel Manicure Duo


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Dior – Jewel Manicure Duo


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo macro

Dior – Jewel Manicure Duo


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo swatch 3

Dior – Jewel Manicure Duo


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Dior – Jewel Manicure Duo

 

As I’ve worn this type of effect before, I knew what to do – but even if I had no clue, the clearly illustrated instructions that come with the set make it quite simple to follow. Before starting, make sure to separate the components by having the clear tray close at hand, and the bottle of crystal pearls open and ready for use. Choosing one nail to apply the pearls to, I then painted 2 coats of the gold lacquer on all the rest. Having applied 1 coat of the gold to the accent nail, I then went in and applied a second layer – immediately which, I placed my finger over the tray & gently poured the crystal pearls all over, making sure that the surface was completely covered. Finish by lightly pressing down on the pearls to make sure they’ve properly adhered … then sit back & admire your handiwork! By the way, the funnel is there to help you pour the left over pearls (in the tray) back into the bottle. The amount needed to cover 1 nail, is actually quite negligible – I barely noticed a drop once I poured the excess back in.

A note on removal: it needs work, there’s no getting around that, but not impossible; place an acetone-saturated cotton pad on the beaded nail & leave it on for a few minutes to soften the underlying base coat, then gently work all the beads off — don’t scrape or add undue pressure, as that can damage your nail bed.

Bottom line: I’m very happy I was able to find this duo, as I positively love the effect – it really does come off as edgy & sophisticated. The lacquer alone is worth the set, as it’s one of the few gold shades I’ve worn that applies so smoothly, with a hue that will suit all skin tones. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I know I’ll be rocking this look over the holidays!

So … weigh in, my beauties; what do we think of this look?


Dior Jewel Manicure Duo closer

 

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