From the moment I first laid eyes on promotional images for Dior’s Grand Bal Holiday 2012 Collection, I couldn’t wait for its release; I think I may have actually “whooped” when I saw the products arrive at my nearest counter … much to the embarrassment of my husband who was with me that day. Seeing all the products grouped together, I was reminded of 50’s era ladies – long satin evening gowns, opera-length gloves and tiny beaded clutches – looking like so many golden ornaments at a sophisticated soirée. The packaging on this collection is some of the most spectacular I’ve seen in a while – it’s a good thing the products live up to all that outer beauty as well!
#901 Diva – a deep onyx hue filled with incredibly fine gold, green, and pink micro shimmer. The formula here was utter PERFECTION – a just-right density that flows neither too thick or thin, with the barest hint of some sheerness upon application of the first coat, although non-streaky and with excellent coverage nonetheless. The round glass bottle is like nothing I’ve seen before and I was concerned that its brush would be too short to work comfortably with, but the bevelled cap provided a good grip, adding some length to the wand and making application easy. Ultra, ultra glossy and visibly smooth-looking, along with being completely self-levelling, you barely need a top coat to finish this beauty off, but it helps to add even more glamour & drama to the final look. Bonus: completely non-staining. Coats applied: 2 (along with base and top coats)
love the included ribbon with the “C” & “D” little charms
unique gold outer packaging
how elegant is this little tableau?
Ever since it became accepted and fashionable to sport black lacquer, I have been amassing these hues at an alarming rate; coupled by the fact that I have a total weakness for darkly brooding shades, there was no way I would miss adding ‘Diva’ to my collection. It stands to reason then, that I probably already owned a similar colour, and yet it was only when I went hunting that I realized that no 2 black simmer polishes are the same. The following swatches are all with base and top coats. Coats applied on all shades: 2
- index finger: Dior #905 ‘Black Sequins’ – a medium density formula with an excellent flow, a touch more opaque at the 1st coat than ‘Diva’, slightly cooler-looking due to its silvery-blueish shimmer which also happens to be more visible than ‘Diva’s’ shimmer
- middle & pinkie fingers: Dior #901 ‘Diva’
- ring finger: a-england ‘Bridal Veil’ (previously reviewed here) – the thickest and most opaque formula of the three, slight murky appearance next to the other two due to its ultra-fine prismatic particles, the glossiest and smoothest surface of them all
Overall, of the three, I would have to say that Dior’s ‘Black Sequins’ is the closest when viewed with the naked eye, but the differences become quite apparent when seen in direct sun (or with flash), with its shimmer noticeably sparser and not multi-tonal. The other difference between these two in particular, is that ‘Black Sequins’ does leave silvery traces behind upon removal, whereas ‘Diva’ cleans up much easier, with minimal mess.
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Final thoughts: ‘Diva’ along with #751 Marilyn (review coming up), were the two lacquers from the four released with this collection that I absolutely knew would be coming home with me – and I am so happy with my choices. The bottle looks like a little jewelled bauble that just begs to be displayed, but it so happens that the contents within are what impress me even more. For dark/vampy nail polish lovers, this is one amazing black hue along with its crushed shimmer which adds unique visual interest, dimension, and depth that you really don’t want to miss out on. A very sleek and sophisticated shade … a true diva, indeed!
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Retailing for CAD $26.00, I picked mine up at The Bay department store (Canada)
*Disclaimer: Some product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration
bottle & box