Dior ‘Rock Your Nails Collection’ (swatches & review)


Going directionally away from Summer and more in line with the cooler months to come, I bring you Dior’s ‘Rock Your Nails Collection’ which debuted this past Spring (that’s quite a few seasons mentioned in one sentence!). What makes this collection unique, is Dior’s innovative ‘Rock Coat’, designed to give your nails a smoked out yet glossy look. Every single one of these shades stands out on its own as well – Dior’s fabulous formula and super-glossy finish, notwithstanding. An interesting feature of these shades is that while they appear rather opaque, they all bear a very fine inner shimmer.  All swatches below are with Sèche Natural base coat, and two coats of lacquer.


‘Purple Mix’ is a muted, almost dirty looking prune shade, but with a touch of vampiness to it.


Sunlight seems to bring out its more reddish base and definitely lightens the overall tone.


I love how shaded light gives this polish a sultry, brooding look, but it never comes off as looking too dark.


Purple Mix & Rock Coat


Looking like a dark filter was draped over ‘Purple Mix’, by adding one layer of ‘Rock Coat’, the shade is instantly transformed. Even without enlarging the above photo, the myriad shimmer of ‘Rock Coat’ is in clear evidence.


Seen in shaded light, there’s not much colour variance than ‘Purple Mix’ alone, although the shimmer of ‘Rock Coat’ adds a nice touch and more depth to the overall look.


‘Nirvana’ is utterly gorgeous – a deep blue/green aqua with the most subtle shimmer hidden deep within.


This shade comes alive when seen in full sun, yet still manages to maintain a slightly muted look.


Shaded light gives ‘Nirvana’ a deeper and cooler tone, lending it a teal-like vibe.


Nirvana & Rock Coat


Just like that, a layer of ‘Rock Coat’ brings ‘Nirvana’ from sophisticated chic to downtown edginess! Once more, the added shimmer seems to give this shade such an interesting depth of hue.


Looking close to a blackened teal, shaded light only adds more mystery to the overall look.


‘Underground’ is rich looking coffee bean brown, with a deep earthy appeal.


Interestingly enough, full sun seems to deepen this shade into luscious melted chocolate.


Shaded light lends a slivery aura over this lacquer, while paradoxically giving it a more faded appearance.


Underground & Rock Coat


Since this is a deeper shade to begin with, by adding one layer of ‘Rock Coat’, the newly created shade doesn’t stand out as much and is obviously darker, but it’s the shimmer that becomes the focus now.


Once more, shaded light mysteriously seems to almost lighten this look, but the shimmer is still quite visible.


‘Blue Label’ is such a regal navy blue shade, but with an elegant urban appeal.


When viewed in full sun, you can definitely see how midnight blue this shade truly is.


Shaded light brings this shade into the black range, although subtle hints of deep blue linger around the edges.


Blue Label & Rock Coat


With such a dark shade to begin with, I didn’t expect ‘Rock Coat’ to make a difference, and while the overall look may be a degree darker, it’s only the added shimmer that stands out now.


Even shaded light doesn’t add anything new to this combination, although it does seem to take on the look of a darkly starry night.


‘Perfecto’ is a deep, dark grey shade, almost bordering on charcoal.


Looking like wet concrete when viewed in full sun, it also has the most glossiest natural finish of them all.


I found that shaded light seems to add a slight greenish tinge to this shade, but it’s still dark grey perfection!


Perfecto & Rock Coat


Adding one layer of ‘Rock Coat’ to an already blackish shade might seem redundant, but I still wanted to see this combo in action. The new shade appears obviously a hair darker, but once more, it’s ‘Rock Coat’s shimmer that makes the difference here.


The only swatch where shaded light didn’t make that much of a difference, there are nonetheless subtle shimmery hints still visible, but only just so.


To offer a better idea of the effect that ‘Rock Coat’ gives, the above swatch is one layer over bare nails, both in full sun (top) and shaded light (bottom).


Two layers of ‘Rock Coat’ is noticeably darker, but might seem excessive over a base shade.


Final thoughts: Having never come across a top coat that was meant to “darken” nail lacquer, I eagerly anticipated the launch of ‘Rock Coat’. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the lacquers of this collection were all so visually stunning, which made it difficult to resist bringing them all home (!), but I have also been a long time fan of Dior’s formula – easy to apply, richly pigmented, smooth finish and amazing mirror-like shine. I’m still not completely sold on the overall effect of ‘Rock Coat’, but I cannot deny how unique it is, nor the sophisticated appeal of its shimmer. As to the rest of the shades…..sublime!


24 Responses to Dior ‘Rock Your Nails Collection’ (swatches & review)

  1. Shona says:

    Great swatches, Eugenia! I am envious of your nails looking so healthy! Mine is so stained… did you use any whitening product? 😉

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you Shona! I have never needed to use any whitening products; I really baby my nails by way of thoroughly nourishing them with several cuticle/nail products immediately upon removing my polish. I also give my nails a break every few days by leaving them bare and letting them “breathe” but in all honesty, I guess genetics is probably the main reason my nails don’t stain. So glad you liked the review!

      • Kellie says:

        Psst, your nails don’t need to ‘breathe’ because they are essentially dead. You could wear polish or acrylic paint every day of your life and it wouldn’t change the health of your nails. The only thing you have to do to have healthy nails is to make sure to take good care of your cuticles.

      • Eugenia says:

        You’re 100% correct; I use that term in the sense that I prefer to take “nail polish breathers” – even though the nail bed itself isn’t actually breathing, certain chemicals from the lacquers can still pass through and affect one’s system, as well as cause yellowing of the nails itself (usually seen on users that go from one mani to the next without a “clean” phase in between)

  2. Latoya says:

    I’m not sold on the Rock Coat either, Eugenia…though that over ‘Nirvana’ reminds me of Bond Street, which I SO wanted. And does Blue Label seem similar to the super dark blue Joe Fresh I had on the blog the other day? It ended up really growing on me. Your nails look FAB by the way!!

    It’s funny about Dior…similarly to Chanel, I never really was interested for whatever reason. The nail lacquers are certainly getting my attention though. I’m going to have to spring for one of them one of these days!

    • Eugenia says:

      The “cool” factor of Rock Coat is undeniable, but maybe it’ll take some more getting used to, I guess. Blue Label is a deep, deep navy and from your swatches of the Joe Fresh, there does seem to be a resemblance – I’d have to see the two in person before you can quote me on that, though! Seriously though, high price tag notwithstanding, Dior and Chanel polishes have never let me down, and that alone makes them worth the price for me (but it’s still a big “ouch” in the wallet department!). PS: Thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  3. pajammy says:

    I have Nirvana, Blue Label and Perfecto… and the Rock Coat. But now your swatches made me want Underground. Gorgeous!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Pam! It’s one of those shades that really hard to describe; sort of like elegant silt….the muddy bottom of a lake, but with a chocolaty slant (if that makes sense!)

  4. Nice comprehensive post! Your polish application skills must be phenomenal – your nails always look amazing! I had a hard time applying Rock evenly. Did you have any difficulties with it? However, I have noticed the superior formula of the NPs! Nirvana was sold out everywhere by the time I went hunting for it, but I’m so glad I managed to snag Underground and Blue Label! Now you’re making me wish I had the others… AS PER USUAL! LOL 😀

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Liz…..you’re great for my ego…lol!! I didn’t any real issues with Rock Coat per se, but it does tend to look a tad streaky applied over paler hues – although I love the unique effect it can give them. No patchiness or streaking when layered over darker hues, but then the effect isn’t as noticeable. I try to find a happy medium and take it from there!

  5. Tasha says:

    Purple Mix looks amazing on you! I don’t think I have seen polish quite like it; it looks like a dark, browned aubergine on my computer screen! I *almost* picked up the Rock top coat, but I wasn’t sure if I would use it. Do you know if it is limited edition or part of the permanent line now?

    • Eugenia says:

      I thought it was a limited edition product, yet I was at a Dior counter this evening and saw it in the permanent lineup. Call around; if you can’t find it but still want it, let me know and I’ll pick one up for you!

  6. D... says:

    I love when a polish can double your nail wardrobe. It makes such a subtle difference on some, but dramatic on others. I’ve been playing around with layering a lot and glitter ombres lately. It’s so much fun. I think that the main point of nail polish that you can express yourself and that you enjoy it. If you don’t I think you’re doing something wrong, although that’s just my opinion.

    • Eugenia says:

      How true….nail polish, while a fashion statement and the perfect finish to your look, should always be about fun! Why go through all the trouble, if not to enjoy it? Thanks for sharing, D!

  7. Shimmer says:

    These are so pretty! I love the idea of the topcoat…it’s so unique. I especially loved “Nirvana” and “Underground”. They are perfect for fall! Beautiful swatches as usual 🙂


    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you so much, Maribeth! While I love teal anything and Nirvana definitely holds a spot in my heart, for some reason it was Perfecto that stole the show for me…but don’t let the other lacquers know!!!

  8. Rie says:

    Love this collection so much! Nirvana is such a beauty. I’ve been on the fence as to whether I ‘need’ the top coat though. It’s such a unique concept, but I wonder how often I would actually use it.

    • Eugenia says:

      I know exactly what you mean about Rock Coat, although my curiosity was quite strong on that one…lol! I have tried it over several other polishes – some were successful combos, others not so much, but it does add a whole other dimension to the final look!

  9. Betony says:

    That was a very thorough and informative review, I loved it! It made me want to run out and get those colors right now! Beautiful work, I always look forward to your posts.

  10. kelliegonzo says:

    Beautiful swatches, great review Eugenia! I am so jealous of your nails, they are gorgeous.

    I tried these on in a Nordstrom store when they came out and I was really impressed. They’re all super beautiful and the Rock Top coat is super cool! It is a great idea if you ask me 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks Kellie, although these pics were taken a while back so my nails are much shorter now! I agree that Rock Coat is cool (perfect description, by the way!)….the thing is that you see the effect more on lighter colours, but it tends to be streaky as compared to blending better with darker colours but the trade-off is that it doesn’t really show then. Go figure!!

  11. Adina says:

    Beautiful collection! Dior nail polish was the first in my teenage years. The super talented Serge Lutens was then the artistic director. Colours still great!

    • Eugenia says:

      What a lovely piece of history…thanks for sharing that, Adina! I remember going to the Dior counter as a teen and gazing wistfully at the bottles….I’ve always loved them!

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