Dior Vernis Merveille 651 (Holiday 2011 Les Rouges Or Collection)
|November 15, 2011||Posted by peach_ under Dior, Limited Edition|
With a name like Merveille, meaning “marvel” and “miracle” in French, I did hope for a small miracle. After all, I chose to wear this Vernis last out of the Dior Les Rouges Or collection, not because I save the best for last, but because it’s admittedly the one I was least excited to try.
I assumed it would be an “ordinary” sparkly red that many brands release every holiday season, a color that I’ve avoided purchasing time and time again. I finally decided to acquire one with my favorite Dior formula and brush. What I found was not a typical Christmas red, but one that makes me think of…the tropics!
Perhaps because I’m wearing this immediately after Dior Apparat, a darker bordeaux red, Merveille seems extremely bright. It’s far from a neon, yet I’m nearly blinded by it when it catches the light.
In natural lighting, it has a pink undertone mixed with the bright orange-red. It reminds me of tropical fruit punch, the ones laden with red food coloring and seem as if they can glow in the dark. That’s what I meant by “tropical.”
The red and gold micro-shimmer is very subtle and merely provide a metallic sheen over the nails. They can only be individually detected when held close to the face, and provide depth with a luminous glow at an arm’s length.
The formula is, as usual, top notch: very smooth, fast-drying, and opaque in 2 coats. I find Dior’s shimmery formulas to be slightly less thicker in consistency compared to their creme finishes. They’re just thick enough so that they glide easily over the nails, only where you place the brush. It’s not watery, so there isn’t a risk of it “running” and flooding the cuticles or sides of nails.
As expected, it’s the most shimmery under direct lighting, but the gold shimmer is not as heart-stopping as Exquis and Apparat. Nevertheless, sunshine really warms up its color and brings out the orange-red base color. This is the “small miracle” when the pink undertone is overshadowed by the gold shimmer, making this a warmer, orange-toned red. Miraculous, or no?
Overall, it’s not my favorite out of the 3 other Les Rouges Or Vernis, but it’s a bright, glowing, festive red with a hint of uniqueness that I’m happy to add to my minuscule red collection.
Merveille (USD $22) is limited edition and currently available online and in stores at Dior.com and Dior counters worldwide.