Dior Vernis Silver Lake 071 (Allure Magazine 20th Anniversary Special Edition)
|January 5, 2012||Posted by peach_ under Dior, Limited Edition|
I’ve had Dior Silver Lake in my possession for weeks, but just got around to wearing it for the first time. I’m unsure exactly why, but I might’ve waited for the right occasion to do so since the boyfriend had kindly gotten it for me when I thought I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on one.
This color was apparently created to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Allure Magazine. The backstory of how this came to be is unknown, but I decided the first manicure of 2012 was the perfect occasion for a little sparkle.
Dior describes Silver Lake as a “metallic gunmetal shade.” From that simple description and promotion photo, I honestly thought it’d be a plain silver.
Then I remembered reader Julia mentioning there is teal shimmer, and I smiled to myself (like a good polish addict would) when I found it to be true! It’s densely packed with silver shimmer, giving the finish a textured look. The more sparse teal shimmer adds dimension and an overall bluish cast to the overall appearance, especially under bright light. And no, people will not be able to easily spot the colored shimmer, but I love the attention to detail and think it’s so beautiful.
There must be something about this “looks gritty, feels smooth”full shimmer finish because it applies so smoothly and easily. It seems to self-level and dry very quickly so that you won’t have problems with creating bumps and unevenness. It’s not saturated enough for just a single coat, so I applied 2 for full opacity.
I would say the two are somewhat similar in their bottles, but on their nails, they are light years apart. Silver Lake applies much darker on the nails with a blue cast, while Graphite is lighter in comparison and almost looks gold here, thanks to its mixture of silver and gold shimmer.
As you can see in the above photo, Graphite appears sparklier and reflects more light, while Silver Lake has a more muted look in comparison (though still sparkly.) To me, they have the same finishes, but are so different in color that it’s worth owning both. I’m happy I found another polish with the same non-gritty foil finish as Graphite, and would love to find more like them.
I know there are split opinions on Silver Lake. What’s your take?
Availability: USD $22 limited edition, sold exclusively at Dior.com and Dior Beauty boutiques. Contact Massiel at Dior Palazzo store: (702) 734 - 1102