Friday, 17 May 2013

Nail of the Day: Dior Spring Ball

Happy Friday, everyone! Before Summer completely emerges, I thought I'd share with you a nail polish that just screams Spring. "Spring" is even in the name! A couple months ago, Dior came out with a new range of Dior Vernis Sparkling Colour Extreme Wear Nail Lacquer in shades inspired by some of their popular, Spring-perfect Addict Gloss colours. All four of the new shades embrace hues of coral, peach, orange, and cherry and feature gorgeous micro-sparkles throughout. In the end, I went for Spring Ball, a coral-peach with fine gold and silver glitter throughout.

Dior Vernis Sparkling Colour Extreme Wear Nail Colour in Spring Ball
The bottle itself is ultra-chic, as you'd expect from any Dior offering. It really is a thing of beauty! It's made of sturdy, rectangular glass and, much like Chanel nail colours, you pull off the thin metal lid to reveal a smaller, black plastic cap.


Here's a close-up of the texture of the polish. As you can see, the glitter is ultra fine and totally elegant. So mesmerising and lovely to look at!


Unfortunately, Spring Ball is an example of a nail polish that looks much more striking in the bottle than on the nails. While the coral shade is undoubtedly beautiful and perfect for Spring, I found the application a bit tricky and the micro glitter to be much less apparent than it looks in the bottle.

With one coat, the finish is actually quite lovely, however it is very sheer. Because a super sheer effect was not what I was going for, I applied a second coat. Despite trying to apply as thin a layer as possible, the second coat immediately made the texture quite thick and chunky and left the glitter more dull. Such a disappointment! I've done two manicures with this to see if my first experience was a fluke (I really wanted this to be perfect), but unfortunately had the same experience both times around. 

Dior Spring Ball under warm artificial light
Hopefully these pictures demonstrate that the texture is somewhat thick and gritty and that the glitter, while still visible, isn't nearly as striking at it is in the bottle.

Here are a couple more shots under different lighting:

Dior Spring Ball in sunlight
Dior Spring Ball under cooler artificial light

Overall, while there's no denying that this shade is gorgeous, I can't get over my disappointment that the texture is lacking and that the complex glittery finish is more striking in the bottle than on the nails. If this hadn't been a $20 polish I may not be so picky, but a fancy price tag should come with a fancy finish, in my opinion! I may give this one more go, doing my very best at applying super thin coats, but if it produces the same result I may be putting this on my swap list, which breaks my heart because I wanted to love this!

Have any of you tried this new range of Dior polishes? Have you had the same experience with the texture? What are some of your must-have Spring nail polishes?

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend :)

61 comments:

  1. I have...I have this little nail polish problem which is...I SPLURGE on nail polishes even if every single year I promise myself I won't. LOL
    But I love nail polishes so much. From this collection I got Diablotine & Delice :) This is ah-mazing!
    XO, Sandra @ Blasfemmes

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    1. Haha... I never used to splurge on nail polish, but I'm definitely doing it more often recently! Eek. This collection really did have some beautiful shades :)

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  2. Ohh my this colour is so stunning and vivid! Love it!

    Kathryn x

    enclosedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn! It really is pretty :)

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  3. It's a beautiful colour!

    Gemma
    http://www.taipeistreetstyle.com

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  4. I need to get this one

    PS: Please go visit my blog and follow me if you like it, I am new in this world and I am loving it =)
    http://rose-charles.com/blog

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    1. Thanks, Rose! Will check out your blog soon :)

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    1. Thanks! It really is a lovely colour :)

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  6. Oh my gosh this is the prettiest polish! It really is gorgeous xx

    Gemma | ♥ MissMakeupMagpie.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, Gemma! It really is a pretty, unique shade :)

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  7. I've never tried this brand of nail polish but I may just give it a try :)

    Michelle
    http://mash-elle.blogspot.com

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    1. They really have some pretty shades! Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! xo

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  8. Beautiful! I wish I could afford this brand :(

    xx
    http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Thanks! Really is pretty, but the price is definitely steep!

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  9. Such a shame to hear you're disappointed, but it's really a beautiful colour! Would look lovely as a lipgloss!

    http://talisbury.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yes, there is a matching lip gloss! I imagine it's super pretty :)

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  10. Such a gorgeous colour! It's a shame that the shimmer didn't show up as much on your nails. It still looks lovely for summer though.

    Hannah x

    http://b-l-a-b.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! Yeah, a bit of a disappointment, but the shade really is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  11. That's a shame because the colour looks beautiful :)

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    1. Yeah, the formula was definitely a disappointment but the shade is quite pretty! Thanks for stopping by, Anita :)

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  12. the color looks so candy-like...
    shame to hear that it looks more beautiful in the bottle than on nails.

    Say meow to me on:
    Miss Aggie Kwong
    Facebook: Miss Aggie Kwong

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    1. Really is candy-like! The formula was disappointing, but I'm determined to try to make it work! Thanks for stopping by, Aggie! xo

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  13. I like this radiant color thought texture is not so good. And I also would prefere your manicure to be more neat) Thanks for review!
    Have a happy time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra
    www.svetusvet.com

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    1. Thanks! Glad you found the review helpful :)

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  14. Wow this colour is stunning, I love it!!

    Kimberley x

    www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com

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  15. Beautiful colour!! Such a shame about the second coat effect :( especially being a Dior polish.

    Holly Mixtures
    xx

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    1. Yeah, for such a better brand, I was expecting a better formula for sure. But the shade really is pretty! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Holly :)

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  16. Hi Jen,
    Come to see and enter an exciting giveaway on my blog -- a kit for an everlasting manicure from Custom nail Solutions. :)

    http://fashionstylebeautyandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/05/giveaway-kit-for-everlasting-manicure.html

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Victoria. Will check out your blog soon :)

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  17. Great colour,I love it!
    lotteryalert1@centurylink.net

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  18. I'm not overly into shimmery nails but I really like this shade, it looks really nice on you.

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    1. Thanks! The shimmer in this really is pretty :)

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  19. Wow, to be disappointed with Dior... That's weird to read.:) But I believe you, I once had a Dior lip gloss (the only thing by Dior actually) and wasn't that impressed either... But the shade is frigging adorable though!

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    1. I know! I was surprised too! Luckily the shade is pretty enough to make the purchase worthwhile. Thanks as always for your commment, Peet! xo

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    1. Yes, wishing the formula was better, but it is super pretty! Thanks for stopping by, Charlotte :)

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  21. Love the colour of this nailpolish - gorgeous!
    It's a shame it wasn't for you :(

    Yinyin x

    YinyinLoves

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, definitely disappointed in the formula, but at least the shade is super pretty. Thanks for the comment, Yinyin! xo

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    1. Thanks, Petra! It's definitely an ideal shade for summer :)

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  23. thanks so much for your lovely comment and what a gorgeous blog you have here! I love the colour, so springtime! XXX

    www.tapeparade.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, Laila! Glad you dropped by! This really is a perfect shade for Spring :)

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  24. Oh... my gosh... That color is soooooo pretty.. *drool*

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    1. Aww, thanks! It really is a drool-worthy shade :)

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  25. I hate when that happens.. when the colour in the bottle looks better than in real life. Oh well thanks for letting us know!

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    1. Yeah, was definitely a disappointment, but at least the shade is pretty! Glad you found the review helpful. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  27. I love this colour but such a shame when the texture isn't right! Tanks for the review! Come and check out my first ever giveaway
    B-e-a-u-t-y-t-u-t-o-r.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree! Such a shame because the colour is lovely. Glad you found the review helpful! Congrats on the giveaway- will check it out soon :)

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  28. That's such a shame that it's sheer as it's such a pretty colour.

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    1. I know. Definitely disappointing. But I'm still determined to make it work! xo

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  29. what a gorgeous colour! very helpful post thanks x x x

    muiribelle.blogspot.com

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  30. girlish summer-ish color:)
    let's follow each other?
    http://www.helendushko.com/

    Helen
    xx

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    1. It really is a perfect summer shade! Will check out your blog soon :)

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All of your lovely comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your musings, ideas, and opinions. Feel free to leave a link to your blog- I'd be happy to check it out :)