I wish there was a nail polish equivalent for Spanx.
I mean, I wouldn’t want it for making my nails look less muffin-toppy, because yeah, that would be kind of dumb. More for smoothing everything out, so colors like Dior’s new Vernis Nail Lacquer in Bar ($25) wouldn’t have so many lumps and bumps.
While totally fierce, Bar, a jet-black with hints of blue and secret shimmer, emphasizes every imperfection on my nails, be they ridges, chipped tips or application mistakes. It’s just so, so dark.
Not dark as in a depressing Cure song, but dark in an elegant way, like something a modern Holly Golightly might wear while drinking Starbucks and gnawing on a chocolate croissant in front of the Tiffany’s windows one day.
I bet that Holly G. would dig Bar. Maybe she’d even want to stop by the Dior counter to check it out, along with the rest of the 5 Couleurs Fall 2014 collection.
Unexpectedness plays a big part in the collection, as illustrated by Bar’s secret shimmer.
It’s hardly noticeable in most lighting, where it usually looks like a basic black cream, but head outside to walk your cat or pick tomatoes, and sparkles!
It’s a nice touch. I like.
I just wish Bar was easier to use. I applied a base coat, a top coat and two layers of Bar. Then I painted my nails s-l-o-w-l-y, with a steady hand, and I still ended up with lots of excess polish at the edges.
I think it’s because of the brush, which doesn’t create a crisp edge, coupled with the depth of the color.
I spent a good 15 minutes cleaning up the edges of my polish job with a tiny brush and nail polish remover, and still, I feel like the results could have been neater.
So, yeah…if you’re a polish perfectionist, marshal your patience when working with Bar.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition and available now at Dior counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,