Dior has included four nail lacquers in their Les Rouges Or Holiday 2011 Collection, all which include a bit of gold in them.
The story of Dior and Gold is a long one, with its origins in the very sound of the name – Dior. This fact did not escape Jean Cocteau who said, “Dior, this airy genius of our times whose magical name includes that of God (Dieu) and Gold (or).” Rigour combined with excess: it was a prophetic name. From his first couture collections at the end of the 1940s, Christian Dior toyed with gold as the ultimate symbol of true luxury and dreams, as seen in his 1947 ―Champagne gold – silk Aladdin gown, in the 1949 – Pactole gown and so on.
Gold was synonymous with refinement, also appearing as a delicate highlighting touch on perfume bottles and the first lipsticks. Thus, the fascination with gold has continued over the decades. In whichever way it is used, gold is always symbolic of a doorway into a dream. And today the House of Dior is inviting us to a new enchanted experience with a flamboyant collection created by Tyen, where the colour gold provides the setting for Dior’s emblematic Rouge Dior lipcolors and Vernis nail varnishes. Gold reveals the potency of their shades, and like gold powder thrown into crystal fusion to colour it red, gold equals refinement; it glimmers with luxury.
The shades include Or Divin (221), Exquis (611), Mervielle (651) and Apparat (871). It’s my understanding that only Or Divin (which is a gold shade) is limited edition, but I’m not positive.
The only two that really called my name were Exquis and Apparat, so I picked them up and am sure happy I did!
Exquis is an amazing olive green base with lots of old gold colored shimmer running throughout. It’s also got pink and green micro-shimmer, but mostly what you see is gold. It’s got a really nice murky look to it, the edges are slightly darkened. It’s definitely a “me” shade! The formula was fantastic, buttery smooth, and applied evenly and shiny. This was two coats.
Apparat is a deep red loaded with gold and red shimmer. This one also has tiny green and pink micro-shimmer, but again what you mostly see is gold. I love red and gold together and this is such a rich, glowing shade. Perfect for the holidays indeed. This formula was great also, I only needed two coats for complete coverage.
Love! I am very happy I splurged on these two, but especially Exquis because it’s a gorgeous olive green/gold shade that my collection happily accepted. 😀
Availability: I got them at Nordstrom.
What do we think about Equis and Apparat?