Friday, October 12, 2012

Dior Vernis Poison #966


Since the general revamp of Messy Wands, I've been thinking of ways to spice up my nail polish posts. I've tried the regular swatch and snap, but my pictures just didn't look as good as those from dedicated nail blogs, and that just makes me want to scrap the whole operation.

So, I thought of doing it like backstage fashion models, because at least with face makeup I can offer a color story of sorts...

Hand modeling turned out to be such a difficult and awkward job (as opposed to plain staring into the camera). There is just no feasible way to place your hands around your face with your fingernails facing front and still look "natural." 





That said, it was fun to play around, even if the outtakes looked ridiculous. The polish I used was Dior Vernis Poison #996, part of the Les Violets Hypnotiques collection that debuted earlier this year. The color is a deep eggplant with creme finish. Formula was smooth and I applied two coats to ensure an opaque, even finish. Oxblood may be the color du jour this fall, but one should never underestimate the power of a good rich purple.

Dior Vernis Poison ($23) is probably sold out at most locations, but remains available for purchase at dior.com.

25 comments:

  1. Your hand modeling is perfect! As is your makeup - would you mind post a breakdown of everything you're wearing (eyes, lips, cheeks)? Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Estelle! I will be posting the look breakdown in the next few posts (they may end up as separate reviews).

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  2. Yes, please tell us what is on your lips!

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    1. I'll have a complete breakdown soon, but for now, it's Chanel Troublant

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  3. Dior nail polishes are by far my favourites (beside Chanel and the new YSL ones, I think Guerlain is doing a good job as well). Especially their vampy and red shades, which I adore. That 3rd picture is amazing Xiao, I really like your new 'style' (pictures, layout, hair :D) / Claire

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    1. Thanks! Dior nail polishes are my favorite because of the brush, but I'm irritated that I can't use them for toes >:(

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  4. I've got to say, you look great in these pictures! I wasn't sure how I felt about your haircut (you had such gorgeous long hair!), but your whole look this time, from the hair, to the makeup, to the nails, really suits you! Very glamorous and chic!

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    1. Thank you! I don't regret it, but I do think I looked better in long hair. My self and my image are currently at odds with each other because they don't fit anymore :P

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    2. While you had the most beautiful hair, it hid your absolutely stunning features!! IMO the haircut took you from pretty o stunning! Of course, it shows off your makeup better, which may be part of my makeup junkie bias! :)

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  5. HOLY, that third photo! CAN I PUT MAKEUP ON YOUR FACE?!?

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  6. I agree with Dani, the third pic down is divine--It seriously looks like an ad for the polish (well, and everything else you're wearing)...and the glow on your face is absolutely perfect!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Isla!

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  7. New haircut is crazy!!!! So cool!!!

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  8. The third photo makes my cheek bones cry in shame!!! Just beautiful. :-)

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  9. I LOVED this selection. Gorgeous, rich, pretty shades I could wear all the time. I just love dark red or purple nails!

    As an aside, I would have commented on your photos, but unfortunately for some reason all of your images are appearing broken to me! Most likely a problem on my end, so, boo.

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous!! Hair, face, and nails ... thank you for the post. xoxo Beth in Pgh ;-)

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  11. Ahh! I just refreshed the page and saw your gorgeous pictures! I LOVE all these shades on you! That third face shot is perfect.

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  12. The new hairdo is gorgeous! You really pull it off~ I've always wanted to pixie it as well, but...I still like hiding behind my hair. Maybe in another...10 years :P

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  13. You really look like professional model Xiao! I like the picture you took! That's super gorgeous :D

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  14. To die for. You really do look like a professional model. Poison is gorgeous on you and I'm loving this gorgeous, snazzy, slightly androgynous look on you!

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  15. Gorgeous color and your hand modeling is great! :) I actually prefer photos like this over the close-ups sometimes--I think you can get a better feel for the true color this way. :)

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  16. Third picture down: you seriously look like a model!! And I did my nails last night and thought I did a good job...til I saw your mani :P

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  17. i have poison and absolutely love it. perfect for this crisp weather. dark nail polishes are definitely my favorite.

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  18. You look absolutely stunning. A bit like queen Jetsun Pema :)

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