Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel in 551 Aventure

April 7, 2014

Welcome to another Mani-Monday post!!!  After yesterday’s decathlon of a post on loose powders, I’m going to keep today’s short and sweet.  But, a bright and happy one to chase away those Monday blues!

For Spring-Summer 2014, Dior has revamped all of its nail polish formulas.  Entitled Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel, the new formula promises to give an even more gel-like finish.  It contains organic silicone which helps straighten the surface of the nail, and high tech polymers which have adhesive properties, for a smoother finish.  Also, the latest formula uses the Techno-Polymer Technology to give an intense shine.

Dior Le Vernis 551 Aventure swatch


The new line-up consists of 21 shades – some new, some repromotes.  So far, I have only glimpsed 4 on our local counters, but I may be wrong.  I have a very short attention span lately, and once I glimpsed 551 Aventure, I did not bother looking for the rests.  This is a beautiful coral pink that changes under different lighting.  It is exactly the sort of color that I’ve been thirsting for these past months!

Shown above is 2 layers, without any top coat.  It is completely opaque, totally smooth.  And look at that shine!!  What is interesting to me is there is a translucency to the color that is a very good replica of actual gel polishes.  It dries fairly quickly, although probably not the fastest in town (that goes to Guerlain).  And lasts me a good 4 days before peeling, although I did not notice as much wear at the edges as I tend to with other polishes.

As I was applying this, I noticed Dior had made minor improvements to the brush.  It is now slightly longer and more rounded at the tip, slightly narrower and thinner than before.  It sounds counter-intuitive, but the new brush works better for me than the previous.  The thinner and narrower brush means more strokes to cover an entire nail, but it is more even and gives me greater control.  Here are a couple of pictures comparing the latest Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel with last year’s Dior Vernis (the shade shown here is Spring Ball from Spring-Summer 2013).

Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel polish brush profile

Dior Vernis Spring Ball (old formula) on left, versus Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel in Aventure on right

Dior Vernis Effet Gel polish brush comparison

Dior Vernis in Spring Ball (old version) on left, versus Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel in Aventure on right

What is most interesting to me, is that the reformulated Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel contains 80% natural ingredients.  They are also free of phthalates, toluene, formaldehyde and synthetic camphor.  It’s about time the designer branded lacquers caught on with the rest of the industry!

And in case you were wondering about the feature image, I’m still very much loving my Zoya Guilty Pleasure 18k Gold top-coat (reviewed here), and I found it paired wonderfully with Aventure!

What nail color are you sporting this time of the year?