On My Nails: Dior Spring 2015 – Cupcake Sprinkles On Nude Nails ♥

Heyo!

If you know how cute this manicure is (credits to the polish, not my creative effort) you would understand why I absolutely had to pop in a heart icon in the title. It’s just too cute, too girly and so sweet!

Not the kind of nail combo I always go for but like something I mentioned to a colleague, it’s Spring and it’s time to let our inner-girlishness out to play!

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As mentioned in my brief Dior Spring 2015 overview, there are a couple of other nail polish colors offered – a creamy peach and a vibrant salmon sort of red-pink – but what I have on hand to show is this girlish and perfectly demure beige-pink.

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It’s almost nude but it has just enough pink to tip it over to a ballerina sort of elegance with a soft shy air to it.

The other polish, and possibly the star of the lacquer line up for Spring, is the Eclosion Topcoat.

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I wasn’t following Dior’s Spring release too closely so I was quite intrigued when I uncovered this from my press bag and while I have mentioned time and time again that I don’t like grit on my nails, the cute mix of pastel bits varying in colors and shapes were just too adorable to resist.

While I could have done a pretty simple all nude-pink look with Lady and the Eclosion Topcoat alone, it just wasn’t ‘me’ enough and I wanted a punch of color to offset the sweetness a little so I popped on some teal (shade is Cote d’Azur) from Madam Glam.

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I still haven’t got around to talking about my Madam Glam package in its entirety but I guess until then I’ll stick to featuring some bits and pieces of the polishes that I was sent.

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I think I’m quite pleased with the final manicure and it’s a little more ‘effort’ than my usual so I think I’m going to wear this on for a little longer just to make the time spent on multiple painting sessions a little more worth it, heh!

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Though okay, I feel I must share some thoughts of the polish, for those who popped by to read what I thought about them. Apart from seeing swatches alone, that is.

Now, usually Dior polishes need no introduction or review because after their recent reformulation, they are all lovely gel-effect polishes that apply wonderfully, have a gorgeous functional brush and dry well without causing troubles.

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I’ll say Lady is largely like that – it’s quite smooth, color is of good pigmentation and it dries down well to a nice and shiny finish. Though I can’t say I know much of that because I always use a topcoat anyway.

But I did notice that Lady isn’t quite the cream of the crop where Dior polishes are concerned either, such that while it works pretty good for Dior, it’s not the smoothest I’ve tried from the brand.

Something about it makes it a little ‘clumpier’ than usual and not as sheer and smooth on but eitherways, the brush is just as perfect and functional so eventually it all works out.

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As for the Eclosion Topcoat, you might want to know that the bits are rather dispersed.

It’s not a bad thing because the idea of it is a sprinkle of gritty bits, much like cupcake toppings, but you do need to fish about a little if you don’t want to have too different a distribution on your nails overall.

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I haven’t tried removing it yet so I can’t judge if it will be a pain but I always assume it will be anyway.

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So there you have it, a little look at whats on my nails right now!

I’ve got some belated mentions – stuff that were on my nails that I had shot but not mentioned – which I’ll probably compile into an entry or at least post up real quick without too many words. I’m guessing not everyone wants to read my rambles all the time, heh.

 

Thanks for reading!

Dior Vernis in Lady and Eclosion Topcoat are Limited Edition (for Spring 2015).

I don’t have the price for now (sorry about that!) but these are already available at Dior counters island-wide!

Sponsorship disclosure

A Peek at Dior Spring 2015 (Photos & Swatches)

Heyo!

Sorry I’ve been away, somewhat. The busy-ness isn’t letting up yet and I had hopes that things would get a little smoother after this Saturday (a work event) but from the looks of it it seems like a steady stream of things flowing in with very immediate deadliines. Tsk!

Eitherways, I’ll try my very best to come back with more detailed product run downs or features of these items soon. I hope, at least.

Since they are already out at Dior counters (yesss, go check it out), I felt I should at least pop up a mention of the items that I have on hand so if anything catches your eye you can head on down to swatch / check it out.

 

So, Spring….

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I like the idea of Spring where everything is so soft, fluttery and clean. Though where makeup is concerned, Spring is often the least exciting because everything is so soft, so light and so sheer.

For Spring 2015, Dior decided to introduce us to their Kingdom of Color which while fancy isn’t all that colorful.

It’s cute, it’s sophisticated and it’s all very Dior but if your idea of Color is loud, bold and bright then this Kingdom isn’t going to excite you very much.

I’ll get to the rest of the collection’s pieces in a bit but let’s have a look at what I have on hand first.

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Starting with one of the more excitable (in theory and buzz) releases from Dior, the Dior Cheek & Lip Glow, this is a multi-purpose product for use on both the cheeks and lips.

The bottle is incredibly adorable, designed much like a lacquer except with that iconic Dior Addict ‘knob’ atop the cap, which by the way is removable for an easier to handle wand grip. See, very much like a polish.

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I’m not the biggest fan of cheek and lip multipurpose items because I like my lipsticks and my powder blushes enough but I did take a liking towards YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss & Blush so I guess I was expecting this to stir up my heart in the same manner but it’s sad to say that I felt a little underwhelmed.

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The first thing you need to know is despite its very intensely saturated outlook, that bright cherry red bottle, the liquid within is sheer and clear. It seems to adopt the concept of a lip and cheek stain except in a more viscous (yet still somewhat watery and light) texture.

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Though while soft in pigmentation (from what I gathered with hand swatches), this does leave a pretty mean stain and very quickly at that so I’m presuming while it leads you to think it’s all aqeuous and light, you should blend and move fast with it.

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I’ll report back on how application works out. Though I’ll say, I do like the adorable ball of an applicator and I think overall it looks cute and very pretty but somehow I just expected a little bit more to sweep me off my feet, or something…

We’ll see what I think about it again once I get to using it on the cheeks and lips. Perhaps it’s a better performer there.

 

Next up would be some Kohl Liners.

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These are fashioned like chubby eye pencils that you can use either to line your eyes with or as a cream colored base for your shadows.

Breaking away from the light and fresh theme of Spring, the shades offered with the Kingdom of Color collection is largely smokey and dark, probably to compensate for the liner portion of this Spring Look.

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The ones that we received are Pearly Silver (039) and Smokey Black (099). I think I would work a little better with the Smokey Grey, Smokey Brown or Smokey Blue option (the other colors available) but no matter, lets see what we can do with this Yin and Yang!

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I’m thinking smokey look but that’s quite standard and boring, right? Let’s see if we can inject a little bit of Spring into all this default smokey-eye-ness.

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The kohls are quite creamy and nice, saturated enough but not so much so that it slips and slides all over. Though I would still think that it’s a little too creamy for me to feel safe wearing as an eyeliner so perhaps I’ll start with using these as a cream colored base first.

 

Last but not least, the Dior Nail Polishes!

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The only color missing from the lineup is Glory (and apparently one more – Majesty – which flew under my radar) which is a vibrant color that looks like it has its place in Summer collections. It’s not quite a peach, not quite a cherry-red but it’s vibrant and yet milky all the same.

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The other color, the one that I have, is Lady – the softer and more demure counterpart.

Lady is a beige pink that seems to look largely pink once swatched but can lean a little beige in some photographs or lighting.

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Though the star of the varnish line-up really is that topcoat you see right there, called the Eclosion Topcoat. It looks messy and ‘too much’ from the bottle but trust me once you brush it on it’s quite a spaced out mix of ‘confetti’.

As what a friend of mine said when she saw me swatch it on my week-old manicure just to test it out, it’s like a baby shower party on your nails and that’s not wrong.

It’s no obnoxious, it’s gently done and yet cheery at the same time with the mix of soft pastel confetti pieces. I’m not one who likes to wear glitter or any grit on the nail becuase of the hassle of removal but for this I think I will gladly make an exception.

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It’s just too cute! Like everyone who has swatched it would say, it looks like cupcakes on your nails!

I’ll have my turn at swatching it and get back with pictures!

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My own pictures aside, here are some official ones with the rest of the pieces of the collection!

There is enough information online so I’m going to skip the press-style entry this time around but as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask away!

Kingdom of Colors Eye, Lip & Face Palette (Limited Edition)

 

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in House of Pinks & House of Greens (Limited Edition)

 

Dior Vernis in Majesty, Lady, Glory and Blossoming Topcoat (Limited Edition)

 

Rouge Dior Baume in Palais & Cotillon

 

Diorshow Kohl Professional Hold & Intensity Eye Makeup (Limited Edition)

 

Dior Cheek & Lip Glow (Limited Edition)

 

Sorry I don’t have the prices of these as I wasn’t provided them and haven’t got the time to pop by a boutique to enquire!

So, that wraps up this brief and initial impression of the Dior Spring 2015 collection.

I have been using some of these for awhile and have formed a bit of an opinion since drafting the outlines of this Overview up but I’ll save my opinions for the individual showcase entries to come! I hope I’ll be able to get to it soon.

I know I haven’t been around as often as I was during the end period of last year but that truly was some spam moment on here and while I enjoyed it, I can’t afford that same time right now. Though I’ll do what I can of course!

I have more entries in mind and a lot drafted, some part edited pictures lying around etc, so I hope to get all of that up as soon as possible, thank you for reading!