Friday, November 11, 2011

Dior Vernis Silver Lake for Allure's 20th Anniversary


Hi everyone, I hope you all are having a great Friday!

Today I bring to you Dior's Silver Lake, a special edition nail lacquer created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Allure magazine. Can you believe Allure has really been around for 20 years? I can still remember when it first launched in 1991. At the time it was definitely unique as the only major magazine on the market dedicated entirely towards the subject of beauty. I find myself reading actual print magazines less and less these days, but long before there were beauty blogs, Allure was one of the few sources available for product recommendations, with their annual "Best of Beauty" issue. Happy 20th Allure!


Silver Lake ($22) is a limited edition and is currently available only on Dior.com. It is a shimmery gunmetal and if you look carefully at the bottle in certain lighting you can see scattered flecks of very tiny blue micro-sparkles. Unfortunately, these blue flecks do not actually show up once the color is applied on the nails.  

At first glance Silver Lake appears like it might be a dupe for Chanel's Graphite, but upon closer inspection it definitely is not. Silver Lake is darker on the nail and is a silvery charcoal/steel shade. Graphite is much lighter and more of warm-toned silver. Graphite also has a beautiful, fine sparkly quality that is lacking in Silver Lake. If you own Graphite and are wondering whether Silver Lake is different enough to justify purchase, I would say yes -- although I prefer Graphite as it seems to be more unique and eye-catching.

Below are a few comparisons. Being in the glitter category the Orly and Lippmann polishes are technically not all that comparable, but I thought I would include them anyway as they seem to fit in well color-wise.  :)  

From left to right: Silver Lake, Graphite, Rock Solid, Dancing in the Dark



You can see in the photo above how the rainbow holographic glitter really stands out in both of these. Lippmann's Dancing in the Dark has a sheer base with small cool-toned silver glitter and larger, chunky holographic silver glitter. Although you can't tell from these photos, the Lippmann is more sparkly and has more "bling" impact than the Orly (and it was also a lot harder to remove!). The base color of Orly's Rock Solid is very similar to Dior's Silver Lake


Left to right:  Silver Lake and Graphite

Left to right: Rock Solid and Dancing in the Dark
 


In flash lighting

In low light


Sorry there are no photos of Graphite next to Silver Lake on my nails, but I'll try update with a better photo in the future! In the meantime, if you haven't already, visit The Beauty Look Book and Lacquerwear for some excellent photos of Silver Lake applied along with some helpful comparisons.


~ Thanks for stopping by ~

14 comments:

  1. Very lovely! I've been very into silver lately, too - all of these polishes have me excited :D

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  2. Thank you Larie, I love these shades too. The glitters can be a bit time consuming to remove, but nice for a special occasion! :)

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  3. Amazingly, I'm not into this polish at all. Your pics are beautiful as usual, of course, but for some reason I usually stay from pure silver. Silver Lake is a lovely name for the shade, though. I haven't even heard of this -- must not be coming to Canada, lol. ;)

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  4. Hi Liz, I only found out about it through an email from Dior.com. Of course when I hear the words Dior and limited edition I am sold! :) It's very nice but there are also a lot of similar colors available from other brands right now. I like the name a lot too :)

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  5. I really really like this. I agree that it's sufficiently different from Graphite to warrant a purchase =) I think the blackened base makes it considerably edgier than Graphite (as one would expect when comparing Dior with Chanel). I wonder if it will become available eventually at dept stores? I'll have to keep an eye out.

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  6. Hi Dovey, Yes, it is definitely considerably darker and very different :) I hope it does become available at department stores so people have a chance to see it in person! :)

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  7. I think I NEED this. Coincidentally, this is how I would translate gunmetal! Also, I would love to find an eye liner in this exact color!

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  8. Hi Lexi, I've been really into gunmetal lately :) Ooh you're right an eyeliner exactly this color would be so pretty!! :)

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  9. Found your blog through Beauty Look Book. Gorgeous swatches! Using a mirror is a great idea. I have to say I prefer Silver Lake over Graphite, but I tend to gravitate toward darker colors.

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  10. Hi Leigh, Thank you & welcome! I have this big mirrored tray that I carry out in my backyard to take photos sometimes :) These are both really great colors!

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  11. I've been lusting after Graphite, especially after I bought Peridot (my first Chanel polish!) Graphite is definitely nicer than Silver Lake, in my opinion.
    Will subscribe to your blog! This is mine if you have time to check it out:

    www.beautymouthoff.blogspot.com

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  12. Hi Salina, Silver Lake is lovely, but Graphite seems to have just a bit more sparkle, which I like! :)

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  13. Hi dear, I had to come thank you! Remember a long time ago where I tweeted that I was reading your post, and S. came up behind me and said I should get it? He bought it for me :D So, thank you! :D

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  14. Hi Larie, I remember the tweet - that's so nice that he got it for you! You're very welcome & I hope you like it! Enjoy :D

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