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.
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