Monday, March 18, 2013

Dior Diablotine 643 and Gel Top Coat

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Dior's nail polishes seem to keep getting better and better with each release. For spring they have released some killer shades for lips and nails this spring with their Sparking Shine collection. There are new shades of lipstick, a new revamped version of their addict gloss and new items for nails. The new nail items include Princess, Délice, Diablotine and Spring Ball ($24 each). In addition, Dior has released a new Gel Top Coat ($24). I didn't plan on purchasing the Gel Top Coat, but my Dior rep insisted that it was the most amazing thing ever, so it came home with me from Nordstrom. I decided to try Dior Diablotine 643 first along with the Gel Top Coat.


Dior Diablotine 643 is a bright coral pink loaded with highly-shine shimmer. I love that the shimmer is visible. The sparkling quality reminds me of those super shimmery Celestial Lights glossimers Chanel released years ago (some are still available I think, you can see them here, my first post ever!). The pigment of Diablotine is incredible with full coverage with two coats. I swatched all briefly before applying Diablotine on all nails and found the finish wasn't quite as shiny as most Dior nail polishes. It's still covers the nail fully with smooth finish, but dries down to a satin like sheen (not high gloss). You definitely need to add a top coat for a good shiny finish. In terms of dupes, I would say there's no exact dupe, I'd say it's a cross between Dior Riviera & Lucky, but loaded with bright shimmers.

Dior's Gel Top Coat is really amazing. I've never had a gel manicure so I can't compare this to the real thing. I tried the Dior top coats that came with the Catwalk summer trios from 2011 and wasn't a huge fan. I thought they were just ok so I was skeptical of the Gel version. After putting it to the test, I can say hands down, the Gel version is a million times better. This applied effortlessly, smoothly and gave a ultra-high shine with that cushy glossy finish. I applied this on my latest manicure using Deborah Lippmann's Hydrating Base Coat, two coats of Diablotine (let this dry for 3 minutes) and then one coat of the Gel Top Coat. Drying time seemed to be faster than most, but since I tend to be on the careful side, let the nails dry for 15 minutes before touching anything. On Day 1, the finish was ultra glossy. On Day 2, there was still a high shine but not quite as glossy as the first day. By the end of Day 5, my manicure is still as fresh-looking as the first day without any tip wear, chipping or peeling. When it comes to top coats, I'm super picky about any type of shrinkage, I'm pleased to report there was no shrinkage with the Gel Top Coat although I haven't tested it with other brands or Dior cream shades. I don't think I've ever had a top coat extend the life of a manicure this long.

Some more photos of Diablotine:


Dior Diablotine (2 coats) with Gel Top Coat (1 coat):



A few comparisons to: Tom Ford Ginger Fire, Chanel Holiday, Chanel Dragon, Dior Psychadelic Orange, Dior Plaza and Chanel Fracas. (Note, I didn't include Lucky or Riviera, they wouldn't photograph accurately this time for some reason, Diablotine is like Lucky+Riviera mixed, but frosted with multidimensional shimmer.)


Dior's Sparkling Shine collection is available now at Dior counters and boutiques. I purchased my items from Nordstrom. If you have a wishlist developing you might want to take advantage of Nordstrom's Triple Points next week - many counters will be having gifts with purchases in store (I'm not sure what it is this time). I recommend calling your local counter to find out. Another good place to order is the Dior Boutique at the Palazzo in Vegas they have Iridescent Leather quint (yes it's back!) along with some other new exclusive nail shades in Nymphea/Cristal and eye singles.

Did you pick up Dior Diablotine? Or the new Gel Top Coat?

13 comments:

  1. The color is amazing! I agree, Dior is quickly become my fave, too. I must try that gel top coat, how do you compare this to Chanel's top coat? Thanks for the review, Sabrina!

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    1. Hi Claire - I'll have to test the Dior more to do a proper comparison. I haven't tried it with other brands of nail lacquers yet. Dry time does seem to be a bit faster with the Dior. Also I've never had Chanel make a manicure last 5 days without tip wear.

      I just recently threw away my Chanel. It was over a year old and became goopy/too thick. I suspect that can happen over time. I will update after using it with Chanel in a few days. It's time for a polish change :)

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  2. Hi Sabrina, Diablotine is beautiful! I'm typically not a shimmer person, but it seems so right in this shade -- I think I'll have to try it if I can get to a counter. The gel count sounds amazing too!

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  3. OMG gel top coat! Does it compare to Seche Vite's top coat? Love the swatches here!

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  4. Surprisingly no dupes in that color wheel! Must give that top coat a try!

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  5. Love love love ❤❤❤
    diablotine is wonderful

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  6. That Gel Top Coat sounds amazing, I have to try that. I like the "normal" Dior top coat as well, think it is much better that the Chanel top coat. Thanks for the review!

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  7. I love Diablotine, it's a real pretty colour and I actually like the glitters too. I wasn't too sure when I saw the promo images for the first time but Dior did an excellent job again. I have the new gel top coat from Guerlain, it's the same thing apparantly and I'm in love with it! It's not just like another glossy topcoat, but like you said, it gives that cushy glossy finish <3

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  8. I have Spring Ball, and I can't wait to check out the rest of them! The Gel Coat is definitely on my wish list as well! The regular Dior top coat is my official go-to. I'm on my second bottle now! It just works SO much better than OPI and Seche Vite for me :)

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  9. Ooh love the swatches. I just got the 4 new polishes, the gel coat and the nail glow. I haven't had a chance to play with them yet but they all look great. I'm glad the gel coat lives up to the expectations. I bought based on my SA's recommendation.

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  10. Gorgeous,gorgeous, gorgeous! I love these colors! The gel topcoat sounds fantastic!! Guess, I'll have to stop chewing my nails so I can aspire to wearing them :)

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  11. I may pick up some of the new colors at Saks (not really new per se, but formerly Asia exclusives)

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  12. Love this color. It really amazing!:)

    - Jane
    Gel polish kit

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