I did a double take when I walked past the Dior cosmetics counter when I saw a bottle of baby blue nail polish being featured as part of Dior’s Spring 2014 collection. Baby blue nail polishes are rarely found, but remain highly coveted.
Is Dior’s Porcelaine polish worth the splurge, especially since Dior has increased the price by RM3 to RM75 per bottle with 3ml less than a bottle of Chanel at RM70?
Isn’t Porcelaine already similar to Coco Blue?
With 2 coats of Porcelaine on my pinky, I went home and compared it to Chanel’s Coco Blue, another coveted colour when it was launched back in 2011 as part of the Les Jeans de Chanel Collection for Fashion’s Night Out. Demand for the collection skyrocketed until Chanel had to re-release the collection in 2012.
Porcelaine has a lighter shade of baby blue with a white base, while Coco Blue leans more toward to a brighter sky blue. The former reminds me so much of delicate and dainty tea sets with floral motifs.
I was hooked.
After missing out on Chanel’s Riva now-discontinued polish years ago, I had to have Porcelaine’s baby blue. Chanel’s Riva, albeit its mint green base, is probably a closer match to Porcelaine than Coco Blue is.
A quick phone call to the Dior counter at the neighbourhood mall over the weekend secured me one of the last 2 bottles of Porcelaine , and my sister kindly picked it up for me when she dropped by the mall later that day.
Application was easier with Dior’s wide angle brush compared to Coco Blue which resulted in streaks and bubbles no matter how careful you are. Creme pastel shades are notoriously difficult to apply as it is very watery and translucent, but Porcelaine glided on nicely without shifting and dried with a glossy finish. It took me 4 layers for an opaque finish, but that is because I habitually apply each layer very thinly.
PS: How lovely is Dior’s seasonal gift wrapping?