I have never dabbled in high end manicure products. I have certainly indulged in many high end polish shades but for some reason never thought to explore whether higher end base and top coats would be worth it. Well let me tell you. From the very first time I used the Dior Base Coat Abricot and Top Coat Abricot I was extremely impressed. The Base Coat Abricot ($23 CAD) has a unique texture that really smoothes and hardens the surface of the nail to prepare it for nail polish application and ensure longer wear. Just this step alone made such an improvement in how my nails looked and felt.
The Dior Top Coat Abricot ($23 CAD) is the best fast dry top coat I have ever used. It dried my manicure in record time, left a high gloss finish, and I didn’t experience ANY shrinkage! I have also done some research and apparently this top coat doesn’t get all thick and goopy over time like many of the most popular speed dry top coats.
The Dior Dissolvent Abricot ($20 CAD) is a gentle polish remover including abricot care concentrate. I was surprised to discover it is acetone-free as it does work very effectively. I am not sure on the long term effects of it’s use on the health of my nails yet. The only thing that bothers me with this is the very narrow bottle opening. I find it a little difficult to dispense. I do love the very classy look of the bottle. Who knew you could have a nail polish remover you wanted to have on display!
The new Dior Diorlisse Abricot ($25 CAD) is a smoothing perfecting nail care product that includes some sort of magic. It comes in Pink Petal 500 and Snow Pink 800. I have the Pink Petal. It smoothes the nail surface and is supposed to whiten and strengthen nails. All I know is that it makes my nails look amazing. Somehow it makes the tips of my nails look white THROUGH the rose hue of the polish. It’s like a French manicure in one step. I have never been one to wear a nude manicure but I am positively loving how flattering the Diorlisse Abricot is.
Dior Huile Abricot $24.50 CAD) is a daily nutritive serum that is an extremely refined treatment oil version of the legendary Crème Abricot. It is formulated with a synergy of active oils including argan, camellia, and apricot that intensely nourishes, smoothes and strengthens nails, whilst deeply rehydrating cuticles. I love the applicator for this treatment. It is a squeeze tube with a brush applicator that you use to apply a drop to your nail and cuticle area to be massaged in. It really works fast to improve the condition of your nails and cuticles. I have never tried the iconic Crème Abricot but I am certainly anxious to now.
I have yet to try the Nail Glow but I will be sure to update you with a NOTD post when I do!
So is it worth the investment? I would have to say that if you have it in your budget then yes. I would happily throw out the other almost dozen base and top coat products I own right now and stick only to these from this point onwards. I’m grateful I was given the opportunity to experience these as I never would have taken the initiative to explore these on my own to realize the worthwhile investment.
The new products will be available at Dior counters September 2013. Please note that the Base Coat Abricot, Top Coat Abricot, Diorlisse Abricot, and Dissolvent Abricot will not be available at Sephora.
Products provided for my consideration. All reviews are always my own honest and unbiased opinions.