Dior Aztec Chocolate Vernis: Chocolate or Plum?

December 12, 2010

I’ve been eyeing Dior’s Aztec Chocolate #886 Nail Polish on Sephora.com for a while and was hoping it would arrive instore. Unfortunately, it’s labeled as “online only” and I couldn’t find it anywhere else. When the VIB $20 off promo came up, I couldn’t resist.

I had seen Aztec Chocolate featured on Vampy Varnish and The Nail Phile and both blogs showed the complex nature of the product. I wondered if it was more plum or chocolate. The product that arrived proved to be both, but it’s definitely more plum on me. Depending on the angle and lighting you’ll see one color dominate over the other. Also, there’s pretty gold veining throughout that you can see in the sunlight. This doesn’t really show up on the nails but it makes for a pretty bottle.

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It comes with the new chiseled-style brush (similar to the brushes on Timeless Gold & Czarina Gold reviewed back in October). The color is beautiful with three coats, but the formula is a bit sheer and hard to work with. The first coat is pretty sad, but if you have time and don’t mind waiting for each coat to dry, you can get full coverage with three.

The same polish, Dior Aztec Chocolate, with and without flash:

In direct sunlight, definitely plum:

So how plum or taupe or chocolatey is it? Well, it depends on how you look at it.

  • By itself it looks like a plummy brown in the bottle
  • Next to other shades, it looks brownish
  • On the nails, it’s more plum with a slight brownish base
  • It’s just very hard to describe since it looks so different in the bottle v on the nails

I pulled out what I thought might be similar which includes NARS TokaΓ―do Express, OPI YDKJ Suede, OPI Holiday Glow, Dior Lemon Balm and Dior Bronze Libertine.

Conclusion: When compared to others (as seen below) it definitely looks brown in the bottle, however when it’s applied on the fingers it’s clearly plum.

A closer detail. While Aztec Chocolate is definitely more plum on me, it looks brownish in the bottle compared to some of the other shades. You can see Lemon Balm is similar, just slightly more purples in the swatch.

L to R: Aztec Chocolate, Lemon Balm, OPI Holiday Glow

Overall, like the color, but not the formula. Have any of you been able to see/test this in person? As far as I know, it appears to be a Sephora exclusive, but I could be wrong.

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  • Oooh, that's so beautiful! I will have to ponder this one despite the fact it's online only…

  • The more photos you posted the more I was confused about whether it is plum or brown! ;D But the color is beautiful! <3 You laways have best photos in you blog! πŸ™‚

  • What a beautiful shade! Taupe is one of my favorite colors and I definitely dont own enough in my polish collection. Thanks for this post.. I love the looks of the other Dior shade as well!

  • very beautiful color !!!
    but it doesn't look very shiny ! it looks half matte πŸ˜€ !

    xx !

  • It's gorgeous! Thanks for the post! πŸ™‚

  • Carollu

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for posting. Sephora, here I come!

  • Really beautiful! I need one! Santa, can you hear me?

  • That is just gorgeous! The Lemon Balm is also pretty.

  • I really like the color. Now I'm inspired to do a Holiday Glow mani. Just been wearing a boring neutral….need some glitter in my life!

  • Gorgeous photos and swatches! I got this one up at Saks in Florida a few months ago. My box is labeled Aztec Chocolate/Violet Nouveau Monde. I LOVE the look of OPI Holiday Glow! This is the first time I've seen that shade. πŸ™‚

  • well sabrina, I go through the same thing with my nail polishes. What our eyes see and sephora's color description says are completely different.

    I think what makes certain shades like the dior look different under lighting is the duo-chrome shimmer.

    I searched my collection to see if I can compare it to something but I did not have it.

    I noticed that this nail polish has a purply plum shimmer, so that is possibly the reason why under direct light and with no flash it looks very plum instead of chocolate.
    Its hard to say- my theory is the duo-chrome is what "gives it that effect" of different shades
    the base looks chocolate with the taupey/plum/purple duo chrome if that makes sense.
    it actually looks like a blend between dior lemon balm and libertine

    its really hard to say. Its awful that the websites don't give better pictures or descriptions

  • This color is so gorgeous!