Les Rouges by Dior: Trafalgar, Gruau G and Icône

June 14, 2011

In January, Dior released their limited edition Gris City Collection. This fall, Dior brings us another limited edition nail polish trio in a red theme called Les Rouges. The three new shades are called Trafalgar 747, Gruau G 837 and Icône 862 ($21 each). Fashion Polish gave us an amazing sneak peek last month. I wasn’t expecting these to arrive instore/online until September, but many thanks to a few who let me know these arrived early at the Dior Boutique in Las Vegas! I suspect they will be online at Dior.com soon, store availability will most likely be exclusive to select Dior Boutiques if these are like the Gris City collection. According to Dior:

“Trafalgar 747 A bright luminous poppy red with a hint of orange. A dynamic echo of the spectacular red designs that Christian Dior liked to send out right in the middle of his shows to catch the audience’s attention.

Gruau G 837 Flamboyant and seductive, a sophisticated tribute to the radiant red of Gruau’s illustrations. The eternal passionate red of a chic Parisian. A red celebrated in a blaze at thelatest Spring-Summer 2011 Haute-Couture show, inspired by Gruau G*.

Icône 862 A dense and enchanting subtly pearly red brown, recalling Rouge icône, created by Christian Dior to light up the mythical Spring-Summer 1955 “Atout Coeur” dress. Today the House of Dior still pays symbolic tribute to this refined red with lavish dresses in every show.

When these arrived at my door, my heart sank a little bit as they looked a bit too basic in the bottle but I knew I had to see them on the fingers to get a better idea of how they would look on me. Two coats each on three fingers resulted in absolute red perfection. They are so much better on the hands than what you see in the bottle (although the color in the bottles is still very pretty).

With a high flash:

In direct sunlight:

Dior’s descriptions are spot on and Fashion Polish had swatches and photographs that are gorgeously accurate. Trafalgar is a vibrant coral red poppy creme with the slightest hint of sparkle. The shimmer is barely detectable but I believe it gives this hot red a bit of depth to prevent it from being flat and shocking from the brightness. Gruau G is a vibrant brick red creme, also has the same finish with a tiny bit of microsparkle. Icône is a deep burgandy brownish shimmer. This one has visible shimmer but the color is dark so unless you look at the nail closely, what you see looks like a cream.

The formula is impeccable. Rich, opaque, smooth, glossy and quick-drying although Icône is a bit thicker and needs 2 full coats to get a smooth application (first coat is slightly blotchy). All swatches are without a topcoat.

Are they must-haves or unique? I would say they are not the most unique and if you have reds in your collection these are not must-haves. Still, once on the fingers, these look rich and classic and the formula is amazing. My comparisons (some are really really close in color):

L to R – Dior Trafalgar, Chanel Enthusiast, Chanel Dragon, Dior Gruau G, MAC Rouge Marie, Dior Icône, Chanel Vamp, Chanel Cosmic Violine

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To those inquiring, yes, I am still on a blogging break. These were just TOO amazing to wait until July to write about and as Chanel fall arrives instores, I suspect I will not be able to contain my excitement either.

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  • I think my pulse quickened when I saw your post! I've been thinking red lately, and these are certainly swoon-worthy. My current favorite is probably Gurau G. Can't wait til they get in stores =)

  • Gurau G looks lovely!

  • This is a gorgeous set of glam-red nail polishes!

  • I'm loving Gurau G as well. It's a sexy red that's not too warm or cool tone. Thanks for the beautiful swatches. I can't wait for this to hit the stores.

  • Dior polishes are amazing and I'm especially drawn to Gurau G. Thanks for reviewing these, I'm sure I will be picking this one up. 🙂

  • Thank you for the comprehesive review!

  • My fave is Trafalgar, I think it's a more lighthearted version and wearable red. I still love the other though.

  • I love Icone! =) Such a pretty shade!

  • Anonymous

    you are amazing with color! its always so nice to see how you pair things either to enhance or offset colors!

  • Anonymous

    HI Sabrina,
    just for the sake of precision, the correct spelling of one of the polishes – the second one you swatched – is "Gruau" (not Gurau) as it is named after the famous painter/illustrator whose name is, indeed, René Gruau (and that red is his iconic colour).
    Thanks! cheers C.

  • Oops, C. Thank you for the correction. I will make an edit to this tonight. My apologies!

  • S

    Sadly for my wallet, I suspect Trafalgar will be heading my way soon.

  • These are all lovely! Thanks for posting 🙂

  • Shoeaddictklw

    Thanks for posting dupes! I had asked you on tpf about Enthusiast and this definitely helps. I think all three of these are unique enough to be lust worthy.

  • These reds look beautiful on you. I will probably end up getting all three because I love red lips and nails.

  • Claim

    I love Trafalgar! Such a beautiful bright red! Unfortunately there are so many amazing nail polish arriving (I'm thinking of Chanel fall ones), I will keep my money!

    (Your manucure is so perfect! As usual! I don't know how you do to have this amazing result EVERY time!) ^^

  • I am in love with Trafalgar!!!