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Dior Garden Party Spring 2012: Waterlily and Forget-Me-Not

January 9, 2012

Dior’s Spring Garden Party Collection has a romantic and youthful palette of greens, purples and pinks. This season Dior has released two rose-scented nail polishes for spring in Waterlily 504, a soft iridescent pale green shimmer and Forget-Me-Not 694, a lilac purple cream ($23 each). Both are limited edition.

Dior Waterlily 504 is a soft pastel mint green with subtle shimmer that is fun and youthful. The texture is slightly thicker than other Dior nail polishes I own, but still applies with smooth full coverage. I find Waterlily very similar to Chanel’s epic Jade, but the Dior is slightly more leaf-green while Chanel has a bit more mint. There is something oddly irresistible about a soft minty-green shimmer even though it is anything but office-appropriate (in my mind). I agree with CafΓ© Makeup that the finish is more satiny with the Dior for this particular shade. If you want the classic high-shine finish you will need a top coat. Below I’ve swatched Waterlily with 2 coats and no top coat:

Dior Forget-Me-Not 694 is a lilac purple cream with a very slight hint of silver microsparkle. It applies more like a cream and the shimmer is only detectable if you look at the bottles closely. Forget-Me-Not applies smoothly with 2 coats. It’s a lighter version of Dior’s Purple Mix.

I pulled my greens and purples to swatch comparisons. I picked the closest shades to finger swatch here:

A more comprehensive comparison set:

When the promotional photos came out of Dior’s Spring Collection, my initial thoughts were “pass.” The collection has some of the most exquisite detailing with the design and gorgeous spring-like colors, but everything seemed a bit too pastel for my taste. However as photos of the nail polishes popped up on blogs I could not resist. I wore Forget-Me-Not all week and it lasted quite well without any chipping. While this is a brighter non-neutral purple, I still felt comfortable wearing this to the office on the fingers. The rose scent is very subtle and only noticeable when I hold my fingers close to my nose. Here are a few other resources I recommend (not comprehensive but just a few of my favorites):
If you’re considering these at all I suggest you act fast since they are limited edition. My local Nordstrom only had one of each shade left in the store by the time I called. Did you pick anything up from Dior Spring? What were your thoughts?

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  • I got both eye palettes, initially I thought they were too much color for me but I was so wrong they are beautiful x_x. They are about my limit color-wise but I love them~

  • Beautiful! I love Waterlily on you. I agree Forget-Me-Not is muted in a way that makes it office-appropriate on shorter nails. I'm glad it didn't turn out to be too pastel as well.

  • I saw a glimpse of the new collection at Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. πŸ™‚ Waterlily really stood out! I love seeing it on your nails. The green is so true!

    I'm extra excited for the new eyeshadow palettes with the flower prints! They remind me of a beautiful garden party. πŸ˜€

  • Where will the blush from this collection be sold? I've checked online and no high-end retailer has it. I just bought Waterlily the other day at a Macys but the SA said they will not be getting the blush. It looks likes it's only available online at the Dior Beaute site.

  • Tammie – love it! So well put, they are about right at my pastel-limit too. I only picked up the Roses Eye Quint – haven't played with it yet though.

    Peach – Will you be getting these beauties? I can't wait to see them on your blog.

    DSK Steph – I'm contemplating the peach/green clutch. I agree the flower prints are so beautiful!

    Pearyfooa – I'm not sure about that glowing blush. I think it might be a Dior Boutique and Dior.com exclusive but I'm not 100% sure. I didn't see it at Nordstrom but I haven't checked any other retailers yet. I'm still debating whether I want to purchase. I loved Cafe Makeup's review though!

  • It's hard to get used to spring colors, but then they start to make sense. I like both colors.

  • You'll love the Roses one :), I love the Pastel one too but it's definitely more of a colorful look for me, Roses is more wearable and I'll get more use out of it, imo. I mostly got the Pastel one because I loved Roses so much xD.

    PS. I am pretty sure the blush is a boutique only thing, everybody (including CafeMakeup) ordered from the LV Palazzo boutique. It's not at any retailers online nor is it on Dior.com (at least not yet) which sucks because I want it but I want to swatch it or at least be able to return it easily if it doesn't work out for me…

  • Despite my usual tendencies, I have my eye on Waterlily. It's such a refreshing spring green— I feel like it would shake up my routine in a positive way!

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  • All the colours look so springy and refreshing! Thanks for the swatches!

  • bisbee

    I ordered Waterlilly – for my toes only. So pretty! The shadow palettes are not for me!

  • I have the purple one and it's GORGEOUS!! Perfect fall colour πŸ™‚

    Thanks for all the swatches hun πŸ™‚

  • I love all these colors! They definitely remind me of spring!

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  • ty for the shout out! Waterlily has quickly become one of my faves! It looks beautiful on you!

  • Dior spring 2012 not yet available in Toronto, but I put myself on the list to get the polish and a palette as soon as they arrive… can't wait

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic job on reviewing these items as usual. This collection is so beautiful, especially the Garden Clutch Palette's and the Waterlily Nail Polish. I personally like the entire collection, but those were the ones that stood out to me the most. I've been wanting a clutch palette from Dior since the Holiday 2010 Minaudiere Palette's. I hope they make more of those, since I think they are fantastic and unique collectors items. Thanks

  • I passed on the nail vernis. The purple is a bit more muddy than I envisioned. The green is beautiful, but not office appropriate enough to make it worth my while.

    That said, I bought both 5 colour palletes and the clutch from Nordstrom. They are sheer and amazingly wearable, which was my only concern.

  • Hi Sabrina,
    I'm surprised by how much I like Waterlily. It might be a nice and refreshing contrast to tan skin.

  • Julia

    I have been anticipating Waterlily for months, so I bought it as soon as I came across a counter display. Chanel Jade predates my time in nail polish so there was no way that I was going to let Waterlily pass me by. And I love it! I even love the special silver boxes; I'm such a sucker for little things like that.

  • those colors remind me of the new zoya collection for spring 2012. I have always loved purple and green together. waterlily has more of a sheen to it and jade looks more like a creme. zoya spring 2012 collection is worth checking out as well. those colors are very refreshing.

  • Very pretty shades! πŸ˜€

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  • The green looked kind of blah to me in person, but it looks gorgeous on you.

    P.S. I cried a little when I saw Jade. Alas, it will never be mine…

  • theyre both such pretty colours!

  • Gorgeous colors! Did you get that palette? That beautiful purple, black, grey kinds?

    • I just did get the anselm reyle palette … haven't had time to try or photograph yet. Hoping this week!

  • These look great on you! I initially thought I might skip these but after seeing this post I am reconsidering, as they look lovely! Beautiful comparison wheels πŸ™‚

  • Melissa

    Love the photos (as always:), am kinda 'meh' about the collection, BUT what i'm curious about is whether or not you're into the Anselm Reyles collection! i keep checking here to see if you've done swatches or a post;) i'm loving it and hope i can get all the polishes before they're gone. and the eye shadow palette is amazing. annnnyway, sorry about changing the subject;)

  • wow! I love Waterlily!
    Amazing….
    Great job!
    I love your swatches!

  • Soooo pretty! Got the green one today, yey! πŸ™‚