Dior Vernis Saint-Tropez 401 Nail Lacquer

March 19, 2012

Last summer Dior released a beautiful limited-edition nail polish called Saint-Tropez 401 to celebrate the opening of their new boutique in Saint Tropez. It sold out almost immediately from select Dior Boutiques and online at Dior.com and I have been drooling over the photos from Café Makeup, àla peach, and Fashion Polish for quite some time wishing I did not wait so long. Luckily for those of us who missed out, Dior has decided to re-release this shade in their summer collection this year. At this time, their summer collection isn’t out yet (in the US at least) but many of us have spotted Dior’s Saint-Tropez instores at Nordstrom counters (it’s not online as far as I can tell right now, if you have a Dior/Nordstrom counter near you, I highly recommend calling them to see if they have this yet).

Dior Saint-Tropez ($23 for 10 ml/0.33 fl oz, Made in France) is a beautiful beachy aqua blue cream. I find it fairly close to the classic Tiffany blue color, just slightly deeper. The formula seemed a bit thicker than most other Dior nail colors I own and required a slow and steady application. One coat was sufficient for me, but to get completely even coverage, two coats are necessary. The color is striking and brightens the mood. I wanted to wear this past the weekend but fear it’s borderline non-work-appropriate for my office. Definitely more of a toe-color for right now. Come summer and warmer weather, I think I will be brave enough to wear at work on the fingers. For now it will be saved for weekends or toes.

Here are more photos, swatches and comparisons below.

Below it looks slightly more cool-blue, but it really pulls more aqua (like the photo above):

Comparisons to other blues, teals and greenish colors: Chanel Riva, Nouvelle Vague, Coco Blue, Dior Waterlily, OPI Thanks a Windmillion, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream, Dior Nirvana

I find it most similar to Chanel’s Nouvelle Vague but as you can see above it’s not quite the same. Here’s one more view of the comparisons swatched:

Were you one of the lucky ones who bought Saint-Tropez last year? If not, do you plan on getting it with the summer release? Do you find it neutral enough to wear to work on the fingers? Or is it more of a toe/summer color for you (like it is for me)?

Kindly note, all my photos are copyrighted which means I do not allow republication or use without permission.

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  • I can't wait till this goes online! Like you I've been drooling over it since it came out and if not for a website malfunction would have gotten it 🙁 Thank goodness they decided to re-release it!

  • I like the colours, looks very fresh and summerlike – beautiful! <3

  • I❤this colour!

  • Anonymous

    this is a great shade but, for certain skin tones only. so far, i've seen the campaign picture for dior summer. the nail colour looks very green to me. i thought the name was different than st. tropez, the other color is listed as bikini. pretty but, i wonder what other pale/fair skin girls do in the summer? not sure if it's my monitor, but the girl in the campaign, doesn't appear so "bronzy". it's not karlie kloss…or she looks very different in this pic. anyway, i think these colors look gorgeous but, not on fair skin.

  • This is a truly gorgeous colour and I love your photos! 🙂

  • So beautiful! I love it! I missed out on this last time but hopefully I will get my grubby hands on it this time around.

  • This is such a gorgeous shade, I need it in my life! It looks great with your skintone.

  • Laulau

    Not sure I really like this range of colours for nail polish… I don't think I'll get any. Need to get used to it first 😉

  • Beautiful…will stop by at nordstroms today.
    Thank u for showing 🙂

  • so lovely and I thought my blue polish buying kick was over. Boy, was I wrong!

    • Haha, I have the same feeling right now 🙂

  • I'm pretty much obsessed with Tiffany blue, and this is stunning! Thanks for the comparison swatches.

  • so glad they decided to re-release! will definitely snag it up this time!

  • Such a beautiful Tiffany blue 🙂 I love these kinds of colors this time of year! I am waiting to receive Lippmann's Resort 2012 color "On the Beach" and also Mermaid's Dream, which looks so pretty in your gorgeous nail wheel! I like to use bright or light blues/greens on my toes mostly, but would use on them on my fingers on the weekends! 🙂

  • How do you think the formulation compares to the recent Dior polished? Right now I'm wearing Ingonito and am thrilled. Been wearing it since Friday (sans top coat) and no chips! Love the St Tropez color and would love it in my toes.

  • Amy

    Gorgeous review!!! Your pictures put me in a summer frame of mind…..ah….. 🙂

  • Beautiful – I will definitely be checking this out!

    Also do you like Mermaid's dream? I got it and love it!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I was so heartbroken to miss out on it last year, and was cursing preview of this blog post on Bloglovin' for re-opening the wound. But! Then I read, the post, and like I said, thank you, thank you, thank you!! 🙂

  • So it's pretty much the same color as For Audrey by China Glaze?

  • I love the first picture! It really does evoke memories of poolside. It reminds me of summer 🙂

  • Z

    Just ordered from Nordstrom.com. Thanks so much for letting us know this is back!

  • I just ordered from Nordstrom.com too. Thanks for letting us know it's back! So excited for this 🙂

  • I love your photos! You have done Justice for that nail polish.
    I love Mermaids Dream!
    I just swatched it.

  • Anonymous

    I bought it last summer and absolutely love it! I already bought my back up bottle from Nordstrom. I think it works great as a neutral and the color is so flattering on everyone.

  • When it was released last year, unfortunately us Canadian consumers were left out of the party, so I will definitely be all over this as soon as it comes out this time around! Thank you for the comparisons (which incidentally, I was laughing to find that I own all the shades you're showing!) and your photos are absolutely sublime!

  • *adds to wishlist!*

  • joltster

    Have you checked out yet, RBL's new Spring 2012 Collection? I think that the turquoise one , Aqua Lilly would be an interesting comparison to the Dior Saint-Tropez you review here.

  • sabrina, beautiful pictures, the pic of the polish against the water backdrop instantly makes me want to go on holiday =)

  • sabrina, beautiful pictures, the pic of the polish against the water backdrop instantly makes me want to go on holiday =)

  • It's sooo cute!

  • did you try the bikini nailpolish as well? Do not now which coral shade I should buy the dior one or the chanel distration? Help?

  • I come back to this post to drool over the gorgeous color. lol