Dior Vernis Bengale #615

August 5, 2012

Dior’s Golden Jungle collection for fall has been out on counters in the US for about a month now with the exception of one nail color called Bengale #615 ($23 for 10 ml/0.33 fl oz). This shade is a medium brown cream and currently exclusive to Neiman Marcus and Dior.com in the US. It just arrived last week in stores at the Neimans counter near me. The coverage is smooth with a naturally glossy finish. If you look closely at the bottle under the light you will see tiny bits of silver shimmers suspended. Most of my non-shimmer Dior shades have the tiniest bit of micro shimmer infused in the colors. Unfortunately these aren’t visible on the nail but it does help give the colors a bit more depth. I had hoped Bengale would be a warm soft brown with pink tones like the promotional photos. In real life it’s a darker brown with the slightest hint of green undertones on my skin. It’s still lovely for fall, just not quite what I had expected. 

Here you can see the sparkle:

Here it is with two coats (no base or top coat):

Many have been wondering how this compares to other browns such as Chanel Khaki Rose and Dior Underground. I’ve pulled out a few colors to swatch side by side: Chanel Particuliere, Chanel Khaki Rose, Chanel Khaki Brun and Dior Underground.

Although Dior Bengale wasn’t quite what I expected, I still find it very unique in the sense that it’s a true medium brown on me, something I was lacking in my collection. It gives a nicely polished look that can be easily incorporated into my work wardrobe for fall. It’s conservative, polished and neutral. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea but for me, I give it a thumbs up (although I can’t say I think it’s a must-have).
Did you check out anything from Dior Fall? Thoughts?

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  • Wonderful colour! I love it!
    Habve a nice day πŸ™‚

  • I tried to be open-minded about this polish, but I just.. couldn't convince myself that it was worth it. It looks great on your nails though! I'll stick to shades like Particuliere. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for your review!

  • Pam

    I thought I was going to pass on this… until I saw your swatches. Now I really want Bengale πŸ™‚

  • Paige

    I don't feel the love for this color but I had been curious to see how similar it is to Chanel's Khaki polishes. Khaki Design eye shadow quint caught my interest but it's not a must have. The only item I ended up craving and had to resort to ebay just to get it (it's not available in the U.S.) is the Crocodile Effect Nails duo. I initially didn't care for the crackle nail trend when it became a hit recently, but Dior has strangely made it look sophisticated enough that I am jumping on this trend now.

    Thanks for sharing the swatches πŸ™‚

  • Kahi rose is amazing, thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you for the helpful comparisons! I'm glad to see that it is a medium brown and not extremely dark like so many browns can be πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful colour! But I think it looks a bit harsh on a light skin colour. I like the Chanel Particuliere and Kaki rose more


  • Pretty–but I am always wishing with Dior polishes that the microshimmer in the bottle would be a bit more visible on the nail :/

  • I agree that a medium brown is hard to find! Love your polish collection!

  • Gorgeous nail polish. Those brown tones really caught my interest specially Chanel Particuliere. Got my eye on your blog now.

  • This is a unique color; I'm a bit at a loss at how to wear it, but it's beautiful (and Dior) nonetheless πŸ™‚

  • Although the shimmer is not that visible, this is still a nice color for fall.

  • It looks beautiful on your nails.

  • Anonymous

    I Love this gorgeous color.Could become my favorite this winter