Dior Vernis: Nudes in Charnelle, Grège, Trench and Dune

September 24, 2012
I’ve been loving the nude-makeup theme this year from Dior. I haven’t had a chance to look at the new lipsticks or trios yet, but I immediately ordered the four new nail polishes in Charnelle #115, Grège #413, Trench #223 and Dune #715 as soon as I could ($23 each). I love the formula on these nail colors – they are smooth in coverage and very easy to apply. Charnelle is a pale nude cream with slight pink tones. It’s very sheer and required three coats for me to get even coverage. Grège is my perfect nude in the sense that it matches my skintone almost perfectly to give mannequin hands. There is some warmth to it so it’s not a dead-looking beige. Trench is my favorite. It’s a warm brownish tan shade. On my fingers it turns slightly cooler-toned than what you see in the bottle. Dune is a darker bark brown. It’s cool-toned.

Here are the four shades swatched on my fingers. All with two coats, except Charnelle which required three. Note that I’m probably around a Chanel B30-40 right now, NARS Alaska, Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation in Tan.




Nudes definitely aren’t new and there are only so many ways one can reinvent nude makeup. I can’t say any of these are absolutely must-haves, especially if you already have nude nail polishes in your collection. Still, these colors/formulas from Dior are quite nice. Since I collect nail polishes from Chanel and Dior, I found it easy to justify adding to my collection.

For dupes, I believe there are probably many other colors that will give a similar look. There are a number of other blogs that have done excellent comparisons to a wider variety of brands. I don’t own a lot of OPI, Essie or drugstore brands for nail polishes, but I recommend you check out Kais Obsessions, the make-up blogette, Fruity Lashes to name a few for more extensive comparisons.

Here are my comparisons:
Did you check out the new nudes from Dior? Any must-haves for lips, eyes or nails?

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  • Icaria September 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I am so tempted by Charnelle! Looks lovely for everyday.

  • karo September 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I love all of them <3 <3 <3

  • Dovey September 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Sabrina, I love Charnelle. I'm always up for a pretty ballerina pink! I was a bit surprised at the 'nudes' that were chosen for this collection; they seem to be more brown/beige leaning as opposed to pink. Perhaps the inspiration was nude shades for different skintones?

  • Toyarosie September 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I'm so glad you showed a comparison of Chanel Inattendu beside Grege. I swatched Grege today and it *seemed* to look a lot like Inattendu – but now I see they're quite different! Picking up Grege tomorrow 🙂 Thanks Sabrina!

  • Shelley September 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Charnelle looks like a beautiful french mani pinky nude. Grège sort of has that washing-out effect, but for some reason I love it! Gosh, I want both Charnelle and Grège. Beautiful swatches!

  • Anonymous September 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Love them all! Cathy

  • Annamária Surányi September 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

    oh my….so gorgeous colors…..*___*

  • xiao September 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Ahhh! I thought I was going to be able to skip it after resisting for a week, and then your beautiful pictures surface. Might have to make a counter visit tomorrow 🙁

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample September 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    They are all stunning and look FAB on you! I am especially liking Trench, I think it's just about perfect!

  • Nina September 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Charnelle has been virtually impossible to find! I finally got my hands on one! Dovey – (love your blog!) – I have found when cosmetic companies label anything "nude" it is always towards the beige/brown/yellow tones, never enough pink for me! Although I love Bobbi Brown, ever since she decreed that we all have yellow undertones, it is so difficult to find anything that is a no-makeup or "natural" look that isn't yellow-based, which is not the best for me! I'd love to hear of any nail color or makeup suggestions that are "nude" that have a more pink-oned base. Thanks!

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