I was excited to see a new Dior polish pop up on Dior.com, which I hadn’t heard anything about. The polish is Silver Lake, a dark, shimmery charcoal. The Dior website says that it’s only available on Dior.com, and was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Allure magazine.
I couldn’t find any stories or comments about this polish when I googled it – it seems to have been something of a surprise. I wonder if it was written about in Allure? In person Silver Lake seemed like it might be similar to a few other colors, but I think it’s more interesting. It was hard to capture in pictures, but the polish is full of tiny shimmery silver pieces with tiny almost teal green shimmer pieces mixed in. The green shimmers are very subtle and you have to look closely to see them on the nail, but they give the color an added complexity and a slight green sheen in certain lights. The formula was really nice and controllable, although I used three coats just to be sure it was fully opaque. I like that it’s pretty dark on the nail but has a shiny, silver glint at the same time. It dries very smoothly, but has a textured look because of the way the shimmer pieces lay on top of each other.
In the shade picture you can see the way the shimmer particles stand out against the dark base color.
I compared to Chanel’s Graphite and China Glaze Jitterbug from Fall 2010. All three of these polishes are charcoal shimmers. Dior Silver Lake is on my index and middle finger, Graphite is on my ring finger and Jitterbug is on my pinky. Graphite and Silver Lake are fairly different, especially in person. Graphite has a golden, pewter tone and bigger shimmer pieces than Silver Lake, so it catches the light differently and is more sparkly. Silver Lake is more refined and cooler than Graphite, with a dark icy shine and a very slight green glint in person. I thought Jitterbug would be more similar to Silver Lake, but its base is not as dark and its shimmer is more monochromatic, so it comes off as flatter and not as shadowy and interesting.
I like Silver Lake best out of all of these – it’s so dark and brooding, but still shiny. I also like the Dior brush best, so it wins on all counts. Silver Lake is up on the Dior website now, but sometimes limited edition polishes roll off the website quickly.
A final note: despite the fact that the website says it’s a Dior.com exclusive, I found through googling that it is available on the Selfridges website in the U.K. It’s listed with another polish called Swan (#011) that looks like a metallic white. I can’t find anything else on Swan but am now intensely curious, and wishing that Swan was up on Dior.com U.S., too.