Last year at Christmas, Selfridges was selling an exclusive Dior polish named Swan, number 011. I even called the Selfridges Dior counter in London to try to have it sent to me here in Kentucky, but it was impossible-I couldn’t get it done. I’ve looked for it since then with no luck, but when I realized that Dior’s new “Lady” polish was also numbered 011, I starting wondering if I had finally managed to snag Swan, under a different name.
“Lady” is part of Dior’s Grand Bal Holiday Collection. It’s a pearly white polish, incredibly frosty. The formula isn’t the best, but it’s not as terrible as it could be. I used three coats for these pictures and it was still slightly translucent in the sunlight. It even showed up a funny, huge ridge in the middle of all of my nails that I hadn’t really noticed before, so it’s not really a polish for the faint-hearted. Does childbirth cause huge nail ridges? I’ll have to research that.
I have to say that I’m still really gratified to have Lady here in my hands. I noticed that it was numbered “011” and it stirred my memories of Swan from last year. I checked it, and Swan was sold under the same number – I’m sure that it’s the same polish. Last year some people were even complaining about it being frosty, deja vu! It’s also interesting to know note that another polish in the Grand Bal Collection (207 Diorling) shares the same number as another Dior polish (207 Or Lumiere, aka Golden Era, which was part of the Dior Fall Collection), and it seems to be the same polish. This makes it seem even more likely to me that Swan and Lady are in fact the same.
This polish is the only polish from the Grand Bal Collection that’s available at Sephora, so it has gotten wide distribution this time around. It’s also available at other places where Dior polishes are sold, including at Dior.com.