Here are swatches of a Dior polish that’s a bit confusing. Mandarin Orange is a pretty peachy orange with gold sparkles, and comes with the new wide-but-tapered Dior brush.
The confusing part is that I think it was only available through the Dior website in the U.S. as “Indie Orange”. There’s been a bit of shuffling with the Dior line of polishes since the switch to the new brush, and there have been several polishes that popped up at a retailer with one name, but with packaging that states a totally different name – Gold Revolution, anyone? That was what the Sephora website called it, but the packaging confirmed that it was really just Timeless Gold, which is pretty but was also available at Dior counters.
So, Dior sent out a little email promotion about a pink and a peach polish near the end of the summer. One of these was Indie Orange, which I hesitated on long enough for it to disappear from the Dior website. I searched around and the only thing I could find that seemed related was some discussion about Mandarin Orange being similar, but Mandarin Orange was only available at a few etailers.
So in the name of research, I picked it up. And the packaging calls it Mandarin Orange, with the subtitle Orange des Indes–I’m convinced this is also Indie Orange. Why, Dior? Can’t you just use the real name, on your own website?
Anyway, it’s a pretty color. It’s a bit more yellow than the other orange colors I have; it doesn’t lean coral like a lot of summer oranges, it’s more of a peach. And the gold sparkle is pretty, it’s a bit flaky and is noticeable on the name. It’s toned down just enough that I think it’s a nice work polish while giving a little summery lift. Now that it’s autumn I probably won’t be wearing it as much, but it’s a classic color.
I compared it to Chanel’s Orange Fizz to gauge how it falls on the orange spectrum. Mandarin Orange is on my index and middle fingers and Orange Fizz is on my ring and pinky fingers below. Orange Fizz leans more pink and is closer to coral, while Mandarin Orange is a bit lighter and is a more subtle peach. I like both. Orange Fizz is a straight creme, while the finish on Mandarin Orange is kind of like the finish on Chanel’s Morning Rose from Summer 2011.
Mandarin Orange doesn’t seem to be available at department stores like Nordstrom’s, but you can still find it at a few etailers.