Dior’s Rock Your Nails Collection is up on Nordstrom’s website now-there has been a lot of anticipation for this one, particularly for the Rock Coat smoky top coat. Rock Coat is sheer enough to let your base color show through, and it’s the only sheer topcoat I know of that can darken your nail color. There’s so many sparkly or glittery topcoats that I was really looking forward to this one, since it offers a different kind of effect-swatches coming up!
All of these colors come with the new tapered Dior brush that’s very large. Purple Mix is a dusty, warm purple with a hint of pink. This color is so elegant and pretty-it’s the kind of muted purple that fits in anywhere and I would feel fine wearing to work. It reminds me a bit of Fingerpaints’ Heavenly Hydrangeas, although it’s darker. I like that it’s dark and it’s beautiful, but not a very springy color, really. The application was nice, and it was opaque in two coats. This is my favorite of the two colors I ordered.
Then I added the Rock Coat, which is a sheer dark grey with some fine sparkly bits. It goes on well for something so sheer-I found that if I was careful to not have too much on the brush, I could get it to apply fairly evenly. I ran into trouble and got some streaks when I didn’t wipe enough off the brush first–when I brushed back over it to try to spread out the extra, I got some pronounced streakiness. So I think it works best if you try to not get too much on the brush, and don’t brush back over what’s already on your nails. It darkens Purple Mix in a veiled, kind of mysterious way, which is neat. I like that it’s not just like wearing a darker color, you really get a different effect by starting with a lighter color and then coating it with Rock Coat.
The other color I chose is Nirvana, a dusty but vibrant greenish-blue. My pictures pulled a little more blue than this appears in real life. I like this color too-it reminded me of CND’s Urban Oasis, but is a lighter teal. It also went on nicely and was opaque in two coats.
Rock Coat worked really well with Nirvana. The colors are far enough apart that the darkening from Rock Coat is more evident than on Purple Mix. I can see the shimmer in Rock Coat more on Nirvana, too. It’s such a nice option to create different looks!
There are three other colors in the Rock Your Nails Collection, but they are all very dark-very dark brown, dark blue and dark grey. I decided I could pass on them since I don’t really like colors that look blackish-they feel too stark to wear at work and I’m not that likely to reach for them during the weekend. The Rock Coat is a must have, though-it’s so interesting, and you can put it together with all kinds of other colors to change their look. I do think there is a learning curve to it; I slapped it on over a pale manicure that I was wearing when I got my package and my first attempt didn’t turn out too well. I found out that thin, conservative coats are less likely to streak, and the streakiness is even more apparent on a light color, so you have to know what you’re doing to get a good effect over light pink. I’m already plotting new colors to try it over!