Dior Vernis in Skyline, swatch

Dior — Skyline (Vernis) Swatch & Review

Collection: Dior Fall 2016, Skyline

After falling head over heels in love with Glory last year—and it was my pedi most of this spring and summer—I resolved to get a few other Diors. When Hudson’s Bay recently offered a couple of coupons for almost 20% off beauty ($20 off $100), I thought it was a good time to finally do it, especially with the new fall collection out.

The full name of this Vernis polish is actually a mouthful: Vernis Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer. Seriously! The longer and more unnecessarily complicated a product name is, the less luxurious it tends to feel to me. What’s wrong with just Vernis? Tack on the Gel Shine, if you must, for marketing purposes. At least all that verbiage is absent from the bottle itself:

Dior Vernis in Skyline

Skyline (848) is one of four neutral shades in Dior’s fall collection. It’s a deep, rum raisin chocolate in a glossy cream finish. Browns can be a little tough to pull off without looking a bit too circa 1990s, but the taupeish plum tone means it is really just the hottest vampy mauve-brown, ever.

You can tell I love the color, right? I loved the formula a teeny bit less than that of Glory, however. This was not quite opaque with two coats; I used three to get perfect coverage. I do have a tendency to use thinner coats, though, so if you’re more into thicker coats, two should do you fine. Vampy creams tend to perform differently from bright reds (ever notice that red and pink creams usually apply gorgeously?), though, so for a vampy, this did apply well.

The shine, though! That’s what this line of polish does best. It’s so glossy that you’ll think it’s still wet, but it dries reasonably quickly and you totally do not need a top coat for added shine.

Dior Vernis in Skyline, swatch

If you’d like further details on the packaging and the brush, please check out my review of Glory; it all applies to Skyline, as well. This line of polishes comes with my favorite-ever nail polish brush.

This is a pretty, pretty polish, so if you are in the market for a sophisticated vampy cream polish this season, I highly recommend Skyline.


Dior Vernis retails for US$27 / CA$33 (the Canadian price has gone up since last year, from CA$28) and is 0.33 fl oz / 10 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and is made in France.

Christian Dior Cosmetics is a division of Christian Dior S.A., based in Paris, France. Dior and LVMH are both controlled by Bernard Arnault.

[EDIT 2015-10-16: Images updated.]


8 thoughts on “Dior — Skyline (Vernis) Swatch & Review

  1. What a gorgeous colour! So nuanced – not just a straight up brown but a hint of milkiness?
    I couple of Dior polishes I’ve tried, I’ve been SO impressed with the formula. Of the “designer” brands, I think Dior is my favourite… so far.

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  2. I love the dark colours this time of year. I know what you mean about the longer names, why can’t they just keep it simple? At least the bottle looks good and doesn’t have it on. I haven’t tried any Dior nail varnishes, this one is tempting me though.

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