Today I have the first Christian Dior polish to grace my stash. I wanted the first one to be Rock Coat last spring, but by the time I decided that, it was sold out. When I heard about this spring's colors, I zipped right over to Nordstrom's website to look at them before they disappeared. I was quite excited to see that Rock Coat was back in stock. I didn't stop to research whether it got re-issued or added to the core line or what; I just put it to my cart with the two spring 2012 polishes, Waterlily (green shimmer) and Forget Me Not (red violet creme). As it turned out, Waterlily arrived first, all by itself, and since it was my first Dior, I didn't want to wait to try it but swatched it as soon as I could.
I used two coats, no topcoat. That silver cap pulls off to reveal a black plastic one, which is ribbed for easy grasping. This polish is supposed to have a rose scent, but I didn't really notice it, perhaps because I've been trying to fend off a cold and am a bit stuffed up.
The shimmer in this is on the subtle side, but it's still visible in indirect indoor light, as in above photos. In brighter light, like the sunlight filtered through a window screen, as below, the shimmer does of course show up a bit more.
Since I have made nearly no progress on de-duping my stash, I found plenty of green shimmers to compare with Waterlily.
Left to right: Christian Dior Waterlily, Milani Dress Maker, Catrice Sold Out Forever, Claire's Dreamcatcher, Charlotte Russe Jade. Most of these were not as pigmented as Waterlily. Sold Out Forever was two coats, but the others all needed three to achieve a similar level of opacity.
Thumb, above: Charlotte Russe Jade. Other fingers, top to bottom (above and below): Christian Dior Waterlily, Milani Dress Maker, Catrice Sold Out Forever, Claire's Dreamcatcher.
These are all really close to each other. Waterlily is a touch darker and a bit more yellow-toned than the others.
Of all the shots I took, the one above most dramatically shows the difference between Waterlily (top nail) and the cooler mint shimmers (in this case, Dress Maker). Unless you're on a mission to have all the greens in the world, I don't think you need Waterlily if you've already got a Chanel Jade wanna be (or Jade itself—I skipped it because at the time I was holding firm against luxury brands; you see how that stance has gone by the wayside).