Sunday, 22 January 2012

Chanel Jade vs Dior Waterlily NOTD

As you might have guessed from the title, I am of course talking about nail polish. The release a few years ago of Chanel Jade was what really sparked my interest in nails and I have been collecting colours ever since. Jade was very successful and incredibly difficult to get hold of so I thought that as Dior have just released a similar shade, a comparison might be useful in case you missed out first time around.

As you can hopefully tell from the above picture, Chanel Jade leans more Aqua than green. Both colours have a subtle turquoise micro shimmer running through them. The main difference to my eye is that the Chanel is cool toned, whereas the Dior is warm. The Dior is also meant to smell of flowers I think but that didn't influence my decision to buy it. Smelling it now, it sort of smell alike bad air freshener, so I would not buy it for scent alone!

3 coats of Chanel Jade applied + Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat

2 coats of Dior Waterlily applied + Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat

I don't own many Dior polishes so the different shaped brush has taken a bit of getting used to. The formula is quite a bit thicker than the Chanel, not necessarily a good thing. I had to use three coats of Chanel Jade and two of Dior Waterlily. I applied Jade to my left hand and Waterlily to my right and although I can tell the subtle difference, no one else has been able to yet. It is not often I am happy to go out with different colours on different hands but this gives you an indication of how similar the two shades are.

Bottom hand: Chanel Jade, Top Hand: Dior Waterlily

As I have cool undertones to my skin, I am always drawn to colours that are also cool, so unsurprisingly my favourite is the Chanel. However, if you missed out on it years ago or have warmer undertones, Waterlily is a great choice. Both are around the same price but you get 3ml more from Chanel.

Sorry for having been very lax on the posting front but January is a hectic time in the law recruitment cycle. I officially have my law degree now so it is on with the training contract applications. the applications are probably more time consuming than my studies and having to travel to London for interviews etc means I am seeing far too much of St Pancras International, and not enough of Space NK and Selfridges. If by some miracle I do get a training contract through the Tom Ford counter will be my first port of call. Hopefully I will have a bit more time to blog in the Spring and I will hold a giveaway at 250 followers as a thank you, something Edward bess shaped I think.

A very belated Happy New Year to everyone!


  1. Thank you for the comparison, I just applied Waterlily and I also think that it's warmer. You can tell the difference quite good on your pics, but the Dior one is still a good alternative :)


  2. Both so pretty - I have had my eye on the Dior one and was so worried it wouldn't suit my skintone, so I think the Chanel one would be better for me. :-) x

  3. Interesting to see them together, I think like you I'd go for the Jade out of the two :)

  4. Both are gorgeous shades for spring I think. Kind of unusual but pretty still. I thnk I prefer the Chanel Jade though, just a tad more minty than pea green. :)

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x