Dior have just launched their Christmas 2012 'Grand Bal' collection full of golds, reds, pearls and glittering blacks. Part of the collection are Diorific Vernis polishes in cute, tubby bottles that look beautiful but endlessly impractical. Available in four shades, Marilyn* is a classic pillar box red which could easily have been a favourite of its namesake.
The gold top unscrews to reveal an applicator that is surprisingly easy to hold and the flat brush makes the whole process fairly speedy. What really surprised me is formula, so much so that it popped up on Instagram; after one coat it was opaque, non-streaky and very, very shiny and it stayed that way for a good few days too. The very tips of my nails are a bit ragged at the moment (need to try some Nail Envy I think!) but it manages not to highlight that either.
The polishes are £20, which is £2 more than Chanel, but endlessly better in formula. I think the price point edges these toward being more of a collectors item or special gift, but they do function incredibly well too. Available from Selfridges.