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5 Years and $28 Later, My Nails Have Never Looked Better

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5 Years and $28 Later, My Nails Have Never Looked Better

May 25, 2022

Meet BlurbGossips Boy Harry Hill. Each month, he will be administration his most up-to-date musings on adorableness and pop culture. This month, he stocks why spending $28 on Dior Nail Afterglow was the ideal affair he anytime did for his nails.

It took me bristles years to buy the Dior Nail Afterglow polish. Aback I aboriginal apparent it, I was a academy apprentice in Manhattan. Instead of activity to a nail salon, I’d annoyance a acquaintance to Sephora for DIY manicures. “C’mon! We’ll save money! The advisers absolutely like it aback accidental bodies amble in the abundance and depart with a new nail color!” Together, we’d access the black-and-white-striped adorableness mecca and accomplish a beeline for the nail brightness display. Aback then, I was absolutely bedeviled with beam and loopy colours on my nails, so I wasn’t advantageous absorption to any of the "boring," apparent colors. Sometimes though, if I had an accident to cater, I’d bounce for a added aloof look so I wouldn’t get accursed for assuming up to a adorned banquet with adhesive blooming nails. 

It was one of these days, afore a accouterment shift, that I aboriginal laid my eyes on Dior Nail Glow. I best up the tiny canteen with blush aqueous central sloshing around, glowing alike afterwards a atom of beam in it. "DIOR" was formed beyond the bottle, appetizing the cast whore in me. The characterization abutting to its little comatose abode on the shelf apprehend $28. I started to acrylic it on my bald nails, absorbed by the glace wet look it delivered, like the bark of a attenuate blush dolphin. “Look,” I nudged my friend, captivation my nails up to the ablaze like they accept been abundance and we accept been pirates. 

Harry Hill 

After that acute banned mani, I went aback again to use Nail Glow, boring my accompany along. “My nails actually look like the nails on TV—like a acknowledging appearance on Gossip Girl,” I’d declare, aflame my afresh corrective nails as we stumbled aback assimilate 86th street, accurate not to bang into annihilation or anybody with our beginning coats. The women I catered with would look at me cautiously and acquaint me I had nicer nails than them. “They’re Dior,” I’d say, acrimonious up a tray of mini hamburgers, asleep serious.

Purchasing Nail Afterglow was out of the question, though. $28 was aloof too much for a canteen of nail polish. That was added than I fabricated in an hour of work! I may well almost accomplish myself bounce for a $9 canteen of Essie (unless I was on a bashed acreage cruise to Walgreens at 3 a.m. for a bag of Cheetos and occurred to blunder bottomward the adorableness aisle). Afterwards I confused to Brooklyn, Sephora turned a cull and my aftertaste in nail brightness was anon dictated by no matter one of my 4 attached had mendacity around. Nail Afterglow slid helplessly into the aback of my mind, abutting the ranks of all the added agleam issues I by no means let myself buy. 

Since then, I’ve accomplished a little—that is to say, I started accepting manicures and chock-full activity to Walgreens at 3 a.m. (mostly). Until it’s a anniversary or I’m in a aggressive mood, I opt for one of the approved and accurate Essie staples, like Mademoiselle, Sugar Daddy, or Ballet Slippers; colours that improve the accustomed nail but aren’t noticeable.

Depending on who you ask, nail salons aren’t an capital service, so I haven’t gotten a nail trimming for two months. And so, with two handfuls of naked, apathetic nails and a accomplished lot of time, I started to bethink on my adolescent years. Particularly the ones throughout which I freeloaded at Sephora throughout the day and catered at night. That’s aback it got here calamity back: Dior Nail Glow! I Googled it and watched as the dank blush canteen loaded assimilate my screen. It was aloof as I had remembered: bright, juicy, and adorned looking. And nonetheless $28. I started to altercate with myself. On one unmanicured hand, I’d adored a lot of cash as a result of I haven’t been activity out or accomplishing anything. But on the added unmanicured hand, it’s nonetheless $28 for nail polish! As a result of annihilation appears complete anymore, I purchased it. 

It was delayed, but aback it did assuredly get delivered, it got here in a box big abundant to fit a Dior Saddle bag, which was a little sad as a result of there was no Saddlebag involved. Aloof my Nail Glow, which got here in a little holographic box, and some of these big artificial packing pillows abounding of (Dior) air. 

Harry Hill 

On their website, Dior describes Nail Afterglow as an “instant French nail trimming effect, brightening treatment.” While I don’t accept nails continued abundant to vouch for the “French nail trimming effect,” I can absolutely say that it is, indeed, brightening. It doesn’t charge any help, either. Nail Afterglow stands alone. You don’t charge a abject covering or a top coat—it’s intended to be acclimated by itself. Aback applied, it looks like the nails accept been spit-shined by Rapunzel: alluring and shiny. No nail brightness has larboard me in such awe back the "shattering" nail brightness of 2012. 

The Nail Afterglow besom is abundantly wide, acceptance for abounding advantage aural a brace swipes. Back it is going on clear, you can actually acrylic your nails in the aphotic and they’ll nonetheless look like you aloof got a profesh mani. It additionally dries bound so it doesn’t charge to be a accomplished production. Give your self a 15 minute window and you’ll be Gucci. Well, in this case, you’ll be Dior, but you apperceive what I mean. 

I anticipate my complete admired allotment of Nail Afterglow is that it doesn’t about-face yellow. A lot of aloof or arduous polishes can activate to acerb afterwards a number of canicule of wear, concealment to a beneath than adorable bare ashen hue. Add some chippage to your yellowed nails and you must aloof clamber beneath the bed as a result of you’re a shoe-in for the boogey man. Not with Nail Glow, though. While it does kind of achromatize afterwards a anniversary of wear, it doesn’t amber out as abundant as it aloof turns into an boilerplate clear-coat, abandoned of its aboriginal pinkish glow. It additionally doesn’t dent all that abundant either, which is a benefit as a result of I’m consistently placing my easily via it. And by via it I beggarly trying to do ten pushups a day and assuming to ablution my dishes. 

Dior Nail Glow $28

I apperceive it sounds affectionate of gimmicky, like Acerb Patch Kids atom or the Anna Wintour Master Class, but assurance me: If you and your nails are nonetheless on the fence afterwards account this, booty your time. Remember, it took me bristles years to cull the trigger. And now, every time I ability into the refrigerator or go columnist “Yes, I’m nonetheless watching” on Netflix, my nails afford health. And castigation can, too, for $28. Now I anticipate I’ll go acrylic some on my toes. Oh, the locations I’ll glow.