I get soooo bored on Trans-Atlantic flights. When I’m bored, I shop. The airlines know this all too well and are happy to assist. I think it was Lufthansa that got me for about $41 on this here Dior Manicure Kit. Lars was having convulsions and frothing at the mouth over the purchase. I assured him it was worth the price for such a teeny bag because it was Dior for heaven’s sake. I have since eaten those words.
This kit comes in an irresistible little silver bag with a cute little silver ribbon and the word Dior boldly on the front in umm dark silver. It’s kind of a satiny number and just looks very froufrou. I’ve been using it now for about ooooh 9 months or so, and I am telling you right here and right now: Do not fall for this!
Inside the travel bag are 8 items. Each one just about as worthless as the other. Ok. There is one item I liked.
Nail Polish Corrector: This is a white pen-sized dealy which holds polish remover. The tip is a kind of hard-ish cotton. You use this to clean up around your nails after you’ve polished them. This is the one item I like. It works fairly well and it hasn’t run out yet. I should say that I do not use it a great deal though. I’ve been in the US quite a lot and have been getting professional manicures for the most part over there. So. I can say it has lasted 9 months, but the truth is that is with infrequent usage.
Nail Whitening Pencil: I thought oooh how uppity is that when I spied this little pencil. In had visions of self-done French nails. Bah. This pencil is a worthless piece of crap. It is, according to the small instruction book, for use under the nail to make them look cleaner. What it looks like in actual application is that some 3 year old was allowed to get out her crayons and play Beauty Salon on your hands. Trashed.
Cuticle Softener: This was another item I had high hopes for. Again, my hopes were dashed almost the minute I began to use the thing. It is the same deal as the Polish Corrector… white pen-like, hard cotton tip. In fact, I have to get my glasses out to distinguish which is which between those two and the next item. The softener is one of those dreaded items which seem to be working, but are doing damage. You know what I mean. It is filled with something which makes them softer at first, and as long as you continue to use it all the time… but once you stop your cuticles and the area around them are rapidly transformed into mutant-ville hard, cracked, horrors. It is an ill-conceived trick of many lotion companies to get you to keep using their products. It didn’t work on me with them, and it did not work on me with this. Into the trash!
Nail Care with Calcium: Same deal here. White pen yadda yadda. Worthless. You are suppose to use this one on your bare nails to ummm keep them healthy I suppose. I have seen no difference and this one I have kept with me and used quite a lot. Trash it.
Small Emery Board: Ummm it’s a damn emery board, ok? Small, rough, and didn’t last long. Keep this one until it falls apart, which won’t be long. heh.
Ridge Filler: My nails are not normal. They grow all wavy and bent and yes they have ridges from time to time. At first I liked this little 7.5ml bottle full of very light pinkish-beige fluid. Hell, I even wore it alone the first time without covering it with polish. For some reason though, it never worked that smoothly after the first time. Now it always goes on uneven. It looks all blotchy and stuff. It does fill the ridges, but it also has a tendency to make any polish applied over it not last nearly as long as it does by itself. Bah.
So there you have it. I paid over 40 bucks for a cute little 3 dollah bag and a 4 dollah correcting pen. What a bargain! Ohj. I’ll be hearing it over this little purchase for years to come…. 1 star. I would go 2 stars if not for the exorbitant price. Do not get suckered in to this Duty-Free binge.