7.30.2012

NOTD: MILANI Dress Maker


Manicure: MILANI Nail Lacquer in Dress Maker. Mint Green Shimmer with a name that serves as the perfect nod to Coco Chanel.

DUPE ALERT! Remember during Fall 2009 when Chanel debuted Chanel Jade Le Vernis Nail Polish on the runways? The color sold out everywhere, and was literally being sold on eBay for more than $200.00 a bottle (despite the fact that it originally retailed at $25.00)! If you didn’t manage to score a bottle of the coveted polish, you’re in luck…MILANI Nail Lacquer in Dress Maker is basically an exact dupe – and it’s just $4.49 a bottle!

How To: For this manicure I used one coat of Essie's First Base Coat for adhesion; three coats of MILANI Nail Lacquer’s Dress Maker; and one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

Notes: Dress Maker is a very buildable formula, meaning that you have full control over how sheer or opaque you want the color. At one coat, it was completely sheer on me; two coats was thicker, but there was still VNL (visible nail line); three coats, to me, was perfect in regards to opacity. Overall, I was really happy with the formula; it wasn’t too streaky or too thick, and it was really easy to work with. Aside from the color, what I loved so much about this polish was the lasting power. Some of the pictures you see here were taken the day that I first polished my nails, and some were taken six days later. You cannot even tell a difference between the two because the color was so rich, vibrant, and chip-free until the moment I took it off.

I received so many compliments on this polish from people when I was shopping. The color is just so beautiful, unique, and eye-catching – you literally cannot resist it. This is one of those polishes that you want to buy back-up bottles of, just in case it is discontinued. Seriously.

Accessories: Forever 21 Dangling Rhinestone Ring Set in Mint / Clear.



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41 comments

ellie said...

Awesome! Love your ring too. Its such a great color this summer.

I put on wet'n wild megalast last night in hazel of love.

ivy's closet said...

That's so interesting about this shade, and how many coats it takes. Love the story too.

I have to put on several coats of Sally Hansen's STURDY SAPPHIRE to get the right blue.

lucy and sarah said...

I had no idea about the coco chanel finger nail polish.

An amazing ring! Still love this metallic color from Sally Hansen's extreme wear line.

mazzy may said...

Sweet! Great to get info on your techniques in manis!

I have yet to try my latest purchase..Undercover from Megalast.

ellie's desk said...

This is such a great shade! Love it with your ring. I just got a very dark color for fall..megalast's Disturbia/Audace that I can't wait to try.

Georgina said...

I'm wearing "Windmillion" by OPI - it's fairly similar actually. Love yours :)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

love your manicure Erika! must try this color! today I'm wearing lilac but not for so long... have a nice day, darling!

caroline @ patagonia gifts and jewelry

Q said...

I love that color! I actually don't have any Milani nail colors; well. I had a really cute pink glitter one, but I gave it to my oldest daughter. I'm definitely going to have to take another look at Milani! Also that ring is FAB!
Today I'm wearing butter LONDON's Knackered with Sally Hansen Gem Crush in Showgirl Chic on my accent fingers...

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I'm wearing Mint Sprint by Sally Hansen today!

Fashion Meets Food said...

What a great nail color. I love your ring! xo

Tights Lover said...

I love this color. I've been noticing similar shades around lately and I really like it. The ring goes perfect too!

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ps. I'm wearing mint today!

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

(love the new background) first off i love your nail polish. surprisingly i am wearing neon green glow in the dark nail polish from forever 21 yes i am easily amused because when im sleep im easily spotted because my hands and feet glow lol. happy monday

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous mani and ring, darling!
Perfect match!

xoxox,
CC

Natasha Hollerup said...

I love that color. I have many variations of a darker shade of that green and I love them all. I don't do my nails often as I always end up chipped and scratched by day 2, but I love the colors.

Dancing Branflake said...

That ring! I'm just stunned by that ring!!!

Clare said...

This color makes me want to go to the beach!

Ms. Cathy said...

Fun color for sure!!


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Rachel Jensen {Da Paura ♥} said...

You always have the most gorgeous nails on instagram! Adore this green color!!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Now this is a hot color! I need Milani dress maker!

FashionJazz said...

Loving this colour :)

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Miss Caitlin S. said...

I do not remember it debuting that in 2009 but I can see why it sold out! I LOVE this color- most especially with your outfit and ring!!! (per the usual)

About Last Weekend said...

That's a great great colour, just did my light blue but I like your colour even more

Sherin said...

That's such a gorgeous colour, and I'm loving the ring too!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Oooh love this color on you and love the backstory too! I'm wearing our Mary Jo Matsumoto 4FREE in Floating Lotus - sort of a dark carnation pink color--it's so perfect for summer, but I may try to go mint again at least once before summer's over. Hope you're having a good monday Erika!

xo Mary Jo

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Beautiful color - love how it compliments your rings!

Kashaya said...

Great polish! Love the color.=)

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Kat said...

such a gorgeous color! reminds me of mermaids ;P

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MOSAMUSE said...

thats a really great color and ur ring is cute!
xo
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D.R. said...

oooh this polish is pretty!

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Suzie Q said...

Absolutely gorgeous color as I am loving mint right now!

xoxo,
Suzie Q
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Blond Duck said...

I still am stuck with this shellac!

caitlin and megan said...

Awesome color. Love the ring with it too. I have SPOILED's I GOT SO PLASTERED.

I've never tried that brand you are wearing. I'm going to have to get some.

Mimi said...

it's such a pretty color! and it goes so well with your ring. :)

p.s. my nails are painted orange -- brainiac, to be exact. ;)

<3, Mimi
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Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Oooh, I'm loving this shade for summer, it really suits your skintone!

Thanks for the heads up re the dupe too, love it!

Joanne Faith said...

Great colour! Very pretty with a gold + minty wring!

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London's-beauty said...

Gorgeous colour! :) I like your ring. ^^

Paulina said...

Very nice color;)

Ann said...

Lovely nail polish color...
and that ring looks lovely.

janettaylor said...

What a great color!

Brookelyn said...

Ooh, I love this shade- so cute!

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