Je Ne Sais Quoi – Givenchy Dandy Moiré

I am appalled by the size of the bottle of the limited edition (of course) Givenchy Dandy Moiré. Every other company on earth sells this amount of polish as a ‘mini’. The size itself actually isn’t the issue, I love minis. The problem is the size to price ratio.

Seriously? A 15 dollar ‘mini’?

It doesn’t even apply well. The fomula is too thick and it chips fairly easily. At 15 dollars per .18 fl. oz., it needs to apply perfectly. It needs to apply like Jesus himself is doing my nails. Not only that but it needs stay on my nails, unchipped, for the rest of my life.

Why did I buy this? Am I really such a blind consumerist that I can’t resist buying something I know isn’t worth the amount of money I’m spending?  Ugh, I don’t really have an answer to that question, there’s just something about this color that drew me to it. It’s not as impressive in real life as it looks on Sephora’s website. (Of course. Oh man, how I abhore Sephora.) However, I admit that the blue and green shimmer is mesmerizing even though it’s not as blingy as advertised. What was really… just… bizarre… about this color was other people’s reactions to it. I wear nail polish every single day of my life. No one cares. I hardly ever get compliments, comments, anything. But, Givenchy Dandy Moiré was a topic of conversation with almost everyone I encountered for 3 days that I wore it.

I broke my professional color vow and wore it last Friday during my office’s casual day. The female attorneys loved it. So much so that yesterday, one of the victim advocates asked me where she could buy it or something like it locally. I told her that she should skip the unreasonably priced haughty Givenchy and check out OPI Yoga-ta Get this Blue which is basic and readily available in our nail polish deficient little town.

Then Friday night at dinner, my friend’s boyfriend and his friend noticed Dandy Moire. They thought it was black and stated that it “didn’t suit my skin tone”. Even though I knew that they were teasing me in response to me mocking college football, I launched into a tirade about the merits of navy shimmery nail polish on dark skin. I’m sure they regretted mentioning it at all after I imparted more information about nail polish than they ever wished to know.

Saturday night, a very drunk boy awkwardly hit on me at a bar by complimenting my ‘black’ nails. Even my male roommate who only discusses nail polish in the context of taunting me, commented on Dandy Moire. He also thought it looked black. The strange thing is that I wear black and ‘almost black’ polishes all the time. No one ever notices or says anything. So what was it about this particular color that made people feel the need to comment on my nails? I’m completely baffled. I guess there is just something intangible about this color that makes it more strikingly noticeable. I still think the 15 dollar price tag is absolutely ridiculous, but I guess I like Dandy Moiré.


14 Responses to “Je Ne Sais Quoi – Givenchy Dandy Moiré”

  1. Melanie Says:

    Yeah, I had this happen a year or two ago. I ordered two bottles of Givenchy from They were $18 EACH. They’re the size of yours. I love the two I got, but never again.

  2. Scrangie Says:

    This post is full of WIN

    That first picture pretty much sums it up- WTF? lol

    Yeah, I like the color a LOT, but… Why??? WHY DID I BUY THIS?? I feel more guilt over this one than Gold Fiction!


  3. Nina Says:

    Wow, that sure does look different on the Sephora website! It is a really pretty color. That bottle is so small!

  4. sassepiano Says:

    I really hope they’ll have it at physical stores one day because I want to see if it’s really worth $15. Do you think you’ll be doing any comparisons of this or is this just too unique?

  5. pretear Says:

    Melanie – I really don’t mind spending money, but I have to feel like my money was well spent. I feel ya.

    Scrangie – lol. I’m glad I never took the Gold Fiction plunge.

    Nina – ITA. Too small.

    Sassepiano – Well Tobywoo did a comparison of it – the closest thing is CND Blue Blood but it’s a different tone of blue – hmm like more tealish? I don’t have anything in my collection like it. The thing, for me, at least, is that I don’t like shimmer, I think it’s hard to make shimmery polish that doesn’t look cheap – this is exactly that – it doesn’t look cheap.

  6. Andie Says:

    hahah your articles crack me up! but yea, stupid mini, gorgeous color tho…

  7. pretear Says:

    : ) lol. I agree.

  8. Masa_inn Says:

    I can imagine your colleagues talking:
    - Can you believe those interns? She wears $15 polish and thinks *I* should get a cheap stuff!
    - Kids! /eye roll/

    JK, sure :)

    Love the color on you.

  9. Sanna Says:

    It’s a pretty polish but the price is crazy

  10. pretear Says:

    Masa – lol. State employees make no money so I’m sure she appreciated my advice. : P

    Sanna – Ditto.

  11. Love8Brain Says:

    I love Chanel’s Gold Fiction! But come one at least it is 4 oz! Never ever ever will I buy a Givenchy after looking at my Sally Hansen Minis that are .17 oz! Dandy Moore is .18 oz? Like you I was thinking, “They MUST be kidding!”

    I like polish and I do buy high end polish (except RBL cause I might get really addicted! And Iz Skeerd!) and I love them. BUT. Seriously. I agree. Jesus himself will have to come offer to do my mani before I cave in. And I am 100% sure I won’t regret not buying it! Wonderful post! Love! TY ES! :D

  12. dancera94 Says:

    this is a great polish but holy crap. a great alternative is Sally Hansen’s Navy Baby really close except a litlle less shimmer, do you think that maybe you could do a few more reviews on drugstore colors please?

  13. pretear Says:

    L8B – : ) Yea I don’t think you’re going to regret this one.

    Dancera – Does Navy Baby has green shimmer? I can try to cover some drug store colors that I own but unfortunately I don’t own very many. : (

  14. Lola Says:

    I found one that was similar, and a better match than yo-got-ta get this blue, it’s a Designer by OPI, DS022, the shimmer is different and it’s a non-holographic shimmer DS ;)

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