Long-lasting, premium nail polish that helps support women in Haiti? Dielle gets the Shiny thumbs up
Oh nail polish, wherefore art thou? Not on my nails anymore, that’s for sure. Probably on the pavement. The carpet. The floor of the bus. Dancing away on the wind, like glittery silver blossom. Nothing, not even the priciest brands or the most industrial-strength top coats, will keep polish intact on my nails for longer than a day.
Even the mighty Shellac gave me a week of wear at best, then left my nails like shredded tissue paper underneath. I’ve resorted to marigolds for the washing up, and never offering to find the end of a roll of sellotape for anyone.
Now, I’m not about to let ‘fast-chipping nails’ be added to the menagerie of physical failings we’re supposed to worry about as women – the list is already down to my flaky, substandard elbow. But as someone who feels so much affection toward nail polish, it just seems unfair how keen it is to escape life on the end of my fingers. “I love you!” I tell each lovely new shade. “Errr, I thought this was just a one-night kinda thing…” it mutters, and makes a dash for the floor or plughole.
So when I tell you that Dielle polish actually stayed glossy and perfect for three days on me, you will appreciate the small miracle. On a normal person’s hands, that’s like, six! Eight maybe. This stuff has no commitment issues. It sticks around and makes you breakfast.
And far more importantly, Dielle also has ethical backing. Founder Rosalie Audoin lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for 12 years, and is committed to putting the proceeds from Dielle towards charities making a difference for Haitian women and children. Recent campaigns include The Haiti Hospital Appeal, and The A21 Campaign Against Human Trafficking.
On top of that glowing recommendation, the collection is also completely non-toxic and designed to cater for every skin tone, with names like “Majestic Obsidian” so that you can pretend to be a warrior space princess from the future. I tried Everlasting, a pleasingly muted teal, and Modern Goddess, a spacey midnight metallic, with a lick of Lustre Gel Coat on top to keep them shining for longer.
In its shapely bottles, Dielle makes a covetable dressing-table addition, and at £12 a pop can definitely give all those quick-chipping, non-saving-the-world premium brands a run for their money. I think we’re going to be very happy together.