Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Christian Louboutin Scarabee Nail Lacquer
Christian Louboutin Scarabee Nail Lacquer

For summer/fall, there are three new, limited edition duochrome shades of Christian Louboutin Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.). I was impressed by the strength of the duochrome; I felt like I could see it at all times, no matter the type of lighting or angle of my nails–sometimes I feel like you have to hunt for the duochrome because it is so subtle, but with these three, it was noticeable. I was, however, less impressed by the application on the first two, which had visible brush strokes due to the more metallic finish and II dried down to a satin finish (where is that “super-glossy” finish that mimics the “effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer”?) with a little bubbling (which I don’t get often). All three shades were fairly opaque after two coats and dried down faster than average. I tested II for wear, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping, which is average for me.

I haven’t reviewed as much polish in recent years so I don’t have as many specific dupes for you myself, but I know that most major polish brands have covered duochrome territory and like with eyeshadow, a lot of brands release the same type of duochromes, like Sally Hansen, Essie, MAC, Nubar, and of course, if you go indie, you have even more options; when I looked, Nubar and Color Club were two that seemed to have their duochromes readily available (that I could tell).

Christian Louboutin Scarabee I Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rosy copper that shifts to golden yellow gold. It was opaque after two coats, and the duochrome was strong and noticeable under most conditions–no squinting to find it. It had some visible brush strokes even after it dried down, and it dried down to a glossy finish and didn’t need a top coat for shine. Nubar Sun Gold (P, $8.00) is darker. I think Nubar Stardust is a likely dupe for this shade as well, while Nubar Sun Gold is going to be darker and much more orange-based. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Christian Louboutin Scarabee II Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a subdued, teal-ish blue that shifts to a cooler, bluish-violet with fine, pearly shimmer. This shade self-leveled for the most part and didn’t have noticeable brush strokes, but I had bubbling with this one, so I’d have to wear a base coat with it to help minimize that (I normally don’t get bubbling and don’t need to use a base coat for wear). It also dried to more of duller finish. MAC Submerged (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Bel-Argus (667) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. China Glaze Deviantly Daring (LE, $7.50) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Christian Louboutin Scarabee III Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brilliant, medium-dark gold with warm, copper-orange tones that shifts to a warmer, chartreuse-y green. It was fully opaque after two coats (and almost opaque after just one), and it has a few visible brush strokes but a lot of them disappeared as it dried down to a glossy finish. The duochrome effect is strong and noticeable in low light, bright light, and you can see the shift around the edges even staring at it straight on. MAC Neptune (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Rose Gold (LE, $8.49) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, cooler. Chanel Peridot (LE, $27.00) is warmer. China Glaze Rare & Radiant (LE, $7.50) is darker, warmer. Color Club Editorial (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Scarabee I

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Scarabee II

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Product

7.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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4/5

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Scarabee III

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9/10

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Chanel Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda, Terrana Le Vernis
Chanel Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda, Terrana Le Vernis

Chanel Terrana (697) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a smoky, taupe-brown with very fine, pearly shimmer in bronze and pink. It was mostly opaque after two coats, though I’d recommend a slightly thicker second coat to ensure full opacity (I went with two thin coats on my pinky nail, and there’s some visible nail line coming through). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges. It lasted for seven with days with minor tip wear (no base or top coat), which is average for me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Mediterranee (707) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark blue with a hint of green that gives it a slightly “warm” undertone. There was a very, very faint hint of nail line coming through at times, but it was difficult to detect under most lighting conditions. The polish was slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges and applied evenly and smoothly overall. This was the other shade I tested for wear specifically, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear, which is average for me and what my experience has been with Chanel’s formula over the years. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Coquelicot (717) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, orange-based red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented; a single coat was very nearly opaque (see pinky nail), but two coats gave it a much richer, lusher look as the texture seemed shinier and plusher. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied beautifully. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Lavanda (727) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, royal purple with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. This one applied a bit unevenly for me, and it was more semi-opaque after two coats. When it dried down, the resulting finish wasn’t as glossy/shiny as the other three were. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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Terrana (697)

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Mediterranee (707)

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Coquelicot (717)

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis
Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis

Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “aqua.” It’s a light-medium, mint green with subtle warm undertones and a fine pearl shimmer. NARS Thasos (P, $20.00) is lighter, no shimmer. Formula X Inspiring (LE, $12.50) is darker, brighter. Dior Samba (402) (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer, less shimmery. MAC Ocean Dip (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Venous (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Long-time readers will know that one of my favorite nail colors is some variation on aqua, mint green, or teal, and as a fan of the Guerlain nail lacquer formula (generally), this was the product that most appealed to me when reading through the summer collection. It was disappointing, unfortunately, as soon as it was applied. It went on unevenly with noticeable streaking and color that looked patchy. I even tried three coats to see if that improved it, but it was still somewhat translucent in places. The texture is a little runny, so it does pull to the sides if you aren’t careful (so use thinner coats). I also experienced bubbling as the polish dried down, which is unusual in my experience. On me, the color lasted for six days with some tip wear–far shorter than most of Guerlain’s polishes for me–and had lost a fair amount of shine after a day. Even the initial dry down had more of a satin shine to it than a truly glossy, gel-like shy that you’ll find in their regular range.

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Blue Ocean

C

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering silver shade.” It’s a light-medium silver with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. NARS Amarapura (P, $20.00) is darker. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is slightly darker. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (I am also confident that there are a slew of dupes that I haven’t tried, as metallic silver is certainly not unique.)

The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it wasn’t difficult to apply two coats for opaque coverage, but the metallic finish yielded noticeable brush strokes, and those were hard to control without the steadiest of hands (of which I do not possess). The brush strokes looked worse initially, so they softened as the polish dried down, but they never went away. It lasted for six days on me before I saw a chip and noticeable tip wear, which is a day or so shorter than I usually get wish polish, including Chanel’s formula.

The Glossover

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product

Intemporel

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret
Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret ($90.00 for 3 x 0.20 fl. oz.) is an interesting concept. For a luxury price point, the coffret was actually something that I felt fit with the brand and what you might expect from a luxury brand. The box is heavy duty cardboard, and it’s certainly more of a keepsake/display piece if you liked the design. The bottles half the size of a full-sized bottle, and from a price per ounce perspective, it’s $150/oz. compared to $125/oz. for a full-sized bottle–or three shades for less than the cost of two. The downside, though, is that two of the three shades had issues with application and overall results. It wasn’t even much of a surprise, as the issues were with the two lighter shades, and the issues are ones I’ve often seen with these types of colors–one hoped that at this price point they would have been perfected. I get a week of wear with this brand’s formula with minor tip wear, which is average for me.

Now, a word on packaging… The bottles needed to be more securely placed and/or included a styrofoam piece that fit over the top of the bottles within the interior of the box. I understand that they may have chosen not to do something like this so you would get that “wow!” factor when you opened it. Instead, they relied on the bottles being held in place tightly, and to a degree, they are, as each has a ribbon that will enable you to lift them out of their slots, but my order arrived with one bottle having slid out and smashed open (the interior of the box has its own artsy design now!). I get to say Neiman Marcus was A+ in customer service, as I called right after opening the box and seeing it, and they immediately offered to replace and reship the order (I’m not even a big NM shopper, and I do not have their credit card). The replacement order arrived, and a different bottle came loose this time, but thankfully, it didn’t knock into any of the other bottles, so nothing was broken. I consider this a brand issue, as the interior of the box had too much open space and the bottles themselves were just not secure, but the actual box arrived without any dings or scratches (which is where Neiman Marcus’ packaging efforts would have played a role).

Salonu is described as an “opaque cement white.” It’s a light, muted buttery yellow with a cream finish. The consistency was thicker, and it was prone to streaking. The first coat had noticeable streaking, and unfortunately, a second coat didn’t manage to cover and smooth everything out. It didn’t self-level, so the thicker texture made it harder to work with. It did dry down to a high-shine finish, at least. NARS Anarchy (LE, $20.00) is more beige. MAC Near Beth Experience (LE, $16.00) is yellower, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

True Blue is described as a “periwinkle blue.” It’s a medium-dark, purple-tinted blue with a hybrd cream and jelly finish with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats, but there was a slight translucency to it like you’d expect with a jelly finish, yet it didn’t have the real plushness of a jelly finish. The consistency was thinner but was easy to apply evenly. Dior Sailor (LE, $24.00) is bluer. Cult Nails Wack Slacks (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is similar. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is brighter. China Glaze Manhunt (LE, $7.50) is darker. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (LE, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Chick is described as a “vivid yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with a cream finish and a very light sheen–one of the less glossy Louboutin polishes I’ve tried. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it went on with heavy streaking. The texture was a little thin to work with. Cult Nails New Day (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion (DC, $12.00) is darker. NARS 15 Minutes (LE, $20.00) is similar. Chanel Mimosa (LE, $27.00) is brighter, darker. Butter London Jasper (P, $15.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Spring 2015

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Salonu

C+

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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True Blue

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a blackened green with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a fine lighter green shimmer. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The finish was naturally glossy when it dried down, and the coverage was smooth and even. It wore well for seven days on me with very minor tip wear. NARS Shutter (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. NARS Night Porter (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Dior Amazonia (LE, $24.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Indigo Night Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.41 oz.) is an inky, blackened navy blue with fine, brighter blue shimmer. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the color went on evenly with smooth, glossy end results. The texture was slightly thin with this shade. This shade also lasted for seven days on me with very minor tip wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Distortion (LE, $10.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness (LE, $3.99) is brighter. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. NARS Night Flight (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Black Jade

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Indigo Night

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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