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

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6.5/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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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.

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Intemporel

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8/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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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

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Spring 2015

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Salonu

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9/10

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6.5/10

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8.5/10

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4/5

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True Blue

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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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.

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Black Jade

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Indigo Night

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Guerlain Baby Rose Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Baby Rose Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Baby Rose Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.35 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft and classic pink.” It is a light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream-jelly finish. NARS Ithaque (P, $20.00) is warmer. Cult Nails Alluring (LE, $12.00) is more opaque, darker. Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Brigitte (P, $9.00) is darker. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cult Nails Enticing (P, $12.00) is cooler-tond. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade had semi-sheer color coverage after two coats, where there was visible nail line and some of the natural color of the nail beds came through. The polish had a slightly thicker consistency, as you might expect of a jelly finish, that self-leveled quite well (though not completely perfect) and didn’t look streaky once leveled and dry. It dried down to a high-shine finish that didn’t need a top coat, and it looked plush and thick (without taking forever to dry). I wish there was something about the shade that indicated it was a sheerer shade, though. I’ve had very good wear with Guerlain’s formula, easily achieving seven days of wear with very minor tip wear (and no chipping).

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Baby Rose

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Paradisio (645) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearly pale green.” It’s a very light, warm white with a green-ish tint and metallic shimmer. It had some visible brush strokes, and it had semi-opaque color coverage. I wish it applied more evenly, and it’s a polish that might be better with three coats, though it has a medium-thick consistency so I don’t know about the wear/feel of three coats. Dior Pampille (192) (LE, $24.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is whiter. Essie Absolutely Shore (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tenderly (641) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy mauve with warm undertones and a cream-jelly finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation after two coats, and it dried down to a naturally shiny finish without the need of a top coat. It was easy to apply and self-leveled. Zoya Odette (P, $9.00) is lighter. Formula X Perfection (P, $12.50) is grayer. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Desirio (643) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense magenta.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-pink with a cream finish. It had almost opaque coverage after a single coat, but I used two in swatches to be sure. It dried down to a high-shine finish and was incredibly easy to apply. Chanel Coup de Coeur (P, $27.00) is more muted, warmer. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is brighter. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Paradisio (645)

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Product

6.5/10

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7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4/5

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Tenderly (641)

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Desirio (643)

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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