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Christian Louboutin Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret
Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret ($90.00 for 3 x 0.20 fl. oz.) is a limited edition set of miniature-sized versions of the brand’s polish. For spring, the polishes are all shades that are also available in full-size in the permanent range. All three polishes were good and applied well with opaque coverage in two coats (two were nearly opaque in one coat, see below). I get about a week of wear with no chipping and minimal tip wear with Louboutin’s formula overall.

Last spring, I reviewed the nail coffret and mentioned that the brand needed to include a styrofoam piece that fit over the bottles to help ensure they didn’t loosen during shipping (I had a bottle break). I was happy to see that the brand included a foam panel inside the box (and no broken bottles this year!) in the style and spirit of the brand but definitely kept bottles from loosening in the box.

Very Prive is described as a “deep wine red.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque coverage after two coats with a slightly thin consistency that produced a more watery, streaky first coat but looked perfectly even and smooth after the second coat was applied. Burberry Oxblood No. 303 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). China Glaze Merry Berry (LE, $7.50) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Fatal (LE, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Chinatown (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sunset Sky (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Paros (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Batignolles is described as a “cross between a sky and turquoise blue.” It’s a light-medium, green-leaning aqua with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats with a consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread easily across the nail without pooling along the edges. When I tested this shade for wear, it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Thasos (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Miss Loubi is described as a “deeply vibrant coral pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to ensure total opacity (it can sometimes be hard to tell until I’m editing). The consistency was just right–not too thick or too thin–and applied well without streaking or bubbling. I wore this one for a week with no chipping and only minor tip wear (average wear for me, no base or top coats). MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Fracas (LE, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tapage (605) (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Shameless Red (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Diablotine (643) (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Essie Sunday Fun Day (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Starlet (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Coffret Hawaii Kawai I
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “platinum-infused … champagne rose shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, golden bronze with copper, blue, and gold flecks of micro-glitter and larger shimmer. Chanel Delight (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Burnt Topaz (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). China Glaze Harvest Moon (LE, $7.50) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tropical (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Fierce Entrance (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is a follow-up to last year’s Alchemy, which was a very interesting shade overall. This year’s iteration is much darker and warmer, but the multi-colored shimmer/sparkle is the similar. The base color is much more pigmented, though, and it was opaque after two coats. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied easily and spread across the nail without pooling along the edges or streaking. I wore it for seven days with minor tip wear. The only thing I’m a little bummed about is how quickly the price increased–$1.50 in a year–which is significant.

Formula X Nail Lacquer Alchemy II
Alchemy II
Alchemy II
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Chanel Troublante & Singuliere Le Vernis

Chanel Signuliere (673) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Signuliere (673) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Troublante (675) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a fiery, pink-shimmered copper duochrome that shifts from bright coppery gold to richer, deeper red-bronze with a metallic shimmer. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I was able to apply it easily, but the fine and plentiful shimmer yielded some visible brush strokes. The shift was noticeable in an assortment of lighting conditions, and I regularly noted it throughout the day, not just at this one angle under this particular light. It wore well for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping (no base or top coat). Christian Louboutin Beaute Scarabee III (LE, $50.00) is cooler (85% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Scarabee I (LE, $50.00) is lighter (85% similar). Nubar Sun Gold (P, $8.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Singuliere (673) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum-berry with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation after two coats, and polish’s texture was neither too thick or too thin, so it covered evenly without streaking or pooling along the edges. It dried down to a high-shine finish. I typically get seven days with minor tip wear out of Chanel’s formula. Essie Size Matters (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Graphic Berry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Rebel (DC, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $7.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Elbrus (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Troublante (675)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Singuliere (673)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Tom Ford Black Out Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Black Out Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Black Out Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Black Out Nail Lacquer ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, gray-black with very fine silver shimmer paired with cool undertones. Color Club Show Time (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Cosmic (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal The Queen's Ambition (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Fashion Polish (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two for good measure. The consistency was not too thick or too thin, so it flowed easily across the nail with even coverage and didn’t gather along the edges. I didn’t notice any brush strokes, bubbling, or unevenness, and the shimmer is so fine that the nail feels completely smooth once everything dries down. I think that the shimmer is almost too fine, because it does get lost in the strong black base; it almost provides more of a break in the way it looks as far as texture goes than being a shimmery shade. On me, the polish wore well for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Black Out
Black Out
Black Out
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Le Vernis

Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis
Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis

Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis ($26.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet purple with fine, multi-colored shimmer (mostly pink and lighter purple). Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Poke (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoya Suri (P, $9.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain’s nail lacquer formula is supposed to have “long-lasting color and shine” and is designed to be applied with two coats. I’m a big fan of the formula, but I had an issue with the formula on this particular shade bubbling slightly (three bubbles in total) that was just barely noticeable–initially I didn’t notice, but when I tested it for wear, I did. With a base coat, I didn’t have any issues with bubbling. The consistency is slightly thin but doesn’t pool along the sides of the nail easily. It had good coverage after two coats, and the color applied smoothly and evenly. On me, the color lasted for nine days without chipping, just minor tip wear.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Nuit Merveilleuse (903)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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Chanel Rouge Noir, Rose Fusion, Lame Rouge Noir Le Vernis

Chanel Rouge Noir (18) Le Vernis
Chanel Rouge Noir (18) Le Vernis

Chanel Rouge Noir (18) Le Vernis ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “black red.” It’s a deep, dark purpled berry with a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a slightly translucent, stained-like quality to it that made it seem very rich on the nail. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied easily. I get around seven days of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. MAC Purple Majesty (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Cult Nails Lamestain (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). Color Club Fashion Moment (P)(100% similar). MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Wrecked (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is cooler (95% similar). China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). China Glaze Naughty & Nice (LE, $7.50) is darker (95% similar). Essie Shearling Darling (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chane Rose Fusion (757) Le Vernis ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “luminous purple grey.” It’s a medium-dark purple taupe with a metallic shimmer that looks browner in some lighting, purpler in others. It is a chameleon of a shade, but it doesn’t seem to be a genuine duochrome, just multi-faceted with different shades of shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and the polish’s texture seemed a little thick. There are noticeable brush lines from the metallic shimmer, so it takes a steady hand and some patience to minimize their appearance. Marc Jacobs Beauty Patsy (164) (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Quartz (LE, $27.00) is warmer (85% similar). Revlon Rich (P, $4.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Facet (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chane Lame Rouge Noir Le Top Coat ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering black red.” It’s a pinky-red tinted clear base with larger gold sparkle. The key with this one is to really shake the bottle prior to using, because the glitter they use seems heavy to the point where it all sinks to the bottom of the bottle. The base is definitely tinted and will bring out the pinks in the nail, but it will obviously complement Rouge Noir polish as well. The glitter had good density in one coat, so it will work as a top coat well, and it added a ton of glossy shine. Dior Golden Shock (001) (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal The True Gold (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cult Nails Walk of Shame (DC, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Rouge Noir (18)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Rose Fusion (757)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Chanel Le Top Coat Lame Rouge Noir
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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