Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) & Coque d’Or (400) Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf suspended in it. It’s a top coat that you have to dab and pat on, fish a little bit, and manipulate to get enough flakes on the nail without them overlapping. I showed one coat applied with minimal fussing on my pinky nail, so you can see how poor that went. Dior Golden Shock (001) (LE, $28.00) is very similar–at most, slightly smaller pieces. Cult Nails Feedback (P, $12.00) is more than just gold. Cult Nails Walk of Shame (DC, $12.00) has holographic shimmer in it, too. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Top Coat L'Oiseau de Feu (901)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4
Total
86%
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Dior Holiday 2014 Diorific Vernis Nail Enamels

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Top Coat ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf. It’s certainly fun and festive, but it requires fishing and some maneuvering to get the gold flakes to appear just-so on the nails. The cap on the Diorific polishes makes this a little more difficult, but the degree of difficulty will depend on how large your fingers are. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Diorific Vernis Top Coat Golden Shock (001)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
83%
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Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “platinum-infused, mixed metal shimmer.” It’s a dirty, antique gold base with silver, gold, and copper micro-glitter. It almost seemed like sparkle, because the particles seemed even finer than most micro-glitters. Tom Ford Beauty Silver Smoke (LE, $32.00) has a similar base color, but it isn’t glittery–it’s more metallic, so it’s not what I would consider a worthy dupe. See comparison swatches / view dupes. If you know of potential dupes, please share in the comments’ section!

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Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Nail Lacquer Alchemy
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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NARS Modern Future (Roman Holiday) Set Review, Photos, Swathces

NARS Modern Future Set ($49.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three products in the theme of Roman Holiday, a cool pink. The lipstick and nail polish are full size (0.12 oz. and 0.50 fl. oz. respectively), while the blush’s compact is the same size as a NARS’ single eyeshadow (but it contains 0.12 oz.). The set contains $26.00 of lipstick, $20.00 of nail polish, and $22.50 of blush for a total value of $68.50. The three products come inside a thick, plastic triangular box.

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NARS Modern Future Set
NARS Holiday 2014 3-Piece Set Modern Future
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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NARS Barents Sea, Algonquin, Sherwood Nail Polish

NARS Barents Sea Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep blue.” It’s a metallic, medium-dark blue with very fine medium blue shimmer that runs through it. The metallic finish leaves some threads of shimmer that you can detect, but it the majority fade as it dries down. The formula on this was thicker, and it had a tendency to pool along the edges if you weren’t careful. It took much longer to dry as well, and it dried down to a semi-matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is darker. Chanel Bel-Argus (667) (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter. China Glaze Blue Bells (LE, $7.50) is brighter. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polish (2014 Formula) Barents Sea
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
84%
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Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden teal [with a matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with a hint of blue and gold and copper flecks of shimmer and sparkle. I thought it might be more a chameleon, but as I went from room to room (for different lighting), it was always a muted, dirty green to me. It had more of a satin finish where there was still some reflection, but it wasn’t glossy. I don’t know of any dupes for this shade really, but these were the closest I could think of: Zoya Stassi (P, $9.00) is much warmer, sheerer. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more sparkly, sheerer. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) has less shimmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nail Varnish Melange
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%