Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a warm, yellow-toned medium pink with white pearl. OCC Femme is a bit lighter. MAC Snob is a cream. MAC Silly is lighter, not as warm-toned, no shimmer. MAC Comic Cute is darker, no shimmer. MAC Angel is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Gemma was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly and smoothly without bubbling or streaking. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread out well. It has an almost metallic-like shimmer, but it’s not a strong metallic. You can see faint threads of the shimmer in the polish, and I noticed very, very faint brush strokes that were visible at certain angles with a lot of light, and only if I held my nails close to my face could I actually see them. It dried to a high gloss finish, and you could skip a top coat as a result. I’ve been getting a week of wear out of Guerlain’s formula without chipping and only very minor tip wear.

The Glossover

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Gemma

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It's one of the better-applying metallic finished polishes I've come across, as the brush strokes are very, very faint. I think the wider brush helps the application, as you can get better one-pass color so you maneuver the brush less across the nail.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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Dupes
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Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

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Product & Review FAQ

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

OCC Femme is a bit lighter. MAC Snob is a cream. MAC Silly is lighter, not as warm-toned, no shimmer. MAC Comic Cute is darker, no shimmer. MAC Angel is a cream. See comparison swatches.

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23 thoughts on “Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. helen

    This is just lovely. I would love this colour as a lipstick.

  2. This is a very pretty color. I’m not much into light pinks but this one might be a nice one to own. :)

  3. Wow. Stunning nail polish! I must have it! What skin tone is it flattering on?

  4. Gracie

    I must be weird, I love brush strokes in nail polish! This color is so pretty, I must have it! Will you be reviewing the whole Guerlain nail laquer line?

  5. Such a pretty color! And I really like the brush.

  6. This is lovely! Glitter Gal has a cool dupe with a hint of halo. So glad you reviewed this particular shade as it was on my radar screen. I’m confident I have sufficient inventory which is very similar so I can take a pass on this one.

  7. Oh it’s so pretty :)

  8. Hi Christine, why can you only put related products on your wish list or vanity and not the product reviewed? I’ve been missing a button for that a few times now, it would be practical.

    • Hi Emmy,

      You can put the product reviewed in your vanity or wish list – it’s right on the image (of whatever product is being rated) in the Glossover. You can add to vanity, add to your wish list, or review the product.

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      • Oh right i missed the symbols lol thank you! :)

        • No worries! We figured it would take some getting used to before they became part of the normal user experience :) But having big “wishlist” and “vanity” buttons takes up space so it’s not practical for all areas so we hope that the icons will work out!

  9. Such a simple colour, but so pretty!

  10. Oh my goodness, I adore this type of finish. It reminds me of Zoya Ava in that sense. And the color is just so pretty. Ah everything about this polish is lovely :)

  11. Such an adorable pink! Love the subtle shimmer.

  12. OMG I love this color! It’s so cute!!

  13. Gemma

    I bought Rouge G in Gemma becoz of my name…i thk i should get this one too!

  14. Lauren

    Gorgeous! Not sure if I could bear to spend $23 on a nail polish, though, especially since I have a tendency to only use a shade once or twice (unless I adore it, like Essie’s Sag Harbor)!

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sally Sally

    I have this color and love it. By the way your cuticles are in super shape. What do you do to care for them? I always get hangnails and so forth no matter how much time or cuticle products/moisturizers I use. Your cuticles look great in the photos, especially considering they are close ups. Just wondering if you have any recommendations. Thanks.

  16. Mika

    This one looks like Chanel Morning Rose to me. The cheaper dupe wich I own is China Glaze Naked.