Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer
Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer

Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is an intense coral-red with a cream finish. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is pinker, cooler. Dior Merveille is more shimmery. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is more shimmery, warmer. China Glaze Hey Sailor is cooler. Essie Too Too Hot is similar. Essie Silken Cord is cooler. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in one coat, but you’ll need two for full color coverage. It dries down a bit faster than the average polish, and it dries to a high gloss finish–no need for a top coat. The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish spread well across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges and was very easy to control during application. I only see very minor tip wear after wearing Guerlain’s polish for a week.

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A La Parisienne

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Lacquer
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Lacquer

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a subtly warm-toned, beige with brown and mauve tones and a metallic, champagne shimmer. OCC Kava Kava is lighter, yellower. Chanel Peche Nacree was warmer, more peach. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani was less pigmented, lighter. Zoya Shay was less metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches.

It was quite pigmented, and nearly one coat was almost opaque but produced an interesting semi-opaque result (I applied only one coat on my pinky nail for reference) that some may like. The color itself was more unique than not, which is something that made me really want to like it, but there were so many visible brush strokes that I found the finish to be more distracting as a result. The brush strokes were also the type that go wonky easily, so they’re not uniform or in a straight line (and Guerlain’s brush is fairly wide, so that should have helped). The consistency was just slightly thick but not really problematic. I’ve been getting a week of wear with Guerlain’s formula with very minor tip wear.

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La Petite Robe Noire

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Guerlain Lou-Ling Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Lou-Ling Nail Lacquer

Dig Your Nails Into a Juicy Plum

Guerlain Lou-Ling Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.38 fl. oz.) is described as a “stunning plum for a spellbinding look.” It’s a deep berry-burgundy with strong red wine undertones and a very subtle dusting of subdued red shimmer. There are a lot of similar shades on the market–the biggest difference is going to be that smattering of shimmer, but it’s not very visible in most lighting. MAC Gadabout Girl is darker. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies is redder. MAC Blueblood is a smidgen darker, no shimmer. China Glaze Velvet Bow is a touch redder. Urban Decay Wrecked is similar but darker. MAC Purple Majesty is also a fair bit darker. Zoya Anja is fairly close (no shimmer, though). China Glaze Loft-y Ambitions is the closest–it has subtle shimmer and is a tiny bit lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter is similar but has no shimmer.

Lou-Ling performs well; it’s fluid, flowing, and completely opaque in two coats.  The consistency was on the thinner side but not watery.  It dried down a little faster than average, and there was a natural shine to the end result.  In the past, I’ve had no problem getting a week of wear out of Guerlain’s polish, but they haven’t released a lot of shades. I’ll be testing this one fully, and if there are any deviations from that, will update.  (But heads up, next to nothing chips on me, even if I go without a base and top coat!)

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The biggest drawback to this shade is that it's rather dupeable--because the shimmer is so subtle, even opting for a similar-hued cream finish will get you very close to the way it looks most of the time.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, September 17th, 2012

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

A Splash of Gold for Your Nails

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.38 fl. oz.) is described as a “gleaming gold for precious glow.” It’s a pale golden beige with a metallic finish. I don’t have anything quite like it in my stash, so I’d love to hear if you know of any potential dupes. China Glaze White Cap is more of a white gold and has chunkier sparkle/glitter. China Glaze Fast Track is much, much darker and browner. Zoya Minka is more beige and much lighter.

The color coverage is opaque after two coats, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, which enabled the polish to flow easily over the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. Because of the metallic finish, there are visible brush strokes. I found them to be easily controlled, so they go on fairly straight, rather thank wonky has some polishes do. I get a full week of wear out of Guerlain’s polish with minor tip wear and no chipping. It dried faster than average.

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Altoum

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This is a great take on gold that's more wearable and less obviously holiday-inspired--it could be worn at any time. The metallic finish does show some brush strokes, which may be a deal-breaker for some.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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