Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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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Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

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Guerlain Altoum $26.00/0.34 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Two possible dupes, though I don’t know if they make them any more. 1) MAC’s Sacred White. On my monitor, Altoum’s colour in the bottle and in the swatches looks identical to Sacred White. I pulled it out to compare and, yep, I see no difference, right down to the obvious (and annoying) nail strokes if I recall correctly. Possible dupe # 2 isn’t quite so identical but it’s close if I remember the look on the nails correctly. It’s Chanel’s Angora. In the bottle it looks pale gold but it’s a creamy beige with some frost/shimmer. Someone’s Flickr swatch: http://tinyurl.com/9kpbw5v

Man, that bottle looks SO cheap and generic. Other than the Guerlain logo on the top, it looks like some unlabeled polish you’d find on a dusty dollar store shelf.

The gold color is pretty, though. I like that it’s pale but not quite champagne.

I agree – the bottle needs some sort of detailing on the glass itself. It didn’t bother me the first go-round, but I was like, “Man, these need SOMETHING.”

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