Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) & Coque d'Or (400) Nail Lacquer Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis 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.

Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a softened, light-medium gold with a metallic shimmer running through it. It was semi-opaque with visible nail coming through. The consistency was slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges. It did dry down to a very nice, glossy finish.
Dior Gold Equinoxe (241) (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Milos (P, $20.00) is slightly cooler. MAC Magnificent Feast (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $23.00) is lighter. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is yellower. Dior Diorling (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. China Glaze Swanky Silk (LE, $7.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) over Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) over Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) over Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) over Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) over Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) over Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Coque d'Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer

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gabis Avatar

I find that type of glittery top coat a real waste of money. They are usually hard to work with, expensive and if I may say leave quite an ugly finish. For someone who likes that type of finish an easier, cheaper alternative is too simply buy a regular clear top coat and put some glitter on it.
Coque d’Or on the other hand is beautiful and a good shade for new year’s festivities me thinks.

koolchicken Avatar

Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow is hands down the best gold leaf polish. I really don’t know why other brands even try to create them. They’re never going to top it. You never have to fish, the pieces aren’t too big or too small. And there’s a bit of gold dust mixed in so it helps to fill in any naked space that might occur. You don’t even need to save it for use as a top coat, cause it looks fantastic on it’s own too.

Rachel R. Avatar

Coque d’Or is pretty, but not terribly unique. Loiseau de Feu is so diappointing. Someone has to invent a better delivery method for chunky glitter polishes.

Carrie Avatar

oof, that top coat. there’s an opi polish just like that except it’s more like big holo silver glitter and while it’s gorgeous it’s just a nightmare to apply.

Annie Avatar

I got Maybelline’s Gilded polish from their recent Colorshow Jewels collection and love it! It has the same opaque glitter shards (a bit more organic in shape) but with a lot more glitter payoff in one coat. It’s gorgeous!

pame Avatar

Bold golf by maybelline color show is totally a dupe for coque d’or
I really like golden glitter nail polish but essence has one calles gold digger (not sure if thats the bright Γ±ame) that looks much denser than that top coat

Helene Avatar

I’m not a fan of the top coats with flakes in them. I don’t have the patience to move the flakes around, nor do I think I get the result I would like to get. More shine I think.
I quite like the gold, i’ve not worn a gold polish for years. I don’t think I’ll get such an expensive one, though.
Every time you do a nailpolish post, Christine I get so envious, you have fantastic nails.

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