Laura Mercier — Reckless (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

I love checking out the beauty section at my local Winners (that’s TJ Maxx or Marshalls to the USA, and TK Maxx to UK & Ireland!), because I almost always score something nifty.

This time, it was Laura Mercier’s short-lived nail polish line that peered out at me from behind a row of CND and Seche nail treatments. There were just a couple of shades, so I picked the most colorful one (figures that Laura Mercier’s nail colors would be pretty neutral!), Reckless.

Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer

The packaging is fairly in line with what you would expect from a nail polish that retailed for US$18: the glass bottle is squared and the outer cap is decorative (like that of Chanel and Butter London polishes). The inner cap is small, cylindrical, and is totally smooth, which is not the best combination for a nail polish cap! Grips or a less round design would have been much handier. The brush itself is slim and slightly wide.

Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer in Reckless

Reckless is a soft wisteria, or pinked lavender, creme which dries very slightly matte. Because the finish isn’t totally glossy, I’d definitely require a glossy top coat over it. [Edit: Well, after several hours of wear with no top coat, the polish now seems glossy enough on its own. Not sure what that was all about!][Edit 2: Ha, I realized it was the hand cream I used!]

Application was smooth and very nice; two to three coats is required for full opacity. I used two normal coats in the swatches, but I think I’d like three thin coats the best.

Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer in Reckless, swatch

Due to the cool tone of this color, I don’t love it on my warm, yellow-toned skin. It’s a great change of pace for these bleak winter months, though! Doesn’t it just conjure up crocuses and snowdrops emerging through the snow?

It’s a shame that Laura Mercier has decided to discontinue her nail lacquers (or at least they are no longer on her official site). I thought Reckless was very nice and I’d have liked to try out some of her other, punchier, colors.

Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer appears to have been discontinued as of 2014/15. It retailed for US$18 and is 0.37 US fl oz / 11 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and was made in the USA.

Laura Mercier is part of Houston, TX, USA-based Gurwitch Products, which itself is owned by Alticor, a privately-held company based in Ada, MI, USA.


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