Throwback Thursday! L’Oréal — Seascape (Jet-Set Quick Dry Nail Enamel)

Brand: L’Oréal

Look how beat up this bottle is. This is old school, friends!

Remember when all L’Oréal polishes came in this shape of bottle? They looked like this from when I was in grade school all the way through college. It is such a bizarre shape, topped only by the obnoxiously bulbous Nicole by OPI bottles. Eventually, L’Oréal introduced new Jet-Set polishes in these bottles, and those Bijou polishes in little bottles. Finally, they settled on the current Colour Riche polishes in their lovely little Essie-like square bottles (any coincidence that L’Oréal bought Essie around that time, in 2010?).

You’ll notice that the cap is the same style as the classic L’Oréal lipstick tube, as well. That weird, rounded squashed square. I hate that shape. I hate that packaging so, so much, and yet L’Oréal keeps it around.

I also hate quick-dry nail polishes. They almost always suck.

So is there anything I like about this polish? Well, it’s a pastel turquoise with blue shimmer, so yes!

L’Oréal made some pretty nice colors back in the day! (I’m guessing this polish is from the late 90s, but who knows, really?) I don’t know why, but many were in the Jet-Set formula that I so despise. Their classic and Wear Extraordinaire formulas were much better, in my opinion. Maybe the trendy colors were seen as ones that people would change every day, hence the need for them to be quick-and-dirty quick-dry polishes?

In any case, here’s Seascape (316). It’s a beautiful, seafoam turquoise pastel with an aqua and periwinkle blue flash. The shimmer is fine so it has a pearly finish, very appropriate for a light and frothy color.

The formula’s a bit crap. It doesn’t go on too evenly, streaks due to the quick-dry feature, and I used three to four coats to get it even. Pigmentation is good, though, so if you’re adept and a bit lucky, you could get it even in two thick coats.

L'Oréal Jet-Set Quick Dry Nail Enamel in Seascape, swatch

Despite the age of this polish, L’Oréal made a point to say that it is free of toluene and formaldehyde! You will notice butyl phthalate (not dibutyl phthalate, DBP) on the ingredient list, though. I’m not good enough at chemistry to know how the difference affects the safety of the polish. All I know is it means there’s only one butyl per phthalate, rather than two. (Uh, right?)

L'Oréal Jet-Set Quick Dry Nail Enamel in Seascape, ingredients
Apply one coat, my a**.

L’Oréal Jet-Set Quick Dry Nail Enamel in this particular bottle (they changed bottle designs at least once) was 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. The polish was free of toluene and formaldehyde. It was made in the USA.

L’Oréal was founded in 1909 and is the largest cosmetics company in the world. It is based in Clichy (a suburb of Paris), France. Its first product was a hair dye called Auréale, which presumably led to the development of the company’s present name. The company currently owns a number of brands, including Biotherm, The Body Shop, Clarisonic, Decléor, Essie, Garnier, Kérastase, Kiehl’s, La Roche-Posay, Lancôme, Maybelline, NYX, Redken, Shu Uemura, Urban Decay, Vichy, and YSL Beauté.


5 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! L’Oréal — Seascape (Jet-Set Quick Dry Nail Enamel)

  1. L’Oreal back in the day was SO expensive to me. I never bought any L’Oreals – I thought the brand was too grown-up for me. I’m surprised they made a light blue in the 90s – wow. Haha, they really instructed that you could apply just ONE coat of this? Silly rabbit. I really dislike fast dry nail polishes (I find them usually thick and tend to bubble), but I’m all about fast dry top coats, go figure.


  2. I grew up with these bottles! I think my mom and I still have a couple around the house. I remember being in pre-school (circa ’97 or something) and one of the instructors used to wear a light blue polish that resembled this one and every time my mom and I went to the drugstore I’d beg my mom to let me have a colour like this, but at the time my mom said I could only wear reds and pinks haha :3

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    • It turns out that I really miss these L’Oreals! Haha. Brings back memories. Light blue polish was all the rage back then (I suspect due to Hard Candy & Alicia Silverstone). Sorry your mom didn’t let you wear it, LOL!


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