L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Rouge Sauvage, swatch

L’Oréal — Rouge Sauvage (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Summer 2016, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer [Launch]

Let me introduce you to my new favorite red drugstore nail polish.

Actually, let me introduce you to my new favorite drugstore nail polish, period.

Over the summer, L’Oréal Canada launched a new line of nail polish called Le Vernis à l’Huile, meaning Oil Nail Lacquer.

Discover Le Vernis à l’huile by Colour Riche. Infused with 4 precious oils, the 1st oil nail polish by L’Oréal Paris delivers rich, powerful colour and incomparable mirror shine.

It took over 10 years of research to formulate a nail polish infused with millions of micro-oils for vibrant colour, luxuriant shine and colour depth. Made with 4 precious oils (rose, camellia seed, lotus flower and argan), this unique formula offers rich, powerful colour and incomparable mirror shine.

Le Vernis à l’Huile combines a unique formula with a striking design to create a veritable masterpiece. This elegant crystal-like and mosaic-cut flacon reflects the beauty of each colour and reveals an absolutely irresistible touch that makes every manicure a moment of sheer pleasure.

Obtain breathtaking shine and opaque coverage in one easy stroke with its patented flexible brush and its wand cut like a diamond to resist excess polish dripping. Its 440 soft bristles, round shape and wider end work together to provide a beautiful effortless application.

That’s a lot of fancy copy, but they’re not really wrong.

This polish is smooth as a baby’s butt (and I know, ’cause I wipe one every day), has a rich and gel-like texture, is very well-pigmented, dries to a gorgeously glossy shine, and comes in a stunning, crystal-cut bottle. Seriously, half the reason I bought these in the first place was because of the beautiful bottle. I feel like I’ve seen this bottle design before in some of L’Oréal’s European products (and lusted after them!) but this is the first time I’ve ever seen this design sold in Canada.

The only drawback to the bottle design is that the shadows cast onto the polish by the cuts in the bottles can make the polishes appear darker than they actually are.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer haulage

The polished gold caps really pick up prints like crazy. Ugh.

I’m not entirely enamored of the 440-bristle brush, as it is a little bit similar in shape to the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure brushes that I dislike, i.e. paddle-shaped but too fat. However, the L’Oréal brush is much better because it’s cut more smoothly, is less fat, and the bristles are much more flexible and soft so it splays nicely. It’s almost like the Dior brush I so love, but not flat enough. It’s cute that the brush stem is shaped to echo the bottle design, though!

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Rouge Sauvage, brush

I picked up 6 shades, all cream finishes, over the last two months. I got Cobalt Indécent at Walmart.ca. It was a bit of a crapshoot because they didn’t have names or codes, just pictures! I ended up with a good one, though, and I got it at the price they first used (CA$6.96) when they introduced it online. They’ve since raised the price to be more in keeping with Canadian drugstore prices. Retail price appears to be around CA$10. I’ve picked up most of mine at $6.99 from Shoppers Drug Mart.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer haulage

  • Bleu Royal (668)
  • Cobalt Indécent (670)
  • Grenat Irrévérent (556)
  • Gris Décadent (672)
  • Rouge Sauvage (550)
  • Violet Vendôme (332)

Today, I’m reviewing Rouge Sauvage (550)—wild red in French, I’m guessing—which is a vibrant candy apple red that leans a smidge yellow. Candy tomato red, if you will. I love red creams and have a lot of them, so I think it says a lot that I adore this shade of red! It’s so clean and practically perfect.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Rouge Sauvage

As I said above, the formula is so beautiful. Two coats gives you perfect coverage. The gel-like consistency is a pleasure to apply. It pulls back so perfectly just as you push the brush up almost to the cuticle. And, it dries to a smooth, glassy finish. The color intensity is so stunning—I can’t stop looking at it!

I should also add that this polish does appear to be scented. It has a very L’Oréal scent, if you know what I mean. I think it’s similar to the strong fragrance in their lipsticks. The scent does not remain once the polish is dry.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Rouge Sauvage, swatch

So yes, yes, run out and buy this polish now!


L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer is 0.45 fl oz / 13.5 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. It is made in France.

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.

4 thoughts on “L’Oréal — Rouge Sauvage (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

  1. OMG, I love this at first sight!!! I was kind of hoping you’d hate these but… I’m kind of glad you love them. They’re STUNNING. From the bottle design, to the colours to the BRUSH! 😉 I want to know how the addition of OIL helps the polish? And the wear time?
    Next time these are on sale I’m going grab the red.
    Off topic, but do you shop on walmart.ca often? What’s their shipping like?


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