L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Violet Vendôme, swatch

L’Oréal — Violet Vendôme (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile)

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

Over the summer, L’Oréal Canada launched a new line of nail polish called Le Vernis à l’Huile. I initially reviewed the shade Rouge Sauvage, and you can find a more detailed review there.

Today, I’m reviewing Violet Vendôme (332), a plummy magenta cream.

Vendôme does not appear to mean anything in French, though it is the name of a town in France.

City of Vendôme, France
City of Vendôme, France.
Image: wikipedia.org

There is also a subway station in Montréal with the same name, which is more or less likely to have been named in reference to the aforementioned town. The town probably doesn’t have any significant links to the color violet, and I’m guessing the people in charge of naming shades at L’Oréal probably just liked the alliteration.

Violet Vendôme does have a nice ring to it.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Violet Vendôme
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Violet Vendôme

Application is lovely and super smooth. I would recommend two thicker coats, or perhaps three thin coats, as my two thin coats left the coverage ever so slightly uneven. It’s not too noticeable in real life, but up close in my macro shots, you can see that it’s not perfectly even.

The color appears a bit deeper on the nail than how it looks in the bottle.

This polish is scented, and when dry it has that unique L’Oréal lipstick fragrance.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Violet Vendôme, swatch
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Violet Vendôme, swatch

The color is pretty gorgeous, and overall the formula is nice, so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Violet Vendôme. For a drugstore polish, it is very good and comparable to Essie (which is not coincidental, as L’Oréal owns Essie).

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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.

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16 thoughts on “L’Oréal — Violet Vendôme (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile)

  1. Do you apply these to bare nails and no top coat? Or can you smell the polish even with a top coat on? I’m just bidding my time on getting one of these… there’s got to be a sale on them again soon, I hope!

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