Time to ‘fess up: over the last month, L’Oréal’s Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquers have been going on sale, and I’ve splurged—especially since they’ve released some new spring shades, as well.
My existing Le Vernis à l’Huile collection consists of these:
The new acquisitions are:
Rose Ballet (224) is what some might call a “granny” shade. Yes, many of our mothers and grandmothers have tended to wear these dusty mauve-toned rose nail shades, and yes, they can look a bit dated these days—I mean, how does a boring pink compete with vampy plums, seafoam blues, and chic greys?
But there really isn’t anything inherently bad about a soft rose shade, is there? I don’t particularly like using the term “granny” to refer to anything in a derogatory fashion. After all, one day we should all be lucky enough to be deemed old by young ‘uns, and I daresay we(‘ll) still think of ourselves as being stylish!
That said, I’m not of the generation who wear dusty pinks. It’s just not my thing. I’m more of a brights/vampies girl.
Nevertheless, Rose Ballet called to me, so I picked it up in lieu of Nymphéa, a bright pink (which I’ll probably go back for one of these days).
Rose Ballet is a warm geranium pink with a toasty brown undertone. I wouldn’t exactly call it dusty, but it’s not quite bright, either. There’s something quite charming and even innocent about this shade of pink. Granny crossed with baby, if you will.
I’ll just repeat what I’ve said in the past about other polishes in this line—they’ve been pretty consistent, so far! Application is nice and smooth. I used two coats for the swatch. I’d be a teeny bit tempted to use a third coat for a plusher look, but it’s really fine with two.
This polish is scented, and when dry it has that unique L’Oréal lipstick fragrance.
Should you require a sweet and office-friendly polish, this is a nice drugstore option. It’s pretty much priced like Essie (both owned by L’Oréal) these days, at CA$9.99 vs. a buck or two more for Essie in Canada. When they go on sale, the prices are pretty much the same.
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.