L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Nymphea, swatch

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

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

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line.

Nymphea (226) is from the original launch, and it’s not the usual sort of thing I go for, but I dig these polishes so much that it’s got me buying the hot pinks! This is a surprisingly wearable fuchsia cream, with both cool and warm tones so I think it actually looks pretty decent on me! This will be perfection for a summer mani or pedi.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea

I’ve liked the application for all of these polishes that I’ve tried, but this one is especially good! It’s probably almost as good as the formula for Rouge Sauvage (red creams tend to apply very well). Two coats gives perfect, even coverage.

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 Nymphea, swatch

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea, swatch

These polishes are pretty much priced like Essie (both owned by L’Oréal), at CA$9.99 vs. a buck or two more for Essie in Canada. When they go on sale, the prices are essentially the same. If you like a wider paddle brush, these are definitely a superior option to Essie’s polishes, which have slender, rounded brushes.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea, label

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea, label


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.

🇫🇷Made in France
🇫🇷Company based in France
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier, swatch

China Glaze — The More the Berrier (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I recently picked up a 6-pack of minis from China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection, Seas & Greetings.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)

The More the Berrier (83780, though the mini has a different code) is a metallic hot berry pink with purple-leaning magenta iridescence in certain light.

It’s way more stunning on the nail than I would have thought! Even when the iridescence doesn’t really show up, the finish is still beautiful.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?, swatch

MAC — Like My Gown? (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Spring 2016, Fashion Pack

I’m kind of on a roll, now, so here’s another clearanced MAC polish that I picked up for CA$6.

Like My Gown?, from this spring’s Fashion Pack collection, is a vibrant magenta cream. It reminds me of Essie Footloose, which I ought to swatch one of these Throwback Thursdays.

The color is midtoned, and I think it’s one of those seasonless shades, though it’d probably look especially hot as a summer pedi! However, it’d also be a perfect pop of purple-y pink against the usual whites, greys and blacks of winter gear.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?

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Avon Nailwear Nail Enamel in Spring Fling, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Avon — Spring Fling (Nailwear Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Avon

I’ve done an Avon Nailwear for Throwback Thursday before, so I’ll just repeat a little bit of info from that post:

I’m afraid I don’t know what year this polish was released, but it is from an older Nailwear line, perhaps a second incarnation as I remember an even older Nailwear bottle that was square. Reviews for Nailwear at Makeup Alley start from 2001, but I don’t know which version that was. At some point Nailwear got upgraded to Nailwear Pro, and then in 2012 it was reformulated and renamed to Nailwear Pro+. So at the very latest, this polish is from a year or two before 2012, and probably even earlier than that.

I know for sure I purchased this particular polish at least over seven years ago, because I haven’t placed an order with Avon in ages. Their website no longer lets you order directly without having to go through an Avon rep, and I don’t know, it just seems like such a hassle.

Spring Fling (C)(F 348)—the C means cool-toned, I believe—is a little dated: it’s a blue-toned pink frost! The finish is actually surprisingly nice for a frost, almost satin-y, and I admit to liking this one! It’s everything I shouldn’t like, yet it calls to me. I would look to upgrade this one to the new Nailwear Pro+ formula, but the shade is no longer available.

Avon Nailwear Nail Enamel in Spring Fling, bottle

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Window Shopping, swatch

Orly — Window Shopping (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Orly 2016 Spring, Melrose

This is a newer Orly that I got from a recent NailSupplies.us order. I have neglected to review my Orlys for a long time (I’ve only swatched Prince Charming in the last several months), which is terrible of me because formula-wise, they can be really fantastic!

From Melrose, their Spring 2016 collection, I chose two shades: Feel the Funk and Window Shopping. I was under the impression that one was a pink holo glitter and one was a cranberry cream, but there was some kind of mistake. On Orly’s website, Feel the Funk looks pink (3rd from right), and Window Shopping looks pinkish-red (farthest right):


Turns out Window Shopping (20871) is a hot pink fuchsia, despite Orly describing and depicting it as a “raspberry creme”, and just about neon so it dries a bit matte! What the…

Orly Nail Lacquer in Window Shopping

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MAC Nail Lacquer in Lady Minx, swatch

Throwback Thursday! MAC — Lady Minx (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Winter 2004 (?)

I’ve had this polish since 2007 or so, but mine is in the newer Nail Lacquer formulation, which is when MAC started using the tall, sloped cylinder bottle design that they still use in the revamped Studio Nail Lacquer line.

MAC Nail Lacquer in Lady Minx, bottle

The shade, Lady Minx, was actually (probably, unless it was a repromote) introduced back around Winter 2004:

From Advice Sisters:

M·A·C Cosmetics is known for their cutting-edge colors that are the darlings of fashionistas. If you want to try something a bit out of the box without going way out, Nail Lacquer $9.00 in Cream formula “Molasses” will coat your fingers and toes with super-glossy brown polish that looks nearly black. “Lady Minx” is a deep, perfect party red. For the less avant-garde, “Fluid” is a deep, coppery frost” and “Air De Pink” a barely-there peachy-pink sheer.

Their description—possibly MAC’s own—of Lady Minx is a bit off, however! I wouldn’t describe it as a red at all! (Unless the original Lady Minx was a different color from the later edition.)

Lady Minx is an intense plum-toned fuchsia cream. It is a cool-toned shade, but I feel that there’s just enough purple in there to look flattering even on my yellow-toned skin.

Mulberry Alexa Clutch in Plum
Lady Minx makes a great handbag color, too. Mulberry Alexa Clutch in Plum.
Image: lyst.co.uk

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Mae

Zoya — Mae (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2015 Summer, Paradise Sun

Back in July, I picked up six Zoyas during their Color Cube sale, and here’s another swatch from that batch of colors.

Today’s polish is from Zoya’s 2015 Summer collection, Paradise Sun (the metallic finish half of Zoya’s usual dual-releases). I’ve previously reviewed Aphrodite and Isa from this collection.

Mae (ZP794) is described by Zoya as a “warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers”.

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