L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line. I’m happy to report that they’ve released several new shades for the spring, and while I haven’t been able to find all of them in stores by me—I’ve only seen two or three, one being a plain black cream, Noir Noir—I did manage to pick up one lonely new shade.
Here’s Vert Époque (770), a gorgeous midtoned turquoise cream. It’s bright enough to be spring-y, yet subdued enough to be effortlessly chic. This could very well be my new pedi shade for the spring!
The shade name literally means “green era/epoch”, though I’m unsure whether there’s a more specific meaning in French.
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque
Since L’Oréal’s Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes launched in Canada last summer, I’ve accumulated—how do I say this elegantly—a metric buttload of them. Yes, I kind of love these polishes! The formula is one of the best in the drugstore, the colors are lush and trendy, and the bottle is pretty as a jewel.
Here’s Greige Amoureux (664), one of the original launch colors. It’s a beautiful taupe grey cream that dries on the nail a shade or so deeper than the color in the bottle. It’s a bit of a shame, as I think I prefer the bottle color, but it still remains a very chic grey.
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Greige Amoureux
This morning, a woman walking ahead of me carried an umbrella that read in brush calligraphy:
The tears I shed yesterday have become rain.
I guess that’s supposed to be inspiring—and yes, upon Googling it, I realize it’s a quote from a Buddhist monk—but my first thought was, You must have been utterly despondent, because it’s raining cats and dogs today!
I’ve been pretty on the money with matching up my nail polish of the day with Toronto weather. Yesterday, it was crisp and cool, and I posted a crisp, cool red. And today, I have Moka Chic (662), a dreary brown cream for a dreary day.
Please don’t let that description put you off, however—this one actually lives up to the Chic in its name.
It’s a mouse brown cream that is well-balanced: it’s neither too yellow-toned nor too red-toned. It has the right amount of grey to keep the color interesting, and not enough to give me dead hands.
Finally, everyone in the household is on the road to recovery! I managed to stay relatively illness-free, except for once when I think I might have given myself food poisoning and had an upset stomach for a night. We were all so overwhelmed over the last week and a half that my husband actually had to remind me that we forgot about our 17th wedding anniversary over the weekend.
I should really get my computer to remind me about stuff like this.
So, we celebrated last night with some dinner delivered and half a movie (The Nice Guys, if you’re interested—and that’s how we have to roll nowadays, early to bed). Plus, we’ll add a li’l anniversary money to our fun budgets!
Speaking of fun budgets, here’s some stuff I hauled over the last couple of months from drugstores. And I’m including some stuff I got from Cosmetic Love late last year, but totally forgot about under my desk.
All prices are what I paid, not necessarily the MSRP.
The full list:
A’Pieu Start Up Pore Primer [free sample]
Banila Co. Glam Muse Luster Lipstick in LPP 656 [US$11.52]
Bee By the Sea Sea Buckthorn Lip Balm in Vanilla [CA$3.19]
BulgariOmnia Paraiba EDT 25 mL Purse Spray [CA$19.99]
butter LONDON 6-Piece Petite Lacquer Collection [CA$17.50]
Cargo HD Picture Perfect Concealer in Light Medium [CA$14]
Cargo HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation in 2N [CA$21]
Cargo OneBase Concealer + Foundation in One in 025 [CA$14]
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion [CA$13.99]
CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation in Medium Beige (210) [CA$5.99]
Crawford Street Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser [CA$11.99]
Essence The Gel Nail Polish (Soft Matt) in Va-Va-Voom [CA$2.99]
Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer Perfect Lash [US$5.74]
Gosh Nail Lacquer in Galaxy (612) [CA$4]
Green Beaver Natural Toothpaste in Frosty Mint [CA$4.63]
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum [free sample]
It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm, Holiday Edition, in Green Apple [US$4.87]
L.A. Girl HD PRO BB Cream in Light/Medium [CA$7.49]
L’Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile in Coral Trianon [CA$7.49]
L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Nude Beige (203) [CA$14.99]
I had some time to kill at a couple of drugstores recently, while I hunted for a new foundation, so here are more foundation swatches I did, plus some photos of new collections I spotted.
Brands covered: Cutex, Joe Fresh, L’Oréal, Pixi by Petra, Sensationail, and Vasanti.
First, the foundation swatches!
Joe Fresh – Daily Boost Fluid Foundation
This foundation seemed a little too shiny, but the consistency was pretty nice and smooth. It’s not too thick nor too pigmented. I appear to be in-between shades Bisque and Sand. Sand looks like it’d be a nice summer foundation for me. The three shades I swatched are all quite yellow-based, no peachiness.
L’Oréal – Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation
I really liked the texture of this foundation: not too liquidy and it blended into my dry skin nicely. The finish was very pretty and natural-looking. I’ve had luck with some other L’Oréal liquid foundations (True Match and True Match Lumi), so I think I’ll have to try this one, soon. $20 on sale is still a bit much, though. What’s going on at the drugstore?!
L’Oréal have introduced some new shades of Colour Riche Le Vernis à L’Huile for the spring. This line of polish is available in Canada, and I also see it on websites in France, the UK, Italy, Australia…but not in the US. I don’t understand why this isn’t available in the US, because it’s a fantastic polish!
The seven new shades are:
26 rue Cremieux (221)
Madeleine Sucre (118)
Monsieur Bleu (671)
Noir Noir (674)
Rose Bouquet (228)
Rouge Amour (558)
Vert Époque (770)
The photo I took of a display in Shoppers Drug Mart shows slightly different info: only four new shades are available and they have Nymphéa (226) listed as a new shade, instead of Rose Bouquet. I imagine this must be a mistake, as I have Nymphéa recorded as a shade from the original launch last year, and Rose Bouquet is listed as a new shade on L’Oréal Canada’s site. I guess the two shades look too similar on the display card.
I hope I can find more of these shades in-store (and on sale, because CA$10.99 is a little steep, as they do go on sale for $7.99 or so).