Sothys Fall 2017 collection

Sothys — Voile de Rose (Cream Blush) Review

Collection: Sothys 2017 Fall

Sothys Paris is a luxury French beauty brand that is sold primarily in beauty institutes and spas worldwide. I had never before tried their line of skincare and cosmetics, and was intrigued when I was contacted to review a few of the nail and makeup products from their Fall 2017 collection.

I was sent a Nail Lacquer (but of course!), Cream Blush, and Rouge Mat Velvet Effect Lipsticks for review. I have previously reviewed the Nail Lacquer in Rouge des Arts, and if you would like additional information about the company, you can read it in that review, as well.

Today, I am reviewing the Cream Blush in Voile de Rose (30), a bright yet soft azalea pink.

A innovative cream formula that transforms into a powder. An Old Rose shade that warms up and brightens the complexion beautifully for a guaranteed healthy glow!

Sothys Cream Blush in Voile de Rose

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Claire's Nail Polish in Party Like a Unicorn, swatch

Claire’s — Party Like a Unicorn (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Claire’s 2017, Unicorn PWR

It has been ages since I bought anything from Claire’s, the girls’ jewelry and accessories store that seems ubiquitous in North American malls. (I just took a peek at their Wikipedia page and it turns out that they may be fairly ubiquitous in European malls, too! Are there many malls in Europe? There are some photos of standalone Claire’s stores in the UK and France on that page—it’s hard for me to process a Claire’s that does not reside in a mall!)

In any case, I stopped into my local Claire’s on a whim a little before Halloween to check out their nail polishes. To my surprise, there wasn’t much in the way of seasonal collections, but I did spot emoji and unicorn collections, so I snagged 6 of them. The deal was buy 3, get 3 free; for a while, I considered just getting two polishes, but then I would only be one away from three free ones, so obviously I got suckered into the whole shebang.

fivezero's Claire's Nail Polish haulage (September 2017)

Claire’s polishes are pricier than I remember, but I guess it’s been probably at least five years since I’ve shopped here. The special collection colors were also a little more expensive at CA$7 instead of the regular CA$5.50.

Today, I have one from the unicorn collection, Unicorn PWRParty Like a Unicorn (21780) is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s actually a sheer, medium rose pink shimmer with gold shimmer/microglitter. Still pretty, but not technically like rose gold.

Claire's Nail Polish in Party Like a Unicorn

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Queen, Please!, swatch

China Glaze — Queen, Please! (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Fall, Happily Never After (Halloween)

2017-10-27 EDIT: I’ve layered Queen, Please! over Crown for Whatever, and added the swatch photos at the end of this review. Worth it.

This is another stunner from China Glaze’s recently released Halloween-themed collection. I’ve previously reviewed Sin-derella, which is drop dead gorgeous.

Queen, Please! (84079) is a sheer but extremely shimmery, pale pinked champagne microglitter with a golden mint flash.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Queen, Please!

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Julep Nail Color in Elsie, swatch

Julep — Elsie (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Julep 2017 Summer, June “Bask In the Heat”

I said on Tuesday that I’d be back swatching this week, and it may be Friday today, but here’s a promised nail polish swatch!

Elsie is one of the polishes I received in my first ever Julep Maven box, back in June. It’s a great way to kick off my Julep subscription, because I am so in love with it!

Described by Julep as a “Strawberry Popsicle Holographic Jelly,” the color description is spot on. It is also labeled as a sheer, though I’d really call it a semi-opaque. And don’t let the “jelly” descriptor fool you: it’s not a proper jelly, and doesn’t have that thick, cushy feel. It actually applies quite thinly, though it is still well-pigmented and is nearly opaque with two, easily applied coats.

Julep Nail Color in Elsie

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Temperance (mini), swatch

Zoya — Temperance (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2015 Summer, Mystery Trio

Zoya occasionally releases Mystery Trio nail polish sets, and I don’t often get a chance to pick them up since the Canadian shipping cost can be a bit high for my liking. However, back in April, Zoya ran one of their Earth Day Exchange and I was able to get some of their “fun size” mini lacquers at 3 for $10. Temperance, from their 2015 Summer Mystery Trio,  was one of the options and I snapped it up.

I actually swatched this last week, but accidentally deleted the photos in my coffee-deprived stupor. This morning, I got fully drenched in the downpour here in Toronto and was inspired to pick up a rainy day shade for today’s blog post.

Temperance (ZP8102R) is described by Zoya as a “cool medium gray with a pink shimmer”. This is pretty spot-on, except I find that the pink has a magenta tint to it, possibly because of the cool tone of the surrounding gray.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Temperance (mini)

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Chanel, Le Vernis Longwear in Camélia, swatch

Chanel — Camélia (Le Vernis Longwear) Swatch & Review

It is Memorial Day in the US.

Collection: Chanel 2016 Spring, Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour [Launch]

Whenever I redeem Shoppers Drug Mart’s Optimum Points, I love to get Chanel polishes, since the brand never really goes on sale.

Camélia (506) is from the original launch of Chanel’s reformulated Le Vernis polishes, which I love. They’re so much better than Chanel’s previous polishes that it annoys me to even use those anymore.

Pink is not usually very “me”, but I am often quite drawn to those that are halfway to being red, like Camélia is. It’s a quite-neutral, medium pink cream, which makes it eminently wearable by most skintones, though you can see in the swatch that my yellow-toned skin does make it pull quite warm on the nail. (The bottle color shows the true shade.) Don’t be fooled, as it’s really a perfect, clear shade of cerise.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Camélia (566)

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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