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This is a nail varnish from L'Oreal Paris. Available in several shades but my personal one is in "Crystalissime". The product was given to me as part of a Christmas gift from my boyfriend's parents. The nail varnishs are a mini range provided by L'Oreal and they are also gel based apparently which is something I've never tried before.
The packaging is very simple yet stylish. The bottle is a small glass bottle with a golden plastic lid. There is a sticker on the lid saying "L'Oreal". There is a sticker on the back of the bottle that has the name of the product and shade and when peeled back the ingredients are revealed. The sticker also indicates that there is 5ml of product, a lot less than a regular sized nail varnish but this is a "mini" collection. The brush is very large and flat which I like and there is also a ball bearing in the bottle to aid mixing when you shake the product before use.
The product is currently available in Boots for £4.99. There are 36 shades available.
I feel this is a nice little nail polish, I don't often purchase L'Oreal Paris products because I can't usually afford it! So it was nice to receive this as a gift. The large flat brush allows nails to be coated in one stroke on most occasions.
My particular shade is a very shiny crystal tone with a sort of colour change ability. In the bottle the varnish looks like an off white but when moved in the light you can see pink glittery tones, it's really lovely.
I find this varnish is best to use as a top coat rather than using it on its own or building it up. I used this recently on top of a lilac nail varnish and found that it gave that extra wow factor to the nails making them sparkle in the light and look different from every angle.
Despite not making any claims the varnish also dried pretty quickly I would say roughtly 2 minutes and so this is a nice bonus.
I would say the staying power is pretty good I've had the varnish on for 4 days with no chipping at points and if adding a top coat on top of this as well then you can achieve an even longer lasting result.
Overall this is a very nice product and I've not got a varnish like it in my rather big haul. I use it frequently as a top coat to create more special nails and tend to use it for nights out. I wouldn't usually pay £4.99 for a nail varnish with only 5ml in but I think I would consider purchasing this again once the product has ran out because it is really nice.
Loreal Colour Riche Addictive Plum
I buy a lot of nail polishes and given that I like to change colour often , I was pleased when I found L'Oreal's mini nail collection, which is a 5ml pot, and part of the mini nail collection... just the right size for me.
Because it is a mini size, the bottle is obviously smaller than the size of bottles I usually buy my nail polishes in. There are 41 colours in the collection, and I chose a colour called addictive plum. This gel based colour is a dark red/plum colour, and I can see the colour quite clearly through the bottle.
When I unscrew the lid to apply the nail polish the brush which is apparently a patented precision paddle brush, is a longish quite flat brush and nice and thick. When I take the brush out of the bottle it does hold on to the colour and I am not constantly dipping the brush into the bottle to get more of the polish.This means that when I apply the nail polish one sweep of the brush seems to almost completely cover the nail. However, for really good coverage, and no bare nails at the sides of my nails, I tend to do the three stroke application. With one application, the colour is almost the same as the colour in the bottle and does look nice and even and is a good dark colour. This is great for times when I am in a hurry and just don't have time for two applications because its not patchy and for speedy coverage doesn't look tatty. However, as with most if not all nail polishes, for really good coverage I do apply two coats of the colour. The cover on my nails is glossy and even without a top coat it looks shiny and good quality.
The polish generally lasts me a couple of days before the ends of my nails look a bit chipped and given that I cant stand chipped nail polish I generally remove the colour after 3 or 4 days. In between times I have been known to apply a bit of the colour to the tips of my nails and with this polish this seems to work well, and there are no obvious lines showing where the new polish has been applied.
The only problem I have found with this is that it doesn't last a long time. This could be because theres not a lot of polish, it being only a small bottle, or it could be because the polish is thickening. Whatever the reason I have found that after a couple of months (not using it constantly) when I apply it, the nail polish seems to be a bit thicker and not quite as easy to apply.
I bought my nail polish from Boots and it cost me £4.99 for the 5ml bottle.
This is an easy to apply nail polish which is glossy and looks good when applied to my nails. It is touch dry within a couple of minutes and most definitely dry in 20 minutes, and is easy to remove without leaving dark colour all over my fingers.
I would definitely buy this again and would probably look for this in a larger bottle.
Thanks for reading
Another of the free gifts in my gift set from L'oreal was the Colour Riche Nail Varnish. The product has been designed in order to give the nails an even coverage of a vibrant shade with a long lasting and glossy finish. It claims to contain a special paddled brush which enables you to apply the varnish with precision and accuracy. It also has a bit in top coat which saves you time and energy.
The product comes in a variety of different shades which each have a pretty name to match the colour. You can choose between shades like Shocking Pink, Dating Coral and Divine Indigo. The one I received in my free gift set was Crystalissime and it is a pearly white shade with shimmering particles.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a glass bottle and you can see the colour inside so you know exactly what you are getting. It has a silver metallic lid and the brush is contained within it. The bristles are long and black. The product would have cost around £4.99 to buy and it is available from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product is easy to apply using the brush attached to the wand and the consistency of the varnish is good. It is not so runny that you can't control it and you get in a mess, but it is not so thick that it makes it hard to work with. The colour I got, once on the nail is actually clear. It is packed full of shimmering particles which are pearly and light up with shades of pink and blue when the light catches it. The product has an extremely shiny finish which looks beautiful and this would actually work well over the top of a block colour to give another varnish a Christmasy and sparkly finish.
The formula dries very quickly and one coat gives the desired effect so you won't waste any time waiting around for it to dry. It doesn't chip and fade away for quite a few days because only one coat has been applied so it does have very good staying power. When the time comes for it to be removed, the product comes off easily and it doesn't leave my nails feeling dry or brittle.
All in all, this is a good nail varnish which was quick and easy to apply. It dries fast, looks pretty and although mine is basically a clear and glittery shade, I do like it and I would happily purchase a more colourful shade of my own.
I do like L'Oréal, but for some reason they've never been a brand I've looked to for nail varnishes. I'm drawn to cheap and colourful varnishes, and L'Oréal's demure-looking range never really caught my eye - too small, pricey and grown-up for me! But as a habitual wearer of rich colours, I'd recently been feeling the urge for some gentle pastels or nudes, maybe hoping that brightening up would make the sun come out. A friend had been thinking the same, and said they finally found a good colour - by L'Oréal, no less.
PACKAGING: The bottles are narrow and oblong - very small and easy to overlook. I had my reservations about the tiny size considering the price: £4.99 for a 5ml bottle felt on the steep side. The product does look very smart in its simplicity, and the size and shape are great for storage if you're already overflowing with cosmetics. My only complaint is that the bottle's small base makes it feel a bit wobbly, especially if you're painting one-handed - I'm used to bottles with larger bases, so have to take some extra care not to knock it flying.
COLOURS: I was pleasantly surprised by how much choice there was in the range, once I got up close. There's a heavy leaning towards pinks and minks, very subtle and sophisticated, but also some fun brights and deep evening colours. I thought there was already a broad selection in my little Superdrug, but the L'Oréal website lists over forty colours! The tiny bottles belie a big range. There aren't any "shocking" colours, but the range is versatile, elegant, and especially good for nudes. A flattering nude polish is hard to shop for, but there's a wide range of different tones available. The first one I picked up was Parisian Rooftops (603), a creamy taupe colour that I was anxious wouldn't suit me, but turned out to be just right. I've since picked up the paler Beige Countess (104), another lovely nude, and Magic Croisette (811), a deep navy with faint golden shimmer, and been equally impressed with the quality of both.
APPLICATION: The few times I'd invested in a more middle-range polish I usually came away disappointed, and it's made me a big fan of cheaper brands, but I was glad to find that L'Oréal really delivered: the brush is smooth and firm, spreading easily to coat the whole nail with one stroke, and the polish itself is blissfully creamy and rich. The polishes I've tried so far look great with one coat alone, though I go for at least two for thorough coverage, and are touch-dry in a minute or two.
WEAR: On my first use, I was a bit put out to find signs of minor tip wear only the day after application, having done nothing more strenuous than shampoo my hair, but apart from that the polish lasts three to four days on me without a topcoat, and a bit longer with one. It manages to stick out the hassle of work with only some slightly roughened tips to show for it at the end of the day. I found it was also easy to remove, even with the less abrasive acetone-free remover that I'm currently using. It's always a plus when a polish is not only good to apply and wear, but quick and easy to take off, without a lot of arduous, drying rubbing. Overall, it's not the toughest on earth, but enough to make it worth the money.
The good points outweigh the minor weak points - I was converted with the first stroke, and can't wait to try more of this range. The price is a bit higher than what I'd normally go for, so I'll be choosing discerningly, but the range seems to be frequently on offer. In this case, I think it's worth it for the creamy colours and smooth application, and I'm very happy to have invested.
Why did I purchase this item and for how much?
I purchased these nail polishes whilst they were on offer at Boots (3 for 2) about a month ago and I must admit i do have a nail polish fetish. Boots had the polishes on a L'Oreal stand and there were about 40 odd different shades which ranged from clear, to muted natural shades and then wacky colours such as blues/yellows. The main reason that I gave this polish a go was that it promised a lasting shine with no requirement of a top coat which is something that I hate having to apply as it takes forever for decent top coats to dry. The nail polishes normally retail at £4.99 for 5ml of polish which is a tad mean of L'Oreal as normally you get about 9ml in other brands of the same quality. The three shades that I chose were Rose Bagatelle which is a muted glossy rose beige shade, Luxumbourg Garden which is a metalic dark green/cool grey shade and femme fatale which as the name suggests is a true glossy red shade which is neither warm or cold toned but somewhere in between (good for a 1940s retro-look)
So what were they like to apply? Did the polish last? Did the shine last?
The polish comes with a rather larger than usual fan brush which is actually quite good for application but ensure that there is plenty of polish on the brush otherwise it drags on the nail and you get those nasty streaks which are a pain to cover with additional coats. I would always recommend that you use a base coat as polishes have a tendency to stain and even with natural shades you'll find that the polish lasts longer and basecoats are good at preventing splitting - I tend to use Sally Hansen Double Duty as my base coat and have had no problems with it. With the rose bagatelle and the Luxumbourg garden I found that I only needed 2 coats but with the Femme Fatale shade I did need 3 coats which was strange but I suppose there will be variation from shade to shade. The rose bagatelle lasted the longest at about 3 days with no chips although I did find that touch ups were really easy and that with a couple of touch ups the polish lasted overall 7 days although the touch ups were only on nails which I had slight chips/peeling so if you've got good nails it'll probably last you the full week. The Luxumbourg Garden lasted about a fortnight on my toes (eugghh! sorry if TMI but I really hate polishing my toots) but lasted only 2 days on my fingers but again the touch ups were easy and the polish with touch ups lasted about 4/5 days before needing to be completely removed. Now the femme fatale looks absolutely brilliant when it's fresh but I found that this colour chipped really easily and lasted a maximum of a day and a half, unfortunately, touch ups were really no good with this shade and due to it's glossiness it really was obvious where I tried to correct the chips which were quite big*. The drying time was quite good, when I left them to air-dry it would take 5 min to be touch dry and 15 minutes to be totally dry although now I tend to us OPI drying drops (Admittedly expensive) which works really well and the polish is then touch dry in 1 min and totally dry in 5.
As for the shine I really cannot disagree with the claims that this polish remains shiny for as long as it's on your nails the formula is very impressive and no top coat was required. I have used Revlon/Mabelline/OPI/Rimmel/Jessica and have found that all of these polishes chip at the same rate as the L'Oreal Color Riche polishes and but where this polish trumps them all is in the shine and the intensity of the colour.
*One thing that I should add is that I change nappies, hand wash dishes, bath my little one daily, type all day and maybe that's why polishes don't last as long on me as they might do on others.
Would I purchase this nail polish again?
Oh definently! I really like the rose bagatelle and only the other day purchased the shade Beige Countess which is an absolutely beautiful light mocha brown which has lasted really well and is shiny too. Another thing I would like to compare this product to is Shellac as it's as shiny and looks beautiful when initially applied although the Shellac is an atrocious product in itself which claims to last 14 days - totally bull plop - It lasted me 3 days and I had it performed twice in reputable salon at £20 a manicure the second one was free but still didn't last past 3 days - staff said it might be because I use baby wipes. Any road I highly recommend these polishes and would recommend puchasing when on offer as £5 a bottle for 5ml is rather expensive.