Product Type: L'Oreal makeup
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L'Oreal Paris Shock Resist Or Should It Be Sock Resist?
L'Oreal Shock Resist
Member Name: grown_up_girlie
L'Oreal Shock Resist
Date: 19/09/05, updated on 19/09/05 (1135 review reads)
Advantages: Is Pearly, Reasonably Priced, Application Is Easy & Looks Good Intially
Disadvantages: Is Not Effective In The Long Term Nor Does It Resist Against Shock!
I made it as a new year’s resolution (2004/05) to buy myself a new nail varnish every month of the year. Extravagant maybe, but well looked after nails is the one thing I really enjoy spending time doing.
I am not keen on painting my finger nails in bright colours but have a big thing for cute coloured toe nails in all sorts of colours. I try to be bold and bright with my colour choices and have experimented with reds, blue, greens, purples, yellows, you name it my toes have seen it!
I am about to review one of my monthly resolution nail varnish purchases for you……
L’Oreal Shock Resist Shade: 288 (A Pearly Purple Colour).
So What Made Me Choose L’Oreal Shock Resist?
Having seen an advertisement on telly (Earlier this year), which featured claims by ‘L’Oreal Paris’ about how in their laboratories they had come up with a unique formula to resist all sorts of wear on your nails and enhance colour, I knew I had to get myself off to my local Boots store to try out this new range of nail lacquer.
The advertisement claimed that they had uniquely formulated a nail polish that contained a ‘special film’ that moulded to the nail after application. This would in theory protect your nail varnish from accidental chipping and thus resisting wear in daily activity.
The best part of the advertisement was the additional claim of the special ‘light reflective pigments’ that would supposedly enhance the overall appearance of the colour once applied to the nail: So to you and me, this means that once you have applied it, it would reflect the light on your nail in such a way to give a more substantial shine and colour than any other leading brands.
Selection of Shock Resist Products
I headed straight for the nail varnish area on display in my local boots store to be overwhelmed by so many different types of nail varnish made by L’Oreal.
Now seeing as I was standing in a large Boots store in a major city I was very surprised at the lack of colours in the ‘Shock Resist’ range. This could be down to Boots themselves but saying that I have more of an inclination it was more of the fact L’Oreal hadn’t released a wide variety of colours in this new range.
So having eventually found the small, 5 colour selection of ‘L’Oreal Paris Shock Resist’ varnishes I selected my chosen colour (A light pearly purple shade, no. 288) I made off to the counter to pay my mere £4.99 for the small 15ml bottle.
So what does the bottle look like?
The varnish is contained in a small transparent, square shaped bottle and it sports a silver coloured (brush) lid so that you can distinguish it on the shop shelf quite easily albeit the small range. It comes in the normal 15ml size and the bottle has the usual print of the brand name, type of varnish and a small ingredients sticker stuck on the back side of it.
The 3 Step Test Procedures
The Gooeyness Test:
After a good 10 seconds of shaking the bottle before use, I unscrewed the brush lid for the first time when I noticed that it was a very nice, rich consistency that was thick but not too gooey which is my idea of a well made lacquer.
You could tell that the lacquer had been manufactured and mixed well. From my experience some cheaper nail varnishes tend to ‘separate’ when sat for a long time so this had passed my gooeyness test.
The Application Test:
Of course after ensuring there were no traces of older nail varnish on my nails, I gently dipped the application brush into the bottle to gain a generous amount onto the brush tip. I applied the brush end with the varnish on, directly to each toe nail; I do this by following my normal application routine of 3 strokes to each nail (Middle, left side, right side).
The specially formulated varnish was gliding on evenly to each toe nail and was not clumping on the bottle neck as some varnishes do during the application process. It went on evenly and was giving a thick appearance. I would only apply 1 coat as it was very thick.
The brush length was of average length for a (nail varnish bottle) so was very easy to manoeuvre over my nail and made the application easy and enjoyable. The bristles of the brush were of good quality so didn’t come away or fray (Again, like some cheaper brands do).
In all it took me about 10 minutes to carefully apply a single layer of this thick polish to my nails I then went on to the drying process.
The Chemical Test:
There was no overwhelming chemical smell that hit me throughout the whole time it took me to apply it to my toe nails. Seeing as nail varnish is a mixture of chemicals I would be lying to say it doesn’t smell but so long as you aren’t into ‘sniffing’ it then there isn’t any obvious smell whilst applying it to your nails.
So having left my nails to dry for a good 15 minutes I took a good look at them. The colour had gone on marvelously and there were no light patches. Considering this is from a single coat I was initially very pleasantly surprised at the immediate result. They were very shiny and the pearly nature of the colour was glistening against the light. My tootsies (So I call them) looked so cute.
‘Shock Resistant’ or should it be ‘Sock Resistant’?
This is the part where I am supposed to go onto say how wonderful this specially formulated nail varnish is and how ‘L’Oreal Paris’ have produced another great product for the consumer… well unfortunately I can’t quite say that, having put my toes through the longer term test.
This nail lacquer is one that looks really good initially, but after an average of 2/3 days it literally starts to chip from the edges inwards! It stands against the sock test but as soon as you start to walk about in your shoes it starts to chip and wear.
So it makes me wonder what ‘L’Oreal Paris’ defines as supposed ‘shock’!
So, the name ‘Shock Resistant’ should literally be re-named as ‘Sock Resistant’ as I feel it’s a more accurate account of what this supposedly special filmed formulation can withstand.
Light Reflective Pigments – Does It Really Work?
Well as I said earlier, the shine was really lovely after the initial application. The pearly effect shined and glistened nicely and really made the overall appearance look richer.
I wouldn’t say the lacquer shined anymore than other brands of nail polish though. I feel that if ‘L’Oreal Paris’ are to try market this range again then they should maybe focus more on the special light reflective pigments ingredient rather the ‘Shock Resistant’ film.
For more information you can log onto the L'Oreal Paris website at:
I am really disappointed with this nail polish. It seemed such a good product in principle and with it being so lovely to apply I had high expectations of the brands’ claims. It’s a shame as I am normally very loyal to a specific product, but obviously this is one that I will be avoiding from now on. A waste of hard earned money.
© Copyright of grown_up_girlie, September 2005.
Summary: I Really Wouldn't Waste Your Money.