YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish Formula is the bomb. That is all.
Just kidding. That isn’t all. Granted I could say that is all because, truly wuly, this is a fabulous formula. I am collecting these beauties on mass at the moment because they are that awesome. Let’s get down to the review, shall we?
The bottle is luxe. Hey, look at me. I have a gold cap.
The cap comes off leaving a smaller lid that is great when you are painting – a lot of brands do this, eg. Chanel’s nail polish formula, the big lids would make holding the brush difficult if you had smaller hands.
The brush itself is quite wide and is tapered at the end (like the Dior brushes – yes I’ll review my Dior polishes soon, I promise) to follow the cuticle. I find these brushes are great if you have bigger nail beds and larger fingers. If you have small girly hands like me, the brush can be difficult to use on my pinky (but works beautifully on my other fingers).
Now onto the formula. It lasts and lasts and lasts. I do not have any of the YSL base coats or top coats and use my concoction of nail base coats and top coats. I find that no matter what I use (eg Revitanail as a base, two coats of YSL nail polish, OPI Start to Finish as top coat; Butter London Nail foundation, two coats of YSL nail polish, Butter London top coat; OPI Nail Envy as a base coat, two coats of YSL nail polish, Butter London top coat) or some mix of base and top coats, that I get fantastic wear. No chips. No bubbling. No shrinkage. Just pure joy in the form of nail polish perfection that lasts from Sunday night to Sunday night (a week’s wear).
Now I have a number of different colours and finishes. I’ve reviewed a small subset so far – Bronze Pyrite, Bleu Cosmique, Blanc Galactique are all fabulous shimmery / metallicky polishes. They are a dream to apply and do not show brushstrokes at all. Beige Gallery and Gris Underground, are beautiful creme finishes that are super glossy. The colour shown in this post is Orange Fusion (review coming) and I have not had any issues with any of the La Laque Couture formula at all. They are superb.
The colours are fabulous as well. The original release came out with the general oranges, reds, pinks, but they then shook it up with some standout beauties. Bleu Majorelle is STUNNING and probably my favourite blue of all time (and I love blue nail polish). They have a jade. They have a teal. The pinks and fuchsias are to die for. The orange is a jelly! I can’t speak highly enough of the colour collection or the formula. Seriously try these babies out. They are pricey but so worth it when you get such consistent quality and fantastic colour palette.
This is my review of the Chanel Le Vernis nail polish formula.
I have reviewed a number of Chanel polishes so far (eg. Lilis, Alchimie, Taboo), but thought that I would write a review of the formula itself, given I own a number of these beauties.
Chanel’s bottle is a rectangular glass bottle with a hefty black lid that has the interlocking c’s on it. It’s a classy looking thing (I’ve used Chanel Bel Argus here):
The lid detaches leaving a smaller lid that makes it easier to handle – obviously having a massive lid would be unwieldy if you had tiny girl hands (like me).
The brush is tiny. I have small fingernails so find the smaller brush works well for me, particularly on my pinky and index fingers. The drawback of the brush being on the smaller side is that you need to have multiple swipes at the nail to paint it evenly and therefore it is more prone to streaking, cuticle bald-spots, brush-strokes and patchiness.
That being said, I find the formula amazing. The only issues I have ever had with Chanel polishes is some of the very light, slightly sheerer polishes where painting with the smaller brush has been streaky. That and the more shimmery / metallicky polishes that are prone to showing brushstrokes (but these are in the minority – Alchimie was a little bit like this).
I consistently get one week’s wear with Chanel polishes, which is great given that for me to buy a Chanel polish in Australia is a spicy meatball at $39 AUD. Yes. Ouch. So for that amount of money it better be good. It should almost paint itself. In fact, ideally it would buy me dinner first.
I find that the longevity is consistent no matter what I lay down as a base-coat or top coat. I have the full Chanel ensemble (base-coat, two coats of colour, top coat) and I have had a week’s wear. I have laid down Revitanail as a base-coat, two coats of Chanel polish, OPI top coat and have had a week’s wear. I have used Butter London’s base and top coats. I have used Essie’s base and top coats. I have mixed it up with a permutation of the base-coats and top coats that I own and I get consistent wear time. This is not a temperamental formula and that’s why I love Chanel polishes.
The other thing I love about Chanel is their colour palette. Not to diss Essie (who are well known for their neutrals, pinks, reds), but Chanel has come out with some absolute magic colour choices. Jade. Mimosa. Khaki Vert. Coco Blue. Black Satin. Who’d have thought that Chanel would come out with green polish? Yellow polish? That it would launch a revival of black nail polish and make it mainstream and chic? It’s that that keeps me coming back for more and waiting for the new seasons to come along so I can snap up the next surprise colour offering.
Chanel Lilis is a bright coral. I love these sorts of colours. There has not been a coral polish that I haven’t fallen in love with.
This is a smooth, creamy polish. No shimmer. Just glossy smooth perfection. This was two coats below but if you applied carefully you could get away with one coat, it’s quite saturated.
Now a little more about me raving about the colour. It is definitely orangey red. Not a very pinky coral if you know what I’m saying – that’s why I love coral coloured polishes, sometimes they lean more red, sometimes they lean more pink, sometimes they lean more orange. Sometimes if the formula is right it can be different depending on the angle. Chanel Lilis falls into this sort of category. The photo is true to the colour on the nail, but in super bright lighting it is a super-saturated and bright polish. Very bright. Absolutely gorgeous.
I also found that I had fabulous wear time with Lilis. I have had some minor formula issues with some of the other recent Chanel launches like Alchimie, Taboo, etc, where the wear time was not my usual week’s worth of wear but where I started seeing chips within day 3 or day 4. I’ve raved about the wear time before in my Chanel Le Vernis Formula review.
Chanel Lilis was not like these polishes. I don’t know if it is the lack of shimmer and therefore they are using the old formula, but this just wore and wore like the usual Chanel polishes that I know and love. I actually took it off to change colours to swatch (I suffer for the people, hehe), rather than take it off because it chipped (I have another confession, I can’t do chipped polish. Chipped polish is a gateway to further chipping and I am a picker and will pick off the polish that will leave the naked nail exposed that will then call to me…..so I get onto chips straight away or I will bite those virginal, pure, unpolished nail bits. I know. I’m disgusting ).
If you are looking for a bright pop of colour to brighten up your winter outfits (for my Southern Hemisphere peeps) or want to bring Summertime to your fingers and toes, Chanel Lilis screams it. It’s fun. It’s bold. It’s classy. It’s pretty.
Disclaimer: I bought this myself from Nordstroms.
Tom Ford Pink Crush is a very girly pink.
I love the colour. It’s a great neutral pink and would suit both warmer and cooler skin-tones. It is glossy. It looks super sophisticated. And that’s where my rave of this polish ends.
Unfortunately Tom Ford Pink Crush is a terribly streaky polish. This is a three-coater and even at three coats you can see streaks and bald spots. The ring finger and middle finger are three coats each and the other fingers are two coats. All of these fingers have top coat – top coat does not level out the streakiness at all.
I have tried four coats and even though it does even out the colour a little more, it is still not a smooth colour application and looks patchy.
The colour in the bottle just makes you want to swoon. The luxe design, the universally flattering pink, it would make you want to own this and slather it on your nails expecting luxury and quality. Alas, it just isn’t the case in this instance. Pink Crush just disappoints. It promises a lot and delivers little. I don’t believe that the small brush is the issue here, I think it is the formula. Similar problems with the formula were found with Tom Ford Naked.
Wear time on this has been abysmal. In the swatches I did two thin and three thin coats. On a previous wear I did four thin coats to try to get to bottle colour. When I did it sort of evened out the colour (still patchy in some spots) and you get the dreaded cuticle bald spots doing this too, but the final slap in the face was wear time. It chipped in 24 hours. I don’t know if it is because I had to apply so many coats and as a result it made it thicker and more prone to chipping, but to not even get a full day’s wear….it’s just plain old crapsville. I guess the other side to this is if it was some el-cheapo drugstore brand that chipped like a mofo and was streaky as hell, you’d be ok with it. But when you are paying for a luxury brand and it can’t deliver – it’s just plain awful.
Disclaimer: This was purchased by Mr Swatchfest as a gift in the box set (yes he is awesome) from Neiman Marcus.
Tom Ford Naked is a very sheer nude.
When I mean very sheer, I mean very very very sheer. It’s like very weak, very watery, milky tea.
Now I’m not adverse to a sheer polish with a hint of colour, but at this price point, you’d want something unique and you’d want colour pay-off. This is a pricey polish – $32 in the US. $65 AUD. Yes you read correctly. $65!!
Anyway, onto the bottle:
Tom Ford Naked in the bottle looks luxe. I love how in the photos the name just glows. The colour in the bottle is quite pretty and would make a fabulous work appropriate neutral, if it was significantly more opaque.
On the nail, the short-comings in the formula and the coverage are apparent.
This is nearly transparent. They weren’t kidding when they say “naked”. There is a hint of colour and for my skin-tone that hint of colour actually is almost yellowish….like stained nails from too much polish. Which is not really a colour I’d like on my nails. It also offers very little coverage (this is two coats) and I’m quite rough with my nails, so you can see the little dings (the white flecks) on my nails, which I’d like to cover with polish. I guess that’s the point. I don’t paint my nails for them to look dirty or unpainted. Or like I’ve been smoking too much (and as a non-smoker, that’s the last thing I’d want). Or like my nails are stained. I understand that this colour may look fantastic on the right skin-tone, but on me, it’s a massive disappointment.
Further to the disappointment is the application issues. The brush is small and the formula is streaky. The only saving grace is that because it’s so sheer, the streakiness isn’t super apparent (you can see it in the photo though). The only positive is that it is glossy. Super shiny. But other than that, I can’t say a lot of positive things about this colour and this formula. Nice bottle. Nice shine. Beautiful colour in the bottle. Streaky formula. Tiny brush (which can be good and bad depending on the nail polish formula). Would I recommend this as a purchase? Hell no. If you wanted something like this, Essie and OPI have these sort of colours in spades – like OPI BubbleBath – at a 1/4 of the price.
Disclaimer: This was purchased by Mr Swatchfest as a gift in the box set (yes he is awesome) from Neiman Marcus.