YSL Beige Gallery #39

Wowza.

What can I say about the YSL La Laque Couture nail polish?  It’s awesome.  It’s fabo-tastic.  The brush is one of those tapered, funky sort of ones that covers the whole nail in a few quick swipes and is great for getting close to the cuticle.  I have one minor gripe with the brush, which is that if you have teensy weensy fingers like I do, the pinky can be hard to paint without getting cuticle pooling (oh how I hate cuticle pooling).

This polish lasts and lasts and lasts.  I get a week’s wear and I’m hideously rough on my nails (I do the proper prep of basecoat, two coats of color, top coat).  What I love about the formula is that it doesn’t crack, it doesn’t fade, it doesn’t turn.  It looks fabulous right to the point where I remove it because of minor tip wear or minor chips.  I love the formula so much that I’ve amassed a hefty hoard of these (which I will be swatching and posting soon – so stay tuned).

Now onto the color (these are two coats):

YSL Beige Gallery (indoor light)

YSL Beige Gallery indoor light

This is a complex neutral.  It has enough color to ensure that you don’t have corpse hands, but doesn’t fall into that territory of dodgy, ugly, what-the-hell-is-that-on-your-nails-omg-is-that-dirt-or-worse type of color.  The indoor photo without flash shows the richness of the color.  It did remind me of Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge (which I had but it separated and went to nail polish heaven) so I can’t do a swatch comparison.

Here’s the full light / flash pic:

YSL Beige Gallery with flash

YSL Beige Gallery with flash

With bright light the color leans cool.  Which does wonders for my pale, olive-ish, bordering on cool but neutral skin tone (for those of you who need to know what color skin tone that is in commercial terms – I’m a Nars Deauville / Giorgio Armani Face Fabric #2 / Chanel B20).  Isn’t it pretty?  Soooo pretty.  Great for the office when you want something neutral but you don’t want to glance down at your nails and say “meh”.

Now onto the bottle:

ysl beige gallery

ysl beige gallery

The bottle has a removable cap so that it isn’t unwieldy when you paint, which I like. Granted this isn’t a new concept, I still like it.

Disclaimer: I purchased this myself from Nordstroms.

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