I thought now would be a good time to share swatches of Lancome's Vernis in Love ($15) polishes in case they are helpful to any Nordstrom shoppers taking advantage of the triple points promotion on purchases made with Nordstrom debit or credit cards (March 14-18).
These polishes are currently exclusive to Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, but can also be found at the Lancome website. They were released recently along with the new Rouge in Love lipsticks. There are sixteen shades offered, as well as a clear top coat. All shades are swatched below, except for 147M Rouge Valentine, a brick red, which would be lovely for autumn but seems a little out of place next to all the new bright spring shades that are catching my eye at the moment. All are creme formulas except for #300M Rose Plumetis. If you are looking for a shade in-store it's helpful to know the number as the actual name is not listed on the bottle. The colors offered range from classic and conservative to trendy and slightly edgy. I will say there is nothing groundbreaking here, but overall it is a solid collection of beautifully wearable shades that should suit a variety of tastes.
I haven't worn these for an extended period yet, but have tested them on my fingers and all seemed to cover well in two coats without any streaking or other issues. I also purchased the clear top coat, #010M Cristal Quartz, and really like it so far. It is not pictured below, but comes in the exact same bottle as the other colored polishes. It is crystal clear and gives a nice, glossy finish that rivals Poshe and Seche Vite. At $15, I'm not sure if it is worth the splurge since there are so many other great top coats available at lower price points. Normally I would have skipped it, but lately I've been on a mission to find a "holy grail" top coat and have been trying out a few different brands.
Lancome has come up with a unique classification system for this collection. Each shade falls into one of three categories: Jolis Matins (M) "fresh shades for daytime wear," Boudoir Time (B) "pop shades for cocktail hour," or Tonight is My Night (N) "intense shades for magical nights." So, I guess what Lancome is trying to tell me here is that I should go for an "N" shade if I want to get "lucky" on my next date... ;)
My favorite shades are Gris Angora, Violette Coquette, Rose Boudoir, Rouge in Love, Jolie Rosalie and Madame Tulipe. I love Gris Angora because it is definitely a gray but has a touch of lavender which makes it softer and prettier than a simple concrete gray. I recommend viewing The RAEviewer's video review which features this shade. If you would like to see comparisons for a particular color below please let me know and I'll do my best to find similar shades in my collection.
- 270N Chocolat Mordoré - very dark, smoky chocolate brown
- 350M Rose Thé - brownish-rose
- 240M Beige Dentelle - cafe au lait / caramel
- 300M Rose Plumetis - opaque, pale blush pink with subtle frost
- 311M Jolie Rosalie - bright carnation pink
- 343B Rose Pitimini - medium rosey pink
- 112B Rouge In Love - bright orange-red
- 154M Miss Coquelicot - medium classic red
- 179M Madame Tulipe - dark bordeaux red
- 473N Rouge Réglisse - deep vampy wine
- 441N Midnight Rose - dark purple
- 375B Rose Boudoir - raspberry pink / dark fuchsia
- 419B Violette Coquette - dark lavender with magenta tones
- 407N Gris Angora - soft gray with blueish-lavender tones
- 585N Noir Caviar - very dark charcoal grey (Note: box says Noir Caviar - Lancome & Nordstrom websites say Noir Angora)
Above is a comparison for size. OPI's bottle contains 15 ml and Lancome's has less than half the product, at only 6 ml. (OPI shade shown is Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh?)
Below are a few more views in sunlight:
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