As described by LMdB:
The season’s most buzzed about shades come together for an Orient-inspired collection. “Saturated shades of vibrant violet, blackened navy, jade green and red lacquer made a statement on nearly every runway,” remarks Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing.All swatches shown below were done without using any topcoat.
Taking inspiration from the intricate crafts of Asian artisans, Mr. Downing adds his own signature spin to the opulent color combinations that defined Fall’s runways to create his latest collaboration for Le Métier de Beauté: The Coromandel Collection. A mix of striking shades and punchy hues, The Coromandel Collection has just the right amount of “glam” and “edge” to take things up a notch.
|Left to right: Made in the Jade, Indo-Sheen Red, Cloisin-Navy, Saucey Plum|
Cloisin-Navy is a very dark navy blue that almost looks black in low lighting. It has an excellent formula that covers well with just one coat and dries to a shiny finish. Dior's Blue Label is the most similar color in my collection, but it is slightly more smoky and indigo toned.
|Left to right: Cloisin-Navy, Dior Blue Label, E. Lauder Blue Dahlia, Jessica For Your Eyes Only, Nails Inc. Belgrave Pl. |
|Left to right: Nails Inc. Belgrave Pl., Jessica For Your Eyes Only, E. Lauder Blue Dahlia, Dior Blue Label, Cloisin-Navy |
Indo-Sheen Red is a classic and festive, bright "neutral" red. Zoya's Rekha is very similar. Essie's She's Pampered and Orly's Unlawful are also along the same lines, but are a bit lighter and more vibrant. The formula is great -- perfectly opaque in two coats and dries to a glossy finish. If you are hunting for a new red this season, Indo-Sheen Red is well worth a look!
|Left to right: Indo-Sheen Red, Dior Marilyn, Zoya Rekha, Essie She's Pampered, Orly Unlawful |
|Left to right: Orly Unlawful, Essie She's Pampered, Zoya Rekha, Dior Marilyn, Indo-Sheen Red|
Made in the Jade is a dark spruce green shade. When shown next to Nars' Zulu it appears to have some blue tones, but on the nails it comes across as a dark green rather than teal. Like Cloisin-Navy, in low lighting, it tends to look nearly black. Zoya's Cynthia is very similar, but has a thin, sheer formula that requires three coats to reach the level of opacity that Made in the Jade achieves with just one coat.
|Left to right: Made in the Jade, Zoya Cynthia, Nars Zulu, Illamasqua Rampage, OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow|
|Left to right: OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow, Illamasqua Rampage, Nars Zulu, Zoya Cynthia, Made in the Jade|
Saucey Plum is a dark plum creme. Its formula did not provide quite the same amazing level of even and opaque coverage as the other three, but it was still very nice. Zoya's Anja is a close match, and Essie's Velvet Voyeur and Lippmann's Dark Side of the Moon are also similar, but I prefer the formula of Saucey Plum over these two. Dior's Smoky Plum is slightly more red toned. I'm a great fan of this type of plum shade, especially in the fall and winter.
|Left to right: Saucey Plum, Zoya Anja, Dior Smoky Plum, Lippmann Dark Side of the Moon, Essie Velvet Voyeur|
|Left to right: Essie Velvet Voyeur, Lippmann Dark Side of the Moon, Dior Smoky Plum, Zoya Anja, Saucey Plum|
This is a well-edited collection of beautiful nail lacquers that should appeal to those who like their nails dark and dramatic. I would have liked to have seen the navy and green shades lightened up just a bit so that you could really discern the color but, on the other hand, their darkness keeps them neutral and lends them a modern and sophisticated edge.
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