Sunday, December 2, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté Coromandel Collection Nail Lacquers


This holiday season Le Métier de Beauté brings us the Coromandel Collection: four intensely pigmented and glossy creme nail lacquers ($18 each) that are a welcome departure from the abundance of metallic shades we usually see at this time of year, while still being perfectly season appropriate.

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.
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.
All swatches shown below were done without using any topcoat.


Left to right: Made in the JadeIndo-Sheen RedCloisin-NavySaucey 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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30 comments:

  1. These look absolutely fantastic!! So shiny and opaque! And the price isn't too high for this brand!

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    1. Hi PDXBeautiful, I originally didn't plan on picking these up but when I tried them on in the store I was impressed :) I do like that the price isn't too high in comparison to some other high-end brands. I sure hope it stays that way! :)

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  2. OMG!!! These look beautiful! Great swatches as always!!

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    1. Hi Michelle, Thank you! :) I like them a lot so far.

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  3. very pretty, I rather like the look of the red, it looks like it has just the right level of brightness to it :)

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    1. Hi Replica, I think the red and the green might be my favorites! Another really great red, which is my current holy grail, is Dior's "Marilyn" -- if you like reds, it's definitely worth a try!

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    2. Thanks, I'll take that as an order that I must go out and buy Marilyn ;) x

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    3. I fell in love with it after seeing it on Lisa Eldridge's nails in one of her recent videos! It looked so bright and pretty :) xx

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  4. Beautiful colours! I especially love how well they show up against that lovely vibrant green of the leaves in the background. :)

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    1. Hi Liz, Thanks! :) It was so nice and sunny out yesterday - I took these photos in my back yard! :)

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  5. if these polishes are ever available in Toronto, I'm in trouble :)

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    1. Hi Lucy, They are quite tempting, aren't they :)

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  6. I agree that I would like the navy and green just a little lighter in color (the violet too I might add). I would like to be able to discern the color while in low-light settings, else they all look 'black.'

    In sunlight though, all of these look gorgeous on your nails. Did you happen to check out the other LMdB nail collection, "Cocoa Crazed"?

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    1. Hi Paige, I did take a quick look at the Cocoa Crazed collection and thought the colors were nice - I remember seeing a couple of taupes/light browns (that were fairly similar to each other) -- they reminded me of Chanel's Particuliere or maybe Chanel's Khaki Rose, but perhaps more yellow toned/warmer, and there was also a very pretty light nude. I was more drawn to the Coromandel colors though :)

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  7. Your photos are beautiful, as always, and the colours look really nice.

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  8. Gorgeous colors. Really vampy. Like the packaging too.

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    1. Hi GirlieBlogger, Yes, super vampy! The packaging is nice and minimalistic :)

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    1. Hi RLBH, It's great :) I am loving reds even more than usual this season! :)

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  10. Ooh that Navy shade is gorgeous. I'll have to check this out!

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    1. Hi Lexi, :) I think it might be the most dark and opaque navy I've ever tried!

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  11. Hi Magpie,
    Your pictures are very pretty as usual! :)
    Honestly these colors are not very new and it might be easy to find something similar. However Indo Sheen looks very pretty and glossy :D I don't have any LMDB polishes yet but would love to try one in the future.

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    1. Hi memoiselle, Thank you! :)) It seems like there are so many choices nowadays when it comes to nail colors -- it is not easy to find something unique! I was thinking to myself yesterday that I probably should not buy any more vampy plum shades EVER! Those I have will last for years, and they all end up looking almost identical on my nails...

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  12. Hi MM, I loved all the comparison swatches! I think I'm partial to Indo-sheen red; one can always use a good red at this time of year :)

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    1. Hi Dovey, Thank you! :) I agree, reds are so perfect at this time of year!

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  13. I am in absolute love with Made in the Jade and Cloisin-Navy!!! They're both so lovely and perfect for fall/winter!! :D

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    1. Hi Becca, :) I'm really loving super dark colors lately!

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  14. OMG, I love all of them. Never tried any polish by this brand, but I´ll have to do it!

    Following your blog now! :)

    http://mymakeupcompulsion.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Hi Lou, Thank you! :) Le Metier de Beaute is definitely a favorite!

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