purchased by me
Remember all of the buzz about L'Oréal's Vernis à l'Huile line when it was new last year? Remember all of the disappointment when it turned out it wasn't going to be sold in the US? I was only kinda bummed out about it...until I saw that green with that name and that number. An "ugly" green with an absinthe related name and the shade number 666? A must have if you're the kind of dork I am. Luckily, there's a French eBay seller who has a bunch of shades and is willing to combine shipping. I ordered a few to balance out the shipping cost and I have two to show you today.
Vert Absinthe is a dark, mossy green cream.
How great is this green? It's a little bit warmer in person, but not full-on army green. Still, several guys who've seen either this photo or the bottle itself have said it looks like a hand grenade. They're not wrong. Grenadeness aside, how beautiful are these bottles? They remind me of glass block windows in mid-century architecture. The brush design mimics the bottle...or maybe it's the other way around. The indentations are supposed to prevent a big glob of polish from oozing its way down the stem of the brush and making a big mess as you apply it. Guess what! It WORKS! How crazy is that? It's ingenious and I'm surprised no one's done it sooner. The formula itself is very good too, thick and creamy. This is two coats.
Gris Decadent is a dark, blue-toned gray cream.
As you can see, this is one of those creams that darken as they dry. It's still very obviously gray, not too close to black. The formula is every bit as good as Vert Absinthe's, just as thick and creamy. It's opaque and even enough that it might be a one-coater on short nails, but I needed two coats.
While we're here, let's take a moment to talk about oily polishes in general. L'Oréal had one of the first in this trend, but Sally Hansen and Nails Inc have oil-infused polishes now too. The claim is that the oil will improve nail "health". I put "health" in quotation marks because the part of the nail that we paint is dead and dead things, by definition, can't be healthy or unhealthy. (For more, you can read my old PGS post about nail anatomy.) That technicality aside, can polish improve your nails? For it to do that, it would have to be in direct contact with your nail plate. Completely impossible in my case, because I have gel overlays. Highly unlikely for anyone who uses basecoat. So...I've got my doubts.
Bottom line: I'm very impressed by the formula and brush and I really wish they were sold in the US! If you have a chance to get some of them, do.
Seriously, other companies...steal this brush design and put your own spin on it. The oil wasn't the part of this that you should have copied.
all products in this post were purchased by me