Laura Mercier's new nail polishes from her Très Chic Collection this spring are the perfect mixture of bright and colorful but manage to be soft enough to be appropriate for work. I have a couple nail polishes from past limited collections and wish she would introduce a permanent line (or sprinkle a few more releases here and there for nails). There are 5 new shades for spring, all limited edition and $18 each. The colors come in a square bottle and a perfectly sized brush that is slightly flattened/wide for easy application.
The colors are all creams without shimmer:
- Oh La La is a soft pastel pink (sheer)
- Flamingo is a bright pink
- Cabana is coral-peach perfection with a soft cushy finish
- Sizzle is a hot coral red
- Luscious is a bright fuschia purple
The colors are bright and punchy and I love each of them. I could have passed on Oh La La which is the weakest shade, but I find sheer pale pinks weak in general. There are slight streaking problems with this color but evens out with 2 thick coats. The other shades have a decent formula which applies smoothly with 2 coats. I found Laura Mercier's applied best over Deborah Lippmann's Moisturizing Base Coat (thanks to Café Makeup for the recommendation, read her review here). I haven't worn any for an extended period of time (over 2 days) but so far, the results are good. I'm still partial to the formula of OPI, Chanel, Dior and Rescue Beauty Lounge when it comes to nail polish formula, but the Laura Mercier comes quite close. With the proper base coat and a good glossy top coat, the result is smooth, rich and all out gorgeous.
Here are the shades swatched individually, 2 coats each over Deborah Lippmann's Base Coat, but with no top coat:
Comparisons were difficult to photograph because from my digital camera and iPhone, some of the brights look identical although in person there are distinct differences. As you might suspect with classic brights, there are definitely dupes out there. I personally liked Cabana the best as the perfect soft but bright peachy shade, although there are similar colors, Cabana has the right mixture of softness to prevent it from being too harsh or orangey. As you can see below, there are similar shades, but I really love each of the new ones from LM.
If you're on a budget, I'm sure there are many OPI shades that will give you a similar effect. I'm personally looking forward to seeing the Holland Collection once it's launched at Ulta. Still the Laura Mercier shades manage to look classic and polished for brights without looking cheap like some bright shades can.
My top 2 picks: Cabana and Luscious.