Been eyeing L’oréal Color Riche Le Vernis for a while but held off from purchasing because I already have so many bottles of nail polish which I hardly ever use for I’d much rather get my nails done at the salon. However, I finally succumbed this week and bought two, this one, #107 Beige Boheme, and #401 Rouge Pin Up. Beige Boheme, as you can see is a pinky-brown, while the latter is an orange-red.

I must confess that I didn’t even bother to read the marketing spiel – it was the bottle’s shape and size that most appealed. I do like the longish square bottle, and 5ml is just enough for those of us who are fickle and want to try lots of colours but don’t necessarily want to be wearing them for years. I guess I would describe 5ml as a more ‘seasonal’ size, and really, that’s all a girl needs sometimes.

The manicurist was a little surprised when I pulled out the bottle from my bag, but she didn’t object. I could’ve quite easily done the paint job myself but my cuticles were in desperate need of tidying and although I could’ve sorted my left hand well enough, the right would still have looked like King Kong’s fist.

I would’ve quizzed her on the lacquer and the brush but she was a surly thing and seemed to scowl at me from behind the mask she wore over her nose and mouth. Then she and her colleagues got into a spirited discussion about the iPad – one insisted it was called the “iPad 4”, while the other said “No, it’s the iPad Mini!” and the word “Wi-fi” seemed to pop up rather a great deal, too. I was trying not to listen because I don’t speak Vietnamese and most of it didn’t make sense but I guess ‘iPad’ is now one of those words like ‘Google’ that doesn’t need translation and it integrates pretty well into any language and is easily recognisable to a random listener/eavesdropper, regardless of the tone, inflection or linguistic interference belonging to the speaker.

…Oh, where was I? That’s right. This polish seemed to apply extremely smoothly and dry equally well. The brush, I had noticed, was shaped just-so. I must say that L’oréal does do an excellent brush, but I believe this one has had noteworthy enhancements to its design and technology (if one can use the word when one is referring to nail polish!). As for the stuff itself, L’oréal calls it ‘Liquigel’, meaning it’s a lacquer with a gel base because these days everyone is using gel it seems, except that some of us don’t want to have it baked on, so this is the next best thing.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the resulting rich colour and shine, and #401 Rouge Pin Up looks pretty good on my toes, too.


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