Wednesday, January 29, 2014

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque in Lacqueriste

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque in Lacqueriste
2 coats

Last weekend I picked up all three steps of the new L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque system. 

Steps 1 and 3, the primer and glaze, are sold together and retail for about $10 in mass-market retailers like Target and Wal-mart.

The individual color bottles, like Lacqueriste shown in my swatch pic, retail for about $5. It appears there are 21 shades available right now. Most are core-type colors, just nice classic colors that appear to all be a creme finish.

Here's some info from the L'Oreal website:

Introducing our exclusive 3-step nail system for spectacular nails like you’ve never seen before. New L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque provides high-gloss, and resilient shine while protecting nail color from dings, dents and scratches. Get the high-shine of a UV-Gel and the perfect nail shape without harmful UV rays.

Extraordinary nails as easy as 1, 2, 3:

Nail surface is instantly smooth and flawless

Color is richer, magnified to a new level of intensity nails are visibly thicker

Shine is captured and reflected from every angle

My experience:

The primer is pretty thin, and reminded me of a rubberized basecoat like CND Stickey or Orly Bonder. The color applied nicely and was quite even in two coats. The glaze applied just like a topcoat. 

I tried the system last night and I waited about 30 minutes before I did anything with my hands after I was done and then went to bed about 2 hours later. I didn't experience any smudges or sheet marks, so I would say this dried nicely. 

I did not test this last night to see if it could be considered a quick-dry topcoat, because I wanted a perfect mani so I could do a wear test and see how it progresses over the next few days.

I'm hoping this system is what I hoped CND Vinylux would be. Watch for a post on that soon- I was not pleased at all with the wear I got from Vinylux. 

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