I mentioned the new Bourjois So Laque Glossy nail polishes in my Product Popping Up – July 2014 blog post. I was very excited to hear about these new polishes, specifically because they are enriched with vinyl & resins to make nails shine and prevent chipping – who doesn’t love long-lasting, glossy manicures? I know I do! There are currently 7 beautiful Spring and Summer inspired shades available in the Rendez-vous à Paris collection, ranging from a soft ballet pink to a hot neon coral.
What Bourjois says: Shiny, neat and full, glossy colour for up to 10 days! The formula is enriched with twice as much vinyl and a complex of highly reflective resins for ultra shiny nails with a long-lasting hold. The fixing agent in the formula keeps your nails supple, ultra shiny and highly resistant for up to 10 days. With a range of pure, lacquered shades there is no need for sparkles or shimmer, just smooth, shiny and purely colourful nails.
My review: I currently own 3 of the 7 shades available – BC Beige, Peach And Love and Adora-Bleu. As with all Bourjois nail polishes, these are formulated without using formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, acetone or phthalates. I wouldn’t go as far as to say these nail polishes last for 10 days without any chips, but I am happy to report that I have tested out all 3 shades and found them to last for around 5 days with no chips.
These polishes definitely live up to the ‘high shine’ claim, as I have tested them out with- and without a top coat. Even without a top coat these give a super shiny finish to your mani but since I always use a ‘quick dry’ top coat, I found these polishes took a bit longer to dry (which is normal). I adore the brushes of these Bourjois polishes because they are the perfect shape and size for quick and easy application.
I have found that each shade has its own characteristics (if one could call it that) and because of this, I’m going to review each shade individually.
BC Beige is a grey-toned neutral creme shade. I found BC Beige to be quite sheer and a little bit streaky, but you can get away with 2 thicker coats for full opacity. It is unfortunately my least favourite shade but only because I have a slight pink undertone to my skin and find nude / neutral nail polishes with a pink undertone (think ‘Essie Topless & Barefoot’ or ‘OPI My Very First Knockwurst’) suit my skin tone best. If shades like ‘OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh’ and ‘Essie Sand Tropez’ excite you, then this shade is definitely for you!
Peach And Love is a stunning milky peach blush creme shade. I am so in love with this shade and after posting a photo of me wearing Peach And Love on Instagram, I could see I was not the only one. I was completely flabbergasted by how many likes the photo received after only a couple of hours! I bought this shade whilst on holiday in Cape Town (you can take a look at my Beauty & Lifestyle Haul YouTube video here) and now I want to get my fat little fingers on 2 additional shades. If you look at my Instagram photos on the left, you can see I am wearing Peach And Love in the second photo from the top. I would classify Peach And Love as a medium opacity polish, as I only needed 2 coats for full opacity. It applies like an absolute dream and isn’t streaky at all.
Adora Bleu….and we have a one-coater! I was so impressed by this shade when I first swatched it and can confirm that only one thickish coats is needed for full opacity. Adora Bleu is a pretty periwinkle milky blue shade, it contains no shimmer and is an absolute breeze to apply as it is not streaky in the least.
The price: R 95,95 at selected Clicks stores.
Disclaimer: I received both BC Beige and Adora-Bleu for review purposes but you guys know the drill, all reviews are always 100% honest.
Bleached neons (toned-down neon shades) are going to be hot this Summer, and I think Peach And Love and Amande Defilé (the minty green shade) are the perfect shades to rock during the warmer months ahead. As mentioned I am going to get 2 additional shades from the collection: Amande Defilé and Oh So Rose (the baby pink shade).