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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Lancôme Sarong Le Vernis

lancome sarong nail polish le vernis summer 2011 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

As much as I love greens, I had to break the cycle and put on something the complete opposite. For me, that’s anything in the pink or red color families. I decided to combine them by choosing the reddish pink Lancôme Sarong from the Bronze Azure Summer 2011 collection.

Bronze Azure captures beach chic with its palette of shimmering tans, cool blues and bright pops of pink. I’ve said it many times that I’m NOT a pink girl. And I don’t say that as though it’s a bad thing. It’s just not my aesthetic. Now when you mix pink with orange or red, I’m a little more apt to get on board. True corals and red corals, like Sarong, are like my gateway drug to pink. Every time I wear one I think, “I can do pink.” But it takes a rare pink bird, like Chanel Morning Rose, to make me believe.


Formula & Application: Lancôme nail polishes are 4-Free (including Formaldehyde Resin) and they do not contain camphor, which can be an irritant.  The flat brush is about the same length as OPI’s ProWide Brush but it’s more tapered, not as wide.  The bristles are flexible and spread easily across the nail.

Sarong applied very smooth for such a pigmented polish. And I’m talking high pigmentation. Like a second coat almost felt like too much. I feel like there is a shift in the way polish formulas are heading. It’s as if they are taking a page out of the RBL play book. Both Essie Coat Azure and Sarong have thick but pliable textures that are reminiscent of Rescue’s famous formula. Considering that both Lancôme and Essie are now under the same corporate umbrella, it isn’t too surprising.

Lancôme Sarong is a bright red coral with flecks of fuchsia and gold shimmer. The shimmer doesn’t pop as much on camera as it does in person but it’s what drew me in to this color. That and they way the gold shimmer formed a ribbon in the bottle. I know it doesn’t appear as a ribbon on the nail but I love when that happens. Something about it fascinates me. In the swatch image below you can see the two different colors of shimmer waving hello. They give the color a lot of depth and interest.

lancome sarong nail polish swatch lancome le vernis for summer 2011

Bottom Line: The base color may not be the most unique on the planet but there’s something about the dual color shimmer and formula that stand out to me. Corals are always hot for summer and this season is no different. If you’re a Lancôme fan, you’ll definitely want to scoop up a bottle.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: What can I say? I’m smitten. STASH!

Lancôme Sarong and the rest of the Bronze Azure collection is available now at Lancôme counters nationwide. Online shoppers can head to Lancome-USA.com or the site to your favorite department store to order a bottle.  Lancôme Le Vernis retail for $19/ea for a .34oz bottle.

Thoughts on Sarong? Do you prefer pink corals, red corals or the more true orange based version? What’s your favorite coral nail polish?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by Lancôme. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Alexis says:

    I love it. Its so bright and beautiful.

  2. Wow, I think I need this. And I have never said that about a Lancome polish before. Something about this one is calling to me. I think it’s the shimmer.

  3. Cat says:

    Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the vivid color, and the shimmer. Might be a lemming for me.

  4. Tammie says:

    I LOVE it but $20 D: I’ll only pay that much for the occasional Chanel.

  5. Katie says:

    WOW! That is REALLY pretty! Do you think you have anything close?

  6. NailPolishFan says:

    I like this coral and I do mostly lean towards red corals, but I love the shimmer in it.

  7. Rebecca says:

    I like it! Very summery! The flecks of gold make it more interesting.

  8. Lou says:

    I like a change from green polishes! I think I must be the only polish fanatic who doesn’t like green polish – love this though.

  9. What a stunning shade! It looks like the inside of a strawberry pie, warm and cool at the same time. I just added it to my Lancome cart and am now casting about looking for something else to add for free shipping. *Hopeless*

  10. kierra says:

    my nails look reaaallllly similar to this right now. except i used 2 coats of SH insta-dri peachy breeze & 1 coat of NYC long wearing enamel classic coral creme

  11. Meeka says:

    I feel the same way when it comes to pinks, I class ChG Heli-Yum as my favorite pink even though it’s a raspberry. I can see what you mean about this one, it looks quite interesting :)

  12. Olivia says:

    wow, very pretty!

  13. meme says:

    I LOVE the coral with the fuchsia…but then like you are a sucker for greens/blues – my heart is drawn to the variations of fuchsias, from the purple ends such as I Ate Berries In The Canaries (OPI) to true fuchsias, to the pink fuchsias, duochrome ones and on and on. This one is a hit for me…maybe not enough fuchsia in it where I to be the mix chemist. I can kind of tell what you mean about how this does not pop in the photo as in person – I can look at the photo of it in the bottle and tell it’s different there. It’s hard to get the white balance to focus correctly when the dig camera op system is being bombarded with something as bright as this is. You loose subtle things in the color. It needs a filter or an SLR pro to really capture it.

  14. Erin says:

    I’m like you. I’m not a pink gal either. Growing up green and orange were my colors. I do hit the corals at least once during the summer. I really like Zoya’s Tosca. The glimmer in this is tempting. I have customers who would definitely love this.

  15. J says:

    So Gorgeous!!! I love this color!

  16. Lillie says:

    I totally love this! But it’s impossible to find in Sweden. :-( Any clues where I can find it?

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