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Mani Monday – Subtle Sparkle with L’Oreal Paris and China Glaze Nail Polish

As much as I love loud, “notice me” nail color, I have moments where I just want something neutral, effortless and clean. This past weekend, I had one of those moments. It was a lazy, no plans kind of weekend. The boyfriend has been working like a dog throughout tax season (which is almost over, yay!) so we kept it low key.


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Even though no one would see it, I still wanted something new on my nails so I turned to my current neutral nail look of choice, which I call the “Subtle Sparkle.” I’ve been living for China Glaze Champagne Kisses for months now but it can be a bit much on its own. Paired with my perfect not-quite-naked nail color, L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche So Chic!, it makes for one stunning manicure.

Formula & Application: China Glaze Champagne Kisses is 5-Free as is L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche So Chic! It contains Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin but not Formaldehyde Resin.

The L’Oreal brush is thin, flat and long with somewhat stiff bristles. It doesn’t fan out that much but it gives an even stroke and allows you to control the application well. The China Glaze brush is round, thin and long with flexible bristles. It does fan out well, covering the nail though that can make creating a clean line around the edge more of a challenge. Thankfully with glitter, that’s not noticeable

Both polishes apply a bit on the sheer side so I used three coats just to get full coverage. The L’Oreal polish dries smooth and glossy while the China Glaze has a bit of texture due to the amount of glitter. I applied two coats of top coat and you can still feel the glitter.

L’Oreal Paris So Chic! has a pink tinged, light tan creme base filled with silver, gold, clear and light pink glass flecks. It gives the lacquer a “lit from within” glow. That’s what makes it such a good partner for China Glaze Champagne Kisses. The clear base is packed to the gills with rose gold, tan and pale yellow gold metallic micro-glitter.



Bottom Line: I consider L’Oreal Paris So Chic to be a pretty universally flattering, full coverage neutral. It’s a great basic with just a bit of pizzazz to set it apart from the crowd. China Glaze Champagne Kisses has become one of my all-time favorite glitters and a serious must-have in my book. Since it was a seasonal release, I suggest you get it before it’s gone.

China Glaze Champagne Kisses was part of the 2012 holiday collection and is still available on, and from multiple sellers on eBay. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche So Chic! nail polish was limited edition from last holiday but is still available through a seller on

Do you like my Subtle Sparkle look? What is your go-to neutral nail? Do you ever just go completely sans polish? I shutter at the thought. My naked nails are a horror, no seriously, a HORROR!

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for China Glaze and L’Oreal Paris. Affiliate links may appear via a third party link service. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Marisa says:

    What a lovely combo!!! I love the shimmer in that Loreal.

  2. Pdjb says:

    Very pretty! I could wear this to
    The office. So is the boyfriend an auditor

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      He’s a CPA so January through April suck but at least the rest of the year is pretty easy on him

  3. Ang says:

    I just ordered both, thank you for the idea. What would be a good color for my spring pedi? Do you have a suggestion? My toes need to coordinate.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I love teal or turquoise with nudes. Another great one would be a bright orange.

      • Ang says:

        Thank you for the reply! I wear lots of turquoise clothing – my fav shade as it matches my eyes. You are right it will look great with the nudes. I am super excited now. Orange is a perfect summer color also. Thanks again, I cannot wait for my polishes to get here!!!

  4. Carolina says:

    Ok, I’m going to have to get China Glaze’s Champagne kisses after all.

  5. Natalie says:

    Loving that Loreal neutral.I love nude polish.

  6. Oh I love it!!! Hope I can find that L’Oreal!

  7. Lex says:

    Omg, haha! I always lurk, but have never posted. I was JUST thinking about doing the same manicure with China Glaze’s swing baby and Covergirl toasted almond; great minds think alike? :D

    I really like manicures with 3 different polishes (usually a shimmer, heavier glitter, and creme, but I’ve seen all glitters too) and they look cohesive, but I never seem to have the right combination to make it work.

  8. Mariska says:

    Like them both! :-)

  9. Joan says:

    The Loreal polish is beautiful. Will definitely get it.

  10. Sharon says:

    I really love this combination. I think I’ll go shopping and buy both of these polishes soon!

  11. Cindi says:

    Gorgeous combo! This is so elegant. Good for a day neutral but goes right into night with the glitter accent.

  12. Cat says:

    Wow, I’m totally in love with the L’Oreal neutral! Think I’m going to have to snag that one. Gorgeous combo!

  13. Now this is a mani I can get behind! I usually go naked, clear or a subtle color on my nails because anything more is too distracting for me. I go with bolder colors on my toes though.

  14. So Chic is so PERFECT! I need to try this one