Candy girl, you are my world. You look so sweet, you’re my special treat. Candy girl, all I want to say. When you’re with me, you brighten up my day - “Candy Girl” by New Edition
L’Oréal Paris is showing its playful side with a limited edition, sweet treat of a collection called Miss Candy. The stars of the Miss Candy show are new gelly (aka jelly) Colour Riche Nail in eight delectable hues.
Jelly polishes are fan faves, not just for their lucite looks and build-able coverage but also for their usefulness in layering and nail art. I had a great time experimenting with different syrup gradient combinations and glitter jelly sandwich looks. Keep reading to see what I came up with.
Formula & Application: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail is 5-Free. The rectangular glass bottles are topped with a smooth, round cap that is the perfect length to hold comfortably between fingers without becoming cumbersome. The brush is flat, thin and long. It’s not as wide as OPI’s, which I find to be a plus. The bristles are flexible but dense so it doesn’t fan out much. This is a bonus for slim nails.
All of the “gelly” polishes are thin and squishy in texture. They glide on the nails and self level. The pigmentation is strong yet sheer so you get a punch of color with one coat but it has that see-through cellophane-esque appearance common to jelly polish. With multiple coats you can build coverage but even after three coats, it’s not opaque. You just get a more dramatic color payoff. I had no staining issues with any of the shades and they dry to a high gloss shine even without top coat.
L’Oréal Paris Bananarama Love is a lemony sheer similar to Deborah Lippmann’s Yellow Brick Road. It has a milky, buttery quality to it.
L’Oreal Paris Berry Nice reminds me of a grape popsicle. Based on the bottle, I expected it to come out too vampy for summer but it’s just light and sheer enough to avoid that.
L’Oréal Paris Bubble Trouble is a baby pink creme. Due to the milkiness of its base, it gives more coverage than some of the darker shades.
L’Oréal Paris Créme de Mint is another milky shade though it’s not as build-able as Bubble Trouble. It’s a grassy mint green that reminds me of grasshopper cookie filling.
L’Oréal Paris Jolly Lolly is a slightly berry-ish red creme. It’s like a wash of cherry red lipgloss for your nails.
L’Oréal Paris Lilac Coolers is the last of the milky jelly sheers in this collection. This pink-based pale purple gives a similar level of coverage as Bubble Trouble.
L’Oréal Paris Mango Mama is a crystal jelly that dries to appear like tangerine jello on the nail.
L’Oréal Paris Miss Pixie is a vibrant royal blue. In the bottle it looks like a lighter version of the cobalt colored JINsoon Blue Iris but on the nail it’s not quite as intense.
As I mentioned above, jelly nail polish is ideal for use in layering and nail art. I tried my hand at two different looks using the Miss Candy gellies.
First, a glitter jelly sandwich using Miss Pixie. Starting with a base coat of Miss Pixie, I added a layer of L’Oréal Paris Sparklicious (a glitter from Holiday 2012). Over that, I added two coats of Miss Pixie, for a perfectly smooth finish, and the final result gives the impression of the glitter being trapped in a sea of blue jelly.
Finally, I tried my hand at a syrup gradient manicure using Lilac Coolers as a base with Créme de Mint creating the gradation.
How-to: 1) Apply two coats of Lilac Coolers. 2) Apply Créme de Mint to the tips of the nails. 3) Apply Créme de Mint starting a little further down the nail, covering the first layer, thus deepening it. 4) Apply one last coat of Créme de Mint starting about 2/3 down the nail from the free edge, again covering the other layers. 5) Add top coat to blend it all.
Application tips: 1) Don’t worry about perfectly straight lines when applying the top color. Each time you add another layer, it will smooth everything out. 2) Wait between layers. You’re putting on a lot of layers of polish and if you don’t wait for it to dry, you’ll end up clumping the polish at the tip.
And here’s a little New Edition to put you in the Miss Candy mood. I’m gearing up for the NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boys II Men “The Package Tour” so I’ve been on a boy band kick of late.
Bottom Line: Jelly polish is a great way to wear bold color in a more subtle way. It’s also excellent for layering and nail art, as I’ve shown. If you want the true opaque color, a coat of white polish underneath will do the trick. Overall, the Miss Candy collection delivers a nice range of shades that offers something for everyone. My personal faves are Miss Pixie, Creme de Mint and Jolly Lolly.
The L’Oréal Paris Miss Candy collection is available now for a limited time at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail retails for $5.99/ea for a .39oz bottle.
Are you into these new “gelly” colors from L’Oréal Paris? Which ones are calling your name? How do you like my syrup manicure and jelly sandwich look?
Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for L’Oréal Paris. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.