I don’t know if I just wasn’t paying attention, or what, but I never really noticed Laura Mercier nail polish before. It wasn’t until I was touring the beauty department at my local Saks (for the event I’m hosting this weekend) that I noticed a heart-stopping green from the brand.
I’m always on the hunt for a new and exciting green and Bewitched, from the Laura Mercier Fall 2013 Dark Spell color collection, had me at “hello.” If you adore green nail polish as much as I do, be prepared to fall in love as well.
Formula & Application: Laura Mercier nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor). The square bottles are near identical to Chanel with their removable outer caps. The only real difference is that the edges aren’t as rounded as the Chanel bottle. Also, the inner cap is smooth, not ribbed, though the thin, round brush is nearly identical in length and width to Chanel. I love the Chanel brush so this is a bonus.
Both polishes vary in terms of application, consistency and opacity so I’ll address that individually below.
Laura Mercier Bewitched is a lush forest green filled with light green and gold metallic flecks. Bewitched is so pigmented, you guys, that I barely, BARELY, needed two coats. It flowed on the nail so smoothly that it was an actual pleasure to apply (can you tell I’m enthralled?).
The fact that it’s dark, but not too dark, and extremely pigmented set it apart from all my other greens in this color range. Like Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe looks teal and super sheer in comparison. China Glaze Glittering Garland is much more evergreen. Bewitched is murky and sophisticated in comparison.
What I love about flecked shades like this is how cool they look mattified. I added a layer of Revlon Matte Top Coat to give it a frosted glass finish. LOVE!
Now Laura Mercier Forbidden is another story. What looked like a promising platinum shimmer in the bottle ended up being a chrome metallic that suffers from brush stroke-itis. Not only that, it’s pretty sheer. I needed three coats and, with each coat, it became more and more streaky.
Application Tip: Apply metallics with a stroke down each side, finishing with one smooth stroke down the middle of the nail. Also, wait for each layer to completely dry to minimize brush strokes.
If all else fails, sponge on your last layer and smooth with top coat. I used that technique with Forbidden and it all but eliminated the brush stroke madness.
Bottom Line: Bewitched is one of those colors that I could wear over and over again and totally unique to my collection. Yes, it’s a splurge but if you’re a green lover, like me, it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT! Forbidden, on the other hand, gets a pass from me. Even though a sponge can resolve the problems with its finish, at this price point, I don’t feel it’s worth the effort.
Laura Mercier Dark Spell collection nail polishes are available now at Laura Mercier counters nationwide. You can find them online at Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com, Nordstrom.com, SaksFifthAvenue.com. Laura Mercier nail polish retails for $18/ea for a .37oz bottle.