L’Oréal Paris has jumped on the texture bandwagon with their recent release, L’Oréal Colour Riche Gold Dust, a collection of nine sparkly, sandy shades. I spotted these beauties during my recent Bed, Bath & Beyond HBC visit and had to bring four of them home with me. In fact, I dig these so much, I’m going back for more.
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. Normally, I’m a fan of the brush but, for some reason, in this formula it has a thicker, wider feel. It was a challenge to apply the polish without hitting skin so peeps with narrow fingers, beware.
As with all textured nail polishes, these are meant to be worn without top coat to get the full effect. Because there is so much glitter and particle packed into the base, it’s better to apply three thin coats than two thick ones. In this instance, I only needed two coats though I’m showing Too Dimensional? with both two and three coats to demonstrate how the color can deepen.
L’Oréal Colour Riche Too Dimensional? has this overpowering fine gold shimmer in the bottle yet it gets a bit lost in the nail until. It becomes a background player to this violet-based glitter confection littered with tiny hexagonal sequins. However, adding a third coat to my ring finger deepens the color and brings out the gold. I’ve heard someone compare this to OPI Alcatraz Rocks and while I see the similarity, they are not twins. In fact, Alcatraz is darker and more grape than violet.
L’Oréal Color Riche Sexy In Sequins has a blackened plum base filled with red, purple, gold and blue glitter, texture and sequins. It looks much more red in the bottle than it is on the nail and that’s from the high levels of fine red shimmer in the base. It pops out more in incandescent light than daylight.
L’Oréal Color Riche Pop The Bubbles is a minty, pale teal filled with silvery glitter and tonal sequins. This is the only shade of the four that has a doppelganger. Julie G Frosted Gumdrops Rock Candy is a near identical dupe.
L’Oréal Color Riche Hidden Gems has a very apt name in that there is a hidden shade shift in this blackened teal texture with silver sequins. The duo-chrome is pretty strong in the bottle but on the nail, you have to hit the light just right to see the intense purple shimmer. I attempted to capture it below but it’s a rascally one to pin down.
Bottom Line: Texture CAN’T, it WON’T and it DON’T stop and I’m not complaining one bit. Outside of any application issues due to the brush, these sparkling textures from L’Oréal Paris are gorgeous and worth checking out. Hidden Gems is definitely a favorite as I haven’t seen anything like it from other brands and Too Dimensional?, as a lightened up version of Alcatraz Rocks, is a winner in my book. The only shade I don’t consider a necessity is Pop The Bubbles as I already own the Julie G version but if you missed out on that LE shade, here’s your chance.
The L’Oreal Colour Riche Gold Dust collection is limited edition and available now at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. They sell for $5.49/ea for a .39oz bottle at Bed, Bath & Beyond but price will vary by retailer.
Have you spotted the Gold Dust collection in your area? Which shades do you plan to pick up? Are you still into texture or so over it?