Maybe it’s the Fifty Shades phenomenon, maybe it’s just that grey polish kicks ass. Either way, it’s a trending color right now and L’Oreal Paris has jumped on the bandwagon with the L’Oreal Dark Sides of Grey collection.
These eight, new, limited edition L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail shades are not just a celebration of the many shades of grey, they also show off a diverse array of finishes and textures. Everything from satin to shimmer to matte and texture. Check it!
Formula & Application
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor). It comes in a weighty, rectangular glass bottle topped with a plastic cap with a brushed metal finish. The flat brush is medium in width and length with a curved tip and flexible bristles.
Note: Some of my brushes were cut oddly so they didn’t create as smooth of a curve at the cuticle.
While all of these polishes have different finishes, they all apply rather smoothly and give full coverage in two coats, with the exception of the scattered holo Masked Affair.
L’Oreal Aux Chandelles is a pale dove creme that dries with a satin finish. It’s actually more waxy than satin the more I look at it. Top coat makes it more glossy in person. On camera, the difference doesn’t translate as well.
L’Oreal Bad Bad Grey is a sparkly texture along the lines of the original Zoya Pixies. It has a blackened base with a hint of berry, filled with silver and charcoal glitters. It’s not as sparkly as the Pixies, in spite of the amount of silvery shimmer you see in the bottle.
L’Oreal Caution Please is a silver foil texture. Remember those metallic textures that China Glaze tried to make happen? This is the same concept, only L’Oreal got it right. It doesn’t look like a transistor board. It’s more like stucco, spray-painted silver, that’s been hit by the glitter fairy.
L’Oreal Grey Corset is a dark blue-grey that dries flat matte. This is the only one that has leveling issues. While that doesn’t show as much when worn on its own, adding a top coat highlights the uneven finish.
L’Oreal Masked Affair is lavender-tinged grey with scattered holographic shimmer. That’s right, a L’Oreal holo! It has already created a huge buzz online so I would go RIGHT NOW to get it. This one is a bit sheer, but opaque in three coats.
L’Oreal Miss Grey is a graphite hue with silver and champagne gold shimmer. If you have L’Oreal Stroke of Midnight, it’s more blue-based and more sheer than Miss Grey. Note: It has to be applied thin to manage the potential brush mark issue but it’s so worth the effort. Application tip: Paint the sides first and finish down the middle to avoid streaks.
L’Oreal Power Potion is an inky, charcoal shimmer. It dries a lot darker than it looks in the bottle, teetering on the edge of black.
L’Oreal Totally d’Accord is a navy texture, leaning towards teal with a dark slate backdrop. Unlike Bad Bad Grey, it doesn’t dry matte. It’s more jelly-ish looking. For that reason, I think it looks best with a Gelous/Top Coat sandwich. To elaborate, I use Gelous as a spackle layer and add a thick top coat (HK Girl) to get it as close to smooth as possible. It’s still a little bumpy but not gritty.
Bottom Line: Grey is one of those colors I always come back to. I’m over it and then I’m all about it. Right now, I’m all about it and so many of these polishes are hitting the spot. Masked Affair is a MUST, Totally d’Accord a close second, and Miss Grey takes the bronze. The only shades I would label a pass are, Grey Corset for its inability to self-level, and Bad Bad Grey for not bringing enough sparkle to the nail.
The L’Oreal Dark Sides of Grey collection is available now, for a limited time, in drugstores and mass retailers. L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail retails for $5.99/ea. For more info, visit LOrealParisUSA.com.
Thoughts on all these new greys? Have you spotted this collection near you? Which ones do you plan to hunt down? And, am I alone or should L’Oreal offer their LE polishes online? Or at least put more bottles on the display.Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for L’Oreal. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.