Before you start snoring over the idea of “spring florals,” wait a minute and check out L’Oreal’s take on the perennial spring trend. There are no boring pastels or trite carnation pinks in the L’Oreal Haute Florals collection. I spotted a display, featuring nail art by L’Oreal Global Nail Designer, Tom Bachik, at my local Bed, Bath and Beyond a month ago and scooped up a few bottles, knowing it will sell out. It’s rolling out to retailers nationwide now, so don’t wait to snag your favorites.
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.
All of the opaque colors in this collection are essentially cremes. You may see some shimmer in the bottle but they apply and dry like cremes. They have a squishy, watery feel that is reminiscent of L’Oreal-owned brand, Essie. A couple of the lighter shades (Hint of Lavender, Wispy Clouds) and the coral (Sweet Nectar) weren’t quite as pigmented as the rest, so I needed three coats. Otherwise, it’s a two-coat application.
L’Oreal Haute Florals Swatches
L’Oreal Hint of Lavender is a pink-y pale purple creme. It falls into that toe-the-line category of, “Is it pink or purple?” And, I would say it depends on who is wearing it. Next to my pale skin, it looks more pink.
L’Oreal Rose Symphony is a deep, muted rose creme. It looks like a creamy lipstick on my nails. One that I definitely want to wear. I need to hunt down a matching shade. Nothing in my collection quite matches it. Everything else is too vivid or too light.
L’Oreal Spring Showers is a saturated periwinkle blue creme. It’s a very close cousin of China Glaze Secret Peri-winkle. A little lighter but close enough that you don’t need both. However, maybe it’s because my bottle is old, but the ChG was very thin, nowhere near as pigmented as Spring Showers.
L’Oreal Sweet Nectar is a bold coral creme. It has a very fine pale pink shimmer in the bottle, but on the nail, it pretty much disappears. If you were to mix Zoya Elodie and Wendy, you would get Sweet Nectar, but neither is a match.
L’Oreal Violette is a radiant orchid creme. Yep, that’s right, the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year. Now that it’s in the lexicon, may as well use it. As you can see, it comes very close to Lancome Violette (another L’Oreal brand), so here’s a more affordable version.
L’Oreal Wispy Clouds is an energized baby blue creme. It’s not pastel, but too light to be a traditional bright. The comparison shows what I mean. In the bottle, I expected it to be similar to CoverGirl Skylight or L’Oreal Royally Yours, but it dries more intense.
L’Oreal Garden Bouquet is the clear-based glitter topper of this collection. It contains pale lime green bar glitter, multi-sized pale pink hexagonal pieces and large pink flowers.
The problem… there isn’t enough glitter in the base. So, very little glitter hits the nail, even doing my dab, dip, glide technique. It’s all top coat. And the flower glitters? You need to dig for them and place with a toothpick. The look below is the result of two coats, TWO, and a fishing expedition for the one floral piece. The only upside is that it dries glossy so you don’t need to add a top coat.
Bottom Line: It’s funny, when I saw this collection in store, I bought Spring Showers, Wispy Clouds, Hint of Lavender and Garden Bouquet because of the display nail art. However, once I wore all the colors, Sweet Nectar ended up being my top pick (no floral pun intended). I don’t care that it takes three coats, it’s hot! And while all of the polishes are beautiful and glossy, Rose Symphony is truly unique. Another favorite. The only fail here is Garden Bouquet for all the reasons I stated above.
The L’Oreal Spring 2015 nail polish collection, Haute Florals, 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.
Are you all into these spring florals? Which ones do you plant to hunt down? Are you willing to dig out and place glitter?Disclosure: I purchased some of the polishes featured in this review. The rest are product samples provided by reps for L’Oreal Paris. 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.