Spring 2015 is well on its way, but the weather over here hasn’t exactly been indicative of that. So when I spotted these 3 new top coats by L’Oreal a few weeks ago, I felt that they would be the perfect accessory to brighten up any grey, dull, cold, rainy and windy spring day. Because nothing beats dreary days like a fun top coat that consists of matte flecks in pretty pastel colors with some white flowers thrown in the mix.
L’Oreal Flower Bohème top coat
Voila, that’s them. I found three of these at my local drugstore and I believe that’s all there is to this mini spring 2015 collection. I like how L’Oreal does these little mini collections from time to time and they have some interesting concepts that they are trying to execute. L’Oreal nail polishes retail for €5.99 a piece, but I bought these on a buy 1 get 1 free deal.
L’Oreal Color Riche Flower Bohème top coat in 937 Boho Look
The first top coat is a cutesy pink color that has round and small stick formed flecks in pink and white. Now what makes these top coats special is that white flowers are also thrown in the mix. I think this is the cutest shade out of the three. The pink and white make for a pretty pastel and girly combination and the pink and white flecks go well with the white flowers.
L’Oreal Color Riche Flower Bohème top coat in 935 Woodstock Calling
The second polish is a green number and I have found that depending what base color you put this over, it will pull either more blue toned or green toned. This is because the particles in this top coat are a light, grass green and light sky blue shade. Put it over a soft green (see below) and the green flecks look more yellow and the blue will stand out more. This one is quite possibly the one I like best as it is the most spring like. The color resembles the color of a grassy field and combined with the floral parts, this makes for a perfect spring look.
L’Oreal Color Riche Flower Bohème top coat in 936 Coachelala
The final and third polish is the odd one out. It is a coral shade that is achieved by peach and yellow flecks. Again, the white flowers are part of the deal and this makes the polish look sweet. Once swatched, I do find that the orange is a bit too harsh and not as pastel as I thought it would be from the bottle. But I think that this polish over a pastel peach or yellow base coat would still make for a pretty nail look.
I swatched the polishes by applying two coats onto my nail wheels. I am showing you the polishes against a dark and a light back ground to make sure you can see them properly. As you can see, I had no problems getting the flowers out of the bottle when applying. Usually with glitter polishes, the larger flecks can sink to the bottom and it will require a lot of work to get them out. The trick is to leave the bottle standing upside down for a few minutes so the larger flecks will drift towards the brush.
- Trind Nail Restorer
- Trind Nail Repair
- Orly Polish Bond base coat
- L’Oreal Color Riche in Pistachio
- L’Oreal Color Riche in Woodstock Calling
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat
Lastly I also decided to show you what this would look like on the nail. I put one coat of top coat Woodstock Calling over two coats of L’Oreal Color Riche in Pistachio: a pretty pastel green shade. I found that it was harder to get the flowers out as I was doing all 10 nails. My first hand was fine, the second it took some more effort trying to get the flowers out of the bottle. The flowers are also quite stiff and as my nails are very rounded, the flowers do not bend to fit my nails. With a top coat to seal everything in, however, this manicure lasted a good 5 days and I didn’t lose any of the flowers.
I think that L’Oreal came out with some great new top coats for spring. The flowers are a cute idea, the colors are spot on for spring and the polishes actually work. You may need to work the polish in order to get flowers onto every nail, but overall I think these polishes work really great. It is definitely something different and it is fun to see a drugstore brand with affordable nail polish do fun top coats such as these.
What is your favorite spring top coat?