On a recent trip to Wal-Mart, I saw a display for the new L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 nail polish system. Basically, you purchase the gel primer (base coat) and gel glaze (top coat) as a set (I got mine for $9.99) and then choose your own colour (which you purchase separately, around $5.00-$7.00). I decided on a dark, navy blue colour called “Don’t Shy Away”. According to L’Oreal’s website, “New L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque provides high-gloss, and resilient shine while protecting nail color from dings, dents and scratches. Get the high-shine of a UV-Gel and the perfect nail shape without harmful UV rays.” I was bit skeptical, but figured I’d give it a try.
The gel primer applied easily, and dried quickly (you only need one coat). I then applied 2 coats of the gel colour, which proved to be a little trickier (but nothing unmanageable). The consistency of the coloured polish is much thicker than a normal polish, and I found that you need to dip the brush in the polish more often (once per fingernail). The colour is extremely pigmented: after applying one coat, you can’t imagine needing to apply another (though you should). I found it was really important to let the coloured polish dry prior to applying the gel glaze. I say this because the polish is so pigmented, I found it smeared a bit and dyed the brush applicator of the gel glaze. I did find that total drying time was very reasonable, and the finish was glossy, rich, and definitely looked professional (after I cleaned up the edges with nail polish remover of course!).
Below is a picture of my nails on day 4. At this point, I’ve put these nails through cooking, fitness classes, typing, pretty much anything. And, minus a few tiny chips around the ends of my nails, these babies are still looking freshly manicured.
Next, is a picture at day 6. At this point, normal nail polish on my nails would be extremely chipped and un-wearable. Impressively, minus a few minor chips here and there, they are still completely wearable and could easily make it to the 1 week mark!
Would I repurchase this set, or recommend it? Definitely. This is one of the most effective, reasonably priced gel-nail sets I’ve seen. It lives up to its promises and even comes in a full collection of colours, so you’ll have an option for every mood or outfit. Next up, I’m thinking of trying “Diamond in the Buff”, a gorgeous peachy-pink colour, just in time for Valetine’s Day! What’s even better about these polishes? They remove easily with regular nail polish remover!
A woman is helpless only while her nail polish is drying