At home gel nail polish systems have always fascinated me, especially since at-home salon-style nail DIYs are all the rage now. I’ve been playing with L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire Gel Lacquer for the last couple of weeks and truth be told, I’m not all that impressed.
- This polish applies velvet-matte, and becomes glossy with the top coat.
- The top coat is very glossy with a mirror shine, and the shine lasts throughout the entire duration of wear (much longer than other top coats I’ve tried).
- The nail polish applies mostly opaque on the first coat, but I do a second coat anyways just to smooth out the colour and application.
- While it’s advertised as a gel lacquer, it doesn’t “puff up” like gel nail polish, even with a copious layer of top coat.
- The polish started showing tip wear on the SECOND day after application, and there was severe tip wear starting to show around day 3-4. It definitely does not have the long wear-time of gel nail polish.
- The colour collection is comprised of mostly darker shades; there are only 2 light shades. This means if you want a bright summery manicure, you’ll have to wait until they release more colours.
- It removes relatively easy with just regular nail polish remover (I use Zoya Remove+); no soaking required. There was a tiny bit of staining on my nails but it was easily removed with some vigorous rubbing of polish remover. This is to be expected with some dark shades so I wasn’t completely surprised.
Priced at $8.99 for each polish shade and $15.99 for the base/top coat duo kit, this isn’t exactly the most expensive but isn’t the cheapest nail polish either. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend the L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire Gel Lacquer just because of how fast it starts to wear away, especially for a formula that is touted to be comparable to gel lacquers. There are other, much better nail polish formulas out there.
Swatches of: Fashion’s Finest (top) and Hot Couture (bottom)