Heart Your Guerlain Lipsticks? It’s Your Chance to Match Them with the New Guerlain La Laque Couleur Nail Polishes! Base Coat, Nahema, & Rouge d’Enfer

Guerlain Nahema FOTD

(Wearing Guerlain Nahema Rouge Automatique and Nahema La Laque Couleur)

You’ve seen some of the gorgeous new Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines a couple of days ago, but the excitement doesn’t stop there! Guerlain is finally launching a permanent line of nail polishes, called Guerlain La Laque Couleur (Colour Lacquer. RRP in Belgium: 24,45 euros. Availability: May 1st)! Besides a protective base coat (La Base Protectrice) and a gel top coat, the 10 shades share the same numbers with their namesake lipsticks (except for 00 Lingerie, which I don’t believe exists as a lipstick). Today I have the base coat, Nahema, and Rouge d’Enfer to show you!

Guerlain La Laque Couleur nail polish

Guerlain La Laque Couleur contains 10ml and comes in sophisticated packaging. The cap has a G engraved on top as well as the brand name in front.

Guerlain La Laque Couleur nail polish brush

Once you remove the cap, you see the applicator. It is rather similar to the one of Dior Vernis, which is my favorite nail polish applicator to date. The wide, flat, and tapered shape allows me to paint my nails in a jiffy!

Guerlain La Laque Couleur nail polish packaging

I’m holding Nahema (143) in this picture so you can roughly see the size of the bottle.

Guerlain La Laque Couleur nail polish base coat, Nahema, Rouge d'Enfer

The base coat (La Base Protectrice) claims to reinforce and harden the nails besides protecting them from yellowing. I haven’t been using it for long enough to tell if it has reinforced my nails in the long run, but it does everything that I expect from a base coat! It dries fast enough (I get irritated if I have to wait between painting my 10 nails with a base coat and start coloring them), and it creates a smooth surface for the nail polish to go on. I would also say my nails do feel harder with this on than some other top coats I have tried. In other words, while I don’t normally spot major differences between base coats, this one for sure fits the bill and then some!

Guerlain La Laque Couleur nail polish Nahema, Rouge d'Enfer

Now let’s move on to the more colorful part: from left to right you see Nahema (143) and Rouge d’Enfer (121). They are both named after Rouge Automatiques. I own Nahema (it’s my first coral crush), and now I want to add Rouge d’Enfer to my collection as well!

Before I show you the shades, let me just say the formula of both nail polishes gets a thumbs-up from me! The consistency is spot-on, it dries incredibly fast, and it is smooth and opaque with one coat! What’s more, Guerlain isn’t kidding about the shine. I don’t even need a top coat for these to look glossy! I still did two in the swatches for maximum opacity and shine, but if I ever only have the time for one coat, I wouldn’t think twice about grabbing one of these!

This is Nahema on my nails. It is pretty much a tangerine/orange, but then again my skin tone has the tendency to pull all the orange in a shade out. I have seen this on Karen, and corals systematically pull more pink on her. On her you can definitely see it’s a coral, so it will be an interesting shade to swatch in person just to see how it fares on your skin tone!

Guerlain La Laque Couleur nail polish Nahema swatch

I compared Nahema with Dior Riviera Vernis, and on me the two are almost identical. Even when I inspect the two really hard in real life, the only difference I can tell is Riviera might be just a bit more orange. Also, Dior Vernis tends to have this opaque translucency while Guerlain La Laque is straightforward opaque. Again, I think Nahema could pull more pink and less orange on different skin tones, so your best bet would be swatching it in real life!

Here you can see Riviera on my index and middle fingers, and Nahema on my ring finger and pinky:

Guerlain La Laque Couleur nail polish Nahema, Dior Riviera Vernis comparison

This is me wearing Nahema Rouge Automatique and Nahema La Laque Couleur:

Guerlain Nahema NOTD

Rouge d’Enfer (121) is a medium warm red. It is another solid, classic shade with a killer formula!

Here is how Rouge d’Enfer swatches on me:

Guerlain La Laque Couleur nail polish Rouge d'Enfer swatch

Next to my face so you can see the big picture (the rest of the makeup breakdown can be found here):

Guerlain Rouge d'Enfer NOTD

Bottom line: Please add more shades to the permanent line-up, Guerlain! Everything I’ve seen here is a good example of a solid formula. The base coat dries fast, creates a smooth surface, and makes my nails harder. Nahema and Rouge d’Enfer La Laque Couleurs have spot-on consistency, dry incredibly fast to a glossy and opaque finish, and the brush is a piece of cake to work with. I would really love to see more!

Are you tempted by any of these? Do you have a preference for brushes of a certain shape? If you own any of the namesake lipsticks, would you consider purchasing the nail polish?

PS: For your information, the entire line-up includes: 00 Lingerie, 260 Jardins de Bagatelle, 64 Gemma, 463 La Petite Robe Noire, 143 Nahema, 263 A la Parisienne, 165 Champs-Élysées, 121 Rouge d’Enfer, 168 L’Heure Bleue, and 125 Vega. Except for 00 Lingerie that doesn’t have a matching lipstick and 463 La Petite Robe Noire which is one of the new Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines, you can find coordinating lipsticks in Rouge G, Rouge Automatique, and Shine Automatique lines. 

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure



  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Oooh, Nahema is beautiful! Thanks for doing comparison shots – they are so helpful. Before I saw that, I was wondering if it was similar to Chanel Holiday. I’m kind of intrigued by the shape-shifting coral business. :)

    • Sunny

      Yaay I’m glad it helps, Liz! I don’t have Chanel Holiday to compare it with though, sorry about that! Corals really are shape-shifters! I always pull all the orange out, but some pull all the pink out and so on. It’s fascinating!

  • http://aucupariabrumalis.wordpress.com Claire

    I love the liner your did here Sunny, I can’t wait to get Champs-Élysées, Nahema looks beautiful as well though, I really like the RA Nahema, I was hoping that the colour would look more like the lipstick but it seems to be more orange here? And stop tempting me with more Guerlain, I am already addicted :D <3

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Claire! Both the Nahema Rouge Automatique and nail polish pull more orange on me than what they do on others, but you’re right about the nail polish looking almost straight orange on my skin tone!

  • http://nails.blogmesin.com Rabbit

    I like this kind of brush. Flat and wide.

    • Sunny

      Same here! It’s the easiest for me to work with!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    they both look great :)

    • Sunny

      Yup the formula is SO awesome!

  • http://wade-ashore.blogspot.com Caise

    Rouge d’Enfer looks very interesting

    • Sunny

      Red is always very classic! It’s more like something I’d wear in winter though ;)

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Both look so pretty! It’s nice to see them compared to each other. If I have to choose (oh the cruelty!) I’d go for Nahema.

    • Sunny

      Haha yeah same here! It’s no doubt the season for a color like Nahema!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I love the flat, fat brushes, too. These are not really my kinds of colors, but it’s nice to see brands make reliable polishes :D

    • Sunny

      Haha yeah I’m glad they revamped the brush!

  • http://www.bellachique.be Teri

    I really loooove the shades that you received, Nahema is just too pretty! <3

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Teri! I totally wish it’d pull more pink, but by now I’ve learnt to more or less live with my skin tone LOL

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com Redhotjillypeppers

    Love the colours and the brush looks really good too !

    • Sunny

      Yup that’s an easy brush to work with for sure!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    Beautiful matches! I love Nahema, it reminds me of Chanel Holiday. I’m very curious to try the new polishes :-)

    • Sunny

      Hey Taylor, now I regret missing out on Chanel Holiday LOL

      If you like the Dior brush you’ll love this brush. I’m really hoping Guerlain will add more shades soon, and maybe more shimmery shades as well!

  • Dominique

    I love Rouge d’Enfer ( wearing it on my toes ), it’s bright and glossy, beautiful colour ! The brush is good and the packaging too ( the old one looked very cheap ), I just wonder why Guerlain didn’t launch more shades let’s say 20 or more. But there will be other shades :) coming with the collections !
    I am used to small and large brushes, I have no preference in fact.

    • Sunny

      Hey Dominique, glad to hear you’re digging these! I think/hope more shades will be launched. We’ll see!

      My preference for this type of brush is pretty clear. It takes less strokes, so I have less chance of making any mistakes ;)

  • http://xlovehappyx.com xLoveHappyx

    i like the red one a lot! would love to get my hands on a guerlain nail polish :)

    • Sunny

      Yess you should definitely check these out! The brush and formula are so so easy to work with!

  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    Oh, I love how Nahema looks. It’s a bright orange that I don’t have yet :-)

    • Sunny

      Bright orange is great for summer!

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    I love classic red nails. I probably wouldn’t purchase a Guerlain polish, because I’m not enough of a nail polish junkie to justify it, but I’d definitely go for similar shades in less high end brands :)

    • Sunny

      You should totally do that, Catherine! I’m keeping my fingers crossed Guerlain will throw more complex shades into the line-up because the formula truly excels!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I have one Guerlain nail polish from last year that came out with the Pucci Collection-the indigo one. I LOVE IT. So yeah I bet these are great too! They look really nice on you and perfect for summer!

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah I have that one too! It’s a lovely blurple! I think the formula of these is actually better, but then again all the Guerlain nail polishes I own before these are metallic, so I can’t really compare.

  • http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com Makeup Morsels

    Ahhh I totally missed this! What rock have I been under? I thought Dior was the only brand doing this for spring. Both shades are GORGEOUS, I can’t pick a favorite. I think I have a slight preference for Nahema though haha, just because there are a lot of great classic reds but that is just such a perfectly juicy orange.

    • Sunny

      Hey MM, it’s OK they aren’t available just yet! I would also pick Nahema out of the two, but a) you know my thing for corals and b) I already own the lipstick!

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