(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 contains 10ml and comes in sophisticated packaging. The cap has a G engraved on top as well as the brand name in front.
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!
I’m holding Nahema (143) in this picture so you can roughly see the size of the bottle.
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!
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!
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:
This is me wearing Nahema Rouge Automatique and Nahema La Laque Couleur:
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:
Next to my face so you can see the big picture (the rest of the makeup breakdown can be found here):
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