Guerlain Sulfurous La Laque Couleur & Ultra Violet Top Coat

Guerlain Sulfurous La Laque Couleur + Ultra Violet Top Coat

I was pleased to see Guerlain launching their La Laque Couleur line, and even happier now that there is a gorgeous and unique shade with this formula! Guerlain Sulfurous La Laque Couleur is another nail polish that you should check out this season, and the Ultra Violet Top Coat has some interesting potential as well!

Guerlain Ulta Violet Top Coat, Sulfuous (861) La Laque Couleur

First thing first, both Sulfurous La Laque Couleur (861) and Ultra Violet Top Coat contain 10ml/0.33 oz. The tapered brush is very easy to work with (it is slightly wider than the one on Dior Vernis), and the formula is pretty flawless in general.

Guerlain Crazy Paris Ultra Violet Top Coat, Sulfurous La Laque Couleur

To tie in with the theme, the brand name on the cap is pink this time.

Guerlain Sulfurous La Laque Couleur

Guerlain Sulfurous La Laque Couleur brush closeup

The best description I have for Sulfurous is a somehow metallic, shimmery dark plummy taupe. It is not exactly a duochrome, but it could look more brown or more plummy depending on the angle and lighting. The consistency is great, and two coats yield opaque coverage. It has some brushstrokes that aren’t too visible in real life, and it is fairly glossy on its own.

Guerlain Sulfurous (861) La Laque Couleur swatch

Guerlain Sulfurous swatch

Guerlain Sulfurous La Laque Couleur swatch

Isn’t it pretty amazing?

Guerlain Ulta Violet Top Coat

Guerlain Ultra Violet Top Coat is a top coat with a purple tint. When used alone, it gives the nails a healthy, pink hue. On top of the nail polish, it functions as a high-shine top coat (though not exactly the fastest-drying one, so give it some time to dry). It is also supposed to be fluorescent under black light, but that is a claim I haven’t had the opportunity to test out yet!

Guerlain Ulta Violet Top Coat

Guerlain Ultra Violet Top Coat review

Here you see it on my middle finger, ring ringer, and pinky. Compared with the bare nail on my index finger, you can see the other three are a bit pinker.

Guerlain Ultra Violet Top Coat swatch

Here you see Guerlain Ultra Violet Top Coat on all the nails.

I would say that the Ultra Violet Top Coat adds a bit of a purple/blue tint to nail polishes, but the difference is minuscule. It is not visible unless you compare two nails right next to each other. Here is Sulfurous with Ultra Violet Top Coat:

Guerlain Sulfurous La Laque Couleur + Ultra Violet Top Coat

Guerlain Sulfurous + Ultra Violet Top Coat swatch

Here is how the manicure looks in the normal viewing distance:

Guerlain Sulfurous + Ultra Violet Top Coat NOTD

Now, who is down for a party just so that I can find out if the top coat really turns fluorescent?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure


  • Carina

    What a cool concept, though! Maybe if it were a little bit more stark, no? That said, both are pretty!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Carina, yeah I agree the concept is pretty cool. I like how it looks normal in regular lighting as well ;) That way people don’t have to know you’re going to party after work LOL

  • Siri Lovise Eliassen

    This is one one of the things from the collection that really stood out to me as a must-have. It’s so gorgeous! I never thought to wear the top coat on it’s own, though, but I suppose it might be somewhat similar (only bluer) to Dior’s Glow?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, I think you’re right, but this one is more multi-tasking I suppose? It definitely makes the polish last longer on me!

  • syrena85

    I think I will have to go back to G and check out this nail varnish. I normally just use translucent top coats or something similar but this one looks great. The UV top coat I love :-D haven’t checked if it gets fluorecent yet ;-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Irena, keep me posted if you find out!

  • Judith

    The first polish is really nice, but it’s too bad the top coat doesn’t do much.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Judith, it actually does help the nail polish hold up longer! I like how it doesn’t visibly change the color too much as well. I mean, what if I really like a nail polish and it’s just not the same with the top coat? That’d be kinda annoying!

  • Sofia

    Wow I love how Sulfurous looks!
    Yes, sign me up to the party :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah that’d be a nice one!

  • beauties

    I’m in ;)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh yeah I can see you rocking this one!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    From afar that is one gorgeous mani, Sunny! For some reason I am less impressed with the close-up shots, but maybe that’s just me having a brain fart or something :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Melissa! I guess from afar you see how it’d look in real life? The closeups are pretty close-up ;)

  • Samantha M

    Oooh i absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing xx

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’re welcome, Samantha! If you can still find it, swatch it to see what you think!

  • Lily

    Oh, I love dark nail polishes. I had a similar one from Dior, a really old limited edition one, and I used 3/4 of it and it dried up. Might pick this up as a replacement. This one looks a little more complex too :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, oh yeah in that case go for it!

  • JaguayanFlawer

    As much as I like dark polishes I passed on this, I guess it was because my Guerlain counter still had Madame Batifole and since it’s absolutely stunning, I just went for that one. I’m still debating if I need the top coat, I tried it and looks amazing.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, oh yeah that one is adorable! The top coat works well, but it takes some time to dry so don’t use it if you need your nails painted in a hurry!

      • JaguayanFlawer

        Oh no!!! That worries me, since I’m always in a hurry. And giving a second look to Sulfurous, I might grab it.

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey girly, if you’re always in a hurry, the top coat might not be the best option. It doesn’t take THAT long to be touch-dry, but it will take quite some time to be fully dry. But yes, Sulfurous is a great shade!

  • Liz

    I love shades like this! It’s classy, sexy and mysterious all at once. I don’t know about the fluorescent thing though – man, Guerlain really did go crazy this season, hahaha.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I wish I had somewhere to go just so that I see if it’s true :p

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Love this shade on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Tracy!

  • rachlovespenguins

    Oh wow, now that is SO much prettier than promo shots would have me believe. Brushstrokes tend to irk me but that colour is just absolute plummy-taupe perfection. It looks stunning on you! Sadly I think it’s already sold out everywhere here. Bad for me, but good for wallet. LOL

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Rach, the brushstrokes aren’t all that visible in real life to be honest! If you ask around you might still score one? But then again you’re right about the good for the wallet part!

  • Kate Driveller

    Beautiful taupe! Although I’d prefer it as an eyeshadow :D~~~~

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kate, I like it as a nail polish as well! Although I can see this working really well as an eyeshadow!

  • Larie

    I love the deep purple :D What is with the other one, though? LOL. That doesn’t seem like the kind of thing Guerlain’s demographic would be doing, you know? Rave parties? lOL

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha well if you go to a club/lounge bar or something it might also become fluorescent? ;)

  • LifeOfBun

    Gorgeous pictures on this one Sunny, love the sequins!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Anouchka! It’s so festive!

  • Icaria

    This one is gorgeous! I was at the counter to buy it but was wearing a pretty close color so I passed. The top coat! Not that’s fun! Now did you say Partayyy??? :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah I have this combo on again today, and I’m wondering if I could go somewhere with black light just to see if the fluorescent claim is true ;)

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    i just had the realization that i should buy that topcoat for my best friend’s birthday lol

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh LOL DO IT! I’d love to see if it really turns fluorescent!

      • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

        will let you know if i end up doing it – plus i’m prob visiting her in NYC for her birthday, so it is perfect!

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    strangely, though i didn’t like pink touch on the lipstick, i do like the pink script on these bottles. huh. go figure.
    love the look of sulfurous. its just has the right amount of plum/purple without being purple and the browniness makes it easier to wear.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, yeah I like the pink touch here, too! I have Sulfurous on my nails as we speak. It may not be my FAVORITE this season (Givenchy Bronze Precieux is just too good to be true in my book), but it is definitely something I’ll wear very often!

  • MyLuciteDreams

    I love this shade! I think you definitely responsibly for my Guerlain infactualtion!! I remember when you didn’t do nails, lol. Your so good at it! It also helps to see the nails held up to your face, I must say. I do the same thing with nails and rings haha

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Taylor! I find this brush easy to work with, so I can actually paint my nails without getting nail polish all over my cuticle :p

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    Sulfurous is lovely! A perfect winter addition! I use a different violet-tinged polish when my nails are stained yellow from other polishes and it really helps makes my nails look decent again! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kristen, aww so sorry to hear about the yellowing! Do you use a base coat systematically?

      • Kristen / Glambunctious

        Thanks! And yes, I always – ALWAYS – use a base coat. Orly Bonder or Butter London Nail Foundation. It doesn’t seem to matter much when I wear really pigmented deep reds. They seem to penetrate whatever base coat I use and wreak yellowing havoc!

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Oh OK I can’t say I have that problem, but it’s probably because nail polish doesn’t wear too well on me in general. If I get 2 days out of a manicure, I’m already ecstatic!

  • peggy timmermans

    I am not into metallic finishes but I really like the colour of this nail varnish!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      This one actually isn’t that metallic at all, and you’re right about the color.

  • birtegovarts

    Great colour! Festive, but not tacky at all!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yup it’s very atypical! Guerlain is great at thinking out of the box!