Laura Mercier has recently re-introduced their polishes in the US starting with Twilight, which was very auspicious. The newer colors were very mainstream consisting of pinks, subsequently followed by a lilac and most recently the Cinema Noir collection that contains brown and beige (we’ll get to those in a later post).
Usually, my main complaint about Laura Mercier colors has been opacity. Caiver Dreams, Twilight and Avante Garde seem to lean on the acceptable range, taking approximately 3 coats to achieve a good finish. However, all the rest of them prior to this collection seem to take at least 4 coats.
There are two reasons I don’t like 4+ coat polishes. The first is time. It takes a good long time for 4+ coats to dry. In addition, each additional coat invites screwing up the application. Second is cost. There are approximately 30 applications in a .5oz bottle (give or take depending on nail length). But if you have to double your coats, you have halved your applications per bottle. So my biggest question in buying these new Laura Mercier colors was, will they follow in the footsteps of Twilight, or will it revert to Chapagne Wishes and Sheer Kiss streakiness?
Although these new colors didn’t step up to the much desired 2 coat application, they did maintain at 3 – which is not bad for Laura Mercier colors. The colors themselves are not hugely unique but are very pretty in a subdued manner.