Tuesday, April 22, 2014

L'Oreal Collection Privée

Nudes appear to be all the rage again and L'Oreal has entered the ring with their Collection Privée selection of nudes that tie in to various celebrities. I tried three of the six available at my local CVS (Canada got a different selection of colors and I would have loved to try the chocolate brown creme that they got for Freida's Nude instead of the bronzy metallic we got here in the states.) I'll confess that I have no idea who some of these celebrities are so I don't know how the colors relate to the woman. Skin tone, maybe? Some of the caps had "Collection Privée" on them and some just had the plain gold cap — they were all part of the same display so I don't know if there was any reasoning behind that. Perhaps some will become part of their core colors? Two of these were dupes of colors from the Zoya Naturel collection and the other has several dupes. Let's check them out...

Doutzen's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
Doutzen's Nude is a pale, warm pink and it makes an excellent mannequin hand polish for most skin tones. Application was thin and streaky but it did cover in two coats.

Jennifer's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
OK, I know who JLo is and this gorgeous gray is similar to the fabulous transparent Chanel gown she scandalized the Oscars with back in 2001. Again, the formula was thin and streaky but covered in two coats.
Liya's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
Liya's Nude is your basic mushroomy taupe that has been everywhere and which every polish line makes some variation of. (Why do I keep buying these???) The formula was just the tiniest bit better than the other two but still not great.

So how do these compare to the competition? Let's see…

As you can see, Doutzen's Nude is nearly identical to Zoya Rue, but the formula for Rue is miles away better. The application on Rue was much easier and the finish was flawless. Jennifer's Nude is a total dupe for Essie Miss Fancy Pants and the Essie winds hands down for application and finish. Two strikes against L'Oreal!

As I said, everyone and his brother is making a mushroom taupe so it's no surprise that there are several dupes for Liya's Nude. It's an exact match for Sephora by OPI Metro Chic so if you never managed to get a bottle of that before Sephora and OPI parted ways, here's your chance, although it's also quite close to Zoya Normani and Sally Hansen Commander In Chic. Of these, I'd say Normani was my favorite in formula but I do prefer the slightly cooler Commander In Chic.

Overall I'd say this particular collection was a disappointment, both in color choices and, more importantly, application. We all know I have no problem with getting a variety of grays that only differ by degrees but if the application isn't worth it, all I can say is that I'm glad my CVS has a liberal return policy.

1 comment :

  1. you left this link on my blog, and I am just now seeing it! I ended up buying Rue, thanks to this! I'd like to add that I think (old) Rimmel London Steel Grey and China Glaze Below Deck could fit in with Liya's Nude.