Laura Mercier Très Chic Nail Lacquers for Spring 2012

February 8, 2012
Laura Mercier’s new nail polishes from her Très Chic Collection this spring are the perfect mixture of bright and colorful but manage to be soft enough to be appropriate for work. I have a couple nail polishes from past limited collections and wish she would introduce a permanent line (or sprinkle a few more releases here and there for nails). There are 5 new shades for spring, all limited edition and $18 each. The colors come in a square bottle and a perfectly sized brush that is slightly flattened/wide for easy application.

The colors are all creams without shimmer:

  • Oh La La is a soft pastel pink (sheer)
  • Flamingo is a bright pink
  • Cabana is coral-peach perfection with a soft cushy finish
  • Sizzle is a hot coral red
  • Luscious is a bright fuschia purple

The colors are bright and punchy and I love each of them. I could have passed on Oh La La which is the weakest shade, but I find sheer pale pinks weak in general. There are slight streaking problems with this color but evens out with 2 thick coats. The other shades have a decent formula which applies smoothly with 2 coats. I found Laura Mercier’s applied best over Deborah Lippmann’s Moisturizing Base Coat (thanks to Café Makeup for the recommendation, read her review here). I haven’t worn any for an extended period of time (over 2 days) but so far, the results are good. I’m still partial to the formula of OPI, Chanel, Dior and Rescue Beauty Lounge when it comes to nail polish formula, but the Laura Mercier comes quite close. With the proper base coat and a good glossy top coat, the result is smooth, rich and all out gorgeous.

Here are the shades swatched individually, 2 coats each over Deborah Lippmann’s Base Coat, but with no top coat:

Comparisons were difficult to photograph because from my digital camera and iPhone, some of the brights look identical although in person there are distinct differences. As you might suspect with classic brights, there are definitely dupes out there. I personally liked Cabana the best as the perfect soft but bright peachy shade, although there are similar colors, Cabana has the right mixture of softness to prevent it from being too harsh or orangey. As you can see below, there are similar shades, but I really love each of the new ones from LM.

If you’re on a budget, I’m sure there are many OPI shades that will give you a similar effect. I’m personally looking forward to seeing the Holland Collection once it’s launched at Ulta. Still the Laura Mercier shades manage to look classic and polished for brights without looking cheap like some bright shades can.

My top 2 picks: Cabana and Luscious.

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  • Amy

    Lovely swatches and photos, as always! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • So much eye candy 🙂 I bought Sizzle a few days ago and can't wait to paint my nails with it 🙂

  • Beautiful colours!! I liked Cabana the most!!


  • Amy

    Lovely polishes! My favourites are cabana and sizzle.

  • I think I want to add Oh La La to my collection… there is just something about this pretty pale shade 🙂

  • Lovely colors! They make me think of summer more than spring.

  • Cabana is gorgeous. Im really loving peachy shades at the moment 🙂

  • The polishes are lovely, but it's your nail wheel photograph that is especially eye catching. It's really beautiful.

    And bonus Tom Ford swatches, which are in very short supply online!

  • Nail wheel is LOVELY!!! Tom Ford African Violet is to Die for….Thank you for the swatches…

  • Lovely swatches! ^_^

  • I like all of these colors. They look like it gives great nail coverage w/o a lot of coats.

  • Flamingo and Cabana are definitely my favorites, I will go check them out. Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

  • agreed – Cabana and Luscious are on my radar. So bright but still so delicate looking!

  • These look beautiful, thanks so much for swatching!

  • the bottles are cute. I like luscious.

  • These are all beautiful and look great on you and are perfect for the spring season 🙂 Your comparison color wheel is so gorgeous! 🙂

  • I love Luscious on you the most, but all colours are adorable!

  • Oh La La is such a soft beautiful pink! 🙂 Perfect for a sweet Valentine's Day. 🙂

    Great pic of the polish wheel! You take the best pitures!

  • That is literally one of the most glorious nail wheels I've ever seen! It pushed me to pick up Oh La La, and I absolutely adore it. Thanks so much for this post! 😀 xxx

  • Anonymous

    I literally want every color on that wheel with the exception of the 4 berry/purply colors on the top. Wow, so beautiful for spring&summer. Start my nail hunting tomorrow. Wish me luck :)Sandy

  • Anonymous

    Anyone knows good dupes for SIZZLE and LUSCIOUS?