L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Versailles Romance Collection for Spring 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches

Ooh! How pretty! L’Oréal Paris just released a collection of pretty pastels for spring, in the Versailles Romance Collection. I fell in love at first glance, and purchased three of the nail polish shades before these even arrived at my door last week. So imagine how much ooh-ing and ahh-ing I did when I finally had them all in my hot little hands! They scream spring, and just looking at the hues makes me happy.

Here’s a closer look at the Colour Riche Nail Colors, Nail Lingerie, and Balms that make up Versailles Romance

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Color Versailles Romance Collection

These polishes are GORGEOUS. Especially the two that have a light pearl finish! (Crème Puffs, and Pistachio Dream.) What I’ve found about L’Oréal’s polishes, is that for drugstore, the formula is pretty dang good. While I did need three coats for a few of these pretty pastels, they do deliver a streak free finish. Additionally, their polishes tend to wear about 4 days before signs of stress appear, and that’s usually on the tips from clicking away on my keyboard. For about $5.99 each, I recommend skipping all of the expensive pastels out there right now, and go for these instead.

The Palace Life — baby pink creme, 3 coats

Macaroon Me Madly — spring peach creme, 3 coats

Crème Puffs — pale cream/yellow creme with very soft pearl effect, 2 coats

Pistachio Dream — pale mint creme with very soft pearl effect, 2 coats

Lacey Lilac — pale lilac creme, 2 coats

Royally Yours — baby blue creme, 3 coats

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Lingerie Versailles Romance Collection

Color Riche Nail Lingerie is a collection of easy to use nail decals, and you can wear them solo if you want to—but they’re really not polish. I prefer to wear them over a base shade to pop the color. One helpful hint with these, is that you MUST wait a few hours until your base polish is dry, or the decals may slightly buckle around the edges (like in the swatch photo below). You just line up the round corner of the decal to your your cuticle, gently smooth them out with the heat from your fingers, and file off the excess with a nail file. Easy, right?

I do notice that they start to lift at the beginning of day 3. You’ll want to keep your hands out of cleaning products while these are on, because they’ll lift the adhesive. When it’s time to remove, I gently lift them after moistening them with acetone for a few seconds.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Lingerie Versailles Romance CollectionTart My Heart, Ladies In Waiting, Chateau You Go

Pistachio Dream with Tart My Heart Nail Lingerie

Provence Romance, Legally Regal, Bijoux! Bijoux! Bijoux!

The Colour Riche Balms in the Versailles Romance collection are very buttery, and make my lips feel super smooth while imparting a touch of color. Provence Romance is a soft translucent pink, Legally Regal is a soft translucent lavender, and Bijoux! Bijoux! Bijoux! is clear with just a hint of iridescent shine. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get that to show up with my camera, but it’s ever so soft and pretty. You’ll also find a little bit of fragrance that reminds me of a yummy baked goodie, but it doesn’t stick around long and doesn’t have flavor. There are three additional shades available; Sundays by the Seine, Come By My Windows, and Laze in the Maze.

Provence Romance, Legally Regal, Bijoux! Bijoux! Bijoux!

Legally Regal, Provence Romance, Bijoux! Bijoux! Bijoux!

Bottom Line…

What perfect pastels for spring! I am in love with the Colour Riche Nail Colors, even if a few of the shades required 3 coats for full coverage.

Price & Availability…

Colour Riche Nail Color—$5.99 each, Colour Riche Nail Lingerie $9.95 each, Colour Riche Balm $7.95 each; mass retailers & drugstores nationwide. (I’ve spied the collection at CVS and Target so far!)

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