14 February 2015


50 Shade of Grey – the book that has taken the whole world by storm. I think I am about the only female yet to read it. Not in connection with the movie premiere, L’Oreal Paris is launching a limited edition of nail polish shades, called The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis Shades Of Grey Collection;

What They Say:                
The next season is all about desire, temptation and abandon. In literature or in fashion, grey is the master colour of Autumn 2015. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis Shades Of Grey Collection features an array of shades and textures to fetishise the colours of seduction. The essential statement? A sexy, dark and sophisticated attitude. Everything is not black & white. Next Autumn will be all about greys. But not just any type of grey: the new provocative grey. Play sensual textures & dark seductive colours at your fingertips. Your most seductive accessory? The grey that will express your most intimate desires…

RRP: $7.95 (5ml) – Available from Priceline, department stores, variety stores and select pharmacies from February 2015

What I Say:
I don’t like the thought of autumn and winter being just around the corner, but I do love grey. And other than black, it is the colour that is most dominant in my wardrobe, simply because these shades are so easy to dress up any way you like with different accessories. And therefore, some good quality basics in these shades will also last you for years! So I am excited to hear that grey is the ‘master colour of autumn 2015’. And this limited edition collection of nail polishes will be absolutely perfect to bring your nails right on trend too.

Colour Riche Le Vernis The Shades of Grey Collection include a combination of texturised latex, wax, metallic & spiky, all in the grey spectrum.
I have seen that in other countries more shades have been launched, but in Australia, the collection includes the following shades;

  • Aux Chandelles – Light-grey with wax effect, and a semi-matte finish
  • Mademoiselle Grey – Mid-Grey with latex effect
  • Do Not Disturb – Mid-Grey metallic with spiky effect, with small glitter particles, and a ‘sandpaper feel’
  • Totally D’Accord – Dark-Grey with metallic spiky effect, with medium sized glitter particles and a ‘Sandpaper feel’
  • Secret Wish – Dark-Grey metallic with a ‘sandpaper feel’
  • Power Potion – Very Dark-Grey with a subtle metallic sheen

As always, the nail polishes have a lovely consistency and are easy to apply thanks to the wide brush and the intense pigments, although most colours still require two coats for a solid look. In saying that, the shades and formulas are all slightly different thanks to their finish, so they also vary in how easy they are to apply (and also remove, the glitter ones always seem to take longer!), and especially the shade Totally D’Accord seems to be somewhat thinner and a third coat would be ideal, as well as the lightest shade, Aux Chandelles, does seem to go on a little streaky (and it doesn’t help that I’m not that good at applying nail polish either!)


The nail polishes also have a build-in top coat that give then a nice glossy finish, except for Aux Chandelles, which has a semi-matte finish. They last reasonably well on the nails, approx. 4 days before they start to chip at the edges, although the ones with glitter and sandpaper effect seem to start chipping slightly earlier.

Overall this is a beautiful range, and I hope the shades would be here to stay. I particularly love Mademoiselle Grey, Do Not Disturb and Secret Wish, although, all the colours are stunning and sure to be a bit hit!
*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
What do you think of this limited edition Shades of Grey from L’Oreal? Fan of grey colours? Read the book? Planning on watching the movie?

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