NOTD - Accent Jelly Mani with L'Oreal Berry Nice and Lilac Coolers

4.16.2014

I could not resist these jelly shades from L'Oreal when I found them at a local discount store. Although they are from last year's, they look perfectly spring-y to me even including a sheer "Radiant Orchid" shade.
I had put them aside for a while due to this endless winter, but I finally felt like wearing something other than deep saturated vamp color on my tips. I tried this simple accent jelly mani using Berry Nice (607) and Lilac Cooler (606).


Berry Nice (607) & Lilac Cooler (606)




The bottle colors are quite deceiving since they have this sheer jelly like consistency.
You would probably have to put on 5 coats to achieve the opacity.


Before this mani, I attempted a pointy mani for the first time in my life, which was enabled by my hectic schedule that didn't allow me a weekly mani and my freakishly fast growing nails.

I used Butter London Scoundrel (another great "Radiant Orchid" shade with a bit of haze) and topped it with L'Oreal Lilac Coolers. It was actually perfect because Lilac Coolers added a light and bright touch to the finish otherwise that would have looked rather heavy.

While it was fun (and secretly empowering) to have pointy nails, it wasn't very practical. For one thing, I was kind of hurting myself (um, when I was scratching myself). I also ended up tearing one of my daily contacts. And, to be honest, the temptation of poking annoying people with my nails, was too great.

I still love square nails with slightly rounded edges (which is my signature nail shapes), but I wanted to try oval mani this time as it seems very much in for this season.

This is with 3 coats of each color.
Berry Nice does not look vampy nor scary as the bottle might suggest, and Lilac Coolers is much pinker on nails.


The formula of L'Oreal Nail Colors are rather excellent in my opinion especially considering that they are 5-free polishes. Usually jelly shades are tricky to apply, but that is not the case, either. The wide yet rounded brush shape works very nicely even on my narrow and curved nail beds.
I think it is best to wait a couple minutes before applying a fast drying top coat on these jelly polishes because that would most likely cause cuticle drag and shrinkage.

These colors wear very well and I do like this sweet color combo, but I am so going back to dark vamps today. This snow and hail mix in mid April is a total insult to my spring nails. Ugh.


Have you tried nail polishes with sheer jelly finish?
What are your favorite nail shapes for mani?




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32 comments

  1. Hey Lena, OOO look at the JELLY!!! It's amazing how it seems to be pretty opaque as well! In that case, I'm totally in!

    So sorry to hear about the snow! It's outrageous! My nails are kinda square with rounded edges. Oval is definitely on its way "back" tho. I might not be a bad idea to jump on the oval train now :)

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    1. With 3 coats, you still see a bit of nail lines in the sunlight, but it covers pretty nicely.
      I am really sad for those pretty flowers that just bloomed last weekend. They waited for so long this year only to get hit by this sudden change! ;(

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  2. these shades are so pretty. Scream spring colors. Yes, I know, the snow/ice pellets we got here yesterday is such a hard blow as all the snow in the backyard finally melt and now we are stuck with a new pile. When is spring coming?

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    1. Thank you! I totally agree that these colors are perfectly cheerful for spring.
      I love winter but this has been way too much. Looks like it's going to be pretty chilly for the rest of the week. Stay warm :)

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  3. Suddenly I want grape juice. :D

    I love the look of jellies on others but never feel compelled to get a shade for myself. I think I have an OPI but it probably doesn't look as juicy and squishy as this!

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    1. Haha. Berry Nice does remind me of some Welch's. ;D
      I almost never go for jelly or accent nails, so this was a nice change up. The application was easy enough that I might do this again soon, though! :)

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  4. Oooh, beautiful! I love jelly shades, although they are sometimes finicky and hard to work with. If it's easy, I'm in! HAHAHA.

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    1. It is easy! I hate applying multiple coats but this was a breeze that I didn't mind it too much. :)

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  5. I'm so jealous of your nails! Mine are so weak they break and split like crazy. Out of all of my nail polishes, I don't think I have any purples or L'Oreal polishes. They look so shiny and pretty. I kind of like the pointed shape, it reminds me of a cat. I'll see if I can grow my nails out to do it. ;D

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    1. Hi Sonya :)
      I guess I am lucky to have strong nails that grow really fast. I also take supplements to keep them healthy as I have nail polish on all year long. I never thought L'Oreal polishes were good but maybe they improved ever since L'Oreal acquired essie which is my favorite polish brand. :)

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  6. Your nails very pretty! I like so much the color *-*

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  7. I like that Lilac shade a lot!
    And yeah-it's cold here too! And it snowed. AGAIN. Winter just won't quit!

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    1. Your kind of shade, Tracy! :)
      I'm so disappointed and sad for the cherry blossoms and magnolias. Those Poor things! T,.T

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  8. These are pretty! I find jelly polishes tricky. Some of them don't need top coats.

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    1. They are tricky indeed! I still like adding a top coat to ensure a longer wear. I need to be careful with shrinkage, though!

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  9. Oooo wow! They are soo glossy and jelly looking! I just walked past the entire display of these today in the drugstore but I'm not done with my current school course yet and can't have manicures yet! When I'm done I'm going to be rocking some jelly polishes!

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    1. You would rock these candy colors with jelly finish! Perfect for the summer vacation :)

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  10. Those are so shiny and nice!! Not sure which shade is my fav. I'll have to check these out next time I'm at Target.

    My fav nail shape for a mani is square, with rounded corners/edges.

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    1. Thank you! :)
      L'Oreal seems to do well with sorbet finish, too. I was not fond of them before but now they got my attention. ;p

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  11. The colours are so pretty and I love the jelly finish! I'll have to check them out :)
    And I totally agree with you about the insult to your nails... ugh it is snowing outside my window right now >_<

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    1. Snowing..now? ;o Oh my God, this is too much. We must really have done wrong to the mother nature. Stay warm and enjoy the holiday, Andrea! :)

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  12. This is really pretty! Love these shade together!
    Never tried a jelly finish polish, but your post got me curious.

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    1. Thank you. Jelly polishes is not my thing but it is fun to wear them right this time of the year. :)

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  13. the shades are so gorgeous, Lena!

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  14. The finish is so shiny and the colours just compliment your skintone <3 Discount store?! How much do they retail for usually?

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    1. Thank you! They retail price is quite nice as well ranging btw $5-6 a bottle. I got them for $2 each, though. :)

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  15. Adore your pointy mani! That will never be possible on my sad little nails, but it looks lovely on you!! xxoo

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    1. Thank you! It was fun for a few days but I thought it was too much for me. Shorter nails are also hot with vibrant colors, though! :)

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