January 13, 2013

LVX Polishes: [Swatch] & Review



Today I have some LVX polishes to show you! They are all relatively basic colors, but each has sort of a unique twist, and all are non-duplicates to anything else I own.  All swatches are shown without topcoat.



First up is LVX- Ecru  from the Summer 2012 collection:




Ecru is a light nude creme with strong pink undertones.

Artificial light, two coats:


It's a lovely neutral for pale skin!  Sort of a light band-aid type color, doesn't quite give me mannequin hands, but looks clean and nice.  Will definitely be wearing this again!



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:




Formula: Thick, but not viscous or chalky. A little prone to cuticle drag, but self-levels very well, for a thick light color.  It's prone to bubbling if you use coats that are too thick, but this is a very minor criticism because I tend to go overboard with thick coats. It's opaque in two easy coats, and dries amazingly quickly, which totally surprised me.
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Next, is LVX- Vermillion, also from the Summer 2012 collection:



Vermillion is what it sounds like: a bright, red-toned orange jelly polish.

Artificial light, three coats:


Is it a red-orange or an orangey red? I have no idea, but it definitely straddles that line.  Great color, and the jelly formula gives it lots of squishy-ness and shine.



Window-filtered daylight:


I can't believe there's no topcoat on that!

Outside, shade:




Formula: Typical jelly formula: not too thin or thick, flows over nail easily. You need at least three coats, I think, before VNL is not intrusive. (But it is a jelly, after all.) Also dries quickly, but not quite as fast as Ecru.
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Next is LVX- Legendaire from the Fall 2012 collection:



Legendaire is a greyed-out lavender creme. It's sort of a pastel, but there's a lot of grey in it.  I see it as a lavender, but some people might see this shade as just a purple-leaning grey.  The LVX website describes it as 'is a unique muted majestic hue mixed with complex gray undertones.'

Artificial light, two coats:




I think this would go with any outfit, and could be worn in any season!

Window-filtered daylight:


It does look more grey in some lights.

Outside, shade:




Formula: Thick but not chalky like a lot of pastels. Also spreads easily over the nail and self-levels well. I needed two coats for opacity, and was honestly surprised how good this formula is. I was expecting it to drag and be a pain.  Also dries very quickly- I'm amazed!
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Lastly, is LVX- Prussian, another from the Fall 2012 collection:



Prussian is a gorgeous peacock blue creme with teal undertones.  A very rich jewel-toned color!

Artificial light, two coats:



I will let the pictures speak for themselves, because I know we all appreciate a good teal.



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:




Ah, love!

FormulaAmazing: It's thick but doesn't cuticle drag, and self-levels well.  Pretty much a one-coater! I did two for swatches though.  Like the rest, it dries surprisingly quickly!


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So, let's talk about some other stuff-

"LVX: Latin: lūx
Translation: Light; the essence of all color."

  • Brushes: The brushes are short, flat, and wide,  sort of like the OPI brush.  The bristles spread easily, and they're very easy to control.  I like them!

  • Bottles: I do love a square bottle shape: they just store better!  Also, you do get a little more bang for your buck, volume-wise: .57oz instead of the normal .5oz.  The packaging in general is great.  I love the ridged handle underneath the square cap- they're sort of like Illamasqua-style caps.  
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I have to admit that I was very prepared to say that I couldn't see myself purchasing any more LVX, especially considering the $16 price tag.  But, overall, after playing with the amazing formulas, I'm not so sure.  These are quality polishes with phenomenal, consistent formulas!

Sure, the colors I chose are not super-unique, but I do not have any dupes for them, and they all are quite lovely.  But, mostly, I'm just super impressed with the formulas, especially considering that they're 5-free (Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor) & vegan.

I will definitely be looking out for LVX promos, or for them to go on Hautelook again!

8 comments:

  1. Those are very lovely colors! I especially like the red one... it's stunning on you. :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thank you! I like that one a lot too- red jellies are fun!

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    1. Me too! Sometimes it is so hard to find a good red for your skin. :)

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    1. Hah, I honestly think this one will look great on everyone. Flattering!

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  4. That red looks great on you! I also love the teal...ahh teal, the shade I will never get enough of! :)

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    1. You know, I was surprised I loved Vermillion the most out of those four....it's just so shiny. And the teal IS great!

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