July 2, 2014

L'Oreal Gold Dust- Hidden Gems [Swatch]




Here's the first L'Oreal polish I've ever swatched for Polish Hound, and the first of two I've ever tried from the brand!  In general, I love a lot of the line's colors that I've seen in stores, but the price point (~$6 for .39 oz) doesn't really do it for me.  I did recently get two for a buy one get one half off sale, though!

L'Oreal - Hidden Gems is a polish from the Gold Dust line, which basically denotes sparkly texture finish polishes.



Hidden Gems is a charcoal base filled with deep teal shimmer and silver hexes. The shimmer is a bit shifty, and makes the polish in the bottle look purple around the edges- sort of duochromey.  That effect doesn't happen on the nail, though.

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:


I do think the textured finish does look better in person than in photos.

Outside, shade:



Sun:


Finally, I decided to see what this one looked like with a glossy finish:


I was able to smooth it out with one coat of Gelous plus one coat of INM- Out The Door.  I have to say I much prefer Hidden Gems this way! I think the top coat brings out the shimmer and glitter much more!


Formula: It's very nice for a texture! The base is on the thinner side, but still carries the shimmer and glitter nicely.  I didn't have to dab anything in place, and it just kind of applied over the nail normally.  Two coats were opaque!  I also smudged a nail on my non-swatched hand, and kind of mushed the half-dry polish back in place, and it looked perfect- the magic of texture polishes!


8 comments:

  1. I love it with a Glossy finish! :D

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  2. Thanks, me too! Such sparkliness!

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  3. This texture is gorgeous! I'm really liking the chunkier silver glitter pieces in it too.

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  4. Yay, you got one! It looks great glossy! Hidden Gems is one of 3 I don't have yet; might have to rectify that. Too Dimensional? is another that looks way better with top coat...I think the shimmer gets lost in the darker shades.

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  5. This polish is gorgeous, I love the deep teal in it. Also, I tried INM Out the Door after hearing you talk about it.....I'm loving it!!!

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  6. Beautiful, as always! I really enjoyed this one for the holidays last year. Blackened teals in any finish just slay me <3

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  7. I've tried this one but I must admit that I prefer Too Dimensional and Sexy in Sequins, as both those colors looked better on me.
    I didn't even try getting those glossy though... I admit your patience :)

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  8. That is really gorgeous. I'm sucker for texture polishes.

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