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