L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Nail Color in 917 Endless Sea
(retail: $9.99, 0.338 oz. total)
At first glance, I assumed that this polish was going to be like the Revlon Nail Art polishes (bottles that unscrew from a central core that houses two brushes). Like this:
You actually get two, self-contained mini bottles of polish held together by a central core (the bottles slide easily in and out of the core). And when I say mini bottles, I mean mini. Each bottle contains 0.169 oz. of polish so, in total, you get 0.338 oz. of polish for $9.99. A standard bottle of polish these days is pretty much 0.5 oz, (think Sinful Colors and OPI), but of course many polishes contain less product. Maybelline Color Show polishes only contain 0.23 oz., but those retail for $2.99.
These brushes are of the flat and wide variety, with a rounded tip (they remind of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri brushes, but not quite as wide as those).
So let me remind you of L'Oreal's product claims (from the L'Oreal website):
High intensity color with up to 14 day pro-results.
Introducing Pro-Last Nailcolor intense color for a pro-finish that lasts. This unique two-step system offers highly pigmented color that glides on without streaking. The custom-tinted top coat amplifies the color and shine.
Chip resistant, fade resistant, damage-free.
In my photo above, you can see that the claim "glides on without streaking" is not so true in this case. The first nail swatch (one coat) illustrates that I encountered quite a few streaks. Also, the formula of Endless Sea doesn't quite "glide on" to the nail for me. This is a thick, goopy polish that leaves drag marks during application. Thankfully, this polish does self-level, but let's just say things don't look pretty during application.
Moving on to the second nail swatch above, you can see that two coats does build to a nice, opaque finish. I took this photo after all three swatches had fully dried, so you can see that things self-level nicely with no noticeable drag marks.
The third swatch was taken after I applied the accompanying top coat over two coats of Endless Sea. L'Oreal's claim that "the custom-tinted top coat amplifies the color and shine" is only partly true for me. I don't see any amplified color. Believe me, I looked at my nails in every type of lighting you can imagine and this blue-tinted top coat didn't amplify the color beyond making it just a touch cooler (really, the difference is so marginal that I can't say it shifted the blue from warm to cool--it just looks a teeny, tiny bit cooler after the top coat). But as for amplifying the shine, I did notice during my testing that the finish was indeed shinier after top coat.
But now let's talk about the claim that this polish will give you "a pro-finish that lasts," and "up to 14 day pro-results."
Two coats Endless Sea + one coat of the accompanying top coat
(no base coat)
That claim is most certainly true! I tested this polish for a full 14 days on my both my fingers and toes, and the photo you see above was taken on day 12 of my testing. Let me state for the record that no matter how hard I try, I can rarely make it past day five or six when it comes to my manicures. It's at that point that I get polish peeling off in sheets, or at least some huge chips. I honestly cannot remember the last time I could get 12 days of wear from a polish (especially without any type of base coat). As you can see, aside from some tip-wear and nail growth, there's really nothing wrong here. The shine is still great considering that this was 12 days in, and my dominant hand (my left hand) looked exactly the same as my right (the hand photographed above) on day 12. I do a lot of typing and my tips are usually a mess by day five of a typical manicure. I really cannot believe how well this 2-step system held up. And my toes still look great on day 14 as I write this. No chips, still plenty of shine, and no scuff marks.
One more thing I want to mention is dry-time. The nail color doesn't dry quickly for me (basically it dries at about the same rate as a thicker, older nail polish would), and the top coat is not a quick-dry top coat. In fact, this top coat took a longer-than-average time to dry for me (which I thought was kind of weird because it's not a thick, goopy top coat--it's on the thinner side, although not thin like water). I applied this manicure at about 6PM at night, and I remember touching it at 10PM and seeing that I could still leave a little dent if I pressed with the tip of my nail. But by the next morning, my nails did feel fully dry.
FINAL VERDICT: I'm really torn on this one. There's no denying that, for me personally, this polish truly delivered on the claim of "a pro-finish that lasts...up to 14 day[s]." However, the price of $9.99 for 0.338 oz. of polish, the slow dry-time, and the difficult application make it hard for me to recommend this polish with flying colors. Obviously I cannot tell you if all of the shades in this range will be thick/goopy (I'm guessing some will be better than others and pastel cremes ARE notoriously difficult) so here's what I'll say about it: if you're interested in the long-wearing aspect of this polish, get it while it's on sale (it's actually $7.99 this week at Rite Aid; sale ends 7/25/15). Give it a try and if you love it, great. If you don't, Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens all accept returns/exchanges on used beauty products. You won't be out any money, and you might find a polish system that wears like iron for you.
Do you already own any of the new L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Nail Colors? If so, you know I would LOVE to hear about your experiences! Please share with us in the comments below.
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