Textured Extravaganza: L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Nail Polish

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L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust is set to make an appearance at your local Canadian polish haunt in February 2014. Yay! I’m a big fan of this kind of textured nail polish and I’m happy to show you why.

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Pop the Bubbles ($6.99 at drugstores, February) Baahahahaaa!! Just kidding! Like I’d really use a claw picture to show you how beautiful this stuff is. Oooh… that was funny. I totally just cracked myself up. You were a little horrified to see it, right? Hahahaa! Okay – I’ll behave now.

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Pop the Bubbles ($6.99 at drugstores, February) So you’re looking at the stuff and thinking it’s kind of marvelous, right? Well, it is. I dig it. I dig it as much as I dig OPI Liquid Sand (which is a helluva lot). I tell ya what, the formula is equally as good and although the brushes are rather wide (and the bottle opening rather small), they work extraordinarily well for me.

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That’s two coats of L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust polish in Pop the Bubbles you see there -- and it dries wicked-fast. If you do two nice thin coats, you could conceivably slap this stuff on, put on your mascara, brush your teeth, get your boots, zip up your jacket and be out the door in 15 minutes. Seriously. I’ve put this on and left the house in 10. It’s also great for hiding regrowth from an old gel manicure.

L'Oreal Paris Pop the Bubbles Comparison

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust in Pop the Bubbles comparison. If you’re familiar with OPI Liquid Sand, this L’Oreal Colour Riche Gold Dust is pretty much the exact same kind of magic.

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Hidden Gems ($6.99 at drugstores, February) In the bottle Hidden Gems has duo-chrome written all over it. Get it out of the bottle, and while there’s a purple kind of tinge, Hidden Gems has no real noticeable duo-chrome effect. Too bad – could have been a stunner.

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Check it out! I’m next to the right bottle -- yes, it's L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust nail polish in Hidden Gems -- and it looks dark purple but the stuff on my nails is definitely more of a blackened green with a purplish kind of tint. I haven’t quite made up my mind about Hidden Gems. I think I like it but maybe I don’t…

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Or maybe I do! Lookit what happens to L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Hidden Gems with two coats of shiny clear coat!

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L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Rough Around the Edges ($6.99 at drugstores, February) Just a quick alert for when you go to the store looking for Rough Around the Edges: when you look at the shade through the clear front label, it looks kinda dark purple. If you look at the shade from the unlabeled sides, it looks black. I picked it up and thought I’d grabbed the wrong one until I turned it.

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I like L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust in Rough Around the Edges SO much. It’s my favourite of the Dusts. A simple textured satin black with silver speckled accents – not too fussy and remarkably understated until you hit it with…

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...two coats of clear over Rough Around the Edges! Wicked awesome silver blackness! Lookit!

Textured polish + top coat tip: Out of the probably 20 or so top coats I have, I chose NYC In a New York Minute Quick Dry in Grand Central Station ($2.29 at well.ca). Okay, it's not a top coat, but I used it because its brush holds a lot of polish and the formula dries fast. To get a glassy finish on any of this textured polish, you need two decent coats of clear or top coat and you need to put way more on your brush than you think - you want enough to get into all the textured nooks ’n crannies. (I'm not the only one who digs Grand Central Station as a top coat -- in this review on her site, our friend G. at nouveaucheap.com calls it her "Holy Grail of top coats.")

L'Oreal Paris Rough Around the Edges Comparison

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Rough Around the Edges comparison.

Did I mention I love this one even though I have another polish that’s pretty much a duplicate? It’s not wrong to own two. Really.

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L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Diamond in the Rough ($6.99 at drugstores, February) This shade is wonderfully feminine – Diamond in the Rough doesn’t just look stunning, it looks pretty. It sparkles and shines and still somehow manages to look subtle. How? I have no idea. I just know I love it and it makes my fingers look long and slender and lovely.

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If you’re new to textured polish and are looking for your first bottle to be a little less daring, then L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust polish in Diamond in the Rough is absolutely the shade for you. Could you wear this to the office? You bet.

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And here's Diamond in the Rough with top coat. One thing I’ve noticed with both this and with OPI Liquid Sand is that the top coat only really does remarkable things to the darker shades. It’s useful for protecting all of them though. While these textured shades don’t chip so much as wear out at the tips, a topcoat will for sure help with the longevity of your manicure.

L'Oreal Paris Diamond in the Rough Comparison

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Gold Dust Diamond in the Rough comparison.

I knew I’d seen this somewhere before! You’re wondering if you need one more than you need the other.

If you’re a hardcore OPI fan, you’re going to buy the OPI ($12). If you’re not a hardcore OPI fan, buy the L’Oreal. Why? It’s 1/3rd less expensive ($6.99) and from this Mani-Geek’s perspective, apart from the price, the stuff in the bottle is exactly the same polish.

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Manicures, comparisons ’n photos by Karen Falcon (she chose not to use a serial comma today). ©2014 BEAUTYGEEKS/imabeautygeek.com