L'Oreal L'Orange was my manicure polish during the last week of July. I really loved this orange nail polish. In the pictures below it looks red, but it's spot-on orange in real life. My iPhone's camera just refused to show the orange as anything other than red. The color reminded me of orange Tic Tacs, but I think Tic Tacs are a darker shade of orange.
The formula is a thin cream. Maybe it's a crelly. I had visible nail line at two coats, and I still had it at three coats, but I was getting darker than the polish bottle color, and I didn't want to have more coats, so I stopped at three coats. The polish had a good formula, and it dried quickly. The cleanup was easy, too. It was very shiny even without top coat. The brush is wider than Revlon's traditional thin brush.
I don't see as many blog posts about L'Oreal's polishes; I think that may be because many bloggers won't use products from companies at all involved with animal testing or whose parent companies conduct testing on animals.
I love orange-colored nail polishes, so I noticed when the Pantone Tangerine Tango polishes came out in Sephora stores earlier this year. I had also heard that Sinful Colors Citrine was a dupe for Tangerine Tango. Rite Aid sold Citrine months ago, but we don't have Rite Aids in Florida, and my local drugstores didn't carry Citrine . . . until a month or so ago when I spotted Citrine at a Walgreens display of Sinful Colors. After asking for permission, I tested Citrine on my nail polish wheel right next to L'Oreal L'Orange, and they were identical. They are 100% dupes. So, I didn't buy Citrine then. A few weeks ago I finally bought the Pantone Tangerine Tango polish set, and while L'Orange is close to Tangerine Tango--just as close as Citrine--it's not a 100% dupe. But, if you own one of the three, you don't need to own the other two . . . unless you're a nut about orange polishes like me, and even I don't own all three, just two that are not 100% dupes. Tangerine Tango is sold as part of a four-polish set for about $17, L'Oreal polishes retail for about $7 or $8, and Sinful Colors is normally priced at $2 but often goes on sale for $1.
In the pictures below, I have on base coat, three coats of L'Orange, one coat of Seche Vite, and a coat of Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat. I didn't get much shrinkage from the Seche Vite. The pictures were taken on day two of wearing the manicure and on day three I took the bottle pictures.
|Direct sunlight. My camera could not focus on the color when it was in direct sunlight. |
In direct sunlight, the polish started to "glow" with an effect similar to the glow that I love from Revlon Chili and Hits Hula.
|Direct sunlight. This is the "glow" from another angle.|
|Direct sunlight. "Glow" from another angle.|
|Direct sunlight. Polish at a slightly different angle to the angle that created the "glow" above.|
|Indirect sunlight. Very shiny!|
You can see some tip wear after a day of wear.
|Indoors, on day three.|
|Indoors, on day three. |
This may be the most color-accurate photo if you look at the shade of orange of the polish in the bottle.
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