I’m always looking for interesting nail polishes, be it an interesting color or textures and finishes. And this Fall 2014, YSL brings us the La Laque Couture Les Graines, 2 new nail polishes with textured finish to complement the rest of the Cuirs Fetiches collection.
The 2 shades are 52 Bleu Galuchat, and 53 Taupe Graine.
YSL La Laque Couture 52 Bleu Galuchat is a deep prussian blue. It applies smoothly and dries down quickly, same quality as I’ve come to expect from YSL nail polishes. The final color on the nails is identical to what it looks like in the bottle. There are tiny specks in the bottle that resemble shimmers, but these actually dry to form the grittiness that gives the polish its texture.
The finish is as shown in the swatch above, slightly shiny on its own without requiring an additional layer of top coat.
YSL La Laque Couture 53 Taupe Graine is a charcoal brown. It did not apply as smoothly as Bleu Galuchat, and looked darker and leaned towards black on the nails than it did in the bottle. Perhaps owing to the darkness of the shade, the texture is less obvious but still noticeable as the light hits it. Taupe Graine is less shiny than Bleu Galuchat, and with continued wear, became more muted.
Once again, YSL manages to entice with its La Laque Couture offering. Both Bleu Galuchat and Taupe Graine are sophisticated shades that go very well with this season’s dark nail trend. However, for a Cuir Fetiches theme, these are not at all like leather. Instead, they remind me of those spray on textured wall surfaces, and are rather sandy / gritty that I would advise gentle caution when wearing extremely delicate clothing. The texture does wear down as you wear it, and this particular range of polishes seem to wear off at the edges sooner than the other offerings from YSL.
Also of note is the fact that these polishes do work with a top coat, which will enhance the shine. However, this has to be a good old fashioned top coat and not one of the gel types. The latter glosses over the surface too much, eliminating the texture completely. I also tried applying one of those mattifying top coats and that does not work either.
Lastly, do bear in mind these polishes are rather difficult to remove, just like most other textured polishes, and they do stain the nails. So a good base coat is strongly recommended.
For high end nail polishes, the short comings do give me pause for a strong recommendation. But they are limited edition, and the colors are gorgeous. So, do try to check them out in person if you can before making a purchase.
I had no idea these were textured! Bleu Galuchat looks interesting, I’ll have to check it out
oh yes, pls let me know how you find them in real life!
Lovely review! I have been looking for someone to review this nail polish. Thank you! 🙂
If you need me to send you polishes that you can’t get let me know 🙂
Glad it was helpful, Charli! Thanks for the offer too!! I’ll be sure to keep that in mind!! :* Likewise if you need anything at all, let me know!
I like the blue one. Too bad we don’t get YSL here!
Hey Lily, oh you don’t get YSL in M’sia?? I can always send you if something catches your eye! Just drop me a note!
Galuchat is pretty ! If you have some pearls, maybe it can make close to real galuchat look ! Dior release pearls for past winter if i remember, Bourgeois has some pearls too. And leave one pearl in light color in the middle…. I’m daydreaming…
Oh gosh, with the texture and additional pearl sheen? I think that’d be too much!! But i love the way your mind wanders!!! Show me!!!
Oohhh!! I like it alot! There’s quite a few brands coming out with non-glossy polish finishes, got my hands on a few of the Armanis and was looking at the Estee Lauder latex ones. Fun times!
Ohhh i wanna try the EL latex ones!! We don’t get much variety of GA around here, and so far no nail polishes has made it. Love novel polishes!!
Oh hey, I didn’t know these are textured! Fun! My favorite is Bleu Galuchat. I think it’ll be a while before I get to see them here, but I’ll make sure to at least swatch them 🙂
Yeah i went for that straight away! But just be sure to use a really good base to prevent staining (I used Guerlain’s…. OPI was useless), and skip a top coat (which meant a shorter longevity of wear)