T. LeClerc is a brand I think nail polish lovers should pay more attention to. The French company, which has been around since 1881, continues to produce great makeup in pretty packaging. (Their powders are holy grail status to a lot of makeup lovers.)
My first tango with T. LeClerc’s nail polish left me impressed. The colors are beautiful and the formula was lovely, making application a breeze. Since then, I’ve found myself always checking out their new colors.
For Autumn/Winter, T. LeClerc is coming out with Elixir, a makeup collection that includes four new nail polish shades.
Pourpre Laque, Vert Electrique, Vert Metal and Pourpre Electrique.
I found it so interesting that instead of coming out with four completely different colors, T. LeClerc released similar shades that are great for mixing and matching. But don’t be fooled – they may look similar in the bottles but on the nails they are all very different. One look at the collection and I knew I needed to play with these shades.
And that’s exactly what I did.
Vert Electrique is a turquoise shimmer. It’s super pretty, I love how it looks like it glows. The formula was lovely, it was easy to apply and completely opaque after two coats.
I decided to sponge on Vert Metal on top of Vert Electrique to create this gradient. But I think I should have sponged on another layer of Vert Metal for a more dramatic effect.
But you also need to see Vert Metal on its own. Because it’s gorgeous. It’s a deep metallic jungle green with a silvery edge and blue-green sparkles. I love that you can actually see the sparkle on the nails and not just in the bottle. The formula was nice but you have to be careful because this finish is prone to showing brushstrokes.
To create this gradient, I sponged Pourpre Electrique on top of Vert Metal. I really love how this turned out. So pretty.
Pourpre Electrique is a beautiful bright shimmery purple. It has pink, purple and blue micro-shimmer. The formula was nice and it was completely opaque in two coats.
For this gradient, I added Vert Electrique on top of Pourpre Electrique. I love this combination too. It just glows. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails.
Pourpre Laque is the only creme in this set. It’s a deep purple. Lovely formula. I used two coats.
And for this final gradient look, I layered Pourpre Electrique over Pourpre Laque. I love the look created by this interesting mix of creme and shimmer. Such a dramatic purple mani.
With these four shades, there are so many other gradient combinations I can make. These colors are also great mani-pedi pairs. And I can’t wait to play with them in other ways too – I’m thinking of doing a half-Vert Metal and half-Pourpre Electrique mani on each nail.
T. LeClerc’s Elixir Collection will be available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source in September.