L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 Kit review and photos.

L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Day 1.

L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Bold Bordeaux            Day 1.

How many times have you glanced at your nail polish collection and dreaded applying the darker shades? The precision that is required, the removal process, and the lack of longevity make the prospect of application seem unbearable.  So why do we endure this aggravation?  The answer is as simple as what Al Pacino said in Devil’s Advocate, “Vanity [darling], definitely my favorite sin” 🙂   L’Oréal Extraordinarie Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 Kit ($18-6.99 US .39 fl. oz × 3) promises to deliver a long-lasting gel-like manicure you can easily achieve at home, without UV lamps, that is easily removable, affordable, with intense color and shine.  Does it deliver on all accounts?  Come with me my friends and let us see 🙂

According to L’Oréal:

Introducing our exclusive 3-step nail system for spectacular nails like you’ve never seen before. New L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque provides high-gloss, and resilient shine while protecting nail color from dings, dents and scratches. Get the high-shine of a UV-Gel and the perfect nail shape without harmful UV rays.

  • STEP 1:  GEL PRIMER  Nail surface is instantly smooth and flawless
  • STEP 2:  GEL COLOR Color is richer, magnified to a new level of intensity nails are visibly thicker
  • STEP 3:  GEL GLAZE Shine is captured and reflected from every angle
L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Day 1.

L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Bold Bordeaux Day 1.

L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Day 2.

L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Bold Bordeaux Day 2.

L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Day 3.

L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Bold Bordeaux Day 3.

The Pros:

  1. Kit offers a specially designed Step 1 base coat and Step 3 top coat.  Step 2 colors are sold separately.
  2. Step 2 Gel-Lacques come in 21 colors.
  3. 713 Bold Bordeaux Gel-Lacque is a beautiful rich bordeaux color that is not too vampy.
  4. Curing UV lamps are not required to set the polish.
  5. Alcohol pads are not required as a final step.
  6. Step 2 colors have a thin consistency.  Two coats must be applied for the system to work.
  7. Step 2 colors apply matte, but Step 3 top coat gives a glossy finish to the nails that last longer than a “regular” top coat.
  8. Polish keeps it composure nicely for 4-5 days without any base wear or cracking.  
  9. Intense color lasts well throughout a week of cleaning (I use rubber gloves), laundry, cooking, extreme cold weather, etc..
  10. Slight tip wear is evident by the fourth day.
  11. From afar, manicure looks freshly applied even by the fourth day.
  12. Dries faster than a typical manicure.
  13. The brush is wide enough to accommodate a variety of nail widths and lengths.
  14. Unlike gel manicures, L’Oréal Extraordinarie Gel-Lacque truly removes easily with just a nail polish remover.  I use Zoya (here).
  15. Initial payment of the kit costs less than one gel manicure or regular manicure from the salon.

The Cons:

  1. Not a gel manicure but more gel-like.  The 3 Step System gives longer-lasting results than the typical nail polishes out on the market, but by Day 6 chipping becomes very evident.
  2. Huge price discrepancy amongst retailers; know your prices and utilize coupons.
  3. Thin layers are required for all steps.  Thick application will result in immediate chipping and completely defeat the purpose of this kit.
  4. Step 1 and 3 can only be used with L’Oréal Extrodinarie colors.
  5. Personally, my nails did not appear thicker as the ad claims.
  6. Step 2 colors are mostly cream finishes (at least at my location).
L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Day 4.

L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Bold Bordeaux Day 4.

L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Day 5.

L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Bold Bordeaux     Day 5.

L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Day 6.

L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Bold Bordeaux             Day 6.

L'Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Day 6.

L’Oréal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Bold Bordeaux Day 6.

Color Comparisons: L'Oreal 713 Bold Bordeaux, Deborah Lipmann Single Ladies, Essie Berry Hard, Essie Wicked, Essie Alligator Purse, Sparitual Spread Your Wings, Nailtini Bordeaux, POP Beauty Wine Wonder, Rococo Royalty Creme, Chanel Fatal.

Color Comparisons:
L’Oreal 713 Bold Bordeaux, Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies, Essie Berry Hard, Essie Wicked, Essie Alligator Purse, Sparitual Spread Your Wings, Nailtini Bordeaux, POP Beauty Wine Wonder, Rococo Royalty Creme, Chanel Fatal.

**L’Oréal Extraordinarie Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 Kit can be found at drugstore.com, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Ulta, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say? 

Makeup would tell you L’Oréal Extraodinarie Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 Kit is really a wonderful product.  I was quite happy with the vibrancy of the color and duration of my manicure.  If you are like me and cannot tolerate going to a nail salon to get a gel manicure or any manicure (I have issues with the pungent odors), then this kit would make a good investment.  Even though this kit will not give a gel manicure, it could come in handy when you require spectacular looking nails for a long weekend get away.  As an added incentive, L’Oréal’s gel-like system is healthier for your nails as opposed to gel manicures, which are quite destructive to the nails.  Will you be trying this system or pass?   Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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