Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer review and photos.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer.

For the most part, my focus cannot be swayed.  While I was at the Laura Mercier counter at Saks, my goal was to procure the new Spellbound Highlighter (review coming soon) from the new Dark Spell Collection. While I was “checking out” the sales woman courteously asked, “Have you seen the new nail lacquers that are part of the same collection?”  Why would she ask me that, of course I saw them, I was trying to avoid them.  Being that I was in a vulnerable position, I politely smiled, painted one finger nail, gasped, and proudly walked out with Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ($18 US/.37 fl. oz.) as if I had unearthed some secret treasure.  I guess I can be swayed, who knew!

The Pros:

This is my kind of color, dark, luminous, and complex…just like me 🙂  At first glance I disregarded Bewitched as just another green polish that would never mesh well with my olive skin tone. However, after applying the color my prejudice against this clover hue, quickly dissipated.  Laura Mercier’s website describes Bewitched as a,

Black with green sparkle. Limited Edition. The ultra-smooth formula provides chip-resistant, fast-drying and long-lasting color. Nail Lacquer does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, or butyl phthalate (DBP).

This was most intriguing to me, seeing is how I was under the impression I was looking at gold sparkles. Under careful scrutiny, the sparkles appear to be a blend of lime green and chartreuse.  Bewitched sparkled so beautifully in sunlight, but not in a bubble-gum-popping-teenybopper-way.  Despite the black base claim, to my eye this polish is a deep, sophisticated sparkling forest green color with a slight teal undertone.  Those individuals who are afraid of green polishes (yours truly) can wear Bewitched with the utmost confidence.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer in sunlight.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer in sunlight.

During application, I could not help but notice how substantial the polish felt as it glided on the nails.  I take it the type of micro glitters/shimmers in the formula have something to do with the density and stability of the polish.  In truth, Laura Mercier Bewitched was opaque in one coat.  Nevertheless, I felt compelled to slap on an additional coat for good measure.  This polish was very reminiscent of my beloved Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer (reviewed here).  Both polishes wore like iron (5-6 days), the micro glitter/shimmers were not rough in texture and the end results were as smooth as silk.  Mishaps were at a minimum, the polish did not migrate towards the cuticles and any minor smear was removed easily with the aid of my Zoya nail polish remover.  The brush was heavenly, the medium width design was able to hold and distribute the polish evenly.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer swatch.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer swatch.

The Cons:

The only fault to Laura Mercier Bewitched, is the price/amount ratio.  It would be nice if higher end brands in general, would start offering the standard amount for nail polishes.  OPI, Essie, POP Beauty, China Glaze, etc. are all .5 fl.oz.  Chanel, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Dior, etc.. all have inflated prices and less product.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ingredient list.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ingredient list.

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

Makeup would tell you wiggle your nose, make like Samantha (Bewitched from the 60’s dude) and teleport yourself to the nearest Laura Mercier counter and get this polish.  Some may not be ready for such a dark, ominous color this time of year; in that case save it for fall/winter.  As we all know, when Laura Mercier states “limited edition” she means it.  This was my first Laura Mercier polish and sadly, for my wallet, it will not be my last. Once again, I have been “Bewitched” by Laura Mercier, can this woman do no wrong?  Be well and stay safe.

Samantha from Bewitched.

Samantha from Bewitched.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned and all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com. **Bewitched photo courtesy of fanpop.com