Monday, November 18, 2013

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Petra: Review, Swatches and Photos

Marc Jacobs recently launched his makeup line at Sephora and it's lovely stuff. During the recent Sephora VIB 20% off sale I picked up a few items. This post will look at one of his nail lacquers, Petra. 

The Marc Jacobs nail lacquers (according to the Sephora website) are superior polishes with an unprecedented finish and the shine of 30 coats of lacquer (presumably they mean non-fingernail polish lacquer here). Marc was inspired by his highly lacquered coffee table when he created the Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer. It's formulated with patented bonding agents that deliver a plasticized, wet look, while the colour-rich creams and fine glitters ensure vivid, chip-resistant wear. Marc was also inspired by his favourite movies when he created the shades. The custom, curve-hugging brush optimizes application and the curvature of the bottle resembles a smile. Each shade is 3-Free: formulated without toulene, formaldehyde and DBP.

They are 0.43 oz and cost $18 US and $22 CDN. Available exclusively on or in Sephora stores. 

Petra is described as a dirty bronze metallic shimmer.

The first thing of note is the bottle. They look unlike any other polishes on the market (that I'm aware of). Wider and curved from the front and back, it's narrow on the sides. It feels good to hold onto. 

Here it is in my hand to show size. 

The colour of Petra is purpley-taupe with silver and bronze shimmer. It's a very changeable colour, sometimes looking dark and purple-grey and other times flashing with coppery-silver. I don't know of a similar shade out there like it. 

The photos below show the shade's variation.

The coverage of Petra is very good with only two coats (pictured below). I had trouble photographing my manicure, so I did some research and found this review on The Beauty Look Book which has some great photos of it.

The consistency of Petra is a little thick, so it takes some focus to apply. But it goes on smoothly and consistently and you probably won't need more than one coat. It takes a bit longer than usual to dry and you definitely don't want to rush the second coat. 

This is a gorgeous, gorgeous polish. It's changeability makes it suited for both warm (copper) and cool (purple, silver) skintones. I found myself admiring it frequently while I was wearing it, seeing how it caught and changed with different lighting. 

It is pricey, yes. But the quality is excellent and this shade is unique. 

Grade: A


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