Pretty Summer Coral Polishes – Featuring Lunasol, Chanel, Laura Mercier and Dior

by lyn on June 25, 2012 · 9 comments

in Chanel, Dior, Laura Mercier, Lunasol, Polish, Spring, Summer

coral polishes

Those who have been following ought to know by now that I have been on a coral nail polish kick lately. We have seen a number of very sweet corals in the last few Spring and Summer collections and today I’ll be comparing four of my favourites.

laura mercier cabana

Laura Mercier’s Cabana was one I was pretty excited about when I first saw it. The formula is a little tricky as it is rather thin but the colour is really pretty. I have to use at least 3 coats to achieve opacity. As the square cap can’t be removed, applying the polish feels a little clumsy because it is not easy to control or hold.

dior bikini

Dior Vernis in Bikini from the Summer Croisette Collection is a huge favourite of mine. I don’t have issues with most of Dior’s formula and actually appreciate the wide brush with a tapered end. Application is a breeze and like most Dior polishes I have tried, Bikini dries fairly quickly too. I just need 2 coats to achieve opacity. The coral is slightly muted by the dusty quality and it is a really lovely shade.

chanel distraction

Chanel’s Distraction was released in Malaysia early last month and I immediately pounced on it the moment it came out. What can I say about Chanel polishes that haven’t been said? The formula is smooth and creamy, and application is quite faultless. All it takes is 2 coats to achieve full opacity. Similar to the rest of the corals I have tried, Distraction has enough pink undertones that I think would go well with most skin tones. It is not too warm or cool. Just a perfect coral-ly balance!

lunasol ex40

I actually purchased Lunasol’s EX40 much earlier than the rest of the corals in this line up and it just took me a while to get around to using it. This was from their Spring 2012 collection. I have tried a couple of Lunasol polishes in the past and application proved to be a wee bit tricky at times. But EX40 applies really smooth, so I don’t have much trouble there. It has a jelly-creme finish and usually will require 3 coats (or more) to achieve full opacity. I like that it has a bit more pink to it and it is such a pretty colour.

coral polishes

Now here comes the kicker… Can you tell which is which from the photo? I painted two coats of each shade on the four fingers. I am seriously having trouble telling the difference on camera and even in person, so you probably can’t tell them apart.

coral polishes

How about when taken with flash? Can you spot the difference yet? No? Yeah, so the moral of the story is, if you already have one coral polish from any of the above mentioned, you probably don’t need another. Save the money and get yourself a coral lipstick instead.

coral polishes

Okay, here are the answers to put you out of your misery ;-)

Out of the four, the one that is a little bit different (and only when scrutinizing up close) is Dior’s as it has a slightly more orange undertone and a dustier finish. The Lunasol coral could probably do with another coat. Chanel’s had the smoothest application and Laura Mercier’s was the trickiest although it does level out.

coral polishes
* Twilight Zone effect… creepy corally fingers sticking out of nowhere *

If I were to recommend one coral out of the lot, it would have to be Chanel. I really like the formula and the coral-pink is one of the nicest released this season. But if you’re comparing colours alone, they all do look very similar.

So, do tell… Have you been bitten by the coral bug yet? Which out of the ones shown is your preferred choice? Or do you honestly not care because they look the same to you? Do share your thoughts and let me know what colours have been catching your eye this hot season.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

plue June 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

i like how Lunasol look, very pretty! Dior leans a bit too orange… but is the colours you feature here all LE? Am not too sure as I haven’t been following nail polishes for a while :P
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lyn June 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Dior may lean orange but it does have some pink tones too and the muted finish is nice. Lunasol is the pinkest and is so pretty. I believe they are all limited editions but they should still be available now except for Cabana (but that’s my least favourite anyway).


xin June 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

LOL good grief! we certainly don’t need more than one good white polish too ;)

i am still on the look for the perfect bright sunny yellow with good formula and perfect black (which doesn’t stain the nails).
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lyn June 27, 2012 at 8:09 AM

We all don’t need more than one of anything ;-) When I got them individually, I didn’t think they would be so similar. If you’re looking for yellows, I think Dior’s releasing one and it seems quite good. But it comes with a Dior price tag too.


Lily June 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’m using my mobile to read your post and I was laughing out loud because I really couldn’t tell the difference at all! I don’t have any corals in my stash tho… Hhmmm… I guess I haven’t been bitten ;-)
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lyn June 27, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Hi Lily, Glad to provide some comedic relief ;-) Corals are really pretty and will look very nice on you too. But seriously, no one needs so many corals.


gin June 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

wow! this is the first time i see review comparing 4 similar nail polishes! thumbs up!!
this review is very cute hahaha…
as for which is my fav, i still like the lunasol’s coral pink! (no i am not bias *straight face*) haha, at times, i like semi transparent finish on my nails. purposely paint only one coat to give that natural shine with a hint of colour~~~ ^^

did lunasol called u for a manicure last last week? i’ve got a free one! now i love them even more! <3


lyn June 27, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Hey Gin, Lunasol is the pinkest of the lot and is certainly a really pretty coral. At least the formula is quite good on this one because I’ve tried another shade in the past and it wasn’t as smooth. It’s not a sheer colour so it may need more than one coat, else it may look a tad bit streaky.

I think Lunasol may have tried calling me but I’ve been too busy to answer my phone. Which colour are you going to use for your manicure?


gin June 30, 2012 at 1:57 PM

ya i know but i like the semi transparent finish…haha..i just went to kanebo clearance sale at midvalley ytd… <3 what i've managed to grab haha… i wanted to buy more nailpolishes but in the end only got their base coat coz….i ran out of cash! XD
well they still have the manicure ongoing but this time with purchase of any product from kanebo. previously it was free. i chose 03beige with a shining pink 01 on top.. lovely natural nude-ish colour heeeeeheeee


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