Battle of the Milky Nude polish – L’Oreal vs Bourjois

As anyone who knows me can attest, I like colour in my cosmetics – the more loud and obnoxious, the better. Recently, however, I have discovered an appreciation for all things sophisticated, subtle and — dare I say it — refined.

After wearing a number of spectacularly show-stopping polishes over the last few weeks, culminating in the very eyecatching LikeOMG by Darling (which lasted a week on me – a small miracle on my accident-prone nails), I was craving a simpler, cleaner look.

LikeOMG by Darling
LikeOMG by Darling

​I knew that I wanted a “barely there” nail polish, something to keep my hands looking fresh and well maintained, without screaming “look at me, I’m wearing nail polish”. After ferreting through my basket of untried products, I found 2 polishes that looked like they could be contenders for the understated look I was craving:

Rose Lounge 1
​Bourjois So Laque Nail Enamel in Rose Lounge 28 (I’ve heard this was worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day!)

Macaron Noisette 1
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis in 102 Macaron Noisette

​Bourjois Rose Lounge

Bourjois So Lacque Rose Lounge Hand Swatch 1

Bourjois So Laque in Rose Lounge 28 is quite a pink toned nude colour. It’s a very sheer creme finish nail polish that applied very smoothly with no pulling or streaking, and I found it self-levelled very nicely. I get some noticeable purple/blue tones on my bare nails, and Rose Lounge muted them out nicely. The colour is a little paler than the skin-tone on my hands, which helped to create a very clean, fresh look.

This polish dried to a soft gloss finish

​L’Oreal Paris Macaron Noisette

LOreal Color Riche Le Vernis 102 Macaron Noisette Hand Swatch 1

Macaron Noisette is a beige nude that, at least on my skin, looks to have quite strong peach undertones. It has a very subtle shimmer running through it that translates into the appearance of shine. I found Macaron Noisette to have medium levels of pigmentation, which actually worked against the sheer, milky finish that I was trying to achieve. I applied 2 coats for the picture above, however I was unsatisfied with the result. As you may be able to tell, it did look a little streaky, and didn’t want to level out.

What I did​ find, was that by adding one extra coat of polish, I found a virtually perfect mannequin hands shade for me!

This polish dried to a slightly dull, almost rough finish, and would greatly benefit from the addition of a top coat.

​The Verdict:

Bourjois So Lacque Rose Lounge Hand Swatch 2


LOreal Color Riche Le Vernis 102 Macaron Noisette Hand Swatch 2

For the purposes of this exercise, which was to find a lovely milky nude, there was no real competition – Bourjois So Laque in Rose Lounge 28 ticked all my boxes.

This experiment had the unexpected bonus of revealing a wonderful polish for me to achieve perfect mannequin hands!

Some products mentioned in this article were provided for editorial consideration. Makeup Utopia has no affiliation with any companies mentioned and has received no remuneration for posting this review. All opinions are those of the author.

Do you like your polishes loud and in-your face, or do you prefer them soft and muted? What’s your favourite polish of all time? Let me know in the comments below.

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