YSL Takes Top Honors-------
The road to imaginative nail-polish creation is fairly well traveled at this point. Between matte, chunky glitter, speckled, and rubberized finishes, it’s easy to feel like you’ve seen it all when it comes to lacquer innovation. But there’s still plenty of room for surprise in the wonderful world of top coats. Between the shatter and shimmer effects that can now gloss over and crackle your base color, YSL has found room for its new La Laque Couture Tie & Dye collection. A visual feast in the bottle containing three separate phases of polish—a sparkle phase, a sheer solid phase, and a clear gloss phase—the four transparent top coats add a wash of glimmering pigment to pure polish bases: 01 Cool Coat is a bright melon, 02 Pop Coat is a pretty fuchsia, 03 Hip Coat is a warm lilac, and 04 Ice Coat is a dark blue. Pull the brush out as is, or shake to combine all three phases together first, and then paint on top of a fresh manicure at will. We were a little disappointed to learn that the varnishes didn’t apply in a single ombré streak, as we assumed they did upon first glance (that kind of innovation, it appears, still remains elusive), but we were pleasantly surprised to find that 02 Pop Coat gives bare nails a lovely tinted sheen when worn on its own.