I had the pleasure of spending the New Year in Paris, and while I don’t have that je ne sais quoi that the French carry themselves with, I did have my LVX Fall 2013 and Winter Resort 2014 nail lacquer collections that caught the eye of many a Parisienne. Before my trip to Paris, the lovely folks at the vegan nail lacquer line LVX sent me their Fall 2013 collection: Cashmere, Viridis, Dahlia, Relique, Cliquot and Azzurrum + Winter Resort 2014 collection: Magenta, Sappir, Avalon, Graphite, Caviar and Scarlet for review. Also noteworthy, the Winter Resort 2014 features the first jet set textured creme nail lacquer from LVX – Caviar!
The brother-sister duo, Branka and Rade Tomic founded LVX, a vegan nail-lacquer line. Made in the U.S.A., their products are vegan, cruelty-free, 5-free and free of toxic and harsh chemicals. LVX denotes ‘lux’ in Latin, meaning light, the essence of all color. LVX products are formulated without the use of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, and camphor. Their formula also does not contain guanine (fish scales), silk, keratin or carmine. Their long-lasting and chip resistant lacquers are heavily pigmented and many only require one coat with no top coat.
Summer 2012 (six colors), Fall-Winter 2012 (six colors), Winter Resort 2013 (six colors), Spring 2013 (six colors), Summer 2013 (six colors), Fall 2013 (six colors) and Winter Resort 2014 (six colors). They also have 3 in 1 Treatment.
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As always, I am fond of their sleek black and silver packaging designs. Prior to the release of the Fall 2013 Collection and Winter Resort 2014 Collection, I was expecting LVX to release a variety of moody colors and deep metallic or shiny colors. The Fall 2013 has somewhat earthy and deep colors. The Winter Resort 2014 is a collection of metallic creme colors, including one textured and one glitter.
All of them present a smooth finish-high shine, except for the textured Caviar. The nail lacquers last about 4-6 days or even longer as long as there is no hardcore kitchen activity. I recommend using a base coat for most LVX nail lacquers such as the LVX 3 in 1 Treatment. All photos are taken by my partner Doni and edited by me.
My top four shades from both collections are Dahlia, Cliquot, Magenta and Caviar. What’s yours?
Cashmere (Fall 2013) is softly muted with colors of bright beige and grey. It is a very versatile color and pairs well with anything from bright to bold colors. My manicure above consists of one clear base coat (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and one thick coat of Cashmere.
Viridis (Fall 2013) is named after the Color of the Year 2013 by Pantone, ‘Emerald’, but an ‘intensified and deep autumnal adaptation’ or just deep emerald. It is a stunning deep green reminiscent of the color of the deepest waters of a tropical sea. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and one thick coat of Viridis.
Dahlia (Fall 2013) reminds me of sultry and dark red lips, or a deep red wine. It is a deep and sultry crimson color with dark chocolate-cherry tones. When I applied the first coat, it appeared as translucent bloody wine color, but after applying the 2nd coat, it looked complete. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and two thick coats of Dahlia. This is one of my favorite shades from Fall 2013 collection.
Relique (Fall 2013) presents a beautiful dark taupe (dark grayish and neutral brown) with pronounced purple undertones, but it’s not that purple though. So a bit of three color trends: brown, gray and dark lavender! My manicure above consists of one clear base coat (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and one thick coat of Relique.
Cliquot (Fall 2013) is my second favorite shade from Fall 2013 collection – a very soft milky ballet-slipper and rosy pink in a opaque creme base. Autumnal tones can be subtle and peachy, and Cliquot fits the description. They last well up to a week, are easy to apply, and easy to get off with nail polish remover. My manicure above consists of one clear base coat (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and two thick coats of Cliquot.
The name Azzurrum (Fall 2013) sounds vaguely familiar; the term reminds me of spherical cornflower-blue florets with dark midveins known as ‘Allium azureum caeruleum’ or ‘Blue of the Heavens.’ These florets have a deep blue color. Azzurrum is a very dark shade of the color blue, probably the deepest of blues. This shade can be seen as elegant, sophisticated, intelligent, and retro. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and one thick coat of Azzurrum.
Magenta (Winter Resort 2014) is my favorite shade from Winter Resort 2014 collection – a bright, bold, and electric fuchsia-magenta pink with a metallic creme look. In addition, the color is commonly viewed as spring and summer colors, but can be versatile for winter as well. It is a metallic and brighter version of Fall 2013′s Dahlia. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and two thick coats of Magenta.
Sappir (Winter Resort 2014) is a rich and bright sapphire color with grey undertones. They come in a dark metallic hue, so they are perfect to pair with silver and gray. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and two thick coats of Sappir.
According to LVX, Avalon (Winter Resort 2014) is described as multifaceted bronze with complex rose gold and brown undertones. It is a warmer shade that boosts golden tones. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and two thick coats of Avalon.
Graphite (Winter Resort 2014) reminds me of a gun-metal grey color with a metallic finish; it is ultra cool and considered as a fashion neutral. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and 1-2 thick coats of Graphite.
I’ve become obsessed with textured nail polishes lately and they are trending! Caviar (Winter Resort 2014) is the first jet set textured creme nail lacquer from LVX consisting of silver glitter particles and black creme. Very gritty and ultra cool, far different than any other LVX shades I’ve tried. However, Caviar can be difficult to remove due to its texture and glitter particles. Use a cotton pad soaked with your favorite natural nail polish remover, press firmly on the nail bed for 30 seconds and apply natural cuticle oil to the nail beds immediately. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and 2 thick coats of Caviar.
Scarlet is a very beautiful wintery color – a mysterious maroon metallic color. When you apply the first coat, it will show a sheer black. It requires two thick coats to produce a Scarlet look. In the light, the shade appeared shimmering dark maroon and purple, but in the dark/evening, it appeared dark black/black/red. My manicure above consists of double clear base coats (LVX 3 in 1 Treatment) and 2 thick coats of Scarlet.
Disclosure: Samples were kindly provided to me for review. All reviews are my own personal opinions, I have not been compensated to provide any feedback positive or otherwise.