Guerlain La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole from Fall 2013 Violette de Madame Collection

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest fuchsia of all? I can hear Guerlain's new limited edition nail polish standing in front of a mirror and asking this question. How would the mirror answer?


Guerlain La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole from Fall 2013 Violette de Madame Collection

La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole is Guerlain's nail polish release from Violette de Madame Fall 2013 Collection. I recently reviewed one of the eye shadow duos (here) and four shade blush (here) from the same collection. Eye shadow duos and eye liners are joining the permanent line whereas blush, three lipsticks and this nail polish are all limited editions. #860 Madame Batifole is the first limited edition nail polish of Guerlain's new nail polish line, which is released just a few months ago and currently consists of 10 nail polish shades (check reviews of #143 Nahema and #165 Champs-Elysées), one base and one gel top coat.


Guerlain La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole, outdoors, indirect light

New nail polish line of Guerlain consists of shades of reds/pinks and nudes. La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole is no exception. Guerlain rather goes for matching nail and lip looks, so this nail polish is being released with a limited edition Rouge G shade, as well as a Gloss D'Enfer, both with same number and name. Personally, I am not that much of a matching freak. I also like mixing my accessories, like necklace and earrings or rings. The same holds for my make-up. I like clashing colors in a rather what I consider to be the modern way. Therefore I am still waiting for the day Guerlain is going to release some more fun or unique colors independent of their lip products. I like almost gel like consistency of their nail polishes with a rather good coverage in comparison to other gel finishes and because of the flexibility of the texture, I found their these to last a few days more on me than other brands do.


Guerlain La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole, indoors

Guerlain's La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole is a fuchsia red with a touch of blue which makes it appear berry. This appears different in different lighting conditions so I made pictures outdoors with indirect and direct sunlight as well as indoors to give you a better idea. The consistency and formula is on par with other creme/gel nail polishes of this range. It is opaque in two coats and it is not too thick or thin, easy to apply and has a glossy finish.


Guerlain La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole, outdoors, direct sunlight

Guerlain #860 Madame Batifole reminded me of Fall 2012 shade of Chanel, #561 Suspicious, which I honestly don't reach for often. I found Suspicious always a bit harsh and hard to wear on my skin tone. Luckily Madame Batifole has more blue inside, which works a bit better for me. I still tend to go for a tad more muted easy-on-eye shades, such as Chanel #533 April and #589 Elixir. Madame Batifole is more vibrant than Chanel April but close in shade. Chanel #08 Pirate has a close finish but is more red. Chanel #339 Cassis is more violet, Guerlain #168 L'Heure Blue is close but a few shades darker. Once compared to this year fall's Chanel nail polish shade #589 Elixir, it leans less red and more blue.


Guerlain La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole and comparison to similar colors

The closest shade to Madame Batifole is one of my all time favorite berry reds from Chanel, #533 April. I have to admit I prefer Chanel April though, because it is a tad more muted and easy to wear since it is more milky. Nevertheless Madame Batifole makes an excellent transition shade from summer to fall.


Comparison wheel with Guerlain La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole and similar colors

Final thoughts: I can't resist berry shades, so it is a nice addition to my stash. The formula is perfect, somewhere between gel and creme with good consistency, coverage and lasting power. It is rather close to Guerlain #168 L'Heure Bleue, one of their ten permanent nail polishes, which is a few shades darker. The only thing I keep asking myself is, will the nail polishes in Guerlain's line break free of the lip products and will eventually also have unique interesting shades or is this against company policy?

Guerlain La Laque Couleur #860 Madame Batifole is limited edition, has 10 ml / 0.33 oz of product and retails for 23€ / $23. 

Do you like matching lip and nail colors or do you find it rather boring and go for more unique nail color shades?

8 comments

  1. Oh what a gorgeous berry! I don't usually aim at matching my lips and nails, but nor do I avoid it. I tend to pick up whatever I want to wear and wing it ;)

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    1. LOL, the same here. I don't necessarily look for similar shades to match, but it happens coincidentally, then it is also fine. I wouldn't buy the lipgloss or the lipstick just because it matches exactly to the nail polish but I would buy it only if I like it. This "matching" seems to be a bit of a marketing strategy to make people buy more products. But without the strategy I am anyway buying LOL.

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  2. So many colours, so little time! I don't match my nail and lips but red lips and nails are always beautiful :D

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    1. Hi Xen,
      I totally agree with that, I love red nails and lips too but for myself I can only wear that on special occasions. I love seeing that on someone else though :-))

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  3. what an amazing shade!
    I never match my nails and lips

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    1. I like this shade too, classical yet not boring.

      But I still think Guerlain can also release a few more interesting nail polish shades, independent of their lip stick line.

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  4. I love red nail polish! The berry red looks so sexy for fall and I love how long lasting Guerlain's nail polish on my nails :D

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    1. I absolutely agree, they have a jelly kind of formula so I suppose they are more flexible once the nail bends and therefore on me they last longer.

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