Gel Copycats: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Nail Polish

There’s no denying that gel manicures have taken the beauty-conscious world by storm.  And why not?  They’re long-lasting, chip-resistant coats of magic.  Two words: suffocating nails.  Wait, what?  Ry and I used to joke that nail polish prevented our nails from breathing, essentially suffocating them to death.  As it turns out, in the case of gel polish, we weren’t far off.  If you haven’t learned the hard way, gel manicures are pretty darn destructive when it comes to your natural nails, causing breakage, splitting, and general weakness.  Naturally, beauty brands have taken advantage of this fact, creating “gel-like” collections.  So I’ve made it my mission to test out these supposedly healthier alternatives.

First up: L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible Nail Polish.

The line supposedly mimics that high-shine effect you get from gel manicures, and lasts up to 12 days, an impressive claim.  Comprised of 12 different shades, I’ll admit it’s severely lacking in variety (most of the colours are of the red-ish/pink-ish variety, so for all you blue-toned lovers out there, terribly sorry).


I picked up 4 shades, Keep Magenta, Timeless Taupe, Fuchsia for Life, and Petale Revival.  So, I figured I’d take you along with me on this adventurous journey of nail testing.  As you can see, it is a double-ended, two-step product.

Step 1: apply the colour base

Step 2: follow up with the shiny, colour-matching top coat

Now on to the actual application…


First, I’d like to note that the brushes on these guys are the perfect size.  I often get annoyed with how thin Essie’s brushes are or how insanely wide Sally Hansen’s brushes can be.  But these are just right for that perfect 3-stroke coat technique.

Moving along, here we are on Day 1, right after application:


The paleness of the base colour did make for a bit of a streaky look, but aside from that, so far so good! I can definitely attest to it being high-shine.  As for that eyebrow-raising 12-day claim, we’ll see…

’til next time,

Meg ❤



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