YSL Tie & Dye swatches, review, photos | La Laque Couture Cool, Pop, Hip, & Ice Top Coats

YSL Tie & Dye layered nail polish top coats

The product: Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Tie & Dye Pearly Coloured Top Coat (Top Coat Coloré Nacré)

   ↳ in 01 Cool Coat, 02 Pop Coat, 03 Hip Coat, and 04 Ice Coat

YSL topcoat review swatches nail polish

The hardest part about writing this review wasn’t that the product was phenomenally good, or horrifyingly bad, or even incredibly surprising. Nope: the hardest part of writing this review was definitely, absolutely, hands-down the fact that I took almost two hundred photos of these, and all of them were stunning.

Not because of the lighting, or the camera, or the staging, of course. It’s just that the Tie & Dye topcoats are really, really cool — a four year old with a point & shoot could make these look absolutely riveting! 

YSL triphasic topcoat review swatches

YSL Tie & Dye Pearly Coloured Top Coats

YSL Tie and Dye Summer 2013

YSL Tie & Dye Top Coats (partially mixed)

A brief overview of the effects

-01 Cool Coat reads as breathtaking blue-violet duochrome over a dark polish – perhaps because I swatched it over brown? On its own, however, Cool Coat is a dense white shimmer with pink reflects. 

-02 Pop Coat creates sheer veil of warmth (red), with a small amount of pink and gold shimmer. This one made my bare nails look a bit as if they’d been dipped in beet juice, but I can see it being a good “nothing” sheen on warmer, darker skintones!

YSL Ice Coat swatch Tie & Dye nail polish

YSL La Laque Couture Tie & Dye Top Coat swatched on bare nails

L-R: 01 Cool Coat, 02 Pop Coat, 03 Hip Coat, 04 Ice Coat

-03 Hip Coat translates into a cool pink sheen on the nails; more brightening and densely shimmery than Pop Coat. (I found this to be the most brightening “natural” shade for my hands’ colouring.)

-04 Ice Coat, finally, is a super-sheer blue jelly with strong blue shimmer. It’s a through-and-through shimmer (not a duochrome, like Cool Coat), and I think it would be the only one I wouldn’t wear on bare nails.

YSL Tie and Dye topcoat review - flash

YSL Tie & Dye Top Coats 01-04 swatched overtop YSL La Laque Couture in 37 Taupe Mauresque ($25 USD), a shimmer-free brown from the Summer 2013 collection. [ flash ]

A bit more about the topcoats / I’d recommend…

These tri-phasic topcoats are made up of shimmer (on the bottom), colour (in the middle), and shine (the uppermost layer). Shaken and applied, YSL intends for them to be used layered or on their own, for a “shimmering, candy-like veil [with] sugary, ultra-glossy glitter.”

These definitely do feel very “candylike,” with their playful layers of pigment, high shine, and eye-catching shimmer. All four shades are unique (and brilliant), but the unexpected duochrome of 01 Cool Coat definitely made it my favourite.

For the most obvious veil of shimmer, though, I think 04 Ice Coat is your best bet, with 02 Pop Coat and 03 Hip Coat being great choices for warm red and cool fuchsia/violet effects, respectively. 

YSL Tie & Dye review, swatches - nails

YSL Tie & Dye layered swatches, L-R: 01 Cool Coat, 02 Pop Coat, 03 Hip Coat, 04 Ice Coat

YSL Cool Pop Hip Ice Coat review

Could you settle down, please?

The three layers in the Tie and Dye polishes take a surprising amount of time to settle. After being shaken, you have plenty of time to apply your topcoat before having to shake them again — hours, in fact!

The mixture settles back into two distinct layers between breakfast and lunch, but takes longer (until the end of the day) to separate clearly into three. It doesn’t really effect the formula, but I thought I’d give it a mention all the same!

YSL Tie & Dye nail polish review

The verdict?

At $25 USD/$34 CAD, these aren’t quite stunning enough to be must-haves in my book — not when you could pick up a non-topcoat La Laque Couture for the same amount! (I can’t shut up about how much I completely adore YSL’s lacquers, in case you didn’t already know.)

That said, these polishes are pretty darn cool — and completely unique. Flawlessly executed in formula, packaging, and shades, I think the Tie & Dye line are a great way to add little more depth to any nail polish without having to go really “out there.”

The effects of all four four Tie & Dye Top Coats are definitely dupeable, but the novelty… not so much!

Availability: $25 USD/$34 CAD this May at Holt Renfrew, as well as select Bay, Murale, and Sephora stores.

The ingredients

YSL Tie & Dye topcoat ingredients

Two last photos…

YSL Hip Coat swatch - Tie & Dye, flash

L-R: 01 Cool Coat, 02 Pop Coat, 03 Hip Coat, 04 Ice Coat. Two coats on bare nails with no top or base coat. [ flash ]

YSL Cool Coat swatch - duochrome shift

(Look at that colour shift in 01 Cool Coat!)

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    I really love how these look layered! It's good to know it takes hours for them to settle down as well. I would be a bit annoyed if I had to shake them 3 times during a manicure!
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    • Me too! YSL gives you hours, though — a pain if you wanted to go back and fourth during shooting (LOL!), but in terms of functionality, it's brilliant.

  • What a fun and playful product to play around with :) love love the effects :) Time to add to the wish list!
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  • Ralovesuk

    Are the limited edition? The only thing about YSL nail polish is that it's 10ml. Not that I've ever finished any nail polish.

  • I loooove these and your nails are gorgeous!
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    • Haha, thanks, lovely :p I'm really loving these topcoats, too!

  • Gah. I want one. Or you know, four. T_T
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  • BellaChique

    I really love them, they look amazing over a black base. I especially love the green one, wow!
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    • Weirdly enough, the one that shifts green/violet is actually pink in the bottle — the duo chrome only comes out to play over the brown base! ;)

  • They look gimicky… I dunno, if I bought them I'd just leave the unmixed and stare at the pretties. Hahahaha.
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    • :D Yep, that's what I've been doing, too. They're pretty cool-looking when tipped gently, too!

  • I was really hoping these would be amazing but they are not what i expected at all. great review. X

    • Aww, sorry to hear that, Alice! Can I ask what you were hoping for?

  • I would totally buy these if I had the cash! Beautiful photos!
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  • These are amazing! I love how they look in the bottle and would have a hard time choosing just one – oh to have all of them would definitely be divine! :)
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    • Man, so would I! I feel like I would have gone for Pop Coat (without having swatched them), but I'd have to say Cool Coat, now — hands down. ;)

  • These are so pretty!! Good to know they takes hours to settle, would be annoying if you would need to shake every few minutes.
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    • Definitely! The formula gives you tons of time to work, though — it's pretty nice not to be rushed :)

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  • Interesting concept! I like the everyday appeal of the Pop Coat shade, but I do wonder – did you try them out on a light polish base as well? I'm wondering if the tints on these top coats would affect the overall color of lighter bases more.
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    • I haven't, actually! Will give it a go over the weekend if I can find time & report back :)

  • Wow, these are really a treat to the eyes…the colors are almost begging me to bring them back, like a kid in the candy store. But I kinda agree with the verdict: they are a tad too pricey and I suspect I'll leave them on the shelf for display instead of using them :)

    • Man, me too. I love a cream finish, so I can't really see myself reaching for these — but are they ever pretty! :p

  • toyarosie

    I'm really not much for layering so these aren't my style, but I do like the way Pop Coat looks on both bare and painted nails! I think more than anything I'd just like to have the bottles to stare at all day :P
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    • Haha, my thoughts exactly :D I'm never going to be much of a polish girl, but I LOVE playing with these in the bottle! The way that the layers separate always makes me think of some sort of super-classy lava lamp :P

  • Rose

    I am disappointed I spent 18 pounds on this product expecting a tie dye effect and all I have is a top coat with a bit of glitter in it I feel like I could of bought a barry m glittery product much cheaper and it would of worked the same I definitely wouldn't recommend this product very disappointed

    • I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed in these topcoats, Rose! I thought YSL was pretty clear about the intended effect and usage of these — may I ask where you picked yours up? (I'm not sure what it's like in the UK, but many cosmetic counters here are great about returning or exchanging items that you're not 100% satisfied with :))