You may have heard of this one by now - it certainly created quite a buzz - L'Oréal Masked Affair!
So what's the story? Back in January/February, L'Oréal released the Dark Sides of Grey collection made up of six polishes not so subtly inspired by (but sans official licensing) the movie inspired by a book inspired by a book: 50 Shades of Grey. The six polishes were just fine (check them all out here) but one in particular stole the show. Hiding in an otherwise unassuming collection was a holographic gem: Masked Affair. Once pictures started showing up on Instagram feeds, it quickly became the "must have" polish of the moment. But with only two bottles in each display, it also earned "hard to find" status. I was lucky enough to track it down at Bed Bath & Beyond. Let's take a look!
Masked Affair is a pale silvery lavender nail polish with lots of holographic particles. In certain lighting, the color appears more silver. The holo isn't as intense as a linear holo like Color Club Blue Heaven but isn't as sparse as Zoya's holos, for example (like these). Instead, Masked Affair's holo falls somewhere in the middle and creates a lovely twinkling effect.
Coverage is thin but the formula isn't watery. I found it to apply a touch streaky and needed three coats for an opaque finish. Also, and this sounds weird but it's true, I noticed Masked Affair had very little nail polish smell when I applied it.
The holo is visible indoors and it doesn't appear dull.
Flash! See how it looks more silver here?
Left: no flash | Right: flash