I don’t ask much of my nail polish — just go on smoothly, be a nice color, and stick around for a while without chipping. Seems reasonable, right? But apparently, good enough isn’t actually good enough for LeChat. The brand’s new Dare to Wear Mood Café collection features overachieving lacquers that go above and beyond what’s expected of your typical nail polish in not one, but two completely unnecessary but much appreciated ways.
For those familiar with LeChat’s Dare to Wear Mood polishes, you’ve probably already guessed that the color you see in the bottle isn’t the only color you get. The collection, according to the brand, “will feature LeChat’s classic formulation for thermal gels and lacquers with an extreme color change from light to dark as body temperature varies from hot to cold, or cold to hot.” Furthermore, instead of that unmistakable nail polish-y smell you’d expect from, well, nail polish, these lacquers have coffee-inspired scents.
There are six autumn-inspired polishes in the Dare to Wear Mood Café collection. Cappuccino is a cool medium brown that transitions to light brown and smells like — you guessed it — cappuccino. French Vanilla, which smells like French vanilla, is a light cream shade that transitions to off-white. Pumpkin Spice is an orange shade that transitions to a faint caramel, and has a smell that LeChat calls not pumpkin spice, but “spiced pumpkin.” The cinnamon-scented Cinnamon Latte is a “deep spiced red” that transitions to medium red. The deep brown Chocolate Mocha transitions to rich medium brown and smells exactly how it sounds. And Matcha Mint is a rich emerald green that transitions to light green and smells like minty matcha tea. (Sure, the scents are all extremely obvious, but they’re also delicious, so no complaints here.)