The Deal Breaker With Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer 140 Petra

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer, 140 Petra, review, swatch

It’s pretty much established on le blog that I’m no nail connoisseur. My cuticles are deplorable, I struggle with nail art, even a dotticure seems like a gargantuan task. Don’t ask me about water marble, I haven’t even tried appliqués yet, por favor. With those trivialities out of the way, I still crave for fabulous-looking nails. The simpler the application, the better. The longer it wears, even better. If you know me well enough, I look past the tag price. I pay for quality, that’s the whole essence of a designer vis-a-vis luxury brand right?

So what’s up with the superfluous preface? Ok here’s the deal breaker. While I’m head-over- heels in love with Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon, the evidence of which is scattered all over the blog, I seriously detest this particular shade 140 Petra from the eponymous nail lacquer collection. Yes, it’s a gorgeous metallic bronze/taupe; yes, it’s opaque in one coat; yes, it’s creamy; yes it’s non-streaky. But girly, this is chip festival in less than 24 hours! No exaggeration. I know I’m hardcore when it comes to my nails (no thanks to countless handwashing and sanitizing) but I am appalled that at $18, I can get better results with a cheapo $3 brand. To you ladies who change your nail polish every single day, my concern is probably peanuts but I’m the type who does weekly (the most is bi-weekly) because I don’t have the time to tinker with my nails, let alone worry about ugly chipped nails after a long day at work. 

I’m a staunch believer of “first impression lasts”. 99.9% of my repurchases were all anchored to first impressions. It’s the same when I meet people for the first time. If personality sucks big time, I won’t even bother to reconsider. I’m going to end my rant now. I nailed my point. You understand my stance. Buy at your own risk. I’m tired and #hangry




  1. July 30, 2014 / 8:05 am

    This is the only Marc Jacobs polish I own. It's pretty, but I have no idea how long it lasts – most polishes don't last long on me, either because I want to change it, or because my nails are so soft and bendy, everything chips. Sorry this was such a bust for you! 🙁

  2. July 30, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    Girl, I change my polish all the time, and I still can't get down and boogey with something that chips on me. I have resisted trying anything from this cosmetic line because of the prices. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to hold out!

    • August 1, 2014 / 5:46 am

      In case you cave in to MJ, start w/ Highliner Gel Crayon, it won't disappoint

  3. July 30, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    This color is pretty. It's great for the Fall.

  4. July 30, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Petra is my faveeeeeeeee I lasts about 3-4 days on me before chips. I beat the hell out of my hands too between cleaning, kids, mom crap lol What base/top coat do u use? Buff your nails first too.

    • August 1, 2014 / 5:47 am

      I used Orly chip-free. I re-did my mani again following your tip to buff first. Unfortunately, same thing happened, still chip galore in less than a day.

  5. July 30, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    I think body chemistry plays a role in how long polishes wear as well, as I've heard of too much variation with people's experiences. I can wear something a week straight without chips and someone else can have the exact opposite experiences, and vice versa. Sucks you had to pay $18 to find that out with this brand, however.

    • August 1, 2014 / 5:48 am

      I perfectly agree. Too bad this one isn't in harmony w/ my the genetic composition of my nails 🙂

  6. July 30, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    First impressions are everything!!
    Petra is gorgeous. I don't think any nail polish has lasted up to four days on me.

  7. July 30, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    I know it's superficial but I really hate the bottle shape. It's so round and unwieldy! It makes me feel reassured that the contents don't make up for the funny shape

    • August 1, 2014 / 5:48 am

      LOL, can't blame you. I have a thing for packaging too!

  8. July 30, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    That color is so pretty! It would get a good first impression from me too 🙂

  9. July 30, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    I am so with you on this which is why I have yet to buy any of these polishes. Higher-end polishes are always just okay in my book. They are never exceptional and worth their hefty price tags. Which sucks because sometimes the shades are just out of this world!

    • August 1, 2014 / 5:49 am

      True. Some shades are unique but at the end of the day, all-fancy can't makeup for quality

  10. July 30, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    This color is so pretty, but too bad it doesn´t last even 24hours 🙁

  11. July 30, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Wow, thanks for the honest review!

  12. July 31, 2014 / 1:25 am

    I can't do $18 on a nail polish :/

  13. July 31, 2014 / 2:23 am

    That is so disappointing, the color is gorgeous!

  14. July 31, 2014 / 2:47 am

    It's a really pretty shade, and as for chipping no shade ever last long enough

    • July 31, 2014 / 2:50 am

      I get that but not this soon, not even 24 hrs so it's totally not worth it

  15. July 31, 2014 / 6:13 am

    This is gorgeous, but I wouldn't spend the money if it chips so quickly! Thanks for the warning!

  16. July 31, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    Ouch, can't believe this formula is not chip resistant. You'd think they would get it right at MJ.

  17. July 31, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    I change my polish often, but for the price tag, it better last longer!

  18. August 1, 2014 / 7:06 am

    Every glitter or one-coat-opaque polish takes me to chip city. But I'm clumsy and use my nails as tools not jewels so I blame myself.

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