I was surprised when I noticed that L’oreal had what appeared to be two different limited-edition nail polishes that looked almost identical. In the bottle, The Bigger The Better from the new Diamond Collection looks black with lots of fine silver glitter and some slightly larger silver glitter pieces, and The Queen’s Ambition from the fall Project Runway collection looks black with lots of fine silver glitte. So, I bought both of them to compare.
I was totally surprised when I swatched them for the first time – The Bigger The Better isn’t black at all; it’s actually a clear base with black and silver glitter. The Queen’s Ambition is, as expected, black with fine silver glitter (and a dupe of Illamasqua’s newly-relased Creator nail polish - swatched here at Vampy Varnish).
This is one fairly thick coat of The Bigger The Better – it’s very dense. One coat looks good over other colors, but it takes four coats to be opaque or almost opaque. This is two coats of The Queen’s Ambition – it’s almost opaque in one, but I prefer two. As you can see, The Queen’s Ambition has a slightly rough finish and really needs topcoat to look best.
I did actually swatch these on my hands, but my nails and cuticles are such a mess right now that the swatches look terrible, so I’m going to stick with the swatch stick photos.
Both of these are good quality polishes – despite the glitter, they aren’t too thick or goopy (though they definitely aren’t thin either). I’m happy I ended up buying both!
If you haven’t been able to find these in stores, The Queen’s Ambition is available here on drugstore.com – they don’t currently have The Bigger The Better, but perhaps it will show up at some point.