John Russo Nail Lacquer Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath


Have you ever heard of John Russo?  John Russo is one of the top celebrity/fashion photographers in the world. His work has been featured on covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire, GQ & Esquire. He has photographed Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Beil and George Clooney to name a few. He has shot advertising campaigns for Hugo Boss, AT&T, Procter & Gamble, Lacoste, Bombardier, and Dolce & Gabbana.

I recently had the opportunity to review some of the shades from their new nail lacquer line and was excited to do so!  These are some fabulous shades for Spring!



Innocent and unspoiled Ava is a garden of pristine beauty

Ava is a delicate pastel cotton candy pink.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Ava Side

Ava CU



There is nothing she can’t do, the girl with a plan. Bushey is strong, powerful, yet organically calming.

Bushey is a pastel pistachio green creme.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Bushey Side

Bushey CU

Oriole Lane

Oriole Lane

A place where everything is clean & modern. Always bright and full of light, Oriole Lane is the place to be.

Oriole Lane is a perfect white creme.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Oriole Lane side

Oriole Lane CU



Don’t be fooled by her, she glides in gracefully but has a sting like a Wasp.

Wasp is a gorgeous vibrant orange creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Wasp side

Wasp CU


Harlett Full

You can judge her, but she doesn’t care. She is running her own show. Harlett  is always in control.

Harlett is a red creme with strong purple tones to it.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Harlett Side




Monette is the quintessential Gotham girl. Always stylish, sophisticated and understated.

Monette is a vibrant, rich coral.  I used 2 coats for these photos.  Probably my favorite of the set!

Monette Side

Monette CU

And a little Dotticure


Oriole Lane makes a perfect nail art base!  I did a simple dotticure and used Bushey, Ava and Monette over Oriole Lane.


Overall I am impressed with these shades.  Ava, Bushey and Oriole Lane required 3 coats because they had typical pastel formulas and the first 2 coats left a few streaks.  I do use thin coats when I polish so that could be part of it, but from my experience, this is how pastels perform, but on the third coat everything evened out and looked beautiful!  My top pick is Monette (love a good coral!) but they are all gorgeous and wearable.

Price: $18.00 each

Where To Buy: John Russo Website

Discount Code: Use code Improv1 at checkout and get 20% off!

Have you tried John Russo Nail Lacquer?  I’m pretty impressed with the formulas and all of them had great pigmentation and were easy to work with.  Do you have a favorite?

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Cosmetics Aficionado April 22, 2014 - 8:14 am

Beautiful cremes! I especially love the berry shade.

Jamie @ Makeuplifelove April 22, 2014 - 8:26 am

These are such beautiful shades. And I absolutely adore the polka dot nail. Such great spring shades that work wonderful together. great swatches.

BeautyJudy April 22, 2014 - 8:26 am

OMG! These are beautiful! I may have to pick up Ava for my bestie’s daughter Ava :)

Laura MyNewestAddiction April 22, 2014 - 9:11 am

I was gonna lie and pick a favorite but they are all amazing… I am a creme LOVER!

Brooke @ Blushing Noir April 22, 2014 - 9:17 am

Loving Wasp and your Doticure!

Anastasia April 22, 2014 - 9:26 am

Love the dotticure, you really captured the airy essence of this collection :)

Destany April 22, 2014 - 9:38 am

Your doticure is so cute!!! I love the color of Wasp, but not the name! lol

Leelo R April 22, 2014 - 9:40 am

Very very pretty shades! I haven´t tried any John Russo nail polishes.

NORAH April 22, 2014 - 10:42 am

I love all these colors! I have never tried John Russo, looks amazing!

Honeygirlk April 22, 2014 - 10:52 am

These shades are beautiful. I love Oriole Lane. I have not tried anything from John Russo before – but I’m excited to check it out.

Amber April 22, 2014 - 10:56 am

I’m loving the pastel cremes, though I usually prefer brights on myself. I love the dotticure!

Eugenia April 22, 2014 - 11:03 am

Monette caught my eye!! So pretty!

Erika April 22, 2014 - 11:34 am

These are gorgeous cremes. Your swatches are fab, as always. :D

Phyrra April 22, 2014 - 11:37 am

Gorgeous swatches!

Noelle April 22, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Ava and Harlett are amazing colors. Beautiful swatches!

Emily April 22, 2014 - 4:26 pm

I love Ava and Monette, gorgeous!

Kelly R April 22, 2014 - 4:39 pm

These colors are amazing. Great swatches as usual!

Miranda April 22, 2014 - 5:32 pm

I loved these polishes when I tried. Bushey is my fave!

Kimmi April 22, 2014 - 5:54 pm

I love the Dotticure you created. Gorgeous.

Nidia - Lit From Within April 22, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Each one of these was prettier than the last! Love the polka-dot nail art, too – really shows how these shades compliment each other. Great swatches!

Cindy (Prime Beauty) April 22, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Love, love love the polka dots!

Kath TheFabZilla April 22, 2014 - 11:16 pm

It’s bushy and green, why is my green mind thinking of something? LOL. But seriously, I like bushey, it’s a great spring color

Ashley pena April 23, 2014 - 7:29 am

What pretty nail polishes and I loved your polka dot manicure! I think the pastels were my fave of the bunch.

Betzy Carmona April 23, 2014 - 5:21 pm

I’m loving the pink pastel :)

Sheila (Painted Ladies) April 24, 2014 - 9:41 am

Ava is just so pretty !

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