Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hard Candy Sky

Though I don't follow Hard Candy very closely, I do recall they made a big change in their polishes a few years ago. Dumped a bunch of standard shades and rehashed them with a bunch of glitter/creme combos derived right out of the indie playbook. They also changed the bottles to a tube thing

I found a huge set of job lotted older Hard Candy's on eBay and picked them up for quite cheaply. Heres one that I love a lot.

Hard Candy Sky

Sky is a super pale blue that leans more into an "ice" shade than a pastel. Better still it harbors a rich secret shimmer that is both delightful and hard to photograph.

I have three coats here over a nude. It's not the most perfect formula: no self leveling, and definitely needs three coats, but the shimmer/creme combination is right on target. 

I heard that they were doing some sort of re-issue of these shades as limited editions and their website shows locations, but not polishes. These are, per some simple research, their earlier versions than the plentitude of job lotted stuff you can find on eBay. I don't know if the version I have is identical to the original, but it doesn't matter, it stands alone on its own merit.

As I said in my last paragraph, there is a ton of Hard Candy still on eBay and if you missed any of these, that could be a good resource. Probably Amazon, too.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Another Big Glitter Post

Back in 2011 WetnWild did a limited edition collection called Ice Baby. It was under their Coloricon line, which seems to no longer be in production as a nail polish line, but still as a makeup line. They had a good run under that name for polishes, coming out with the Be Jeweled collection, blogged here and here.

There was a lot of buzz around the collection because it was one of the first drug store lines that came out with a bunch of great glitters that seemed to emulate a lot of what was happening with indies. 

Around that time I was at the local mall and went into a Rue 21 and hit their little polish display up and found a four-set of some very nice glitters by Dare, who is made by Anise.

Then the WnW Ice Baby came out at Rite Aid and when I saw the polishes, I realized I had some dupes from that set, so instead of buying the whole collection, I just tried to fill in the blanks.

OK, so much preamble. Let's get busy.

I put these over white and tried to achieve a bit of coverage, but didn't labor over it.
No top coat. I'll discuss finish because I think these were texture, at least the WnW seems to be.

WetnWild 24 Carat

This is a very fine and small bar glitter that is sort of the bar glitter version of OPI's Gift of Gold because it has gold bar glitter and then a rich copper bar glitter mixed in to give it a bit more dimension. The gold is fairly neutral, but the copper warms things up.

This is three coats. The texture of normal glitter polish.

Peeve on this polish? Gold is in karats, diamonds are in carats. Moving on.

WetnWild Back Alley Deals

Beautiful glitter combo. Purple fine glitter that is very dense mixed in with a larger magenta glitter. When you mix it with the smaller glitter, though, my camera sees purple, or violet rather than magenta.

If this is supposed to be a texture, I'm not sure. It is like regular glitter and not terribly bumpy.

WetnWild Diamond in the Rough

I have to admit when I add a gray glitter to my collection I am very pleased. This is a neutral gray fine glitter peppered with a holographic small glitter. There is a texture to this, but to be honest, it works as a texture, without, though, the intense "dry" glitter look that some impart, nor the real shiny bumpy type either. Some help I am, right? To be honest if I were going to wear this, I'd just toss on a top coat and run.

Three coats, good coverage.

WetnWild Rockin' Rubies

I apologize for the white showing around the edges on this one. Eep.

Three coats here. A fine glitter that is mixed with a pink iridescent glitter. Clever combination that melds well together. I like this one a lot.

WetnWild Give Me A Price Quote

This is the final WetnWild offering in this post.

It's a three coater green gold that is pure bar glitter. It's not bad, but not a complete thrill-a-minute for me. I probably could play around with some layering, though and it would be more of a pleasure.

Texture is pretty flat and normal for glitter. Three coater.

Dare no name purple glitter

This vibrant purple is full of very fine glitter and some medium sized glitters all of the same shade of violet.
This one doesn't seem to have a corollary in the WnW Ice Baby collection, but I wanted to throw it in.
Three coats, normal glitter texture.

Dare no name blue glitter

While I'm not entirely sure if this is a dupe of WnW Cost Is No Issue, if I recall when I brought my bottle to the store, it seemed very close. (yes, I was that full on nerd for this one)

Three coats. Lots of find turquoise glitter and a bright blue larger glitter that pushes into cobalt but also appears aquamarine blue, too. Very pretty and I like this one a lot.

Dare no name dark blue glitter

I apologize for lack of a better photo. This is a nice glitter polish. Bright blue packed with magenta glitter. Dead on dupe of Believe Me, It's Real.

Three coats and a bit lumpy, but really seems like normal glitter. I think a top coat would have enhanced this one a bit more. I may start wearing top coats more frequently.

Meanwhile, love this one a lot.

Dare no name lavender

A dupe of WnW It's All In The Cut and I love the lavender and pink glitter, it's so nice. Good coverage in three coats with a bit of holographic mirror going on with some of the glitters.
Love this one, too.

On the whole, I think these are cool glitters and love the combinations.

The Dare polishes seem to come out seasonally and with small sets containing different variations. I haven't followed them closely, but a browse on eBay seems to produce sparse results.
The WetnWild polishes, though, are around, but not cheap. Falling into the indie price range, eep.

Ultimately it boils down to who makes what. A perennial question. Does WetnWild and Anise share the same production? Why did Anise come out with identical polishes at the same time as WetnWild?

Going through a period of just swatching like mad, so thanks for your patience on the oldie-but goodies!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Poussin's Palette

Blue and gold have a regal quality.

I was looking online at some Baroque era paintings and found Poussin's regular use of rich blue and gold. 

This is Sally Hansen Pacific Blue with OPI Oy Another Polish Joke as an accent then topped with OPI Text You-Text Me (three coats).

I have to admit, I love it a lot.

Oy Another Polish Joke is absolutely a bright yellow gold that reminds me of 24 karat gold. Crazy nice!!!

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue is now reformulated with a deeper shade. It still is available on eBay and various job lot type of resellers. OPI Oy Another Polish Joke is from the 2013 Euro Centrale Collection, which had a lot of hits, but a lot of misses.

Finally OPI Text You-Text Me is also around, but I can't figure out what collection it might have come from. I will say that it's akin to a thinned out version of China Glaze Golden Enchantment.
It has a topcoat quality: it is shiny and dries well.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pantone Universe Jewel Lacquer Parachute Purple

Quite the name!

My sister got me this for Christmas 2012 and I've had it in the "to be swatched drawer" ever since. Shame on me, because it is a gorgeous polish.

A one coater but I have two. No top coat, either.

Meanwhile, does it remind you of something? It reminds me of RBL Scrangie.

I swatched it here.

Truly a gorgeous polish and from their Jewel Lacquer collection that was pretty tight, but didn't really turn my head. Then I got this in the mail and WOW!  I think they put out tiny little collections or sets, then they disappear. These are sold through Sephora, but you can find older stuff on eBay for a pretty decent price. You can't find this one, though.

The bottles are hefty, bottom heavy for better balance and deceptively small. You think you have more polish than you do, but it's a gorgeous polish so I can live with that!

I now file it right next to my RBL Scrangie and am glad to have a backup of that color.  

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Pale Blue Shimmers - Part 2

Here is part two of some pale blue sheer shimmers.

Here is a link back to part 1.

This set is basically a dupe list for you if you are thinking of getting something like this as a topper. I will add that none of these polishes purports to be a layering top coat, just sheer, baby, sheer!

These are shown alone then over Color Club Bright Night, which I wanted to swatch an never seemed to get around to doing so. 

Three coats, no top coat.

This is a gorgeous bright blue. I will say that my bottle didn't have any mixing balls in it and since I've had it unused for a while (far too long, I might add) and the deep blue pigment sank to the bottom in a 1/4 inch layer, leaving a light blue polish.
It took me a ton of time to shake it up, I finally added some mixing balls and it finally worked out. As I write this it's been a few days since I took photos and the pigment has sunk again. Interesting.

On to the shimmers, shall we?

Sparitual It's Raining Men

Three coats, no top coat.

Now of course you can see this pretty light blue with an amber shimmer, but on the nail it's so sheer at three coats that you can see my stained nails. Ugh! Sad!  It looks uneven but you can see that on the right side of my pinkie and ring finger that when the light doesn't shine hard on it, it looks almost opaque and you can really see the light blue. Very pretty, but not enough. I think over a pale blue this would show up better.

Sparitual It's Raining Men over Color Club Bright Night

Suddenly the amber shimmer shifts red and it's gorgeous. I love this a lot. This is two coats only, no top coat.

I am sure that you can see how this is a topper versus a solo polish. It would be pretty over a nude, white, or pale pink, though.

Three free is the story behind Sparitual, I think I bought this directly from them quite a bit ago. I believe it was $10 a bottle and now that I look back, ouch! Especially after you see the next polish!
Right now this is on eBay, although I can't find it on Sparitual's website.

L.A. Girl Paradise Blue

Here is the super discount version of the above polish. Also 3-Free and found on DiscountCosmeticOutlet or maybe Beautyjoint for a song.

Same amber gilded look alone and here it appears to have somewhat more coverage.

DCO still has a lot of these old polishes, although not this one. I can't find this one on eBay, either.

L.A. Girl Paradise Blue over Color Club Bright Night

Two coats, no top coat.

Again with the gorgeous red shift. I love this a lot: great price point, 3-Free, and up to par with a decent formula. Just wish it was available because it's really quite the win.

Orly Sky Blue-Pink

Same thing as Spiritual. Color is a little dowsed and underexposed, but that's me. Three coats, no top coat.

Basically this is a pre-3-Free polish but identical to Sparitual. So, I am assuming, since I have so many Sparitual/Orly dupes, Orly makes Sparitual.  But, since this is not 3-Free, they must have trotted out the recipe for Sparitual.

Orly Sky Blue-Pink is an older polish, and I found it on Head2Toe's website where you scroll back through a bunch of old old old colors and can't really see what you are looking for nor can you really find swatches online. I think I just added it to an order to see what I got. Well, I got a dupe, basically.

Orly Sky Blue-Pink over Color Club Bright Night

Two coats, no top coat.

For some reason this one shows more brushstrokes.  Not much more to say, except that the 3-Free dries a tad bit slower than this one. In the meantime, this one stinks and it's not that much better. At least nothing a Quick Dry Top Coat can't handle.

I did want to compare these because they are absolutely the same:

Same order as my swatches:

Sparitual It's Raining Men
L.A. Girl Blue Paradise
Orly Sky Blue-Pink

Two coats over Color Club Bright Night.

Very pretty topper that is unique among the throng of pinks in that it shifts to a reddened shade versus a soft pink.

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