Saturday, August 30, 2014

Foils Rush In - Part 1 of 3

It's been a summer of metals for me.

Lots of foils in my collection had repeated wear because they just fit perfectly with the summer days.

I've had the Color Club Foiled collection on my shelf for a while, had it swatched for a spell and finally began editing it.

I also will add some comps and a special treat that I hope you enjoy.

Some basics:
- all are three coats
- no top coats
- they were more thick than I expected, but I feel that they will thin out ok.


Hot Like Lava




Although I feel the top photo is too pink leaning and the bottom one is more correct, it is a definitely not a red at all. Perhaps berry would be most accurate?

A magenta with a slight grape feel to it, is what I first thought when I put it on.
It's a stunner.


Foil Me Once




This a reddish leaning lavender pink foil that seems to be rather thick, I got some chunkiness that I should have redone. Chasing the afternoon light seemed to be important enough to pass on correcting it at the time. Hmm.

Beautiful color.


Antiquated




A gorgeous nude foil. Or a soft champagne. Or a pastel bronze. I guess it depends on how you look at it.
A lovely neutral. 

End of part one.

Part two in a day or two and more goodies for part three!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Maya Nefarious Aquarious - Hello, Goodbye

I fully admit I don't keep completely abreast of all the new indies out there. I love them for taking risks, pushing the envelope, their creativity and their independent spirit.

It is hard when you can't keep up and worse when you discover one, only to find that they are closing their doors.
This is how it was when I heard about Maya Cosmetics. I think they were on my periphery, but I did neglect closer examination.

When the store was closing I grabbed a handful to see if I'd like them.
I do!

Here's Nefarious Aquarious:


Dense scattered holo that my lamps don't do justice to, in truth.

I wore three coats and the following day at work it was a typical holo: chipping a tad bit by days end.

Of course I kind of expected it, holos seem to be prone to a lack of flexibility.

It is gorgeous. Pine green with lots of holo flash in the sunshine!

Here's another shot:


Both photos are under my daylight corrected lamps.

I am sure there is something similar out there, but for my collection, it's pretty unique.

Definitely glad I grabbed this one!!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Dior Silver Purple and Maybelline Purple Rage - Comparison

Finally got Christian Dior's Silver Purple swatched.

While I was poking around organizing by color, I found an old Dollar Tree purchase, Maybelline Purple Rage.

Organizing by color has its advantages when you don't have a spread sheet. 

Here's Purple Rage:


Deep grape charcoal gray. Some silvery frost, but more of a refined shimmer.

Three coats, needed thinning and definitely showing some brushstrokes.
It also bubbled. Much frustration.

Fixable with a dose of thinner, as you shall see later.



Dior's Silver Purple


As you can see it is similar, however it's a bit of a better formula, quite easy to use, and it's a favorite.

Three coats, but two were only necessary.

It's such a great polish.


I compared them in the bottle, then on the nail:



In the bottle the difference is apparent. 


Left to right:

Dior - pinkie
Maybelline - ring
Dior - middle
Maybelline - index

I thinned the Maybelline with 20 drops of thinner, which made a considerable difference, and it looks like a very near dupe.

This is under a daylight corrected lamp.

You can see the more read leaning base on Maybelline's Purple Rage, where Dior's Silver Purple remains much more restrained by comparison.

I like them both, am very glad I found a back up for my beloved Dior.  

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Purple of a Silver Nature

A pair of polishes I love a lot.

I thought I'd blogged Dior Silver Purple already (coming soon!!!) however I did not, much to my chagrin. 

Thinking I'd already done so, I put two polishes in a similar vein. I will blog the Dior soon, can't believe I have had that polish since 2009 and not blogged it yet. Ack!


First up Finger Paints Silver Sculpture.


Nothing akin to a dupe. At. All. 

It is, though, an unusual polish. First it's basically a silver, but so infused with a lavender tint that it's not really a silver at all.


This photo illustrates the shade a bit better. 

Next, it's a chrome. But not a flat out mirror-like chrome, more like a crunchy, misty, foggy one.

A few things: you need, like any chrome, a ridge filler, then you need to just either become one with brush strokes or use the now famous sponge method - this is actually not too difficult, and it makes the finish kind of neat, but still crunch/foggy/misty.

In any event, this is three coats, no top coat and lovely, subtle, and a favorite.

Sadly I can't find this polish on The Sally Beauty website nor eBay. It is very understated by comparison to most purple chromes. This has its advantages, depending on your taste.




Next up Diamond Cosmetics Hi Ho Silver. I won't spend a lot of time digressing about the demise of DC's online shop for little old consumer me. 
But. I will say that I haven't seen a dupe of this in the wild. Though something like it - aka ITSELF - may be on the Priti nail polish site. (code for: Priti is a Diamond Cosmetics custom label and they weren't super great at disguising the fact - Priti that is - and I think this might have been a factor in their move to private label only. See, I did it again.)


Three coats, no top coat. Lovely blackened silver base with this luscious, understated purple shimmer.


So perfect. 

Not too vampy, not to bright. 

Yes, some brushstrokes, but very nice. Even though it's summer, I just love this guy a lot for any time of year. 

Formula and  application was quite simple, but DC always is a top ten performer for me.

Dang, I miss them!!! GAH! ;D


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Orly's Pixie Powder

Orly came out with a Surreal collection back in the fall of 2013. It's quite sweet, but very spring-like.
It did not appeal to me very much, although I am not sure why. I love the Surrealist movement in art. I love how easy it was to mainstream into kitsch as well as asked its audience challenging interpretative questions. Never mind that it launched into the household-name stratosphere Dali, Magritte, Miro' and - finally rediscovered by the mainstream in 1980's - Frida Kahlo.

So back to the polish.

I found Pixie Powder at TJ Maxx, who seems to carry a lot of nice stuff, by comparison to Ross's dwindling offerings. 

It's a pretty lavender glitter that does have some shift. It's in a soft, pale gray jelly base, that has disadvantages when layering over a lighter color.

Here's a swatch:


Truly a gorgeous polish! Two coats over black, which eats jelly bases for lunch. 


The best part is that the glitter warms into a pretty maroon and then amber. 

Sweet!

Not a super dense glitter, but one which will be easy to use for layering.

Orly bottles are a generous size, certainly bucking the 15 mL norm by a 3mL long chalk.
I love Orly as it is a consistent performer. 

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Giving a Green Another Chance

I'd put Confetti's My Favorite Martian in my blog sale, but then pulled it out when I wanted to try a layering idea.

In fact I rather love the color, but it's sheer. You know the kind of sheer: not sheer enough to be a topper and do much for another polish below, but too sheer to build coverage.

Then I figured, why not see if another polish can modify or prop up My Favorite Martian?


Hmmm! Not bad! Exactly what I always wanted to see with this polish!

The recipe:
Two coats of Sally Hansen Insta Dri Mint Sprint (I have two of these and it's such a workhorse)
Two coats of Confetti My Favorite Martian
Two coats of Pure Ice Heartbreaker

I wanted SH Mind Sprint to bring up both density and cool down the rather yellowish My Favorite Martian.
Pure Ice has this amazing green micro glitter that flashes even more than this photo shows.
Lovely!

Here are the ingredients:



Some general thoughts:
Sally Hansen really is very dense, a strong cool green that dries well so it's nice for layering. Blogged here.
My Favorite Martian is a little slow to dry, but it has a beautiful blue green shimmer that is pretty unique in my collection.
Pure Ice is a classic that is both a unique topper and an affordable one. Worth owning.
There was some noise about discontinuing it, but it still is on offer at Walmartland's website.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maybelline Mirror Image Redux

I'd blogged Maybelline Mirror Image here and feel like it needed a proper outing with some ridge filler to smooth it the base out.
Many people utilize this type of chrome polish over the top of a previous mani, but I find that sometimes my older manis are just too imperfect, even by day's end to really be assured of a super smooth base for a mirror-like finish.

I've slowed down the ISO on my camera and worked on better detail. Skin tone is still a mystery. I'm also using bracketing to help with exposure.

To the pix!


This pulls a bit warm, this is, unequivocally a silver polish, but it looks like it's beige. It is not.


Super loved this mani.

It did not last much longer than the end of the day.

On one hand I did top coat only. On the other hand I used top coat, then went over it with Mirror Image to help keep that crisp chrome finish. Neither really helped much.

All photos are pre top coat.



I'd say the top coat as the last layer did a bit better, but it felt like it lost that sandblasted look to it.

It's not a pure mirror finish, but it really had a lot of impact, I really enjoyed it a lot.


As you can see compared to the previous outing, it really has a knack for looking sharp with the ridge filler.

The aqua base helped, a ton, too. ;D

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Understated Toppers

Here are a pair of toppers that I feel like I didn't really realize fully in my photographs. Still, they are nice. I wanted to post them anyhow.



OPI I Juggle...Men

Came out with their Femme de Cirque collection in 2011.

It's a delicate blue/purple shifting glass fleck that looks blue most of the time.


I have to say that it was a bit of a hassle because it was so darn diluted.

My photog skills don't maximize it, but if you enlarge, you can see the shift, especially on the bottom part of the photo collage.

I think it is so pretty and delicate, it would be very nice over lighter colors, over black it is completely overwhelmed.

I Juggle...Men is still available around the web, apparently is was a limited edition and isn't in the stable of regular OPI shades, it is unique as a blue glass fleck, but in an upcoming post, you will see that there are many other options. Though, IJM is quite delicate and understated.




Missha Pink Pearl Top Coat

More dense, full of bronze and pink color shifting glass fleck.


Two coats, much oomph. I only wish the particles were larger.

It's much more beautiful than my photo really captures. I just love it.

Full recommendation on this one. It's a mix of color which is a nice thing in a topper.

Still found by searching the Missha USA website. Though it didn't appear readily in the nail polish offering. Grab this one before you regret missing it.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

OPI Plant One On

Found at TJ Maxx, I grabbed this one on a fluke.

It's very different from most of my greens or my yellows.

Not sure where to categorize this one, but it's rather beautiful.


Most of the time it looks green, but on occasion it looks really more like a yellow.

As we've coined the word blurple, let me be the one to call this one a Grellow.

After poking around it's pretty close to chartreuse, but more yellow.

Very springtime, but strong enough for summer days.

Hard to fault the wear, application, or formula. Pure OPI joy.

If anyone knows the story behind this polish, I'd love to know. Was it a limited edition? A relabel? Part of a magazine promo? Very interesting!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Water Part 2

More poolside shades.

A few years ago I blogged China Glaze Blue Island Ice Tea here.

Pretty color, quite beautiful, but somewhat sheer.

I thought I'd try it over American Apparel The Valley.


The Valley certainly adds substance to a gorgeous foil and lets loose the sparkle!

Two coats over American Apparel The Valley.

I have to say I loved this a lot while I wore it.

Happy collaboration!



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