Thursday, April 28, 2016

Purple Jelly Comparison

Here are a pair that have been in my drawers for far too long, so I played around with them to see what I would find.

Verity Deep Violet and New York Summer Hot Purple.

Both have been the standard bearer for jellies for a long time. Now that Essie, OPI and others have trotted out some sheers like this, I think it's time I swatched these. I did find a few of the ones from OPI and Essie at T.J. Maxx, so I will try those out later on, but these have proven to be rather good polishes.

Some things: no top coat, nude base unless otherwise mentioned.

Let's start with Verity Deep Violet


This is four coats, although normally I grouse at four coats, I have zero grousing going on now: it is a great polish. It did build and it did go on with a good uniformity, which is my major "break-up" point with sheer jellies.

I love this baby. I also love the deep magenta leaning violet. No top coat and all shine. Greatness.

Here it is alternatively layered with three coats over a silver (I used Milani Art of Silver, a striper polish) :



I would say that it just wins so hard it's difficult to find a problem. I couldn't.



New York Summer Hot Purple


A much more true purple that is a tad bit more sheer. This is four coats and you can see on my middle finger that I blobbed a little extra on the corner and it darkened it. I think in general these are less forgiving of errors, so be aware.

Still, hard to fault. Very gorgeous.

Here it is layered over the same Milani silver glitter:


This is two coats, not three as I'd thought, and it really brightens up into a beautiful purple. I will add that this photo is a wee bit light and the polish pulls a touch blue in my photos, but not considerably so.

So I wanted to compare them side by side, because they aren't hugely far apart in person as they look on camera:


I blobbed them alternatively on my nails and you can see that the major difference is that one is purple and one is a red violet shade.

Finally I did alternating layers over silver:



You can see where the combo really does work out well.

I want to add another thing: I wore this manicure for a solid week of really using my hands to do things like pick up coins, groom my horse, etc, and it wore like iron. Seriously better than my CND Vinylux top coat! I was really surprised.

I will peek at the OPI Color Paints I've been acquiring, but these do stand on their own.

I found mine online at Transdesign, aka Nail Supplies. I think they are stellar polishes.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Spring Sunsets

The sunsets in spring, a friend once said to me, are done by Impressionists. I agree. 

Nothing shy about them around here: spring rains come and go and the light is clear and fresh as colors descend into night after a vibrant show.

Zoya Zara has been blogged (here), but needed another outing with a favorite flakie of mine, Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure. 


The gold from Zara and the gold/red shift of Hidden Treasure, remind me of an evening sky.

Three coats Zara and two of Hidden Treasure.

I have to admit, I love this combination. Zara holds up its end of the work, too. That purple sings against the contrasting warmer tones.

Much love here.

Zara is available on Zoya. Hidden Treasure is on eBay for a fairly high price, but there are some dupes, I will work on a post on that pretty soon.

Meanwhile, spring is here and those of us above the 45th parallel love the stretching out of days and long evenings.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pair of Fun Blues

I have to say, tapping into the blue drawer has been really fun.

Here are a pair that need an outing.

Orly Blue Collar



Three coats, no top coat.
Still available through Orly's site, this pretty light blue creme may appear to show ridges, but it's just my lighting reflecting the vertical lines.
A thick formula that isn't too thick at all, just enough to level out and perform the number one job a creme should do: cover beautifully.
I love this polish and it's a success story.


China Glaze Sunday Sunday


A rich blue that pulls a little bit more into the turquoise family, though I don't really call it a turquoise.
Three coats, no top coat.
I think this is a pretty nice formula, too. I don't think it's as thick as the Orly, but it does the job.
I can't complain!
This polish is on China Glaze's site, so it's still easy to find.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ethereal Blurple

It's hard not to love a pastel this time of year.

With the trees and spring flowers blooming, it's really quite easy.

Here's a quick comparison for you:

China Glaze Agent Lavender and Sinful Colors Cheshire China


Left to right:
China Glaze Agent Lavender
SinfulColors Cheshire China
China Glaze Agent Lavender
SinfulColors Cheshire China

All are three coats, all are no top coat.

I am going to make a call: dupes.

So if you are a dedicated SC fan, you can find a dupe of this luscious alexandrite shade.

I think it is a loosely associated copy of an Alice in Wonderland sequel shade, because the display had funny looking people and some card suits. I saw nothing that really screamed "AiW" but now that I think about the display, it seemed akin to a copycat scenario.  I found mine at Walgreens, which has truly become an awful place to shop for nail polish so I rarely go.

In any case, this is a beautiful little polish that can pull a bit gray in tungsten lighting, but if you are outdoors or inside in color corrected light, it will definitely pull blurple.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Revlon Metallics

Four Revlon Brilliant Strength metallics up for you today.

I have to admit, I have been pretty excited about this post. It's taken a while to get everything organized, but it's here.

I'd found a few more of the Revlon Brilliant Strength polishes at the Ol' Dollar Tree and wanted to flex their muscles as stamping polishes as I gathered them in. Mostly a win with one that isn't quite up to the task, no matter.

I will also show photos of the stamping plates, since I think it will help you see the plates a bit better.

The plates are all from Bundle Monster's Spring Buffet collection and I have to admit it's a collection that keeps on turning it out.

Revlon Magnetize


A beautiful burnished platine that stands out more as a stamping polish than a chrome, however it is a very unique chrome shade.
I recently found a back up at the Dollar Tree and was glad to find it: excellent stamping polish.

Three coats on the accent nail, though two would do. These are at the Dollar Tree, and I don't see anything in Revlon's current line up to match up with this color.

I used Bundle Monster BM-722, with a very sweet design.




Revlon Captivate


A molten harvest orange that stamps a GORGEOUS bright copper metallic shade. This is my holy grail copper stamping polish. Heavenly!

Again, found at Dollar Tree and easily found online. LOVE.

If you stamp, if you want a true copper, then you need this puppy. It looks good as a chrome/metallic shimmer, but as a stamping polish, it is very unique.

Used BM-723. I think it managed the thick pattern very well.




Revlon Enrapture


I chose a favorite of mine, L'Oreal Future Rose as my base for stamping and it came out very close, so it was hard to get a good look at the stamping.

This polish, to me, does double duty. I find this shade of muted, dusty rose chrome/metallic shimmer quite beautiful. Neutral, yet on point with the spate of "nudes" that are popping up in cosmetics these days. Yet as a stamping polish, it does make its presence known, despite my monochromatic choice.

BM-702 has a more delicate pattern, but it all came through rather well. In case you are wondering, I did the vines on the right side.





Revlon Hypnotize


This is a fairly generic gold shimmer that doesn't translate as a stamping polish. I am trying to let it evaporate a little bit and will update if I find that it does work out. Right now, just not enough coverage to get enthusiastic about it.

BM-703 is a charming little plate and I used the curly-cues in the upper left corner. 



Finally I goofed around with a process that I saw on Youtube, where you put colors on a matte or a plate and mush them up with your stamper. Interesting!
I used everything except Enrapture over Magnetize...


Although I am not sure if it's 100% success without a topcoat, I feel like it's a fun alternative to water marbling, this was easy: slap on some liquid latex over my fingers and splodge away. Plus I don't waste sponges: the stamper cleans up with the the adhesive lint roller. Win!

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