Saturday, November 28, 2015

Shimmer and Sparkle

First up is China Glaze C-C-Courage, part of their Wizard of Oz collection. I bought the re-release, but only this one. I'm not a big fan of shimmer and glitter together, but this does work.

China Glaze C-C-Courage

This is a combination of lamp/flash.

Two coats, no top coat, this shows the bumpy texture of a glitter polish, this predates the texture trend.

I like the color. I will say the flash washes it out a bit, but don't kid yourself, this is a bit frosty looking because of all the silver glitter, and there is a lot of micro glitter thrown into the mix, too. It's got some oomph.

Found this on Trans Design, now Nail Supply, in the day. Never swatched, not sure why! In the bottle there is a pink shift, but nothing showed up on my nail at all. Still available on NailSupplies, and elsewhere.

Maybelline Purple Comet

Two coats again, no top coat.

A very pale grayed out purple. Lovely polish because it has that sheer metallic feel to it. I have a plum version of this, too.

The brush was digging into it as I applied the second coat, so I skipped the second coat on my pinkie.

Found at the Dollar Tree years ago and finally blogged. I thinned it, but it could use more. At least the brush wasn't in a state of decay. Some of the old chemistry doesn't jibe with a lot of the polymers used to make brushes, so it's a bummer when the brush does give up the ghost.

Unpurple, and more of a gray than anything. I know it is sheer, but the brush was digging into the polish on the second coat (see my ring finger above my watermark) and I just wanted it all to end.

This usually shows up on eBay, but right now it isn't. You never know.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Turkey Gravy and Cranberry Dressing

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to thank all the people who follow this blog, make comments or email me. Thank you so much. I really enjoy doing this and appreciate you folks a lot.

I've got plenty to be thankful quote Irving Berlin.

Here are a couple of polishes that share one topper, thought I'd see how this turned out.

Sally Hansen New Lengths Metro Creme

Kind of a turkey gravy shade, perhaps also an Army khaki. In any event three coats and still a touch on the sheer side.

I found this at the Dollar Tree back in "the day" when a huge bunch of these New Length and Hard As Nails and Nylon polishes were all showing up.

I can't say it's a super fave, but it's unique. Just need to add some giblets (I hate giblets, but who doesn't think of the word giblets and giggle just a little?)

I did add SinfulColors All About You

This is two coats of SC All About You.

I blogged it here, and it's a pretty little glass fleck number that just is so darn cute!

I think it improves this polish, and as an "on the go" polish All About you yields a good result.

Sally Hansen New Lengths Rich Plum Creme

I don't get plum, but I sure get cranberries! My favorite part of the meal!

Three coats, and a beautifully rich shade that stand alone.

But I did add some SC All About You

Robust, indeedy!

Two coats of SC, and it's much warmer.

Love it? Not sure, but I do think it's time for a second piece of pumpkin pie, any way you want to cut it!

I wanted to add a water marble I did with similar colors:

It's a "gravy" tan (SH Snappy Creme) and an old SH vamp, whose name I forgot (label off), and Max Factor Momentum Moss.

Sort of a gravy, cranberry, and peas thing going on. I guess I'm hungry for some turkey!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Ripe Plums Are Falling

Gather this one in your basket, if you please.

Maybelline Plushed Plum

One coat, no top coat.

This is an old Dollar Tree acquisition (just wanted to use "Dollar Tree" and "acquisition" in a sentence, I mean how often do I get to do that?) which has remained rather ignored. Ignored I tell you. Why, who knows.

A complex frost in a rebirth of frosts in a pretty banal array to choose from. This one has so much complexity I can't stand it. At once it's a blue toned purple and you can see the blue base almost like it's got blue shimmer, then it demurs into an earthy plum shade with brown undertones.

It's very sophisticated and looks like it is aping something with a much better address - aka Paris - and does a great job of it. The color shift is subtle, grown-up, and startling. 

I mentioned one coat, but I also need to mention that it was particularly excellent to work with. Full of some old chemistry, though.

It is on eBay, not to be confused by the Color Show version with the gold flake in it.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Grape and Gold

I thought I had blogged Colorama Grape Spritzer before, but apparently I didn't.

It's a pretty, rich shade that is almost violet, but falls short. It has some gold shimmer, but it is too demur. It is, though, a sheer piece of work: not the kind you celebrate, but the kind you gnash your teeth at because it's just not building very well in three coats. 

I dumped mine into an old Borghese bottle of white that was very nearly empty and it added some density. Then I poured in a bit of OPI Diva of Geneva (I have three bottles, how did that happen?), then a few drops of some Borghese Mezanotte Blue. Finally I decanted a bit of Revlon Gold Goddess (blogged here) into the mix.


Improved, in my humble opinion. I admit after I took my photos, I put more of the gold flake into the bottle.

Three coats, except I only put two coats on my pinkie. 

I think it's definitely improved it, though some might not like the flake, I kind of love it. 

I don't miss Grape Spritzer, but I am sorry I didn't get it blogged before I rebooted it, a before and after would have been nice.


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Friday, November 20, 2015

Glitters of the Purple Variety

A pair of glitters that I've been wanting to swatch.

Milani Lavender

A purple and blue/purple glitter mix in a clear base. Sadly, the suspension base would not jibe with my white polish I wore below. This is two coats and I think it's a perfect topper as it isn't really dense enough to work as a full coverage glitter polish.

Unfortunately I couldn't make my formula much of a win, and I think a sponge application would only dent the white and make it muddy.

As much as I adore Milani's regular polishes and find it very hard to fault their formula, the glitter polishes are not working out the way I'd hoped. I have a number of these and as I swatch the ones in a suspension base I discover this melting characteristic. And even if I try it out over a rock-hard-three-day-old-manicure it still just reacts and rewets the base. Frustrating.

This is available at the Dollar Tree, though it can vary with inventory, etc.

Hard Candy Hot Pants

Two coats.

I like the pale violet mauve base. Also instead of a holographic glitter, it's got a pretty iridescent metallic glitter. Pretty, delicate, and subtle.

I think putting this over a soft rose pink or a soft mauve would be pretty spectacular.

I found this one a very workable formula and no playing around with it melting the polish below.

This was part of that big Hard Candy purchase I made on eBay, it's still all over eBay, too.

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