Showing posts with label Barielle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barielle. Show all posts

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A couple of Mints

I wanted to do a huge mint comparison, but for some reason I never got it together because I had so many other greens I wanted to do!

Here are a couple!

Diamond Cosmetics Sea Spray


Three coats, a gorgeous light green shot through with golden shimmer.


The base is more of a frosty shimmer than a creme, giving a frothy/foamy feel. Ever been on the beach on a really windy day and the foam blows up along the beach? It reminds me of it!


As you can see the gold shimmer is very pronounced, which is always a win!


A combo, here, e.l.f. Mint Cream topped with Barielle's Buddha-ful

Mint Cream was a little bit dicey at first, but in the end worked out. I have many, many, many mints, so this isn't high on my "favored children" list.
Barielle's Buddha-ful is a milky based minty flake. It shifts a little bit lavender pink, which is ever-so-precious, I love it so much!!

One coat here did the job!

I will say that of all the flakies I own, this one did a weird thing, it actually made dents in the polish creating a few divets where a smooth surface was what I expected after two top coats.

Even after I redid this manicure with another mint - Essie, I believe - it did the same thing. Odd. I may need a thicker top coat, though my quick dry is pretty thick. Oddness.

Here are the bottles!


As you can see here the e.l.f. looks a bit more turquoise, but it's not quite so brightly pigmented or as blue in real life.

If you are into flakies, Buddha-ful is a nice one.

Also Diamond Cosmetics is always an affordable way to get a lot of neat colors. I am not affiliated in any way, but I always seem to like what I see when I put on their polish.

Thanks for reading my nail polish journal!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Curfew Variations

L'Oreal Breaking Curfew #380 was on sale about a year ago when L'Oreal discontinued their main nail polish line. Right now they bring out some seasonal collections, I recently reviewed their summer offering here.

I will say now that I adore this formula.

Let's do it:


A deep vamp plum, which has purple moments in the bottle but also feels burgundy. Refreshingly, it doesn't look brown, and it seems to hold out against turning completely black.

Three coats that did, I feel, need it. It dried pretty quickly for a non-quick-dry polish! Shine, well, you can see the warning label that is inside the lamp in the gloss. I could read the word "caution" when I was editing! Wow! Shine!!

Here is the bottle:


I feel like this is a bit light, although it shows how much like plums this color looks.

Perhaps above all, the fact that the finish is a jelly, really is so nice.

I tried a few things with it, too.


First I tried Barielle's Elle's Spell.




This is my only Barielle, I found it in a sale bin at Ulta on a fluke. It is similar to Hidden Treasure, but the flakies are smaller and it's in a red base that leans into the pink range, feels like pomegranate jelly.

This is two coats. I like it, it's very beautiful!

I then added some Elle Elle/LDL polish that is from an old 9 pack from Ross. Ross now carries a lot of WetnWild, Color Club, and other brands. No longer does it carry the LDL or my beloved Princessa by Richon. It's holiday season, so who knows what might float in on the retail waters.


This is a clear base, perhaps a little milky, with a cool gold glassy particle glitter. I really love this, so delicate.


It feels like mini-flakes over bigger flakes!

Also feels like a holiday manicure.


Finally I pulled out some Hidden Treasure. My beloved Hidden Treasure.









Two coats, delicious green flash and fire of red and orange.

Seems like I always get a thrill when I put it on. So nice!

Last, but not least, I put Breaking Curfew over a mini Sally Hansen Diamond Strength sheer from a small set that was at Ross. These are pretty old, and I couldn't even guess what the bottle is called in the full size, but it's a nice glassy shimmer that has been in the layering drawers for a while.
I didn't photograph it over BC because I felt it was a bit too much coverage, although not bad.
So, I used it as a base.


I pretty much reached the end of my lighting/camera/my capabilities. Here is a close up to show the effect:







That luminous shine pops from beneath the jelly. I believe this is two coats.

I think I love all of these layering attempts, but Hidden Treasure is sort of like showing up at the local rec center Halloween contest in your custom made Darth Vader costume and sweeping the field.

There you go!

Hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!