Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Greens for March: Squishy Wonderland

 Hey! It's March and you know what that means: green, green, and more green.

Starting off with a wintry cool pine green by Morgan Taylor, Aquamarine Applique':

Three coats, with a top coat. This is a sheer translucent layering polish in the same family as the OPI Colorpaints. 

The first coat is very sheer and the second left visible nail line, but the third coat did a very nice job of offering complete coverage.

These types of polishes can be patchy without careful application, since they are so sheer, yet buildable.

I found this one to really hit the sweet spot for me, even after two coats I found an even coverage. Yes!

I did have a little bit of issue with looseness, but not bad, mostly my own efforts. I did though have a good deal of staining. Can't really say why some greens stain and some don't, but this baby kind of got a pass in my book. 

Morgan Taylor did this 2016 Chrome collection in that same time frame as OPI Colorpaints.  Their website was crashing with photos not loading so it took some poking around to find things.

 It is a tight six colors with a silver chrome to use as a base. Though in my mind the glitters, flakes, etc that these can layer over is pretty endless. Every polish has "applique'" in the name.

Still available on Nail Tech Supply. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2021


 Here is Frenzy Polish Crushed Cranberries:

Three coats and no top coat. It's so deep the color play on the bottle in this photo just doesn't show on the nail. 

I want to say that this is a vamp that is more of a wine mahogany shade with some holo glitter and I believe some flakes were described.

In some light it looks almost like a warm purple, but then in most light it really looks like a deep brown shimmer.

I have read about a technique that you wipe with some acetone to reveal the sparkle, I may try that in the future.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Harmony and Joy

China Glaze vintage: Joy and Harmony.

These are from the Romantique collection from many years ago. It preceded the Khrome collection, which garnered a lot of popularity as a source of stamping polishes and, of course, chrome finishes. Romantique is very similar, but more of a creamy chrome metallic. 

Imbued with soft Victorian-era dress colors, the collection didn't wow the nail community, but it was loaded with dense, stampable colors. Nice.

I bought several as stamping polishes only. In fact I've put them on the back burner because I was trying out some other polishes for nail art. 

 As I was rearranging these, I pulled them out of the stamping drawer to wear, the colors are so nice.

 Chrome shades by themselves are a little tricky: they show mistakes, brush strokes, and nail bed bumps (like ridges), but these are a little more forgiving.

China Glaze Joy:

This is my habitual three coats, but two would have been fine. No top coat at the time of the photo.

A beautiful merlot that really just is a, dare I say it, joy to wear. I did have some application error, but it's hard to fault this one.

Here is China Glaze Harmony:

I love this so much. Same as above with regard to top coat and number of coats.

This one just has wonderful rich purple and great metallic finish.

I may not have the whole collection, but if you are interested, they are still up at 8ty8 Beauty.  I have ordered from them in the past and have zero issues with them. In many ways their extensive lineup is like an archive of collections!

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Sally Hansen, Ravens, and Lava

 I really have a thing for black polishes that are not cremes. I don't have too many blacks, most are workhorses as bases. So creme does the job, but I have a couple shimmers and I am still looking for a black foil.

Here is a shimmer with shiny silver flecks, Raven's Wing:

It's in a jelly base and this is before the top coat, so it is shiny, but not super squishy or candy-like. It needed three coats and on my index finger (upper right) you can see where I didn't get enough of the last coat on to get a good density.

Yet another untried from the Dollar Store days (I had to pick up a couple things and their nail polish now seems to be almost gone, not even L.A. Colors, just some random off-brand - I always look...habit!). I guess for some reason I never had an urge to try it.

I couldn't leave it alone, though, because I wanted to see what Orly 15 Minutes of Fame would do over the top.

Here is the result:

This is two coats. I really don't know how to describe this one. It has microglitter that is silvery at first glance, but with the right light is holographic. It has iridescent flakes - though mine are really firm at the bottom and not represented well here (not to self: thinner and a paper clip!)

It's described as a "pink coral" (no longer on Orly's site, but all over the place for sale) but mine really is just a red jelly, very translucent, which is why I tried the topper.

I definitely get a magma vibe, which is nice. 

I believe the silvery flecks of the Sally Hansen help the Orly pop, but it's hard to say. 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Midnight Passion by Diamond Cosmetics

Why this has sat untried in a drawer for so long, who knows. 

You've read my posts about Diamond Cosmetics, and they are now private label only, but when they had their own line ($2-3!!) it was a formula on par with the best.

So I guess there is more money in what they do now, as boutique brands and influencers emerge with their own product.

Midnight Passion:

Two coats and no top coat when I took this photo.

An indigo purple (though I had to doctor this image up as it really wants to photograph very bright blue) loaded with metallic shimmer.

A formula that covered and was plump almost like a gel.

Not to wax sentimental, but damn, right? Nice.

There are many private label makers and it seems like a lucrative market if you own the polish manufacturing infrastructure. From high end luxury cosmetic brands to modest makers building a name, all use outsourced nail polish manufacturing...unless you actually make it for a living, like OPI, Color Club, CND, and a host of indies. 

I am glad they are still around.

If you see this one on a blog sale, like a deep indigo purple shimmer, you might want to grab it!

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Lacquester Dragon Heart

A beautiful purple base with "bronze, copper, gold, red, fuchsia, and green UCC flakies" per the Lacquester website.

Here is the beautiful result:

A beautiful mix of flakies that are in a bright almost neon jelly base. This is quite a few years old, but it is really stellar and stands out as an excellent flakie.

It's three coats, no top coat yet. 

No issues, so no need to worry about clean up.

I love Lacquester's aesthetic. Worth the perusal. Right now it, but currently having some issues with bottles at this writing and is closed temporarily.

One of those indie brands that can get lost in the mix because it's not US based. There is a lot of Lacquester on the Color4Nails site, a stellar indie seller. 

I am not affiliated, as I buy my own nail polish.  

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Many Joyful Things Combined

Nailed It! is an indie maker based out of Hawaii, and their shop is a treat.

I found this polish on the monthly Hella Handmade Creations site last year. It's a monthly limited edition buying site with a window of time to shop, though they offer holdovers of extra stock in inventory.

It's small and curated and lovely to see the excellence present. I highly suggest checking it out.

This polish is based on Howl's Moving Castle, a Studio Ghibli gem of a an animated film about a wizard and his saving grace, Sophie. A Heart's a Heavy Burden is actually a quote from the climax of the film, and this polish does a wonderful job embracing it.

A Heart's a Heavy Burden by Nailed It!:

A shifty blurple, full of pink and blue shifting glitter and a lot of holographic sparkle.

I have three coats, no top coat.

Here is a blurry holo shot:

Hard to fault this medley of holo, flakie, and even shimmery polish.

Check out Nailed It! And Hella Handmade Creations as there really are a lot of goodies still available and coming up. I love how the makers create their own themes and work their magic. 

I completely adore this polish and while it's a limited edition gone the way of the dodo, it may show up on a sale site on facebook or someone's instagram or blog sale. Hard to say. 

The homage to Howl and his heart is perfection. Simply lovely.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Sweet Charity

In keeping with my burgeoning desire to wear more polish and blog more in 2021, here is another post.

Zoya Charity is not a new polish. This fig colored beauty came out in 2006 in the Magique collection. Yes. I know. I have no idea, either! This was before nail polish mattered to me very much. So, I am no help here.

It's a pale purple mauve, per Zoya, but it is very figgy and gorgeous. Touched with a soft "copper duochrome" (Zoya again) the shimmer is not overpowering nor is it a super secret shimmer. 

Considered a purple, but that "office safe" kind of purple, that is so flattering and easy to wear. 

Zoya Charity:

This is three coats and a top coat (which did bubble a bit)

I wonder if they reformulated the shade. Old images show what I am wearing, but some newer ones show a more intense shade, though not by much. I can see how batches change. Also, I generally don't have any issues with fading colors, I keep my storage out of the sun and out of heat.

Very simple, but extremely satisfying. Still available on Zoya. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst

I have a stash of Sally Hansen Prisms that I found at the Dollar Tree (oh the day!) and realize I haven't really swatched them excessively.

Here is Emerald Amethyst:

It's a metallic purple with a hint of warmth from a wine undertone. 

I could not capture the green shift, despite my best attempts.

Three coats and no top coat here.

I really enjoy the metallic finish of the shimmer. 

These are available on eBay and blog sales on occasion, so if you are a fan or a collector you may want to keep an eye out.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

You're a Hoot

Nail Hoot polish from 2017 that I swatched summer 2020.

Autumn Fire is a translucent jelly with a lovely what are called "micro-flakes" by the indies.

I've browsed around and most images show a gold flakie emerging, but mind seemed more silver. Even though the photo was taken on the phone, it still looked silver to the eye.

Here is my swatch:

This is three solid coats. 

I debate if I should move it into the topper realm. I have a LOT of reds that are jellies and glass fleck, to me this feels more like a glass fleck.

I believe this is a Polish Pickup purchase or I bought it used. I think the concept is pretty available in the indie world, but it's hard to say. I have a lot of older polishes (OPI, Nicole by OPI, etc. that have this finish, so perhaps it's a little more rare)

I think with some poking around you can find something similar. 

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