Wednesday, March 25, 2015

REVIEW of Butter London Nail Lacquer in Jack the Lad

Hello lasses,


I don't know why I keep buying Butter London polishes when I don't like them that much. No, scratch that. I do know. It's because of the "discounts." I got this one a year ago at 6pm.com for $6.99, which while not cheap, is a nice markdown from the regular retail price of $15. This is the fifth Butter London polish I've reviewed and I still fail to understand why they think they can charge $15 a bottle when more often than not, their polishes are worse than what I can find at the drugstore.

Color: Jack the Lad is a glitter polish. It has a blackened green creme/jelly base with brighter green shimmer and glitter. It looks very pretty when the light hits it in the right way but I think I have similar dark green polishes that I prefer. I don't think I have an exact dupe but if I want to wear a dark green polish, I have better options in my collection. It also looks quite flat a lot of the time when the light isn't hitting it. The light gives it depth because it brings out the glitter.
Formula: The formula is thin.
Application: The first coat applied smoothly but not evenly because the polish was so thin. Trying to add more polish or even the polish out with the brush just moves polish around on the nail. The base is very sheer in the first coat. Unlike a lot of glitter polishes, this isn't a glitter bomb in the first coat. The second coat and third coats also went on smoothly though I had to even out the third coat a bit. The polish still wasn't opaque in three coats so I reluctantly added a fourth coat of polish. I'm getting pretty damn tired of buying these expensive polishes and then having to apply four coats of polish to get a decent manicure. At four coats, it was basically opaque but not perfect.
Wear: I wore this polish for 4-5 days. I experienced tip wear on my left hand. The polish at the tips of my nails wore away completely but I could have kept wearing the polish if I'd re-wrapped the tips. On my right hand, the tip wear was worse and the polish on my thumb starting chipping on day one for some reason. The polish wasn't easy to remove but it wasn't as bad as other glitter polishes. It just took a lot of Q-tips and more pressure than I'd use for a creme.

CONCLUSION: No, I wouldn't really recommend this polish. It's fine I guess but the color isn't that special, you need to apply four coats to get anywhere near opacity and it doesn't wear particularly well. I need to stop getting sucked in by Butter London discounts.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

REVIEW of Pure Ice Polish in Superstar! With SWATCHES

Hello superstars,


I'm sorry I've been neglecting you. I've had a busy month... leaving the house and all. Also, the external hard drive where I store all the photos for the blog before they're ready to go into reviews crashed again so that put a hold on things. Anyway, I thought we could all use a palate cleanser so to say goodbye to (hopefully) the last of the snow this winter, let's talk about Pure Ice Superstar!

Color: Superstar! is a white creme polish. There's not much more to say beyond that. I'd say it's more of a stark white. That is, it's more like white out than the softer, creamier white cremes or the white shimmer polishes I've reviewed. I don't remember Zoya Purity that clearly but it's definitely more of a stark white than Cult Nails Tempest. As always, if you'd like a comparison post, just leave a request in the comments.
Formula: This polish has a thin formula.
Application: The first coat applied without any drag. You do have to be careful about managing the pressure and angle of the brush to avoid making streaks in the polish. It was nice to see that the polish wasn't thick or gloopy at all which is always a concern for me with light-colored polishes. I wouldn't try to even out the polish to avoid pushing polish around because the formula is thin. The second coat also applied a little streaky because of the brush but the actual polish didn't cause any issues. At two coats the polish wasn't opaque but I was impressed with the opacity. While the formula is thin, it's not like working with fluid nude polish or a jelly polish. The third coat applied smoothly. At three coats the polish is opaque though it fails a light test, likely due in large part to how light the color is.

CONCLUSION: I still prefer Cult Nails Tempest which has a better application but this polish was far superior to Zoya Purity. If you want to save money trying out a white creme or you just don't want to spend as much on Tempest, Superstar! will serve you well. The results won't be as perfect and you need a steady hand but for the price, it applies amazingly well for a white creme polish. If you're crazy about white creme polish, you could get both Tempest and Superstar!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

REVIEW of Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle

Hello my loves,


This is a very oddly named polish, isn't it? I picked it up recently when Cult Nails emailed me with a promo code along with back ups of Tempest and Fetish as well as a new polish that I will be reviewing... eventually. Let's not even pretend. You know me by now.

Color: Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle is a bright blue creme polish. I picked this up because it reminded me of swatches I've seen of OPI's What's With the Cattitude which people have been recommending to me ever since it came out and which I've never managed to get a hold of. While I haven't tried WWTC, I think Nakizzle's Shizzle is actually a bit brighter. It's darker than all the blue pastels I own but not as dark as my turquoises and teals. I can do a comparison if you'd like but I don't think I have a dupe for it.
Formula: The formula isn't notably thin or thick to me.
Application: The first coat went on smoothly with no drag. The polish was a little streaky and the results were patchy and not even. The second coat also went on smoothly. This time there was a little drag on the brush. The problem was that third brushstroke. When I went to add it, it became difficult to even out the polish as the polish gets streaky if you apply too much pressure with the pressure. At two coats the polish was still patchy and balding so I added a third. At three coats the polish is more or less opaque with tiny spots of balding from the uneven paint job. It probably wouldn't have been a problem if the first coat had applied more cleanly. The resulting manicure looked fine but not perfect. The polish wasn't applied evenly but because the polish wasn't thick or gloopy it wasn't super apparent.
Wear: I wore this polish for much longer than normal, around 8 or 9 days. When I removed the polish it had dulled a bit but the tip wear was very minimal. I'd say it held up very well.

CONCLUSION: I do love the color of this polish. It's a blue that gets attention and makes you happy without being too bold or an eyesore. It's a cheerful blue that I'm happy to have in my collection and the polish holds up well over a long wear time. But the application really wasn't great. It was manageable but because of the struggle to get a clean application I can't enthusiastically recommend this product. If you're willing to tackle it, I do think the color is beautiful though.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

REVIEW of Pure Ice Polish in Gossip! With SWATCHES

Hello peanuts,
I think bright pink polishes exist to torment me. They never want to photograph properly. Something about the color makes my camera crazy. I would normally just stick to the bright pinks I already own but you know I can't resist a cheap polish or a good deal and I was able to get this with a bunch of other polishes at a discount during the last San Gennaro festival. And yes, my residual Gossip Girl fandom probably pushed me over the edge into picking this polish in particular.

Color: Gossip! is a bright pink creme polish. Gosh, it's nice to just type "creme" again. It's so much easier than working out any of the other finishes. The color of this polish is a little trickier to pin down. I've seen "fuchsia" and "magenta" and "orchid" slapped on so many products of different shades that at this point they're meaningless to me. Gossip! is a bright pink that doesn't smack you in the face like a neon pink but isn't dark enough to be a jewel tone. It's your average bright pink. It's a little blue-toned but really it's just the pink you grab when you're not looking for something terribly specific.
Formula: The formula isn't notably thin or thick.
Application: The first coat of this polish went on smoothly. It wasn't perfect and self-leveling but it was very fluid with no drag on the brush. I did have to even out the polish a little. With the second coat I had to even it out more with the brush but it still wasn't causing me major problems. However, the polish wasn't covering the nail evenly. The third coat went on smoothly but there was no way to completely fix the manicure after the first two coats. The polish was opaque at three coats with slight patchiness.
Wear: I started getting tip wear very early with this polish. I wore this polish for longer than I should have because I just couldn't find the time to switch out the polish and the tip wear was very bad by the time I removed it.

CONCLUSION: This is one of those cases where you get what you pay for. The color of the polish is fine but it wears very poorly, chipping easily and application isn't great. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

REVIEW of Zoya Tinsley With SWATCHES

Hello socialites,


I am still a little out of it. This cold isn't really draining my energy but having to blow my nose every other minute is not fun. Still, I'm determined to start getting out these polish reviews whether my camera and photo-editing software feel like cooperating or not. I held back on buying Tinsley when it first came out but hearing so much positive word of mouth I decided to add it to a Zoya haul during some promotion or other. You know how it goes.

Color: Zoya Tinsley is a shimmery warm pink polish. Is it a foil or a flakie or a shimmer or a glitter? I don't know. It's a thin polish but a sparkly one. It doesn't have the base or density of particles that I'd associate with one particular finish. It's also difficult to describe the color. In normal light I'd call it a a warm pink polish with flecks of gold embedded in it. It's not a duochrome but because of all the gold, it can appear quite warm and orange-y. At night in artificial light it takes on a new penny copper quality. Basically, it is what it is. Yeah, sick me is not having any of it.
Formula: The formula is very thin and sheer.
Application: The first coat applied sheer but very sparkly. The polish went on smoothly but it wasn't easy to even out. The polish ended up thicker where the brushstrokes overlapped. The second coat of polish increased the opacity but the polish was still nowhere near opaque. At three coats, the polish was still nowhere near opaque.
Wear: I wore this polish for about five days. It didn't wear particularly well. It didn't chip but I got tip wear quickly, especially since I wasn't able to really wrap the tips of my nails.

CONCLUSION: Personally, I'm not a fan of this polish. I might wear it again but it's not one that you have to have in your collection. Application isn't great. Wear isn't great. And it's very, very sheer. I like the polish when it's pink with gold flecks but the orange and copper color it can take on loses me completely. It's not flattering with my skin tone. I would only get this one if you're really in love with the color.
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Update

Hello lovely readers,

I'm just checking in since I haven't been blogging much lately. Don't worry. I'm still around. You can find me if you need to. I haven't really felt like going to any of the sample sales this month. It's just not worth it to leave the house for that reason in this weather. Speaking of leaving the house in this weather, I'm very sick right now which is slowing down my testing and writing process. Additionally, I'm still struggling with the polish swatches not being color accurate and while my online shopping addiction has given me plenty of items for haul posts it's just too cold to pop outside to take photos so you'll just have to wait for the reviews. Please bear with me through this awful winter. Hopefully some more polish and makeup reviews will be coming in the next few weeks.

Much love,
Cat

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

REVIEW of Sephora By OPI in Queen of Everything

Hello cupcakes,


It is finally time for my review of Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Queen of Everything. And yes, I'll admit a significant percentage of the reason why I picked it up was because of the name. And also because the finds at the Big Lots I visited in San Francisco were rather disappointing. It's not like I needed another silver polish. Though, let's be honest, at this point it's not like I need most the polishes I'm buying. I could be a gypsy manicurist if anyone would let me near their nails without a license.

Color: Queen of Everything is a silver metallic polish. Call it a frost. Call it a shimmer. Call it a chrome. It really doesn't matter. It's your basic silver polish with a smooth finish and visible brushstrokes.
Formula: The polish is a little bit thick.
Application: The first coat of polish glided on very smoothly though the brushstrokes were immediately apparent. Also immediately apparent was the terrible and potent chemical smell. I mostly do my own manicures so it's not like I'm a stranger to the scents that various polishes and nail care products give off. But this was offensive enough to have me choking on the fumes. The second coat also went on smoothly but with visible brushstrokes. This is one of those polishes that requires careful application. On short nails this polish was almost opaque in two coats. I added a third for full opacity. I will note that while this polish goes on pretty smoothly, it gets harder to keep things neat with each successive coat so I would not recommend overworking this one with your brush or adding any more coats that necessary. You could also try waiting longer in between each coat.

CONCLUSION: I wouldn't enthusiastically recommend this polish but if you want a basic silver for your collection and you can get this cheaply it might be worth picking up. I think I only paid two or three dollars for this bottle. I have flashier silvers but this is a nice alternative when you want that color without grabbing too much attention.

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