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.


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.


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,

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.


Monday, February 2, 2015

REVIEW of China Glaze Goldie But Goodie With SWATCHES

Hello my golden girls,
I've missed you! I'm sorry I've been inattentive lately. I've been caught up with work and new healthy resolutions that take up quite a bit of my downtime. As always, just because I haven't been checking in, it doesn't mean that I haven't been testing products. I had these swatches sitting around for a while waiting for me to write my review. And then my external hard drive (with all my photos on it) crashed. In honor of China Glaze Goldie But Goodie, I'm taking the time to sort some of my favorite older artists into Spotify playlists. I suggest listening to The Platters' greatest hits if you're not familiar with them.
Color: China Glaze Goldie But Goodie is a burnished gold foil polish. I debated between calling this a glitter and a foil because it's smoother than a foil in my mind but it's not what I think of as a glitter or shimmer polish. Compared to the many other gold polishes I own (I have a problem) it's darker but unlike a lot of my darker golds it doesn't have glints of other colors in it. It has no copper or green. It's just a straightforward gold polish. If you want I'll pull out all my gold polishes and do a comparison. Just leave a request in the comments.
Formula: The formula of this polish wasn't notably thin or thick to me but it was sheer on the nail.
Application: The first coat of this polish went on smoothly. It was very sparkly at first but rather sheer. I had to even out the second coat a bit but I didn't experience any drag. The polish was nowhere near opaque at two coats. After adding a third coat the polish was still not completely opaque. Since I was planning to wear this manicure out to an event I added a fourth coat (which I hate doing!) to one of the particularly sheer nails for complete opacity. I didn't bother adding a fourth coat to all of my nails because I simply didn't have the time.
Wear: I tend to do my manicures at night with few exceptions. The following night I was already getting a bit of tip wear. Five nights later (counting the first night) the tip wear was very noticeable. Polishes usually wear very well on me. I'd put this at about a medium. I've had polishes that completely fall apart and the majority of polishes barely show tip wear at all. I probably wouldn't suggest this polish if you're someone whose polish regularly chips.

CONCLUSION: I would recommend this polish. I mean, it's not one that you need to own. It's disappointingly sheer and it's not like there's a dearth of gold polishes. But it does apply relatively smoothly and I don't know if any of my golds are an exact dupe. Again, let me know in the comments if you want a comparison post.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

REVIEW of Sephora Color Hit Nail Polish in Psychedelic

Hello mushrooms,

How are you? I'm fine. I swear. Those of you who have been following this blog for a while may find it odd that I'm reviewing a light purple polish in the middle of January but I promise, it's still me. We all need a palate cleanser every so often and sometimes we also throw random things into our carts when Sephora is having a sale. If you read my recent Sephora Extra20 Haul post, you'll know that I picked up this polish during that promotion. As far as I can tell, the reason these polishes were on sale is that Sephora is no longer carrying them. Actually, Sephora might have abandoned all of their own polish lines all together. Nevertheless, I'm sure if you put your minds to it, you'd be able to find this polish somewhere.

Color: Sephora Psychedelic is a light purple creme polish. It's not light enough to be a pastel and it's not dusty enough to be a lavender. I guess it's closest to lilac but that doesn't seem quite right either. I'm not sure how to explain it but there's something poppy about this polish without it being all that bright. It's a candy color. It's a color you'd use in a fantasy cartoon world. It's not aggressive or in your face but it's got a quality that gets your attention.
Formula: The formula on this polish is on the thinner side.
Application: The first coat of this polish glided onto the nail very smoothly though it was sheer. The second coat also went on smoothly though the brush created shallow ridges in the polish if I applied a bit too much pressure or didn't have enough polish on the brush. At three coats, I still had no major application issues but a light test revealed that the polish was not opaque and that application was a little patchy. Though I hate doing it, I added a fourth coat which helped with the patchiness though the polish still was not opaque.
Wear: I wore this polish for a few days. It was probably around five or six days. I experienced notable tip wear but it was the even kind and not the kind where the polish chips away. It was enough for me to notice but not enough to cause any concern about how the polish holds up. My manicure also did start to appear dull and lacking in shine towards the end of the wear period.
CONCLUSION: Wearing the polish I actually didn't notice the lack of complete opacity and personally, this is one of the more flattering shades of purple that I've tried. With a steady hand, you'll be able to get pretty nice, even results, especially for a light purple like this. Even though it lacks opacity, I would still recommend this polish if you can get a hold of it. I prefer it to the other light purples I own though if you make a request in the comments, I can always do a comparison to see how they stack up.


REVIEW of China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Running in Circles

Hello baubles,

I wanted to write you this review before you started taking all the ornaments down but unfortunately things didn't quite work out that way. Blah blah, life. Blah blah, excuses. I've been testing. I just haven't been writing the reviews. Let's set out to remedy that immediately by just jumping into this review of China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Running in Circles. I picked this up on sale from cherryculture.

Color: Running in Circles is a festive, sparkly green foil polish. Photographs don't always tell the whole story. I find this polish flashy but not too overwhelming. It's that depth of green that's just a shade or two lighter than a jewel tone emerald but not so bright that it'll blind you. I would be wary about wearing this in a more conservative work or school environment though. It's also a bit thin and glittery as foils go but after I got it to full opacity there was no way I wasn't calling this one a foil.
Formula: This China Glaze polish definitely has a thinner formula whether you're comparing it to glitter polishes, cremes, foils, or even other China Glaze polishes.
Application: The first coat of this polish went on smoothly but not evenly. Because the polish is so sheer it's not thick enough for you to smooth it out into an even coat of lacquer. It was already very glittery in one coat but I felt like more glitter was being deposited that color from the base liquid of the polish. The second coat also went on smoothly. Again, the polish was glittery but still quite sheer. With the third coat I was still getting visible nail line and the polish was nowhere near opaque. I added a fourth coat of polish which I am always loathe to do. I think there was a slight improvement but the polish was still not capable of blocking light. The decision between three and four coats is really up to you as it made a difference but not a monumental one.
Applying the polish with my non-dominant hand, the experience was pretty similar though the polish was a bit more streaky on the first coat and the manicure was a little less even and opaque overall.

CONCLUSION: It's such a beautiful festive green foil that I would recommend it if you're looking for something fun for the holidays or for a special occasion. However, it is quite sheer and that does get annoying so I won't say that this is one you need to have in your collection. But if you don't mind the lack of opacity, application isn't too much trouble and you might still be able to find it on sale somewhere. Personally, I'm glad I didn't pay full retail for it.