Sunday, June 14, 2015

REVIEW of Sephora Color Hit Nail Polish in Voodoo Doll

Hello bumblebees,

I purchased this polish in a Sephora haul. I'm still not sure if you can buy Sephora Color Hit polishes anymore but you might still be able to track them down on amazon or something. I tried this polish back in February when it would make sense to apply a dark purple polish.

Color: Voodoo Doll is a deep blue-toned purple creme polish. That's pretty much it. I'd have to do a comparison post to see how it compares to the other purples in my collection but I feel like this is what I wanted but wasn't getting from the purple polishes I reviewed a while back. It's not going to change the world but it's a nice option if you like this kind of color. It's one of those dark purples that makes you skin look paler and the blue tone is flattering for me.
Formula: The formula for this polish is on the thinner side.
Application: The first coat applied streaky with the brush creating ridges in the polish. The wide brush was particularly annoying when I was painting the nail on my pinky finger which is very narrow. The polish was just not covered the nail very well and trying to even out the polish with the brush just pushed it around on the nail. The second coat applied more smoothly. I was able to work with the polish this time to smooth it out and get an even coat of polish over the nail. However, at two coats the manicure looked patchy. At three coats the polish was opaque though a light test showed some balding in a few small areas. I should point out that my nails were short so three coats might not be enough on longer nails.
Wear: I wore this polish for about a week. Tip wear started on my right hand on the first day. I don't know why but the polish started to chip on one nail. When I removed the polish there was more tip wear but strangely my manicure had held up pretty well on my left hand with the polish just becoming duller over time.

CONCLUSION: No, I wouldn't recommend this polish. It's not awful but it won't be difficult to find a dupe for this purple and even for the cost you would probably be better served finding a polish that applies more easily and wears better.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

REVIEW of NYX Advanced Salon Formula Nail Polish in Pastel Mint

Hello chickens!

I'm going to slip a little update in here before we get into the review. If you're curious, my external hard drive is still unresponsive so all my photos are either trapped on there or lost forever. I still don't have a new laptop which is part of the reason all of my writing efforts (if you've managed to stalk me to all the places where I post on the internet) have slowed though not stalled, because, of course, it's me. I am working on getting a new laptop and putting off fixing the external hard drive because I'm dreading hearing that it's beyond repair. I had a cold when I first got back from vacation. Then I got sick again. Oh, and my camera stopped working for a few weeks. And I've just been lazy about doing my nails since I got back. OK, enough of that. Onto the review.

Color: NYX Pastel Mint is a pastel mint creme polish. I love it when they make it easy for me. But no, really, if you want a bit more clarity, there are a lot of polishes in this same general family. This is not a sky blue. This is not a turquoise or a sea green. It's not a pistachio green. It's very clearly a mint leaning towards green.
Formula: The formula is not that thin but the polish applies like a thinner polish.
Application: The first coat went on smoothly but from the first coat I could tell that this wasn't a polish I should try to work with. Going over it with the brush will just make it streaky and push polish around. However, for a pastel, the polish applied well in the first coat, not thick or super streaky. The second coat also went on smoothly without any drag. I did see ridges because I couldn't smooth the polish out with the brush. It's also important to not apply too much pressure with the brush. The third coat went on smoothly but was thick and I again could not even out the polish. The polish wasn't gloopy but it was thicker where the brushstrokes overlapped.

CONCLUSION: I honestly don't think I'll ever find a perfect pastel mint polish but this one is respectable for the price. I wouldn't try to work with it if you're an absolute beginner at doing your own manicures but someone with a bit of experience should be able to manage. You're not going to get perfect results but for a pastel, I thought the final manicure looked good.
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