Showing posts with label Swatch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Swatch. Show all posts

Enchanted Polish - Secret Sauce super sensational (Picture heavy)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I love special effect polishes. The shimmer, shine and surprise of what colors you are going to see next are enticing. I applied Enchanted Polish "Secret Sauce" and I cannot quit looking at my nails in different light. Of course, when I first started to put it on the sun was peeking through the haze and clouds and I couldn't wait to capture it in the sunlight. But we are getting some needed rain and the clouds beat me.

Secret Sauce is a dupe of the elusive Clarins 230 and Max Factor Fantasy Fire. I have Fantasy Fire and I have to say it is an excellent dupe.

This amazing special effect polish shifts from red to green to purple... depending on the light in which the the polish is viewed. It is actually quite mesmerizing. I have lots of photos for you. I was trying to capture the colors and stunning shimmer and shine.

I received this Enchanted Polish from Llarowe. Llarowe is a supplier of some amazing polishes. It is one of my favorite places to shop for polish. I go there quite often as the selection is always changing. It's a polish lover's dream!

Onto the swatches. These swatches have a base color of Zoya Raven, one coat of Secret Sauce and no top coat. 

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce in artificial light

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce in artificial light

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce in artificial light

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce with flash

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce in artificial light

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce in artificial light

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce - A little blurry but look at that shimmer!

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce with flash

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce with flash

Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce nail polish - Effect polish
Enchanting Polish Secret Sauce close up shot

Bottom line: Enchanted Polish Secret sauce is a great dupe of Clarins 230 and Max Factor Fantasy Fire. And it's actually something you can get your hands on. Secret Sauce is available at shop.llarowe,com for $15 for a 15 ml bottle. I paid a lot more than that for my Max Factor and it is positively tiny! 
I previously posted Fantasy Fire and you can see those swatches here.

The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.

NOTD: Venique "Hot Date" with glitter tips

Monday, July 2, 2012

I wanted something bright and pink to match an outfit. I immediately grabbed Venique Hot Date. I love my Venique polishes. I haven't had problems with chipping or the formula. It applies even and smooth. I do think it has a longer drying time than some brands. 

I used Wet n Wild Coloricon "The Crown is Mine" on the tips. I like those little Coloricon polishes. Lots of glitz and glitter for an affordable price.

Venique "Hot Date" with Wet n Wild Coloricon "The Crown is Mine" on the tips.
Venique "Hot Date" with Wet n Wild Coloricon "The Crown is Mine" on the tips.

Venique is available exclusively at Cosmoprof although it can be found on eBay.

A England - The Legends Collection swatches

Sunday, July 1, 2012

I have four wonderful polishes to share with you today. A England "The Legends" Collection has seven polishes and a base and top coat. 

I have Dragon, St. George, Order of the Garter and Bridal Veil and decided since tomorrow is A England day on one of my favorite polish store's Facebook page I would share them with you. Llarowe is having a polish of the day on her page. So make sure you check out her page to see some fabulous polishes.

Now let's move on to the swatches. I love A England. They apply flawlessly and I think you could actually get away with only one coat for most of them. But the swatches below all have two coats. It was difficult to try and capture the true effect of the polishes. All of the polishes have a wonderful holographic effect that is mesmerizing.

Bridal Veil - A deep black polish with a holographic effect.

A England Bridal Veil nail polish
A England Bridal Veil
 Dragon - a muted green. It really does make me think of a dragon. Quite stunning.

A England Dragon nail polish
A England Dragon
Order of the Garter - A vibrant, rich, bright blue shade. It is one of my favorite blues. And I have a lot of blue polishes.

A England Order of the Garter nail polish
A England Order of the Garter
St. George - This is one of my all-time favorites. A deep, stunning green with tons of holographic sheen and shine.

A England St George nail polish
A England St George

A England polishes can be purchased at shop.llarowe.com for $12

Bottom line: A Englands are wonderful polishes that anyone should add to their collection.

Nerd Lacquer Nebula - First of several swatches

Saturday, June 30, 2012

An amazing friend sent me some Nerd Lacquer polishes. I had never tried the line before so when they came I couldn't wait to wear one. The hard part was deciding which one. Nebula just kind of jumped out at me.

Nerd Lacquer Nebula nail polish
Nerd Lacquer Nebula

Nebula is a glorious deep burgandy base with tons of multicolored glitter packed in it. The name fits the polish nicely. It looks as though all the stars were captured and corralled in this bottle. It applied wonderfully - even and smooth. It has a relatively quick dry time. One coat of Seche Vite Top Coat finished it off nicely. I was worried that it might be a thirsty polish and need a couple of coats of top coat. But one coat was all it needed. 

Nerd Lacquer is one of those indie polishes that caused an internet riot when it was available. Now its creator is taking a break from making polish making this polish even more sought after.

Here are the Nerd Lacquers you will see in future posts.


Vivid Lacquer - Indie polish review

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Today I have for you an Indie polish review - Vivid Lacquer.

Vivid Lacquer is an indie polish maker on Etsy.com. She sent four polishes for me to review. (Well, she actually sent five but one is a prototype and I am sworn to secrecy.  ;)

The polish formulas were pretty good. They applied evenly (they were kind of thick but applied well) and dried quickly. I did have to fish for the larger glitter pieces but I think that is pretty common for some of these specialty glitters. The color combinations of the glitter were great. The polishes were a little on the thick side when applying - but again - pretty common for specialty glitters.

Let's get straight to the swatches!

The Harlequin's Adoration nail polish
The Harlequin's Adoration over Milani A Rose My Lady

The Harlequins Adoration is tons of multi-size and shape glitter. I applied it over Milani A Rose My Lady.  This polish makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. Hearts and diamond shaped glitter make up the main part of the polish. I did have to fish for some of the larger pieces but it wasn't too hard. It is a nice, pretty polish.

Here's a bottle shot of The Harlequin's Adoration.

The Harlequin's Adoration
The Harlequin's Adoration bottle shot

Next is Paint me Patriotic.  This is probably my favorite of the bunch. Multi-size and shape glitters. And of course it's red, white and blue. I put this over Milani White on the Spot. But that actually makes it hard to see the white glitter. It dried quickly and applied pretty evenly. This may have to be my 4th of July mani.

Paint me Patriotic over Milani White on the Spot
Paint me Patriotic over Milani White on the Spot
Here's a bottle shot of Paint me Patriotic.

Paint me Patriotic bottle shot
Next up is The Ice Queen's Lament. Multiple shades and shapes of blue glitter. Did I mention it's blue? I do love blue and this does look like something you would see on an Ice Queen's wall. Again, i had to fish for some of the larger pieces but I think too many of the large hearts would be too much. I applied the Ice Queen's Lament over Deborah Lippman Let's hear it for the boy. Very pretty and subtle.

The Ice Queen's Lament over Deborah Lippman Let's hear it for the boy
The Ice Queen's Lament over Deborah Lippman Let's hear it for the boy
Here's a bottle shot of The Ice Queen's Lament.

The Ice Queen's Lament bottle shot

And the last polish. I really like this one. It's Your Princess is in Another Castle. Lot's of small pink glitter with larger round pieces of glitter. This one can stand on it's own or over a base color. I started with it over Milani A Rose My Lady. I only used one coat on the first photo.

Your Princess is in Another Castle over Milani A Rose My Lady - One Coat.
Your Princess is in Another Castle over Milani A Rose My Lady - One Coat.

Here it is with two coats. The top nail has a base color of A Rose My Lady. The bottom is with no base color. It really can stand on its own.

Your Princess is in Another Castle
Your Princess is in Another Castle

And here's the bottle shot of  Your Princess is in Another Castle.

Your Princess is in Another Castle bottle shot

There has been a lot of debate on indie polishes and the testing they put their polishes through. So I asked her what kind of testing she conducted on her polish. Rather than sum it up for you I will put her response here in its entirety.

"The generalized version: Each glitter and pigment is tested within my base for at least 30 days before I consider it suitable to be used in polishes that I sell on my website.

More specifically: I test my glitters by soaking them in the base that I use for 30 days prior to using them in any polishes that I sell. I do not get rid of the soaked glitters after that point - I continue testing so that I can be aware the second that anything changes with the state of the glitter (bleeding, curling, melting, etc). I do the same with pigments, as well as testing them to be sure that they mix properly and stay suspended without separating from the base when sitting still. 


I only purchase my glitters from vendors who guarantee their stability in solvents, so essentially each glitter that I use is tested on 2-3 levels from the factory down to the supplier and finally when it reaches me.


Finally, every polish that I create is swatched to see how it reacts when drying, and the tester bottle is left for between two weeks and thirty days before the formula is duplicated for public sale."

Vivid Lacquer indie polishes can be purchased on vividlacquer.etsy.com for $9. You can find more updated information on her Facebook page at facebook.com/vividlacquer or Twitter by following @vividlacquer.

Bottom line: Vivid Lacquer polishes are a good Indie polish with a decent formula. Very pretty polishes and combinations. I think they are a little pricey at $9. If you like large, glitzy, glitter polishes you should give Vivid Lacquer a try. 

The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.

Barielle swatches, cuticle minimizer and ridge filler - Oh my!

I received a lovely package from Barielle to review. Three gorgeous polishes, Extra Gentle Cuticle Minimizer and a Hydrating Ridge Filler.

Let me start with the cuticle minimizer. Nail maintenance is the unspoken part of nail care. It's the part that no one really likes to talk about. The polishes always get all the glory. While not glamorous it is an important part of a nail care routine. This minimizer applied wonderfully. I didn't have to work to put in on my cuticles. It was silky and smooth. and doesn't have an overwhelming odor as many nail products have.
Barielle Extra Gentle Cuticle Remover

I left the minimizer on my cuticles for about three minutes and then used an cuticle stick (one comes with the product) to push my cuticles back. Then I washed my hands with warm soapy water and used a nail brush to scrub any remnants away. It worked well to minimize my cuticles and will be a great addition to my nail care routine.

Extra Gentle Cuticle minimizer costs $10 and is available on Barielles website at www. barielle.com

Now let's move on to nail ridges. I have horrible vertical ridges on my nails and I feel they distract from the look of a finished manicure. I have struggled to find a product that works well to minimize them. While buffing will remove the ridges it will also remove a layer of nail with it which will make the nail weaker.

Barielle Hydrating Ridge Filler
Barielle Hydrating Ridge Filler with silk fiber applied wonderfully and dried quickly. 

As for the results I am going to let the photos do the talking. 

I used one coat of Hydrating Ridge Filler on my pointer and middle finger and Seche Vite base coat on the others.

Then I painted all my nails with Barielle Surf's Up. The difference in the end result was amazing. I probably could have gotten away with one coat of polish if I had used it on all my nails. It worked well as a primer base for my nails while minimizing the ridges. 

Take a look! The nail on the left has the ridge filler. The one on the right has Seche Vite base coat. It's a noticeable difference.
Barielle Surf's up - Ridge filler comparison

This is after two coats. The pointer and middle finger have the ridge filler base and the others have Seche Vite base coat. Hydrating Ridge Filler with silk fiber is available at Barielle.com for $16.

Barielle Surf's up - Ridge filler comparison
Barielle Surf's Up

Barielle's polishes have a great formula, are easy to apply and dry quickly. The polish above is Surf's Up. It is a vibrant bright blue. And I have always leaned toward blue polishes. They are a weakness of mine. I love this color.

Berry Go Round is a bright, cheerful coral. Now that I have tried this I wonder why I don't wear coral colors more often. The bottle did have a mishap during transit and leaked.

Barielle Berry Go Round
Berry Go Round
Now, who doesn't like sparkle? I think we all do. I used Stardust as a top coat for Surf's Up. It is gorgeous. It applied evenly and it wasn't difficult at all to ensure my nails had an smooth even coat of glittery goodness. Small micro-sparkles abound in this polish.

Barielle Surf's Up with Stardust top coat
Surf's Up with Stardust top coat
Barielle polishes can be purchased at Barielle.com for $8.

Barielle has been around for more than 30 years and introduced "Nail Strengthener Cream" as the first nail care product of its kind. Originally formulated to condition the hooves of million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses, this legendary skin care product helps nails grow healthier and stronger while resisting splits, peels and breaks.

Bottom line: Barielle products are something I will add to my list. Affordable, quality products.
The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.

Jelly in a jar? Princess Polish

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I love summer. It's full of picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, fairs... And when I think of a fair I can't help but think of all the homemade goodies - including jellies and jams.

I recently ordered polish from Princess Polish. They arrived today safe and sound. Princess Polish has made some amazing jelly holographic polishes. Jelly polishes take a bit to build up on your nail and several coats are needed. But they are delightful polishes to own and have a lot of depth to them. These polishes also took a bit to build up. It took at least three coats to get to an opacity I was happy with. But I usually layer my jelly polishes over another. It's personal preference.

The polishes applied wonderfully and had a relatively quick dry time.

Let's just get to the photos. I was hurrying because I wanted to make sure I could get photos in the sunlight. But unfortunately - even though the sun was trying its best to shine bright - the wildfires nearby are releasing a lot of smoke and that smoke causes quite a haze. So you can't quite see the holographic goodness. If anyone is close to the fires or has property being threatened I hope you are safe and well.

Blueberry Jam
Blueberry Jam is one of my favorites. But then I am partial to blue. This is a wonderful azure blue that reflects the light in an astounding fashion.

Grape Jelly
Grape Jelly is my favorite of the collection. A grape purple that isn't too bright, or too dark. It's like the perfect amethyst.

Mint Jelly
 Mint Jelly is the sheerest of the colors. This is four coats. This reminds me of lime Jello!

Orange Marmalade
 Orange Marmalade is a gorgeous, bright, neon orange.
Strawberry Jam
Strawberry Jam is a delightful color. It is a rose pink shade that is deep and rich.

Bottom Line: These are wonderful jelly polishes. The holographic sheen is obvious without being overpowering. This is a great new Indie polish line.

Princess polishes can be purchase for $5 each at  http://princesspolish.storenvy.com/

Cult Nails Fairy Tale collection swatches

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Once upon a time I ordered a magical set of polishes.

I am excited to show you the new Cult Nails Fairy Tale collection. The application was easy and smooth. The formula is silky smooth and some of them look as though they were sprinkled with fairy dust.

These polishes can be purchased at www.cultnails.com for $10 each.

Let's move on to the swatches!

Charming
 Charming is a delightful shade of light purple that will make you feel like the belle of the ball.

Evil Queen
 Evil queen is a bright shade of red. You might even call it a candy apple red.

Feeling Froggy
Feeling Froggy is a riveting (or should I say "ribbeting") shade of green with magical shimmer and shine.

Happy Ending
 Happy Ending is a wonderful top coat of multi size and shape foil glitters. I have it on over Charming.

Princess
Princess is a light powdery shade of blue with a sprinkling of shimmer throughout. Fairy dust anyone?

Milani glittery goodness - swatches and review

Oh my... so much glittery goodness in one blog post. I have several Milani Jewel FX and One Coat Glitter swatches for you.

Most of us love glitter. And who wouldn't love seeing all that sparkle and shine.

Milani Jewel FX lets you bedazzle your manicure with chunky glitters that give the impression of the finest jewels adorning your nails. 

Jewel FX formula was a little thick. But with chunky glitter that is usually best. It applied evenly to give lots of sparkle and shine on my nails.

Milani's One Coat Glitter is chic and easy. All you need is a one coat application of highly concentrated multi-sized, multi-shaped brilliant glitter formula to provide lots of glitz.

One Coat Glitter applied super smooth and even. I simply love small glitter and this exceeded my expectations. It's definitely glitter goodness!

Let's move on to the swatches. I used Milani Just Grayt, Fast Fuchsia and Sail Away as my base colors for these.

Milani Jewel FX Hot Pink
 Hot Pink is cram packed with bright pink and holographic hexagon glitters. 
 
Milani Jewel FX Red
Red is simply what it says. It is dazzling and chic. It really makes me think of Dorothy's ruby red slippers.

Milani Jewel FX Fuchsia
 Fuchsia is a mesmerizing glitter that is somewhat between purple and pink.

Milani Jewel FX Lavendar
 Lavender has lots of multi-sized powerful purple glitters.

Milani One Coat Glitter Lavender Fizz
I simply love Lavender Fizz. Tons of glamorous purple glitters is on your nail with one swipe of the brush.

Milani One Coat Glitter Pink Flare
Pink Flare gives an illusion of a holographic layer on your nails. An abundance of light pink glitters is jam packed in this polish.

Milani Jewel FX Teal
 Teal is a gorgeous mix of blue and green glitters. 

Milani One Coat Glitter Twinkle

Twinkle provides two of my favorite colors in one polish. Blue and purple glitters float in this fantastic polish.

Glitter polishes take some effort to remove. But it's well worth it.

Milani polishes can be found at Walgreens, Target, Kmart, Winn-Dixie and CVS and costs from $4.49 to $4.99. Check out www.milanicosmetics.com for more colors.
Bottom line: Milani does glitter well. It's an affordable, quality polish. They have wonderful colors and apply easily.
The products in this post was sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.
 

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