Monthly Archives: January 2011

Orly Galaxy Girl

Jump back on to the sparkly duochrome train, choo-choo!!!

Just like with Chanel Paradoxal, I got Orly Galaxy Girl on a whim (probably because the other Cosmic FX’s looked so great), and when I saw the bottle, I didn’t really care for it at all. It reminds me of a bruise, with its brownish red/purple base and teal glitter. Ok, the world’s flashiest bruise, but nevertheless it made me a little sick.

Well, at last I decided to try it anyway, and I actually fell for this girl! While I thought the glitter was straight-up teal, it’s actually duochrome! It flashes a deep, bright purple, and that’s what sold me on this one. The base doesn’t look too bruise-ish when on the nail, so I can live with that.

The formula is quite simply excellent, it glides on like buttah and is opaque in 2-3 coats. I also love Orly’s rubberized cap, it’s so comfortable to use.

Galaxy Girl is a dupe to one of the MAC Venomous Villains lacquers, called Formidable. Judging from the only MAC I own, I would definitely go for the Orly. Price is way lower, bottle is bigger, formula is better and the brush is actually usable.

What do you think of this weird polish? Do you have any polishes that you hated at first, but loved after a while?

See ya later, folks!
Love, S.

OPI What’s With The Cattitude?

As much as I adore multichrome shimmers and sparkly foils, there’s just something so clean and refreshing about a new, smooth and shiny creme manicure. Clarins 230 is  a tough act to follow, but when I opened my untrieds drawer and spotted OPI What’s With The Cattitude?, I immediately knew what to put on next.

This polish came out in 2010 with the Shrek Forever After collection, which I originally passed on. (Perpetually late to the party, that’s me!) But as my need for light, bright spring colors grew after New Year’s, I decided to pick this up with an eBay order I placed. What’s another polish, know what I mean? “Cattitude” is a bright sky blue pastel creme, so cute!

OPI’s formula and brush are as usual impeccable. Despite being a pastel, this polish is neither chalky or thick, and it’s nice and smooth in three thin coats. Can you say purr-fection?

Have a nice day, everyone!
Love, S.

Clarins 230

What is there to say about Clarins 230? It’s only the most beautiful and also most elusive nail polish in the world. Up until today, I had never thought I’d have it on my fingers, but all good things come to those who wait! The reason why it’s so hard to find, is because apparantly the pigment used to produce the color shifting effect just doesn’t exist any more, and it’s not possible to reproduce it.

For those of you who don’t know Miss Unicorn Pee, she’s a multichrome shimmer that literally shifts in every color in the rainbow. Words are worthless, so please have some spam! (You definitely want to enlarge these pics!)

Clarins 230 is very sheer, I would rather call it a layering topcoat than a polish you can wear on its own. In these pics, I’ve layered 2 coats of 230 over OPI Diva of Geneva, which is similar to 230′s main color. Application was problem free, but who are we kidding, I would have loved this one if I had to load it on there with a shovel.

Do you love Clarins 230 as much as me, or do you think it’s meh? What is your favorite polish ever?

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful weekend!
Love, S.

MAC Bad Fairy

When I saw the promo pics for the Venomous Villains collection last fall, I fell head over heels in love with MAC Bad Fairy. It went straight to the top of my wish list, even if I hadn’t seen a single swatch yet. The bottle pic looked like nothing I had ever seen before, and I knew that I just had to have it.

As did thousands of other nail polish lovers. This was one of the most anticipated collections last year, and the frenzy was unbelievable. I actually decided not to get Bad Fairy after all, but in the end I caved like a rotten shed in a tornado. Of course, the polish was sold out from MAC’s website, that took no more than half an hour, so I had to resort to the ‘Bay. When I finally got my coveted Fairy, I was so sick of the whole VV collection that I didn’t even want to wear it. I even considered swapping it, but I’m so happy I didn’t!

This is one of the most unique polishes I own. It has a lovely, sparkly foil finish, and the colors change from a deep magenta, to red, gold and sometimes it even looks kinda purple! I took a lot of pictures of the Bad Fairy, so enjoy the spam!

The brush is moppy and weird, and I had to cut away a stray hair before I could start polishing. I’ve heard that a lot of people have had problems with MAC’s brushes. The formula is quite sheer, but it builds nicely and is opaque in 3 coats.

I don’t think there are any true dupes to MAC Bad Fairy. I originally thought OPI The Show Must Go On was a dupe, but as my comparison showed, they are not totally alike. For budget options,  Accessorize Pink Spice is a very close dupe. Another near-dupe is Claire’s Poison Apple, but that’s not a total twin either. You just have to decide for yourself whether you must have the real deal, or if you can live with a few (tiny) differences.

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful day!
Love, S.

Chanel Paradoxal

Last year Chanel came out with this weird putty, taupe, purpleish shade with hidden shimmer. It was called Paradoxal, and this polish really lives up to its name. I wasn’t even going to get this one, I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not. In every swatch pic I saw, it looked different! Is it purple, taupe or grey? Is it a creme or a shimmer? Actually, it’s everything all at once!

Chanel surely must know what they’re doing, because I just couldn’t get this weirdo out of my mind, so when I saw it in the duty free shop when I went to Qatar in November, I decided to pick it up. I originally planned to swap it, but later I decided that I couldn’t let it go without seeing for myself what this polish was all about. I’m not sure I love it, not even if I like it, but at least it’s not boring at all!

I’m not too crazy about Chanel’s brush, I think it’s too soft and unmanageable. I also dislike the small knob that’s the handle, it’s not very easy to control like a normal brush handle. The actual polish itself has an ok consistency, and it’s opaque in two coats.

If you don’t want to splurge on a Chanel, this polish also has a lot of dupes, like most Chanels. The most popular dupe nowadays is Revlon’s Perplex, and that’s a good alternative if you need a budget option.

What do you think of Paradoxal and its dupes?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, S.

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