Monthly Archives: October 2011
Now here’s the polish that made me arrange the Singaporean swap in the first place. (Thanks again, emmajoy!) I was reading a nail polish thread on a certain forum, and the second I saw the picture of Elianto Racing Green, I knew I couldn’t stop until I held the bottle in my grubby paws. This polish is a mesmerizing mix of a blueish green base packed with small gold glassfleck glitter, the same as in Salsa Pink. I fell head over heels with this one after seeing just one picture of it, and I’m happy to say that it lives up to the expectations.
The formula is nice and easy to work with, and I love the brush. I thought after applying the first coat that it would be very sheer, but it covers very nicely in just two coats.
What do you think of Racing Green? Have you tried any Elianto polishes?
After all that bling, I needed something soothing and palate cleansing, so what could be better than Zoya Kelly from the Wicked & Wonderful collection? This dark, blue-grey creme is so chic and beautiful, I love it.
The formula is nice, although slightly on the runny side. It’s very pigmented, so I only needed two thin coats for full coverage. I really like the brush, it’s small, but not too small, and it fans out very easily and isn’t too stiff or too floppy.
Some of you might remember my franken Grace, which I thought would be a close dupe for Kelly. It turns out it’s not, Grace is lighter and more purple than Kelly. I found a closer dupe in China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, Kelly is just slightly more blue-leaning, while CC is straight-up grey.
I don’t have a lot of Zoyas, because I have this weird idea that I can’t “start” a brand unless I plan having a lot of polishes from them. I’ve resisted Zoya for the longest time, but I just can’t keep them out of my stash any more. Zoya has a lot of gorgeous colors, and they’ve shown time after time that they are real nail polish trendsetters (Charla and Faye, anyone?). So this weekend I made my first big Zoya order, I can’t wait for them to arrive!
What do you think of Zoya polishes?
I know it’s way too early for Christmas polishes yet, but when four glitter-tastic bottles from Color Clubs holiday collection Beyond The Mistletoe landed in my mailbox today, I just couldn’t wait to try at least one of them out. So I chose Color Club Jingle Jangle to be the first glitterbomb from this collection to adorn my nails.
I have to say that this is my second favorite glitter collection to come out this year, beaten only by the China Glaze Eye Candy collection. Beyond The Mistletoe goes for the classic, fine-glitter-only look, different from the multi-sized and hex-glitter laden collections we’ve seen from other brands this year, but that’s quite ok with me! Nothing wrong with classic bling (and some of the polishes even have holo bling, swoooon)!
Anyway, Jingle Jangle has tons of different colored glitter in a clear base, I see purple, lilac and aqua at least. Unfortunately, I don’t feel that it looks entirely right on me, as it pulls mostly silver or grey. I was expecting a lot more color from this one, so I’m slightly disappointed.
Here’s an out of focus macro shot to show you how blingy this polish really is.
The formula was ok for a glitter, but it got a bit moppy towards the end. I used three coats, but because of the sheer base, I could perhaps have used a fourth. My nails were getting very thick at that point, though, so I stopped in fear of getting bubble nails. I think this polish looks better from afar, when you don’t study it too closely, you don’t see how sheer it really is, and the bling is more striking from a distance as well. This would make an excellent pedi color!
This is a thirsty polish, I thought a thick coat of Seche Vite would quench it, but it ate it all up. A coat of Barielle Manicure Extender on top made it smooth and shiny again.
I bought my Color Club polishes from Nailsupplies.us, the Beyond The Mistletoe collection is now available at $3.10 per bottle.
A little stumble with the first “Mistletoe” from Color Club there, but hopefully the other three I got will redeem this collection!
Here’s a beauty from one of the greatest collections of all times, Rodeo Diva from 2008. This is China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic, it’s a gorgeous dark teal shimmer that looks lit from within. It also almost has a duochrome quality, sometimes it looks deep blue, other times greener. If you look at the bottle in the close-up shot, you even see a pink flash! So amazing!
The formula is a little bit tricky, quite runny, so I just took my time making sure it didn’t flood my cuticles. It’s very pigmented, I used two coats, but if you’re good, you could get away with one coat of this one.
Do you love the Rodeo Diva collection as much as me? Which Divas do you love the most?
You didn’t think I was done with the bling yet, did ya?!
When I started getting into nail polish jewelry making recently, I got a fresh, new craving for flakies. I studied the bottle pics at Viis Ilusalong long and hard (that’s what she said!), and I eventually decided that I needed Nfu-Oh 39 in my life.
Nfu Oh 39 is obviously a flakie, and the flakes change from bright green to indigo blue. The base is sheer, so it’s perfect for layering over other colors. Today I have layered it over my trusty black creme, GOSH Nero.
The formula is quite thick, but since it’s meant for layering, it’s not too bad. I used two coats over black here, but I think maybe just one coat would have been more striking. There’s a lot of flakes here, so a thin coat goes a long way.
As I said, I bought this at Viis Ilusalong, where the price is € 7.50 or $ 9.90 a bottle for the Opal Series (flakies). Nfu Oh can also be bought at FabulouStreet, at $12.50 a bottle (I’ve never shopped here myself, but I know a lot of people who have). Just a heads up, I recommend using PayPal if you’re buying from FabulouStreet, as some people have experienced problems after using their credit cards there.
Do you still think flakies are awesome, or are you tired of these now? What new finishes do you wish to see in the future?