Monthly Archives: October 2012
Jenn, one of my readers, asked if I could swatch Pahlish My Oblivion, and of course I can! It just takes a while to get around to it, but finally I managed to squeeze it in. ;)
My Oblivion has a royal blue jelly base with various sizes and shapes of holographic gold glitter. It looks a little similar Toxic and Timeless, but T&T has a more teal base with yellow and blue glitters.
I used four coats to get My Oblivion opaque, I thought I was done after three coats, but the fourth coat really made a difference and made it deeper and more alive. The formula was a bit tricky, I had a hard time putting it on without getting it all over my skin and cuticles. It’s not because it’s runny, rather the opposite. The polish felt kinda “bouncy”, it was difficult getting it close to the cuticle to create the gap, and it seemed like it pulled away from the skin when I moved the brush over the nail. I decided to just paint into the skin instead, and rather do cleanup to get a nice gap. It was easy enough with my trusted e.l.f. concealer brush and pure acetone.
To get this mani smooth, I used two generous coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food (which dries matte) and one thick coat of Seche Vite for shinyness. The mani is totally smooth and glasslike a day after application, so it seems like Glitter Food really works!
I just love all the glitters I’ve tried recently, but sometimes it’s lovely just to put on a good, old-fashioned simple shimmer or glassfleck. These two Sinfuls hit the right spot for me, even if they’re very different from one another. One is a gorgeous vampy shimmer, the other is a beautiful, crisp glassfleck. I got them both in swaps, and I was positively surprised by both of them.
Sinful Colors Rich In Heart is a deep, dark red vampy shimmer. It reminds me of red wine, the color changes from a deep red to a mahogany brown at times. Such a sexy polish, I love it! I wanted to layer something over it, but I ended up wearing it for four days alone, because it’s such a stunner.
Sinful Colors Sweet Dreams is a blue-green polish with lots of fine silver glassfleck shimmer. It’s from the Girls in Pearls collection, which also contains this summer’s hit Cinderella. This is a very cute and summery color, it reminds me of a cool and soothing swimming pool.
Both of the polishes had a very nice formula, and they were both opaque in two coats. I love the Sinful brush, it’s flat and firm, I think it’s perfect!
Which “staple” polishes do you love to wear between glitterbombs?
Yet another new indie brand for me today, Aphrodite Lacquers. I have six polishes to show you, all from the so-called “The Romance Novel” collection. These are, according to the creator Rebecca, vibrant jelly polishes, with names straight out of your poolside read. Maybe not the most fall-appropriate collection, but there’s always a chance to wear these for a lovely sunny vacation down south, right?
The six lacquers in this collection are all variations on a theme. They all have a lovely squishy jelly base, with microglitter and hexes matching the base, and they all also have white hexes.
In this collection you’ll find
Tempt – Blue jelly base, packed full of sky blue micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Forbidden – Purple jelly base, packed full of amethyst micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Secret – Hot pink jelly base, packed full of dark pink micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Kisses – Fuschia jelly base, packed full of fuschia micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Enchant – Aqua jelly base, packed full of green micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Smolder – Dark red jelly base, packed full of bright red micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Let’s take a look, shall we? Pictures are in the same order as the list above.
The formulas on all of these were good, although not completely consistent. Secret, Enchant and Tempt were a smidge more thick than the others, but still very nice and easy to apply. Kisses, Smolder and Forbidden had a thinner formula, but the glitters are still very well suspended, and there’s no problems in applying the polish. Secret, Smolder, Enchant and Tempt needed two coats, while Kisses and Forbidden are on the sheerer side and needed three generous coats. All are shown on their own, with topcoat.
These products were sent to me for review.
Another new indie brand today! Well, not new, but new to me at least. After all, Dollish Polish has been around for a long time, but I’ve just now gotten around to trying my first Dollishes! I snagged a couple of glittery beauties when I made my last Llarowe order, and I have a sneaking suspicion that there’s going to be more Dollish bottles around here in the future. I really like both polishes I bought, and I hope you’ll appreciate the review as well!
The first one I tried, is from the Super Mario Brothers themed collection. Now, I just had to have at least one of these, because I love Super Mario! Princess Peach was my nickname in different forums for the longest time, so naturally I picked up Dollish Polish A Peachy Princess. This one has a pink jelly base with varying shades and shapes of pink glitter, some matte, some metallic, some holographic. I think this glitterbomb captures the essence of Peach perfectly!
A Peachy Princess is sheer, but because I wanted it to look like it does in the bottle, I didn’t want to layer it. It took four coats to be reasonably opaque, which is acceptable to me. The formula was a bit thick, and I had to stir around a bit in the bottle to get the bigger glitters out, but it was quite easy to apply anyway.
Next, I have Dollish Polish The Many Shades Of Mr. Grey. I have to admit I got this one mostly for the name (*blush*). I got a little hung up on Fifty Shades there for a minute. But the polish looks gorgeous anyway, it has loads of different-sized grey-shaded hex glitters in a clear base. This one definitely needs undies, so to make my many even more “shades of grey”-ish, I did a gradient (grey-dient? Har-har!) with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, nailstation dress code and China Glaze Concrete Catwalk.
One generous coat of The Many Shades of Mr. Grey made this mani pretty gorgeous, in my opinion! The formula is great too, easy to spread and apply.
OPI is my go-to brand for beautiful basics, I love their cremes and jellies. Paired with my favorite brush and excellent formula, they rarely disappoint. From the Spider-Man collection, today I’ll show you OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
At first glance, this looks like a regular white creme, but it’s actually not quite white. It’s slightly greyed-out, making it a cool and kinda grungy take on the simple white canvas. I think it’s really chic and strangely exciting for such a “boring” color.
(Sorry for the fuzz and lint on the nails in these pics, I didn’t notice until I saw the macro shot on the screen, and then I had already put more stuff over my mani! Damn fuzzy chairs!)
Looks pretty white, you say? Let’s see it next to a regular white creme, China Glaze Snow. As you can see, the OPI clearly has a grey tint to it.
The formula was slightly on the thin side, but good. It’s a bit streaky on the first coat, but it evens out very well in the end. It’s opaque in two thick or three thin coats, I’ve used three coats here.
What’s your favorite basic or neutral polish with a little twist?