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Random Spam #3

It’s time for another round of spam from the previously unsung heroes of my stash! This edition has no red thread, so just sit back and enjoy the ride. I hope there’s something good for everyone.

China Glaze Visit Me In Prism

Color and finish: Golden-taupey nude scattered holographic.
Collection: Kaleidoscope (2009)
Formula and coverage: Easy to apply, but be aware that you’ll easily drag the previous coat and get bald spots if you don’t wait a bit between coats. Very sheer, 4 coats for full coverage.
Where to get: Unfortunately, these are hard to come by nowadays, but maybe you’ll get lucky and find it in a blog sale somewhere? Also, “dusty” salons are likely to still have these in stock, or eBay as a last resort. Price will naturally vary.

China Glaze Starboard

Color and finish: Starboard-lantern green creme. Reminds me of when I used to go fishing with my dad when I was little, and he used to let me steer the boat, and how he taught me the difference between port and starboard. A nice basic color. (I had to hold the topcoat bottle, because when I held the polish bottle, all the green in the frame freaked out my camera and made the pic very inaccurate!)
Collection: Anchors Away (2011)
Formula and coverage: Glides nice and easy on the nail. Surprisingly sheer, I needed three thin coats for opacity.
Where to get: Web shops such as TransDesign, $2.99.

Orly Emberstone

Color and finish: Orange-red glassfleck (or mineral-fleck?). I can also see some pinkish particles here and there! This was hard to capture on camera, so my pics are more orange than it looks in real life.
Collection: Mineral FX (2011)
Formula and coverage: Easy application, but slightly on the runny side. 3 coats.
Where to get: TransDesign, $5.32.

Color Club Alter Ego

Color and finish: Purple based foil with gold and silver sparkles. Looks oddly grey and mostly silver on me, though.
Collection: Alter Ego (2011)
Formula and coverage: Slightly runny, but easy enough to apply. Sheer, so I needed 4 thin coats for full coverage.
Where to get: TransDesign, $3.10.

Hope you enjoyed this little roundup, thanks for stopping by!

Zoya Apple

This polish has nothing to do with fall, winter or holidays, but who cares? You need a little sunshine on your nails every once in a while, and that’s exactly what Zoya Apple is. Released with the Zoya Sunshine collection for spring 2011, this is a yellow apple green with gold sparkles. It seems like it’s a foily finish with green and gold specks intermingled, and the result is a happy, glowy green blingfest.

The formula was excellent, and I needed three thin coats for full coverage.

What polishes do you use to cheer up your nails in wintertime?

Chanel Graphite

Here’s another one of Chanel’s fall polishes, Chanel Graphite. This might look like a simple silver foil, but it’s more than that. The silver is more of a tarnished silver, and there are some gold and even some blue sparkles as well. Even though I think it’s very pretty and I like it a lot, I’m not as blown away by this as Péridot. It’s a nice polish, but not super unique.

The formula is ok, just a little runny. It covers ok in 2 coats, but I still did 3 coats to make it totally opaque.

Here’s a comparison between Graphite, GOSH Silver and Milani Silver Dazzle. As you can see, Graphite is darker and has a more complex finish than Silver, while Silver Dazzle is darker than Graphite still.

Did you fall for Chanel Graphite, or do you think it’s too ordinary?

OPI It’s My Year

OPI recently released a collection of four polishes in collaboration with the Miss Universe pageant. Only one of them caught my interest, but I also fell fast and hard in love with OPI It’s My Year when I saw the first swatches. When I opened my package from eBay, I squee’d with glee, the polish is so amazing in the bottle!

Luckily, it’s also a dream on the nails. It’s My Year has a purple jelly base and lots of gold foil glitter throughout, making it a super sparkly wonder. However, I’ve been a little confused about the names of the polishes in this collection, because I’ve seen swatches of It’s My Year where it’s called Congeniality Is My Middle Name and vice versa. As you can see from my macro pic, the name on my bottle is definitely It’s My Year. Another gold star to OPI’s “excellent” quality control, I guess.

The formula is nice and smooth, maybe just a hair on the runny side, but nothing extreme. I needed three coats for opacity.

Have you tried any of the Miss Universe polishes?

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.


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