Spring is soon upon us, so I’ve been craving bright, fun and summery colors lately. When I checked out my untrieds pile this morning, the choice wasn’t hard: China Glaze Caribbean Blue. This is another blue from the Bahama Blues collection, and unlike Blue Island Iced Tea it doesn’t make my hands look like alien hands.
This is totally gorgeous, it’s a bright blue filled to the brim with silver glass fleck glitter. I’ve been thinking of it as the blue cousin of Strawberry Fields, which is a pink with gold glass fleck glitter. China Glaze blows me away with these finishes, I love them!
Caribbean Blue is a dream to apply, the polish glides on to the nail beautifully, and it’s neither too thick nor too thin. It’s opaque in two thin coats.
Are you longing for spring as well? What are your favorite spring and summer polishes?
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This is it! The taupe creme Chanel Particulière was a big hit in the nailpolish world when it was featured at the Chanel spring 2010 fashion show. It’s a part of Chanel’s spring 2010 makeup collection, Les Impressions de Chanel. The other two nailpolishes in this collection are Tendresse (pale pink) and Inattendu (sandy beige).
These taupes have been popping up everywhere lately, and this one is often compared to OPI You Don’t Know Jacques. Particulière is a bit lighter than OPI’s version. Laquermanic has a great comparison post with some of the different taupes out there.
I’m really glad I decided to pick this up, even though I thought it was really similar to OPI YDKJ. I love the lighter hue of the Chanel, it reminds me of chocolate milk. This is such a pretty, classy and sophisticated color, I just can’t stop checking out my nails.
The formula is just fantastic, creamy and smooth. It’s actually opaque after one coat, but I’m wearing two coats because I wanted to even out my application a bit. (Even though the formula is perfect, I’m not. ;)) The only thing I wish is that Chanel would change the shape of the handles on the bottles, I think it’s really hard to control the brush with just that little knob to hold on to. But I guess that wouldn’t work with the square lids anyway.
This Chanel is a winner for me, what do you guys think of it? :D
Pastel cremes are very popular this spring, with brands like Illamasqua and Orly giving us light and soft colors in their new collections. nailstation fake blonde is a polish in the same vein, it’s a very very light lilac creme. In fact, it’s so light that it almost looks white on the nail. I’m not sure I like it on me, but maybe it’s because I’m not used to wearing polishes this light.
The formula is good, not too thin and not too thick. Unfortunately, it suffers from the light-polish-syndrome, meaning that it’s hard to get even. I did get a few bald-ish spots. Maybe it would have been better with a third coat?
I decided to add some Konad, because the white out-look freaked me out. I’ve used imageplate m3 and China Glaze Admire and Harmony for the stamping.
I couldn’t wait to try one of the Illamasquas, so I chose Illamasqua Grab for my first meeting with the brand I’ve heard so much about. I originally wanted to buy the pink creme Obsess, but of course it was sold out. :P
Grab is a grape magenta with a glossy finish, according to the Illamasqua web site. I would call it a purple-leaning pink creme. It reminds me of China Glaze Fly without the shimmer. It’s quite hard to photograph, so these pics aren’t quite accurate. It’s a bit more purpleish in real life.
And so to the thing that made me lust after Illamasqua polishes in the first place: The formula. I’ve read so many rave reviews about the Illamasqua formula, so I had really high expectations. They weren’t met. From what I’d heard, I expected small angels descending from heaven, singing Gloria and applying the polish flawlessly onto my nails with the tip of their wings. Well, needless to say, that didn’t happen. Instead I felt that the polish was rather thick and hard to apply. Maybe it just needs some thinner, but I don’t really like to reach for the thinner bottle the first time I’m using a polish.
Anyway, the finished result is admittedly rather stunning. The polish, albeit thick, levels beautifully on the nail and is totally opaque and very glossy after two coats. I just hope Baptiste lives up to the positive things I’ve heard, and that the problems I had with Grab were just a fluke.
See you later! Have a nice day! :D