Helloooooo and welcome back for part II of my Swatchapalooza!
So hang on tight, we'll get started right there where we left off yesterday, more pinks, pinks and even more pinks, yay!
First up we have OPI "Princesses Rule!
This ones a real stunner once you wear it on your nails, I swear! In the bottle it looks like a pretty average sheer pink with shimmer. Wrong! The shimmer is so densely packed, it looks more like a crystal coat! Awesome!
It is one of the very few polishes I love to wear just bare, but Princesses Rule! is sooooo beyond perfect if you layer it over dark cremes for example, be sure to get stunning effects! Try it!
The formula is a no fuss works well one. I applied 3 coats, so you can keep layering on more for more crystal shimmer, or just apply 1 coat for a barely there look, whatever works for you!
Up next is OPI "Royal Flush Blush"
No we're moving on to the more covering pinks. Royal Flush Blush is almost a creme, with a warm pink shimmer. I would say it's MAC's "Dainty" Mineralized Blush in nail polish form. :-)
It gives good coverage after just 2 coats. If you like the pink to be a bit bolder, apply a third layer. The formula was fine, no problems there.
So if you are looking for a more covering, almost creme like finish, this pink is the one for you
Up next is China Glaze "Chiaroscuro"
This is a difficult one. Light pink, with a golden peach shimmer,and a slightly light green duochrome effect
It looks very interesting in the bottle. Too bad it doesnt work 100% with my skin tone. If I just look at the pink part, it's fine, but the golden peachy shimmer makes it a bit too warm for my taste. Still gorgeous though, totally depending on the light you have, you get a bunch of different effects with this one. So if you need a "not you everyday pink" go grab this one!
The formula is the regular China Glaze one, I needed 3 coats for enough coverage.
Next we have China Glaze "TTYL"
I just had to include this, even though it leans more towards peach than pink. But hey, works for me. Get it, wear it, love it, the end :-)
I am still in love with the China Glaze OMG Collection, those were some of the best holo's out there
I can just keep staring at them...
oooops, yes, now that I am done drooling over this, back to business...
So for all those girls who havent used one of the OMG holos before, the drying time of these is very short and in my opinion, they are best worn without a base coat, somehow that makes the polish last longer
Make sure youre putting on some Topcoat though, since they dry to a somewhat matte finish and Topcoat really makes them shine!
So next we have China Glaze "Admire"
Pink metallic. This ones just one coat! The formula is a lot like the polishes from the Khromes Collection.
Similar to the holos, this one is best worn bare. No Base or Topcoat. It dries fairly fast, but have to be cautious to apply with just one stroke, otherwise this polish get's streaky in no time and it looks like you got all sorts of dents and bumps in your nails
Still this would be my top pick if you want a no sheer but still romantic pink polish
Last but not least, our final polish, China Glaze "Jetstream"
Since I love layering so much, my last polish here just needed to be a sheer :-)
Nice cool pale pink base, with a pink/purple shimmer. Love this! It looks awesome layered over purple or dark polishes.
No fuss formula, easy to apply. Too bad I had no sunlight, it makes the purple sheen come out a bit stronger.
So that's it :-)
I hoped you ladies liked my pink swatchapalooza. Did you find a polish you might consider for Valentines Day? I would love to hear from you!
Sonntag, 31. Januar 2010
Helloooooo and welcome back for part II of my Swatchapalooza!
Samstag, 30. Januar 2010
Good evening my dear fiends!
Todays post was quite a piece of work, but it was well worth it. I rummaged through my drawers picking up every single romantic pink polish I own :-) So I thought it was just the time of the year to get some swatches done with these babies, Valentine's day is just around the corner and what would be more fitting for such an occaison than some pale pink nail polish?
So here we go!
First one up is Color Club "Russian Lilac"
The name implies some kind of lilac tint in there. Well, I couldn't find it, instead in my honest opinion, the color is a pale white with just a dust of light pink on it.
The formula is okay, the first coat was pretty streaky and the polish is fairly thick. It took 3 coats in total to be opaque enough for me
Overall, this is a perfect light base polish to do some fun and colorful Konadicures, since the white is not as harsh as OPI's Alpine Snow for instance
Next up is Essie "Nude Beach"
This is the palest pink enriched with a beautiful opalescent pearl shimmer
I absolutely hate this polish when I am wearing it as a single polish, the formula is a bit goopy and it took me 4 coats the get the slightest hint of color on my nails. BUT I looooooove this polish for layering, especially if you use this over darker colors it really shines!
Up next we have Zoya "Bailey"
Wow, this one is definitely the most beautiful, wearable sheer pink that I own. A barley there color, enriched with some microglitter and fine shimmer. Perfect for the "I have barley anything on my nails" look. Took me 3 coats in total, the formula is perfect as always, a little bit thick, but not streaky at all, glides on smooth.
So this one would be the winner, when I had to pick the most romantic barley there pink out of the bunch :-)
Next up is OPI "Privacy Please"
Beautiful. Pale pink sheer creme polish. Love it. If you look for something without glitter, shimmer or any other gadgets, this is your winner
Regular OPI formula, no flaws. Took three coats to be nice and opaque.
Next up is China Glaze "Innocence"
Name says it all. Perfect for "model hands" very similar to OPI's Privacy Please, but with just a wee tiny bit of shimmer in the finish.
Took 3 coats to be opaque. I like the formula better than OPI's since this one is a bit thicker, the OPI seems to be a little bit more on the runny side, but I guess that is personal preference
In my opinion, if you have either the OPI or the China Glaze, you don't need the other. YAY saved some cash :-)
Next up we have China Glaze "Temptation Carnation"
Tempting indeed. So we're back to the sheers, but this one comes packed with a whole lot of beautiful shimmer. Love it. The color isn't "in your face" but the shimmer makes it get noticed.
Again, like the last polishes, 3 coats to be opaque. Applied nice and smooth, no complaints.
I guess I do still prefer Zoya Bailey when it comes to sheer pinks with shimmer. But nevertheless, this ones a beauty. So if you have a hard time finding Zoya nail polish, go for the China Glaze one.
Up next is OPI "Pink of hearts 2009"
Hmm this one is difficult. I would say it's a sheer, since it took 3 coats to be opaque, but after 3 coats it looks like a perfect creme to me. Hmmm. I guess I'll call it a semi-creme then. Lovely light pink hue, more on the warm side though
One BIG complaint: Why do all the charity brushes from OPI have this hideous huge mop brush? It's a pain, there is no way on earth to manage a correct and fine application with this monster of a brush. YIKES!
Other than that, it the usual OPI quality polish you know, nice color, nothing exciting, just nice solid pink. Still big rant for the brush though.
And the last one up for today: Scherer Chameleon "Dreams"
beautiful pale pink duochrome polish, makes me think of a pearl necklace in the sunlight. Very romantic *sigh*
Like Essies Nude Beach, this polish was meant for layering, since you need at least 3 coats to get this anywhere near opaque. Still absolutely amazing on it's own.
So that's it for today, look forward for part II and even more pretty pink goodness!
Freitag, 29. Januar 2010
Good to see you again my fellow fiends!
I am still fighting the snow here, but nevertheless I am busy swatching up a storm, so for the weekend I will present my pretty in pink Valentine's swatches, 13 different shades in total :-)
For today I have something more vamy, a polish I actually wanted to swatch along with Sinful Colors Merlot and some others, but come to think of it, this polish is so incredibly beautiful, it deserves a pic post of its own, so here goes, Milani Garnet Gem:
Love it. The formula is fine, the first coat looked a bit streaky, but after the second it became all smoth and opaque, the red glitter is pretty densely packed in the black base
The red glitter actually gives off a pretty subtle effect, I tried to capure it on the pic using the flash, but it didn#t really work, darn...
An absolute beauty, reminds me a lot of OPI's Midnight in Moscow, but this polish has way more and brighter red Glitter in it
One close up to get you guys drooling :-)
So hope to see you guys all back for the weekend, read you soon!
Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2010
My dear fellow fiends!
What a day! I got stuck in complete snow madness today *yikes* all the chores I had to do today took about 3 times as long, so instead of being home in the afternoon, I just made it in time for dinner *darn*
Alas, I planned to swatch a couple of vampy polishes I had picked out for you guys, but blame it on the weather! I just managed to do one. Well, at least it is an incredible pretty one *winkwink*
Oh, coming up this weekend will be a "Pretty in Pink Valentine" Swatchapalooza, where I plan to swatch all the pastel/cream light pink polishes I own, so stay tuned for that one!
Also, I will do an update for my Pink&Purple Giveaway, which will commence once we have 50 followers here (only 8 more to go, yay!) I will add 3 additional polishes, which ones is a secret, which will be announced in time :-)
So here we go, let's get a bit vampy here...Sinful Colors "Merlot" is ready to hit the blogging stage!
I have to admit, I am a fan of the Sinful polishes, because in my opinion, you do get a good quality polish for the money. Of course the formula is not as good as OPI or China Glaze, but considering the price it is fine. This one applied really nice, no streaking or goopy formula. 2 Coats are plenty to get it nice, deep and opaque
I am in love with the color. Deep, vampy slightly shimmery bordeaux red. It does look a lot like dark red wine! I Think it is a red that goes with a lot of skin tone, since it doesn't have too many warm or too many cold components, it is pretty balanced.
Isn't wonderful? So you girls out there, if you plan to play the seductress one night, this polish is for you!
That's it for today, I am off hitting the hot bathtub, read you soon! :-)
Mittwoch, 27. Januar 2010
Welcome back my dear fiends!
Finally wrapping up my little Hong Kong Shopping Spree, hehe!
So, let's skip the talk and get on to the final facts!
First Beauty I am presenting here is one of the fake Nfu.Oh's
Isn't this one a little gem? Sparkling pale lilac/pink with just a dust of holographic glitter, you have to loooooooove this polish!
The formula of this was quite runny, but okay. It didn't dry as quick as the Holo's from China Glaze, but overall okay. The color makes up for everything, I swear!
I was just playing a bit with it, adding a matte Topcoat, which looks nice as well, but this is sparkling a far better stunner, can't tell you how bummed out I am that next time I can expect some sunshine around here will be in march *grump*
Too bad my pics can't do this polish justice, you can just barely tell by looking at the bottle how this is sparkling!
Now on to the pale dusty blue/silver sister!
Isn't this pure lovelyness? Totally reminds me of China Glaze's OMG, but waaaaaaaay sparklier!
I just can't keep my eyes of this, I really like how dense the holo glitter is packed in this polish
I am not someone who goes hunting for fake polishes to save money, but these two I simply couldn't resist because of their beautiful color.
So my final polish for today: China Glaze "Drinking my Blues away"
I am a sucker for blues at the moment *grin* this one is a deep, dense blue with tiny purple and blue glitter sparks in it. Lovely!
I am really happy with this polish, perfect formula, wonderful color!
I know there are a bunch of beautiful blues out at the moment, just thinking China Glaze's "Dorothy Who?", OPI's "Absolutely Alice" and some more...but in my opinion, it is definitely worth picking up this baby. Love the purple glitter flecks!
So that's it, thanks for bearing with me!
Tomorrow I will do something vampy for you guys! LOL