Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Orly Au Champagne

This color is from Orly's Holiday Soireé Collection.  I picked this color up on a whim at Sally's and was surprised by it.  First, I had no idea it was a satin finish, and I really like that.  I also was pleasantly happy with it's opaqueness.  It was a great, solid pearl white.  I have it painted here in three coats.

Essie Shine Of The TImes

This color is fantastic.  I have been so jealous of those people who have Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasures, by the time I knew about it, it was no longer selling in stores.  Now, thanks to Essie and Walgreens, I have a color like it in my aresenal.  Shine Of The Times is part of the Luxeffects Collection; it was very hard to capture the color change when painted alone, so I painted it over a China Glaze Crimson and you can see more the green, pink and orange undertones.  So cool.  I have it painted alone in three coats and one coat over Crimson.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Orly Winter Wonderland

This color is in between sheer and opaque.  It's a pretty, white glitter from Orly's 'Tis The Season Collection.  Painted in three coats for picture.

China Glaze Tinsel

It's a silver sparkle.  Not opaque, great for layering.  It's from China Glaze Loves You Snow Much Collection.  Here it is in three coats.

Ulta Alter Ego

I got this color purely because I needed to pick a color to fulfill a coupon at Ulta.  I wasn't sold on it in the bottle, but after I put it on, I really liked it.  The bottle makes it seem more muted, but on the nail it was nice and bright and metallic.  It had great application and is painted in three coats for pictures.

China Glaze Ruby Pumps

This sparkly red, I think is one of the most well known color in China Glaze's collection.  It hails from their Core collection and is a great sparkle polish.  It is a red jelly base but it is pretty opaque and I have it painted here in three coats.

China Glaze Mrs. Claus

I'm a sucker for holiday colors and, of course, you know I am the same for glitter.  But this color was a bit of a let down.  I am not a fan of jelly colors when they seem to market themselves in the bottle as opaque.  Alas, Mrs. Claus, from China Glaze 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty Or Nice collection, is not opaque.  I've shown it here in three coats.


Multi-fleck glitters are certainly quite popular.  I'm just glad Ulta has made a knock off so I don't have to pay an arm and a leg.  This is a nice layering polish to add some fun to any manicure.  I have painted it here in three coats and you can see there is plenty of space for polish to shine through.

China Glaze Peace On Earth

This is a great, unique color that is from China Glaze Tis The Season To Be Naughty Or Nice collection.  It is an olive green metallic.  You can tell a bit from the photos that some brush strokes in the application, but it is very opaque.  I've painted it in three coats.

China Glaze Sugar Plums

This is a holiday, seasonal color from China Glaze's 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty Or Nice Collection.  Plum is the right color description and I'm guessing the the sugar is the holographic glitter inside.  It's a nice color, I just wish you picked up on the glitter a bit more.  I have it painted here in three colors:

China Glaze Skyscraper

Another polish from China Glaze's Metro Collection.  I picked it up on a whim to fulfill a coupon at Ulta.  I like it.  It's better in opaqueness than CG In The City, but it still has a jelly base that is not fully opaque even in three coats, as shown in the pictures.

China Glaze CG In The City

I was drawn to the sparkles in this polish, and unfortunately was a bit disappointed in the result.  I thought this color from China Glaze's Metro Collection was going to be more opaque.  It's pretty, but more for layering, I think.  The polish has a purple, silver hue.  My pink nails might have impacted the pictures.  Three coats are shown.

China Glaze City Siren

A great berry red from China Glaze's Metro Collection.  It's just a pure, berry creme with high shine and fabulous application.  These photos show three coats and no top coat.

Zoya Isla

Such a great red.  She is from Zoya's Truth Collection and is described as a blackened Red because it definitely darkens on the sides away from the light.  It is so pretty, pictures don't do it justice.  Plus, she has great application.  Three coats of polish looks like this:

Zoya Richelle

I bought this color when offered 2 for 1 on Zoya's website.  It's a nice golden, bronzer color that has very nice application.  It is from Zoya's Flourish Collection.  Here it is painted in three coats.

Color Club Very Merry Berry

What?!?  My local Sally's carrying Color Club?  That rarely happens.  This is a seasonal collection, and above that, scented.  It's from the Scent-suous collecion.  It is a great layering polish and the scent is pretty nice (though I have found with most smelly polishes is that they only last about a day).  I painted three coats for pictures.

Orly Stone Cold

I'm always drawn to cobalt blues.  And because of that, I shied away from this color at first believing I already had enough of this type of color.  But when it went on sale at Sally's, I had to pick it up.  It's too pretty.  It's from Orly's Mineral FX Collection.  I also don't always love Orly colors--not due to colors, but due to wear.  I find they chip pretty easily.  This color, however, seemed to have a different formula that usual.  It was a bit more thick and didn't dry very fast for me, but it did wear pretty well.  Here are three coats:

China Glaze Crimson

I didn't intend to pick up any of the colors from this year's Haunting Collection from China Glaze, but when it went on sale at Sally's, I picked it up.  I like it.  It's a nearly black plum with perfect application.  I have it painted in three coats for these photos.

China Glaze Snow Globe

When I saw the promotional pictures for China Glaze's Let It SnowI knew this was one of the polishes I was going to pick up.  So many options with a nice, clear, iridescent glitter.  It is just as I hoped in person.  I worry like most glitter polishes do it will get clumpy, but for now, it has a nice application and great effect.  I am showing it here in three coats.  Enlarge the bottle photo to see all the colors in this polish.

Zoya Yara

Yara is an olive color with gold flecks of glitter.  She is from Zoya's Mirrors Collection.  I like her very much.  Besides the application being very great, it's a nice take on the olive green trend with the added sparkle.  I painted three coats and took some pictures!

China Glaze Icicle

This year's holiday collection from China Glaze Let It Snowbrings back an old familiar.  This color is almost an exact duplicate to last years Cheers To You.  However, I don't mind.  My bottle of Cheers To You is almost gone I use it so much, that I'm glad to replace it with this year's version.  Application is good, very opaque, but you have to be careful to let it fully dry between coats or else you can get bald spots pulled from over applying.  I have the color shown in three coats.

Manicure tip: This silver is great to put under more sheer water marble colors for added dimension.

OPI Glow Up Already

OPI's Burlesque Collection produced this green sparkle.  It's a very dense sparkle that is as close to opaque as you can get with a glitter polish.  It's hard to tell all the colors involved, but it looks like green, silver, pink (fuchsia) and some turquoise.  It's application is decent, but if you know sparkle polishes, you know they can get thick and goopy fast, so beware.  I have this color shown with three coats.

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