Monday, March 31, 2014

Essie Truth or Flare

Essie Truth or Flare is a new color for spring 2014.  It is a dusty blue with green undertones, which unfortunately doesn't show very well in the pics.  Application was ok - the formula was slightly streaky and sheer on the first coat, but it built nicely in opacity and leveled out with no thin spots.  It's not really a true dense creme - it has a slightly squishy feel , so I would call it a crelly.  It was a difficult color to capture accurately - it is slightly more green and dustier - softer - than it appears in the pics.  I like it!  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Sunday, March 30, 2014

OPI Peel Me a Gobi Grape

OPI Peel Me a Gobi Grape is an old color from the Spring 1998 Painted Desert collection.  It is a beautiful dusty purple with a golden / coppery shimmer, and it is just stunning!  I don't use this one often, as I only have a half-bottle, but believe me if there were a modern day dupe I'd be all over it.  It is an old formula (i.e. not b3f) black label color, and boy does it smell like it!  Application was great, despite it's age - smooth formula that just glided over the nail with minimal streaking and dragging, and built nicely in opacity.  It is so gorgeous, especially in the sun.  This one is hard to find now, but it does pop up on eBay every now and then.  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Essie Style Hunter

Essie Style Hunter is a new color this spring, and is a cool toned red crelly.  Application was very nice - smooth formula, very little streaking and drag, and built nicley in opacity.  I can still see a little vnl at 2 coats, and it has a slightly squishy appearance, so I would call it a crelly as opposed to a truly opaque creme.  I love colors like this, as they look good on my pale skin, and I love red cremes in general, so this one is a keeper for me!  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Color Club The Uptown over Zoya Neve

Color Club The Uptown over Zoya Neve is a beautiful combination!  I picked up The Uptown (mini size) at Bed, Bath and Beyond (they didn't have the full size).  It is a gorgeous peachy copper to green duochrome flakie in a purple base.  Alone it is very sheer and even at 3 coats on a nail wheel is still a deep lavender jelly; it looks nothing like the deep dark blue/purple base color it appears to be in the bottle.  So I tried it over yesterday's Neve mani, and it is gorgeous!  It is a pretty dense flakie, so multiple coats were not needed, just a nice even one coater.  Even though the sun isn't out today, I am still enjoying the beautiful colors this one provides.  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Zoya Neve

Zoya Neve is a beautiful blue shimmer I recently picked up.  It's a little darker than royal, but not quite navy, with a hint of a purple undertone, and has some faint purple microshimmer that unfortunately doesn't translate well on the nail.  Application was nice, as with most Zoya's; the formula was smooth and was almost a 1 coater, but I used 2 for full opacity and to even out thinner spots.  It's a very pretty color - like the color of ink in a ball point pen.  Very nice!  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Monday, March 24, 2014

Essie Bordeaux

Essie Bordeaux is a classic color - a gorgeous medium to dark red crelly with wonderful application.  The formula was great - so smooth and easy to control, minimal streaking and cuticle drag, and built nicely in opacity.  I used 3 coats here for opacity and depth of color, as it got a little darker and richer with each coat.  It has a wonderful squishiness to it, but isn't sheer-ish like a true jelly, and there's no vnl.  This one is well known and revered by many as a perfect (blood) red, and I have to agree it is spectacular!  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Friday, March 21, 2014

OPI DS Lapis

OPI DS Lapis is a recently released addition to the long-standing Designer Series collection, which notoriously started as a collection of holo polishes.  Lapis is a medium dark royal blue crelly with small square silver and blue glitter.  Application was very good - the formula is smooth, easy to control, and built nicely in opacity.  However it did want to dry matte, and not in a good way like the textured polishes do - this was like a fog on the surface and definitely needed a topcoat; I used a coat of Gelous and Poshe, and it is smooth and sparkly and beautiful.  I'm a sucker for "night sky" type polishes, and this one is gorgeous (I just wish the base color was a bit darker!).  Enjoy -     >^..^<