Friday, November 30, 2012

OPI My Throne For a Cranberry Scone

OPI My Throne For a Cranberry Scone is an old black-label color from the Fall 2003 British collection.  This is a wonderful cool red, very rich in depth, and slightly jelly-ish.  Application was a dream, as old OPI's almost always are.  I used 3 coats here just to get the depth of color, topped with SV since it is full of good chemicals.   :)   The color is cooler and darker than the pics make it look here, unfortunately.  I tried.     >^..^<

Sephora X Deranged

Sephora X Deranged is a new polish from Sephora'a X line.  These are smaller bottles, and cost more than $OPI, so I was a bit disappointed, but I couldn't pass this one up.  This is a beautiful microglitter duochrome,  similar idea to Orly Galaxy Girl, but this has an brownish base actually.  After 3 coats, the brown base disappears and all that is left is a lovely sparkly duochrome!  In the building I was in yesterday, under fluorescent lights, the duochrome was very prominent, and hypnotizing, alternating from a turquoise to a rosy mauve very obviously, and even a deep reddish brown at severe angles (as you can see in the last pic below).  Unfortunately when it came time to take pics, I couldn't capture it to save my soul.  I used 3 coats here, which was sufficient for opacity and depth.  The formula was pretty good, not too thick or thin, not very streaky, but my problem was with the brush - or should I say the cap.  The brush was fine, but the square cap doesn't come off so it was awkward trying to hold it at the correct angle all the time.   It's a lovely color; I just don't know if it was worth the extra $.      >^..^<

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Essie Leading Lady

Essie Leading Lady is a new color for winter.  A burgundy jelly base filled with burgundy glitter, but the glitter is more sparse and a bit chunkier than I usually gravitate toward.  This is a HUGE topcoat eater, and even with Gelous and SV it isn't enough to even it out, which I don't like.  Application was ok at best - a bit on the thick side, but fairly easy to control.  The gritty style reminds me of another famous long-discontinued Essie called Ruby Slippers, but they're not even close to dupes color-wise.  I like but don't love this one - what do you think?    >^..^<

Orly Torrid

Orly Torrid is a beautiful red metallic shimmer.  I love reds, and this one is great!  It looks pretty neutral to cool tones to my eye, but for some reason my camera wanted to make it warmer than it actually is.  So if my skin looks blue in some pics, it's just because I wanted to get the polish color more correct.  Application was very nice, as with most Orly's (a very under-appreciated brand, IMO), and I only used 2 coats here.  Wear is actually very good - I'm on day 2 (!!!) and it's not even showing any tip wear yet!  Great color -     >^..^<

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Essie Beyond Cozy

Essie Beyond Cozy is a lovely slightly champagne colored silvery glitter from their winter 2012 collection.  It's definitely warmer than silver, but not quite tinted enough to be called a true champagne, if that makes sense.  I really wish the sun were out today, but alas it didn't cooperate, as I'm sure this would really be blinding!  However, even in indirect light and cloudy skies, it still shines.  Application was a bit goopy, but I got an even finish in 2 coats.  Probably could stand to be thinned, although I don't think it's too much to expect a brand new polish to be in perfect condition.  I think it has to do with the density of the glitter packed in it, I'm sure.  I used 2 cats here, followed by a nice coat of Gelous and Poshe.  Love!     >^..^<

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lippmann Run, Run Rudolph

Lippmann Run, Run Rudolph is a color I picked up at Nordstrom in a boxed set, with a white frost and a red and green glitter in a black base, called Christmas in the City.   A lovely neutral red metallic, it has red flakes of texture - not really microglitter or even glass flecks, and it doesn't really add anything to the look in direct light like glitter or glass flecks would.  This just adds a more textured appearance, so it isn't as harsh, if that makes sense, as a plain red metallic.  Application was great, and was opaque in 2 coats, topped with Poshe.    My camera was having a bit of trouble capturing the true color of this polish, wanting to turn it warmer and lighter than it really is.  Basically the color looks cooler and darker than the pics show - sorry. But it's a great color to wear after a week of wearing earthy tones for T-day!    >^..^<

OPI Kris Kringle Makes Me Tingle

OPI Kris Kringle Makes Me Tingle was a Beauty Secrets exclusive (I think it was BS...) from several years back.  A lovely brown shimmer with prominent gold microglitter, it is a beauty in the sunlight, as you can see.  In indirect lighting the glitter gives it enough texture to keep it interesting.  The base is a lighter brown that builds in opacity, starting a bit sheer.  This was was a bit thick - probably could use some thinner after sitting there for years.  I has a some trouble with bald spots and streakiness, and it was not building as nicely as I had hoped, so this was 4 coats to get the finish evened out and a depth I was happy with.  The end result is lovely, and was perfect for Thanksgiving!      >^..^<