Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Color Club Cloud Nine

Color Club Cloud Nine is a beautiful light pink with lavender tones.  It is a strong linear holo, and the effect shows up well even in indirect indoor lighting.  Of course it's spectacular in the sun too!  Application was perfect - nice consistency, easy to control, went on smoothly with no streaking, and was completely opaque in just 2 coats.  So far wear is very good - as most holos tend to chip, I'm suitably impressed with these CC holos.  I used Poshe as a tc here, and as you can see it didn't dull the holo effect at all (in my opinion).  If you like holos, these are an easy choice!  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Monday, April 29, 2013

Nicole Totally in the Dark

Nicole Totally in the Dark is a beautiful black with silver microglitter particles.  It's a beautiful shimmer in the bottle, and luckily it's just as pretty on the nail.  Application was very good (despite the squared off brush I don't like) - it has a good consistency, very little streaking, and with careful application you could get away with 2 coats, but I used 3 for full opacity and depth of color.  I used a coat of Gelous followed by SV, as I wanted the shimmer to be as obvious as possible.  It is pretty in the sun, but I think I like it better in indirect light - the shimmer is still prominent, and gives it a nice texture.  It's been a while since I've worn a truly black polish, and I have to say I'm loving this one!  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Essie Hip-anema

Essie hip-anema is from the Spring 2013 collection.  I have no idea what the name means, and it bugs me that it is in all lower-case letters on the label!  Oh, Essie.  It is a bright poppy red, a medium red with warm tones in most lighting.  Application was perfect; easy to control, good consistency, and highly pigmented.  Shown here with Poshe, dry time was fine and wear is good so far.  It is a bright one, even on this rainy dreary day, which is a nice pick-me-up when the weather is bad.  This is the type of color I love in the summer especially, so I can see myself reaching for it (and it's cousins... Geranium, etc) frequently this year!  Enjoy -    >^,,^<

Zoya Nyx

Zoya Nyx is another color from Zoya's recent first Pixie Duct collection.  It is a dusty periwinkle - somewhere between light blue and lavender with a muted dusty quality.  I had terrible dry time troubles with Vespa (as have other people), so I learned my lesson and did a Poshe sandwich for both London and Nyx.  I used 2 coats of Nyx, then a coat of Poshe fast dry tc, then 2 more layers of Nyx for full opacity, and dry time was fine (i.e. it was dry after an hour and I could go to bed).  Application was good - easy to control, not to thick or thin, although the formula is a bit on the sheer side, requiring 4 layers for me to be happy with it's opacity.  I really like these Pixie Dust polishes and I can't wait to see the summer colors in person!  Enjoy -     >^..^<