Monday, September 30, 2013

Sally Girl Phat

Sally Girl Phat is a mini size polish that is a Sally Beauty house brand.  I've had this one for many years, and I have no idea when it came out or if it is still available.  This one needed to be recently revived with thinner as it was so thick it was only about half full.  In the bottle it is a deep red with gold shimmer, but unfortunately the gold doesn't translate to the nail very well in real life.  The pictures pick up more of the gold than my eye does, as it actually looks rather... ordinary.  Application was ok - I had to use thinner to get it to a usable consistency, but once that was done it went on nicely - the brush is a good size and nicely shaped, but the handle is very short, so it's a little tricky to control, but I managed.  I used 3 coats here for opacity and depth of color, but you could get away with 2 if you wanted to.  I like it, but don't love it, so into the swap pile it goes!  Enjoy -     >^..^<

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Essie Vested Interest

Essie Vested Interest is from the new Fall 2013 collection.  It is a muted, dusty darker seafoam green creme, and is almost a dead-on dupe of School of Hard Rocks.  Boo, Essie!  But I like the color, so I guess I shouldn't complain.  Application was very nice - good consistency, easy to control, slightly streaky on the first coat, but was completely opaque and even at just 2 coats.  I wanted to try out my Orly Green Flakie Topcoat, so I put it over VE later the next day, and I can't say I'm over the moon about this look - it looks prettier in pics than it does in real life.  The light blue of the flakies plays nicely off the green of the polish, but it is a subtle look, and just doesn't stack up to other flakies used with a matte topcoat (ex: FP Motley).  I tried the Pink Flakie TC a while back and wasn't in love with that one either.  Anyway - VE is a lovely green, the kind of green I actually like and wear!  Enjoy -     >^..^<


Saturday, September 28, 2013

ChG Rendezvous With You

ChG Rendezvous With You is a beautiful dark muted purple eggplant shimmer from the fall 2013 collection.  It has some multi-colored shimmer particles that add interest in direct sun, but in indirect light it just looks speckled.  Application was good - the formula was a little thick, but very opaque, fairly easy to control, and was almost a 1-coater (I used 2 for opacity and depth of color).  It's a beautiful color for fall!  Enjoy -     >^..^<