Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Chanel Noir Ceramic

On the day before Halloween I have to show some kind of black polish!

Noir Ceramic is pretty much a black polish. But not quite. It does look very black but it leans heavily towards a dark charcoal grey.

The charcoal is quite obvious to see in the correct type of lighting. I adore the shimmer that pops when it’s caught right. Another polish just crying to be worn in the depths of winter!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chanel Blue Satin

Ah Blue Satin. What’s this time of year without a deep navy shade? I don’t think navy gets enough love in the polish world. I love it.

Blue Satin is probably one of my favourite Chanel polishes. I’ve never had a problem with the formula of any Chanel polishes but Blue Satin? Well, it practically paints your nail itself. It is a dream to apply, it just glides on effortlessly.

I used two coats here but if you wanted to get the bluer effect, you could certainly leave it at one coat.

I’m so glad I got this polish, it is definitely my ultimate deep, navy blue polish.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Essie Stylenomics

Essie seems to have released a bunch of collections in a very short space of time. One of the ones I noticed was the Stylenomics collection, with the polish Stylenomics.

Stylenomics is an extremely dark green. To be honest I see a hell of a lot more black than green in this polish. From afar it looks black, from up close it looks black. The only times I‘ve noticed the green is when it is in sunlight.

It’s a crème polish, no shimmer but thankfully it doesn’t look flat. Probably due to the green that’s in it despite my initial hesitance to believe there was actual green in it.

Formula was great and the photos are 2 coats out of habit. 1 coat would be perfectly fine.

Friday, October 26, 2012

China Glaze Deviantly Daring

Deviantly Daring was released with the Bohemian collection a few months ago. I think this collection was supposed to be all duochromes or 'luster chromes' as China Glaze called them but when they were released, Deviantly Daring was the only colour that stood out to me.

It is absolutely amazing teal blue shade. And get this; it was opaque in one coat. Yep, definitely wasn’t expecting that!

Did you get any polishes from the Bohemian collection?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chanel Mimosa

Mimosa is sunshine in a bottle. I don’t have too many yellow polishes but when I found out about Mimosa I had to have it. It often saddens me when I find out about polishes that I missed out on because I wasn’t into polish at the time. This is especially true about Chanels, as discontinued polishes often go for extortinate prices on eBay. The worst thing is that when Mimosa was released (Summer 2011) I was into polish! I was still sane though and not interested in paying the price of Chanel polish. Oh how times have changed.
Thankfully I managed to find a brand new Miomsa on a blog sale for retail price. Happy times.

Onto the polish itself. It’s a dark yellow with shimmer throughout. I only used two coats in the photos but I think 3 thin coats would give a better finish overall.

I’m glad I found it for a decent price, as I don’t think it would be worth buying for above retail price on eBay.

Do you wear yellow polish?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chanel Vendetta

I love a deep, jewel purple and Chanel Vendetta is perfection.

This was 2 coats. It is just the ideal amount of darkness to allow it to hold depth in different lights. I find that some shades, if a tad too dark, will look very flat on the nail. Vendetta, however, retains all of it's beauty.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle

I got Razzle Dazzle ages ago in a Glossybox.  It’s a pretty cool, fuchsia pink glitter in a blackened base.

When I put on the first coat, the black base was quite evident and I though oh no this is never going to build up properly. Thankfully I was wrong and by coat number 2 it was looking great as you can see from the photos.

Mini bottle not enormous hand.

I think one coat of this would be pretty rocking over a black polish though!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Essie Bikini So Teeny

Bikini So Teeny was released as part of a collection of the same name in Summer 2012.

This polish is the first Essie polish I got from the new diffusion line at Boots. It now has a thicker brush. The thin brushes never bothered me before but the new brush is great I have to say.

I love the colour of this polish. It’s a quiet, semi-dusty polish. It has a subtle amount of shimmer, which lifts it beautifully.

This was two coats. A winner for me!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Barry M Chameleon Polishes

I had about these in the blogging world and picked up 2 on my last trip to Boots. The promise of colour changing polish is intriguing.

First up is Chameleon Pink. The polish applied wonderfully and was opaque in one coat. Always a bonus. It tried super quick as well, which I was surprised about as the formula was relatively thick. Love the finish of it and how it looks.

Now onto the ‘Chameleon’ part. You add a clear topcoat to change the colour. I just put any random blob on my nails to see how it would work. And it turned out ok. The intensity of the colour change varied on all the nails and I don’t really know why.

I think you would want to use a nail art brush for creating any kind of decent design. The Zoya topcoat brush that I was using wasn’t too keen on co-operating!

Chameleon Lilac went the exact same way as Chameleon Pink; expect that it is of course a different colour. Formula etc. was the exact same and worked flawlessly.

Overall the whole ‘Chameleon Changing’ thing is a bit meh to me, I’m not pushed about it. However the actual polishes and shades themselves really impressed me. I would highly recommend them in that regard. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chanel Violette

Chanel Violette is a funny sort of polish. It is by all accounts 'an old lady' polish but I strangely like it. The light frosty pink with a smidge of purple somehow draws me in.

This was 2 coats and surprisingly more opaque than I had assumed. 

Ever feel the need to wear 'old lady' polish?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Essie Berry Hard

I’ve really taken to wanting to wear vampy shades all the time lately. They’re just so…1990’s? Hah! Seriously though, it’s like they are the classic winter shade to wear.

Berry Hard is an amazing, proper vampy red. I used two coats as one just looked a little bit too streaky.    

Do you like vampy shades? Any recommendations? I’m planning on getting Chanel’s Rouge Noir next, it seems to be the ultimate vampy shade, Pulp Fiction anyone?!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chanel Vertigo

Vertigo is a newly released polish from the Chanel A/W collection.  I think a lot of people were disappointed with this polish as it was nothing like the promo polishes that were released. You can see in the bottle the amazing shimmer that seems to be in it but sadly it doesn’t quite transfer the same to the nail.

I, however, still really like it. It has a deep, dark purple base. Kind of muddy looking in a way. In the right light you can still detect some slight shimmer in it.

I used two coats for the photos and found the formula fine to work with it.

Did you get Vertigo? Were you disappointed or did you fall in love with it?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

China Glaze Flirty Tankini

Flirty Tankini was the second polish I bought from the Summer Neon collection.

It is deeper, bright neon pink than Pink Plumeria. It was opaque in 2 coats and I absolutely adore it.
It gives such a lift to your entire outfit!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Catrice Virgin Forest

I haven’t bought any Catrice polishes in ages but Virgin Forest jumped out at me when I was passing the stand. It is from the Coolibri collection.

It’s a bright, nearly emerald green. Just slightly more toned down. Leans more yellow than blue, but really mostly green.

Take note, on the bottle it says use a base coat. Use a base coat. When I first tried this, it was during one of my swatching sessions so I was taking it off before it had even properly dried. This means any polishes that I swatch come off very easily. Virgin Forest was on for mere minutes and it still stained. The skin all around my nails was green. Lovely, just what I needed during a swatching session.

It’s still a great colour but do use a base coat and make sure that you possess nail varnish remover that is good at tackling stains!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Chanel Frisson

Chanel Frisson was released with the Rose Ultimes collection in Spring 2012. Frisson is a delightful, light pink. It contains a gold sparkle that completely lifts it.

This was 2 relatively thick coats but I think 3 thin coats would fair better.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

China Glaze Pink Plumeria

Pink Plumeria was released as part of the Summer Neon collection 2012, which lo and behold was a collection consisting of all neon colours. When I first saw the collection the addict in me wanted all of them but then I copped on and told myself that while neons are lovely I just about wear the few that I have so no need to go overboard getting them.

In the end I settled on only 2, with Pink Plumeria being the light neon pink. It was opaque in just 2 coats and I love it. Bright but not garish.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

China Glaze Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail was released with the Anchor’s Away collection in the Spring of 2011.

It is a peachy nude polish with subtle micro shimmer.  This was opaque in 3 coats.

Nothing spectacular but wearable nonetheless.

Friday, October 12, 2012

OPI DS Magic

This is OPI DS Magic. It is my first polish from the DS (Designer Series) range and it is magnificent. 

It is a stunning royal blue with hints of purple shimmer in it. It definitely looks more blue on the nail though but it shimmers amazingly well in the sunlight. 

This was 2 coats. Very easily opaque.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chanel Orange Fizz

Chanel's Orange Fizz is a fabulous orange. The colour is more accurate in the first photo, it looks a bit too pink in the shade of the second.

It's a slightly dusty creme. This was 2 coats.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dior Glacier

Dior Glacier. I fell in love with this polish as soon as I saw images of it. Then I realised it was an Asia exclusive released earlier this year. I did however manage to find it for a reasonable price on eBay. Yay!

Glacier is a pale icy blue that is utterly wonderful. That subtle shimmer and the gleam it gives both in the light and shade. This is 3 coats and it is so worth it.

Adore. Adore. Adore.

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