Friday, May 31, 2013

Jindie Nails Rave

Hello all, today I have a lovely indie polish to show you; this is Jindie Nails Rave.  It's a white jelly base with blue microglitter, two sizes of blue hexes, two sizes of pink circles, tiny pink hexes and translucent yellow-green hexes.

I'm wearing three medium thickness coats of Rave, a coat of Essence Gel-Look top coat and a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast over a PVA base in this photos.  Application of Rave was okay - I had to do a bit of dabbing, especially on the first coat, to get things even and a bit more opaque.

When I wear this polish next time, I'll probably do a thin coat of a white creme and then two coats of Rave because three thick-ish coats did sit quite heavily on my nails due to the high ratio of glitter to base.  With a white creme underneath, I can eliminate nail line and get the lovely jelly depth of the glitter too!

I love this polish, it's very bright and happy.  My Mum said it looked like I'd flicked different colour paint at my nails; also that it reminded her of fairy bread.  Fairy bread's awesome, so that's a plus in my book!

Notes on wear time and removal: I wore this polish for two days then peeled it right off - no issues with the PVA base.

Base & top coat:Base - PVA glue
Top - Essence Gel Look Top Coat + Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Jindie Nails Rave - three coats

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Revlon Royal

Revlon Royal is a royal blue jelly that applies smoothly and evenly.  Just look at how squishy and deep it is!  I'm not wearing top coat in these photos.

Royal is opaque in four coats, but even at one coat, the colour is very even and streak-free.  Beautiful polish, and definitely worth having!

Base & top coat:Base - none
Top - none
Polish used:Revlon Royal - one to four coats

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sinful Colors Endless Blue (a.k.a. the polish that you definitely need)

I'm not even joking, here.  I wouldn't joke about this polish.

Sinful Colors Endless Blue is a gorgeous cobalt blue creme - it might seem to be a plain polish to wear, especially for me as I like to wear shimmers more often, but I got so many comments from different people about it.  And that's not even the best part.

The best part is that this polish is a one-coater.  In these photos I'm wearing one coat of Endless Blue with China Glaze Fast Forward top coat.

The application of this polish is much like Sinful Colors Feeling Great; if you have too much polish on the brush, it'll go on fine and then you'll look back and the sides of your nails will be flooded.  My solution was to make sure my brush was fairly clean and applying carefully to make sure nothing flooded onto my skin.  If there wasn't enough polish on the nail, I just grabbed  bit more and went over it again.  Other than that tip, application was fine, and seriously; opaque in one coat.  I was all like whoa.

My only beef about this polish is that it smells pretty bad - it's not a normal polish smell and it's quite strong, but it disappears after day one and you won't notice if your hands aren't all up in your face.

Seriously, though, if you don't have a blue like this, you should definitely think about picking this polish up!

Notes on wear time and removal:  I'm pretty sure that I wore this mani for about five days.  Wear was great, no huge chips or nasty amounts of tipwear, which was amazing for a one coat of polish!  No issues with removal.

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - China Glaze Fast Forward
Polish used:Sinful Colors Endless Blue - one coat

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Cult Nails Coveted

Cult Nails Coveted is a gorgeous emerald green shimmery jelly base with shiny shards embedded within.  It has a very shiny, squishy look on the nails and the flakie bits remind me of seaweed, somehow.  These photos don't really do its true beauty any justice!  I wish I could've gotten a shot in the sun!

Application is a breeze - I'm wearing two coats in these photos, with Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.  The one issue is that the little flakies can stick up off your nails and form an awkward scratchy point, but you can tweeze them out or just cover them with top coat.  Most of the flakies lay flat, though; I only have sticky-uppy ones on two nails.

Notes on wear time and removal: I wore this polish for two and a half days and accumulated no tipwear, and only one small chip.  Awesome wear time, I'm sure this polish would last a week without getting ratty!  Removal was okay - the flakies required a bit of scrubbing to get off my nails.

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Cult Nails Coveted - two coats

Thursday, May 23, 2013

China Glaze Atlantis

This is China Glaze Atlantis, a beautiful teal-green jelly based polish packed with holo microglitter.  I wore two coats of Atlantis over a PVA base coat, then a coat of Essence Gel-Look Top Coat to tame the glitter and Cult Nails Wicked Fast to finish it all off.  It's still a bit gritty to the touch, but none of the glitter sticks up too much.

Application was okay, but as the jelly base dries, it can get a bit gloopy if you go over it too many times.  After two coats, there is still some visible nail line, but I didn't add a third coat because I thought that would overload the glitter for me (after some contemplation, three coats would be perfect because I had a couple of bald spots).  It would look great as two coats over a like colour if you wanted to cover the nail line; but from an arm's length, the nail line isn't really visible.

It's a gorgeous polish, especially in the sun when all the holo glitter sparkles!

Notes on wear time and removal: I wore this mani for one and a half days, and the PVA base did its job so removal was easy.

Base & top coat:Base - PVA glue
Top - Essence Gel Look Top Coat + Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:China Glaze Atlantis - two coats

Monday, May 20, 2013

OPI Did It On 'Em

OPI Did It On 'Em is a chartreuse green creme from the Nicki Minaj collection.

Application for this one is a bit annoying - it goes on very streaky, but evens up with three coats.  In these photos, I'm wearing four coats on my middle finger and three coats on the others; all finished with top coat.  I recommend waiting a bit between coats so that the polish doesn't drag.

The colour is lovely, and definitely an asset to my stash!

Base & top coat:Base - none
Top - OPI top coat
Polish used:OPI Did It On 'Em - three to four coats

Saturday, May 18, 2013

China Glaze Flying Dragon

China Glaze Flying Dragon is one of the oldest untried polishes in my stash, so I got myself together to try it.  It's a neon magenta-purple with tiny blue and pink glitter that looks a lot darker on the nail than it does in the bottle.

Flying Dragon is a neon polish and it dries very quickly, making application somewhat of an annoyance as by the time I've done the stroke down the middle and down one side, the first stroke's pretty much dry already.  I had to make sure not to go over any parts of the nail that I'd already polish, otherwise bald spots would form.  I ended up using three coats of polish, which was enough for opacity and to level everything out.  This polish also dries matte; here's how it looks with no top coat.

Flying Dragon without top coat
I added a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast for my top coat, and I like the shiny look much better!

These photos are all in natural light, and I've found that the polish appears to look like a darker grape-purple in other lights with the pink glitter standing out more.  This is definitely an interesting polish, and I think I'll play with how it looks over white for the next time I wear it; even with the application issues, I began to like this polish more and more the longer I wore it.

Notes on wear time and removal: During the second day of wear, I already had a couple of chips and after the third day, most of my nails had chips and/or tipwear.  Ugh.  My top coat also started to peel off on a few nails - possibly due to the un-stickiness of the matte finish?  I've seen the same thing happen on Loodie Loodie Loodie's blog so it's definitely not just me!  Removal was okay; a bit of scrubbing was required for the tiny glitter, but it didn't get all over my fingers, which was awesome!

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:China Glaze Flying Dragon - three coats

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jindie Nails Silent Night

Here I go with my first Jindie Nails polish; Silent Night!  This polish is a dark blue jelly with holographic stars and moons as well as squares, shards, circles and different sized hexes.  It also has a purple shimmer throughout.  It's complex but looks absolutely beautiful in the bottle and on the nail!

I used a PVA base coat then applied two thick coats of Silent Night.  Glitter pickup was good since I rested the bottle upside down for a few minutes before application.  I finished with two coats of Cult Nails Wicked Fast for top coat.

Application was good - the glitter had a tendency to clump together (as you can see on my pinky) but it was easy enough to get them to spread out.  The formula was easy to work with and went on smoothly, levelling itself out well.  Two coats of top coat (or a coat of glitter tamer and then a top coat) are definitely needed to flatten the glitter out a bit, but other than the glitter clump on my pinky, I don't have any edges sticking out.

Two thick coats was just enough for opacity, but I'd use three thin coats next time to completely hide my nail line.  I love this polish, it's so deep, dark and squishy with the glitters glinting out like stars in the night sky.  It definitely fits its name!

Notes on wear time and removal: I wore this mani for a day and a half.  Since I hadn't applied a thick glitter tamer, the poky-outy bits on some of the glitters annoyed me and PVA base always makes me want to do the peel thing so I took it off.  The PVA base worked perfectly, no scrubbing required.

Base & top coat:Base - PVA glue
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast (two coats)
Polish used: Jindie Nails Silent Night - two coats

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pretty Serious Daphne's Birthday Party - Happy Birthday, Pretty Serious!

Hello all, and Happy 1st Birthday to Pretty Serious!  Today I have a swatch of Daphne's Birthday Party for you, which is a first birthday commemorative polish for Pretty Serious's birthday and for Daphne, their cute mascot.

Daphne's Birthday Party is 'designed to look like sparkly confetti on your nails', and I must say that it achieves its goal.  It's a true glitterbomb made up of pink, blue, yellow, green and red hexes in a clear base.

I started with a coat of A England Camelot and then used the polish brush to make a glitter gradient on my pointer, middle and pinky fingers.  I dabbled one coat of Daphne's Birthday Party on my thumbs and ring fingers.  I finished with a coat of Essence Gel-Look top coat and a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

The polish is very easy to work with and glitter pickup on the brush is great.  I really love this look, and Daphne's Birthday Party is such a fun polish!

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - Essence Gel Look Top Coat + Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:A England Camelot - one coat
Pretty Serious Daphne's Birthday Party - one coat and glitter gradient

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Nfu Oh JS15

This beautiful sky blue jelly is Nfu Oh JS15 and I love it.  It's soft-and-squishy-looking, a lovely colour and it applies very smoothly.  The Nfu Oh bottle is very comfortable to polish with!

Since JS15 is a sheer jelly, I wanted to know how many coats were needed for opacity.  The first coat applies a bit streakily, but after that, everything evens out.  There is still visible nail line at four coats, but it's gone in five (I wore five coats on my thumb, as you can see in the photo above).  If I was wearing this alone, I'd probably go for three or four coats depending on how much nail line I wanted to see.

It also dries to an extremely glossy finish - there's no top coat in any of these photos.  I'm envisioning a lot of squishy jelly sandwiches involving this polish!

Base & top coat:Base - none
Top - none
Polish used:Nfu Oh JS15 - one to five coats

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yves Saint Laurent Bronze Aztec

My first designer polish, hooray!  Bronze Aztec is a dark brown based polish (almost olive looking) with a subtle gold-bronze shimmer throughout.

Application, even with the wider-than-OPI brush, was easy.  The polish went on smoothly and levelled itself out beautifully.  It's completely opaque in two coats; I'm wearing two coats in these photos with Cult Nails Wicked Fast as my top coat.

My one peeve about this polish is that the beautiful shimmer apparent in the bottle doesn't fully transfer to the nail; the shimmer shows, but only in the right light (I'm sure it'd look stunning in the sun, but the weather is very dreary here at the moment so I couldn't snap a photo).  I think the gold would be brought out more if I did another coat, and it'd look great with a gold glitter.

Notes on wear time and removal: I wore this polish for four days.  At the end of the third, there was no noticeable tipwear and only a few small chips.  No issues with removal, though I did need to scrub a little because the polish is so pigmented.

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Yves Saint Laurent Bronze Aztec - two coats

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Battle of the Reds: Cult Nails Evil Queen vs Models Own Red Alert

I ordered Cult Nails Evil Queen as part of my Cult Nails order because I wasn't satisfied with my other bright red, Models Own Red Alert, which I wore here.  Red Alert took at least three coats to be completely opaque on me, and I wanted a red which was easier to work with; and I saw on Chit-Chat Nails that Cult Nails Evil Queen was a one-coater.  What was I waiting for?

So, I got down to swatching Evil Queen against Red Alert.
Here's one coat of each.  In real life, the nail line was much more visible on both polishes, but more so on Red Alert than Evil Queen.  Evil Queen is definitely not a one-coater on me, but if I was doing a gradient or glitter gradient that covered the tip, it'd be okay in one coat.

After two coats, the difference between Red Alert and Evil Queen was much more pronounced. Red Alert still had a lot of visible nail line, while Evil Queen was just opaque (there was a tiny bit of VNL, but nothing very noticeable).  It doesn't show in the photos as much.  Another difference between the two polishes is that Evil Queen is a bit darker than Red Alert (which, of course, isn't visible in the photos, gosh darn it).

Base & top coat:Base - none
Top - none
Polish used:Cult Nails Evil Queen - one to two coats
Models Own Red Alert - one to two coats

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ninja Polish Color Changing Garnet

Hello all!  I finally tried Ninja Polish Color Changing Garnet, a polish that's been hanging around in my stash for quite a while.  I can safely say that I'm sorry I ever doubted its beauty because on the nail, it's absolutely incredible.

Color Changing Garnet is made of tiny glass fleck-like particles in a shimmery base.  I used a PVA base coat (remember if you're using PVA to use quite a thick coat of it so that the polish peels off in one bit and you don't have to pick at it a lot), then one coat of A England Camelot and just one coat of Garnet.  I used two coats of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat to try to smooth it out, but the polish surface is still a little gritty (I'm not bothered by it, though).  Garnet's brush is OPI-esque and wide, making for smooth, easy application.  I thought that the glitter might give me some trouble, but there were no problems at all.  In fact, I think that you could probably make this polish opaque in two or three coats by itself!

Garnet's base colour is a bronze-red, shifting to yellow and then green.  The multichrome effect is easily visible; no squinting required!

It has a glass fleck look to it that I adore, and it's crazily sparkly.  Wow.  Wow.

Ladies and gentlemen, I highly recommend this polish.  I can barely stop looking at my nails.

Notes on wear time and removal: by the end of the second day of wear, I had a few chips but no peeling (I was very industrious about wrapping my tips!)  By the third day, I had a bit of peeling and one of my nails had the polish completely fall off in one bit (which was awesome but also weird) so I removed them all.  Hooray for peel-off base coat!  No scrubbing here!  If you want a longer wear time, I'd definitely use a normal base coat and suffer the foil treatment gladly.

Base & top coat:Base - PVA glue
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast (two coats)
Polish used:A England Camelot - one coat
Ninja Polish Color Changing Garnet - one coat

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Color Combos CTW511 over OPI Blue My Mind

Hello, this is Alicea here with a swatch of one of the polishes I picked up in Hong Kong; Color Combos CTW511, over my first OPI polish, Blue My Mind.

The Color Combos polish is a sheer blue jelly based polish with iridescent flakies.  Blue My Mind is a beautiful sapphire blue shimmer (in some lights, the bottle looks like it has a purple duochrome shift), and is opaque in two coats.  I layered two coats of the Color Combos flakie over the top of two coats of Blue My Mind, finishing with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

Both polishes went on easily (the Color Combos has a nice wide brush), and it's crazily sparkly in the sun!

Direct sunlight
I also tried the flakie on over a bare nail, and it's so sheer that it wouldn't reach opacity by itself.

Notes on wear time and removal: I wore this polish for four days, I believe, and I was very impressed with the wear time!  By the fourth day, I only had minimal tipwear and some small chips; it was still wearable without making me cringe.  There were no issues with removal.

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:OPI Blue My Mind - two coats
Color Combos CTW511 - two coats