Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Beauty Gems

When I went to Ulta to get that Orly Plastix, I saw something that hadn't been there on my last visit: a new mini set called Beauty Gems. I am a sucker for minis anyway, and this looked like it had some interesting colors, so I grabbed one.


Left to right: Smoky Quartz, Pink Ruby, Emerald, and Amethyst.

I didn't have time to do full swatches of all of them and I couldn't pick just one, so I did skittles.


Oh my. I wish these came in full sizes. I used three coats of each, which is fine, since I really like the colors. Smoky Quartz is a deep gray creme that stays grey in most lighting conditions. I don't own anything quite like it. Pink Ruby is the most conventional of the bunch, a gorgeous ruby red creme. Emerald is a deep green shimmer; I feel like I've seen this before but can't quite recall where—it's silver shimmer instead of gold, so not the Glam Goth green or Project Runway (which I've only seen in photos), but maybe a Sally Hansen. I'll have to look. Amethyst was my favorite, an almost metallic smoky purple shimmer. I plan to wear that as a full mani soon, and am pondering breaking my "don't buy backups rule" for it, since it's such a small bottle.


  1. Thanks for swatching these. I really like Emerald and Amethyst.

  2. I really love the top three colors. The bottom one looks like one color I already have, so I'd skip on that one.

  3. Oh goodness! I think a trip to Ulta is in store. :)
    I can see why it was hard for you to pick one; they are all quite lovely. That Emerald may be just worth it's weight in gold, if the sparkles are silver.

  4. I'm glad you swatched these! I saw them yesterday, but passed. I'm trying to stop buying so much polish(not sure it's gonna happen!)but I think I might go back and grab this set. I love how all four colors look. Especially the green and amethyst.

    By the way, I just started a nail blog. Would love to have you follow, if you're interested. :-)


  5. The amethyst is my favorite too!

  6. Great purchase. Emerald and Amethyst are fabulous.


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