Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wheel E10: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Glitters

Nail Wheel Wednesday is posting late this week because it was a powder day, and good snow takes priority over blogging. (Yes, if I were really on the ball, I would have had this written and scheduled before the snow fell. I am not. I am not sure I will ever be.) Today I have glitter from the Xtreme Wear line from Sally Hansen. Technically it's the "Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear" line but that's too much typing to do over and over again.

(all two coats plus topcoat; as you can see, some are on 1/2 black or 1/2 peachy beige base)

1. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Shine On
2. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Glitter Gun
3. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Strike Gold
4. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Spark in the Dark
5. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Bold Gold [seems super close to #4; maybe the sizes in the glitter mix are a bit different but I sure don't need both of these]
6. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Silver Streamers
7. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Shake Shake
8. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Strobe Flash
9. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Rosey Shooter
10. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Boogie Woogie
11. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Perky Pink
12. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fall Flare
13. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Supernova
14. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Rock Chic
15. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Confetti Cake
16. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Boom
17. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sea-ly String
18. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Shimmy Shimmy
19. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sea-ing Stars
20. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green Rocket

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Revlon Color Charge Jelly Collection

I took a day off from playing in the snow to spend some time in my studio playing with polish. Of the many things queued up for swatching, I picked out the four Revlons I'd gotten most recently: Silver Base Coat, Hibiscus Jelly, Crimson Jelly, and Violet Jelly.

Of course the silver had to go on first. Silver Base Coat is a chrome-type metallic finish (as opposed to a foil-like metallic) that goes on smoothly.

I couldn't wait to see how the jellies would look, so I did them all at once over the silver. Top to bottom: stripes (Hibiscus Jelly over whole nail, Crimson from 1/3 down to tip, Violet from 2/3 down to tip), Hibiscus Jelly, Crimson Jelly, Violet Jelly. These jellies are decently pigmented and nicely self-leveling; one coat over the silver was plenty of color. Hibscus is a pink-y orange. Crimson is a slightly pink-y red. Violet is a warm-leaning purple.

In direct light, these glow very nicely. They're also nicely smooth even though I didn't put any top coat on.

As pigmented as these are, I wondered how they would do for jelly sandwich manis, so I grabbed Revlon Sequins, which has gold glitter in a clear base. I put down one coat of Hibiscus Jelly, one coat of Sequins, then one coat of Crimson Jelly on my index finger and one more coat of Hibiscus Jelly on my remaining digits. Looks like these work just find for jelly sandwiches.

You know I was just itching to do some comparisons, and I'm happy to say my stash is organized enough now that I could actually find some other jellies easily. My first thought when I saw these Revlons is that they reminded me of the Wet 'n' Wild Candy Gloss Nail Tints (minus the blue one), so I grabbed those, plus some of the Essie Silk Watercolor colors and OPI Color Paints, which I figure a lot of you might have in your stashes.

For the purple comparison, the lineup was Essie No Shrinking Violet, Revlon Violet Jelly, Wet 'n' Wild One Grape or Another, and OPI Purple Perspective.

Top to bottom below, all over Revlon Silver Base Coat: two coats of Essie No Shrinking Violet, one coat of Revlon Violet Jelly, two coats of Wet 'n' Wild One Grape or Another, two coats of OPI Purple Perspective. The Essie is more cool-toned and sheerer than the Revlon; the Wet 'n' Wild is more warm-toned and sheerer. The OPI comes closest to matching the Revlon, but it takes two coats to build up to what one coat of the Revlon provides.

For the red-ish pink comparison, I chose Essie Blush Stroke, Revlon Crimson Jelly, Wet 'n' Wild Edie in Pink, and OPI Magenta Muse. I was bummed to see that my Magenta Muse had dried up while in storage; I'm not sure why, as the cap seemed both closed properly and not cracked. I added a ton of thinner and waited as patiently as I could (between session of shaking the bottle) for it to get to the point where I could use it.

Below, top to bottom, over Revlon Silver Base Coat: two coats of Essie Blush Stroke, one coat of Revlon Crimson Jelly, two coats of Wet 'n' Wild Edie in Pink, two coats of OPI Magenta Muse (some uneveness here due to my not being quite patient enough to let the thinner do its whole job). The Essie and the Wet 'n' Wild are both noticeably more pink than the Revlon. The OPI is closer to a match but still more pink. I bet Wet Paint Jelly Rancher Red would have been even closer than the OPI; I may have to do that comparison some time even though sadly the Wet Paint brand is no more so I'm hoarding the ones I have.

For the pink-y orange comparison, I used Essie Blush Stroke (yes, again), Revlon Hibiscus Jelly, Wet 'n' Wild Floral Support, and OPI Chromatic Orange.

Top to bottom, again over Revlon Silver Base Coat: two coats of Essie Blush Stroke, one coat of Revlon Hibiscus Jelly, two coats of Wet 'n' Wild Floral Support, two coats of OPI Chromatic Orange. I knew Hibiscus was way more pink than the Essie orange jelly, which is why I used Blush Stroke here, but Hibiscus is clearly way less pink than Blush Stroke. The Wet 'n' Wild comes closest to the Revlon, but it's not pink-leaning enough to be a match. The OPI is way too yellow-leaning to come close to matching the Revlon. As with the Crimson Jelly, I'd like to see how Hibiscus compares to Wet Paint Jelly Rancher Red; I'm betting it's pinker but maybe not by too much.

Overall, I think these are good polishes. It's been a while since we saw jellies in the mainstream world, and I think every stash needs a few. These would be good ones. My favorite is Hibiscus Jelly, as it seems to be the most different compared to what's already in my stash. The Silver Base Coat is a nice silver, but I don't think it's necessarily nicer than ones I already have. Maybe I need to do a comparison of silvers, too, though those are less organized than my jellies right now so I would have trouble finding the best ones to compare. I really need to win the lottery so I can hire that polish stash assistant I've always dreamed of having.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wheel D10: Glitters from Sephora

One drawback to still not having all my polish unpacked and sorted is I end up with wheels like this one, with 19 Sephora by OPI and one Sephora + Pantone. I know I've got another Sephora by OPI that could have filled out this wheel but it's still buried. Ah well. When I do have all my polish organized (yes, when, not if) I can just paint new, better wheels. In the meantime, enjoy these sparklies.

(all two coats plus topcoat)

1. Sephora by OPI Dream Princess (over black)
2. Sephora by OPI I Found a Pot of Gold [yay for diamond glitter that doesn't need to be fished out of the bottle]
3. Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me Top Coat
4. Sephora by OPI Don't Be Eggnog-ious
5. Sephora by OPI Mauve-ie Star In the Making [like the mix of gold with lilac and rose here]
6. Sephora by OPI Beam Me Up Hottie
7. Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco Top Coat
8. Sephora by OPI Are You Glistenin'
9. Sephora by OPI To the Glimmer End
10. Sephora by OPI If You've Got It Haunt It
11. Sephora by OPI Indie-go with the Flow [such a pretty blue color in these glitters]
12. Sephora by OPI Midnight Mambo
13. Sephora by OPI Not Your Average Turquoise Top Coat
14. Sephora by OPI Lights Glammer-a Action [gold and silver plus turquoise makes this versatile]
15. Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular Top Coat
16. Sephora by OPI Good Tidings We Bling [not sure if this started with smoky base or if there's been bleeding]
17. Sephora by OPI Be-Claus I Said So
18. Sephora by OPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild [nice mix of warm and cool purples here]
19. Sephora by OPI G-listen to Your Hear
20. Sephora + Pantone Jaffa Orange [nice and juicy looking]

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Not Quite Spring Displays

It's still full winter up here on my mountain, though signs of spring are starting to appear in town. Literal signs, the ones that post weight limits for side roads so heavy vehicles don't tear them up during the spring thaw. Spring nail polish displays are also starting to show up in stores, but not in town; I have to go down to the cities for that because that's where Walgreens and Rite Aid and Fred Meyer and Ulta and such are. I've found a few things down there to share since my last display post.

Ulta hasn't felt like as rich a polish hunting ground as it once was, but I did find several new things there recently, like this Caption display. In the front/bottom, there are two different stamping plates (they call them "nail art screens"), remover, two loose glitter kits, and a mini polish set. In the back/top, there are two ombre kits (they mean gradient), three kinds of fake nails, and a different mini polish set.

I didn't see the China Glaze Chic Physique spring 2018 polishes at Ulta, but I did see a display with fake nails that tie into the collection.

Ulta also had a China Glaze nail art display with all sorts of things in it: First & Last base/top coat, For Rhinestones Only topcoat, loose glitter, foil paper, striping polishes, striping tape, nail decals, rhinestones, rhinestone tool, art brush.

Rite Aid had the CND Vinylux Nude collection display, with four new neutral shades: Uncovered, Unlocked, Unmasked, and Unearthed. There's the matching topcoat here as well, along with a limited edition mini set with three of the colors and a mini topcoat.

Essie has expanded the shades available in their TLC (Treat Love & Color) line. I first encountered this line expansion in a three-sided floor display at a Walgreens (well, it's six-sided, but only three sides have polish).

The sheer finish side has the original TLC shades (late 2016/early 2017; see this display post) plus some new ones I don't recall seeing before. Top row: Gloss Fit (two slots), Treat Me Bright, Sheers to You (x2). Bottom row: Laven-dearly, Tinted Love (x2), Minimally Modest (x2).

The shimmer finish side has six shades. Top row: In the Balance (two slots), Loving Hue, Work for the Glow (x2). Bottom row: See the Light (x2), Tonal Taupe (x2), Time to Unwind.

The cream finish side has shades from the first line expansion (mid-2017, see thisdisplay) plus new ones. Top row: In a Blush, Pinked to Perfection, Daytime Dreamer, Power Punch Pink, Glowing Strong. Middle row: Good Lighting (sold out), Right Hooked, Mint Condition, Indi-go for It, On the Mauve (sold out). Bottom row: On the Mauve (sold out), Mauve-tivation, A-Game, Tone It Up, Can't Hardly Weight.

Fred Meyer had a smaller display with a subset of the Essie TLC shades. Front row: Gloss Fit, Sheers to You, Tinted Love, Minimally Modest, In the Balance, Work for the Glow, Tonal Taupe, Time to Unwind. Back row: In a Blush, Power Punch Pink, Glowing Strong, Good Lighting, Mint Condition, On the Mauve, Mauve-tivation, A-Game, Tone It Up, Can't Hardly Weight.

In the Gel Couture line, Essie has the Enchanted collection. Six shades here: Matter of Fiction, Princess Charming, Once Upon a Time, Spellbound, Daring Damsel, and Good Knight. The special top coat is in the white bottles in the right hand section. (I also saw this at Ulta, on the end of the big white display unit that's

One of my Fred Meyer stores was apparently late in putting out the Gel Couture holiday display, as I just saw it this past month and it was pretty darn full. Colors here: Amethyst Noir, Rue de la Ruby, Gold Gilding, Make the Cut, Closing Night, and Front Page Worthy. The curious thing is this isn't the same lineup as was at Ulta for this collection that I shared in October's display post. They only overlap with Gold Gilding and Amethyst Noir. Strange.

In the regular Essie line, I saw the Desert Mirage display at Fred Meyer. Left to right: Let It Glow, Blue-tiful Horizon, Seeing Stars, Lighten the Mood, Hazy Daze, and Less Is Aura. There's also Good to Go fast dry top coat here.

I guess I should have waited and not put the very picked over Finger Paints Winter Glaze display in my last display post, as I saw a much better stocked one after the holidays. Front row: Cubism Crimson, Easely Noticed, Sterling Sculpture, Base Coat, Oh My Gauche, Peacock Portrait (does not belong here; should be Daubigny's Garden with silver cap). Back: Cubism Crimson, Piece de Resistance.

Last display post I shared that I saw Incoco strips at Ulta, just plopped into a glass on the shelf. On my most recent visit, there was a proper display. I was very happy to see it. So happy, I didn't get the design names recorded. Ooops.

OPI's spring offering is the Libson collection, which I saw at NW Beauty. Their Infinite Shine display was still mostly full. Top row: Made It to the Seventh Hill (sold out or not yet stocked), Libson Wants Moor OPI, You've Got Nata on Me, Tagus in that Selfie, No Turning Back from Pink Street, We Seafood and Eat It. Bottom: Now Museum Now You Don't, A Red-vival City, Sun Sea and Sand in My Pants, Closer Than You Might Belem, Tile Art to Warm Your Heart, Suzi Chases Portu-geese.

The regular line display had a few more colors missing. Front: Made It to the Seventh Hill (in the slot that's for Now Museum Now You Don't), A Red-vival City, Sun Sea and Sand in My Pants, Closer Than You Might Belem (gone), Tile Art to Warm Your Heart (gone), Suzi Chases Portu-geese. Back: Made It to the Seventh Hill (empty due to earlier misplacement), Libson Wants Moor OPI, You've Got Nata on Me, Tagus in that Selfie, No Turning Back from Pink Street, We Seafood and Eat It (gone).

Ulta was starting to stock Libson as well, but in that awful backlit white display unit, so I didn't bother trying to get good shots there.

I almost never see new Orly in stores anymore, so I was happy to spot two mini sets in Kohls even though they looked like they were leftover from fall/winter. Velvet Dream on the left has Silken Quartz, Velvet Kaleidoscope, Black Cherry, and Just Bitten. Darlings of Defiance contains Champagne Slushie, Secondhand Jade, Stiletto on the Run, and Once in a Blue Moon.

I shared the Revlon Chrome Sweet Chrome display last time, too, but it was short two shades. Since then, I did come across a display at Walgreens that had all the colors: Hologasm, Fairy Dust, Amethyst Smoke , Blushing, Gilded Goddess, Unicornicopia, Molten Magic, Galactic Pink.

Something new I've only seen in one Walgreens so far is the Color Charge display from Revlon. This is labelled Limited Edition, but I don't know if that applies to all the products or just some of them. There are four shades of nail polish here: one silver and three jellies. Left to right in the back: Silver Base Coat (x2), Hibiscus Jelly, Crimson Jelly, Violet Jelly.

Sally Hansen is still putting out new things, if not at the pace they once did. Their Nails with a 3D Touch display, which I saw first at Walgreens, has a meh assortment of polishes but something very interesting in the nail art department: textured applique stickers meant to be put between coats of colored polish. I've not seen these from a mainstream brand before. There are three varieties (top to bottom along the right side): Geometric, Knit, and Floral. The polish colors here are Off the Shoulder (beige), Blush Against the World (light pink), Killer Heels (red), Red It Online (also red), Rose to the Occasion (medium pink), You Glow Girl (gold, sold out of this particular display). There's also a spot for Double Duty base/top coat.

A different Walgreens had a freestanding display for Nails with a 3D Touch. I neglected to rearrange the polishes in this one so they were in their proper slots for the photo; it's the same shades as in the shelftop display above.

The Sally Hansen Welcome to Your Always On Salon display, which I saw at Fred Meyer, has new shades of Color Therapy, Xtreme Wear, and Complete Salon Manicure, along with new Big Polish Guards. Color Therapy shades, left section—front row: Namas-grey, Sunrise Salutation, Wine Therapy; back row: In My Element, Burnished Bronze, Plum Euphoria. Xtreme Wear shades, center section—front row: Day Cream, Red-ical Rockstar, Drop the Beet, Rock My Way; back row, center section: On Cloud Shine, Camel-ot (looks like a Drop the Beet got in this slot in front of the camel). Complete Salon Manicure shades, right section (same as ones in 3D display)—front: You Glow Girl, Killer Heels, Rose to the Occasion; back: Red It Online, Blush Against the World, Off the Shoulder.

The Big Polish Guards are cuticle protectors. They look like bandages to use in place of liquid latex.

There's a display with just new Color Therapy shades; this was at Walgreens. Shades here (same as three-line display above): Namas-grey, Sunrise Salutation, In My Element, Burnished Bronze, Wine Therapy, and Plum Euphoria. Color Therapy Cuticle Oil and Top Coat round out the display.

There's also a Color Therapy Vivid Pinks display, which has a somewhat generous definition of "pink". I think these are core shades. I saw it at Fred Meyer. Front row: Rosy Quartz, Primrose & Proper, Rosy Glow, Berry Smooth, Mauve Mantra. Back row: Robes and Rose, Pampered in Pink, Soak at Sunset, Couple's Massage, Auran't You Relaxed. This also has the Top Coat and Cuticle Oil.

Going to a get together in the city took me past a Walgreens that's not on my typical polish-hunting route, but I might need to change that, as it's the only place I saw the sidekick version of the SinfulColors Decked Out display. This was after Christmas, but it was still fairly full, including the boxed gift sets on the top row (single bottles and three packs with two colors and a clear). I didn't take the time to document all the shades here as it seemed sort of random by this point, but I did take the time to look through all the polishes and was able to find more of the limited edition shades to go with the Smash Hit that I grabbed when I saw the small picked-over display at Fred Meyer that I shared last display post.

Moving on to this year's collections, SinfulColors has a New Shades 2018 display. I saw a six color version at Rite Aid. Front: Top Coat (not new), Coco Bae, Unicorns are Real. Back: Rorange, Forbitten Fruit, Acapella Ella.

I saw an eight-slot version of the New Shades 2018 display at Fred Meyer, and it was mostly a mess, but it did have one new shade, Electric Sage, that wasn't in the Rite Aid display I saw and probably should have been where the top coat was. Left to right: Acapella Ella, Out of This World (from Decked Out), Out with a Bang (Decked Out), Forbitten Fruit, Electric Sage, Planet Out (Color Beyond), Coco Bae, Smash Hit (Decked Out).

I still want to find the Walgreens version of the New Shades 2018 display, as according to the SinfulColors website, there are four Walgreens exclusive shades.

SinfulColors Valentine's display this year is called Color Crave. I saw this big version at Fred Meyer. Front: Devil's Stare, No Heart Feelings (new), Pink Smart, Boom Boom, Candy Gram (new). Back: I Want S'amour (new), Bitten, Snow Me White, Clear Coat, No Heart Feelings.

There was a smaller version of Color Crave at Rite Aid. It had the same new shades but a different assortment of core/reissues. Front: Candy Gram, No Heart Feelings, Gold n' Roses. Back: I Want S'amour, Besos for Pesos, Lie-lac.

As the weather gets warmer in the valley, it'll be easier for me to make trips down to the cities so I'm hoping to have more displays to share before too long. My Kmart closed, so I can't look for polishes there anymore, sadly. I do need to make an effort to get to Sally Beauty more often; it's just a bit out of the way so I skip it when I'm short on time. I should also maybe try to get to the independent beauty supply store downtown that I've only been to once, though their hours are such that it's difficult when I'm coming down for an evening gathering. I know, I'm lucky to have such issues.