Friday, October 18, 2013

Pahlish Zhang Qian's Expedition and Yu Lan Festival

Recently I was fortunate to get two Pahlish colors from the Voyage to the East collection for review.

Yu Lan Festival is an olive green with pink and purple shimmer.

I swatched Yu Lan Festival at two coats. I added topcoat even though it didn't really need it because I'd wear it with topcoat and thought it best to show it that way (also, I was feeling relaxed because I didn't have four or five or fourteen polishes lined up right behind this one to be swatched).

The shimmer in Yu Lan Festival is on the subtle side but definitely doesn't disappear on the nail.

Zhang Qian's Expedition is a light stone beige with charcoal flakies, copper microflakies, and brown shimmer.

Like Yu Lan Festival, I swatched Zhang Qian's Expedition at two coats plus topcoat.

On the nail, the charcoal flakies dominated but the other shimmer was visible (more to my eye than my camera).

I wasn't ready to put away these colors at this point, so I did some nail art. I really have got to make more time for that sort of thing because it's so much fun. First making sure Zhang Qian was dry enough to take it, I taped off points from the base of my nails and painted them with Yu Lan Festival. After I removed the tape, I added dots of Zhang Qian in the triangles, then made dots of Yu Lan bordering them. Then I added some topcoat to smooth things out. voilà, fancy nails!

Since I always like to see mrsrexy's progress shots at Canadian Nail Fanatic, I thought I'd share some of my own. Here's step 1, the pointy triangles:

Step 2, light dots:

Step 3, dark dots and done:

Both of these polishes are available in the Pahlish shop as of right now, along with the other color in the collection, Shilin Stone Forest, a blue-leaning grey shimmer; the trio is even on sale for $7 per full size bottle (.5 fl. oz.) There are a lot of other lovelies there, too, at $9 a bottle.

The polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider, and I get to keep the polishes for my own use.


  1. These are both really pretty!! I especially love the green. Love the mani you created with the both of them.

  2. I love the shimmer in the green, it is really pretty!! :)

  3. I love what you did with the two of them :)

  4. I am loving Zhang Qian. Went over to try to buy it but it's not there :-( Probably better for my wallet!

    1. Gail, that's strange. I can see it on this page and the Add to Cart button is there:

      I clicked in through the Sale link on the left hand side of the main shop page.

  5. I like both of them, I love Zhang Qian's Expedition a little bit more :-)

  6. Cute art. Love those colors together.

  7. Both polishes are beautiful. I love the nail art with them!


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