Friday, January 27, 2017

Top 10 of 2016

I've done a Top 20 list every year I've been writing this blog, but 2016 was such a messed up year for me with all the travel and moving and my mom dying that I wasn't even sure if I wore 20 different polishes, so I'd decided to skip it. Then my friend Mel did a series of posts about her favorites in her blog Delicious Color, and I reconsidered. As it turned out, I had worn more than 20 polishes last year, but it was definitely a much smaller pool than prior years, so I decided to do a top 10 this go round.

Rimmel Mind the Gap Victoria, a light cornflower blue creme.

Kiko Velvet Satin Midnight Blue, a very deep navy matte shimmer.

SinfulShine Illusion, a blue shimmer.

Studio M Cherry Blossom, a pale pink shimmer topper, swatched here over Studio M By Design, a vampy berry creme.

LA Colors Color Craze Gel Magical, a lilac with gold and pink shimmer that can be worn alone or as a topper.

Orly Frenemy, a black jelly with silver holo microglitter and flakies, swatched here over Orly Makeup to Breakup, a dark teal blue creme.

Orly Color Blast Multicolored Gloss Glitter, a mulitcolored hex glitter topper, shown here in a jelly sandwich with Essence Nail Candies Peachy Keen:

Revlon Magnetic, blue glitter in a purple/blue duochrome shimmer base.

Lit NYC Power and Lovergirl, the former a blue/purple duochrome shimmer and the lattter a multicolored glitter topper, swatched together here.

I've pretty much gone back to my drugstore roots with this list. That makes sense, since I was on the road so much and dealing with other things, paying attention to indie releases was not a priority (and even if it had been, I wasn't home for weeks at a time, so getting them shipped to me would have been a challenge). I'm not sure what 2017 will bring. I have plenty of older indies in my untrieds, so I may start working through those as a supplement to the things I've been buying off the shelf recently.


  1. Uh, there are some really nice shimmers in this post! :)

  2. The first three polishes in this post could have come from my list... if I'd owned them (still miffed about missing out on the Kiko one ;)

  3. That was a great list! It is amazing that only one of them is a creme ;)

  4. I liked the LA Colors polish; very pretty. Seems like stores in my area (Central California) have not been refilling New York Colors polishes for several months now. I like the New York Minute Top Coat. Have you heard anything that might explain this restocking issue? Do you have it or see it in your area?


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