Friday, July 3, 2020

Possibly Shortest and Definitely Saddest Display Post Ever

It's been over three months since my last display post, which rounded up all the photos I'd taken before Mr. and I went into isolation from the pandemic. Since then, I've tried to limit my shopping to our grocery store, which doesn't have nail polish (except a few bottles of Wet 'n' Wild Wild Shine in core colors which never change). I haven't been out of my county since early March, which means no Ulta, no Fred Meyer, no chain drugstores. I don't know what's going on out there, and it's a strange feeling. However, I have been into Walmart and the Dollar Tree a few times looking for things that my grocery either never stocks or had run out of (I feel like the paper product shortages of 2020 will stick with me for a while; I saw my preferred TP on the shelf for the first time in months the other day and about passed out from surprise). So today I've got a few photos of the few displays I've seen.

I was surprised to see a China Glaze Trolls World Tour collection at Walmart; I don't remember seeing seasonal collections from that brand there before. There were mini sets on top and full size bottles on the bottom.

nail polish display

The mini kits each had four of the shades from the collection. On top, the Pink-in-Poppy kit had Pink-in-Poppy (pink), No-Holds Barb (red), Delta Darlin (peach), and Can't Stop Branching (light teal). On bottom, the Glitter-iffic kit had It's All Techno (acid green), Chill in Symphonyville (light blue), Funky Beat (purple), and Glitter-iffic (silver).

nail polish display

Tucked into the regular nail polish section at Walmart, I found some Essies that looked like they were a collection but had no signage. Later, I researched and found they're the summer collection: Souq Up the Sun, Mosaic on Down, Bustling Bazaar (times 2), Spice It Up, Kaf-tan, and Worth the Tassle (x2).

nail polish display

Also at Walmart, I saw an LA Colors line I'd not spotted before, Quick Color. If it had been pre-pandemic, I would have straightened up these bottles and turned the fronts to the front, but I don't know who's been touching them or sneezing on them or what, so I just snapped photos and moved on. Top row: Clear (sold out), Impatient, Hyper, Dashing, Eager, Snappy, Fury, Spark. Bottom row: Ambitious, Hustle (sold out; looks like a bright yellow if the shelf label is accurate), Go-Getter, At Once, Moment, Swift.

nail polish display

At Dollar Tree, I found four (!!) tray displays of LA Colors Color Craze collections, and I did fix the bottles here because they were so messed up I just couldn't stand it (and I sanitized my hands after). First up, the Glitter Glam collection, which had eight slots but I only found six colors: Shine On, Silver Belle, 14K Gold, Party Glam, Crimson Shine, and Blue Flame. Poking around the internet, it looks like the missing shades are a medium pink (Groovy) and a deep purple (which the bottle photo I found didn't list/show the name of).

nail polish display

The Nude Trends collection was also missing two shades. The ones that were there were (left to right): World Traveler, Sentimental, Warrior, Innocence, Balance, and Spirit. Missing is Prosperous (peachy rose) and Lucky in Love (lighter peachy rose).

nail polish display

The Creamy Jelly collection was only missing one shade. The seven that were there: Sheer Kiss, Sheer Veil, Sheer Rose, Sheer Joy, Sheer Perfection, Sheer Delight, and Sheer Magic. I wasn't able to track down what was missing here.

nail polish display

The entire Creamy Neon collection was present and accounted for (yay!): Pink Vibe, Bling Babe, Go Bright, Green Glow, See It My Way, Breezy Baby, So So Good, Late Night.

nail polish display

Back to Walmart; they had LBK, whith the "try it" tips on the caps. I'd only ever seen this brand before at Ulta, where it was on an end cap for a while and then disappeared. (In the store, they were arranged all in one long line, but for ease of fitting on my blog, I've cut that line into thirds and stacked the photos.) Top row: Jewel of Janelle, Strong Hildy, Loveable Lindsey, Sandy Seas All, Rachel's Revolution, Don't Steal My Teal, Humble Riley, Kylie. Middle row: Danyelle's Desire, Gina's Generosity, Lola Belle, Rockin Rose, Driven Mattie, Coco's Cabana, Perfect Peyton, Lady Diana. Bottom row: Claire's Creation, Sweet Carolyn, Love Lucy, Alexi, Elyse, Teri's So Terrific, Jaime's Jetaime, Hastily Hazily. Looking at the LBK Nail Lacquer website, these are available to purchase online as well direct from the brand. (And theres's a different collection for Walgreens, which looks like it might have a holo in it ... wish I could see those in person.)

nail polish display

Walmart also had the Sally Hansen Donut Cafe display, which had a limited edition collection of Miracle Gel colors as well as slots for a bunch of core colors.

nail polish display

The limited edition shades: Mixture Perfect (deep pink with bar glitter), Bakers Gonna Bake (tan), Drive Me Glazy (pink), Sprinkle & Spice (pink with hex glitter), A-Dough-able (light yellow), and Mint Together (pastel green).

nail polish display

And that's all I've got. I've been poking at the Ulta website and can see some of what I'm missing. There's the Sally Hansen Pride stuff: the Xtreme Wear bottles have rainbow striped caps (with the brown and black stripes, so go Sally Hansen for being inclusive) and there's an Insta Dri set of six with an oddly light orange (these all seem to be core colors). There are two Essie collections, Perfect 10 (which look like very nice shimmers) and Sunny Business, and an Essie Gel Couture collection, Sunset Soiree. OPI has the Neo-Pearl collection (does this mean frosts are coming back?). There's a new brand called Nailtopia that's plant-based and has dozens of shades.

I'm not sure when I'll feel comfortable leaving my isolation cocoon. The virus cases here, which had been pretty low, are now increasing as Idaho has gradually opened up and tourists from other areas have been visiting the area. Being around a lot of folks I don't know, many of whom refuse to wear masks or practice other risk reduction measures because "freedom", just doesn't seem wise yet.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wheel Z12: Yellowish Green Cremes

green nail polishes


1. Poparazzi unlabeled (3 coats)
2. Orly Eye of the Beholder (2)
3. Wet 'n' Wild Wild Shine Stand the Test of Lime (2)
4. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Slime Scene (2)
5. Estee Lauder Absinthe (2)
6. Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis Appletini (2)
7. Orly Thrill Seeker (2)
8. Studio M Just My Luck (2)
9. Color Club Having a Ball (2)
10. Sally Hansen Insta Dri In the Groove (2)
11. Cover Girl XL Nail Gel Plump It Pear (2)
12. China Glaze Gaga for Green (3)
13. Finger Paints Peace Love & Green (3)
14. Rimmel 60 Seconds Green Eyed Monster (2)
15. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Parrot (2)
16. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Just in Lime (2)
17. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Kelp Out (3)
18. Confettig Green With Envy (3)
19. NYC In a New York Color Minute High Line Green (3)
20. OPI Hot Fun in the Summer-lime (2)


Bottles 1 through 3:

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4 through 6:

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7 through 9:

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10 through 13:

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14 through 17:

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18 through 20:

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Santee Platinum Shine Metallics

Finally got around to swatching the Santee Platinum Shine metallic polishes I picked up in a beauty supply store on a road trip in the Before Time. I chose five of the shades on offer: Forest Fairy, Ocean Tear, Princess Dream, Galaxy, and Emerald.

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

I did Skittles with four of the colors: Galaxy (dark silver), Princess Dream (lavender), Ocean Tear (blue), and Forest Fairy (green). Galaxy and Forest Fairy were three coats; the other two took two. All have a quite nice metallic finish ... or maybe it's a foil finish ... I am never sure where the line is between those two. Very good payoff for a $3 polish (I think that's about what they were).

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

For fun, I topped these four with Morgan Taylor Bedazzle Me (so glad I got this one; if I'd done a top 20 for last year, it would have been on it) plus clear topcoat. This glitter mix went well with all of these base shades.

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Direct light shot to show off the glitter:

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

That leaves Emerald. This is a teal-leaning green, much cooler in hue than Forest Fairy, the other green I got. I used two coats for my swatch.

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

It really sparkles and glows in direct light:

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Emerald also got the Morgan Taylor Bedazzle Me treatment.

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

Santee Platinum Shine nail polish

If I ever see these polishes again, I'll likely pick up a few more shades, as they're a good value and I like the finish.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Fall 2019

I'm wrapping up my Halloween in July theme for this week with the Sally Hansen Insta Dri fall 2019 releases, including the four glow in the dark shades. Left to right below: Glowing Night, Happy Hollow-een, Boooo-tiful, Hallo-Green, Get the Gold, Leaf Lined Trail.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Halloween Fall 2019

I started my swatching with Leaf Lined Trail, a soft orange with gold shimmer. I bought this because I want to support brands coming out with new colors at a time when many drugstore lines have backed away from polish and because I couldn't think of another shade like this in my stash (I mean, there might very well be one, given the size of my collection, but I couldn't think of it). This was plenty opaque in two coats. Sadly, the shimmer was way more shy on the nail than in the bottle, though it did show on the nail in my lightbox, I just had to look very closely.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Leaf Lined Trail

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Leaf Lined Trail

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Leaf Lined Trail

I found it curious that the shimmer maintained its demure character even in the glare of direct light ... usually that helps subtle shimmer pop at least a bit. But Leaf Lined Trail kept itself to itself.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Leaf Lined Trail

I passed on Get the Gold at first, since I know for sure I have other gold metallics and rarely wear those. Still, I grabbed it when I saw it on clearance because by that point, I'd bought the rest of the new colors and you know how I love to have complete sets. I was pleasantly surprised to find this particular gold is a one-coater; I know the Insta Dri line generally has good coverage (that's why they work well for stamping), but I almost always use two coats because I think it looks better. This time I did one and called it good.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Get the Gold

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Get the Gold

Then it was time to get into the glow in the dark ones. I charged up the bottles under bright light for a few minutes then closeted myself in the dark bathroom for a group shot. Left to right: Glowing Night, Happy Hollow-een, Boooo-tiful, and Hallo-Green. Happy Hollow-een sure has the best glow, which makes sense since it's the one that has only the yellowish glow in the dark pigment in it, with no other tint or tone.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Glow in the Dark

I expected Happy Hollow-een to be on the sheer side based on my experience with similar polishes, so used it over Get the Gold on most of my digits. Top to bottom below: 3 coats of Happy Hollow-een on its own, then 2 coats of it over Get the Gold on the remaining three fingers. It barely changes the gold, just makes it a little softer.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Happy Hollow-een

In the dark, the best glow came from the finger with only Happy Hollow-een on it, though the other three weren't too far behind (and those three definitely looked better in the light, which is how they'd be seen most often if I wore this as a full mani).

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Happy Hollow-een

I took the same accent nail approach with Boooo-tiful (I keep wanted to make that only have three o's but it has four according to the bottle), though it wasn't as sheer as Happy Hollow-een owing to the orange pigment in it. Top to bottom: three coats of Boooo-tiful, then three fingers with two coats of Boooo-tiful over Leaf Lined Trail.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri  Boooo-tiful

In the dark, this glowed quite nicely, more than I expected based on the bottle shot.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri  Boooo-tiful

Glowing Night was up next, and it has a surprise: shimmer! That's unusual for a glow in the dark polish, at least in my collection.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri  Glowing Night

I paired Glowing Night with Sally Hansen Insta Dri Flamin-go, a medium pink you can see on its own in my comparison post from last year. Top to bottom: three coats of Glowing Night alone, then two coats of it over Flamin-go. Unlike the first two glow in the dark shades, I would wear this one alone; something about the pink and the sparkle makes the sheerness work for me.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri  Glowing Night

In the dark, the glow was again better than I expected based on the bottle shot; I thought I'd charged them all up equally for that, but perhaps they don't charge/discharge at the same rate so that accounts for the differences. When doing the swatches, I probably charged longer than I had for the bottles alone as I wanted to make sure they would last while I was snapping multiple photos.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri  Glowing Night

Here's a better look at Glowing Night on the nail without the distraction of the bottle; you can definitely see where I didn't get all the pink creme covered in some places!

Sally Hansen Insta Dri  Glowing Night

Hallo-green is the most pigmented of the glow in the dark ones, yet I still paired it with a complementary Insta Dri shade, Granny Smith Apple, which was on a recent nail wheel I posted. Index finger is three coats of Hallo-green and the other digits have one coat of Granny Smith Apple topped with one coat of Hallo-green.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri  Hallo-greent

And here's the dark shot, very glowy:

Sally Hansen Insta Dri  Hallo-greent

I'd wear the pink and green glow in the dark shades by themselves; the other two I'd rather use as toppers, though at only one or two coats, they give a sort of speckled look in the dark (I'm guessing because the glow in the dark pigment doesn't disperse fully so more coats are needed to fill in the gaps?).