Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wheel P13: Sky Blue Cremes

 

1. Bonita unnamed [from the All Summer Long set] (2 coats)
2. LA Colors Color Craze Gel Splashy (3)
3. Cliché Seychells (3)
4. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Blue-Away (2)
5. The New Black unnamed (2)
6. Wet 'n' Wild Wild Shine Chambray Showers (3)
7. Wet 'n' Wild Megalast Sky Me Mine (3)
8. Essence Mountain Calling Today Is Fun Day (2)
9. Cult Nails Makizzle's Shizzle (2)
10. Essence #secretparty Too Pool for School (3)
11. Double Moon Plunge Pool (2) [almost 1 coat as this is a stamping polish]
12. Inocos Azul Mais Doce (2)
13. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Dabbler (2)
14. Fresh Paint Blue Jeans Baby (3)
15. SinfulColors Gogo Boy (3)
16. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Sky Blue (2)
17. Ciate Holiday Blues (3)
18. NYC In a New York Color Minute NY Blues (3)
19. Revlon Colorstay Coastal Surf (3)
20. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Blue-ming Fast (1)

Bottles 1 through 5:
 

6 through 10:
 

11 through 15:
 

16 through 20:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Essie Mercury in Retrograde Duo

I felt bad that I'd never swatched the orginal Essie Mercury in Retrograde duo that came out in 2018, so I finally remedied that. (I swatched one of the 2019 duos in 2019 and the other in July of this year.) This duo is all about blue shimmer with a purple shift: Keep Calm ... (lighter), And Mercury On (darker).
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde Keep Calm And Mercury On
Keep Calm is on the sheer side; I swatched four coats and still saw some nail line peeking through at times. I'll use a skintone base next time, and also use topcoat, as looking at these photos, I think it could use some. It is very delicate and pretty, and the shift shows even without a dark base.
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde Keep Calm
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde Keep Calm
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde Keep Calm
I of course did try it over different bases. Left to right below: Keep Calm alone, over Essie Butler Please (medium blue), over SinfulColors Into the Blue (dark blue), over Orly Plum Sugar (dark purple). The shift shows in all cases; definitely pops more the darker the base. There was not that big a difference between a dark blue base and a dark purple base; the shimmer dominated enough that both of those looked very similar to each other.
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde Keep Calm
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde Keep Calm
And Mercury On is more opaque than Keep Calm. My swatch is three coats, though two might have worked fine as well. I did add clear topcoat to this one.
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde And Mercury On
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde And Mercury On
 
Essie Mercury in Retrograde And Mercury On
These are both nice polishes. I think Keep Calm will be nice for winter manicures; has that whole Elsa ice princess vibe going on.

Friday, October 16, 2020

KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me

It feels like the slower pace of life during the pandemic (yes, it's still going on here) should help me better stay on top of things, since there are fewer things to keep track of, yet that doesn't seem to be the case. For example, last month I posted two KBShimmer polishes I got at IEC 2019, The Eh Team and Off Tropic. That would have been an ideal time to share the other KBShimmer I got there as well, but no, I didn't. My excuse, which I made up just now as I'm writing this, is that it was from the VIP bag rather than something I purchased at their booth. May I present, Thanks for Poutine Up With Me, a medium purple with several types of shimmer packed in it.
 
KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me
This applied beautifully; two coats provided ample coverage. I added clear topcoat as well to bring out the shimmer more. In the lightbox, the shimmer shows mostly silver and an almost-red pink.
 
KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me
 
KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me
 
KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me
In direct indoor light, a few pops of rainbow show up, too:
 

In sunglight, it's hello holo:
 
KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me
 
KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me
Of course I had to see what it looked like with Off Tropic, the multi colored flakie topper I rhapsodized about in that earlier post. I added one coat of the flakes plus clear top coat. Yep, still love Off Tropic.
 
KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me and Off Tropic
 
KBShimmer Thanks for Poutine Up With Me and Off Tropic
 
Soon I'll have more KBShimmer to share, as a kind reader sent a gift certificate for the brand to me, which was a lovely surprise, especially in this time when I've been struggling a bit not being able to do a lot of the things I enjoy, like travel and eating out and gathering with friends and family.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wheel 013: Glitters from Piggy Polish

I didn't have quite enough Piggy Polish glitters left to fill out a wheel, so my one Defy & Inspire Vita Fit glitter joined the party.
 

(clear topcoat was added to glitter coats noted below) 1. Defy & Inspire Vita Fit Challenge Your Limits (3 coats)
2. Piggy Polish Spirng-kle (2 over half black base)
3. Piggy Polish Three Cheers and a Tiger (2)
4. Piggy Polish Shiver Me Tinsel (2)
5. Piggy Polish Lightmare (3)
6. Piggy Polish Sunshine on Snowflakes (3) [this is the version with no holo glitter; the one with the scattered holo glitter is on Wheel W8]
7. Piggy Polish And to All a Gold Night (2)
8. Piggy Polish Far More Than Rubies (3)
9. Piggy Polish Pink is the New Heart (3) [so very similar to 8, just denser with glitter]
10. Piggy Polish Where Stars Meet (2)
11. Piggy Polish Wishes & Dreams (2)
12. Piggy Polish To Top It Off (3)
13. Piggy Polish Glam Slam (2)
14. Piggy Polish Be Daring Darling (2)
15. Piggy Polish Lametta (2)
16. Piggy Polish unknown (2) [I think this is Finger Fireworks, but the bottom label is missing]
17. Piggy Polish Never Hide (2)
18. Piggy Polish Irish I Was Irish (2)
19. Piggy Polish Garden Galaxy (2)
20. Piggy Polish unknown (2) [looks to be a dupe of 19; I don't know what happened here other than maybe they released Garden Galaxy with a different name and fooled me into buying a second bottle]

Bottles 1 through 5:
 

6 through 10:
 

11 through 15:
 

16 through 20:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Essie Perfect 10 Trio

If this year had gone as expected, Mr. and I would have recorded hours and hours of Summer Olympics coverage on the DVR (and probably still have some sitting there unwatched even now). Instead, the only vaguely Olympic things in my life this year are the three Essie polishes in the Perfect 10 collection that was released at Ulta. It's apparently inspired by gymnastics (though the scoring system under which Nadia Comaneci earned perfect 10s is long gone). These three shimmers are called Summer-sault (red), Perfect 10 (gold), and Balancing Act (blue).
 
Essie Perfect 10 collection
I used two coats of Summer-sault plus clear topcoat for my swatch (as it turned out, the topcoat didn't make a huge difference in depth and shine). This red shimmer has tiny pops of pink in it as well, which adds some extra interest, and can fool the eye into thinking it's a dark pink polish in some lighting conditions (none of which I caught on my camera).
 
Essie Perfect 10 collection Summer-sault
 
Essie Perfect 10 collection Summer-sault
As golds go, Perfect 10 leans quite a lot toward green; in some lights, I could convince myself it was an acid green. This was also two coats; I left the topcoat off this time.
 
Essie Perfect 10 collection Perfect 10
 
Essie Perfect 10 collection Perfect 10
Balancing Act is just blue; it never fooled me into thinking it was anything else. It is also a two-coater.
 
Essie Perfect 10 collection Balancing Act
 
Essie Perfect 10 collection Balancing Act
And finally, in the "It's the Thought that Counts?" department of nail art, I attempted a sponge gradient that no amount of topcoat could save. The concept was sound, just the execution was lacking.
 
Essie Perfect 10 collection
I like this little collection. The finish and opacity are nice on all of them, and in only three colors, they managed something for pretty much everyone. Red for those who like classics, blue for the more trendy, and that gold for folks who want to really stand out.