Friday, December 2, 2022

Two New and One Not from Kokie Green

Polish provided for review
 
There are eight new shades in the Kokie Green line, which the brand was nice enough to send me to try out. Kokie Green is bio-sourced, plant based, free of animal by-products, 16 free, cruelty free, and not tested on animals per the card that came in the box with the polishes. I've got two of the new colors today, along with a previous favorite that I thought looked nice with them. Left to right: Glass Slipper (previously swatched back in August), Oasis (new), and Dewy (new).
 
Kokie Green nail polish shades Glass Slipper, Oasis, and Dewy
Oasis is a light cool-toned blue. It has a very subtle shimmer that's visible in the bottle but which tends to disappear on the nail. Perhaps the shimmer helps with self-leveling, as this was opaque in two coats and not at all streaky (any wobbles you see are due to my nails, which are in winter breakdown mode now).
 
Kokie Green nail polish shade Oasis
I tried direct light to see if I could get the shimmer to show for the camera. No luck with that, which is fine, since this sort of blue is right up my alley regardless.
 
Kokie Green nail polish shade Oasis
I remembered that Glass Slipper showed a hint of nail line at two coats, so thought it might work as a topper for Oasis, so I added one coat of it to my index, middle, and pinky fingers. That combination really worked for me, with Glass Slipper adding a bit of shimmer and sparkle without changing the pretty blue color of Oasis significantly.
 
Kokie Green nail polish shades Oasis and Glass Slipper
As long as I had both of these blues out, I did a quick comparison. Two coats of Oasis on my index and ring fingers versus three coats of Glass Slipper on my middle and pinky.
 
Kokie Green nail polish shades Oasis and Glass Slipper
Dewy is a blue-leaning lavender pearly finish shimmer. At two coats, it shows a hint of visible nail line at some angles, which I didn't find objectionable.
 

 
Kokie Green nail polish shade Dewy
Dewy had a nice glow under direct light.
 
Kokie Green nail polish shade Dewy
These shades are available at select Meijer stores and online for $8 each on the Kokie website.
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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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Wheel W15: Golden Shimmers

 

1. SinfulColors Dripping in Pearls (3 coats)
2. SinfulColors 24 Karat (3) [seems like I should have put this on a wheel with toppers]
3. Dr's Remedy Sincere Snow (3) [this was white when it was new, and has been kept out of the light, but it turned yellow anyway]
4. SinfulColors The Royal Me (3)
5. Finger Paints Midas Touch (3) [almost a 2-coater; probably should be on a textures wheel]
6. SinfulColors Gilded Goddess (3)
7. Wet n Wild MegaLast Studio Glitter & Gold (3)
8. Essence Ticket to Paradise Tropical Heat (3) [still not quite opaque at 3 coats]
9. SinfulColors About Last Night (3)
10. Bonita unlabelled shade (3)
11. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Sunburst (2)
12. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Gold Rush (2) [matte finish, expected]
13. Beautifully Disney Forever Young (2) [matte finish, unexpected])
14. Milani Gold Lamé (2)
15. Revlon Gold Touch (2) [matte finish, and my favorite on the wheel]
16. Milani Signature Gold (2)
17. Esssence Twilight Breaking Dawn A Piece of Forever (2)
18. Bonita Salon Golden Florence (2) [verging on a texture]
19. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Go for Gold (2) [cooler toned than most on this wheel, oops]
20. Butter London Marbs (2)

Bottles 1 through 5:
 

6 through 10:
 

11 through 15:
 

16 through 20:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 14, 2022

Shifty Duo from Great Lakes Lacquer

Today I have two beauties from Great Lakes Lacquer that have been languishing in my stash waiting for their day to shine: Making Peace With Past Indiscretions and Resolve.
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions and Resolve
Making Peace With Past Indiscretions is a multichrome shimmer that's deep green shifting to purple, with shades of blue and even gold in between depending on the light. It has scattered holo microglitter, too, to add even more interest.
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions
I used two coats for my swatch and that was plenty. Straight on in indirect light, it mostly showed its rich green base, with hints of purple at the edges.
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions
Start changing the angles and the shifts appear:
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions
Out of the lightbox under direct light, it looked like a gorgeous night sky:
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions
Resolve has small shifty glitter pieces that go green to blue to purple along with a holo microglitter scatter in a clear base, so it pairs very well with Making Peace.
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Resolve
I put one coat of Resolve over Making Peace and added clear topcoat. Loved this combination!
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions and Resolve
Resolve is so sparkly and it seemed to really enchance the shift in Making Peace.
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions and Resolve
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions and Resolve
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions and Resolve
One more of the combo in direct light:
 
Great Lakes  Lacquer Making Peace with Past Indiscretions and Resolve
On the one hand, I have so many pretties I haven't worn, so at least swatching them so I get to enjoy them for a little while is a good thing. On the other hand, seeing them on my nails just makes me want to go look for more pretties. We shall see if my commitment to a low buy survives the post-Thanksgiving rush.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Wheel V15: China Glaze Glitters

Nail Wheel Wednesday is finally back! This installment is more glitters from China Glaze. It's been a while since I bought from that brand but I sure did stock up on them back in the day.
 

(all have clear topcoat in addition to glitter coats noted below) 1. China Glaze Glitter All the Way (3 coats)
2. China Glaze Holo at Ya Girl (3)
3. China Glaze Grinchworthy (3)
4. China Glaze Winter Holly (3)
5. China Glaze Teal the Fever (3)
6. China Glaze I Soiree I Didn't Do It (3)
7. China Glaze Graffiti Glitter (3)
8. China Glaze Emerald Sparkle (3)
9. China Glaze Deliciously Wicked (2)
10. China Glaze Water You Waiting For (2)
11. China Glaze Mosaic Madness (2)
12. China Glaze Bling It On (2)
13. China Glaze I Just Canterlot (2)
14. China Glaze Fang-tastic (2)
15. China Glaze Brand Sparkly New Year (3)
16. China Glaze Howl You Doin' (2)
17. China Glaze Grover It (2)
18. China Glaze All Wrapped Up (2)
19. China Glaze Coal Hands Warm Heart (2)
20. China Glaze Moonlight the Night (2)

Bottles 1 through 4:
 

 

5 through 8:
 

 

9 through 12:
 

 

13 through 16:
 

 

17 through 20: