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December 1st, 2013

Essie Lots of Lux and Belugaria Swatches, Reviews

One reason I enjoy the winter holidays is that lots of fancy nail polishes hit the stores!  I’m always a fan of glittery, colorful, and festive shades.  Today when I was in Target I picked up two new colors from Essie’s Holiday 2013 Encrusted Treasures collection.

Essie’s website describes Lots of Lux as a “shimmering blue lapis lazuli lacquer with a sleek matte finish.”  However I noticed a distinctly sandy, not matte, finish.  The strong texture complements the particles of royal blue, green and gold hiding in this polish.  Below I used two coats, and no topcoat (which would negate the sandy finish).  Two coats provided plenty of coverage as this is a thick (but manageable) polish.  A word to the wise – be sure to wear a base coat!  The blue is highly pigmented and will stain your nails.   I really liked this and will be wearing it during the holidays and beyond.

 

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Essie Lots of Luxe Blue Lapis Sandy Holiday Nail Polish Swatch

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The second polish, Belugaria, is far from dazzling.  It consists of a black creme base with hexagonal silver hologram glitter.  What I didn’t understand is the spotty, caviar-like texture.  It’s very thick – here I’m wearing two coats.  It built up unevenly on my nails and just looked wrong.

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Unfortunately I bought Belugaria without reading any online reviews first, and it looks like it’s been universally panned.  I enjoyed Lots of Lux however.  Have you picked up any Encrusted Treasures polishes this holiday season?

 

~ Allison ~

July 28th, 2012

Even Bigger Nail Polish Sale!

Ladies and gents, I have some fresh nail polish that I am desperate to send to a good home.  You may have seen  my previous post about polishes for sale, and some of those are still available, too.  I am open to negotiation especially if you’re buying in bulk!  Unless otherwise noted, these are all brand new or have been used once or twice.  Please click on the photos to zoom.  For a shipping estimate please comment with your zip code or country.

L to R: Snowman rainbow glitter, $1.  Claire’s Glam, $3.  Ying’s Color (like Kleankolors) Starry Blue, $2.

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January 16th, 2012

Essie Demure Vixen

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Normally I don’t reach for pale pink polishes, but this is an exception.  I can’t get enough of Essie’s Demure Vixen!  In most lights it looks like a dusty, cool-toned greyish pink – very subtle and indeed, demure.  But under certain lights a flash of cool pink/lilac shimmer appears.  It’s just gorgeous and very unexpected.  I must say I’m a big fan of this combination.

 

~ Allison ~

November 19th, 2011

Blue Blast

Sorting out my nail polishes the other day I realized that the overwhelming majority of my nail polishes are blue and purple.  Not too much of a surprise, as I’m not a big fan of the traditional girlie pinks and reds.  I thought I’d share a few of my blues with you since I have so many.  Enjoy this blue spam!

Wet N Wild Rain Check is a bluish grey pearl polish.  While there’s a hint of duochrome in the bottle, it doesn’t show up as strongly on the nail.  The consistency is watery and three coats were needed.  But the color is so delicate and moody that I didn’t really mind.  It really does remind me of a rainy day.

 

Essie Lapiz of Luxury – a periwinkle blue creme that has a jelly feel. Despite the watery finish this one covered pretty well.  This is three coats.

 

Mattese Elite Lapis is another jelly blue.  This one has more of a greenish undertone.  This one is so unique, I just love it.

 

And another Essie – Smooth Sailing.  This is another periwinkle blue, with the addition of feathery silver flakes that add some depth and sparkle.  A very sophisticated, summery shade that would work well as a pedicure polish.

 

This next polish is a franken I made!  It was my first attempt at mylar flakies, which, let me tell you, are not pleasant.  I bought some iridescent turquoise blue flakies at Ricky’s but they were a bit too large for nail polish.  So, I used some nail scissors and cut them down.  What a tedious process!  I’m still picking flakies out of my carpet a month later.  I dumped them into a clear base with a few drops of Milani blue holographic nail polish for some shimmer.  I believe there are a few drops of Sally Hansen Fairy Teal in there, too.  This is one coat of my lumpy franken over two coats of Brash Electric Sky.  It reminds me of mermaid scales.

 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Marine Blue.  I’m not sure if this is discontinued?  It’s HTF at the least I think.  As you can see the polish consistency wasn’t very thick and tended to thin out at the nail tips.  I hate that.  I also got some bumps but that’s my fault for not letting my layers dry enough.

 

And the SH as compared to NYC Empire State Blue.  They are very close but not dupes.  I actually preferred NYC’s formula; it was easier to work with and covered better.

 

Nicole by OPI It’s up to Blue.  I believe this is a Target exclusive.  What a frustrating color.  I bought it shortly after falling in love with OPI Brand New Skates, hoping that it would be a close cousin.  Well, it was and it wasn’t.  Although the foil is very similar – shifting from blue to violet to gold – I had a nightmare of a time with the formula.  So streaky and sheer.  I almost wanted to take it off and start over again.  This is my semi-decent attempt at a manicure.  Next time I’ll avoid a headache by painting this over black.

Let’s see some dark blues, shall we?  This is LA Colors Craze Blue Lagoon.  Steely without looking black.

 

China Glaze First Mate.  A pretty, well-behaved creme – no complaints here.  I felt positively naval wearing it.

 

Then I added a coat of Revlon Blue Mosaic glitter.  It contains mainly light blue hexes with a few large kelly green and silver ones thrown in.

 

Brucci Heavenly Julia is a grape-tinged dark blue – dare I say blurple?  Anyway it is perfection.  So juicy.

 

Fingerpaints Easel-y Entertained.  This is a unique blurple microglitter…

 

Layered over ORLY Royal Navy, a blue glass fleck.  This one is almost electric, it has a lot of depth.

 

Kleancolor – I forget the name of the shade.  Actually this brand is called Mak3 Color, a dollar store version of Kleancolors.  Cool dark navy with a jelly finish.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

~ Allison ~

September 11th, 2011

Essie Mesmerize

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Essie Mesmerize is a deep medium blue creme.  What a great name for a nail polish, although I would imagine a holographic or duochrome nail polish to be more mesmerizing.  Anyway, this baby dried extremely glossy, almost like a jelly.  This works great for both summer and autumn, IMO.  This is two coats.  I’d say the first picture is the most color-accurate.

~ Allison ~