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December 1st, 2013
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.
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.
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 23rd, 2011
All the Color Petites I’ve tried so far have been impressive – good quality, a wide range of colors, smooth application. Daze is no exception. It’s a bitter apple green microglitter (almost a glass fleck) in a jelly base. 3 coats gave me the VNL-less coverage you see here.
I will have to play with this one more before summer’s over. Daze is a welcome break from the crush of mint green cremes that seem to be so popular this season. I can also imagine using it for an awesome Halloween mani with black shatter on top!! *makes a note to self*
The Petites Color Fever line can be purchased at RiteAid.
July 23rd, 2011
When I first spotted this polish in the dimly-lit Prevail section of Duane Reade, I thought I saw a peek of holo in the bottle. Outside in the sunlight it was clear that my premonition was correct! I was excited because I’ve never found a holographic nail polish in a drug store before. Say hello to Concrete Jungle.
Under low light and indoors this polish looks like a dusty lavender/pink. (That helped make it a bit more office-friendly for me.) Although the formula was thin, it was super-smooth and easy to apply without being runny. Here I used 3 coats.
All it needs is a bit of light for the linear holo to really pop! I believe this is called a linear holographic due to the bands of refraction.
I kept this on for several days and couldn’t stop admiring my nails! It was so chameleon-light in different types of light. My only qualm is that it chipped on the first day, even with a top coat. I wonder if layering it on top of another color would help it wear longer?
~ Allison ~