Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Have you tried an aqua or teal polish for summer? If not, here are my five current favorites! What are yours? I’m always on the hunt for the next best teal!

  1. Color Club Angel Kiss — a holographic, sea foam green
  2. Illamasqua Nomad — a bright, aqua green cream
  3. Zoya Zuza — a shimmery teal
  4. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  5. Zoya Giovanna — a deep teal
Sunday, May 18th, 2014

When I think about blues for summer, I think of brighter hues from sky blue to pool blue. Here are some of my top favorites this summer… Please share yours with me in the comments! :)

  1. Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle — a sky blue cream
  2. Color Club Over the Moon — a holographic sky blue
  3. Zoya Rocky — a muted, sky blue
  4. Illamasqua Noble — a bold, bright blue cream
  5. Formula X Photoelectric — a brightened blue with a hint of teal
Monday, December 30th, 2013

I have to admit: this was a complete challenge. In fact, it felt unfair trying to narrow down favorites to a mere ten when I was considering around 300 different shades from the past year. As what tends to happen when I start to feel indecisive, I went for favorites across brands and weighted uniqueness slightly more heavily than other factors. But there were some really outstanding formulas released this year! At year-end, I have to give major props to Cult Nails and OCC, both of which had a lot of contenders.

What were your favorite polishes you tried this past year?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

I tried to pull a good variety in blues, from cobalt, purplish blues to sky blues to your bold, bright blues–and not just eyeshadows! I had to pick an eyeliner, because it’s a great way to add a bold pop of color without going full-on blue. If you want to see my picks together, the comparisons.

  1. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a pop of cobalt blue for the lash line
  2. OCC Pond — Tardis blue for your nails
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Lapis — a beautiful, medium-dark blue with shimmer
  4. Color Club Over the Moon — a shimmering, holographic blue
  5. Inglot #426 — a brightened, medium blue

What’s your favorite blue-hued beauty product?

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer
Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer

Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is warm-toned, peachy beige with holographic shimmer. I didn’t have any dupes for this, and while I still tried to find similar shades at least in color (but not the holographic effect), I didn’t have any strong contenders. These were the closest, but they’re just not very similar at all. China Glaze Knotty was the closest, but it was darker, sheerer, and of course, no holographic shimmer.

I loved how strong the holographic effect was; it’s not subtle–you don’t have to hold your nails at just the right angle under just the right light to see it.  It dances in all lights and at all angles.  The formula is perfection, as it is not too thick or too thin, flows fluidly across the nail and applies beautifully.  Cosmic Fate was opaque in two coats.  I normally get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with this formula.

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I loved how strong the holographic effect was; it's not subtle--you don't have to hold your nails at just the right angle under just the right light to see it.

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Color Club Eternal Beauty Nail Lacquer
Color Club Eternal Beauty Nail Lacquer

Color Club Eternal Beauty Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is cool-toned, violet purple with holographic shimmer. I don’t have anything like this that I can think of–not even this type of purple.  Angel Kiss Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a lightened, medium-blue with a hint of green and holographic shimmer.  I wish I could tell you dupes, but I couldn’t think of anything for either of these two shades, both because of the holographic shimmer but also the color itself because of the high shimmer content, it gives it a very different finish than other potential dupes.

Both shades applied beautifully–absolutely no issues with application.  In fact, Color Club’s holographic formula applies incredibly well in my experience.  They’re not too thick or too thin in consistency, and they go on fluidly, evenly, and streak-free.  The color payoff was fully opaque in two coats for both colors.  I’ve been getting a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Color Club’s formula.

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