5 Shades of Lavender for Spring

It’s awesome to see that in 2015, finding the right shade of lavender is easier than ever, whether you prefer it on your lips, nails, cheeks, or eyes. Here are a few of my favorites for spring!

  1. ColourPop Brills — a pinky-lavender lipstick with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer — a pop of pinky-lavender for cheeks
  3. MAC Full of Joy — a pale lavender purple with a satin finish for cheeks
  4. Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck — a muted lavender with a hint of pink with a cream finish for nails
  5. Make Up For Ever I918 Lavender — a cool-toned, pop of lavender purple for eyes

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Essie Chills & Thrills, I’m Addicted, Vices Versa Nail Lacquers

Today, I’m reviewing three shades from Essie’s Too Taboo collection, which features six shades of neon. All three I tried dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish–it doesn’t have a really flat, chalky matte finish, but it isn’t shiny or glossy. It reminds me a bit of pleather or vinyl in its dry down, and if you prefer a glossier finish, just add your favorite top coat. These wore without chipping for seven days, but there was slightly more tip wear than average for me. The formula was thin, slightly watery, and two of the shades were harder to work with.

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Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Nail Lacquer Chills & Thrills
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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5 Fuchsia & Pink Polishes to Try for Summer

Here are my current favorite shades of fuchsia and pink to wear this summer! I hope you’ll share your favorites with me in the comments :)

  1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Oui! — a fuchsia-shimmered magenta
  2. Illamasqua Stance — a bright, magenta cream
  3. Essie The Girls Are Out — a cool-toned, fuchsia pink
  4. Zoya Bobbi — a pink-shimmered, pinky-red
  5. Formula X Spectrum — a pinky-red jelly-cream

5 Orange Nail Polishes to Try for Summer

Looking for some brights for your nails? Here are some of my favorite more orange-hued shades for summer! I can’t wait to hear what your favorites are!

  1. Illamasqua Marquise — a textured, gold-shimmered orange
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery orange
  3. Zoya Arizona — a yellow-orange cream
  4. Guerlain Nahema — medium-dark, orange-red
  5. Essie Sunday Funday — a muted, orange-coral

Essie Toggle to the Top, Shearling Darling, Warm & Toasty Turtleneck Nail Lacquers

Essie Toggle to the Top Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling crushed garnet red.” It has a deepened, burgundy red base with ruby red micro-glitter/sparkles. To really smooth out this polish, I highly recommend a thicker, gel-like top coat so that you don’t feel the glitter. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is metallic, no glitter.MAC Vintage Vamp (P, $16.00) has no glitter. Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia (LE, $10.00) is lighter. China Glaze Sugar Plums (LE, $8.00) is the closest, but it is a bit more plum. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) lacks the glitter. See comparison swatches.

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Essie Toggle to the Top Nail Lacquer
Essie Nail Lacquer Toggle to the Top
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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Essie Mind Your Mittens, Parka Perfect, Sable Collar Nail Lacquers

Essie Mind Your Mittens Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, double diamond black teal.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, blackened teal with a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage in two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied evenly without streaking or bubbling. Essie’s formula typically wears a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping. NARS Superstar (LE, $19.00) is bluer, lighter. MAC Deep Sea (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Cult Nails Awakening (LE, $12.00) is a bit lighter. Essie School of Hard Rocks (LE, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Essie Mind Your Mittens Nail Lacquer
Essie Nail Lacquer Mind Your Mittens
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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