Saturday, December 8th, 2012

China Glaze Blue Bells Ring Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Blue Bells Ring Nail Lacquer

Let Blue Bells Ring

China Glaze Blue Bells Ring Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “icy blue shimmer.” It’s an electric cobalt blue with metallic shimmer and foil-like finish. The finish reminded me of Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore a bit, but it’s bluer, less cool-toned. China Glaze Ride the Waves has a similar blue coloring, but it is a jelly-finish, so it looks very different. Zoya Song is much, much darker.

If every polish was like this, I’d own nothing but polish! It was fully opaque in one coat (and swatches are of one coat), dried down very quickly, and had a natural sheen (but not a glossy shine). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied smoothly, evenly, and without streaking or bubbling.  I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Blue Bells

A
I couldn't get over how flawless this applied and how rich the pigmentation was! It's so rare to find one-coat polish.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, December 7th, 2012

China Glaze Glitter All the Way Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Glitter All the Way Nail Lacquer

A Holiday Party on Your Nails

China Glaze Glitter All the Way Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “exciting multi-color glitter.” It has a multi-sized glitter particles that range in color from violet, emerald green, ruby red, and gold. All the glitter is suspended in a clear base, so it can also be layered over other polishes. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade, but I don’t have an extensive review library of glittery polishes (yet!).

Two coats isn’t opaque, but it is dense enough that it doesn’t look sparse. I layered one coat over black (one coat of Illamasqua Boosh), and it enabled the glitter to stand out a lot more. I think the sizes become more apparent that way, too. The consistency was on the thicker side–about on par with a lot of glitter polishes–so be careful when applying so that you don’t get too much polish on the nail. I found the glitter spread fairly evenly and didn’t need to be dabbed and pulled at a lot.  China Glaze’s glitter polishes last a week on me with minor tip wear (a little more than I get with a solid color) but no chipping when worn alone.  Over a base polish, the tip wear is on par with average.

If you have this polish already, have you discovered any spectacular layering combinations?

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Glitter All the Way

B
Festive without being a traditional mix of red/gold or red/gold/green. It has a very party-feel, but it's a combination that could work year-round.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

Your Fingertips Drenched in the Reddest Rubies

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “ruby red shimmer.” It’s a rich, ruby-shimmered red that has almost metallic-like shimmer and subtle blue undertones.  Cult Nails Annalicious has larger shimmer and is a warmer red. Chanel Rouge Carat is very comparable. Nubar Pink Flame is a duochrome, so it sort of has a similar red, but it also has a flash of orange. Zoya Carrie Ann is a bit darker and has larger shimmer.

Oh, these kinds of reds always make my heart go pitter-patter.  In the bottle, I’m not swayed, but after the first coat is pulled across the nail? I’m swooning.  It’s bright but has depth, and the metallic ruby red shimmer flashes and dances underneath the light.  The polish was fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was trouble-free, as it applied evenly without streaking or bubbling.  There were some very minor brush strokes under very bright light that became visible (mostly around the edges).  I typically get a full week out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping but minor tip wear.

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Cranberry Splash

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The only downside is that there are some visible brush strokes under brighter light, but overall, it is a very pigmented, well-formulated polish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

China Glaze Escaping Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Escaping Reality Nail Lacquer

Not So Keen on Winter? Escape Reality with Neon Pink

China Glaze Escaping Reality Nail Lacquer ($7.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon raspberry pink.” It’s a vibrant medium-dark pink with a cream finish. There is definitely a neon element to the color, as it is very bright, and it has the signature quick dry down of neons and the semi-matte finish. China Glaze Love’s a Beach is very similar in color, but it has shimmer in it. NARS Anardana is darker, redder. MAC Girl About Town is a darker pink. Zoya Lolly is more matte and not quite as neon.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was easy to work with.  It wasn’t too thick or too thin (consistent with China Glaze’s formula overall), provided even coverage, and flowed well across the nail without streaking or bubbling once on.  I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with no chipping, just minor tip wear.

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Escaping Reality

A
While you might not be thinking neon pink during the winter, it's certainly a fun shade and could brighten up anyone who is feeling some winter blues.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012

L'Oreal The Queen's Might Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Queen’s Might Nail Lacquer

It’s a Mighty Mix of Pink and Red

L’Oreal The Queen’s Might Nail Lacquer ($6.69 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a vibrant pink-red with very fine white shimmer. It’s not a true red, but it’s so much more than just a pink. SpaRitual Break of Dawn has large flecks of sparkle and glitter, so it looks quite different, even if at a glance the colors seem similar. Seche Opulent is a bit pinker and has a cream finish. OCC Extravaganza is not a dupe, but it had a similar vibe–it’s just much, much lighter.

The Queen’s Might was fully opaque after two coats.  Despite a rather metallic-like shimmer and finish, there are nearly no visible brush strokes, even under the brightest of light.  The consistency was fantastic; not too thick or too thin, which enabled for an easy, flawless application.  L’Oreal’s formula wears really well on me:  a full seven days with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

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The Queen's Might

A+
There's something about the color that reads very summer to me. It reminds me of watermelons and strawberries; there's an underlying warmth in the color that we don't often see in fall/winter reds.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
L’Oreal The Mystic’s Future Nail Lacquer

A Beautiful Eggplant of a Lacquer

L’Oreal The Mystic’s Future Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a vibrant fuchsia-shimmered eggplant purple. It has a very rich look with a lot of depth. Zoya Carly has a blacker base color. SpaRitual Shooting Star has larger flecks of shimmer and a darker base color. MAC So Rich, So Pretty is a bit purpler.

The color was opaque in two coats, and the dry down time was average.  It had a good consistency; not too thick or too thin, so it flowed evenly across the nail without pooling, streaking, or bubbling.  There are very faint brush strokes noticeable in natural light as well as brighter light, which did apply rather straight, but they are there.  I typically see a full week of wear with L’Oreals Colour Riche formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping (without a base/top coat).

P.S. — I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’m pretty sure drugstore.com has The Mystic’s Future and The Mystic’s Fortune swapped for images, but I’m not sure if you’ll get the correct color if you order by the name, so you might want to pick it up at your local drugstore, though it is currently temporarily out of stock online. I’ve checked the labels on mine half a dozen times (and I purchased both at CVS) and feel like a crazy person!

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The Mystic's Future

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This shade is nicely pigmented with a good consistency that allowed for easy application. L'Oreal's formula is one of my favorites at this price point, as it wears quite well in my experience.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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