Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Libertango Nail Polish
NARS Libertango Nail Polish

NARS Libertango Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “geranium.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a cream-jelly finish and a high-gloss shine. Dior Trafalgar (657) (P, $24.00) is redder. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $19.00) is very similar, just not as glossy on its own. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Kid Orange (P, $16.00) is redder. MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is also redder. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is redder. Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new and limited edition shade with the summer collection. Libertango was richly pigmented and yielded full color coverage in two coats. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail and didn’t pool along the edges. It was easy to apply, and it dried down slightly faster than average and had a glossy shine without a top coat. I typically get a full week of wear with no chipping and very minor tip wear with NARS’ formula.

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Libertango

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Dior Sailor Vernis
Dior Sailor Vernis

Dior Sailor Vernis ($30.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a rich, cobalt blue with a jelly-cream finish. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is slightly darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is a smidgen more muted. China Glaze Ride the Waves (LE, $7.50) is lighter. China Glaze Manhunt (LE, $7.50) is darker. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (LE, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s one of three shades available in the Saks-exclusive Voyage Transatlantique collection, and with my luck, it just sold out online. You may be able to track it down in store if you happen to be near a Saks (or know of one to call–I’m sure they’ll ship it to you as well). There are two other shades–Captain and Yacht–but I didn’t purchase either, so I won’t have any insight into them. Each shade is paired with nail stickers that can be applied to the nail. Sailor applied beautifully with mostly opaque color coverage (just enough translucency so that it had that squishy, jelly look) in two coats. I didn’t have any issues with the consistency, as the polish flowed evenly and smoothly across the surface of the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. It dried down at an average speed but finished with a glossy shine. I typically get a week of wear out of Dior’s formula with no chipping, just minor tip wear.

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Sailor

A

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 24th, 2014

Formula X A Little Sexy Nail Lacquer
Formula X A Little Sexy & Inspiring Nail Lacquers

Formula X A Little Sexy Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearl light periwinkle.” It’s a softened, medium-dark periwinkle blue with a metallic finish. It was opaque in a single coat (which is what is shown in the swatches), but the consistency is noticeably thick. The metallic finish is very unforgiving if you don’t let it completely dry on the first coat before applying additional coats, and it tends to look best with a single coat, because it has the least amount of visible brush strokes. Illamasqua Cameo (P, $17.00) is brighter, no shimmer (cream). Chanel Sky Line (LE, $27.00) is much lighter but had a metallic finish/slight muted quality to it. China Glaze Modify (LE, $7.50) is similar without a top coat. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Formula X Inspiring Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearl light turquoise.” It’s a light-medium, aqua-teal with a metallic finish. This was mostly opaque after a single coat, and it looked the best with one coat of polish as the consistency was also on the thicker end of the spectrum, which made minimizing brush strokes difficult if you had more than one coat. I also had slight bubbling on two nails. Essie Naughty Nautical (LE, $8.00) is greener, darker. MAC Salad Dressed (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, less shimmery. Illamasqua Venous (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Dior St. Tropez (LE, $24.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Zoya Zuza (P, $9.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A Little Sexy

B-

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Inspiring

C+

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Chanel Coup de Coeur Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Coup de Coeur Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Coup de Coeur Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pinky-berry with a cream finish and a glossy shine. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is brighter. Dior Graphic Berry (LE, $24.00) is much darker. Chanel April (P, $27.00) is more muted, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

New for spring, Coup de Coeur is an excellent example of a high quality, high end polish.  It was richly pigmented, and it applied beautifully.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it went on evenly, smoothly, and didn’t pool along the edges of the nail.  I typically get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (which is true of most polishes on me).

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Coup de Coeur

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac creme.” It’s a cool-toned, bluish-lavender with a cream finish. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The consistency was slightly thicker, but it applied evenly, didn’t pool along the edges, and didn’t bubble. MAC Bleu Velvet (LE, $16.00) is more muted, almost gray-ish. Essie Rock the Boat (P, $8.00) is lighter, less purple. See comparison swatches.

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle with gray tones and some holographic shimmer.” It’s a faded, medium, gray-tinged blue with very fine white shimmer. The shimmer appeared holographic in the bottle, but I couldn’t see it on the nail at all, no matter whether I was outdoors or indoors. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after two coats. Chanel Sky Line (LE, $27.00) is metallic, lighter. Zoya Skylar (P, $9.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “top coat with fine grain glitter.” It has a fuchsia-magenta jelly base with purple micro-glitter. In the initial release I read for this collection, it was recommended as a layering shade but could also be worn alone. On my index and middle fingers, I used three coats, and on my ring and pinky, I used two coats. I also showed one layer over black. The consistency is a little thick, and this one seemed to take longer to dry down. Once dry, it has a more matte finish that had some shine, but it was bumpy, so you’ll want to use two layers of top coat or a thicker top coat to smooth it out. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less glittery, more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

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Casual Elegance

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Intriguing

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Winter's Light

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Color
Urban Decay Chaos & Bang Nail Colors

Urban Decay Chaos Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cobalt blue with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medum-dark blue with a purple tint–just enough to make it a cobalt blue–with lighter blue micro-shimmer. It had a glossy finish when it dried down, and it was mostly opaque after two coats–there was a shadow of visible nail line that sometimes was apparent depending on the angle/light. Formula X Beacon (P, $12.50) is darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, slightly darker. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve (LE, $7.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Bang Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with subtle floating iridescent pearl.” It’s a bright, medium orange with warm, orange-red undertones and molten gold micro-shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly without visible brush strokes. Zoya Amy (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery. NARS TV Party (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Gamma (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. China Glaze Riveting (LE, $7.50) has larger shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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Chaos

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Bang

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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