Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Formula X Beacon Nail Lacquer
Formula X Beacon Nail Lacquer

This post features three more shades from Formula X’s Liquid Crystals Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) formula. If you missed my original post, you can view it here. Beacon and Equinox were nicely pigmented, shiny, and easy to apply, but Moon Glow had all the same issues as Fluorescent.

Beacon Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “royhal blue micro-glitter in sheer blue.” It’s a deepened–but still bright–medium-dark blue with lighter blue and purplish shimmer and sparkle. The texture is smooth to the touch, and the finish is shiny–foil-like. It was fully opaque after two coats. I also tried one coat over black, and it can work, but you can see how one coat is quite dense. Zoya Dream (P, $9.00) has larger shimmer, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is more muted. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve (LE, $7.50) is lighter. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is bluer, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Equinox Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple micro-glitter in sheer purple.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered, medium purple with warm undertones and a shiny, foil-like finish. It had full coverage after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply. China Glaze Senorita Bonita (LE, $7.50) is brighter, less shimmery. Zoya Kieko (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Moon Glow Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent blue micro-glitter in sheer baby blue.” It’s an iridescent, light blue-shimmered blue-tinged base. It seems more like iridescent blue shimmer suspended in a clear base. The formula seemed watery, which resulted in sheerer, more uneven color payoff. The shimmer didn’t spread evenly across the nail with each coat. I used three coats on my ring finger, and while significantly more opaque than two coats, it was still noticeably sheer. I did one coat over black, and it was stunning, so if it was something you only wanted to use as a top coat, it may still be worth considering. Color Club Blue Heaven (P) is the closest shade I could think of, but it is opaque, not as iridescent, and it is holographic. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Formula X Wavelength Nail Lacquer
Formula X Wavelength Nail Lacquer

This spring, Formula X (for Sephora) launched Liquid Crystals Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) in fourteen shades. The new finish is described as a “brilliant, light-reflecting nail lacquer made from crushed micro-crystalline and pigmented mica.” Now, these really need some clarity on just how pigmented they’re supposed to be. The individual shade descriptions all imply that there’s some hue of glitter in a sheer color base, then the formula is described as a “buildable formula that intensifies with each coat.” The press release elaborated a bit more and said, “Apply one coat for a sheer crystalline look, or layer for a full stained-glass effect.” So, it sounds like most other polish–one coat will be sheer, two will not be, and that is what I looked for with these.

Fluorescent was the only shade that I’d really describe as sheer, and it was only semi-opaque after three coats–it wasn’t that buildable. Borealis was very pigmented and fully opaque after two coats, and Wavelength was nearly opaque after two and just had subtle nail line only visible if I held my nails at certain angles where enough light was coming underneath the nail. So, the pigmentation is a mixed bag, but in general, if you were seeking opaque color, most seem to be there. If you were looking for really sheer top coats, I felt like some were too pigmented to let a base color come through. The drying time on all of these was faster than average; not so fast that you can’t work with the formula. They all dried down to a shiny, reflective finish that wasn’t really glossy but smooth and shiny. I typically get over a week of wear with Formula X with little tip wear.

Wavelength Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink micro-glitter in sheer purple pink.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia-pink with pink sparkle. It was semi-opaque in a single coat, mostly opaque after two; only if I held my nails at certain angles could I see any visible nail line. Zoya Bobbi (P, $9.00) is darker, less cool-toned. China Glaze Love’s a Beach (LE, $7.50) is brighter, less shimmery. China Glaze Endurance (LE, $7.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Borealis Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold micro-glitter in sheer olive green.” It’s a murky, yellow and brown-tinged green with golden olive and olive green shimmer and flecks of sparkle. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, and it was fully opaque after two. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is less yellow-toned with finer shimmer. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around (LE, $20.00) has coppery shimmer, lighter. China Glaze Zombie Zest (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned, has a duo-chrome. See comparison swatches.

Fluorescent Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “lime micro-glitter in sheer lime.” It’s a mix of gold and chartreuse-hued sparkle and shimmer suspended in a sheer, green-ish base color. Two coats, it was still sheer, and three coats, it was semi-sheer (see ring finger). The consistency of this shade felt a little watery, and the shimmer and sparkle didn’t spread as evenly across the nail.  This one had more of a duochrome effect, which was really noticeable over black (I applied one coat over one coat of black in the swatches).  Butter London Dosh (P, $15.00) is much darker and opaque. NYX Lime (P, $4.00) is darker, brighter, less yellow. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer
OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer

OCC Pleasure Model Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned pearl.” It’s a pale, warm-toned milky pink with a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats, but it was slightly streaky. The consistency was also a bit thicker than average but workable. Cult Nails Angel Whispers (LE, $12.00) has a different finish. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) (LE, $16.00) has larger sparkle. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is whiter. Dior Lady (LE, $26.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OCC Seething Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lingerie satin pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with metallic, pale gold shimmer/sheen. This applied more evenly than Pleasuremodel, and it had almost no visible brush strokes. It was very nearly opaque after two coats. The lightness coupled with the warmer undertone made this one harder for me to dupe. MAC Ke Ai (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Cult Nails Enticing (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. China Glaze Encouragement (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OCC Vapid Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “palest lavender.” It’s a very, very pale lavender (almost like a milky, lavender-white) with a cream finish. This had an impressive application, as the initial coat was almost not streaky at all, and the second coat made the resulting finish smooth and even, plus opaque. It’s the lightest lavender I’ve swatched personally, so while the following shades are the closest I can think of, they’re not very close at all. Illamasqua Speckle (LE, $17.00) has large black glitter. Zoya Marley (P, $9.00) is darker. Zoya Julie (P, $9.00) is darker, shimmery. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

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Sunday, February 9th, 2014

OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer
OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer

OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “24K gold with red/green duochrome [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with warm, yellow-red undertones and very fine micro-shimmer that shifts from a coppery-red to a murky green. I tried so hard to capture the duochrome, but it’s really subtle, and despite dozens of photos, no luck. After two coats, there was still visible nail line, and I’d describe the coverage as semi-opaque. It applied evenly, and there weren’t any brush strokes even though it is a more metallic finish. NARS Kismet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more coppery. See comparison swatches.

OCC Deven Green Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “nearly-neon green [with a Creme finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium green with subtle warm undertones. “Nearly-neon” is exactly right; it’s vibrant, bright, but it’s not quite neon. It was opaque in two coats, and the first coat was a little streaky going on, but the second coat smoothed and evened everything out. The consistency was slightly thick. The only neon green I could think of was China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard, which is a true neon green, and it has shimmer, so it’s really not similar at all.

OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “aquatic blue [with a Creme finish].” It’s a light-medium blue with a cream finish. It dries down to a satiny finish–there’s some shine, but it’s not glossy. The consistency is slightly thin, but it is opaque after two coats. It was a somewhat streaky going on the first coat, and the second coat covered most of it, but it wasn’t a flawless finish. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, greener. Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. SpaRitual Ebb & Flow (LE, $10.00) is much darker. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with OCC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Tom Ford Sugar Dune (01) Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Spring 2014 Nail Lacquers

Tom Ford Sugar Dune (01) Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a slightly cool-toned, light beige with a cream finish. This went on rather streakily on the first coat, but the second coat seemed to smooth over and fill in the streaks so the end result was even and opaque (after two coats). L’Oreal Never Lacque-ing (LE) is cooler-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. MAC Endless Night (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is darker. Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty (P, $12.00) is purpler. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Incandescent (02) Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, metallic, medium bronze with threads of shimmer. It almost looked like fairy lights were coursing through the polish. A lot of the brush strokes disappeared as the polish dried down, but they did not go away entirely. I typically get a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s nail lacquer formula, which is standard for me across most brands. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more yellow. Tom Ford Beauty Burnt Topaz (LE, $32.00) is darker, browner. Chanel Delight (LE, $27.00) is lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Coral Beach (03) Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, orange-coral with a cream finish–that is almost a little plush like a jelly finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly and smoothly. I typically get a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s nail lacquer formula, which is standard for me across most brands. Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo (LE, $20.00) is darker. Essie Sunday Fun Day (P, $8.00) is darker. Chanel Starlet (LE, $27.00) is pinker. Butter London Trout Pout (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Play Day (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more orange. See comparison swatches.

Indiscretion (04) Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle cool undertones and a hybrid cream-jelly finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it was very easy to apply and richly pigmented–best shade of the four. I typically get a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s nail lacquer formula, which is standard for me across most brands. Dior Darling (653) (P, $24.00) is more muted. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is very similar. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is cooler toned. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. L’Oreal Members Only (P) is also cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches.

I bought mine at Nordstrom, which is showing three of the four as backordered (they’re all limited edition), but you can also find them at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks.

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

L'Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer

Today, I have two shades from L’Oreal’s Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour range, which has now popped online, so I’m not sure if they’re still limited edition or not, but I’m erring on the side of limited edition for now.  These have a matte, textured finish that mixes matte color with sparkling glitter and sequin-shaped glitters.  I get a week of wear with no chipping, just minor wear as the edges grind away over the week.  I found the consistencies of the formula to be on the thicker side, so application can take some getting used to, and the drying time is about ten to fifteen minutes per coat.

L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, amethyst purple with champagne gold glitter and sequin-shaped glitter. It’s a textured polish, so it’s matte but sparkly. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some unevenness during the application so some areas of the nail looked less than opaque.  The texture was on the thicker side, so it takes a little patience to apply. China Glaze All Wrapped Up (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned and doesn’t have gold sequins. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is not as cool-toned and doesn’t have any gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Pop the Bubbles (142) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a lightened, aqua teal with silver glitter and larger silver sequin-shaped glitter. It has a textured, matte finish, so it doesn’t feel smooth to the touch, and then it has sparkling, reflective glitters.  The consistency was also a little thick with this shade, but it was easier to apply, and the color was fully opaque after two coats.   L’Oreal Now You Sea Me (P) is similar in color but is a cream, so it is quite different. See comparison swatches.

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