Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat
Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat

Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear top coat infused with petal pink glitter particles in assorted shapes and sizes.” It’s a mixture of small and medium uneven bits of pink-tinged white glittery bits and then large flower-shaped glitters in a clear base. I don’t know of any dupes, but if you have any ideas, I’ve love to hear them!

I applied one coat of Cherry Blossom over Dior Front Row (769), except for my thumbnail, which I applied two coats of Cherry Blossom alone. The good news is that it doesn’t feel like a fishing expedition to get the larger flower-shaped glitters onto the nail, as I averaged one per nail without trying, but they do require some careful application and tend to apply best by patting the brush against the nail, rather than sweeping it across the nail like a regular polish. The smaller bits of glitter apply fine either way, and there’s good density in a single coat. It dries down pretty quickly, and the consistency was surprisingly not too thick or too thin. The flower-shaped glitters do not always lay flatly against the nail, due the curve of my natural nail and the size of the glitters, but they don’t seem to curl. Since they don’t lay flat, though, you need at least one layer of very thick top coat to help them flatten and smooth out, or else they will catch and lift up from the nail. It’s interesting, and I don’t have anything like it, but it’ll require some extra patience and doesn’t wear as long or as well as other glitter top coats.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer
Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer

Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a fuchsia-shimmered, pink-red with cool, bluish undertones. Formula X Spectrum (P, $12.50) has larger shimmer. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) has no shimmer. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $23.00) is darker, no shimmer. China Glaze Love’s a Beach (LE, $7.50) is brighter. China Glaze 108 Degrees (LE, $7.50) is more of a jelly-finish. Essie Super Bossa Nova (LE, $8.00) is more fuchsia. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Recently, Dior revamped their polish formula to a “gel-effect nail polish” that is supposed to have a “glass-like shine and extended wear.” They also changed the brush, which is still slightly widened at the edge, but it isn’t as wide as the previous brush, so it is easier to maneuver on narrower nails (for me, the previous brush was almost too wide for my pinky nail, but this one is just right). After applying two coats, it was fully opaque, and the color applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t bubble or streak. The consistency is on the thinner side but not watery. I thought the finish was only somewhat shiny after it dried down, though not truly glossy so you may still want a top coat for true shine. It wore well for seven days with very minor tip wear, which is slightly better than average for me, though very few polishes chip on me. After ten days, there was more noticeable tip wear, but it was still mostly intact.

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Monday, May 5th, 2014

Chanel Sweet Lilac (615) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Sweet Lilac (615) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Sweet Lilac (615) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin and flowed well across the nail. Cult Nails Falling Hard (LE, $12.00) is darker. Illamasqua Harem (P, $17.00) is brighter. MAC Vagabondage (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pinkly Fresh (LE, $16.00) is similar. Essie Cascade Cool (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Pink Tonic (619) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it was easy to apply as the formula didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edges. Dior Bahia (667) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Ratin Jot (LE, $19.00) is more magenta. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is darker. L’Oreal Members Only (P) is slightly darker. Zoya Reagan (P, $9.00) is more magenta. Zoya Lara (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange coral [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark orange with strong, warm red undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and I didn’t have any issues with application–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. NARS Libertango (LE, $19.00) is similar. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is redder. China Glaze Life Preserver (LE, $7.50) is also redder, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean plum [with a Cream finish].” It’s a cool-toned, muted berry with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied easily, though the consistency was slightly thin. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Vice (LE, $17.00) has a rubber finish. Dior Graphic Berry (LE, $24.00) is similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is similar. China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $7.50) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale nude [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light, subtly warm-toned beige with a cream finish. It was a little streaky, and it wasn’t fully opaque after two coats, though it is one of the better light beige polishes I’ve tried by MAC (they seem to like this type of shade!). Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Taylor (P, $9.00) is less orange. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned, lighter. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, April 25th, 2014

Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly, smoothly, and without streaking. It dried down to a moderately glossy finish, so you could get away without applying a top coat. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is darker, redder. NARS TV Party (LE, $19.00) is darker. NARS Madness (LE, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. Illamasqua Gamma (P, $17.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tutti Frutti Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft coral.” It’s a slightly muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the texture wasn’t too thick or too thin. It applied evenly, without streaking, and it didn’t bubble or pool along the edges. Chanel Tapage (605) (P, $27.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Shameless Red (LE, $19.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Elixir (589) (P, $27.00) is darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile (LE, $20.00) is warmer, brighter, darker. MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Fracas (LE, $27.00) is pinker, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Extravaganza (P, $10.00) is pinker, brighter. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — There are two more new shades, which I purchased but won’t be here until next week sometime (boo, ground shipping!).

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Cult Nails New Day Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails It’s a New Day Collection

Cult Nails It’s a New Day Collection ($36.00 for 3 x 0.50 fl. oz.) is a three-piece, limited edition collection. It’s available for pre-order at a special price of $24, and each pre-order also receives a free stamping plate. The way Cult Nails’ collections work presently is they’re sold via pre-order as a set, and if there are any remaining sets after the pre-order concludes, then those remaining bottles will be available as individual shades for purchase.

Cult Nails New Day Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque, pastel yellow.” It’s a light, buttery yellow with a cream finish. It is mostly opaque in two coats, and it self-levels fairly well. I still ended up with a little bit of streakiness on my pinky nail, but the other three nails had totally self-leveled. The first coat was noticeably streaky, but the second coat hid and filled in the rest (excepting the pinky nail). The consistency is slightly thick, so I would make sure to take the time to do a thinner first coat, then a more normal coat for the second one. MAC Near Beth Experience (LE, $16.00) is a touch less warm-toned. Butter London Jasper (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Evolution Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer, but buildable, peach creme/jelly hybrid.” It’s a light, pastel peach with a cream finish. It’s sheer, as described, in a single coat, but it was a little streaky to me. I’ve also shown it with two coats, where it is opaque and had no streakiness. Dior Blossom (132) (LE, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Myth (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Emprise (P, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Falling Hard Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “one coat, bubblegum pink creme.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned bubblegum pink with a cream finish. It was fully opaque in one coat, just as promised. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it leans slightly thick. Illamasqua Harem (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Vagabondage (LE, $16.00) is similar MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is similar. Zoya Shelby (P, $9.00) is darker. Essie Cascade Cool (LE, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — If you go through my referral link, you can get $12 off $24 on your first purchase. Note, it does not apply to the special pre-sale price (which is already discounted), so just a heads up :)

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