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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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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