Friday, December 6th, 2013

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark pink cream with cool, blue undertones. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The formula applied evenly without pooling along the edges or streaking. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, though a top coat would give it extra glossiness. Formula X A+ (P, $10.50) is a touch darker. Cult Nails Morning Glory (P, $12.00) is matte. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is bluer-based. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is also bluer-based. L’Oreal Members Only (P) is very similar. See comparison swatches

Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark orange-red with a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented and fully opaque after two coats. The formula was easy to work with, and I didn’t have any issues with it streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. The consistency was slightly thinner than average but worked well. NARS Tomorrow’s Red (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Kid Orange (P, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is similar. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is lighter. Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is more orange. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy (LE, $20.00) has pearl. China Glaze Life Preserver (LE, $7.50) is similar. Essie Meet Me at Sunset (LE, $8.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Both shades applied well to the nail, and I didn’t have any issues with achieving smooth, even, rich color. If you want to invest in excellent basic shades, you couldn’t go wrong here. On the other hand, if you prefer to purchase more unique shades at this price point, then these two are easily skipped–there are numerous dupes and similar shades on the market. I normally get seven days of wear with very minor tip wear with Dior’s formula. The brush is wider, slightly domed, so if you have narrower nail beds, it may feel too wide. Whenever I use it, I find it to be very easy to use, and the only nail that I have to watch a bit more is my pinky, but it still fits well there.

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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic & Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel’s Nuit Magique Collection includes two limited edition shades of polish, which released this past Monday. I was underwhelmed by Cosmic, as it’s a shade that we’ve seen several times in the past couple of years, though with larger sparkle, but with the finer, sparser sparkle in Cosmic, it’s hard to see it except under a lot of light or at an angle. Magic was more unique (based on what I’ve reviewed and swatched myself), and it also applied beautifully.

Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “black sparkling with blue and silver pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with fine flecks of navy blue and silver shimmer. The shimmer is somewhat sparse and fine, so from afar, it tended to look more like a black cream. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but in some ways, it seemed watery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) has larger sparkle. NARS Night Breed (LE, $19.00) also has larger sparkle. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition (LE) has more sparkle. L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is similar. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) has more sparkle, larger sparkle. Color Club Show Time (P) has more sparkle. China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “daybreak blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue cream; it’s not too cool-toned, and it’s brighter and lighter than navy blue. This shade was incredibly pigmented and was fully opaque after two coats. The consistency was slightly thin, but I didn’t have any application issues. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is the shade I could think of that is most similar in color, but it has a totally different finish. NARS Superstar (LE, $19.00) is less blue. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is darker. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is a bit darker. Essie Go Overboard (LE, $8.00) is greener. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer ($3.49 for 0.42 fl. oz.) is a deepened–but still bright–navy blue with faint navy blue micro-shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency was easy to work with, though on the thinner side. The dry down left a nice shine, too, but you may want a top coat to give it that plush finish. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $19.00) doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is a cream. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

In addition to Mazel Tov Madness, there are three glittery shades out for the holidays (the collection also has three other shades not featured in this post, as I don’t have them). Mountain High contains an assortment of glitter and flakes in pastel green, medium blue, orange, and pink suspended in a milky, off-white base. I applied one coat over the blue polish, and it did lighten the color, but the glitter dispersed evenly and there was a good amount applied in one coat. I applied two coats of it alone on the thumb nail. MAC Unconditionally Fabulous (LE, $16.00), China Glaze Snow Globe (LE, $7.50), China Glaze Luxe & Lush (LE, $7.50), and Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven (LE, $19.00) are all similar but are less flaky. See comparison swatches.

Titanium Crush is metallic silver shimmer and glitter with gold sequins. It seemed like a glitter top coat when I looked at in the bottle, but it’s quite dense in a single coat. You actually would need to use very little if you wanted to use it layered. Again, I applied two coats on the thumbnail so you could see the opacity, and then one coat over the blue. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Stardust Silver (001) (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, no sequins. Zoya Seraphina (P, $8.00) has no sequins. China Glaze Tinsel Town (LE, $7.50) is similar but has a black base. See comparison swatches.

Black Metal Magic is a mix of medium-sized black and silver hexagon-shaped glitters suspended in a clear base. It had good density in a single coat, though the consistency was somewhat loose. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one based on what I’ve reviewed in the past.

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fierce gold with aluminum-like mirror finish.” It’s a vibrant, rich yellow gold with a metallic, foil-like finish and larger copper flecks of sparkle. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too then, so the polish applied evenly and smoothly without pooling along the edges. Zoya Kerry (P, $8.00) is yellower. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Be Merry, Be Bright Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-magenta purple glitter.” It consists of violet and fuchsia glitter in three sizes ranging from small to medium and hexagon in shape. The glitter is suspended in a clear base, so it is best as a layering top coat. I applied two coats of the polish alone on my thumb nail to show the density of the glitters, and then I applied one coat over Mingle with Kringle. It does need to be tugged into place to a degree, as the glitters sometimes concentrate in one area. KBShimmer Would Jubilee It? (P, $8.75) is the only one I have that is similar, but it also has light blue and navy blue glitter in it. See comparison swatches.

All Wrapped Up Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight purple and blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with lighter purple and silver micro-glitter. It had a textured finish, though not as “sandy” as some. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t seem troublesome when I applied it, but there are a few areas that look bald. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is less blue-based. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Your Present Required Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-sized and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a mix of light blue, medium blue, navy blue, lavender, copper, and gold glitters in small and medium and in circular and hexagon shapes. It could have used more density, as even two coats of it alone was rather sparse. I ended up needing to apply two coats to all nails to get a better effect. China Glaze Pizzazz (LE, $8.00) is finer and brighter. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chips.

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color
Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Nail Colors ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) include five limited edition shades.  Two are glitter top coats, while the other three are colors.  The formula was decent to good, while the consistency wasn’t too thick or thin across the board.  I tested Midnight Purple for wear and saw seven days with some tip wear–a little more than usual but no chipping.  The selection of shades lacks some originality; the red and silver glitters just seem underwhelming with the plethora of glitter top coats on the market now.  Note, each bottle contains 0.27 fl. oz., which is half the size of most polishes (often 0.50 fl. oz., though there are certainly ones that are smaller).  It was somewhat awkward applying the polish due to the decorative handle, though I’m sure if you love Minnie Mouse that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker!

Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, violet purple with fuchsia and blue-violet shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly well. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. This was the shade I tested for wear, and it lasted seven days with some tip wear–a little more tip wear than average for me but no chipping (though few formulas chip on me). Zoya Neve (P, $8.00) is darker. Guerlain Riviera (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. SpaRitual Blue Moon (LE, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Neon Pink (300) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle blue undertones and iridescent fuchsia shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was nicely balanced–not too thick or too thin–and flowed well across the nail. Cult Nails Untamed (LE, $12.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel May (P, $27.00) is lighter. Essie Off the Shoulder (LE, $8.00) has no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Passion Red (400) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) consists of large circular red glitter and small red micro-glitter, both suspended in a clear base. I applied one coat over Neon Pink, and then two coats of the glitter top coat on its own on my thumbnail. You do need to push and pull at the glitters to get them in place, as they don’t spread evenly across the nail. Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy (LE, $19.00) is less circular but is red glitter in a clear base–it is more packed with glitter. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a semi-opaque, warm white with iridescent micro-shimmer and larger silver glitter. The consistency wasn’t too thick, so it applied well, and though it wasn’t opaque, it was fairly even. There were some visible brush strokes, though. MAC Much Adored (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Stardust Silver (001) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is silver micro-glitter suspended in a clear base. I applied two coats of it on its own on my thumb nail, and then I applied one coat over Snow White. It applied evenly for the most part, and one coat had a nice density so that it added an effect to the nail but didn’t overwhelm the base color. NYX Ice Glitter (P, $4.00) is more holographic and has glitter in multiple sizes. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

L'Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Lacquers ($6.99 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) is a limited edition formula for the holidays. There are nine shades available, and I have four to share with you in this post (I don’t have the rest, and I’ve yet to spot these locally). The Gold Dust formula is a textured polish, so it dries to a matte finish with a “luminous and sandy finish.” I haven’t spotted them online (most of the limited edition mass products don’t!), but they are supposed to be available at your local drugstores. The texture of these is slightly thick, and the brush is on the wider side; if you have narrower nail beds, I think these might be somewhat frustrating to use. For me, it was only troublesome when I applied the polish to my pinky nail. Two were fine with just two coats, and then two could have used three thin coats as there were some areas that were sparse. I tested The Statement Piece for wear, and it lasted seven days with some tip wear but no chipping (I rarely get chipping, though, just as a note!).

The Statement Piece is a pale, champagne gold with a sandy, glittery texture and silver sequin glitters. This one sparkled nicely, applied well, and was totally opaque in two coats. None of the following mentions have the textured finish, but the colors are similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is yellower. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Reign of Studs is a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver sparkle and silver sequins. It was nicely opaque after two thin-to-medium coats and dried down quickly. This one was really lovely on–very sparkly and dimensional. Zoya Carter (P, $8.00) has a textured finish, but it’s a red-toned purple. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is bluer and not textured. See comparison swatches.

Rough Around the Edges is a matte black with a sandy, sugary texture with silver sparkle. It was mostly opaque with two coats, though I’d do three thinner coats to get fuller opacity with this particular shade. I didn’t have anything that really looked quite like this when it was dry. Shades like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) and Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) are black with silver sparkle, but they’re glossy.

Hidden Gems had a blackened, sandy base with teal shimmer and silver sequin glitter. This shade took unusually long to dry, and it didn’t dry evenly–I sat around fifteen between between coats, then another thirty after the second coat, and the camera picks up where it’s still slightly wet (anything that seems shinier/wetter). I think this one really needs at least three thin coats. I don’t have a lot of textured polishes, so I don’t have a dupe for this, though the composition reminded me of L’Oreal VIP Status (DC), which is metallic/shimmery (traditional polish). See comparison swatches, just for fun.

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