Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Force Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Force ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep electric blue.” It’s a really rich, cornflower blue with a creamy finish, and it even has a faint purpleness to it. It almost looks purple in certain lighting–more royal blue than electric blue to me! Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is similar but bluer. Essie Declare Your Denim is a bit darker and bluer.

It’s opaque in two coats, and like many Illamasqua shades, the formula is excellent; the polish flows across the nail easily, doesn’t streak or bubble, and never feels too thick. Illamasqua is one of the longest wearing polishes on me; I can wear their formula for ten days or longer and only have minimal tip wear, which is just barely on the edges. When I travel, I often reach for an Illamasqua shade, because I know it will hold up to the vigors of traveling.

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Force

A+
This is such a vibrant shade of blue that even though it leans cool-toned, it will work well on both cool and warm complexions. It has a lot of depth, even though it's a cream, and the excellent wear makes it even better!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun Nail Lacquer

A Look at Deborah Lippmann’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “carefree coral” with a creme finish. It’s a vibrant, just shy of being neon, shade of coral-red. Though it certainly is a cream finish, it has that squishy look to it of a jelly to me as well. I loved that this lacquer was opaque in two coats! As far as similar shades go, SpaRitual Love & Happiness is pretty close, perhaps a touch darker. Illamasqua Lament is pinker.

The flow of Girls Just Want to Have Fun is excellent; it spreads evenly across the nail without streaking or bubbling. It has a good consistency–not too thick or thin. Deborah Lippmann’s polishes tend to wear well on me; I typically get a week of wear with minor to minimal tip wear. This was originally launched during the summer (I have a major backlog!), but it’s still available and for those who are 1) having summery weather now or 2) wear seasonally inappropriate shades, enjoy! :)

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun

A+
This is a beautiful shade, and I can definitely see why it was created for her summer collection earlier this year. The formula on this shade is excellent; great flow, application, and wear.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple/gray” or “gravender” as Cult Nails calls it. It’s a light-medium grayish purple with sparse white shimmer that’s opaque in two coats. I’d say the closest shade I have to it is Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant, which is a few shades darker and less gray. Shades like Nubar Purple Aster and Zoya Marley are much lighter.

The formula is excellent–it wears really well without bubbling, chipping, or streaking. The lacquer applies evenly and flows well on the nail, and after a week, there is minimal tip wear. One of the best things about the brand is that you’re supporting an independent company and truly making someone’s dream come true–and when you have a great back story with a quality product? It doesn’t get any better.

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My Kind of Cool Aid

A+
My kind of Cool Aid is soft, wearable but not just a nude or beige--there's that purpleness to it that gives it an airiness. In two coats, it's opaque, and the formula is a dream to work with!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer
Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer

Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer

Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a pale, cloudy gray with linear holographic shimmer. The shimmer looks mostly like white micro-shimmer more often than not, but you can definitely catch the holographic flash. If you’re unfamiliar with holographic polishes, the shimmer gives it a rainbow effect–you’ll see red, orange, gold, green, and blue/blue-violet. It’s not just one or two colors, it’s a slew of them. Nubar Earthen is the closest dupe I had to the base color, but it’s a much more of putty gray, less blue-based, and of course, it is not holographic.

This particular shade was almost opaque in two coats, but there was a faint sign of visible nail line. I’ve been really happy with Glitter Gal’s formula, though, because it wears like iron–I wore this exact shade for seven days without chipping and, again, minimal tip wear. The polish has a good consistency, right between thick and thin, with even flow; no bubbling, streaks, or thickening along the sides.

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Glitter Gal Light as a Feather Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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Soft and wearable, it might be a way to get something work-friendly with a little holographic kick that might be just under the radar enough to work!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer ($6.67 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver and purple hex glitter.” The description is really dead-on; it’s silver and magenta purple hexagonal glitter pieces. Both have a fairly metallic/mirror-like finish. The glitter is then suspended in a thick, clear base.  I couldn’t think of anything similar for comparison.

On one hand, I think this looks pretty spectacular, if only because it’s 3D and unlike other polishes I own, but on the other hand, it wears terribly (the glitter flakes off, even if you layer two top coats on top), because the hexagonal glitter particles are curved right around the edges. They just don’t stay put. Application requires significant patience and effort; this is not a quickie polish at all. You have to apply a blob of polish (the consistency is quite thick) and then use the brush to pull out the polish and push and pull the glitters into place. I showed three coats, just so you could see how “opaque” it could get.

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Backstage Pass

D-
This is just one of those products where you have to decide whether the effect/shade is worth all the trouble it takes to overcome the drawbacks from the application and consistency.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

1/5

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as “Rolex rose gold” with a metallic finish. Deborah Lippmann said it took her three years to get the finish you see in Glamorous Life–always fun to read tidbits like that. It’s champagne, it’s beige, it’s rose gold–it’s really a mix of pink and champagne with threads of gold micro shimmer to give it that metallic finish.  It was opaque in two coats.   Zoya Pandora is less metallic, more shimmered, and not as pink. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie has a similar softness but is a cream finish and has no gold.

This is one of the easiest metallics I’ve worked with; it’s not too thick and the brush strokes easily pull into straight lines–no wonkiness. There’s a lot of inherent shine in the finish even without a top coat (though I’d still recommend a top coat for prolonged wear).  The polish applies evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking.  I’ve had good luck with Deborah Lippmann’s formula–her shades typically wear for a week with minor to minimal tip wear.

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Glamorous Life

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I hope more metallics apply as easily as this shade did! It was such a pleasant experience to see the threads of shimmer with a more uniform appearance, rather than having to be really meticulous and ensuring to only use the minimum brush strokes to apply the color!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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