Friday, October 14th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) contains multi-colored square (mostly) glitter suspended in a clear base color. The polish is thicker, not quite gel-like, but it’s thick enough that after two coats (which is what is shown here) that I wouldn’t go for a third and expect excellent wear. There are large, square-shaped glitter in greenish-teal, bluish-green, light-medium purple, and golden orange. There also appears to be hexagon-shaped glitter in the same golden orange color.

This shade could be used for layering, but I really liked it alone. It was fun and whimsical; not your most obvious choice for holidays, but it has a wintry vibe to it. I could see it seeming more appropriate for spring, because of some of the overall lightness in color, but I just keep thinking “winter wonderland.”

Though glitter polishes are often difficult to remove, this seemed extra difficult, so it will require patience and plenty of your favorite remover. The key is to let the remover soak through the layers of polish, which will make it easier to remove. Generally, I get a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann’s polishes with minimal tip wear. Nothing comes to mind as a dupe, but maybe Temptalia readers know of one to share! :)

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Stairway to Heaven

B-
It's tricky to apply and remove, but I still really like and would likely have purchased it despite all the shortcomings--which really tells you how important color can be!

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, October 10th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I'm Sexy Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2011: Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) contains hexagonal red-hued glitter suspended in a fairly thick, clear base. It’s something that would work better for layering than alone, because I couldn’t get near to opaque in two coats. You’ll really have to move and finagle with the glitter so that it is spaced evenly across the nail. I tried to work it across and into areas where there were no glitter but still had some bunch-up.

I think you lose some of the interest from the hexagon-shaped glitter particles when they get layered over each other in an attempt to go opaque, because in this shade, they’re all the same color. As a holiday shade, it could easily be layered over golds and silvers for added oomph. I don’t have tons and tons of glitters in clear bases, so nothing came to mind to dupe it, but I bet you could find red glitter in a clear base–though it may be harder to dupe the shape.  (Would love to hear your potential dupes!)

The swatches do not include a top coat, because I wanted to show off the texture of the polish, so you have an idea.  It’s not going to be smooth–you’ll have some bumps and unevenness because of how the glitter pieces collide and lie on and near each other.  I’d recommend two thick layers of top coat if you wanted something smoother.  Removal is par for the course with a glitter polish and will take some extra patience and elbow grease.  I normally get a week or so of wear with minimal tip wear from Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

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Do Ya Think I'm Sexy

B+
If you want it for layering, I think it could be fun. If you wanted it for an over-the-top, ruby red slippers look that's dazzling and opaque, this isn't quite it.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, October 7th, 2011

Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 3D Holographic Nail Lacquer
Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 3D Holographic Nail Lacquer

Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 3D Holographic Nail Lacquer

Glitter Gal Lizard Belly Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a 3D holographic particle polish. Glitter Gal is an Australian-based brand, but the U.S. stockist Leah Ann sent me a few shades to try, and I immediately gravitated towards Lizard Belly. The base color is an inky, blackened bluish-green with holographic flecks–which translates into a galaxy of rainbow-hued stars. The effect is certainly cool, but I’m more impressed by the formula. It has amazing flow, and the consistency is an excellent balance between thick and thin. I wore Lizard Belly for ten days with minimal tip wear–it’s extremely durable.

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Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 3D Holographic Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
Loved absolutely everything about this polish except the bottle -- the brush is just fine, but the bottle itself is small so for someone with longer fingers like myself, it can be more difficult to use.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “ultra sheer stocking.” Ji says it will give your fingers a sleeker look and the right color to wear for an interview. On me, it’s almost like a peachy beige cream, though it does have the faintest micro-shimmer. The shimmer is barely detectable, even under brighter light. In two coats, it’s opaque, and though it seems to take a little longer to dry than other polishes (including Rescue Beauty Lounge’s), it does dry to a rather shiny finish without requiring a top coat. The consistency was workable but felt a little thicker than I’d like. The color itself reminded me of MAC Hangin’ Loose.

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Sheer Nude

A
If you like your nudes more opaque, you might like this one, because I had no trouble achieving solid color without having to pile on the coats.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer
Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer

Nubar Duochromes: Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer

Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer ($7.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a duochrome-finished shade. It shifts from blue to gold to pink, while the polish itself is very sheer. I swatched showing three coats, and there is still a lot of visible nail line. The base color is more of a robin’s egg blue while the shimmer is pink, copper, and almost gold. The base color isn’t as opaque or as intense as Nubar Blue Hydrangea but bluer than Chanel Riva. I don’t have anything like this, because of the duochrome finish.

Nubar’s polishes are formaldehyde-, toluene-, and phtalate-free. The rubberized cap is one of my favorites, because it’s very comfortable to hold and provides good grip for more precise application. I typically get a week of wear with minimal tip wear from Nubar’s polishes–they’re some of my favorites. The formula on Midnight Glory is on the thinner side, which fits given the sheerness overall.

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Midnight Glory

B-
Nubar does not provide much of a description for this shade, so I don't know if it was designed to be particularly sheer (many of the other duochromes are opaque!). If you like layering shades, it's certainly worth checking out!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Chanel Blue Boy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lacquer (each retailing for $29.00 and containing 0.4 fl. oz., which is $4 more than the polishes are normally). Blue Boy (deep, rich blue denim), Blue Rebel (dark wash jeans), and Coco Blue (muted blue) make up the collection of blue-hued lacquers.

  • Blue Boy is a slightly faded, medium-dark blue with a cream finish. I needed three coats for opaque color, though it was more opaque than not at two.The closest dupe I could think of was Essie Lapis of Luxury, which is significantly lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine H. has a similar faded quality but the multi-colored shimmer makes it look rather different.
  • Blue Rebel is a dark, navy blue with a cream finish. I used two coats for opaque color coverage, and I felt like the formula was better than it was on Blue Boy and Coco Blue. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is deeper, richer. Though still more intense, China Glaze First Mate comes closer.
  • Coco Blue is a light-medium sky blue with barely-there white micro-shimmer. I used three coats for mostly opaque color, but I found the formula to be prone to streaks. The drying time was longer, too, so the polish pulled in places. Chanel Riva is much, much lighter and has less blue tones. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is more similar than Riva, but it’s more vibrant and more of a robin’s egg blue.

What struck me most about this collection had more to do with a slight case of sticker shock. I understand the luxury/designer brand model, and by no means is Chanel lacquer–dollar for dollar–any better than a polish at a fraction of the cost, but what’s with the $4 increase? I was expecting Chanel to add some marketing jargon about a rare ingredient, mixing technique, etc. that would justify the price increase, because Le Vernis jumped from $23 to $25 from the end 2010 to early 2011 already.

The formula on Blue Rebel was the best; really good flow, pigmentation, and no streakiness. Coco Blue was the worst as it was streaky and needed three coats, while Blue Boy was in the middle–no streakiness and decent flow but needed three coats for opaque color. I normally get a week of wear with minor tip wear out of Chanel’s polishes.

I’m always surprised when seemingly simple colors aren’t ones I can easily find dupes of. I’m sure many of you have already picked these polishes up, so I’d love to hear from you if you’ve found any dupes!

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Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B
I couldn't think of perfect dupes for these shades, but at the same time, the imperfections in the formula leave me feeling underwhelmed about the three shades overall.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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