Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bronze Nail Polish
Bobbi Brown Bronze Nail Polish

Bobbi Brown Bronze Nail Polish ($15.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, copper-shimmered golden bronze with a metallic finish. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread evenly and smoothly across the nail. There were some noticeable brush strokes, even after the polish dried down, due to the highly metallic finish. I get a week of wear with no chipping and only minor tip wear with Bobbi Brown’s formula. Tom Ford Beauty Burnt Topaz (LE, $32.00) is darker, browner. China Glaze Harvest Moon (LE, $7.50) is darker, more coppery/brown. See comparison swatches.

Chrome Nail Polish ($15.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “silvery gold glitter.” It’s a holographic, silver and gold glittered polish with a sheer, golden base. It’s semi-opaque after two coats of polish, and it can also be used as a glittery top coat. I tried it over black, and it was like a golden, holographic explosion. I wish there was something on Bobbi Brown’s website that indicated this was more of a top coat or a sheerer product, but there isn’t. This shade was actually from the holiday collection, Old Hollywood, which I bought because I couldn’t resist, and it seemed like the time to review it had passed… but then with Bronze, I felt like I needed to show Chrome with it–and it is still available, so there you go. Cult Nails Blaze (DC, $12.00) is the most similar polish that I have, but it isn’t holographic. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
product

Bronze

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
LE
product

Chrome

Temptalia Recommends
B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Both shades reviewed in this post are from Chanel’s spring collection, and they’ll be added to the permanent range, so there’s no need to rush. Charivari was more unique relative to polishes I’ve come across over the years, whereas Tapage, while high quality and incredibly pigmented, was easier to find dupes for. I had no issues with application or pigmentation with either hue, though, and they’re just what you’d like to see from a high-end polish formula. The consistencies weren’t too thick or too thin, so they flowed evenly across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula, but take that with a grain of salt as next to nothing chips on me.

Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft purple/mauve.” It’s a smoky, plummy-purple with a cream finish and subtle warm undertones. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully. NARS Manosque (LE, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Dark Angel (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Shadow (LE, $24.00) is much darker, has slight shimmer. China Glaze Urban Night (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. China Glaze Jungle Queen (LE, $7.50) is darker, less plum. See comparison swatches.

Tapage (605) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a vibrant, coral-red with a cream finish. It’s nearly opaque in a single coat, but for a really high-shine, plush look, I’d recommend still going with two. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile (LE, $20.00) has slight shimmer. MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is slightly lighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $23.00) is less warm-toned. Guerlain A La Parisienne (P, $23.00) is similar. Dior Merveille (LE, $24.00) is slightly shimmery. China Glaze Poinsettia (LE, $7.50) is similar. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $7.50) is redder. Essie Too Too Hot (LE, $8.00) is redder. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

P
product

Charivari (603)

A

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
P
product

Tapage (605)

A

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

For this spring, Dior’s released six limited edition shades of polishes, and I picked up three of the ones that were available at Nordstrom (I didn’t get Porcelaine). There is also Bouquet (available online at Sephora) and Bloom (I saw online at Saks). I wasn’t overly impressed by the three I chose, and I’m normally a fan of Dior’s polishes. Pampille was a milky disaster that applied unevely, looked almost goopy when applied (but wasn’t so thick that it was actually goopy), while Blossom was sheer and a little thick to work with. Perle was interesting, but it almost seemed too pigmented/densely packed with shimmer to be a really versatile top coat.

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a soft, pastel peachy-orange with muted, yellowed gold sparkle. It seems like it has an almost jelly-like finish, though it didn’t quite have that really plush, juicy texture/look of a true jelly polish. It was semi-sheer with noticeable nail line. I concede it’s possible this was intentional, since it is spring and pastel and sheer seem to be keywords that are rarely ignored during the season, but without an actual description that affirms (without one, expectations based on an online photo would be that it is like the rest of the range!), I err against giving the brand the benefit of the doubt (but if sheer is cool with you, then the rating breakdown would be 8.5, 10, 8.5, 9, 4.5). I don’t have a dupe for this, due to the translucency and shimmer content. NARS Wind Dancer (LE, $19.00) is a lot darker, more orange, and has no shimmer. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) is a cream finish and more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) and MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) are closer in color but are creams. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) has a slight plushness to the finish, but it is darker, more orange, no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel ($25.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “matte pearly white with iridescent purple glimmer.” It’s an iridescent mix of lavender, fuchsia, and pink with a white-ish frosted matte finish. This is a matte top coat, though it’s fairly pigmented/dense so it’s not the most versatile top coat. I think it’s one that would work best on pinks and reds, as well as lighter shades in general. I tried it over black, which was all right, but it didn’t seem to work as well as I expected! I also tried it with just two coats over nails, and alone, it’s semi-sheer–but this a top coat, so that’s as expected. On its own, it wore well for five days on me (I normally get a week), and as a top coat, it wore a full week. MAC Frayed-to-Order was the only dupe I could think of, and it’s a bit whiter. See comparison swatches.

Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a milky, mint-tinged white with iridescent green shimmer. The consistency was thicker, and it applied unevenly and showed streakiness on the nail. It was semi-opaque after two coats. Guerlain Star Dust (862) (LE, $23.00) is the only comparable shade I have, but it has more of a clear base than a milky one, so they end up looking quite different applied. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
product

Blossom (132)

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
LE
product

Perle (187)

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
LE
product

Pampille (192)

D+

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish
NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish

NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cantaloupe.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a jelly-cream finish. Rescue Beauty Lounge NailsandNoms (LE, $20.00) is more orange, shimmery. MAC Riot Gear (LE, $16.00) is yellower, brighter. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Wind Dancer is a new and limited edition shade from the spring collection. Two coats, and it yielded semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage–there was noticeable nail line coming through. It actually made nails look a little like candy corn.  The consistency was slightly thick, as you might expect with a jelly finish polish, but it leveled out on its own, spread evenly, and didn’t streak (which is sometimes a challenge for lighter shades like this). NARS’ polish formula usually wears between seven and ten days on me with minor tip wear and no chipping–it’s one of the longer-wearing formulas for me.

The Glossover

LE
product

Wind Dancer

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Revlon Elusive Nail Enamel
Revlon Elusive Nail Enamel

Revlon Elusive Nail Enamel ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is satin-matte black cream with fine bluish-teal glitter and larger bluish-teal hexagon-shaped glitter. It dries down to a semi-matte finish–a little sheen but still quite flat. There will be some noticeable texture due to the larger glitters without a top coat. It was opaque after two coats, and there was good dispersion of the glitters as I applied each coat. I didn’t have to pull or tug the glitters into place. The consistency was slightly thick, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply overall. Cult Nails Living Water (LE, $12.00) is the only one I could think of that was even similar, but it doesn’t have any larger-sized glitters. See comparison swatches.

Rich Nail Enamel ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a smoky, green-tinged gold–like a mix of metallic gold and pewter–with a metallic finish. It dried down with a natural, high-shine finish, but the color coverage wasn’t opaque after two coats. The bigger drawback was that it didn’t apply evenly. It’s a polish that really needs three coats to work. The consistency was slightly thick, so three coats will take some patience and careful application to avoid it becoming too thick. Urban Decay Addiction (LE, $15.00) is darker. SpaRitual Slate (LE, $10.00) is warmer, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

P
product

Elusive

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
P
product

Rich

B-

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Guerlain Star Dust (862) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Star Dust (862) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Star Dust (862) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent ray of pure light.” Guerlain goes on to describe it as a “top coat [that] work[s] to enhance color, adding diamond shine.” (Said of both this polish as well as the gloss, which is the same color.) It’s a pearly, iridescent mix of silver and white that flashes blue and green that’s sparkling and shining. I don’t have anything that’s quite like this, particularly because it flashes a green-ish blue. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) (LE, $16.00) is warmer and has flecks of glitter. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is more metallic. MAC Much Adored (LE, $16.00) is warmer and pinker. Dior Lady (LE, $26.00) is more metallic. China Glaze Frosty (LE, $7.50) is more silvered. See comparison swatches.

This might be too pigmented, or not pigmented enough, depending on your goal. Worn alone, two coats gives it semi-sheer coverage, which seems to be in line with what Guerlain was going for if this is also intended to be used as a top coat. One coat layered over a solid base color had an interesting mix of results. I tried it over a dark blue to so-so results, three coats of it alone (still somewhat sheer), one coat over black (less impressive), and one coat over red (best results). As a layering top coat, it’s almost too pigmented at times and seems to do best over light and medium colors, rather than anything really dark (like black) didn’t work as well. I found myself being particularly careful with just how much product was on the brush before layering over anything. On the other hand, if you love sheer, pearlescent shades, this might be a winner. The way it sparkles and shimmers in the light was lovely. It had a slightly thicker consistency, and the shimmer seemed to spread evenly overall whether applied alone or as a top coat. It dried down to a naturally high-shine finish.

The Glossover

LE
product

Star Dust (862)

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →