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.

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Blossom (132)

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8.5/10

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7/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Perle (187)

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Pampille (192)

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6/10

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7/10

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6/10

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9/10

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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.

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Wind Dancer

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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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.

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Elusive

B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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7/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

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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.

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Star Dust (862)

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer
Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer

Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle iridescent glitter.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-purple with holographic micro-glitter. It was semi-opaque after two coats. I also tried layering one coat over black, which gave a really pretty effect. If you were willing to apply three coats, I think it could also be worn on its own, otherwise I would recommend a solid base coat first. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I had no trouble applying the polish, either alone or as a top coat, as the glitter spread evenly. I don’t know of a dupe based on what I’ve reviewed in the past, so if you happen to know of one, please feel free to suggest!

Law of Attraction Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne and blue 3D glitter.” It has a pale, metallic gold shimmer as the base color with medium blue glitter that seemed to appear almost holographic depending on the angle/lighting. Two coats of this polish alone was still noticeably sheer as there doesn’t seem to be a real base color, just a lot of gold shimmer. When I applied one coat over a black cream, it seems a lot more pigmented. It doesn’t apply as evenly as is desirable, which might be the result of a thicker consistency that was harder to control on the nail. Unfortunately, I don’t have any possible dupes to suggest for this one, but I’d love to hear from you if you know of one.

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Monday, December 23rd, 2013

 

Cult Nails Blaze Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Blaze Nail Lacquer

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a Cult Nails’ swatches mega post, as they’ve significantly discounted shades that have now been discontinued but was missing three (and then bought them!).  As promised, here are photos and swatches of those three–they’re still available through 12/31 (or while supplies last).

Cult Nails Blaze Nail Lacquer ($6.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blend of glowing gold and copper glitter.” It consists of pale gold and copper micro-glitter suspended in a clear base. Two coats could work alone, but it’s better used as a layering top coat–I did one coat over black as an example. Each coat is fairly dense, but the consistency wasn’t too thick to be used as a layering top coat or with two coats of it on its own. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) (P, $18.00) is more metallic, less glittery. China Glaze Electrify (LE, $7.50) has much larger glitter pieces. See comparison swatches.

Mazo Nail Lacquer ($5.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fair sheer nude with an elegant gold shimmer.” It’s a yellowed beige with fine yellow gold shimmer. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque on nails after two coats. It applied evenly for the most part, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more beige. Chanel Beige Petale (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani (LE, $20.00) is less yellow/warm-toned. China Glaze Fast Track (LE, $7.50) is a bit darker and browner. See comparison swatches.

Party Time Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “intensely pigmented blue creme with a hint of green.” It’s a vibrant, medium blue with a cream finish and natural shine. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but at certain angles, you could see a faint hint of visible nail line. This one will likely stain nails; just swatching this (so it wasn’t on for more than an hour) left behind a slight stain. The consistency was on the thinner side but had no impact on the application. Dior Bahia (792) (LE, $24.00) is darker. Zoya Liberty (P, $8.00) has a matte/glittery texture. NARS Koliary (LE, $19.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Noble (P, $17.00) is also lighter. SpaRitual Ebb & Flow (LE, $10.00) is lighter, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway (LE, $20.00) is lighter, has slight shimmer. Zoya Phoebe (P, $8.00) is matte. See comparison swatches.

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Blaze

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Party Time

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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