From Dior’s Black Diamond Holiday Collection, this is what Black Sequins looks like! It’s this really intense, dark black with chunky silver glittery bits. It doesn’t try 100% smooth, because the glitter is thick. I think it makes a great sophisticated black polish for the wintertime. It isn’t a creme or matte or just boring black; the glitter updates it and makes it more wearable and just fun.
And Dior’s polish formula? To die for. I wore this on my nails for a week straight, and I barely even saw tip wear.Absolutely no chips!
Dior Holiday 2008′s Black Diamond Collection is gorgeous! Okay, this is just going off of the two products I’ve been able to see so far. Pictured above is the Twilight Quint ($54.00). I also got to check out Black Sequins nail lacquer, which I’ve included a product shot of, but I’ll be showing you a swatch another time (I’m such a tease!).
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China Glaze’s Rodeo Diva Collection really caught my eye. I haven’t gone on a nail polish spending spree in sometime, but I just couldn’t get these out of my head. There were so many colors that called to me. In reality, I didn’t fall in love with as many as I wanted to, but I did find several that I can’t wait to do full manis/pedis with!
Wagon Trail (above) is this insane combination of brown-black with gold shimmer. It has some of the coolest reflectivity to it. I also thought Rodeo Fanatic was phenomenal–it is like MAC’s Whirldwind, but bluer and richer and better. Red Stallion is a bright holiday-perfect red with subtle shimmer, and I imagine I have a few similar reds already. Golden Spurs is a brownish-tan color with lots of visible golden shimmer, which brightens it from a rather “blah” base to something suitable to wear around the office. Yee-Haw! has the same texture/look as Golden Spurs, but it’s a subdued coppery-orange-brown base. Lasso My Heart is such a gorgeous shade of a deep, jewel-toned purple with fuchsia shimmer. Cowgirl Up is an intense shade of bright jewel-tone fuchsia-purple; it’s just out of this world–I loved it. Prize Winning Mare is a cooler tan-brown with gold shimmer; it didn’t really do anything for me.Midnight Ride looks black in the tube, but it has this fuchsia-purple reflection that is lovely (which shows up well in the photo).Branding Iron is a dark, intense ruby red that’s a little on the vampy side; it’s such a deep shade of red with some shimmer, I love it. Gussied Up Green is darker than a true emerald green–it has some forest green in it–but the shimmer makes it fun to wear. Side Saddle is a dark reddish brown color with shimmer that looks multi-colored in some lighting.
My Must-Haves: Wagon Trail, Rodeo Fanatic, Cowgirl Up, Midnight Ride, & Branding Iron
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Here’s MAC’s Seasonal Peach Nail Lacquer from Cremesheen in a quickie swatch. This polish definitely needs a base laid down and probably three thinner coats would work better than two thicker coats. I find it a little pinker than the promo photo, personally, but there is some peachiness in it, I suppose (perhaps, more visible in person than in the photo).
Who else purchased it? What are your thoughts?
I finally received my nail polish haul from, oh, THREE WEEKS ago! (Sigh!!) I did quickie swatches (let’s face it, if I waited until I had time to do clean, professional, pretty ones… you’d never see them) of everything I got, so expect to see an influx of nail polish posts this coming week The one above is from China Glaze’s Ecollection – you know, eco-llection. I was tempted to get Recycle and Shower Together, but another gray caught my eye, and with fall/winter coming, blue just won’t be worn, I know it. So, resist, I must!
(As always, swatches are done with two coats of the polish.)
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I love Essie polishes! They never disappoint me, because they apply smoothly, and the colors are incredibly rich and pigmented. You really don’t need two coats with this stuff (though I still go for it). I’ve never had problems with this brand chipping, and I manage to get my manicure to last through a week without anything more than tip wear. For fall, they have six colors:
- Swept Off My Feet: darker watermelony pink
- Big Spender: raspberry-purple
- No Boundaries: vampy berry-red
- Forever Young: clean, deep red
- Tomboy No More: dark scarlet red
- Lacy Not Racy: vampy dark red
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