Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Too Taboo Collection

Today, I’m reviewing three shades from Essie’s Too Taboo collection, which features six shades of neon. All three I tried dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish–it doesn’t have a really flat, chalky matte finish, but it isn’t shiny or glossy. It reminds me a bit of pleather or vinyl in its dry down, and if you prefer a glossier finish, just add your favorite top coat. These wore without chipping for seven days, but there was slightly more tip wear than average for me. The formula was thin, slightly watery, and two of the shades were harder to work with.

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “supercharged blue violet.” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with a semi-matte finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats. The formula was slightly watery, so the first coat was streaky, but the second coat covered better and hid the streakiness. Dior Sailor (LE, $24.00) is brighter, bluer. Cult Nails Wack Slacks (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. Illamasqua Cameo (P, $17.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie I’m Addicted Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon aquamarine blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a satin finish. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but it would really need a third for opaque color. The consistency was thin and watery, so the application was streaky. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, more aqua. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Zoya Phoebe (P, $9.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie Vices Versa Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “juicy neon lime.” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This one was semi-sheer after two coats, and even three coats was only semi-opaque (see my middle finger), and the application was very difficult. It was very thin and watery, and as a result, it streaked and never leveled. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Deven Green (P, $10.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned, shimmery. China Glaze Def Defying (LE, $7.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polishes

On July 15th, 43 shades of NARS Nail Polish will debut. Some are old favorites, others are new. It has been reformulated and now comes with a wider brush. I’m testing out wear at the moment, but for now, here are some sneak peek swatches… (FYI, I don’t have all 43 shades, just the 14 shown here.)

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Rain of Flowers Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink and blue pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a deepened, subtly warm-toned blackened violet purple with brighter violet pearl and shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of nail line at times. The consistency is slightly thin, almost watery, but it wasn’t too difficult to work with. Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is lighter. NARS Fury (LE, $20.00) is a cream, warmer. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune (LE) is is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / / view dupes.

MAC Anti-Fashion Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a ”
mid-tone dirty purple with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a dusty, muted purple-taupe with fine, iridescent purple shimmer and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque after I applied two coats of polish. The formula on this shade was slightly thick, so be careful when applying as it had a tendency to pool along the edges. Chanel Charivari (603) (P, $27.00) is darker. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is a cream. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Girl Trouble Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter pink [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a slightly muted lavender with warmer, almost golden pearl/shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, while the consistency was slightly thin, but it dried down fairly quickly and didn’t streak or bubble. There were a few visible brush strokes, but most of them disappeared as it dried down. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) has larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Delicate, Quiet Time, Coffee Break, Nocturnelle

MAC Delicate Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale sheer ballet pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a sheer, light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Despite the new formula and brush applicator, this shade still applied streakily. The consistency was thicker and didn’t seem to be quite as uneven once applied as it self-leveled to a degree, it didn’t have a great end result. Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is opaque, darker. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quiet Time Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige nude [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-beige with subtle neutral undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency leaned slightly thick, but it didn’t show up in the application. It applied well without streaking or pooling along the edges. YSL Beige Gallerie (39) (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is darker, grayer. Zoya Farah (P, $9.00) is similar. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is lighter. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coffee Break Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone cool taupe [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral taupe brown with a cream finish. The polish had full color coverage after two coats were applied, though it nearly opaque in a single coat. The texture leaned slightly thick, but I didn’t find it to be a problem during application, as the color didn’t pool along the edges or bubble. MAC Triumphant (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Essie Hot Coco (LE, $8.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich true black [with a Cream finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark black with a cream finish. It was almost opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so two coats does give it a glossier, plusher look once it dries down. There’s a natural shine to the dry down as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Tropical Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “black with rainbow multi-pearl [with a Glitter finish].” It has a sheer, black-tinted base with small-sized light orange and orange-copper glitter (no rainbow glitter–wondering if the description is wrong). After two coats, it was mostly opaque, as the formula spread evenly across the nail–didn’t have to play with the glittery bits to get them into place. It dried down to a slightly bumpy/textured finish, but a layer of top coat will smooth it out without having to apply multiple coats. Cult Nails Blaze (DC, $12.00) is smaller in size and is a top coat so it looks somewhat similar if it is layered over black. China Glaze Electrify (LE, $7.50) has larger glitter in a clear base.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Soiree Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkly light bronze gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peachy beige with fine threads of metallic shimmer. It had opaque color coverage after two coats. The consistency was slightly thick but manageable without any major impact on application. It dried down to a lightly shiny finish. There were very slightly visible brush strokes, but only from certain angles. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is lighter, yellower. Zoya Tomoko (P, $9.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Shimmerfish (LE, $17.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quick Million Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold glitter with large particle pink glitter [with a Glitter finish].” It has fine white gold shimmer and pearl with larger chunks of pink glitter. Some of the pink glitter ends up looking gold due to the other shimmer in the base. The consistency was slightly thicker, but the glitters spread fairly well without a lot of work. If you don’t like textured or bumpy nails, though, this one is noticeably chunky when it dries down. Even with two layers of top coat, it still felt a bit textured. It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats. I’m not sure of a dupe for this one, so I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Instant Crush, Saint Germain, Snob

MAC Instant Crush Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral [with a Cream finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage after two coats were applied, but the first coat was slightly streaky. Thankfully, the second coat helped to even everything out, so the end result was smooth and even. MAC Please Me (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. MAC Comic Cute (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Angel (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cool pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. It had full color coverage after two coats of polish. The consistency was slightly thick but not troublesome to work with. The initial coat was somewhat streaky, but a second coat evened and smoothed everything out for better end results. Cult Nails Falling Hard (LE, $12.00) is similar. Illamasqua Harem (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Vagabondage (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pinkly Fresh (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Essie Cascade Cool (LE, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Snob Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light neutral pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the polish applied evenly and smoothly. The reformulation is warmer, more neutral, in color. Zoya Brigitte (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted, grayer. NARS Trouville (LE, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

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