Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “indigo” and it has a “3D holographic” finish. It’s a rich, deep blue-purple that really does rather close to indigo, though perhaps it’s a little closer to violet. It has holographic flakes that are really well-mixed with the base color. The holographic flakes shift from green to orange to copper to red, though it’s a subtler shift–it tends to look more coppery-red overall. I don’t know of a polish that has both this base color with the holographic flakes in it. SpaRitual Illume has the closest base color, but it is purpler, less blue-toned. ORLY Lunar Eclipse is more of a blue-violet hue, but it’s so much brighter that it looks very different in comparison. SpaRitual Twinkle is also a bit similar, though it’s bluer, and richer–it doesn’t have the jelly-like quality of Ray of Light that makes it look a bit muted. You could try a violet/indigo base color and a holographic top coat perhaps. You won’t quite get the really integrated, smooth look of this shade, but you will probably come close.

Ray of Light was opaque after two coats of polish, though the consistency was a little thicker than ideal and thicker than Deborah Lippmann’s polishes in general. I was surprised it didn’t pool around the edges given the consistency, but it applied fairly easily and evenly.  I wish the formula was a little closer to perfection at this price point, but at least the shade isn’t one I can think of five cousins right away.  A little thinner would likely help the consistency, if you have it on hand.  Deborah Lippmann’s formulas wear really well on me–I get a week of wear with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Ray of Light

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I like that it's not something I have in my collection, but the formula is on the thicker side, which is disappointing. The color coverage is excellent, and I didn't have any problems during application, despite the thicker consistency.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, April 9th, 2012

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer
Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “new growth green.” It’s a soft pastel green with subtle warm yellow undertones. The closest dupe I could think of was Zoya Tracie, which has subtle metallic shimmer running through it. It’s also a little yellower. Barielle Myrza’s Meadow is also a bit similar, though a touch lighter, and it has multi-colored flecks of sparkle.  I love the yellow component to this, because it keeps it from being a cool, minty green that screams winter to me; the warmth gives it the freshness of springtime to me.

Navigate Her was opaque in two coats. The initial coat was a little streaky, but it was opaque and even with the second coat. It had a well-balanced consistency that was neither too thick or too thin, so it applied fluidly and evenly without pooling or bubbling. I tested Navigate Her for wear, and it managed a full seven days without chipping and had minimal tip wear at the end of the week.

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Navigate Her

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This will be beautiful against neutral and warm skin tones in particular--though it has subtle warm undertones, so I think cooler complexions can still pull this off. The formula was really easy to work with, and there was excellent color payoff.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Spoiled by Wet 'n' Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer
Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer

Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer

Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer ($1.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a bright sunshine yellow with slight orange tones and a cream finish. I think the color is so appropriate for the upcoming summer season, but you will need to be a little patient. The polish has a tendency to pull if you do not wait for each coat to completely dry before putting on another coat. Some polishes are more forgiving in this aspect, but with this one, you’ll be waiting about five to ten minutes between coats before you can go for the second. The color coverage is nearly opaque in two coats, but you can see a hint of visible nail line. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I think you should be able to do a third coat to get totally opaque color and help hide any application issues.

Yellows are known for being notoriously difficult to apply–it’s hard to find a really excellent yellow that doesn’t suffer from at least some streaking or lack of pigmentation. For instance, MAC Al Fredo and Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road are both sheerer, more jelly-like yellows (and both are less orange-based compared to this shade). The best yellow I’ve come across has been Rescue Beauty Lounge Yellow Fever, which is just a little streaky on the initial coat, but the second coat goes on beautifully–it is very similar in color to Designated Driver except it does have subtle shimmer.

I actually used Designated Driver as one of the shades to test from this formula for wear, since I have never used this brand before.  I can’t really think of a formula that does chip on me, with the exception of matte polishes without a top coat, and Spoiled’s formula held up for a week with minor tip wear but no chipping.  Despite using a base coat, there was some very subtle staining after those seven days (not totally unexpected for a yellow hue).

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Spoiled by Wet 'n' Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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Yellows are known for being notoriously difficult to apply--it's hard to find a really excellent yellow that doesn't suffer from at least some streaking or lack of pigmentation. With a little patience, this one is definitely workable and one of the more pigmented yellows I've come across.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, March 30th, 2012

MAC In the Dark... Purple Nail Lacquer
MAC In the Dark… Purple Nail Lacquer

MAC Reel Sexy Nail Lacquers

MAC Reel Sexy Nail Lacquers ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include these three shades, all of which are creams: In the Dark… Purple (vivid violet), Screening Room (bright mid-tone teal), and Vivid Effect (vivid orange coral).

I’m still recovering from the shock of MAC polishes now being–permanently–available at a whopping $16 a pop.   They were $14 just a year ago.  A lot of brands increase prices every 12-18 months, and the increase can be as little as $0.50 to as much as $4-5, depending on the base price of the product.  MAC has historically raised prices on just about every product once a year, and on products at this price point, it has been $0.50–e.g. lipsticks, eyeshadows, and the like have gone up $0.50 a year, not $2 a year.  There’s only 0.34 fl. oz. of polish in the bottle!  C’mon!  Price aside…

In the Dark… Purple was streaky; it was still a little streaky with a thicker second coat yet not fully opaque after that either.   Screening Room was also on the streaky side, though it recovered mostly by the second coat.  Vivid Effect was not streaky, and it was opaque in two coats, so that was the best performer of the three shades.  It is the most dupeable, though.  I don’t have wear issues with MAC’s polish formula; I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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MAC Reel Sexy Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

B
MAC needs to make sure their formula is on point if they're going to increase their polish prices by $2 every year. These are not the worst offenders in the past year, but they do not apply flawlessly and do take some patience and effort to ensure a streak-free finish.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “creme beige” with a frost finish. It’s a warm light-beige with threads of pale white shimmer–so there are some brush strokes. It reminded me of URban Decay Fame, which is more neutral in tone. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is more opaque and a little more peach-hued. Zoya MInka is more opaque and a bit lighter, almost yellow-tinted. I think Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani is the closest–it has shimmer but no metallic threads.

OCC described it as opaque, but with two coats, it’s still sheer. A third coat will get you closer to opaque results, but there will still be some underlying sheerness. This shade was my least favorite out of the six for spring/summer, and part of that is because of the formula, which was watery and a bit thin.  It appeared almost streaky because of the sheerness and metallic shimmer.  I’m normally a fan of OCC’s formula, but this one disappointed.  I typically get a week of wear out of OCC’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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I would pass on this one--there are better shades in the OCC range, and there are better nudes on the market. The sheerness would be one thing to deal with (and sometimes a sheer nude can be lovely, even if isn't what OCC described it as), the formula deficiencies are harder to overlook.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Dior St. Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Dior St. Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Saint-Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Saint-Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) launched quite awhile ago, but it was extremely limited and sold out faster than I could review it! Now, you may be wondering, “What changed?” While browsing Nordstrom’s last night, I saw a very pretty teal-like Dior polish, and lo and behold, St. Tropez is being repromoted in Dior’s upcoming summer collection (which I’m still awaiting permission to post–this is the only item Nordstrom had up).  You may also see it called Saint-Tropez (which is actually how the bottom of the bottle is labeled, but online it is abbreviated).

Saint-Tropez is an aqua-blue–it’s almost a teal, but it’s probably a bit too blue to be a true teal. Depending on the light and your skin tone, you may find it looks closer to teal than aqua. It’s very reminiscent of vacations spent on the beach, though. MAC Salad Dressed is a bit darker and greener. Zoya Wednesday is much lighter, a touch greener. Zoya Zuza is greener, darker, and has shimmer. Chanel Nouvelle Vague is greener and has shimmer. On the same note, China Glaze For Audrey is the closest but a little greener (which results it in looking more like a teal).

This shade was opaque in two coats (but one coat is surprisingly opaque–the index finger I left with just one coat to show you) and I didn’t have any issues during application–no streaking, pooling, or bubbling here.  It applied fluidly and evenly, and the drying time was average.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  Dior’s lacquers have a wider, more tapered brush, which I actually like, as it makes it easier to apply the color in one or two strokes (depending on the size of the nail).  When I tested the wear of Saint-Tropez, it wore for a full week with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

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St. Tropez

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If you're a fan of aqua-blues, blue-teals, and other beach/ocean-inspired shades, you'll probably enjoy this one. I know when it initially debuted, it sold out very quickly. I anticipate that they made more for this launch (as it has a wider distribution), but it should still sell well.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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