Monday, September 12th, 2011

OCC Extravaganza Nail Lacquer
OCC Extravaganza Nail Lacquer

OCC Extravaganza Nail Lacquer

OCC Extravaganza Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “rich pink/coral with gold shimmer overlay.” It’s a pinked-coral with golden micro-shimmer strewn through the base. The gold almost leans green-gold in certain angles. In some ways it’s comparable to Zoya Rica, but Zoya’s has a much larger gold particle shimmer in it (almost glittery in comparison), so the overall look is quite different. SpaRitual Hope Springs Eternal is closer in color but has a silvery shimmer and metallic finish.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). Extravaganza had great drying time; I felt like it dried down by the time I finished doing one coat on each nail! The opacity is nice, too; I used two coats for opaque color. The consistency was thin without being watery with even flow across the nail.

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Extravaganza

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I couldn't find anything really duped this shade, so I like it just for being a little different. I think the mix of gold shimmer with the pink-coral base works well. It is a warmer shade, so it will naturally complement warmer complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as “moody and mysterious dark gray.” It’s a dark, neutral gray; it looks a hint blue under really bright light but otherwise rather neutral on me (and typically, if there is blue, it becomes more obvious against my yellower skin tone). It’s not quite cement gray; perhaps more like wet or damp cement. Illamasqua DWS is similar but a little lighter. Zoya’s Dove is warmer and much lighter.

It has a cream finish, and I was able to get opaque color in two coats. The formulw as a cinch to work with, as it had a great balance of thick and thin to allow for good flow across the nail but still pack enough pigment into each coat. I didn’t have any issues with streakiness either. RBL normally wears a solid week on me with very minimal tip wear; it is one of the better wearing polishes on me (but I confess, most polishes wear a week on me without chipping).

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Stormy

A+
Fans of grays will likely fall in love with this one--it's beautifully done with an excellent formula and color coverage.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, September 10th, 2011

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer
OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “brassy gold shimmer.” It is supposed to coordinate with Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate. It’s a warmed-up yellow-tinted gold glitter mixed with brassier gold glitter particles. In lower light conditions, it looks warmer, more gold against my skin tone (which has yellow undertones), but under brighter light, it has a brassier look (more like the loose eyeshadow). The color reminded me most of China Glaze Midnight Kiss, except Cruising is the glitter version of it.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). Cruising has a glitter finish, so it will dry down really quickly–which is lovely–but you’ll pay for it later with removal (just as you would with any glittery polish). I find that pressing a soaked piece of felt or cotton against the nail for 15-20 seconds and then repeating on the other shades works well. I press and hold for each finger, and when I’ve done that for all ten, I go back to the first and actually go to pull and remove the polish off the nail. The coverage is noteworthy for two coats of polish, too–nearly opaque.  The consistency of this polish stood out to me; it was a great balance in thickness that allowed for opaque color and even glitter distribution.

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Cruising

A-
It's opaque enough on to wear on its own, but it could also be used as a layering shade. It has a great dry down time, but make sure you give yourself a good chunk of time for removal!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, September 9th, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a creamy white with a hint of yellowy beige billowing through the shade. It’s streaky and semi-sheer after three coats. My issue with this polish was how streaky it was. It applied unevenly and looked like a big streaky mess even after three coats. You have to let each coat dry completely, because the next count will pull and create bald spots and patches.

The concept of this color is nice, but the actual application was far too frustrating. The photos in this post are of my third attempt to apply this color. Third time wasn’t the charm, but three strikes and you’re out for me. I know that some of you have far more patience than I do and will be willing to work for the color, but I can’t recommend an $18 polish with this many problems.

I had the best results with one really thick coat (as thick as you can get it), but the drying time becomes exceptionally long with that technique, so don’t attempt it right before bed!

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Medium White

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It's a shame the formula is such a pain to work with and it takes quite a bit of finagling to even get a decent application, let alone a good one (which I was not able to achieve), because the color could work well on several skin tones.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

2.5/5

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer
OCC Palare Nail Lacquer

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “deep fuchsia with blue/violet duochrome.” If you love eyeshadows like MAC Stars ‘n Rockets or Urban Decay Fishnet, you’ll love this polish version. It’s a fuchsia pink with iridescent violet and fuchsia shimmer that becomes more or less pronounced depending on the angle of the nail and the lighting conditions. The duochrome is definitely there, but it is on the subtler side.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). I wasn’t sure if Palare would apply as well as it did, because the consistency is on the thinner side, but it is surprisingly pigmented and mostly opaque in two coats. The shimmer distributes well and is plentiful without resulting in visible brush strokes.

It seems odd to say this about an OCC polish, but it’s a muted version of Deborah Lippmann’s Makin’ Whoopee, which has so much brightness that it nearly radiates; it also runs cooler i tone and more of a purpled-fuchsia base color. Essie Bossa Nova is several shades darker and more red-based, but it has a similar feel.

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Palare

A-
Palare is a fun color! The duochrome is present but downplayed, which may be good or bad, depending on your preference. It applied well, and the drying time was shorter than average.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Obsess Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described simply as “bright fuchsia pink.” It’s almost neon; it’s exceedingly bright and vibrant, but there’s something in the finish that holds it back from being a true neon. Obsess is a bright fuchsia pink with an underlying hint of violet with a cream finish. Urban Decay Miss T is similar but appears purpler. It’s purpler compared to Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee, though.

Illamasqua’s formula is three-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, or toulene), and it wears a full week on me with very minor tip wear (and no chipping). The consistency of Obsess is phenomenal; perfectly balanced between thin and thick that it flows to the edges of the nail with ease and does so evenly. It’s opaque in nearly one coat (I used two for swatches).

P.S. — I have no idea why the stickers on some of my Illamasqua bottles are wonky; I’ll take that minor inconvenience because of the stellar formula, though.

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Obsess

A+
Illamasqua's formula is one of my favorites, and Obsess is absolutely superb. Great color payoff, perfect consistency, and easy application make this a must-have polish!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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