Wednesday, August 24th, 2011


Cult Nails Awakening Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection is now available, and Temptalia readers can take $5 off $40+ orders with code TEMPTALIA, good through 8/31. There are four shades in the fall collection, and each bottle contains 0.5 fl. oz. and costs $10. The shades include: Awakening (dusty teal), Enigmatic (purple base with a brown hue), Hypnotize Me (sheer green jelly with glitter), and In a Trance (olive green to muted gold).

  • Awakening is a dark, smoked teal-blue with a cream finish. I needed three coats for opaque color, because the consistency is on the thinner side. It has a dustier appearance (so it looks more muted, less intense) compared to MAC Deep Sea and Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal. It’s like a teal version of MAC Blue India.
  • Enigmatic is a plum purple with hints of brown and red flecked with silver and plum shimmer. I needed two coats for opaque color. The brown hues of the shade disappear under brighter light. China Glaze Urban Night is a bit lighter and doesn’t have any shimmer.
  • Hypnotize Me is a very barely green-tinted base with iridescent blue and green glitter. It’s supposed to be sheer, and if you want a more cohesive result, it’s probably best as a layering shade. The texture is extremely thick–it’s very much like jelly or jam or even like hair gel (thick of the type in a tub). Because of the overall thickness of the formula, you have to be careful applying the color. I only did two coats, because I didn’t want to go too thick.
  • In a Trance is a olive green with tarnished gold shimmer. It was opaque in two coats, and the formula was just right–not too thick or too thin. To me, this was the standout shade of the four, particularly because of how easy it was to apply. The base color is similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War. It’s not quite as bright or as green as China Glaze Peace on Earth.

In a Trance had the best formula, while Awakening was a little sheer (needed three coats) and Hypnotize Me is extremely thick (not gloppy necessarily, but it truly has the texture of a gel).  I like the concept of Hypnotize Me but would appreciate a thinner consistency overall. In the past, I’ve tested out several shades from Cult Nails, and the wear is great–a good week with minor tip wear (with a proper base/top coat).

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Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
In a Trance is lovely, and it's definitely better than a B-, but shades like Awakening and Hypnotize Me brought down the overall score.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, August 22nd, 2011


MAC Deep Sea Nail Lacquer

MAC Me Over: Nail Lacquers

MAC Me Over Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) comes in four limited edition shades: Deep Sea (deep teal), Fatigues (army green), Purple Majesty (deep purple), and Quiet Time (beige nude).

The formula on Deep Sea and Purple Majesty were good overall–they weren’t too thick or thin, and I was able to get opaque color in two coats and had no streaking or bubbling. Both Fatigues and Quiet Time have thicker, almost gloppy, formulas, but both need more than two coats for opaque color–and a thick formula like the one here makes three coats more frustrating. Quiet Time had streaking issues, and the additional layers did not seem to minimize them at all. Given that I just received these, I did not conduct a wear test with these particular shades, but generally, MAC’s nail lacquer formula lasts around a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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MAC Me Over Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B-
Deep Sea and Purple Majesty are worth checking out, though the latter is more dupeable by a wide variety of brands. Fatigues is less problematic compared to Quiet Time, but both have thicker formulas and less pigmentation than expected.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, August 19th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Teal or No Teal Fast Dry Nail Lacquer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Teal or No Teal Fast Dry Nail Lacquer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Teal or No Teal Fast Dry Nail Lacquer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Teal or No Teal Fast Dry Nail Lacquer ($1.99 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is a silver shimmered blue-teal. The formula was on the thinner side and seemed a touch watery, which was emphasized after three coats and still having some visible nail line. It is similar to Orly Bailamos, which is a touch tealer and more opaque. Butter London Artful Dodger is also similar in color, but it is bluer and doesn’t have any shimmer.

It’s supposed to dry in sixty seconds, but I find each coat takes about two to three minutes to dry down–which is significantly longer (two to three times) what Wet ‘n’ Wild claimed. For the average polish, the drying time is not a concern, but it is an issue when it is part of the product’s claims. The actual wear was good, though; I had no problem getting a week of wear (with minor tip wear) with proper base and top coats (I used Zoya’s).

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Wet 'n' Wild Teal or No Teal Fast Dry Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
If you disregard the longer drying time than stated, it's a decent polish, as that is the biggest drawback of this product and what took away the most points. The pigmentation could be better as well, but it's almost opaque within three coats. With the thinner consistency of the formula, three coats isn't prohibitively thick.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Nails Inc. Connaught Square Nail Lacquer

Nails Inc. Connaught Square Nail Lacquer ($9.50 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “clear with blue glitter and chunky purple glitter” shade. It’s part of Nails Inc.’s Special Effects 3D Glitter line-up where each shade uses two different-sized glitter particles to create a “3D effect” as well as give full coverage. Connaught Square is predominantly blue–lots of medium-dark blue small-sized glitter with larger, larger fuchsia-purple glittery bits that are strewn throughout.

By the nature of the polish, it has a rough, uneven texture–which is essentially by design, hence the “3D effect”–the texture has more to it than a single-sized particle glitter polish, because that tends to have a more uniform unevenness, while this one has more of a bumpy feel. It doesn’t bother me, and again, it’s what Nails Inc. was going for with these polishes.

The coverage is good but not completely opaque in places, and it took three coats to get to the coverage level as pictured. It is important–as with most glitter polishes–to let each coat dry enough so that the next coat doesn’t pull at the glitter from the previous coat. This helps give you more opaque coverage and better distributed glitter. For a glitter suspended in a clear base, the coverage is still rather impressive.  Because it has a clear base, you could definitely use it to layer, too.

Removal is at par in regards to glitter polishes–it will take more elbow crease and patience than creams and shimmers. I use Zoya’s Remove+ on felt, and then I press it against the nail for 30 seconds or so. I then move on to the next nail, and I do this for the rest of the hand, before going back to the first fingernail and removing the glitter. This gives the remover some time to breakdown the polish.

Over a week, I did not experience any chipping, but tip wear seemed a bit more than norm, which makes sense, because it’s difficult to wrap a clear polish with lots of glitter over the edge of the nail.

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Connaught Square

B
Though I do look forward to the day when glitter polishes are a cinch to apply and remove, until then, we just have to find shades pretty enough to be worth the extra effort. I think the mix of sizes and colors in Connaught Square make it a bold, standout shade that--for me--is worth it.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean, modern opalescent rose” with an opaque finish. It’s a neon, fuchsia-pink shot through with iridescent violet and white shimmer.

Essie’s Super Bossa Nova is similar in brightness but it’s much redder. Similarly, Urban Decay Woodstock lacks the fuchsia element of this shade, plus it has a cream finish. SpaRitual Imaginarium comes the closest–it is slightly lighter and, arguably, brighter.

It’s not quite opaque in two coats (which is what I swatched with, because you can just barely see the nail line), but the light has to hit the polish in a certain way for that to be apparent. The formula is on the thinner side (but not watery), so one could easily do a third coat or go for a thicker second coat. It has an interesting natural finish, which I wanted to capture, so I did not use a top coat with these swatches. The finish is a satiny matte–it reminded me of Orly’s Plastix collection but not as dense. I usually see a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann’s polish with minor tip wear by the end of seven days.

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Makin' Whoopee

A-
If you're still on the hunt for a vibrant pink for summer, Makin' Whoopee would make a nice choice -- summer isn't over yet!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sky blue confetti” with a sheer finish. It’s a sheer, milky pastel blue (it’s very, very light–there is only a hint of blue) with light-medium blue and pink glitter of various sizes. As described, the color coverage is sheer, and it looks a bit like a jelly to me.

Much of the concept and color was inspired by Pink’s performance of Glitter in the Air at the 2010 Grammy Awards, and I think the color came out exactly as Lippmann intended–whether it’s something that draws you in is a different story. I showed swatches with three coats, which is as heavy as I would go with this polish, because it has a thicker, jelly-like consistency. I don’t think it would be opaque in four, so those looking for a more opaque look would not find this to their liking. It could be used for layering as well. I typically get at least a week of wear (with minor tip wear) with no chipping with Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

The key to applying glitter polishes like these–ones where the glitter isn’t packed into the polish–is dabbing bits of polish on the nail and pulling out lightly for even coverage, and then you want to wait for each layer to fully dry. By waiting, you’ll avoid dragging glitter particles from the first coat when you do a second (or third).

It’s not the most eye-catching or unique shade–I think if you were going to splurge on one of Deborah Lippmann’s glitter polishes, you’d be better off looking at some of the others.

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Glitter in the Air

B
The application will take more patience and effort than your average polish, so it's harder to use overall. The consistency of the formula is on the thicker side, too.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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