Friday, June 10th, 2011

Butter London Branwen's Feather Nail Lacquer
Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple-ish black with loads of depth and shine … like a silky raven’s feather at midnight by the Tower.”  After reading the official description, I can see what they mean.  It is a very blackened eggplant-y purple with flecks of plum and silver shimmer shot through.  It dries slightly shiny, but I would still say you need a top coat to really make it gleam.

I used two coats and there was some underlying streakiness in areas that were more visible in natural light than I expected–I photographed with two coats.  I would recommend three coats for opaque, solid coverage.  The formula seemed thin, too, which I imagine contributed to the lack of opacity in two coats as well as the streaky second coat.  It doesn’t seem consistent with the rest of Butter London’s range (that I have tried, of course), so it was disappointing.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

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Branwen's Feather

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The formula of Branwen's Feather is nowhere as nice as several other Butter London polishes that I have tried. It required three coats for opaque color coverage, and the formula was streaky and thin.

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7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Summer: Lady Sings the Blues

Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver sparkled blue” with a glitter finish.  It’s a really deep, dark blackened blue with large hexagonal and smaller glitter particles of silver and blue.  I was able to achieve opaque color in two coats, and within two coats, I also obtained a nice mix of glitter pieces.

This shade exemplifies what makes Deborah Lippmann’s polishes stand out to me.  I love the mix of glitter in the base, and it just works for me.  I think the brand’s formula is top notch overall, but I always find her glitters to be stunning.   The formula with Lady Sings the Blues is no different–not too thin or too thick, flowed evenly, and covered in two coats.  I didn’t have any issues getting the glitter to cover and spread across the whole nail.  The drying seemed quicker than average, but you’ll definitely want a shiny top coat on this.  If you don’t want to feel the bumps of glitter, opt for a thicker one, too.   I typically get a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann polishes (using Zoya Anchor and Armor as base/top coats).

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Lady Sings the Blues

A+
I don't have anything like it in my stash, which makes me like all the more. The formula is easy to work with, applies beautifully, and the final result should work well on all skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011


China Glaze Oxidized Aqua Metal Crackle Glaze over Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes

For summer, China Glaze has six new Crackle Glazes–this time in metallic finishes. The six shades include: Cracked Medallion (Bold bronze), Haute Metal (pale pink), Latticed Lilac (soft lavender), Oxidized Aqua (deep aquamarine blue), Platinum Pieces (shimmering silver), and Tarnished Gold (warm, honeyed hue). These will be available in late June/early July.

China Glaze recommends using a lighter coat of polish for a “fine crackle” while a thicker coat will give a “deep shatter effect.” I found the formula on these to be thicker rather than thinner, and it was far easier to do one thicker coat than doing a thin coat. I tried a few times, and the best part about the crackle trend is well, they’re not clean. Messy is totally okay. Normally, if you did a thin coat and it was a little wonky and uneven, you’d have issues, but with these, it won’t be noticeable once it crackles!

These will dry mostly matte, so you’ll want to use a shiny top coat (I used Nubar’s Diamont for all swatches, except Cracked Medallion). I prefer using a thicker top coat, too, just to give a smoother feel on the actual nail. I tried to use different finishes for the base colors, from cream to jelly to shimmer to glitter. It seemed like the Metal Crackle Glaze worked about the same across the finishes. It is best to wait until your base color has dried before applying the crackle coat, though, because it may pull at the base color and give it a sheerer look (I didn’t quite wait long enough before applying Latticed Lilac, for example).

  • Cracked Medallion is a burnished, copper-flecked gold. I wore it over Becca’s Tangerine Dream, which is a coral-orange.
  • Haute Metal is a mauve-tinted pink with silver and pink metallic shimmer. I wore it over Butter London’s Branwen’s Feather, which is a deep, dark plum purple.
  • Latticed Lilac is a silvered lilac splashed with violet and silver shimmer. I wore it over Deborah Lippmann’s I Know What Boys Like, which is a medium-dark indigo blue jelly.
  • Oxidized Aqua is a silver shimmered aquamarine. I wore it over Deborah Lippmann’s Lady Sings the Blues, which is an inky blackened blue with hexagonal glitter.
  • Platinum Pieces is a medium-dark silver with silver shimmer. I wore it over Butter London Thames, which is a medium-dark green-leaning teal with metallic shimmer.
  • Tarnished Gold is a medium-dark yellow gold. I wore it over Butter London’s British Racing Green, a rich, deep dark hunter green.

I’ve only been testing the wear for a day and half or so, as these just arrived. Based on my experience with China Glaze’s polishes, including their original Crackle Glaze polishes, I’m expecting normal wear (seven days with minor tip wear). If wear falls below that, I will revise the review to reflect that.

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China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes Swatches, Photos, Review

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These are more forgiving than the cream Crackle Glazes and easier to use as well. I find that what makes or breaks the crackle look is the base color, because you can really have fun with the color combinations--and that's what makes a crackle look "cool" to me.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011


China Glaze Tarnished Gold Metal Crackle Glaze over Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

Sneak Peek: China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes

Will have a full review and photos up a little later today, but I figured you’d want to see some swatches ASAP! :)

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid violet,” which is an accurate depiction of this shade.  It has a cream finish, applies opaque in two coats, and has a slightly jelly-like quality to me.  In some lighting, it seems like a red-based purple, but then in other lighting, it seems more blue-based.  Purple Haze’s formula was impeccable–even flow, not too thick or thin, and no bubbling.  I typically get a full week of wear with RBL’s formula.

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Purple Haze

A+
The formula was so flawless--I felt like it was foolproof to apply, because it required no trickery or even patience to get just right.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, May 30th, 2011

Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer
Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer

Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer

Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “true teal.”  It reads more blue than teal on me; at best, it is a bluish teal.  At some angles, I can kind of go with teal being the dominant color, but then in most lighting, it looks like a slightly dusty blue with a touch of teal.  What do you think? It seems like teal is a rather subjective color.  My initial reaction to this is to say blue, and I’m a gal who likes her teals!  I feel like it’s similar to ORLY Bailamos but Artful Dodger is bluer.  I’m taking off a point for pigmentation, because I don’t think this matches the description as well as it should.

It’s a beautiful cream finished polish that’s opaque in two coats (one is almost enough).   Butter London’s formula on this one has a really even flow, smooth application, and drying time wasn’t long at all.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

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Artful Dodger

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It's no doubt a pretty shade even if it doesn't seem to be a true teal. The coverage is opaque in two coats and has a really easy-to-apply formula.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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