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Nails Inc. Connaught Square Nail Lacquer


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.

Nails Inc. Nail Polish Connaught Square
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
86%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #402 Gloss d’Armani


Giorgio Armani #402 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #402 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #402 Gloss d’Armani ($28.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is an orange-red with lots of gold shimmer. When worn, it’s semi-opaque–there is a translucency that allows the natural lip color to peek through, but the gloss imparts a fair amount of color. For those with more pigmented lips, it will likely brighten and enhance but provide seemingly sheerer coverage. It’s not quite as red as Chantecaille Glaze. It is rather similar to Hourglass Primal. Chanel Imaginaire is similar but doesn’t have the gold shimmer.

Gloss d’Armani is supposed to last for eight hours (without fading), be moisturizing, and have a smooth, non-sticky texture. Color payoff is indeterminant, because on one hand, Giorgio Armani says “concentrated, high definition color” but then later describes some shades as “sheer chiffon.” For a more in-depth review of Gloss d’Armani, please read my original review here.

Even though I can’t say I’ve experienced the full eight-hour wear Giorgio Armani claims, I do get an impressive five to six hours of wear with every shade I’ve reviewed so far (I think we’re up to three–two more pigmented shades, one sheer shade). #502 wears a solid six hours, but if you desire a really glossy shine, you’ll need to refresh the shine after three hours or so.

The gloss starts off as almost gel-like and non-sticky, but over time, it gets tackier and tackier. It’s not thick and sticky, but I wouldn’t describe it as non-sticky. The initial non-sticky phase allows for the gloss to be evenly distributed across the lips without becoming splotchy, though. I didn’t detect any fragrance or scent.

Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani #402
#402
#402
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

Dior Fall 2011 Nail Bar Collection


Dior Fall 2011 Nail Bar Collection

Never before has the color of the new Dior Vernis displayed such lacquered and vibrant shine! A cocktail of shine and sarkle amplifying active ingredients directs pigments and pearly particles to enhance light reflection tenfold.

Le Vernis ($22.00) (Permanent)

  • Safari Beige (219) Nude
  • Pink Icing (253) Pink with shimmer
  • Pink Kimono (483) Bright pink
  • Psychedelic Orange (545) Orange
  • Graphic Berry (671) Berry
  • Perfecto (804) Gray
  • Massai Red (853) Red
  • New World Purple (886) Purple with shimmer
  • Purple Revolution (906) Purple

Rock Coat Topcoat ($19.50)

Rock Coat, the ultimate smoky topcoat. As a topcoat, its semi-transparent black formula coats varnish with a veil of smoky lacquer, extending wear and increasing shine. Your nail varnish takes on an enigmatic ‘rock’ look. How to use: Apply one coat over dry nail varnish. For best results, use Rock Coat with darker shades.

Vernis Top Coat ($19.00)

Sets, speed-dries and protects nail enamel, increasing its staying power and shine. Beauty tip: Apply in a fine coat over dry enamel.

Diorlisse Ridge Filler for Nails ($21.00)

  • Petal Pink (500)

Creme Abricot Nail Cream ($23.50)

An extremely effective cream that encourages nail growth and improves resistance. Beauty tip: Apply in the evening, gently massaging into the nail. Allow to penetrate overnight.

availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette


theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

TheBalm proudly introduces Meet Matt(e), a shadow palette that will meet all of your matte needs! The nine shadows found in this compact palette (named after our favorite Matthews next door) can be combined to create a multitude of soft and wearable looks. In the daytime, choose more neutral shades to seamlessly blend together, enhance your eyes, and compliment your complexion. In the evening, create a sultry, smoky eye by concentrating the velvety, rich colors at the lash line and blend towards the crease. Meet Matt(e) offers the best in matte color, versatility, and convenience.

Meet Matt(e) is the perfect portable size. This palette can be easily tucked into a makeup bag for the gym, in the top drawer of your desk, or even the tiniest evening clutch. You can take him anywhere!

availability: theBalm, $34.50

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