Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer
Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer

Too Many Dupes to Put Up with Streaks

Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, eggplant, shade of purple.” It’s a deep, dark burgundy with hints of purple. China Glaze Urban-Night is lighter, purpler. Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche is cooler-toned, purpler. Guerlain Lou-Ling is lighter. MAC Blueblood is very comparable. China Glaze Velvet Bow is redder. MAC Purple Majesty is very similar. Urban Decay Wrecked is also similar. Zoya Anja is a smidgen lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter is lighter.

The color was mostly opaque after two coats, but the application was streaky, so without a really thick second coat, you could still see some of the streaks (like on my middle finger).  The formula was a little thin in consistency, though I did not have problems with it bubbling or pooling.  I typically see a week of wear with Color Club’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (without a base/top coat).  Sometimes one might be willing to put up with a less-than-stellar application for a more unique color, but Fashion Moment is incredibly dupable, so it’s hard to overlook.

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Fashion Moment

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Sometimes one might be willing to put up with a less-than-stellar application for a more unique color, but Fashion Moment is incredibly dupable, so it's hard to overlook.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, November 16th, 2012

Color Club Show Time Nail Lacquer
Color Club Show Time Nail Lacquer

Baby, It’s Show Time!

Color Club Show Time Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark gray metallic.” It’s a rich, dark charcoal gray-black with silver-gray and icy teal shimmer. It’s close to being black, but there’s enough lightness in it that when paired with the gray shimmer, makes it look not-quite-black. Chanel Storm is a bit lighter and the shimmer is much more subdued. Nubar Midnight is matte in finish, and it has a lighter gray base color.  Neither is all that similar to Show Time, though.

It’s opaque in two coats, and the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any trouble applying it.  The polish flowed evenly across the nail without streaking or bubbling.  It dried down in about the average time, but it’s forgiving if you start applying the second coat while the first is still drying down.  I typically get a week of wear out of Color Club’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Show Time

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Almost black but not quite, Show Time is still dramatic and interesting. Even though it's metallic, you really don't see any brush strokes, which is quite the feat.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Color Club First Looks Nail Lacquer
Color Club First Looks Nail Lacquer

How Deep is Your Navy Blue?

Color Club First Looks Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue green metallic.” This is an incredibly rich, inky blackened navy blue with bluish-teal micro-shimmer. The way the shimmer is catches the light makes the polish look like it’s glowing on the nails. NARS Night Flight has larger blue shimmer. MAC Biker Blue is bluer with larger shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Under the Stars has much larger shimmer (more like particle glitter) that is sparse.

It’s completely opaque after two coats. The formula was not too thick or too thin, so it leveled and applied evenly and easily without pooling along the edges. The drying time was about average, but it did have a natural shine to the dried result.  As you can see from this week, I’ve been doing some wear-testing of Color Club polishes, and First Looks was another one I specifically tested for wear.  It wore for a full seven days without chipping and only had minor tip wear at the end of the week.

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First Looks

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I love the richness of this shade--it's blackened blue without being all black in lower lighting. I love a dark color that is noticeably not-black even if the sun isn't shining directly on it!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer
Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer

Add This Duochrome to Your Nail Portfolio

Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple duochrome.” It flashes from violet purple to aqua-green. The duochrome is incredibly present and noticeable. I don’t have it, but Zoya Adina seems like it would be similar, perhaps a bit lighter. Initially, my mind went to Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, but it’s definitely a pinker purple with more of a blue shimmer.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was a breeze to work with; not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and fluidly without overflowing along the edges. I tested this shade specifically for wear, and it wore for a fully seven days with minor tip wear but no chips. There are some visible brush strokes in the finish, which is as anticipated, but may be a deal-breaker for you.  I think the strength of the duochrome might sway you, though ;)

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Portfolio

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This is a duochrome combination that I haven't seen half a dozen times or more, and the duochrome itself is particularly strong and noticeable with this shade. It's also opaque in two coats, and it had a great consistency.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Color Club Editorial Nail Lacquer
Color Club Editorial Nail Lacquer

The Beauty of Duochromes

Color Club Editorial Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “peridot duochrome.” It’s a yellowy, dirty gold with brown and green in it that flashes from gold to grass green. It is, not surprisingly, a dupe for Chanel Peridot. The also recently-released China Glaze Rare & Radiant is rather similar as well (to be reviewed). Ozotic #507 is a bit darker, more green to blue than gold to green.

The formula on this was just right–not too thick or too thin–and it waso paque after two coats.  It has a frosted, metallic finish, so there are some minor brush strokes visible under brighter light.  They are the type that tends to add to the finish, rather than take away.  They apply straight and don’t go all wonky.  This was actually one of the shades from the fall launch that I test-drove for wear, and it lasted a full seven days without chipping and only had minor tip wear.  This was true whether I used a base/top coat or just applied to bare nails.  I will warn you that next to nothing chips on me, though.

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Editorial

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If you've always wanted Chanel's Peridot, this is a more affordable alternative that wears and applies just as nicely.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer ($6.67 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver and purple hex glitter.” The description is really dead-on; it’s silver and magenta purple hexagonal glitter pieces. Both have a fairly metallic/mirror-like finish. The glitter is then suspended in a thick, clear base.  I couldn’t think of anything similar for comparison.

On one hand, I think this looks pretty spectacular, if only because it’s 3D and unlike other polishes I own, but on the other hand, it wears terribly (the glitter flakes off, even if you layer two top coats on top), because the hexagonal glitter particles are curved right around the edges. They just don’t stay put. Application requires significant patience and effort; this is not a quickie polish at all. You have to apply a blob of polish (the consistency is quite thick) and then use the brush to pull out the polish and push and pull the glitters into place. I showed three coats, just so you could see how “opaque” it could get.

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Backstage Pass

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This is just one of those products where you have to decide whether the effect/shade is worth all the trouble it takes to overcome the drawbacks from the application and consistency.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

1/5

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