Thursday, May 26th, 2011

5 Great Teal Nail Lacquers

I had a reader request for five picks for teal nail polishes, so here are my five — a couple of these are limited edition, I believe, but they’re still available from major retailers like Sally’s and ULTA (I checked!). I have to do a legit post on China Glaze For Audrey (I swear, I thought I did one), but I do have a couple of swatches of it in a comparison photo (to Chanel Nouvelle Vague, which was a great teal, but it is gone now, which is what is pictured – China Glaze on the thumb and pinky).

What’s your favorite teal polish?

Thursday, April 8th, 2010


Orly Nail Lacquer: Ole, La Playa, Bailamos, Fiesta

Orly Viva Collection for Summer 2010

Viva is a short and sweet lacquer collection featuring four bold, summer-ready shades. The formula on all four shades was excellent — thin enough that it wasn’t goopy or hard to work with, but the formula was richly pigmented. You could do just two coats on all of these shades, but I did three because that’s my style :) These were easy to work with and required no trickery or playing around to get a smooth, even application. I also love Orly’s rubber-grip bottles, because it makes it easier for me to hold onto the polish when applying!

  • Ole is a vibrant orange cream with just a hint of redness in it, but it’s still very much an orange. It’s not neon or construction orange, because it’s much, much deeper. This easily goes opaque in two coats, though the swatches feature three.
  • La Playa is a darkened navy blue cream. It has a very glossy finish on its own, and it’s quite pigmented. This had the thinnest consistency, but I had no troubles with it. It applied evenly and smoothly, and this one could get nearly opaque with two coats, but I did three just for good measure. It’s a very inky blue.
  • Bailamos is a teal-shimmered turquoise-blue. This is exactly what I think of when it comes to summer–lots and lots of aqua, teal, and turquoise. Two coats and it’s opaque, but the swatches are with three, for reference.
  • Fiesta is a bright medium pink with iridescent pink sparkle. It’s a fun, totally-pefect-pink for summer kind of shade. I think this would look particularly fitting on summer toes.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation:  If you love bolder, vibrant shades for summer nails, Orly’s Viva Collection offers an excellent formula in four fun-for-summer shades.

Availability: Orly in May 2010

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