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Archive for April, 2012

A-England Dragon

I have another amazing holo from a-England’s Legend collection to show you today! This is Dragon, a medium green scattered holo with a bit of a gold duochrome flash to it as well. Gorgeous! Like the other shades I have from this collection, Dragon’s formula is super-smooth, very easy to apply and dries very quickly. On to the photos! This is two coats, although one thick coat would probably be enough since this polish is very pigmented. Shown in full sunlight.

a-England Dragon

a-England Dragon

a-England Dragon

a-England Dragon

a-England Dragon

a-England Dragon

a-England Dragon

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LA Girl Chromium Green

LA Girl Chromium Green

Today I have a polish from the LA Girl Metals collection to show you. This is Chromium Green, a greenish turquoise foil polish. These overcast photos make it look bluer than it really is, although only a little – I don’t think I would have named it “Green” myself, it’s really more of a turquoise or aqua.

LA Girl Chromium Green

The formula on this is beautiful, easy to apply. Shown are two coats in overcast natural light.

LA Girl Chromium Green

The only hassle with this is that on removal you tend to get little silvery foil bits stuck to your fingers, the usual hazard of foil polishes! But washing hands after removal will generally take care of them. 🙂

LA Girl Chromium Green

OPI Pedal Faster Suzi

I’ve been on a big pink kick lately, not sure how that happened! I decided to give light pinks another chance and determined that I don’t really hate them all on my skin tone like I used to!

This one is OPI Pedal Faster Suzi from the spring Holland collection. Silly name (why does Suzi need to name so many polishes after herself?!), pretty colour. It’s a light-medium pink, not too bright but not dusty either, with silver shimmer flecks that sparkle blue and pink in the light, which you can see if you enlarge the third photo. Shown are two coats. It has a nice formula with no application problems.

OPI Pedal Faster Suzi

OPI Pedal Faster Suzi

OPI Pedal Faster Suzi

OPI Pedal Faster Suzi

OPI Pedal Faster Suzi

OPI My Pointe Exactly

This polish is OPI My Pointe Exactly, from their new NYC Ballet collection of sheer pastel jellies. It’s a lovely light grey jelly shade with a fairly smooth formula. I did still have some issues with streakiness, but the ridge filler I used was giving me some trouble so that was likely a contributing factor. It was a bottle of Milani Smoothe that is getting close to empty and seems to be causing bubbles. I probably need to add more thinner and wait longer for it to dry before applying polish… I honestly can’t remember now if this ended up being three or four coats of My Pointe Exactly, but I really like the result.

OPI My Pointe Exactly

OPI My Pointe Exactly

OPI My Pointe Exactly

I recently heard a tip for applying these types of polishes without streaks; It consists of applying a quick dry top coat over the first coat of colour, waiting for it to dry completely, then adding a second coat of colour and top coat as usual. It apparently lets you apply sheers and pastels using only two coats rather than 3 or 4 to even out streaks. I’ll have to try this next time. It should be especially helpful in keeping it looking like a translucent jelly (personally, I really like the translucent jelly look, although I know some people hate being able to see their nail line through the polish). This is the only shade I have from this collection so far, it’s the most unique of them and the one that initially spoke to me, but that might change sooner or later…

FingerPaints Lemon Sour

Lemon Sour is another polish from Finger Paints’ spring collection, Gumdrops and Lollipops. It’s a pretty pastel yellow creme.

Finger Paints Lemon Sour

Shown here are three coats in full sunlight. Most pastel yellows are quite streaky; this one is better than average on that front. I would have been happy with it at two coats for everyday wear, but since I was photographing it I added the third just to make sure there were no thin spots showing through. The polish was well-pigmented like Finger Paints cremes tend to be, and it also felt a little bit too thick – I think it will benefit from some polish thinner next time I use it.

Finger Paints Lemon Sour

I’ve accumulated a little collection of very similar pastels yellow shades in the search for the ones with the best formulas; I’ll have to do a pastel yellow comparison post soon!

Finger Paints Lemon Sour

Color Club Metamorphosis and comparison

Today I have Color Club Metamorphosis to show you, and a comparison to Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus which I previously blogged about here. These two are very close dupes!

Metamorphosis is from Color Club’s recently released Take Wing collection for summer 2012. It’s a teal glass-fleck with blue/violet duochrome.

Here it is at two coats in natural overcast light. Formula was great.

Color Club Metamorphosis

Color Club Metamorphosis

Color Club Metamorphosis

And here are the two polishes side-by-side in the bottle.

Color Club Metamorphosis and Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus

On the nail, two coats each. Index and ring are Metamorphosis, middle and pinky are Iceberg Lotus. The only difference I saw is that Metamorphosis is slightly denser/more opaque.

Color Club Metamorphosis and Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus

Color Club Metamorphosis and Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus

Two coats each over one coat of Kleancolor Black, again index and ring are Metamorphosis, middle and pinky are Iceberg Lotus. It doesn’t really show in the pictures, but Iceberg Lotus seemed to show very slightly more duochrome, probably because it’s slightly more sheer.

Color Club Metamorphosis and Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus, over black

Color Club Metamorphosis and Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus, over black

Color Club Metamorphosis and Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus, over black

Color Club Metamorphosis and Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus, over black

So there you have it; I’d say these are definitely dupes! Good thing they’re awesome! 😀

Zoya Tamsen

Here’s another great red from Zoya! Tamsen is a warm, orange-based tomato red creme.

Zoya Tamsen

Shown are two coats in full sunlight. The formula on Tamsen is smooth and easy to work with.

Zoya Tamsen

Zoya Tamsen

In partly cloudy light:

Zoya Tamsen