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Archive for July, 2012

Cult Nails Enticing and comparisons

I’ve been meaning to get this post up for a while and finally here it is. This is Enticing from Cult Nails’ second-to-last collection, Divas and Drama. I took these photos when the collection was just released, so you can see why I say “finally” since a whole other collection has come out since then!

Cult Nails Enticing

I used a base of Milani Smoothe ridge-filling base coat, then two thick coats of Enticing. I didn’t have any problems with streaks applying this way.

Cult Nails Enticing

As you can see it’s a pale milky pink with fleck-type shimmer in it, and is somewhat jellyish.

Cult Nails Enticing

I have the other polishes in this collection as well but haven’t swatched them yet (strangely enough, in a collection with a coral, a minty blue, and a flakie, the first one I wore was the less-exciting sheer pale pink!)

Cult Nails Enticing

These photos are all taken in sunlight.

Cult Nails Enticing

I compared Enticing to other pale pink polishes that I have, from left, Kleancolor Sheer Pastel Pink, China Glaze Encouragement, Cult Nails Enticing, Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love, and Zoya Audrey.

Left to right: Kleancolor Sheer Pastel Pink, China Glaze Encouragement, Cult Nails Enticing, Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love, Zoya Audrey

Thumb to pinkie (left to right): Kleancolor Sheer Pastel Pink, Left to right: Kleancolor Sheer Pastel Pink, China Glaze Encouragement, Cult Nails Enticing, Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love, Zoya Audrey

Kleancolor Sheer Pastel Pink, on my thumb, is much more of a bubblegum shade than the others. The other polishes, index to pinkie, follow the same order as the bottle pic: China Glaze Encouragement, Cult Nails Enticing, Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love, Zoya Audrey. Each swatch is two thick-ish coats over Milani Smoothe.

Index to pinkie (top to bottom): China Glaze Encouragement, Cult Nails Enticing, Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love, Zoya Audrey

The base colour of the China Glaze, Cult Nails, and Nicole are very similar, but the shimmer and application distinguish them. China Glaze has shimmer that is coarser than Enticing, while Nicole has coarser shimmer that is actually blue, although that doesn’t always show up very obviously on the nails. In terms of application, the Nicole polish was the streakiest/most prone to bald spots of these three, followed by the China Glaze, and the Cult Nails polish had the least-streaky application.

Index to pinkie (top to bottom): China Glaze Encouragement, Cult Nails Enticing, Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love, Zoya Audrey

Zoya Audrey, on my pinkie, is a warmer shade of pink than the other three. This polish came from one of Zoya’s two limited edition New York Fashion Week trios that came out a few months ago, this one being the Peter Som trio, so it isn’t readily available anymore as far as I know. It’s also a little streaky on application.

Index to pinkie (top to bottom): China Glaze Encouragement, Cult Nails Enticing, Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love, Zoya Audrey

So there you go, in terms of formula the Cult Nails polish is the clear winner here, although I do prefer the blue shimmer in the Nicole polish. Just wish there was more of it so that it’d be more visible, and that the formula was more like Cult Nails’!

At any rate, Enticing is a great choice if you’re in the market for a milky pale pink with a bit of shimmer. Hopefully I’ll get to swatch the rest of the Divas and Drama collection soon (adding it to the long list of swatches and comparisons that I want to get around to “really soon”! haha)

China Glaze He’s Going in Circles

Just a quick post to show some pics of another great holo; this one is He’s Going in Circles from China Glaze’s (limited edition, unfortunately) Kaleidoscope collection of a few years back. It’s a great minty green scattered holo polish; actually what I would probably call semi-linear since it does give off a somewhat linear rainbow effect made up of scattered sparkles. These photos show two coats with top coat (OPI’s DS topcoat). Nothing to mention about the formula other than it’s one of those formulas of the smooth, perfect and easy to apply holo variety. It’s discontinued but it can often be found on ebay or from blogsales for a not-too-crazy price, generally in the 12-15$ range. Shown in full sun.

China Glaze He's Going in Circles

China Glaze He's Going in Circles

China Glaze He's Going in Circles

China Glaze He's Going in Circles

China Glaze He's Going in Circles

China Glaze He's Going in Circles

China Glaze He's Going in Circles

China Glaze He's Going in Circles

China Glaze He's Going in Circles