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Archive for November, 2013

Zoya Ziv, Orly Flare and comparisons

I’ve got a couple of gold polishes from last year for you today, along with a comparison!

First is Zoya Ziv, a foil finish combining fairly neutral gold flecks with warmer, brassy gold flecks.

Zoya Ziv

It’s a bit sheer, so this was three coats. It has a nice foil formula, although it did threaten to drip down the brush stem on me.

Zoya Ziv

Next is Orly Flare, a more metallic finish warm gold shade.

Orly Flare

This is also three coats, but it was a bit less sheer than Ziv. Also was a bit drippy down the brush stem (something about the air that day??).

Orly Flare

The comparison shows three coats each of Ziv, Flare, Sparitual Solstice (which is identical to Orly Glitz and Glamour), and OPI Goldeneye.

Index to pinkie: Zoya Ziv, Orly Flare, Sparitual Solstice, OPI Goldeneye.

Index to pinkie: Zoya Ziv, Orly Flare, Sparitual Solstice, OPI Goldeneye.

Goldeneye and Solstice are the most similar of the four, but Goldeneye is more sheer.

Index to pinkie: Zoya Ziv, Orly Flare, Sparitual Solstice, OPI Goldeneye.

Index to pinkie: Zoya Ziv, Orly Flare, Sparitual Solstice, OPI Goldeneye.

Flare is fairly similar in colour to those two, but not in finish.

Index to pinkie: Zoya Ziv, Orly Flare, Sparitual Solstice, OPI Goldeneye.

Index to pinkie: Zoya Ziv, Orly Flare, Sparitual Solstice, OPI Goldeneye.

Kunimitsu Chocolate Point Siamese and Cinnamon Raisin

Kunimitsu Nail Potions is a new-to-me indie brand sold on Etsy, that I just recently learned makes vegan-only polishes (and lip glosses too!). A bunch of the polishes are inspired by cats, and the brand name is in memory of one of the creator’s cats. All these photos are taken with flash and under the Ott lite, since it was dark out.

Kunimitsu Chocolate Point Siamese and Cinnamon Raisin

These two polishes are Chocolate Point Siamese and Cinnamon Raisin (the ring finger accent). I thought they complemented each other really well, having the same base colour but with different glitters.

Kunimitsu Chocolate Point Siamese and Cinnamon Raisin

Chocolate Point Siamese is a nude beige slightly shimmery base with brown and holo light blue medium hex glitter, very small brown glitter, and tiny gold sparkles. Cinnamon Raisin has the same base and the two sizes of brown glitter, but also purple and lilac medium hexes and small gold hexes. They both seem to have some holo microglitter in there too, but it’s sort of hard to tell! But there are tiny little flashes of holo-looking sparkle sometimes.

Kunimitsu Chocolate Point Siamese and Cinnamon Raisin

Shown are two coats of each polish, and I found they covered well and the base was smooth. I did have to do some shaking and tilting of the bottle to get out a good amount of glitter, and do some dabbing to distribute it where I wanted it.

Kunimitsu Chocolate Point Siamese and Cinnamon Raisin

Drying time was very good! All photos do include a layer of topcoat. Overall I’m really impressed with these and looking forward to trying the others I got!

Don’t you love the awkward hand pose clutching two mini bottles? Haha 😀

Kunimitsu Chocolate Point Siamese and Cinnamon Raisin

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

Pretty Serious is a small brand from Australia that makes vegan polishes and cosmetics. I have a few of their polishes but this is the first one I’ve photographed.

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

Seasonal Sunset is a dark burnt orange jelly base that leans a little brown, with tons of gold and orange glitter in it. My kind of colour!

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

Two coats used, and the formula was great.

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

I love it!! And it’s quite unique; I don’t think I have anything else like it!

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

Zoya Aurora and Orly Miss Conduct

I thought these two scattered holos went together very well; the purple is Zoya Aurora and the fuchsia is Orly Miss Conduct. These photos are from last fall and I’m not positive how many coats of polish I used – I think it was two for Aurora, and one for Miss Conduct. Both have excellent formulas!

Zoya Aurora and Orly Miss Conduct

Zoya Aurora and Orly Miss Conduct

Zoya Aurora and Orly Miss Conduct

Zoya Aurora and Orly Miss Conduct

Picture Polish Lagoon

Three Picture Polish posts in a row? Why not! And this one is my favourite polish of the three. 😀

Picture Polish Lagoon

Lagoon is a turquoise jelly polish with scattered holo particles and medium sized turquoise holo hex glitter. Shown above with flash, and in natural light for most of the other photos.

Picture Polish Lagoon

Two coats and no complaints about the formula! It was slightly thick but easily spreadable and self-leveling.

Picture Polish Lagoon

Love, love, love. This one will definitely make my list of favourite polishes released this year!

Picture Polish Lagoon

Another photo with flash:

Picture Polish Lagoon

Picture Polish Electric Dream

Today’s Picture Polish beauty is Electric Dream!

Picture Polish Electric Dream

Electric Dream is a coral-leaning pink with fine gold shimmer and scattered holo particles.

Picture Polish Electric Dream

Shown are two coats. The formula was thicker than Shy Violet’s but in a good way; it was quite easy to handle.

Picture Polish Electric Dream

I love the gold shimmer, it just makes this polish extra special!

Picture Polish Electric Dream

This polish is a collaboration with Nail Polish Anon blog. Love it!

Picture Polish Electric Dream

Picture Polish Shy Violet

Picture Polish Shy Violet is a warm, medium purple jelly with sparse scattered holo particles. It’s a fairly sheer jelly, and here it is first at two coats.

Picture Polish Shy Violet, one coat

Picture Polish Shy Violet, one coat

Since that was a little patchy, I added a third coat. Even with three coats, it dried very quickly!

Picture Polish Shy Violet

This is part of Picture Polish’s blogger collaboration series, this one was created with Glam Polish blog. Great polish shade!

Picture Polish Shy Violet