Zoya Gretchen is a nude-ish brownish dusty rose kind of colour that I applied here in two coats (plus top coat). The accent nail is two coats of Femme Fatale Heart’s Desires, a very unique mauve-ish dusty rose base filled with red-gold-green flakies and tiny red holo microglitter sparks. Photos with flash.
The next day I added two coats of Heart’s Desires overtop of Gretchen and stamped on the accent nail using Kleancolor Metallic Green and an image from Hehe-024. The combo of Heart’s Desires plus green made the accent nail look kind of orange overall!
Here’s the reason I bought Zoya Gretchen – former feral kitty Gretchen! She’s a torbie (brown tabby with some orange tabby patches), although it doesn’t really show in these photos.
Gretchen actually doesn’t really get along very well with a lot of the cats, but there are a few she likes. Here she is cuddled up and spooning with Tex! <3<3<3
This pretty light rosy taupe nude shade is Black Dahlia Lacquer New Dawn.
It’s full of holo microglitter, turquoise glass fleck, and pink-purple-blue shifting microflakies.
I used two coats plus top coat.
In the shade:
I did a comparison with a couple of polishes that aren’t really that close, heheh. Index finger is Ruby White Tips Kim and ring finger is Maya Cosmetics Vintage.
(Top to bottom: RWT Kim, BDL New Dawn, Maya Vintage, BDL New Dawn)
Kim is pinker and has very subtle scattered holo particles (not microglitter like New Dawn). Vintage is a much darker dusty rose-mauve and also has holo particles as opposed to microglitter.
(Left to right: RWT Kim, BDL New Dawn, Maya Vintage, BDL New Dawn)
Edit: Laura of Ruby White Tips has commented below that she’s currently got a 20% off code good for all Ruby White Tips polishes, please scroll down to the comments for the code and link to her store if you’re interested in Kim or any of her other polishes. You can see some of her other shades that I’ve posted about before by checking out my brand Category “Ruby White Tips”. 🙂
Now, let me start by saying that I totally blame Sandra of Finger Candy for my purchasing Different Dimension’s Luminosity, since I just had to buy it after she shared photos of it some months ago. Adding Light Year and *ahem* several more of its sibling polishes to my order, well, I guess that’s all on me! 😉
Luminosity is a mauve-leaning pinky purple with lots of gold glass fleck, my kind of polish! (Hence, why I bought most of the other similar glass-flecked polishes from that collection, too!) I used three coats plus topcoat here (although the third probably wasn’t strictly necessary).
Light Year is one of the other polishes I got; it’s a dusty olive/sage green with the same gold glass-fleck shimmer. I also used three coats plus top coat here.
Love these! And I should really get around to wearing the others I got from the collection…
I’ve got a great polish to show you today: Kim by Ruby White Tips! I recently made my first real Indie polish purchase on Etsy, when I noticed that Laura, the creator of Ruby White Tips, advertises that all her polishes are vegan!
Kim is a beautiful nude creme with subtle holo. It’s a rose-beige-mauve nude shade; at least on my skin tone it leans mauve but I’ve seen some other swatch photos where it looks more beige.
I used two coats over ridge filler, three coats on my middle finger though, because I smudged the tip. You can see that the colour became a bit deeper at three coats; two was perfect for coverage though.
The formula was smooth but a little thick, although the thickness probably had something to do with the heat and humidity the day I wore it!
I love this polish!
I’ve got some more Ruby White Tips polishes to post about as well, so that should be coming soon.
Ruby White Tips can be found at http://www.rubywhitetips.com/ 🙂
This amazing polish is Nicole by OPI Just Busta Mauve, which I haven’t seen for sale here in Canada (it’s supposed to be exclusive to Target stores and we don’t have those yet), but I was able to get with the help of someone having a blogsale! (Thanks again, Amy! :))
Shown are three coats plus a layer of topcoat; the polish is slightly sheer to allow the duochrome iridescent shimmer to show through.
I recommend waiting a minute between coats to avoid any balder spots near the cuticle, but other than that the formula was good!
These photos are in natural light, various degrees of shade/partial sun.
I love the finish on this polish! As you can see, there are a whole lot of colours in the flecked/foily particles: mauve, blue, copper, pink, plum, and a lovely warm golden orange colour shift at an angle. It’s the kind of polish that doesn’t really belong to just one colour family!
There are two other polishes in this release that have a similar finish, and I’ll be posting those at a later date. 😀
Two more shades in my project to photograph all my Soulstice polishes! Which is finished by the way, but most of them still need editing and uploading.
This is Prague, a very fall-appropriate dusty brick/burnt orange creme-based shade with mauve undertones and fine silver shimmer that falls somewhere between pearl and frost.
I used two coats here, and the formula was thin but smooth.
I love this colour! Here it is in the shade:
Next is Kauai, a pinkish strawberry shade with silvery microglitter-type shimmer that even looks good at one coat:
Here it is at two coats in the following picture, looking like a delicious strawberry!
The formula on Kauai was a little thicker than Prague’s, and was excellent. I swatched it without basecoat and I’d say this one is a potential stainer, so be sure to use a good basecoat!
In the shade:
More Soulstice swatches to come soon!
Today I’ve got a couple of polishes I’d like to share, and a nail art combo using both that got ruined because I was forgetful! More on that later!
First is Zoya Natalie, an orangey brown shade with a bit of a dusty mauve undertone. I really like this! Two coats, great formula.
Next up, SpaRitual Savoir Faire – an old-fashioned looking dusty pink-mauve that I wouldn’t have given a second look not long ago! As it is, I only got it because it was part of a good deal on a set of five SpaRituals, but now that I’ve tried it I kind of like it. I guess I’m branching out into shades I didn’t like before! I like that it’s a relatively light, conservative pink that I actually don’t hate on my skin tone! This is two coats; formula was also great.
Now here is the mani I did using both of those polishes plus Zoya Flowie, which is similar to Natalie but much lighter and less orange. I had on Savoir Faire, and then used French tip guide stickers midway up each nail and painted Natalie above the stickers, Flowie below on the tips. I like the combination of all these dusty rosy-undertoned shades.
The unfortunate part happened after I used Zoya’s drying drops to dry the polish before peeling off the stickers. I waited a few minutes, intending to wash off the residue from the drying drops before applying top coat, but I got distracted by something else and by the time I finished waiting I had forgotten all about rinsing first! So I put on the top coat which turned all cloudy around the edges because it was being applied overtop of drying drops! Oooops, haha! Hence the “what not to do” part of the post title. It’s more visible on the large version of the photos so you may want to click on them if you want to see the icky cloudy ring-around-the-polish. So there is my manicure advice for today; don’t do what I did! 😀
A quick post today to show you OPI DS Tapestry, #29 in their designer series line (one of the later ones, so I think it’s still relatively easy to find compared to the original DS releases!). It’s a very nice scattered holo in a rusty medium red with orange and rosy brown undertones – I’d call it a true brick colour. Apparently OPI calls it a “dazzling deep rose”; I have to disagree. Anyway, this is two coats, and the formula is wonderful as is usual for DS holos.
Indoors (under halogen light):
And sunlight again: