Hey everyone! I am so sorry for the radio silence around here this week. I have the flu and it is the sickest I've been in years. I haven't really been out of my bed much since Thursday and I've really been unable to do any swatching. I hope things will return to normal soon, but until then, here's a giveaway for you! One lucky reader will win the entire OPI Fifty Shades of Grey collection. This giveaway is open to all readers, including international. Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Never Enough Nails is not responsible for loss or damage to the prize.
January 26, 2015
January 25, 2015
Hawaii Collection by OPI brings the fresh, bright colors of its namesake islands to nails and toes for Spring/Summer 2015. This new collection features a palette ranging from muted tones of mint, peach, pink and nude to bolder hues of coral, green, purple and gold to deep tones of mauve, violet, brick red and shimmery blue.
Hawaii Collection by OPI includes the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas:
My Gecko Does Tricks
Do You Take Lei Away?
Is Mai Tai Crooked?
Go with the Lava Flow
Aloha from OPI
Suzi Shops & Island Hops
Just Lanai-ing Around
Hello Hawaii Ya?
This Color’s Making Waves
Lost My Bikini In Molokini
Pineapples Have Peelings Too!
Hawaii nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Hawaii Collection by OPI will be available in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas beginning February 4, 2015. Nail lacquers will retail for $9.50 ($11.50 CAN) each at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, ULTA and ulta.com.
January 20, 2015
*Purchased by me*
Just a few years ago, my favorite China Glaze collections were always the fall and Halloween collections. Lately though, they've been killing it in the spring department and Spring 2015 stayed true to that game. When I saw the China Glaze Road Trip collection for the first time, I immediately NEEDED a bunch of them. I ended up ordering six polishes and I have the first three for you today. Obviously, I had to have the sunshine yellow with pretty pinkish shimmer, China Glaze Sun's Up Top Down. I love a good yellow polish and yellow with shimmer is even better. The shimmer is these polishes is very smooth and a little bit subtle. In low light, you don't see it that much, but in sunlight or brighter lighting, it just glows! The shimmer in Sun's Up Top Down is pinky gold, and it really spices up the bright egg yolk yellow.
The formula is fairly typical of a yellow polish. It tends to be streaky and it needed three coats for full opacity and evenness. The consistency of all three of these was a little thin, so I had to do some clean up. You have to be a bit cautious to avoid flooding the cuticle.
China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer is a gorgeous powder blue with delicate pinkish shimmer. This is so beautiful in person- I think the shimmer is more obvious in person. This is exactly what I want to wear on my nails in the spring. The soft baby blue is so fresh looking and the pink shimmer makes it magical. The color makes me think of the packaging for the upcoming MAC Cinderella collection (NEED! Google this right now!), so I keep relating this polish to magical fairy tales in my brain.
Dashboard Dreamer actually had the best formula of these three. This is three coats, but you definitely could get away with two. I did the third just for my camera, as I could see a bit of unevenness and didn't want it to be magnified in the pictures. This one was not as thin, so it was easier to apply. This kind of pale color can sometimes be a PITA, so I was happy to see that the formula was pretty nice!
China Glaze Pack Lightly is a pale pinky peach with pink gold shimmer. Pack Lightly manages to look bright and pastel at the same time. It's soft, but not too washed out looking. Sometimes with peach polish, it just blends too much with my skin, but this has a bit of brightness to it. Again, I think the golden shimmer is more noticeable in person.
If I was pleasantly surprised with the formula of Dashboard Dreamer, I was sadly let down by Pack Lightly. This is actually four coats of color. I did three coats and it was still very streaky looking. So I did a layer of matte top coat and then a fourth coat of color. This is a great trick to deal with streaky polishes, by the way. The first coat of Pack Lightly was also very very sheer, so you will most likely need three coats. The consistency was thin, so you will need to watch out for cuticle flooding.
*Purchased by me*
One more note about the formula of all three of these- I would wipe off the brush normally and start painting and after one or two strokes, a huge amount of polish would come rushing down from the brush handle. I tried wiping off the handle too, and it seemed to help a bit, but it still happened. I think this has to do with how thin the polishes are, the polish doesn't stay up on the plastic part, it just comes avalanching down.
I LOVE these three colors for spring. I wish that Sun's Up Top Down and Pack Lightly were less thin and streaky, but I know I will still wear them this spring because they are such gorgeous colors. I got my China Glaze Road Trip polishes on head2toebeauty.com.
January 18, 2015
*Lynnderella Flat Irony purchased by me, Nolita Lolita sent for review*
The Lynnderella Fall in Love with New York collection is definitely one of my favorite Lynnderella collections of all time. I recently got the only polish in the collection that I was missing (Nolita Lolita) and I have swatches of that and Lynnderella Flat Irony to show you today. Flat Irony is a rusty red microglitter with a kind of sheer black jellyish base. Lynnderella describes it as a "burnt red orange microglitter with a subtle blackened base". The sparkle in Flat Irony is gorgeous!! The orange-y red microglitter looks like glowing embers in the smoky black base. If the other microglitters in this collection hadn't already made me love microglitter, Flat Irony would!
This is three coats of Flat Irony with no undies. It was completely opaque in two coats, but I did a third to make sure my camera didn't cause any shenanigans. I would wear this at just two coats. I used one coat of Essie Good to Go on top and it felt smooth and glossy. The formula is probably the best of any microglitter I have tried. So easy to apply. Look at that glow!
Lynnderella Nolita Lolita was the one polish from this collection that I didn't want at first. Not that it wasn't pretty, but I just don't wear pink very much. After swatching it today, however, I immediately put it on as a full mani! This is such a pretty mix of pink glitters- pale pink satin glitters, bright pink matte glitter, metallic pink glitters, flower shapes, circles, etc.! The clear base also contains really beautiful pink shimmer that adds a lot to this glitter topper. You can see that shimmer best in the last photo taken in the shade.
This is one coat of Nolita Lolita over Nicole by OPI Something About Spring. Nolita Lolita was easy to apply with the dabbing method. It has lots of larger glitters and they were easy to get on the nail with dabbing. This is a really fun mani for the middle of January!
*Lynnderella Flat Irony purchased by me, Nolita Lolita sent for review*
Both of the Lynnderellas are in the core collection, meaning they are available for purchase right now, no bidding/auctions etc. You can find these at lynnderella.com or lynnderella.storenvy.com. For more information about Lynnderella polish and the latest collection news (here's hoping for a Valentine's Day collection!), check out Lynnderella's blog.
January 16, 2015
*Sent for review*
I have three categories of books that I typically like to read. 1. Young adult fiction, like the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books. 2. Adult action/adventure fiction with a little history/science thrown in there (think Clive Cussler, Steve Berry). 3. Cat mysteries. So it's pretty obvious that I have never read Fifty Shades of Grey, nor do I intend to see the movie. However, I can still rock the OPI Fifty Shades of Grey nail polish collection being released to tie in with the upcoming movie. First up in the collection, we have OPI My Silk Tie, a light metallic silver. My Silk Tie is a bit paler than some of the silver metallics we've seen OPI do recently. I reach for metallic silvers quite often, so I never mind having another one myself.
This is three coats of My Silk Tie. I thought it was less pigmented than OPI's other recent metallic silvers. The first coat was very sheer and I really did need the third coat for full opacity. The formula is a good consistency and easy to apply, but does have some visible brushstrokes that are hard to avoid with a metallic finish like this.
OPI Dark Side of the Mood turned out to be more unique than I was expecting. It actually has some very pretty hidden shimmer that you can see in sunlight and brighter indoor lighting! I thought it was just a dark charcoal creme, but it's a dark, almost asphalt grey with smooth ribbons of shimmer that make it more interesting.
This is three coats of Dark Side of the Mood. This also had a nice consistency and was easy to apply, but again, I felt like I needed three coats for full opacity.
OPI Romantically Involved is a lovely squishy true red creme. Heaven knows I don't ever need another red creme, especially since I only wear them around Christmas, but this one is so pretty! It's a real red, not too pink or orange leaning. And it's a creme, but it has that juicy quality that I love. If you're looking for a new red creme for Valentine's Day, you can't go wrong with this one!
This is just two coats and the formula was excellent. Really lovely to work with!
A Fifty Shades of Grey collection wouldn't be complete without some more grey cremes, and OPI Embrace the Gray is a slightly warm-toned medium grey creme. I like these warmer greys, so I am a fan of this one. It's probably not unique in my collection though.
This is three coats of Embrace the Gray. The formula was OK, but I noticed it looks a little uneven in places, almost like it didn't level out. That's strange for OPI, so it could have been my pre-coffee application skills. Any bubbles you see are from my top coat. I really need a new top coat for swatching!
OPI Cement the Deal is the lightest grey in the collection and my favorite of the three greys. It reminds me of seagulls and the beach before a storm in the summer! I can see myself wearing this pale storm cloud grey creme a lot and I might need to get a full size bottle!
This is just two coats of Cement the Deal. I was expecting to need three coats, since this was the palest of the bunch, but it was nicely pigmented! The formula was lovely too, easy to control and apply. Again, the pesky bubbles are from my top coat. I promise this is the last time that will happen. I am going shopping for a new swatching top coat ASAP.
OPI Shine For Me is a sheer silver shimmer with blue glitter that makes a gorgeous topper for any of the grey cremes in the collection! It's nicely sparkly and I love the touches of blue glitter.
This is two coats of Shine For Me over Cement the Deal. You could wear Shine For Me alone, but I think you'd still have a lot of VNL at three, even four coats. Besides, I really love how it looks over Cement the Deal! Shine For Me was really easy to apply, no placing the glitter or messing around with it.
*Sent for review*
My favorite of this collection is OPI Cement the Deal and I really like the combo of Shine For Me over Cement the Deal. Even if you are not a fan of the book, this is a nice little polish collection. If you love grey cremes like I do, it's especially nice! The OPI Fifty Shades of Grey collection is available now for a limited time at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, ULTA and ulta.com. Fifty Shades of Grey will be in theaters on Valentine's Day weekend.
January 15, 2015
VALENTINE'S DAY 2015 FROM SINFULCOLORS - Flirt With Hearts
Channel your inner Cupid this Valentine's Day with the SinfulColors Flirt With Hearts collection. These eight sensuous hues are guaranteed to make hearts flutter. With a mix of classic reds and pinks, trendy teal plus a brand new, exclusive, limited-edition heart-shaped glitter, Love Sprinkles, you're sure to find your nail polish soul mate. The SinfulColors Flirt With Hearts collection is amorously appropriate for the biggest date night of the year or anytime you want to add a touch of flirty fun to your manicure.
PRICE/AVAILABILITY: $1.99 each at Walgreens, Rite Aid and other mass retailers in February 2015
The SinfulColors Flirt With Hearts collection includes:
24/7: Our hottest pink
Daredevil: A pop of neon pink
Decadent: Dazzling red with metallic flakes
Dream On: A brilliantly induced boysenberry
GoGo Girl: A sleek and sexy candy-apple red
Love Sprinkles: Bubble gum pink gleaming with white hearts and flecks of glitter
Pinky Glitter: Bright pink with a splash of sparkle
Rise and Shine: The perfect teal
January 13, 2015
*Purchased by me*So awhile ago, I looked in my collection and realized I didn't own a really good silver linear holo. That's kinda crazy, since silver is one of the most common colors for linear holos. I was making an ILNP order at the time, so I decided this was justification for adding I Love Nail Polish Mega to my order. Mega is a bright silver strong linear holo. It is very rainbow-y in the sun, but indoors it's just kind of a shimmery looking silver.
The formula was good, pretty easy to apply. This is three coats, I did feel it needed a third coat for full opacity. I didn't have any trouble with streaking or dragging though. I don't use base or top coats when I wear holos. I find they are easier to apply without base coat.
*Purchased by me*ILNP Mega is available on ILNP.com. I definitely think it fills a hole in my holo collection! Everyone should have a silver linear holo, right? ;)