Showing posts with label rose. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rose. Show all posts

September 6, 2014

OPI DS Tourmaline Swatches

 *Sent for review*

OPI DS Tourmaline is a squishy rosy pink jelly base packed with iridescent glitter pieces. In the rose colored base, the iridescent glitter looks more delicate, but it's the same kind of glitter that is in DS Titanium, just a bit smaller in size. The glitter is that gorgeous, almost mylar-like, iridescent glitter and it reflects every color from red-orange to a rich indigo. I like how OPI used the same type of glitter in two totally different polishes. Titanium is deep and mysterious and Tourmaline is delicate and feminine.


This is three coats of Tourmaline. I found it to be a bit on the sheer side, so the third coat seemed necessary. The formula was good otherwise, nice and easy to apply. These swatches are shown with a layer of shiny top coat. Tourmaline dries to a semi-matte finish by itself.

*Sent for review*

DS Tourmaline will be available beginning September 3, 2014 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, ULTA and ulta.com for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.  

June 22, 2014

Sally Hansen Color Foil Rose Copper

 *Purchased by me*

I hope you're all enjoying the weekend right now like I am! Sorry for the late post today, but after doing some swatching this morning, I took a nice long run because it's such a gorgeous day out! My NOTD for the last few days was Sally Hansen Color Foil in Rose Copper. I was excited to heard that Sally Hansen was coming out with this line of foils, but then I didn't see them in a Walgreen's near me until just last week. I picked up Rose Copper and Minted Metal to try them out. Rose Copper is a gorgeous shade of glowy rose gold. It is similar in shade to Orly Rage, but the texture is much more smooth. Rage is a chunky foil, this is a smooth shiny, very reflective foil. This reminds me of some old Sally Hansen foils that were awesome, and the good Avon foils too, I think I still have those!


Happily, the formula of Rose Copper is also better than Orly Rage. Rose Copper is easy to apply and was completely opaque in two coats. The instructions on the bottle recommend not using base or top coat and I definitely agree about the base coat for sure. I tried applying this over a base coat and it was a bit streaky. Over clean nails, it was a total dream, almost a one-coater. Over on Makeup Alley's Nail Board, we have a term, "nail pajamas", that refers to a polish you can apply super lazily (no base coat, one or two coats only, no top coat) and still have a nice mani. The Sally Hansen Color Foils have been deemed nail pajamas for sure!

*Purchased by me*

I am in love with Sally Hansen Rose Copper and can't wait to try Minted Metal soon. I hope maybe Walgreen's will have a sale soon so I can just buy the rest of the Color Foils. I think it'd be well worth it!

April 4, 2014

OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection Swatches!

 *sent for review*

Let me just start this post by saying that I am a huge fan of the Muppets. I watched them as a kid and I was super excited when they came out with the movie in 2011. I LOVE that movie, so I was super excited to hear about the latest movie, Muppets Most Wanted. And of course, when OPI announced the nail polish collection to go with it, that made me even more pumped! This collection did not disappoint me! OPI International Crime Caper is a soft sheer white with lots of pink shimmer. My camera did not want to capture the pink shimmer, but it's really gorgeous and quite visible in person. If you're wondering how this compares to Ski Slope Sweetie (OPI Mariah Carey holiday 2013), SSS has golden shimmer, Intl Crime Caper is all lovely pink shimmer.


This is three coats and there's still some VNL. You could use this as a topper for another polish, as you'll see later in this post, or as a base for glitter (also later in this post!). It's very pretty all alone as well as a wash of shimmer. The formula was a lovely consistency and easy to apply.



 OPI Muppets World Tour is probably my favorite glitter from OPI in a long time. I love this mix of very fine silver glitter, small silver hex glitter, medium blue hexes and medium pink hexes. It's blingy, yet soft at the same time. This is two coats over OPI Intl Crime Caper and I adore this combo! I actually wore it as a full mani for 5 days (it wore amazingly, but the way, still perfect on day 5). Muppets World Tour is a perfect glitter for spring and Easter manis.


This is two coats of Muppets Worlds Tour. One coat offered pretty good coverage, but I opted for the second to get a bit more bling in this mani. This was very easy to apply, glitter for dummies! These swatches have one coat of OPI top coat on top, but if you like glassy smooth nails, you will want a thicker TC or maybe two coats of TC.



OPI Miss Piggy's Big Number is a shimmering sapphire metallic with hints of violet.  This is a smoother, deeper, more jewel-toned version of some of the blue metallics we've seen before. I am always a fan of metallic blues, I can't help it.


This is two coats of Miss Piggy's Big Number. It has a slight tendency to have some visible brushstrokes, although I think it looks worse in the pictures than it was in real life. Just let it dry fully in between coats and you should be fine. This was nicely pigmented and easy to apply.



Just for fun, I layered one coat of Intl Crime Caper over Miss Piggy's Big Number. I am so mad that the pink shimmer in Intl Crime Caper isn't showing up! This looks so cool in real life. It reminds me of older sheer OPIs that I love using for layering. Try to see Intl Crime Caper in person, you can really see the pink in the bottle and it comes out like that on the nails. You can maybe kinda see a hint of pink shimmer on free edge end of my ring finger nail below.



Next up we have OPI Kermit Me To Speak, the purple-y green duochrome of the collection. I am happy to see OPI do another duochrome, that's exciting! Kermit is almost more like a multi-chrome. Sometimes it looks straight up like a purple metallic shimmer, sometimes really green, and sometimes kind of a tan nude color. Keep the duochromes coming OPI, you do them well!!



This is three coats of Kermit Me to Speak. The formula was a little thinner and less pigmented, but that's pretty typical of some duochromes. It was easy to apply though, no problems there.



I can't tell you how long I've been looking for something like OPI I Love Applause. I've been wanting a soft, semi-sheer white pink to use under glitters for delicate looks, but OPI Bubble Bath and the myriad others I've tried have really been too sheer for my taste. I Love Applause is more buildable than Bubble Bath, but it's still super soft and pretty.


This is three coats of I Love Applause and the formula was really great. It wasn't streaky at all and it definitely packs more pigment than other sheers/semi-sheers I've tried. If you want a more sheer look, one coat will be perfect. With four coats, this would probably be near-opaque.



OPI Let's Do Anything We Want! is a mix of matte white and shiny pink small glitter with larger matte white squares in a clear base. This was the perfect glitter for me to try over I Love Applause for my delicate looking glitter look. Pretty and fun!


This is just one coat of Let's Do Anything We Want! over three coats of I Love Applause. This glitter was pretty dense, you may even be able to wear it on it's own with three coats. Nice easy application.



OPI Chillin' Like a Villain is another excellent semi-sheer, this time a soft peach. This looked so pretty in the bottle, but I (wrongly) assumed it was going to be either super streaky or so sheer it's almost clear. I am happy to report that I was incorrect and that this builds up nicely like I Love Applause. The peach shade is a flattering one too, I think it will look great on a wide variety of people.


This is three coats of Chillin' Like a Villain and it was lovely to apply. No complaints (yay!). I'm really excited about this and I Love Applause. I'm sure you'll see them again soon because I'm going to wear the heck out of them.



OPI Gaining Mole-mentum is a mix of gold and rose gold shard glitter in clear base. I am not the world's biggest fan of shard glitter, but I definitely love the mix of rose gold and yellow gold. If you like shard glitter, and I know a lot of people do, you will want this for sure. All the shards lay nice and flat too.


This is one "coat" of Gaining Mole-mentum. I say "coat", because I did a bit of dabbing to get the shards where I really wanted them. It was not hard to apply though, you will not need to spend a long time placing all the glitters. Lots of glitter comes out on the brush when you dip it in too, the base is a great consistency.

*sent for review*

What do you think about the Muppets Most Wanted collection? I love it more than I thought I would. I was excited about it, but not completely in love when I saw promo pictures, but after trying them all, I'm obsessed! My top picks would be Intl Crime Caper, Muppets World Tour and Kermit Me To Speak. But if you are in the market for some soft semi-sheers (like I was), you NEED I Love Applause and Chillin' Like a Villain!

Muppets Most Wanted by OPI is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail. 
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

March 22, 2014

OPI Spotlight on Glitter Swatches, Part 1!


I think it's safe to say that you all know what a huge fan I am of all things glitter. I live in glitter polish. I don't remember the last time I wore just a plain creme with no glitter on top! I'm always happy to see new glitters, so I've been looking forward to the OPI Spotlight on Glitter collection. First up I have OPI Chasing Rainbows, a rainbow glitter in a clear base. Chasing Rainbows has hex glitter in various sizes and, of course, colors. I am always a sucker for these rainbow glitters, especially over a bright color, like OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana (used here as my base color).


Chasing Rainbows has plenty of glitter and was easy to apply. It wasn't too thick with base, nor was it difficult to get the glitter on to the nail. This is mostly one coat, with a few extra glitter pieces added where I wanted to fill in a blank spot.


You may be wondering how Chasing Rainbows compares to Rainbow Connection from the first OPI Muppets collection. Just looking at the bottles, I think Rainbow Connection has more silver and green glitter, and more small glitter. But they are similar in concept, so if you missed Rainbow Connection, definitely get your hands on Chasing Rainbows!



OPI You Pink Too Much is a mixture of pale pink, almost silvery medium hex glitter and tiny holo silver glitter in a clear base. I layered this one over OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian.


This is one coat and it applied pretty well. I did dab this on, I thought it was easier to get the hex glitter on the nail that way. The consistency of the polish was a little thicker than Chasing Rainbows, but not bad or hard to use.


When I first saw You Pink Too Much, I immediately thought of OPI Pink Yet Lavender. As you can see from the bottle shots though, Pink Yet Lavender is much pinker. You Pink Too Much is very pale pink, so much so that it almost looks silver. Similar concept though, just different colors pinks.



I wanted to try OPI Rose of Light alone with no base because it does have fairly dense small rose gold glitter along with larger silver holo square glitters. You can definitely wear Rose of Light alone in three coats, it looked more opaque in person. My camera loves to make glitters look more sheer than they really are. Once this was on my nails, I got more of a tan/nude glitter vibe than a rose gold feeling, but it's still very pretty and delicate.


This is three coats of Rose of Light with no base color. This was very easy to use and applied nicely.  Good coverage and great formula.


All of these swatches were done with the new OPI Glitter Off base coat and OPI top coat. I am currently testing Glitter Off, the new peelable base coat, so look for a review on that soon. I have to say, it definitely made these swatches easier! I'll have the rest of the Spotlight on Glitters collection reviewed soon.

Spotlight on Glitter by OPI collection is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

January 5, 2014

Loving Rose Gold? Try L'Oreal Frieda's Nude

 *Purchased by me*

Months ago, the UK got a L'Oreal polish collection called Collection Privee, featuring celebrities/models and nudes for their skin tones. Fear not, US polish fiends! We now have (kinda) this collection in our drugstores! I say kinda because some of the shades are different and the bottle are totally different, but it is still a lovely little collection. I picked up L'Oreal Frieda's Nude, the standout of the collection in my opinion. Frieda's Nude is a soft metallic rose gold. It's not in your face sparkly or anything, so it can still function as a nude for some skin tones, but it is definitely rose gold.



Frieda's Nude has a nice formula, kind of on the thin side, but it makes for a nice smooth application. I used three coats for these pictures, but if you do thicker coats, two would be fine.

*Purchased by me*

I really like this color and the great formula. I had my eye on a few of the other shades, so I might have to go back and grab a few more. I found the whole collection at Walgreens when I went to get my flu shot last week (this was my treat for getting the flu shot LOL).

December 20, 2013

SinfulColors Holiday Tinsel collection Brings the Bling!

 *Sent for review*

Today I have two polishes from the SinfulColors Holiday Tinsel collection, a small collection of 6 bar glitter toppers. First up is SinfulColors Spiked Ice, a clear base packed with shiny black bar glitter. The glitter pieces are very reflective looking, as you can see in the pictures. They aren't like a flat black. I usually am not a fan of bar glitter, but I really like the way this looks for some reason! These glitters all lay nice and flat too.



This is two coats of Spiked Ice over SinfulColors SinfulShine Rise & Shinier. I had no trouble applying this. Occasionally pieces of glitter would stick out over the edge of my nail, but I just pushed them back quickly before the polish dried. That is to be expected of a bar glitter polish though.



SinfulColors Gold Tinsel is REALLY bling-y! Gold Tinsel is a mix of yellow gold and rose gold bar glitter in a clear base. It seems to be extra shimmery, and my camera kind of couldn't handle it in the sun. I like the mix of the two golds, it's more interesting than just plain gold bar glitter.



This is two coats of Gold Tinsel over SinfulColors Pine Away. Like Spiked Ice, it was easy to apply and I just had to push the occasional stray glitter back on to my nails. These glitters also lay nice and flat.

*Sent for review*

The other four shades in this collection are Silver Rainbows (holo silver bar glitter), Pink Icicles (pink bar glitter), Cold As Ice ("winter white" bar glitter), and Tinsel Town (blue bar glitter). SinfulColors Holiday Tinsel is available exclusively at Walgreens!