Saturday, March 28, 2009
So, about the color. It is a muted lilac. Some people have been terming this as 'dusty', and I can definitely see why they would call it that. It's got a kind of grey-ish or mushroomy quality to it, which makes it very chic and not just your normal light purple. I feel a little French. :) Here's another picture. (note: my clean-up was not so great, and the polish is a little uneven due to my base coat, so be warned if you're planning on enlarging these pictures!)
Friday, March 27, 2009
Pru is a purplish-mauve-y color infused with gold shimmer. It looks to me like the mauve version of Essie It's Genius. I would almost call this a work-safe color, for those who work in conservative offices. While it's a little blingy, the bling is pretty unobtrusive, and the color isn't in your face.
The formula is verrry smooth and nice, flows beautifully onto the nail. No streakiness at all. However, it is pretty sheer. I've got 4 coats on in this picture. 3 coats would have been enough for most people, but I just felt like the fourth was necessary for me. :)
So sorry that I didn't post yesterday, but it was stormy all day and I was hoping today would be better for pictures ... but alas, no. Cloudy again. Houston in the spring-time is a little volatile. :)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Ki is a strong duochrome of ashy (meaning, for me, gray-ish), rather dark purple and forest-y green. The purple is dominant, with the green coming out in dim or florescent lighting.
Here is a blurry picture showing the green. I'd place the green as somewhere inbetween China Glaze Gussied-Up Green and China Glaze Wagon Trail.
I was really happy that the duochrome was so strong. Everyone can tell immediately that you are wearing a freaking awesome color on your nails. I got lots of oohs and ahhhs, and how-cool-is-that!s at work yesterday. :)
Monday, March 23, 2009
Strawberry Fields is a cool-toned bright pink that is injected with loads of gold shimmer (maybe I should call it gold glass flecks? Seeing as this polish is glass-flecked). I love it. It's a pink that's actually interesting. I don't like pinks very often, so when I find one I like, it's gotta be good. :)
Application was a little tricky. The polish drags a teeny bit, making 3 coats necessary in order to even it out. But I'm not going to complain about the application if the color is this beautiful. :)
I'm trying really hard to get Orange Marmalade and Grape Juice, but my Sally's is still stocked up on Romantique and doesn't have the Summer Days collection in yet. Boo!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Shower Together has the potential to be absolutely awesome. On the nail, however, it was a little disappointing. Dare I call a bright blue boring? But somehow it is. Maybe a better way to describe it is flat. A beautiful bright sky blue should pop and wow the eye. I'm not saying that this is a bad color, it just isn't what I thought it would be.
Application was pretty good, not gloppy. A little runny, but if I had to choose between having a gloppy or a runny polish I would definately choose runny. Much easier to handle. I needed 3 coats in order to even out streakiness.
The picture above doesn't really show the true nature of ST ... it's a shade or 2 darker and has a green tinge to it. This picture is a closer match, but not such a great picture.
Did y'all get any Ecollection colors? What did you think of them?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
My mummy thinks Zara is a very Easter-y color. I hadn't thought of that, but it's true. It's the more sophisticated version of pastel purple that shows up everywhere during Easter season.
Zara gave me the same lovely application as the other Zoya's I've tried (but a bit sheer, 3 coats were needed). I'm thinking that a smooth, mess-and-streak-free application must be Zoya's trademark. If so, I'm sold on Zoya! :)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I could easily have gotten away with 2 coats, but I made it 3 just to be sure. Beautiful application, not messy at all. Here's a close-up so y'all can see the glory.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here is my first attempt at a moon manicure. I used one of my new Zoyas, Indigo. If you click on the picture you'll see how very very messy the moons are, but practice makes perfect and I haven't had any practice. haha! I'm pretty happy with the look, especially since I normally despise all forms of nail art.
Indigo is a lovely dark blue. In the bottle it's got this amazing rainbow glitter (I'm pretty sure it's not holographic) that, unfortunately, does not show up on the nail very well. :( You can see a couple of little sparkles, but not too many. Boo! It may be that the glitter goes WHAM in the sun, but I wouldn't be able to tell you that since there's been no sun in Houston for the past 4 or 5 days.
This is also my first foray into Zoya territory. I'm pretty satisfied with the application. Zoya is Big 3 Free (no Formaldehyde, DBP, or toluene), but their polish is neither too thick or too runny. Yay Zoya! I only needed 2 coats to achieve nice even coverage.
Ohhh, boy, look at that. A sheer. *screams in horror* Sweet Moses, how I hate sheers. But as I said previously, I felt like I needed a non-distracting color when I performed. Don't want those judges mesmerized by my fabulous polish and forgetting to listen to the music! ;)
I thought that Rimmel Princess Pink was going to be more opaque ... I must be bad @ telling if a polish is sheer or not while it's in the bottle. I never shop for these colors, so I normally never have that problem. haha! I give Princess Pink props for being a jelly, cuz I luuurve a jelly.
I used 4 coats in an effort to opaque it up, with semi-success. I got more of a pink look and less of a VPL-all-over-the-place look. ;D Still quite a bit of VPL (for those not knowing what VPL is, it stands for Visible Polish Line, meaning that the nail white is visible.) though.
My sister laments the fact that I bought this nail polish, calling it lobster bisque. I tend to agree with her, but it had to be done.
On a happy note, I got honorable mention (meaning 2nd place) for my room in Flute Festival yesterday! I've only been taking flute for a year, so this makes me happy. I played an Andante by Mozart ... you've gotta love the Mozart. :)
Friday, March 13, 2009
We have (l-r) Rihana, Faith - which I may possibly have bought because it's my name and I was super excited about it - , and Pru ...
Richelle, Akyra, and Indigo (click on the picture to see the fabulous rainbow glitter) ...
Ki (a duochrome! Purple and green, can you see?), Zara, and Juno. Woot! This is my first foray into the world of Zoya, hopefully my excitement about these will be rewarded. :)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The ZPE is being extended until April 28. So what are you waiting for? (well, I guess you could be waiting until April 1, when the amazing new collection comes out. ;))
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Rimmel isn't kidding when they say it takes 60 seconds to dry ... it might even be 30 seconds. Coverage was perfect in one coat. I used two, as I find that one coat gives more chips than 2. The brush kind of dragged on the second coat. Beautiful creamy poppy red though. It's got quite an orange glow to it in the sunlight. You may have noticed that this picture was not taken in the sun like normal, the sun refused to come out today. Boo.
I've lately been craving red polish ... I know, weird, right? I normally find red really boring! But all of a sudden, I'm like, 'RED, I want RED!' I'm so weird. :) What I really want is a beautiful red jelly. Do y'all have any suggestions?
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I compared my nails to the very sunny Houston sky today, and while it is very very close to matching, I think that a truly perfect sky blue would be ever so slightly darker (and not sparkly, hehe). I do like the silver glitter in this, it keeps the blue out of neon territory while still letting it be happy and cheerful. My nails keep catching my eyes and I keep thinking, 'oo! Look at that pretty color!' :)
I used 3 coats, application was a bit thick and gloppy. (what is with me and getting all these gloppy polishes lately? I don't know why I don't have any thinner yet, definately need to make that investment.) Unfortunately the wear on this polish isn't the best either. I don't know if you can tell, but I already had tip wear when I took this photo. And I just got a chip (2nd day of wear) on a finger. Still, its an extremely pretty color that you should definately own. :)