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New from Color Club — Paris in Love

Quick post today!  And through the magic of the internets, I’m not really here (something Mr. Silver Nail has known for ages).  No, this post was written days ago and magically scheduled for publication today.

I haven’t posted about the company Color Club in a long time, although I’ve liked most of their polishes I’ve tried.  Looking at their web site, I see they’ve redesigned their bottles.  At any rate, they have a new six-polish collection called Paris in Love.

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Food analogies always appeal to me, so let’s see what we have here.

Paris in Love bottles

Chocolate, butterscotch, mint, and some other macaron tints, n’est-ce pas?

macarons

The polish colors really aren’t anything groundbreaking and they’re all cremes, but I think Paris in Love is a pretty set.  Blogger Nail Polish Wars swatched them all and has beautiful photos and nails.

Ballerinas, Moonbeams, and Sea Salt

True news about nail polish collections usually seems scarce this time of year, so much else going on.  But I have three items for you, one of which isn’t terribly new.

First and not so new, a-England’s latest collection is a 4-polish set called Ballerina.  They’re light holos — silver, rose, lavender, and a blue-purple that’s darker than the other three.  The silver and lavender look awfully similar to my eye.  I haven’t bought any a-England polishes in a long time, partly because of the cost but mostly because I kind of (oops) forget about them.  I have loved the ones I’ve gotten, smooth as butter and a great holo look.

Vampy Varnish has many photos in her review of the Ballerina collection.  Worth a peek.  These polishes would also make a pretty one-coat top coat over cremes.  In the U.S. you can find a-England at Ninja Polish and some other etailers.

EDIT:  More great swatches from The PolishAholic here.

Secondly, I just read about a new line from Misa called MoonBeams Glitters.

Misa MoonBeams

Left to right:  Atomic Number 29, Super Nova, and New Star.  The nerd in me likes that Atomic Number 29 means copper, because that’s its number in the periodic table.

I think all three are gorgeous.  They are $10 each on Misa’s web site, the only place they’ll be available.  Also, according to Misa’s Facebook page, they’ll be introducing one new special glitter per month.  Don’t know how long this release will last.

Hmmm, I like the Misa polishes I’ve bought but they’re notoriously hard for me to find.  My only etailer for them in the past, Head2ToeBeauty, hasn’t gotten any new Misas in ages.  Also, Misa’s web site, blog, and social media channels are not in my opinion particularly helpful and sometimes aren’t even current.  C’mon, Misa, I like your polish — make it easier for us to find out about and get them!

Finally, can you stand another textured collection?  Color Club has just introduced Sea Salt.

Color Club Sea Salt

These are rather beachy colors — peach, gold, light turquoise-blue, silver, teal-green, and white.  The green Riviera intrigues me.

CC Riviera

Not sure what the textured look is like — matte, semi-matte, sparkly.  The set is too new for swatches.

After the holidays I hope to place an order with Head2ToeBeauty and may try one.  Love their prices!

It’s fate… Cosmic Fate

Back in January I showed you one of the few linear (rainbow-like) holographic polishes I’ve ever bought, Halo-graphic from Color Club.  Let’s see its coppery-peach sister in the Halo Hues line, Cosmic Fate.

Like the pink one I swatched, Cosmic Fate has a great formula and applied smoothly and easily.  It self-leveled well and dried to a glossy finish.  I used two coats with no top coat.  Under indirect outdoor light, it merely looks like a nice peach with silver shimmer, rather neutral on my medium Caucasian skin.

Cosmic Fate outd

The bottle hints at the holographic look to come.  With the flash:

Cosmic Fate flash

Now it looks like a really bright foil.  Let’s take ‘er out in the bright direct sunlight:

Cosmic Fate sun

Gah!  The linear holographic look is so strong that I expect to see unicorns with rainbow-colored manes leaping from the ends of my fingers.

This is a look I wouldn’t wear often but it’s fun once in a while.  I think Color Club has the best mass-market linear holos lately.  China Glaze tried to get back in the game this past year with their “Hologlam” set but the general reaction to it, from what I could tell, was disappointment.

Color Club’s Halo Hues are $10 each at the company’s web site, a bit steep.  The bottle is a full-sized 0.5 oz./15 ml and I bought mine at Head2ToeBeauty.com for $8 when I placed my last order.  I was only going to allow myself one of the Halo Hues and it was tough to choose between Cosmic Fate, the purple Eternal Beauty, and the dark gray/black called Beyond.  There are also shades of blue, green, and pink.

Hot Like Lava

While the title today could refer to our long, hot summer, I really mean a foil polish from Color Club.  Hot Like Lava is dark pink with heavy silver shimmer, from the Foiled Collection.

I recently placed an order with Head2ToeBeauty and Hot Like Lava was one that I wanted but wasn’t dying to get.  Sort of a filler to justify the shipping cost, and the polish was only $3.10.  I love the silver-copper foil in the collection called Antiquated.

Hot Like Lava’s formula was great — very smooth, dried neither too slowly nor too quickly, and two coats gave great coverage.  As with all foils, don’t poke at it too much or it will get a pebbled look.  Under reflected outdoor light and then in direct sunlight, no top coat:

Hot Like Lava outd

Hot Like Lava sun

It’s a very pretty polish which I think looks good on my skin tone yet I only feel so-so about it.  I really think the problem is me, not the polish.  Even though it’s still summer, I’m really getting in the mood for darker, warmer fall colors, not pinks, plus I think my nails would look better shorter.  I’m sure in the spring I’ll be all over this one.

Color Club’s Winter 2013 set — “Harlem Nights”

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I said that while I was off to summer camp, other bloggers would be converging on Las Vegas and the huge Cosmoprof convention?  So far the best roundups of news, views, and pictures have been from work/play/polish.

One of my favorite tidbits of hers has been the announcement of Color Club’s winter set called Harlem Nights.  Read her writeup and see photos HERE.  The color names and descriptions are:

  • Sugar Rays — tan shimmer (duochrome?)
  • Poetic Hues — cream/white creme
  • Apollo Star — silver shimmer (glitter?)
  • Baldwin Blues — medium-dark blue creme
  • Lady Holiday — light gray creme
  • Savoy Nights — multi-blue glitter

Harlem Nights is a beautiful, cool-toned wintery set, not just for Christmas and the holidays.  So different from last year’s Winter Affair collection, which was mostly red, green, and purple.  Some of those colors are still available at online retailers such as Head2Toe Beauty.

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Flash!  My Satins and Cashmeres samplers from Zoya are on their way to me!  I hope to receive and swatch them late this week, if FedEx cooperates.  :-)

Color Club’s fall collection — Girl About Town

Before I went out of town last week, I received an email from Color Club about their new six-polish collection for fall called Girl About Town.  Sorry it took me so long to share it!

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The names are, left to right:  Silver Lake, Williamsburg, East Austin, The Uptown, Wicker Park, and Pearl District.  You can see and buy them individually, in duos, and as a full set at Color Club’s site here.

I see some pretty colors but overall this strikes me as kind of a mish-mish considering it’s for fall.  White/gray?  Lavender?  Really?  I do think The Uptown looks pretty cool, have read it’s rainbow flakes in a purple jelly base.  The dark navy shimmer of Williamsburg is lovely too.

Color Club is selling a mini-pack of four of the colors if you’d like to try them without committing to full-size bottles:

CC girl about town mini pack

I definitely want to see swatches of The Uptown since it’s the one I think looks most unique and buy-worthy.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Or should I say “lazy”?? I am soooo lazy lately.  The weather is perfect — warm but not too hot yet, slight breezy but not windy, neither humid nor too arid (where we live, the humidity can get down in the single digits in July or August, which does no favors to one’s skin and eyes).

With such weather, I’m spending a lot more time outdoors and a lot less indoors on the computer.  Some days, blogging is hard.  Not hard as in difficult, but hard as in I-don’t-wanna-and-you-can’t-make-me.  <tantrum>

Today I’m going to quickly follow up on a little non-polish item.  It may not be polish but it’s still colorful and bright!  A few weeks back I posted the new music video from Sara Bareilles called “Brave,” and mentioned I’d like to get some red shoes to break out of my rut of boring gray shoes.  Well, I didn’t pick a red pair.  Even better, I got lavender-pink!

Shoes

I LOVE this color.  The first time I wore these, I felt like a little kid who couldn’t stop looking at her own feet.  And of course they made me wonder if I had a matching color of polish somewhere.

Grunge, a matte foil from Pure Ice?

Grunge outd light

Close.  Maybe a little light.  Crushed Candy, a glitter from JulieG?

Crushed Candy outd light

Not quite.  Sweet Pea, a creme from Color Club?

Sweet Pea outd light

Ding, ding, ding — that’s it!  If you like lavender pink, any three of these previously reviewed colors would be great.

P.S.  A belated congrats to L.K. who won my “Show me how big your brave is” drawing!  :-D

My kind of yard sale

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This Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th, Color Club is having a sale at their site25% off seven-packs, two-packs, four-packs of minis!  Plus the web site says free shipping on orders over $30.  Huzzah — great if you don’t have any local stores that carry Color Club like poor, deprived me.  My local Sally Beauty Supply has them at Christmas time but not otherwise.

CC’s duos are two full-sized polishes.  The regular SRP for a full-sized bottle of Color Club polish is $8, and the duos are usually $12 each, so with the 25% off they’d be $9, or $4.50 per bottle.  Great savings.  Here’s a summery duo of shades:

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There are lots of other duos on the site; just put “duo” in the search box.  Many fall and winter polishes from this past year.

The 4-packs are mini bottles, great if you want to try some new colors or if you don’t need full-sized bottles.  They’re half-sized (0.25 oz/7 ml), not ultra-minis with only about a tenth of an ounce like some companies.

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Finally, if you really want to expand your polish stash, take a look at Color Club’s 7-packs.  These include full collections plus I believe a clear top coat.  The regular price is $48, so they’re $36 with the 25% off.  Here’s one I’m tempted to get, even though I already own the silver-gold one called Antiquated.  I just love foil finishes so much.

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Blogger Scrangie swatched the entire Foiled Collection when it was released in the fall of 2011, and I love her review and photos.  This sale might be a good time to get together with a few friends or family members and place an order.  Think of the fun you’d get, splitting up the colors and having a polish party!

Fly With Me

Although the title of this post is the name of a polish, it also jarringly made me think of the early 1970s ads from National Airlines.  Remember their “Fly Me” campaign?  It consisted of very sexist ads that pictured young, beautiful flight attendants — back when you couldn’t even be a flight attendant unless you were young, pretty, and met weight requirements — with the tagline “I’m Cheryl.  Fly me.”  Or whatever the woman’s name was.  “Fly” being a wink-wink, nudge-nudge euphemism for another verb.  If ya know what I mean.

*** sigh ***  The things we grew up with!

But I digress.  Fly With Me is a neon-bright glass fleck or foil from Color Club’s 2012 summer collection Take Wing.  All six polishes are really bright and attention-grabbing.  Click this photo for a much larger, sharper picture.

CC take wing

I didn’t get the whole set, just a store’s retail set that had four of the polishes, and I gave one away because I had a dupe (the yellow).  The complete set is not available from Color Club any longer, but you might find it on eBay, and the individual polishes can be found at Head2ToeBeauty, among other retailers.  The bottles are full-size, 0.5 oz/15 ml.

Fly With Me is an unusual light yellow-green with a slightly darker green duochrome shift.  The formula was good but extremely sheer, and even with four coats I could still see my nail line, so it might be better over a creme such as a light green or white.  It dried quickly and looks very shiny and sparkly.  Under indirect outdoor light:

Fly With Me outd light

Same lighting but a different angle, where it looks more green:

Fly With Me outd light2

And with the flash:

Fly With Me flash

It’s pretty but I think it’s a little too “Nickelodeon slime green” to flatter my hands.  Would be fun for a pedicure, though, and it could even be a Halloween color.  For a lime green, I prefer SquareHue’s Flower Power.

March Mani Madness!

You’ve no doubt heard of “March Madness” and “bracketology” as it relates to NCAA basketball.  While I’m a sports fan in general — football, hockey, baseball, and curling (!) — basketball leaves me cold.

But now there’s something for us polish fans.  It’s the battle of the colors and brands as Color Club and Ruby Wing bring us Mani Madness!

Color Club mani madness

Vote for your favorite polish from Ruby Wing and Color Club, and help them advance to the following rounds for the chance to face off against one another in the finals for The Battle of the Brands Title! 

Here’s How It Works:

Much like the NBA’s [sic] March Madness, we have polishes from Ruby Wing and Color Club up against each other trying to win the Best of the Brand Title.  Everyday you can visit Color Club or Ruby Wing‘s blogs to vote for your favorite shade.  After each round, there will be a sale on the shades advancing to the next round. Starting today, March 18 at 1pm EST, you can vote for first favorite shades. Visit one of the blogs every day to cast your vote and stay up-to-date on the winners from the day before.  At the end of this Brands Battle, there will be only 1 champion — who will it be?!

I think this sounds like fun, even if I don’t end up buying anything.  Print out your brackets (larger, better picture available for download here) and start voting!

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