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Having a Blast with SinfulColors

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by SinfulColors for review.

Wanted to get this review up ASAP today, because it’s the last day to take advantage of Walgreens’ 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes.  Have you gotten some good ones?

SinfulColors has a small set for summer called Having a Blast.  At first glance it looks mostly 4th of July, but it could also be for Canada Day (July 1st) with its red and white, and there’s one polish that’s very beachy.  These are all re-promotes except I believe the red, white, and blue glitter called Star Blast Off is new, as my bottle has no number or bar code.  Still, SinfulColors usually has a similar glitter polish every summer.

SC Blast bottles

Left to right:

  • Ruby Ruby #369
  • Snow Me White #101
  • Hot Spot #943
  • Out of This World #842
  • Star Blast Off
  • Green Ocean #220

Ruby Ruby needs no introduction from me, as I liked it so much I already bought it two years ago!  My full review is here and here’s a photo again.  It’s a great true red creme, a classic.

Ruby Ruby flash

Snow Me White is a plain white creme, and I’ve found similar polishes problematic in the past, too streaky or patchy.  Snow Me White was neither of those things, had a good formula, and covered well in two coats.

Out of This World looks like a white shimmer in the bottle but is more of a silver-white.  It’s more sheer than Snow Me White and I used three coats but could still see my nail line, so I think it’s supposed to be a sparkly top coat.

All my photos today are with the camera flash.  Out of This World and Snow Me White with the bottle of Snow Me White:

SC Blast silver white

Hot Spot is an inky blue shimmer.  Two coats:

SC Blast blue

Star Blast Off, as I’ve said, is a red, white, and blue glitter in a clear base.  As with my bottle of Mamasita in the Street Fusion set, though, the base in Star Blast Off had turned a pale pink, even more so than my bottle of Mamasita.  I think the red glitter bled due to the hot weather in shipment but I can’t be sure.  Mamasita is also red, white, and blue, but Star Blast Off has large stars in it.

You have to fish for the stars with the brush, which is not difficult.  The stars are so big that they don’t lie flat to the curve of my nails, but a little extra clear base of the polish over them would help.

SC Blast glitter

I tried Star Blast Off over Snow Me White but didn’t like it due to (a) the pink-tinted base and (b) none of the white glitter showed up.  I like it over the dark blue Hot Spot.

Finally, Green Ocean is a very pale green sheer base with blue-green metallic glitter and tiny shards.  It really does give an ocean or mermaid look.  Also over Hot Spot:

SC Blast ocean

I like all these polishes and Hot Spot, the dark blue, is probably my fave.  It would be fun to experiment with Out of This World and Green Ocean over other colors, too.

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5 more colors from Street Fusion by SinfulColors

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by SinfulColors for review.

So happy to be swatching the rest of the Street Fusion collection polishes that I received!  The first was the shimmery pink Cherry Blossom and today I have my other five.

There are many more colors in the set than the ones I got; some are new and some are repromotes.  Don’t forget that this week Walgreens has all SinfulColors on sale for 99 cents.  Screamin’ deal and these are full-sized bottles, not minis.

SC Street Fusion bottles

Left to right:

  • Cherry Blossom (new)
  • Island Coral (repromote)
  • Maroon Fine (new)
  • Sky Tree (new)
  • Keira Blu (new)
  • Mamasita (new)

All photos are under indirect sunny outdoor light and then the flash.

Island Coral is a coral creme, more of a pink-coral and not a red-coral.  I don’t wear corals much but really like this one; it’s not too peachy or yellowish for my skin tone and looks very summery.  My first and second coats were streaky so I used three.

Island Coral

Island Coral flash

It reminds me a lot of my favorite Revlon lipstick EVER, Pink in the Afternoon.  :-D

Maroon Fine is an unusual one.  More of a shimmery copper than maroon, the color makes me think of my favorite bottled hot sauce.  I suspect the name is a pun on the band Maroon Five.  It had a good formula and I only needed two coats.  I tried one coat of it over Island Coral (on my middle finger, left-most in the photos) but prefer Maroon Fine on its own.  Little bit of gold shimmer in there too!

Maroon Fine

Maroon Fine flash

Sky Tree is a medium teal shimmer/fleck.  It’s darker than SinfulColors’ own Mint Apple, which is a very popular shade.  The first coat seemed sheer so I thought I’d need three coats but Sky Tree looked good with just two.

Sky Tree

Sky Tree flash

Keira Blu is a stunner, an ethereal shimmery medium-light blue.  It’s sheer and I needed three coats, plus its formula was thin and I had to be careful not to flood my cuticles.  The “shining water” look is great, although the bright shimmer seemed to confuse my camera.

Keira Blu

Keira Blu flash

Mamasita is one of the new glitters in the Street Fusion set.  It’s got red, white, and blue glitter, both micro and small hex, in a clear base.  Actually, the base is supposed to be clear but mine has a faint pinkish tone and I’ve read of others who experienced the same thing.  The red glitter seems to have bled a little and I wonder if that was from the hot weather during shipment.  I think that pinkish tone (bottles in-store may not have it) would only show up if you used it over pure white.  I used one coat of Mamasita over Cherry Blossom and think it’s so cute.  Great for the 4th of July.

Mamasita

Mamasita flash

Hope you enjoyed seeing these (mostly) new colors.  I sure enjoyed swatching them!

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Confessions of a One Night Stand, plus a Muppets fail

I’ve been meaning to buy a peel-off base coat for easy glitter polish removal ever since I first heard about OPI’s Glitter Off.  But I could never find it in person, and every time I meant to order it online either the site was out of stock or I just plain forgot about it.

Finally, the stars aligned and not only did I remember to order it, but the site I was browsing had both OPI’s Glitter Off and Orly’s One Night Stand.  From reviews I’ve read, they seem the same so I picked the Orly.  Love that big cushy concave handle!

Orly One Night Stand box front

I ordered it from LA Lacquer here, and while I was pleased with the price and my overall order, I find their web site difficult to navigate.  You pretty much need to know exactly what you’re looking for; at least, that’s been my experience.  One Night Stand (ONS) was $6.40 there and you get a good-sized 0.6 oz/18 mL bottle.  The SRP is $10.

Apparently people have been making their own peel-off base coats for a long time, using diluted white (school) glue and water.  I didn’t want to mess with that and would rather be lazy and let someone else mix it up for me and put it in a nice bottle with a good brush.

The ingredients for ONS are not listed on the box, but the base coat looks and smells exactly like diluted white glue.  Really.  I thought I read the ingredients list months ago somewhere online but can’t find it now, and I may be thinking of the OPI product.  Instructions are listed in English, French, and Spanish.

Orly One Night Stand box back

The box states clearly that this base coat is only meant to last for one or two days, and then you peel off the base plus glitter in one easy, non-damaging piece.  I’m fine with the time frame, as I only like to wear the same polish for a couple of days anyway.  I think I will wear glitter polishes more often now that I don’t have to practically hack it off with a mallet and chisel.  Hated that.  Called it FOR — Fear of Removal.

ONS applies easily.  A thin coat goes on looking milky and then dries quickly to almost clear.  I don’t know if a bath or shower would make it come off unintentionally.

I decided to try it with a new glitter I bought, one I’d been wanting for a while.  (Story of my polish life — wanted it, saw it in the store, figured I’d go back and get it, when I did go back it was sold out, tried to find it online, blah blah blah.)  Remember the OPI Muppets movie tie-in collection from last year, Muppets Most Wanted?  The only one in the set that appealed to me was the glitter Muppets World Tour.

Every swatch and photo I saw of it showed various sizes of white and gold glitter in a clear base along with pretty pops of color in the form of bright blue and bright pink glitter, plus a little bit of peach-colored glitter.  Here are wonderful photos in a review by Nail That Accent which will show you exactly what I mean.  Best photo HERE.

But my bottle did not look like that.  It had the white, the gold, the peach, and the blue glitter, but there was no bright pink glitter.  Zero.  Nada.  None.  Rien.

I don’t know what happened.  Since the collection was limited edition and came out well over a year ago, I assume my bottle is old so perhaps the pink wasn’t stable and faded to nothingness.  Maybe OPI changed the formula.  Maybe I just got a weird bottle, since one other strange thing is that the brush in this is HUGE.  It’s far and away the heaviest, thickest brush I’ve ever seen in an OPI bottle, and I’ve used quite a few.  Weird.

(Edit:  Upon reading reviews of this polish at Amazon, about half the people said their bottle had no pink either.  So it’s an OPI fail, certainly no fault of LA Lacquer or other retailer.  If you want this polish I recommend trying to see a picture of the actual bottle you’re buying if you can’t get it in person.)

Here are two coats of Muppets World Tour over One Night Stand, with no other base color and no top coat, with the flash:

Muppets World Tour flash

It’s still a pretty polish, just not what I wanted nor was expecting.  It’s no tragedy and I merely plan to find a polish in my stash that has bright pink glitter in a clear base and add that to Muppets World Tour.

And, yes, with One Night Stand, it peeled right off.  Now I can face the world of glitter polish without worrying in advance about spending ages trying to get it off.  :-D

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Update:  Found the PERFECT polish to add to MWT for the original look that included hot pink glitter!  And it’s cheap, too — Jordana’s 01-Magenta Magic, got it at KMart for $1.99.  Thought I’d never find just bright pink glitter, although I found a lot of light pink glitter, red glitter, hot pink mixed in with green or purple or something else.  Anyway, I poured out a little bit of MWT and added a small amount of Magenta Magic.  You don’t need much and I think it looks perfect.

Mr. Wrong, Mr. Right, or Mr. Right Now?

I have all three, and two of them are nail polishes.  Actually I could have all three in polishes but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Several months ago I first heard of the new cosmetics company Colour Prevails via one of my favorite bloggers, Nouveau Cheap.  A month later she reviewed one of the company’s eye shadow palettes and I thought the swatches looked great but for some reason thought the look of the packaging was too gimmicky.  All that butterfly stuff, the weird handles.

Well, I have changed my mind.  Big time.  Several reasons, the main one being I am so sick of the same ol’ same ol’ that I could scream.  Gimme something new and different.  The second reason is that I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with Colour Prevails founder Nonie Creme by Karen Falcon at BeautyGeeks.  I’ve read so many interviews with makeup company owners or makeup artists that are nothing but “I’m the greatest ever, buy all my products,” that this was an irreverent breath of fresh air.

Look at that Mohawk!  Look at the silver in her hair!  Since my own Mohawk experience at age 53, I love seeing other older women with one (and by older I mean over the age of 25 or so).  Nonie looks and sounds a little bit diva and a whole lot badass.  Divass?  Is that a word?  It is now.

Nonie Creme

So I decided that I was ready to seek out some of the Colour Prevails products and took myself to the local Walgreens.  Hot dog, a whole big display, right by the cosmetics check-out counter.  I fondled almost everything — which is not as perverted as it sounds — and picked out two nail polishes and one eye shadow palette.

I was only going to get one polish, the Mr. Wrong that I saw in the BeautyGeeks post, but when I saw Mr. Right Now I just had to get it as well.  There is a Mr. Right polish in the line, a gold glitter in a clear base and I will probably get it too, but for now I’ll be content with my real Mr. Right aka Mr. Silver Nail.

The first thing you may notice about the Colour Prevails polishes is the outré bottle shape, or should I say the handle.  It’s got a butterfly on its winged ergonomic shape.  The second thing I noticed is that all the bottles (and all the other products in the line) are shrink-wrapped.  Let me repeat that:  shrink-wrapped.  No getting home with your new polish only to discover that some bratty tweener with communicable diseases opened it and ruined the polish, plus the brush for good measure.

I saw so many tempting colors.  Half the fun is the cheeky names:  Frenemy, No Regrets, Glamazon, Boss Lady, Troublemaker, Wine o’Clock.  Oh yeah.  The polishes are $8 for 0.32 oz/9.5 mL and are Walgreens exclusives, although e-tailer Drugstore.com has them too.  Currently U.S. only.

Does the price seem a bit high for a drugstore brand?  It depends.  While I often promote $1.99 Sinful Colors, if a polish is something you’d gladly pay $8 for because of the quality, why does it matter if it’s in Walgreens or in Sephora?  Several mid-range brands such as OPI, Butter London, and China Glaze have increased their prices lately, so I’m fine with the drugstore habitat.

The two top coats I bought are the cool (in more ways than one) Mr. Wrong, which has different sizes of blue,purple, and silver glitter in a very pale blue base, and the warm Mr. Right Now, a sweet copper, bronze, and silver glitter mix in a clear base.

With the shrink-wrap removed:

ColPrev two bottles

I’ve read you can pull the butterfly handle off if you want but I couldn’t seem to do it with a light tug, and didn’t want to pull too hard.

How does the full handle feel?  I like it.  Gives me a place to rest the curve of my index finger while I apply the polish and feels very stable.  Could be a godsend for people whose fingers can’t grip as strongly as they used to, or whose hands shake a little.

The polish had almost no noticeable smell.  First I used two coats of the black shimmer called Raven from Zoya for a base.  With one coat of Mr. Wrong:

ColPrev Mr. Wrong one coat

And with two coats of Mr. Wrong to intensify the look:

ColPrev Mr. Wrong two coats

Wow.  I hardly ever wear black polish but that’s gonna change.  Can’t wait to try Mr. Wrong over dark blue, purple, silver, gray.

For a base for Mr. Right Now, I pulled out the new China Glaze polish What’s She Dune? which I’d thought was rather blah on its own.  One coat of Mr. Right Now was only so-so, but two coats look good.  Under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash:

ColPrev MRN outd

ColPrev MRN flash

I still think What’s She Dune? is meh but love Mr. Right Now.  I think the new top coat would look better over, say, a dark brown creme or shimmer.

Bottom line, I’m wild about both these polishes and plan to buy more.  One thing to watch out for when you’re shopping for Colour Prevails:  As with many makeup displays, a few items were out of place, and the nail polish bottles are the exact same size and shape as the bottles for the liquid eye liners and the eye shimmer powder, both of which look intriguing.  But you don’t want to get them mixed up.  The butterfly wing on the handle of the polishes is mostly red, and it’s mostly blue and yellow on the eye products.

I have one of the three eye shadow palettes to review for you soon, and did I mention there’s a colored ombre mascara that looks like fun?

P.S.  I’ll leave you with a Mr. Right/Wrong/Whatever sound bite that changed my life.  Literally changed my life.  Many, many years ago I read the phrase, “Mr. Right doesn’t have to be Mr. Perfect” and it hit me hard, making me realize I’d been looking for Mr. Perfect all along.  Ain’t no such thang.  Shortly thereafter I found Mr. Right!

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EDIT:  Per a request, I wanted to add some photos to show more about the unusual handle of these polishes and how I hold it.  Sorry I didn’t explain that well to begin with!

Here’s the bottle and handle from the front and from the side.

CP bottle handle front

CP bottle handle side

The acrylic handle tapers down slightly, sort of a rounded wedge shape.

You can pull the “wing” handle off too, if you prefer, and hold the inner handle.

CP bottle handle off

Personally I love this new shape of a handle.  I found it very comfortable and steady, no more having to use a “pincer grip” on a small handle.

Hold it with your index finger resting lightly along the entire convex upper curve (side) of the handle.  This finger rests there kind of like it does when you hold a pencil or pen.

CP bottle handle hold

(Ugh, naked nails and big wrinkled knuckles.  Oh well.  I don’t care.)

As mentioned, you don’t have to use this handle.  Also, if you like the handle but have several of the bottles and find them awkward to store, you could pull off the handles and keep just one, then put it on whatever bottle you’re actively using.

Hope that helps!

Finishing my Desert Escape

Well, I’ve dragged it out long enough.  Today I’ll finish swatching the six-piece Desert Escape Collection, new for summer, from China Glaze.  Yesterday I showed you three of the cremes, Friday I had the one foil, and today I have one creme and the lone shimmer.  Please see those previous posts for info about the whole collection, where I bought the micro mini set, how much it cost, etc.

The light turquoise creme Rain Dance the Night Away blew me away.  I did not expect to love it so much and first thought, “Eh, another turquoise, big deal.”  Application was good, smell was average, and two coats covered well.  Under indirect cloudy outdoor light and then with the flash:

Desert Escape RDtNA

Desert Escape RDtNA flash

Beautiful!

The shimmery Don’t Desert Me is pretty too but didn’t wow me.  I used two heavy coats and probably should have used three light ones.

Desert Escape DDM

Desert Escape DDM flash

Usually I love pink shimmers so I don’t know why I don’t love this more.  I guess every day you can be in the mood for something different.

I finally received the clear plastic polish swatch sticks I ordered and so I have some comparisons for you.

Desert Escape turq comps

I don’t have anything exactly like Rain Dance the Night Away.  Zoya’s Rocky is close but is darker and bluer.  a-England’s Galahad is much darker.

Desert Escape pink comps

I thought Zoya’s Blyss was going to be a dupe for Don’t Desert Me, but Blyss is slightly more purple.  Alegra and Izzy are more red than Don’t Desert Me.

Overall, I really like the Desert Escape Collection.  Meet Me In the Mirage is my favorite because FOIL, followed closely by Rain Dance the Night Away and The Heat Is On.  The pinks don’t thrill me, and the putty-colored What’s She Dune? is rather blah by itself but would be pretty in combination with any of the other colors in nail art.

Desert Escape set

Paradise Sun comparisons

Disclosure:  The Paradise Sun Collection and many comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Hope you enjoyed the comparisons yesterday of the Island Fun set to other Zoyas.  Again today I’m using wooden craft sticks for my polish swatches instead of my tired nails.  This time, though, I coated the sticks ahead of time with a clear polish to keep the colors from bleeding or feathering.  Looks OK but I still plan to get a bunch of the clear plastic nail swatch sticks which will look better and more professional.

Here’s Paradise Sun as a set.

ParSun bottles

Left to right:

  • Aphrodite
  • Mae
  • Isa
  • Oceane
  • Selene
  • Genesis

In no particular order, here we go.

ParSun whites

ParSun whites2

No dupes here.  Genesis is an opaque white base with white shimmer, and Ginessa is a mostly clear base with silvery white glitter.  Seraphina’s not even close; it’s a light silver.  I think Ginessa could be used as a semi-sheer top coat but Genesis couldn’t, too opaque.

ParSun purples

ParSun purples2

Once again, I have to emphasize that Isa does not photograph as purple as I think it appears in person.  Here it looks just as blue as Neve and lighter, too, but it really isn’t.  Belinda is a darker purple with blue shimmer, and Hope’s not close since it has a dark pink tone.  In real life I’d say Isa is halfway between Neve and Belinda in … purpleness.  Purpleocity.  Purpleism.

ParSun blues

ParSun blues2

Here’s a good mix of shimmery blues that lean turquoise.  No dupes — Noel is more silvery, Charla is greener with glitter, and Tallulah is more blue.

ParSun teals

ParSun teals2

Teal time!  Giovanna and Selene are very, very close, with Giovanna being a hair darker.  Truthfully, if I already had Giovanna I wouldn’t get Selene too, but maybe you want every teal every made.  Zuza is way lighter, and remains one of my fave teals ever.

ParSun pinks

ParSun pinks2

Let’s look at the new Mae in the pink family.  Izzy is darker and Kimber is more red, but I find Gilda to be an almost-dupe.  Gilda may be a tad more glittery but not enough to make a huge difference in my opinion.

ParSun reds

ParSun reds2

Here’s the new Aphrodite with two older colors, Elke and Milla.  Elke is redder and more opaque but Milla is quite similar.  I think Milla has a bit more sparkle/shimmer, while Aphrodite is more of a glass fleck.  Also, Milla is discontinued.

Overall I found more near-dupes in my Zoya stash for Paradise Sun polishes.  I hope this post has been useful and fun for you, in deciding what to buy or put on your wish list.  Have a great weekend!

Disclosure:  The Paradise Sun Collection and many comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Island Fun comparisons

Disclosure:  The Island Fun Collection and many comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Confession time.  I feel lazy.  While I absolutely love making comparison posts, my nails and cuticles are not as enthusiastic.  Swatching literally dozens of polishes in the space of a few days makes them ugly and irritated, so this week I’m taking a shortcut.

Zoya’s new summer collection of cremes is called Island Fun and I reviewed the set two days ago.  Great colors!  I have quite a few older Zoya polishes to compare them to and want to show you as many as possible.  My shortcut is that I photographed the bottles and then small swatches on wooden craft sticks aka popsicle sticks.

No, it’s not exactly the same as putting them all on my nails, but believe me that the colors show just as accurately.  Yes, the polishes bleed a little on the untreated wood, some moreso than others, but it doesn’t affect the color.  I apologize in advance if this shortcut disappoints anyone.

(Note to self, really need to buy a few hundred plastic nail swatch sticks, if I can ever find ones that are sold locally and which don’t cost a fortune.)

As a reminder, here’s the Island Fun collection.

Island Fun set

Left to right:

  • Demetria
  • Nana
  • Serenity
  • Talia
  • Cecelia
  • Jace

I may have some similar colors in other brands such as OPI  or a-England but I’m only going to compare Zoyas, from fewest comps to most.

First, I’ve had several requests to compare Jace to Tilda.  Tilda is the only similar green creme I have from Zoya.

IslFun comp greens

IslFun comp greens2

Tilda is lighter and more of a lime green yet not a bright chartreuse.

In teals, I pulled out Wednesday.

IslFun comp teals

IslFun comp teals2

Wednesday is much lighter so not a dupe.

Mira is an older color, and it’s rather similar to Serenity.

IslFun comp purples

IslFun comp purples2

These two are close but Mira is darker and more of what I think of as a grape purple.  Serenity has a more blue tone.

Getting into the blues/turquoises, here is Talia with Robyn on one side and Ling on the other.

IslFun comp blues

IslFun comp blues2

No dupes here; both Robyn and Ling are more blue and less turquoise than Talia.  Ling also has a very slight periwinkle tone.

In the orange-reds, here’s a handful, literally.

IslFun comp reds

Rocha is much lighter and more orange, and Sooki is a lot more red, so I only swatched the middle three.

IslFun comp reds2

Close, but not duplicates.  Demetria seems to be right between Maura and Tamsen in color — darker than Maura but lighter than Tamsen.

And last but obviously not least, the magenta pinks.  This is almost embarrassing, I have so many that are similar!

IslFun comp pinks

I felt the need to swatch them all.  (Click on the photos for a larger view.)

IslFun comp pinks2

Wow, this is tough.  Let’s eliminate a couple first.  Dana is much lighter and Moxie is much darker.  The rest are very close, but Fergie, Reagan, and Areej are slightly more fuchsia. I would call Brie a dupe.  However, Brie is no longer available from Zoya, nor is Moxie.  I believe the others are still being produced, or you may already own one or more.

So that’s the Island Fun comp-fest.  I did not find any true dupes except Nana and Brie.

But you know what?  Overall I got a similar vibe between this new Island Fun set and the one called Summertime from 2011.

Zoya Summertime set 2011

Left to right:  Sooki, Tamsen, Kieko, Areej, Mira, and Breezi

Sure, Summertime had no green or teal or turquoise, but somehow they still reminded me of each other.  Maybe it’s the summer/all cremes theme.

Disclosure:  The Island Fun Collection and many comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

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