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The best polishes of 2015

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Disclosure:  The Zoya and SinfulColors polishes were previously supplied by the company for review.

I started doing a “best of the year” post last year and thought I’d do it again.  Once again, I’m only covering nail polish because I don’t think I reviewed enough makeup to have a “best of” for that.

Roll film!

Best Pink:  Cherry Blossom from SinfulColors

Cherry Blossom flash

I didn’t see as many foils this year as usual, and it’s my favorite finish.  Sparkly yet not glittery, and no brushstrokes.  Cherry Blossom’s shade of pink made me happy just to look at it.

Best Red:  Ember from Zoya


What a glowing red, nothing plain about Ember.  Excellent formula too.

Best Gold:  Date Night from Nonie Creme Color Prevails

Date Night outd

Foil.  Give me more foil.

Best Green:  Honor from Zoya

MV15 Honor outd

Honor, from the Winter MatteVelvet Collection, is obviously matte (duh) and in the photo I show it compared to Zoya’s previous Veruschka.  They were almost exact duplicates, and Veruschka is no longer available.

Best Blue:  Yves from Zoya

MV15 Yves outd

Yves is another from the Winter MatteVelvet set.  It and Honor both had a fantastic formula.

Best Lavender:  Rose Dust from SinfulColors

Rose Dust

This baby applied like a dream and was perfect for spring.

Best Purple:  Giada from Zoya

Flair Giada

I’m addicted to these shimmery, violet-toned purples.

Best Blue-Purple:  Yeah, it’s a new category for me.  I loathe the term “blurple,” which sounds like a rude digestive noise, but that’s what many people call that color in between blue and purple.  Anyway, I loved OPI’s Cosmo With A Twist.  Here it is both without and then with a matte top coat.

Cosmo waT outd2

Cosmo waT mattified

Best White, Gray, or Silver:  Aspen from Zoya

MV15 Aspen outd

Like sparkling snow!

Best Brown:  Cinnamon from Zoya

Flair Cinnamon

Best Duochrome or Multichrome:  Cabin Fever from China Glaze

Cabin Fever outd

Cabin Fever flash

Pink, copper, gold, green — Cabin Fever had it all.

Best Top Coat and Best Glitter:  Mr. Wrong from Nonie Creme Colour Prevails

ColPrev Mr. Wrong two coats

This is two coats of Mr. Wrong over a black creme.

Overall, I felt 2015 was kind of an off year for polish, even though there were many individual ones I loved.  First — and this is purely personal preference — there was a yawn-inducing, mind-numbing prevalence of sheer and/or skin-toned neutrals in the fashion world and for the most part I say BORING.  Secondly, where was the innovation, new finishes, new and exciting colors?  (That’s a rhetorical question — they were buried in mannequin-hands neutrals).

But still, the final winners of BEST POLISH:  It’s a tie between Ember and Cabin Fever, pictured above.  Ember, while “only” a red, is not plain by any stretch of the imagination.  It seems to glow with an inner light.  Cabin Fever was so interesting and different that I want to keep it as a pet in a cage and stare at it.

Picking a BEST COLLECTION of the year was difficult, as there was no one set where I loved every single color.  But the closest was the fall Flair Collection from Zoya:



Yep, I love fall and fall polishes, the rich colors, the anti-neutrals.  Hope I chose some of your favorites too.  Happy New Year!!

Disclosure:  The Zoya and SinfulColors polishes were previously supplied by the company for review.

Cabin Fever, the polish

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I’ve talked about cabin fever the mental state before; today let’s talk about a polish named Cabin Fever.

Really liked the new China Glaze (CG) I got the other day, Wood You Wanna? from the fall set called The Great Outdoors, and I mentioned that Ulta was having a BOGO sale (now expired as far as I know) on all CGs.  What fun is a BOGO if you only get one?  So of course I got two.

The other one I picked up was Cabin Fever, an interesting multichrome.  More than just a duochrome, it flashes mostly copper and rosy pink but also has a greenish-gold shift.  I don’t have anything quite like it.

The formula is good although upon first application it seems frosty and streaky.  However, as it dries it self-levels extremely well and made brushstrokes a non-issue.  Under indirect bright outdoor light, with the flash, and in direct sunlight:

Cabin Fever outd

Cabin Fever flash

Cabin Fever sun

Same lighting conditions but at a different angle:

Cabin Fever outd2

Cabin Fever flash2

Cabin Fever sun2

Wow, looks like I’m holding three different bottles but I assure you it’s just the one.  As you can see, different colors in Cabin Fever are visible under different light and at various angles.  In direct sunlight it even looks bronze.  Really a fun, interesting polish — it’s like the changing autumn leaves in a bottle.

More… you guessed it… fall news

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It’s been a week of fall news and nothing but.  Now watch — in a couple of weeks I’ll have nothing and be back to my boring self.  Without further ado, Color Club’s fall collection called Cabin Fever:

CC Cabin Fever

CC Cabin Fever bottles 2

CC Cabin Fever bottles

All photos from the Color Club web site.  The colors appear much more vibrant in the third picture than they do in the second one.

In the synchronicity that is the polish world, the collection’s theme sounds super-close to China Glaze’s Fall 2015 set, The Great Outdoors.  That one even has a polish named Cabin Fever.  Sigh.

These all appear to be cremes and frankly it’s hard to work up any enthusiasm.  I don’t see anything I must have.  Another mauve-pink?  Yawn.  The yellowish ones Leaf Me Alone and Oh Deer look maybe a little different but yellows look dreadful on me.

$8.50 each at Color Club

More fall news!

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Part of me hates to post a third “news” bit in a row, but most of me knows that if I don’t post news asap, it’s no longer news.  So without further ado, ready for glimpses of the fall collection from China Glaze?  The Great Outdoors!

Pictures so far are scant and low-res, but let’s see what we can glean from them.

CG great outdoors

Hmmm, that one doesn’t tell us much.  Here’s a better one:

CG great outdoors2

An interesting mix of both dark and light shades.  I can only read one of the color names, and that’s “Cabin Fever” for the coppery one on the bottom row.  Why I can read that one and not others is a puzzle.  Can you read any of them?  It’s like those charts at the eye doctor’s office.

I’m loving that copper and also the dark green in the top row and several dark shimmers.  But what the heck is that chartreuse color?  Looks horribly out of place to me.

I don’t know of a release date but fall collections usually launch in mid to late summer.  Set name, polish names, colors, and availability are subject to change.


Cabin Fever

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Winter been too long for you?  Had too much snow?  (Boston, I’m lookin’ at you.)  Been indoors too much?

Then you have cabin fever.  Actual cabin is not required.  Cabin fever is an all-too-real phenomenon here in Montana — in the winter, days are short, nights are long, skies are often gray, and the snow is often piled upon piles.  Sometimes you feel like if you don’t get out and do something different soon you’ll go nuts.

You can only watch so much Netflix and only check Facebook a finite number of times per day.  What you need, my friends, is to get out to Cabin Fever Days!  This annual event takes place among the metropolises of Martin City, Coram, and Hungry Horse, all of which are scattered in their cultural glory throughout Badrock Canyon, the gauntlet between the wide and beautiful Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park.

Narrow Badrock Canyon gets very little sunlight in the winter and is not recommended for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (fancy schmancy name for cabin fever).  The hardy residents cope with the conditions by using various and handy aids — alcohol, trips out of state, alcohol, ice fishing, and alcohol.  Often firearms are involved.  Maybe arson.

The highlight of Cabin Fever Days is the world famous (so they tell me) BarStool Ski Races.  “It’s pretty easy to get yourself into the Barstool Ski Races. Mount some skis on something you can ride and put on a costume if the mood strikes you.”  What could be easier?  If you’re wondering about the difference between Steerable, Non-Steerable, Open, and Show Classes — and I know you are — you can read all about that too.

Need some video coaching?

[Warning:  alcohol may have been consumed by participants, judges, onlookers, and various pets.]

What does this have to do with nail polish?  Nothing.  But since I don’t have my flying barstool quite ready yet, I often combat cabin fever by playing with my nail polish and having an at-home spa day.  Here’s a new-to-me polish from Zoya, Crystal.

Crystal is from the 2010 winter/holiday collection called Fire & Ice, and man, was this set a winner!  Sarah, Tiffany, Gloria, Valerie, and Lisa were all gorgeous, not a runt in the litter.

Crystal is a clear base with tons of silvery blue and gold foil particles or microglitter.  The first coat was so sheer and streaky that I thought I’d have a hard time building up opacity but I didn’t.  Three coats, no top coat, under bright indirect outdoor light and then with the fill flash:


Crystal flash

Very wintry, but the gold sparkles keep it from being just another blue.

Now, get out and get busy!

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