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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.

A triple dose of good news

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Disclosure:  This polish was provided by SinfulColors for review.

Who doesn’t love good news?  Got some for ya.  First of all, SinfulColors has graciously begun providing me with media samples so I can show you more of their polishes than I already do.

Secondly, I have some of their brand new colors to show you this coming week, with one debuting today even though I don’t normally post on Sundays.  I just couldn’t wait!

Thirdly — and this is always good news on my radar — Walgreens is starting one of its 99-cent SinfulColors sales today.  Yep, the polishes are usually a budget-friendly $1.99 anyway for a full-sized 0.5 oz/15 mL bottle, but at 99 cents (with Walgreens member card, no charge for enrolling), you better believe I stock up.

The other day I posted the news release about a big collection from SinfulColors called Street Fusion.  The promo picture of the polishes is so pretty, but I realized that six of the colors are not shown but are described in the text:

  • Cherry Blossom
  • Fuji Fiji (say that ten times fast!)
  • Keira Blu
  • Otaku Anime
  • Pink Ansen
  • Sky Tree

I have Cherry Blossom to show off today and will have the gorgeous Keira Blu and Sky Tree as well, plus others.

Cherry Blossom is a petal pink fleck/shimmer.  I thought it might be quite sheer but it’s not and I could almost get away with two coats but I used three.  It applied well although I did notice a bit of shrinkage from my nail tips on the first coat, so I wrapped the tips (extended the polish along the ends of my fingernails and a little underneath).  It dried very shiny.

Under indirect bright outdoor light and with the flash:

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom flash

I love Cherry Blossom.  It’s a bright pink but not a bubblegum or Barbie shade, and it’s neutral enough — not orange- or purple-toned — that I think it would look great on a variety of skin tones.

If you’re new to SinfulColors, the polish is inexpensive yet of very good quality; it’s my favorite ultra-budget brand.  And I’m not the only one who thinks so.  Read about a news item here that took the polish world by storm.

Now, get to that Walgreens sale!  (Hint:  The new Keira Blu?  If you love shimmery blue polish, you want it.)

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Disclosure:  This polish was provided by SinfulColors for review.

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