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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.

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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

FlairEmber

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:

ZP_FLAIR_GROUP SHOT_RGB

 

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.

Spring 2016 news — House of Colour collection from China Glaze

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My new Zoya Whispers Collection isn’t here yet, so let’s peek at some other late winter/early spring news.  China Glaze’s big spring set is called House of Colour.

CG House of Colour

I see a motley crew of cremes, shimmers, and glitters in a variety of colors — royal blue, pale yellow, fuchsia, tan, coral and more.  They should be in stores soon and are already available online, such as at Ulta.

For a really good look at all of them, check out THIS video review from Karina Kaboom.  The color names are (not in the same order as the bottles shown):

Come Rain or Shine
In the Near Fuchsia
Girls Just Want to Have Sun
Glitter Me This
Let’s Chalk About It
Sorry I’m Latte
Chrome Is Where the Heart Is
Shut the Front Door
Pink or Swim
About Layin’ Out
Moonlight the Night
Don’t Be Shallow

If you’re tired of the holidays, winter, snow, and so on, some spring news is always welcome.

Go Star Hopping with China Glaze

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New for the holidays — an 8-polish set of glitters from China Glaze called Star Hopping.

CG Star Hopping display

Color names are:

  • You’re Too Sweet
  • Turn Up the Heat
  • Pick Me Up Purple
  • Counting Carats
  • Silver of Sorts
  • Star Hopping
  • Can You Sea Me?
  • Give Me the Green Light!

They’re available now at Head2ToeBeauty and may be in stores as well although I haven’t seen them in person.

Blogger The Cheryl Flavour has swatches of the whole set HERE.  Very pretty, but none of them are grabbing me.  I have more glitters now than I ever use… not that that ever stops me from buying other polishes!

China Glaze holiday collection, Cheers!, available now

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I previewed this set (sort of) back in August.  Actually I had no photos of my own nor share-able ones from China Glaze, so I pointed you towards other bloggers.  I was looking forward to seeing more about this annual holiday collection, called Cheers! for 2015.

CG Cheers display

Now they’re out, at least at online retailers like Head2ToeBeauty.  Super price there too, $3.75 each.  Look at that set of six ultra-minis (0.125 oz each) for $7.95.

CG Cheers minis

Love the jewel tones!  These minis are nice if you don’t need or want full-sized bottles.  There are several other gift sets too, something China Glaze does every year.

The colors are:

  • Coal Hands, Warm Heartmidnight holographic glitter
  • Don’t Get Elfed Up — glistening deep emerald shimmer
  • I Soiree I Didn’t Do It — bright and cheery green glitter
  • Mix and Mingle — vivid deep purple creme
  • Brand Sparkin’ New Year — deep prismatic purple glitter
  • Better Not Pout — merry berry pearl
  • Wine Down for What? — rich red creme
  • Peppermint To Be — glittering ruby shimmer
  • Ugly Sweater Party — multi-dimensional red glitter
  • Son of a Nutcracker — fiery red orange pearl
  • Bring on the Bubbly — gleaming gold glitter
  • Break the Ice — icy prismatic silver glitter

CG Cheers bottles

I think there are some gorgeous glitters and shimmers in this set, not all reds and golds, as in many companies’ holiday offerings.  Any of them speaking to you?

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.

Why yes. Yes, I wood.

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Geeky madness here.  My favorite (currently only, as well) MMORPG is having a beta weekend starting now to test its new expansion pack, and I’m nerdily anxious to play.  So you get a short post from me.  But a good one!

China Glaze’s fall collection, The Great Outdoors, had me all excited when it was first announced.  As time went on and swatches appeared, my enthusiasm dimmed which is actually good for my wallet.  There was one shade, though, that I just had to have.  Wood You Wanna? is a silvery gray-purple-brown foil.

I love brown polishes yet am picky about them.  Don’t like them looking like dirt or…. other organic matter, if ya know what I mean.  A good way to avoid this with browns is to get a shimmer, foil, or glitter instead of a plain creme.

Ulta is currently having a BOGO sale on all China Glaze (CG) polishes, good through tomorrow, Saturday.  New releases are included.  That’s buy one get one free, a rare sale these days; usually things are buy one get one half off.  So two CGs that normally cost $7.50 each are $3.75 each.  ♪ ♫ Awwwwe-some! ♫ ♪

Wood You Wanna? applied extremely smoothly and gave good coverage in one coat.  Yes, it’s that rare bird, a one-coat wonder.  It also dried very shiny.  Under indirect bright outdoor light, with the flash, and under artificial indoor light:

Wood U outd

Wood U flash

Wood U ind

I love this polish.  LOVE IT.  Right up my alley for fall, and it’s a brown that looks good on my cool-toned skin.  Oh, and it begs a comparison to another new fall color I reviewed, Frock ‘n Roll from Essie.

Wood U comp

Not dupes.  Wood You Wanna? is more brown and silver, and Frock ‘n Roll is more purple.  I like both.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers!

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After fall news comes holiday news.  Yes, it’s true.  Holiday as in Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year’s — whatever you celebrate or hide from in December/winter.  I know of several holiday collections that will be coming out in a few months, and here’s one from China Glaze that’s no secret.

It’s called Cheers!, was shown to the attendees at the Cosmoprof event in July, and there are twelve polishes.  As you might imagine, the colors are bright or dark or rich, and glitter makes a big showing.  I don’t own any pictures of the set, but for a great view, look here at Chickettes.

I like that the set isn’t ten reds plus one gold and one silver.  The purples and the teal are gorgeous.  Fun names, too — Coal Hands Warm Heart, Peppermint To Be, and Ugly Sweater Party, just to name a few.  Bloggers My Nail Polish Obsession and Pretty Tacky have other views of the nail wheel swatches.

Don’t know yet what the street date is.  My Nail Polish Obsession’s post shows various duos of the polishes in small gift sets.

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