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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.

Date Night

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Hey, hey, I’m back from my short break.  Felt good.  In the last few days the weather has cooled down a lot, for which I’m thankful.  I love summer with all that there is to do, but the heat and drought were pretty bad for a longer time than usual.

When the weather cools down I’m definitely more in the mood for warmer colors.  Today I have another polish from Colour Prevails, the relatively new Walgreens-exclusive brand.  It’s called Date Night, and don’t confuse it — like I do — with the similarly named Blind Date, which is a totally different color and finish.

Date Night is a bronze-gold metallic shimmer, not a yellowish gold nor overly brown.  A pretty, festive color, I’d probably save it for a party or a…. wait for it… date night.  It had a good formula and an average nail polish smell.  The first coat was thin and streaky but the second coat gave good coverage.   Brushstrokes were only slightly problematic and are avoidable with careful application.  Under indirect bright outdoor light and then with full flash:

Date Night outd

Date Night flash

Isn’t that a beautiful gold?  Not greenish or yellowish at all, and good even on cooler skin tones.  I really like it yet feel it would look even better on very light or very dark skin.

As long as there was a party on my nails, I decided to see what it would look like spiffed up further.  I added one thin top coat of the bronze-gold sparkle in a clear base from Colour Prevails called Mr. Right Now, which I reviewed earlier this year.  Same two lighting conditions:

Date Night w MRN outd

Date Night w MRN flash

This combo is such a fancy (to me) look that I’d probably save it for a holiday party or other big deal, probably not a casual date night down at our favorite beer ‘n’ pizza place.  SRP is $8.00 for 0.32 oz/9.5 mL, but I got it when it was on sale for $6.80.

The pumpkin stampede

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OK, Labor Day is past, the weather is fall-like in my neck of the woods (snow in nearby Glacier National Park, even!), and I’m ready to go all-out autumn.  It’s my favorite time of year and I love pulling out old sweaters, getting my orange plaid latte mug down from the cabinet, and switching out some of my usual makeup and nail polishes for deeper, warmer shades.

And I’m all about the pumpkins.  Love pumpkin flavor in just about anything — coffee, creamer, pie, muffins, cake.  Pumpkin Spice Latte, while by no means new, is HUGE this year.  Apparently it’s some annual Starbucks phenom, but I rarely go to Starbucks — not that I don’t like their wares ’cause I do, but it’s too easy to spend too much money there too often.

At any rate, remember my review of a lipstick/lip gloss duo from Walgreens-exclusive Nonie Creme Colour Prevails?  The color was called Warm Berry and I wanted to go back for the shade called Pumpkin.  SRP was $14.00, but Walgreens was having a 20% off sale on Colour Prevails so it was $11.20.  I’m fine with that price for good-quality dual product, no matter where it’s sold.

I really like that the Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Lip Gloss has two options, a more opaque lipstick and a sheerer lip gloss.  You can wear one or the other or wear the gloss over the lipstick.  Pumpkin is a dark orange-red.

CP Pumpkin

CP Pumpkin2

Here are swatches on my inner arm, first under indirect cloudy outdoor light and then with the flash:

CP Pumpkin sw outd

CP Pumpkin sw flash

The lipstick is very pigmented and the gloss is quite sheer.  There was no scent or taste to either and wear was good.  I’d probably wear the gloss more because I prefer gloss to lipstick most of the time.  After removal both left a slight stain.

For comparisons, here are Pumpkin in the middle, Colour Prevails Warm Berry on the right, and a lipstick I got last spring from Sonia Kashuk called Nirvana on the left.  Nirvana is lighter and more of a coral nude, and Warm Berry is obviously much more of a cool plum shade.  For a price comparison, Nirvana was $11.99 and does not include a lip gloss.

CP Pumpkin comp

A lipstick/lip gloss combo from Colour Prevails

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Betcha thought I forgot about Nonie Creme Colour Prevails, eh?  I had a wonderful treasure trove of products supplied to me by the company and reviewed them earlier in the summer.  You can see those reviews here:

Well, I’ve liked the products so much that I’ve bought some of the nail polish for myself at retail — it’s a Walgreens-exclusive brand — and recently picked up the lip product I was coveting the most.  It’s called the Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Lip Gloss and is a great dual-purpose item.  It comes in twelve colors:

  • Vintage Rose
  • Neutral Pink
  • Warm Berry
  • Tropical Pink
  • Classic Red
  • Orange Red
  • Iris
  • Vamp
  • Pumpkin
  • Rockabilly Pink
  • Blue Red
  • Mannequin Beige

One end is a full-sized twist-up lipstick and the other end is a tube of lip gloss with a sponge-tip applicator.

CP Warm Berry

CP Warm Berry 2

CP Warm Berry 3

One minor point but something that I really like is that when the lipstick is retracted it’s completely under the edge of its container, which you can see in the first photo.  That means no nicking or gouging it with the clear plastic cap when you remove or replace it.  Because I’m clumsy that way.

I love this duo.  Besides getting a two-in-one product, the lipstick is very pigmented and the gloss has a pretty wash of sheer color and shine.  I could not detect any scent or taste to either one at all.  Wear was good and the lipstick alone felt slightly drying so I’d wear it with the gloss.  After removal the lipstick left a slight stain but the gloss alone did not.

Here’s a photo of some quick swatches.  The top one is the lip gloss alone, the second one is a light pass with the lipstick alone, and the third one is a heavier application of the lipstick alone.

CP Warm Berry 4

When the lip gloss is worn over the lipstick it looks very much like the third swatch, but shinier.

As far as the color Warm Berry goes, I love it but feel “Warm” is a misnomer.  I’d call it a cool-toned plummy red.  It was tough to pick just one color at the store, as I liked most of the pinks and was really drawn to the “Hey, it’s almost fall !” shade called Pumpkin.  I suspect I’ll be going back for Pumpkin soon.

SRP was $14.00, but at the time of my purchase Walgreens was having a 20% off sale on Colour Prevails so I paid $11.20.  I feel this is a good price for a quality, pigmented lip product that gives you both a lipstick and a gloss.

A quick Blind Date

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I recently picked up another Colour Prevails nail polish.  Colour Prevails, as I’ve blogged numerous times in the past month, is a relatively new brand that is a Walgreens exclusive.  The polish has an unusual ergonomic wing-like handle, and I talked about it fully here.

Last trip to Wags, I allowed myself one new polish.  What should it be?  I was sorely tempted by Cocky or All Nighter, because of the gorgeous swatches here from Beauty Geeks.  I picked up and put down more bottles than I can count, and finally settled on Blind Date, a pinkish-purple with a dash of shimmer.  The Walgreens web site calls it mauve but I say no way; it’s too bright for that.

Blind Date had a good formula and an average polish smell.  The first coat was streaky but the second covered well, and it dried quite shiny.  Under indirect outdoor light it looks rather plummy:

Blind Date outd

But with the flash you can really see the shimmer.  It’s neither glittery nor frosty.  Brushstrokes didn’t show at all.

Blind Date flash

Now, Blind Date is gorgeous, and I love purples, but as soon as I put it on I had déjà vu.  I knew the color looked familiar.  Was it Blyss from Zoya?  Fig from SinfulColors?

No.  Yes.

Blyss is lighter and pinker, but Fig is a dead-on dupe.  Here are some swatch sticks, and excuse my poor handwriting, something that’s always been a struggle for me.

Blind Date comps

Up close:

Blind Date comps closeup

Blind Date and Fig are the same color and also have the same light amount of shimmer, so if you have one you don’t need the other.  Pricewise, Blind Date is $8.00 for 0.32 oz/9.5 mL, and Fig is $1.99 for 0.5 oz/15 mL.  All Colour Prevails products come shrink-wrapped and have that ergonomic handle.

I’m not sorry I bought Blind Date, though, as my bottle of Fig is old and so I might play around with it and do some frankenpolish experiments in my lab crafts room.

Another duo from Colour Prevails, this one for eyes

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Disclosure:  This product was supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

We’re on the last day of a whole week of reviews of Nonie Creme Colour Prevails (CP) products, a new cosmetics company that’s a Walgreens exclusive.  Hope you’ve enjoyed the lip color/liner duos, the CC creme, the nail polish, and the eye shimmer powder.

Today I’ve got another two-in-one item, the Eye Design Shadow/Liner Duo.  The packaging is identical in size and shape to the lip color/liner duos, and like that one, one end has a liner and the other a color, in this case an eye shadow.

CP eye duo

It comes completely shrink-wrapped and the ends are securely covered with clear removable caps.  Both pencils/crayons are soft and twist up, no sharpening required.

CP eye duo 1

CP eye duo 2

Sorry the inside of the liner end looks a little messy; that happened in shipment and the weather here is horribly hot.

The Eye Design Shadow/Liner Duo comes in twelve color combos; the first one is the shadow and the second is the liner:

  • Rose/Black
  • Pearl/Black
  • Wine/Black
  • Peach/Brown
  • Royal Purple/Brown
  • Nude Frost/Navy
  • Mocha/Hunter Green
  • Mocha/Purple
  • Gunmetal/Olive
  • Gunmetal/Purple
  • Silver/Grey
  • Lavender/Grey

I think it’s great that the liners come in more colors than just black or brown!  I’ve discovered it’s hard to find a good dark green liner and may get Mocha/Hunter Green.

As you can see, I received Rose/Black.  The black liner gives a very precise line and is true black, not rusty or grayed out.  The shadow is a shimmery, buildable rose pink.  On my inner arm under indirect bright outdoor light:

CP eye duo swatch

The liner applied smoothly with no tugging or skipping, and wear was excellent.  The shadow also applied softly and smoothly and had good wear with no noticeable creasing.  Both the liner and the shadow removed easily with drugstore eye makeup remover.  I have some other liner pencils that are pretty but are such a bear to remove that I don’t wear them very often.

I tried another shimmer pink eye shadow crayon before from a Korean vendor but it was such a glitter bomb that it looked silly on me and I gave it away.  You can see a swatch of it here.  In different lighting it had big flakes of almost-holographic glitter.

As with the lip duo, the SRP is $12.00 US and it would make a versatile product for your travel bag.

So, thoughts overall about Colour Prevails?  I mostly love what I’ve tried so far from the company and plan to buy more for myself.  Have a great weekend, everybody!

Disclosure:  This product was supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Blurred Lines… not THAT Blurred Lines!

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Disclosure:  This product was supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Continuing my week of testing with items from the new company Colour Prevails (CP), today I have a CC creme.  It’s just what the doctor ordered for these hot summer days.

CP Blurred Lines

It’s called Blurred Lines.  Not THIS “Blurred Lines,” hey hey hey!

Colour Prevails Blurred Lines CC Creme is a product that combines light coverage with sunscreen.  Here’s the Walgreens web site description:

All-In-One Creme

    Promotes Even Coverage
    Helps Hydrate Skin
    Oil-Free Formula

All-in-one creme in a convenient pump dispenser that delivers coverage that’s soft, even, natural; virtually undetectable.  Skin conditioning ingredients and emollients to hydrate the skin and improve its appearance.  Antioxidants and broad spectrum sunscreen that protect the skin from environmental damage caused by the sun and pollution.

This product is not tested on animals.

Made in Italy

Apply with fingertips starting in the center of the face.  Blend well.

Apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure.  Children under 6 months of age:  Ask a doctor.  Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.  Reapply at least every 2 hours.

CC cremes can be confusing, as can BB cremes.  I first talked about them here.  Many companies claim to have BB or CC cremes but they’re really nothing more than tinted moisturizers, which, if that’s what you want, fine.  But don’t tell me something has a dozen benefits when it doesn’t.  CheapbrandsImlookinatyou.

The CC in CC cremes usually stands for “color correcting,” but not in the sense that green cancels redness or purple hides sallowness.  It’s more to do with evening out skin tone due to its priming, moisturizing, and sunscreen properties.  Let’s look at the active and inactive ingredients for Blurred Lines (click on any photo for a larger view).

CP Blurred Lines info

CP Blurred Lines info2

It seems to lean heavily towards being a sunscreen and has both chemical sunscreens (the octinoxate, octocrylene, and avobenzone) and physical or more traditional ones (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide).  Some people refuse to wear anything with the chemical sunscreens which is their right.  I’ve used them for years especially on my hands via Neutrogena products and am OK with them.  FYI, I have zero sun spots/age spots on my hands.  There are arguments both for and against these ingredients but it’s up to the consumer.

Note that first inactive ingredient is good ol’ water, for moisturizing.  I believe dimethicone is a silicone-based smoothing agent, and it’s in many cosmetics.  I’ve used skin primers that had so much silicone in them that my face felt like a piece of plastic.  Not Blurred Lines.  Right after application and many hours later, my skin felt moisturized and smooth but not artificial, to the point that I kept patting my own face.  I know, I know; I shouldn’t do that!  But it felt so nice.

I have normal-to-dry skin so don’t know how it would perform on oily skin.  I’ve used a couple of Korean BB cremes in the past year and I liked them well enough although they smelled odd and had a grayish cast to them.  That tone was not working for me this summer since I’ve gotten a little more color in my face.

Here’s the Blurred Lines dabbed on the back of Ye Olde Hand and then blended in, under artificial indoor light.

CP Blurred Lines ind light

CP Blurred Lines blended ind light

Can you tell a difference?  It’s subtle.  After all, this is not a full-coverage foundation.

After using it, I’d call it “Blurred Pores.”  Seriously, after using this and then my current favorite finishing powder, Mineral Veil from Bare Minerals, the appearance of my facial pores was really reduced.

Blurred Lines CC Creme, like other Colour Prevails products, is a Walgreens exclusive and comes shrink-wrapped for safety.  It dispenses via a pump top, another feature that keeps the product clean.  It’s $16.00 US for 1 oz/30 mL and only you know if the price is right for you.  Honestly?  If I didn’t know anything about this I probably wouldn’t have bought it, but if I’d been given a tiny sample I would buy it after wearing it just once.

For comparison, here are some random CC cremes and their prices today on Walgreens.com; all are 1 ounce:  L’Oreal $12.99, Revlon $14.49, Almay $10.49.  At Ulta.com here are some prestige brand CC cremes, again 1 ounce:  It Cosmetics (1.08 oz.) $38.00, Smashbox $42.00, Pur Minerals $38.00.

Blurred Lines presently only comes in three colors:  Light, Medium, and Medium-Dark.  Fortunately I was sent Light, which I’d actually call more of a light-medium.  There’s no very fair/porcelain shade nor one that is very dark.  But perhaps in the future, if the company is successful, there will be more colors.  One caveat — the only place on my tube that listed the color as Light was on the shrink-wrapping, so when I tossed that I lost the label.  Not a problem if you only have one around anyway, but just letting you know.

Stay cool out there!

Disclosure:  This product was supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

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