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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.

Oh, let me be your Teddy Bear

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

Exciting times here at The Silver Nail.  May I gush a little?  I have just received my first samples directly from a makeup company for review.  So thank you to Colour Prevails for flying with us over-40 gals.  We love our pretties!

And I might as well repeat myself, but please know that my reviews and opinions will always be my own.  If I like something, I say so, and if I don’t like it then I let you know that too, whether I bought it myself or received it free.

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails aka Colour Prevails (CP) is a new cosmetics company that is a Walgreens exclusive.  The products are more expensive than, say, Wet n Wild or Maybelline, but less costly than Urban Decay, Dior, etc.  Sometimes these in-between lines are called “masstige,” a hybrid of “mass market” and “prestige.”

The products are available at Walgreens.com and in many but not all stores.  For example, my Walgreens just a few blocks away has the full line but the store 15 miles away doesn’t carry them at all.  Yet.

I’ve already bought some CP items and my review of two nail polishes is here, plus an in-depth review of one of their three eye shadow palettes is here.  I loved the ergonomic handle on the nail polish bottles.

So!  New stuff!  I plan to blog all week about Colour Prevails but don’t fret that it’ll be repetitive because I have a variety of products to show you.  Today let’s look at something very new to me, the Eye Shimmer Powder.

It comes in a bottle identical in size and shape to the nail polish ones but the butterfly on the handle (also ergonomic) is a different color.  Stock photo from Walgreens’ site in the color Ruby Rust:

CP Ruby Rust

You can see all twelve colors at the Walgreens site:

  • Copper
  • Pewter
  • Ruby Rust
  • Proper Purple
  • Emerald
  • Grey
  • Gold
  • Autumn Olive
  • Teddy Bear
  • Sapphire
  • Bronze
  • Rose Gold

Here’s the description:

Pure, Shimmering Color to Light up Your Eyes

    Promotes Long-Lasting Wear
    With Precision Painter
    With Shimmering Mica

The patented, ergonomically designed applicator will improve your results beyond belief!  Gorgeous, shimmering mica for pure color and light adheres like magic to the eyelids for long-lasting wear.  Specially designed Precision Painter applies just the right amount of powder shadow with no mess.  The range of shades from subtle to bold begs to be played with, mixed and blended for custom looks.  Wear alone or layer with liner, powder or creme eye shadows.

Made in USA

Apply directly around the eye area with the Precision Painter.  Can be used as an eye shadow or liner.  Blend with fingertip or with a brush for a sheerer look.

Before opening, please note the bottle is shrink-wrapped, as are all CP products, for safety and cleanliness.

CP Teddy Bear shrinkwrapped

With the shrink-wrap removed:

CP Teddy Bear shrwrp removed

Teddy Bear is a muted medium golden brown, neither yellow- nor orange-toned.  I haven’t used an eye shadow quite like this before so it takes some getting used to.  It’s like paint for your eyes.  The applicator wand has a short stem and doesn’t bend or wobble and the applicator is a small, precise sponge tip.  As with the nail polish, you can pop off the “winged” handle part if you want.

CP Teddy Bear open

CP Teddy Bear open cap

The product itself is neither a loose powder nor a liquid.  I’ve tried loose eye shadow powders before and find them too messy and too prone to settle into lines.  This Eye Shimmer Powder feels like a pressed powder during application, actually.

The ergonomic handle felt more natural to me when I was using it for nail polish than it did with this eye shadow but I think that I merely need practice.  On my inner arm under indirect outdoor light and then under artificial indoor light.

CP Teddy Bear swatch outd light

CP Teddy Bear swatch artif ind light

I swatched it both over eye primer and without, and think it actually looked better and less patchy without primer (the top half of the swatch).  It’s blendable at first, and after letting it set for a minute I did a swipe test and very little rubbed off on my finger, and it didn’t smear.  It removed easily and without shimmer residue with drugstore eye makeup remover.

I tried it both as an eye shadow and an eye liner, per the web site blurb above.  Didn’t really work as liner for me because I couldn’t get the dark precise line I prefer.  I do like it as eye shadow though, and think this shade Teddy Bear would be flattering for all eye colors.  Haven’t worn it all day yet but when I do I’ll post an edit with the wear report.

Overall,  I like the Eye Shimmer Powder although would probably not wear an all-shimmer eye look.  Still, it’s fun to try something different.  I look forward to using it as a highlight with one of my matte eye shadows, since I wear a lot of neutral tones.

SRP is $10.00 for 0.12 oz.

Colour Prevails on the web and social media:

P.S.  Regarding the title of my post, yes,  I now have the Elvis song stuck in my head!


EDIT 6/25/15 — Having played with and worn Teddy Bear Eye Shimmer Powder for a couple of days, here are my thoughts:

Wear is very good. One day I wore it on my whole eyelid without primer, and after ten hours there was some creasing but it was minimal.  I had to look very closely to see the creasing at all.

Blending the powder out with a brush yields a much prettier and less shimmery look than the big swatch I put on my arm for the above photo.

I’ve found that I much prefer using the product without the “butterfly wing” ergonomic handle, even though I prefer using CP nail polish with the handle.  I think it’s because I’m so extremely nearsighted that I have to be super close to a mirror  when applying makeup, and the larger handle is in my way.  Using the larger handle would be my preferred method if I was putting the shimmer on someone else.

I plan to buy ‘n’ try another color in the line, although I wish there was a really dark brown or dark plum.  All the colors seem to be in the middle when it comes to color value — nothing real dark or real light.  This may be because it’s a new product and it’s safest to start with “middle” shades.

For Colour Prevails eye shadow, I prefer the palette I bought and feel it’s a better monetary value, eight shadows for $19 instead of one Eye Shimmer Powder for $10; however, this is true for any brand, that a palette is cheaper per shadow than a single.

The Eye Shimmer Powder has some advantages in that I think it has more of a fun or cool factor, would make a very cute gift or party favor or stocking stuffer, and I also think I would love to throw this in my travel bag instead of some single eye shadows whose lids sometimes come open.  I like that it’s shimmery but not glittery and can be layered with other shadows.

Hope you don’t think I’ve analyzed this to death!  Since it’s a new brand and a new-to-me product, I wanted my review to be extremely thorough.  Thanks for reading!

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

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