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Go Through the Looking Glass with Alice and OPI

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New collection of brights for 2016 from OPI!  Called Alice Through the Looking Glass, it’s a tie-in with the new Tim Burton movie from Disney which is a sequel, I suppose, to Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.  Trailer looks…. creepy.

Direct link:  http://youtu.be/ynt9lWQG8uQ

I prefer my old book with the original Tenniel illustrations, thanks.

But… polish!  Everything2K has a quick writeup and shows this picture

Alice TTLG from OPI nail plate

Those three white ones on the left are blank, and there are nine polishes:

The I’s Have It
Oh My Majesty!
What’s the Hatter with You?
I’m Gown for Anything!
Fearlessly Alice
A Mirror Escape
Having a Big Head Day
Mad for Madness Sake
What Time Isn’t It?

I think the shimmery gold A Mirror Escape look pretty but the others underwhelm me.  We live in an ocean of red cremes already.

Release is tentatively scheduled for May 1st to precede the movie’s summer premiere.

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.

Hello Kitty 2016 from OPI

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I presume the Hello Kitty multi-billion-dollar-generating Japanese character needs no introduction.  It’s been around since the ’70s, but unlike much 1970s culture, it’s not one of my favorite things.  Don’t dislike it, just not crazy about it.

At any rate, OPI is coming out with a 12-polish Hello Kitty themed set for early 2016.  Exact release date unknown but I’ve read early January.

Hello Kitty OPI pic

Hello Kitty display2

Hello Kitty display

Heavy on the pink, no surprise there.

Blogger The Nailasaurus has a preview and swatches of six of the shades HERE.  Another sneak peek from BeautyGeeks HERE.  And more swatches of the same six colors by Really Ree HERE.

Cute, but, not being a particular HK fan, nothing grabs me.  Colors are pretty yet nothing new.  If you’re a Hello Kitty lover or know someone who is, though, have fun!

Cosmo with a Twist

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Woo, got a new holiday shade to show off!  Recently — well, a month ago already… time flies when you’re waiting for your local stores to get new releases in — Canadian beauty blogger BeautyGeeks swatched the entire Starlight holiday collection from OPI, all 18 shades.  Quite a few beautiful ones there, but the only one I was dying to have was the blue-purple shimmer Cosmo With A Twist (CWAT).

Finallyfinallyfinally my Ulta got the set.  I almost bought the deep red shimmer Let Your Love Shine, picked it up and put it back twice.  Really don’t need another shimmery red, though.  I have enough to paint Santa’s workshop as it is.

Cosmo With A Twist is a sheer grape purple base with loads of blue and purple sparkles.  OPI always has such good sturdy brushes and handles, too.  The first coat was sheer and streaky, and the second was still patchy in spots so I used three.  With no top  coat under indirect cloudy outdoor light:

Cosmo waT outd

This looked more blue than I thought it appeared in person, so I moved closer to the window and snapped this:

Cosmo waT outd2

Hmmm, still looks more blue than purple but I see more purple in the bottle.  With a fill flash:

Cosmo waT flash

Ooh, aah.  Starry night sky!  I wouldn’t call CWAT a duochrome because the color does not change at different angles.

I decided to try one quick coat of my Butter London matte top coat and got this.  Indirect outdoor light:

Cosmo waT mattified

Doesn’t look super-matte but I love it anyway.

CWAT and the other OPI shades were $9.50 at Ulta, but they are having a sale of two OPIs for $16 if you’re interested.  Plus if you buy at least two you get a gift with purchase, which in my store was a little pink scarf (participation may vary).

Cosmo With A Twist isn’t the most Christmasy of colors, but when it comes to blue-purples, what can I say; I’m a pig.  I must have been deprived of blue and purple crayons in childhood.

Spring? Spring.

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Having a dearth of other news to post, and no new polish I want to dig out and swatch today, here’s some Spring 2016 news and pictures.  Yes, we just got our first snow of the late fall/early winter, but the fashion world lives and operates in the future.

The big twelve-polish set for next spring from OPI is called New Orleans, keeping with their country/city/region theme for such sets.  Cut the chatter and let’s see:

OPI new orleans

OPI new orleans display

Color names:

  • Let Me Bayou a Drink
  • Humidi-Tea
  • Suzi Nails New Orleans
  • I Manicure for Beads
  • Spare Me a French Quarter?
  • She’s a Bad Muffuletta!
  • Got Myself into a Jam-balaya
  • Crawfishin’ for a Compliment
  • Take a Right on Bourbon
  • I’m Sooo Swamped!
  • Rich Girls & Po-Boys
  • Show Us Your Tips!

Typical groan-worthy and sometimes fun puns.  I’m only disappointed there’s no reference to beignets!

I think this looks like a great set, very spring-like.  Loving the blues, which, now that I think about it, also sounds very New Orleans.  There will be a mini set of four which I’m liking except for the grasshopper green, a dreadful shade for my skin tone.

OPI new orleans minis

I know, I know, I’m rushing the season.  Enjoy fall and winter first!  Colors, names, etc. are subject to change.  Release date unknown.

Halloween news. Yup.

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Most of the big polish companies have told us about their upcoming (or out now!) fall collections.  China Glaze is one of the few that does a dedicated Halloween set every year, and their 2015 one is called Ghouls’ Night Out.

CG Ghouls Night Out display

The polishes are:

  • CACKLE IF YOU WANT TO – a spooky purple and black glitter
  • GHOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS – a haunting multi-colored confetti glitter
  • SOMETHING’S BREWING – a monstrous green and black glitter
  • LOOKING BOOTIFUL – a mysterious neon purple creme
  • LADY AND THE VAMP – a smashing neon pumpkin creme
  • DRINK UP WITCHES – a freaky neon frankenstein green creme

Three cremes and three glitters.  Nothing really amazing as far as Halloween goes; the colors are rather typical for the holiday:  orange, purple, green.  No black, but China Glaze will be re-releasing their glow-in-the-dark top coat called Ghoulish Glow.

You can see the bottles and colors more clearly at Amare Beauty.

In other Halloween news, OPI is going to have a mini set but hold your horses and don’t even think about buying it until you read BeautyGeeks‘ post about it.  I was flabbergasted — old colors renamed.  We see what you’re doing there, OPI, and it’s not cool.

Some fall collections out now

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As I’ve said ad nauseum lately, fall polish collections are springing up in the news.  Now they’re springing up for sale as well.

I haven’t seen any in brick-and-mortar stores yet but my favorite e-tailers have several.  Two of the big players in the polish world are OPI and China Glaze, and I’ve posted previews of their fall sets — called Venice and The Great Outdoors, respectively — months ago.  Now we have swatches to see to help in our decisions, and places to plunk down the ol’ credit card numbers.

OPI Venice set

CG great outdoors2

First, look at these gorgeous swatches of the OPI Venice Collection from BeautyGeeks.  In the magic that is the blogging world, she’s had these since April.  What do you think?  I say pretty, but about half of them look more like spring than fall to me.  But hey, I have to remember that not everyone has the same skin tone that I do, and the lighter shades would look faaaaabulous on darker skin.  I love that first one, the cream called Be There in a Prosecco, but will probably not buy it since I feel that, as Ms. Geek says about herself, it’d give me major Lobster Hands.

The pastels of peach, lilac, and pale teal are pretty but I’m not in the mood for Easter shades right now.  Moving on in the collection, the silvery copper Worth a Pretty Penne…. ooh, ah.  The persimmon-y It’s a Piazza Cake is gorgeous and seems different than other oranges and rusts.  The one grabbing me the most is the dark eggplant O Suzi Mio.

Note too at the end of the Geekmeister’s post that there are three limited edition shades.  For swatches of the whole collection including these three LE’s, see Temperaninails.  Wow, now I want O Suzi Mio even more, plus the copper and the persimmon.  The three LE’s don’t do anything for me, as I think I have dupes of the two blues and the gold one looks lumpy.

Now, how about China Glaze’s The Great Outdoors?  This set had me excited upon first glance but I’ve since calmed down.  Way down.  Which is sad for my hoarding tendencies but good for my wallet.

Take a gander at all the colors via blogger TwiStar.  Great photos!  She says she bought them two months ago but darned if I know where.  I wanted the duochrome Pondering just from the bottle shot, but seeing an actual swatch makes me think, nah, I tried a purple-green duochrome a couple of years ago and didn’t like it on myself.  Several of the cremes are so dark that I don’t see a lot of color or variation.  The one I want most — actually the only one I want — is Wood You Wanna, which is a brown-gray foil that TwiStar says is a one-coater.  The blue-silver-purple glitter Let’s Dew It is flashy and beautiful but I have something similar, ditto the silver foil called The Silver Fox.

So, dew you wanna buy any of these?  You can of course always wait ’til you see them in person, supporting your local stores at the same time.  Or you can spring for some online.  Head2ToeBeauty has The Great Outdoors now and each full-sized bottle is only $3.25.  GET OUT!  It’s true.  You must, naturally, factor in shipping costs, which I’ve found to be reasonable.  If and when I order from H2TB, I add enough to my order to make the shipping worthwhile.  Seeing an announcement that Color Club is coming out with some new holographics later in the year reminded me that I never did get a couple of their older ones, which were sold out for a long time.

H2TB also carries LeChat, and maybe you want to flesh out your autumn head start with a nice silvery brown like On the Money/On the Monday that I reviewed here.

Beyond Polish is another e-tailer that has The Great Outdoors, also for $3.25 per bottle.  Another brand they carry which I keep meaning to try more of is CND Vinylux.  Remember Pretty Poison?  One of my favorite greens ever.

Finally, NailsAve has the new OPI Venice colors, both in regular and gel formula.

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