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Essie Fall 2015 Collection preview

Good morning!  While skimming pages and photos online ISO news, I saw this fuzzy little picture labelled “fall collection 2015″ at the Instagram site of Samaria Beauty Supply in Florida.  It appears to be a shot from Essie itself.

Essie Fall 2015

If this is the upcoming fall set, then I don’t know the name of the collection, although Essie almost always has one of the polish names as the set’s name.  I’ll make a stab and guess it’ll be either “Color Binge” or “Frock ‘n Roll.”  Cool that the first color is a beautiful bronze, because I think bronze is going to be the color for fall.  Zoya had some bronze-y, cinnamon-y hints at the last New York Fashion Week show — see this photo to see what I mean.

So…. no other photo of the Essie collection yet… or IS THERE???  There is.

Check out this site, TheHappening.com¡Ya están aquí los nuevos tonos de Essie!  There are “rojos profundos, azules intensos, y sofisticados bronces.”  This has some really pretty shots of five of the shades, although the one I’d want to see most, the bronze Leggy Legend, is missing.  Also, the two reds and the plum appear to be mislabeled.  I think the first color shown is called In the Lobby, not With the Band.  The reds are Color Binge and With the Band, not Color Binger and Color Finge.  But the blue and the granite gray look accurate.

I’m dyin’ here in a mega-heat wave, but seeing fall shades has me dreaming of cooler temps and autumn tones.  Can hardly wait to see what other companies will be announcing in the next month or two!

Multitask with a lip color & lip liner duo from Colour Prevails

Disclosure:  These products were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Ooh, I haven’t reviewed a lip product in a while since nothing new has grabbed me in months.  But thanks to Nonie Creme Colour Prevails (CP), a new Walgreens-exclusive brand, I’ve got a cool 2-in-1 product to test.

It’s the Lip Design Sheer Colour/Liner Duo, and it comes in twelve shades:

  • Nude Beige
  • Antique Pink
  • Fig
  • Cherry
  • Dusky Pink
  • Coral
  • Grape
  • Wine
  • Red Apple
  • Rosewood
  • Watermelon
  • Burnt Pink

CP lip color liner duos

These colors are, top to bottom, Dusky Pink, Red Apple, Coral, and Antique Pink.  (Guest appearance by Anthocharis damone out of my craft supply stash.)  As always, click on any of my photos for a larger view.

Why a lip color/liner duo?  Why lip liner at all?  I don’t think we see or hear as much about lip liner as we used to years ago, perhaps because liners have become less obvious.  Remember the horrible trend of lining one’s lips in a much darker color than one’s lipstick?  And overlining, a horrible attempt to make one’s lips look fuller than they are??  Shudder.

To show you what I mean and without offending anyone, take a look at this post from blogger Vampy Varnish who showed us what NOT to do.  Thanks, VV!

Lip liners still have their place, especially as we get older.  With age we tend to get tiny lines and wrinkles on and around our lips.  These can act as tiny channels for lipstick to migrate outwards, leading to a look that is described as “feathering.”  A liner creates a barrier to keep the lipstick in place.

But what color to use?  You can try to find a liner that matches your lipstick, use a clear one for everything, or…. wait for it…. have a company match a lip color and liner for you.  Voilà!

This duo from Colour Prevails has a sheer lip color on one end that’s a smaller diameter than a standard lipstick, and an even smaller lip liner at the other end, both with clear caps.  Both twist up and do not require sharpening.  The SRP is $12.00 US and for a quality dual product I think that’s quite reasonable.

Here are both ends of Antique Pink up close:

CP lip Antique Pink

CP lip Antique Pink liner

I debated the best way to swatch these for you.  Draw a little lip shape on my arm with the liner and fill it in with the lipstick?  I decided to draw simple lines with each product so you can clearly see the colors.

Antique Pink is a cool-toned medium pink.  Coral is, no surprise, an orange-toned coral.  Under indirect outdoor light and then under artificial indoor light:

CP lip swatches 1 outd

CP lip swatches 1 ind

Red Apple is not nearly as dark as it appears in the tube and is a nice light red.  Dusky Pink is the darkest of the four colors I have and is a dark rose.  All four shades have a subtle amount of shimmer, but are not glittery.  Also under indirect outdoor light and then artificial indoor light:

CP lip swatches 2 outd

CP lip swatches 2 ind

As you can see, the liner is actually a tad darker than the corresponding lip color so I would recommend using a very light hand with the liner.  Actually you need to use a light hand with the liner anyway because it’s a thin, soft pencil, not a hard one, and you don’t want to break it.  And remember, you don’t want your lips looking outlined.  I think there’s a tad too much difference between the liner color and the lip color of Coral but think the other three are closely matched.

The lip color is sheer but buildable, a formula that I love since I hate heavy opaque lipsticks.  On my lips it felt light and wasn’t drying.  The finish was my favorite, a slightly glossy satin, neither matte nor glassy/wet-looking, and it stayed that way with no additional lip gloss or other product.  Wear was good and I saw no feathering but I can’t put a certain number of hours to it as I tried the different colors throughout the day.

I like that all four colors I received were mid-tone ones since I don’t wear super dark lip colors, bright purple, etc.  However, if you have been wanting to try a purple-toned lipstick without going bizarre, the shade Grape might be a way to experiment, since these lip colors are sheer.  On me (light to medium Caucasian cool-toned skin, brown eyes, dark brown & white hair) my favorite color was Red Apple, which surprised me as I don’t think I would have chosen it in the store, thinking it was too dark.  It’s a great light red, not too intense at all.  Coral was too orange for me but warmer skin tones could rock it.

Colour Prevails has several other new lip products.  There’s a combo lipstick and lip gloss…

CP Vintage Rose lipstick and gloss(Vintage Rose)

a lip balm…

CP Berry Wash lip balm(Berry Wash)

and even a matte lip product with a clear top coat as an option.

CP Tangerine matte lip color and topcoat(Tangerine)

I don’t wear matte lip products but I plan to get my mitts on that lipstick/matching lip gloss.

Disclosure:  These products were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Boss Lady meets Bridezilla

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Does that title sound like the worst idea for a reality show EVER?  Fear not, it’s neither a wacky new TV series nor the latest daikaiju (giant monster) movie from Japan.  It’s nail polish.  Polishes.

I’m having a week of Colour Prevails (CP) product reviews.  Yesterday was Eye Shimmer Powder, and I’ll have some cool lip products coming up tomorrow.  Two weeks ago I showed you two CP nail polish top coats and today I have two cremes.  I discussed the size and shape of the polish bottle and handle in that previous post.

CP Boss Lady and Bridezilla

Bridezilla is a very pale peach neutral.  At first I thought it was a light tan than would give me zombie hands, but no, I’d actually go with the pale peach description.   The Bridezilla name must come from the idea that this would be a lovely low-key nude polish to wear in a wedding so that one’s hands wouldn’t detract from the dress or other colors.

Formula was good and I used two coats although in hindsight I think three would have been better.  The smell was rather strong.  Under indirect outdoor light:

CP Bridezilla outd light

I like it but am not crazy about it because I’m not big on nude polishes in general.  It’s better on my skin tone than a beige or tan but I think it’d look great on someone with very dark skin.

Boss Lady is a classy brick red.  The first coat looked like a true red or candy apple red, but the second and third coats made it look darker and more warm-toned.  Formula was also smooth, and this one had no particular smell.  Same lighting:

CP Boss Lady outd light

It dried shiny but I still wanted to try a clear top coat, so I put that on my little finger and a matte top coat on my ring finger.

CP Boss Lady w top coats

Interesting look with the matte!  This shade of red is one of my faves for fall.

Colour Prevails nail polishes are a Walgreens exclusive and are $8.00 US for 0.32 oz/9.5 mL.  I plan to get a few more for myself soon, since I’ve been lusting after Sashimi, a pink-coral, every time I go in Walgreens, plus the dark pink Cocky.

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Having a Blast with SinfulColors

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by SinfulColors for review.

Wanted to get this review up ASAP today, because it’s the last day to take advantage of Walgreens’ 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes.  Have you gotten some good ones?

SinfulColors has a small set for summer called Having a Blast.  At first glance it looks mostly 4th of July, but it could also be for Canada Day (July 1st) with its red and white, and there’s one polish that’s very beachy.  These are all re-promotes except I believe the red, white, and blue glitter called Star Blast Off is new, as my bottle has no number or bar code.  Still, SinfulColors usually has a similar glitter polish every summer.

SC Blast bottles

Left to right:

  • Ruby Ruby #369
  • Snow Me White #101
  • Hot Spot #943
  • Out of This World #842
  • Star Blast Off
  • Green Ocean #220

Ruby Ruby needs no introduction from me, as I liked it so much I already bought it two years ago!  My full review is here and here’s a photo again.  It’s a great true red creme, a classic.

Ruby Ruby flash

Snow Me White is a plain white creme, and I’ve found similar polishes problematic in the past, too streaky or patchy.  Snow Me White was neither of those things, had a good formula, and covered well in two coats.

Out of This World looks like a white shimmer in the bottle but is more of a silver-white.  It’s more sheer than Snow Me White and I used three coats but could still see my nail line, so I think it’s supposed to be a sparkly top coat.

All my photos today are with the camera flash.  Out of This World and Snow Me White with the bottle of Snow Me White:

SC Blast silver white

Hot Spot is an inky blue shimmer.  Two coats:

SC Blast blue

Star Blast Off, as I’ve said, is a red, white, and blue glitter in a clear base.  As with my bottle of Mamasita in the Street Fusion set, though, the base in Star Blast Off had turned a pale pink, even more so than my bottle of Mamasita.  I think the red glitter bled due to the hot weather in shipment but I can’t be sure.  Mamasita is also red, white, and blue, but Star Blast Off has large stars in it.

You have to fish for the stars with the brush, which is not difficult.  The stars are so big that they don’t lie flat to the curve of my nails, but a little extra clear base of the polish over them would help.

SC Blast glitter

I tried Star Blast Off over Snow Me White but didn’t like it due to (a) the pink-tinted base and (b) none of the white glitter showed up.  I like it over the dark blue Hot Spot.

Finally, Green Ocean is a very pale green sheer base with blue-green metallic glitter and tiny shards.  It really does give an ocean or mermaid look.  Also over Hot Spot:

SC Blast ocean

I like all these polishes and Hot Spot, the dark blue, is probably my fave.  It would be fun to experiment with Out of This World and Green Ocean over other colors, too.

SinfulColors does all that internet stuff:





Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by SinfulColors for review.

¡Viva la México!

Misa Cosmetics seems to release their seasonal nail polish collections differently than most other companies.  Later.  As in, summer collections are released in summer, and so forth.  The 2015 set is called Viva la México.

Misa Viva La Mexico

How can something with such a spirited, potentially exciting name be so blah?

Misa VLM set

All cremes.  Two pinks which are almost indistinguishable from each other.  A red.  Two greenish shades.  Yay for the bright orange, I guess.

I mean, really — a bright summer set and a third of it is plain pink?  No glitter, no shimmer, no holo?

I’ve liked the very few Misa polishes I’ve tried in the past but this summer set has me saying a big “So what?”

5 more colors from Street Fusion by SinfulColors

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by SinfulColors for review.

So happy to be swatching the rest of the Street Fusion collection polishes that I received!  The first was the shimmery pink Cherry Blossom and today I have my other five.

There are many more colors in the set than the ones I got; some are new and some are repromotes.  Don’t forget that this week Walgreens has all SinfulColors on sale for 99 cents.  Screamin’ deal and these are full-sized bottles, not minis.

SC Street Fusion bottles

Left to right:

  • Cherry Blossom (new)
  • Island Coral (repromote)
  • Maroon Fine (new)
  • Sky Tree (new)
  • Keira Blu (new)
  • Mamasita (new)

All photos are under indirect sunny outdoor light and then the flash.

Island Coral is a coral creme, more of a pink-coral and not a red-coral.  I don’t wear corals much but really like this one; it’s not too peachy or yellowish for my skin tone and looks very summery.  My first and second coats were streaky so I used three.

Island Coral

Island Coral flash

It reminds me a lot of my favorite Revlon lipstick EVER, Pink in the Afternoon.  :-D

Maroon Fine is an unusual one.  More of a shimmery copper than maroon, the color makes me think of my favorite bottled hot sauce.  I suspect the name is a pun on the band Maroon Five.  It had a good formula and I only needed two coats.  I tried one coat of it over Island Coral (on my middle finger, left-most in the photos) but prefer Maroon Fine on its own.  Little bit of gold shimmer in there too!

Maroon Fine

Maroon Fine flash

Sky Tree is a medium teal shimmer/fleck.  It’s darker than SinfulColors’ own Mint Apple, which is a very popular shade.  The first coat seemed sheer so I thought I’d need three coats but Sky Tree looked good with just two.

Sky Tree

Sky Tree flash

Keira Blu is a stunner, an ethereal shimmery medium-light blue.  It’s sheer and I needed three coats, plus its formula was thin and I had to be careful not to flood my cuticles.  The “shining water” look is great, although the bright shimmer seemed to confuse my camera.

Keira Blu

Keira Blu flash

Mamasita is one of the new glitters in the Street Fusion set.  It’s got red, white, and blue glitter, both micro and small hex, in a clear base.  Actually, the base is supposed to be clear but mine has a faint pinkish tone and I’ve read of others who experienced the same thing.  The red glitter seems to have bled a little and I wonder if that was from the hot weather during shipment.  I think that pinkish tone (bottles in-store may not have it) would only show up if you used it over pure white.  I used one coat of Mamasita over Cherry Blossom and think it’s so cute.  Great for the 4th of July.


Mamasita flash

Hope you enjoyed seeing these (mostly) new colors.  I sure enjoyed swatching them!

All that good SinfulColors info:





Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by SinfulColors for review.

More swatches of the Desert Escape Collection from China Glaze

Getting back to the swatching I started last week, I’ve got three polishes from the Desert Escape Collection to show you today.  Friday I had a quick drive-by swatching of the one foil in the set, Meet Me In the Mirage, and I loved it.  As I mentioned in that post, I bought the micro mini set from Sally Beauty Supply’s web site.

CG desert escape4

So how are some of the cremes?  Today I tried What’s She Dune? (typo of What’s The Dune? on my bottle), Don’t Mesa With My Heart, and The Heat Is On.

What’s She Dune? is a gray-beige (“greige”) or putty-colored neutral.  Like Meet Me In the Mirage, it had a very strong smell and I don’t know why because the other two I opened today did not.  The formula seemed a bit thick and I used two coats.  Under indirect dull outdoor light and with the flash:

Desert Escape WSD

Desert Escape WSD flash

It’s OK.  Just OK.  I’m rarely excited about neutral cremes although I think it would be good as a contrast with brighter colors in nail art.

Don’t Mesa With My Heart is a bright medium pink, and it’s very pretty although I feel like I probably have a ton of dupes lurking in my stash.  Formula was also a bit thick.

Desert Escape DMWMH

Desert Escape DMWMH flash

The Heat Is On surprised me.  Usually orange-toned reds don’t appeal to me but I love this one.  The formula was thinner and applied like a dream, so glossy too.  It’s a great summer shade for manicures or pedicures.

Desert Escape THIO

Desert Escape THIO flash

And now, because you know how much I love vintage music, who remembers the hit song “The Heat Is On” by Glenn Frey, formerly of The Eagles?  The song was written for the 1984 movie Beverly Hills Cop and rose to #2 on the Billboard charts as a single in 1985.  It’s SO ’80s!  Miami Vice-ish, even.

And http://youtu.be/teljgwFfl94 if the embed doesn’t work.

Tomorrow I hope to finish up this small set with the turquoise creme and the plum-pink shimmer.  The light is awful today, so dark and gloomy.  Got comparison requests for any of the polishes?  Don’t Desert Me reminds me of Blyss from Zoya, and the new clear nail swatch sticks I ordered arrived so I’m ready for lots of comparisons.


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