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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.

Feel the Halloween Vibe

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Disclosure:  This polish was supplied by SinfulColors for review.

Happy Halloween!  Having fun yet?  Since it’s cold and has been raining nonstop for two days, I envision a dearth of trick-or-treaters tonight.  Hmmm…. what wine goes best with leftover Snickers bars?  Château de la Cacahuète, perhaps.

While I don’t do nearly the Halloween decorating and dressing up that we all did years ago when the kids were little, it’s still fun to do something.  Maybe the something for you is painting your nails.  Here’s a holiday-appropriate color, Feel the Vibe (#1214) from SinfulColors.

Feel the Vibe is a straight-up orange creme.  I’d call it a medium-dark pumpkin color, not yellowish and not neon.  I rarely wear oranges but Feel the Vibe would be a great background for nail art such as little stickers of bats, spiders, jack-o’-lantern faces, and so on.  Would also look cute with, say, a black & white glitter topper.

It took three coats for full coverage and applied smoothly and dried to a good glossy finish.

Under indirect cloudy outdoor light and with the flash, no top coat:

Feel the Vibe outd

Feel the Vibe flash

As with most oranges it makes my skin look rather ashen, but on Halloween, that’s cool.

Disclosure:  This polish was supplied by SinfulColors for review.

The Power of Positive Inking

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Quick swatch today.  Have you been taking advantage of this week’s 99-cent sale at Walgreens on SinfulColors polishes?  Hope you were smarter than I — despite my telling you to hurry down before the displays were picked over, I waited an extra day myself.  Idjit.  The selection was verrrrry limited and I didn’t get any of the newest colors.

A few weeks earlier, though, I bought a handful from the Oh Snap! Collection.  Love me some pinky-purples.  One of the cremes is called Ink Positive (#1543).

Ink Positive is a light plum or berry color, pretty any time.  It was more sheer than I prefer and I used three coats.  Thought that was OK but as I look at this photo, an additional coat or two would have been much better.  It dried quickly and very glossy.  With the camera flash:

Ink Positive flash

When I shook my bottle of Ink Positive, I couldn’t tell if there were any mixing beads in it, so perhaps that was part of the problem.  At any rate, it’s a beautiful berry color, reminds me a lot of how your fingers look when you’ve been out picking huckleberries, most of which seem to go in your mouth instead of in your gathering bucket.  And yes, I considered naming this post Huckleberry Fin… gernails.  [rim shot]

Have a great weekend!

It’s baaaaaaaack! Great polish for 99 cents

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Disclosure:  Some of the following polishes were previously supplied by SinfulColors for review.

You know what I’m gonna say — the 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes is back at Walgreens today, Sunday 10/4 through Saturday 10/10/15.   All regularly $1.99 SC polishes are included but participation may vary, and displays get picked over so shop early.  Like today.

Here are some previously posted photos of SinfulColors polishes I love:

Interstellar sun

Instellar in direct sunlight, shown over black on the left, and varying coats by itself on my other two fingers.  It’s so sheer (but super sparkly!) that I think it’s best as a top coat.

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard outd2

Ice Blue.  It’s shown over silver on the left, over black in the middle (my fave), and several coats alone on the right.

Sky Tree flash

Sky Tree, a teal shimmer/fleck

Rose Dust

Rose Dust, a lavender pink shimmer

SC Pink Break flash

Pink Break, a demi-matte or satin

Cherry Blossom flash

Cherry Blossom, a silvery pink fleck/shimmer

SinfulColors also has a base coat and top coats, if you’re looking for budget-friendly versions of those.

Disclosure:  Some of these polishes were previously supplied by SinfulColors for review.


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Yesterday I showed you some of the understated — if not downright underwhelming — sheer Naked Manicure products from Zoya.  What’s the opposite of demure?


Doing a 180 today with Interstellar (#1571) from SinfulColors.  It’s a new polish in their limited edition Truly Madly Sparkly line.  There are three polishes in this set plus an additional five that are Walgreens exclusives.  I often wait to buy SinfulColors polishes when Walgreens has a 99-cent sale, but I didn’t want to miss out on Interstellar and so paid the still-not-exorbitant price of $1.99 for a full 0.5 oz/15 mL bottle.  There are a couple of teals in the set that tempted me as well.

Interstellar is a sheer amethyst purple base packed with bright purple, blue, silver, and holo tiny glitter.  No hex glitter.  No large pieces of round glitter that “taco,” or fold up on themselves.

After I got home I found that my bottle had not been closed tightly — someone probably opened it to look at the polish — and so it was rather thick.  Still usable, however, and I can always add thinning drops later.  I put one coat of Interstellar alone on my little finger to show you how sheer it is, three coats of Interstellar alone on my ring finger, and one coat of it over a plain black creme on my middle (left-most) finger.  Under indirect bright outdoor light:

Interstellar indirect

With the flash:

Interstellar flash

These two photos show my camera’s maddening tendency to see blue-purples as mostly blue.  But Interstellar is really mostly purple.  A much more accurate color representation is visible here in direct sunlight:

Interstellar sun

You can see how sheer one coat is, and even three look patchy.  I love it over black, though.

As an aside, Interstellar is also the name of a recent scifi/dystopian movie starring Matthew McConaughey.  Makes you think.  Trailer here.  And “Truly Madly Sparkly” made me think of another film, Truly Madly Deeply from 1990.  This is one of those “be careful what you wish for” movies — heartbroken Nina cries to have her recently-deceased boyfriend Jamie back, and sure enough, he comes back as a ghost.  But he brings friends….. and won’t leave.  Trailer here.

Have a great weekend!

Oh Snap! — new collection from SinfulColors

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Thought I’d seen all the new polishes from SinfulColors, but this morning at Walgreens I saw a new set called Oh Snap!.

SC Oh Snap display

Photo via SinfulColors Professional Facebook page

Left to right, the colors are:

  • No Filter (new)
  • Retro Rosie (new)
  • Rose Dust (repromote from last spring)
  • Antique Your Interest (new)
  • Purple Haze (new)
  • Plum Luck (new)
  • Ink Positive (new)
  • Clear Top Coat

As you can see, the seven polishes lean cool, except for the bright yellow Antique Your Interest, and most are in the pink or magenta family.  I love pink-purples and that’s AOK with me!

Here’s a company photo of Ink Positive:

SC Oh Snap Ink Positive

And I reviewed and loved Rose Dust earlier this year.  It’s a lavender pink with silver shimmer.

Rose Dust

I didn’t buy any of the Oh Snap! polishes but plan to go back and get a few.  All but the bright yellow are calling my name, and since tomorrow is the last day for the Walgreens 99-cent sale on SinfulColors, why not?  Remember, in these sales that specifically say “All SinfulColors polishes 99 cents,” even the new ones should ring up at that price.  A Walgreens member card (free) may be required.

It’s back! The 99¢ sale on SinfulColors at Walgreens

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Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by SinfulColors for review.

Yep, we’ve had several of these sales in the last month or so and I love it!  Today, Sunday 8/30 through Saturday 9/5/15, SinfulColors nail polishes are on sale at Walgreens for half price — a budget-lovin’ 99 cents instead of the still-extremely-reasonable $1.99.

As far as I know, all SC polishes are included but participation may vary; I can’t say for sure.  Some of the displays may be picked over but try your luck.

Here are some re-run photos of SinfulColors polishes I’ve tried lately and really liked:

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard outd2

This is the sheer Ice Blue.  It’s shown over silver on the left, over black in the middle (my fave!), and several coats alone on the right.

Summer S-cool

Summer S-cool, a pretty teal blue creme

Rebel Rose outd

Rebel Rose, a kicky purple-pink shimmer

SC Pink Break flash

Pink Break, a demi-matte or satin

Keira Blu

Keira Blu, a dreamy bright blue shimmer

Island Coral

Island Coral, a true coral creme

Cherry Blossom flash

Cherry Blossom, a silvery pink fleck/shimmer that’s become one of my favorite pinks of the year.

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by SinfulColors for review.

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