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I Wanna Frock ‘n’ Roll All Night, and Party Every Day

Alert the media!  An Essie I love!!  This is my shocked face.


Really, I can’t remember the last Essie I bought and am too lazy to check.  But after seeing swatches of Essie’s new fall collection Leggy Legend at BeautyGeeks, I really wanted to try the dark fleck/shimmer, Frock ‘n Roll.

Minor rant:  Shouldn’t Frock ‘n Roll be spelled Frock ‘n’ Roll, with the second apostrophe?  The word “and” is missing both the a and the d.  It cries out for a second apostrophe.  OCDers everywhere demand it.  But I should repeat to myself, “It’s just a polish; I should really just relax.”  (Shout-out to cult show MST3K)

OK, Frock ‘n Roll.  Seeing the first previewed bottle shots, I thought it was just a dark gray metallic or shimmer and was meh about it.  It’s more.  I’d call it a dark grayed purple-brown, which sounds like an unappealing description if ever I heard one.  But the proof is in the pictures.

The formula was excellent although the brush in my bottle had some annoying wild hairs that wanted to put polish on my skin.  You could use two thin coats but I tried one thick one and was very pleased with it.  With no top coat under indirect bright sunshine:

Frock n Roll outd

With the flash you see more of the silvery shimmer/fleck and it looks more purple:

Frock n Roll flash

Under artificial indoor light it looks more brown:

Frock n Roll ind

It’s great to see something a little different from Essie, and a great fall color to boot.  I got my bottle at Ulta for $8.50, and at Ulta’s web site it’s called a taupe brown.  Excuse me??  Taupe to me means light grayed brown, and ain’t nothing light about Frock ‘n Roll.  And they forgot the purple.  Kind of like Essie forgot that apostrophe.

A lipstick/lip gloss combo from Colour Prevails

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.

How about a little fresh (fl)air?

Disclosure:  This polish was provided by SinfulColors for review.  A comparison polish was supplied previously by Zoya for review.

When it rains, it pours.  For weeks it seemed like I had little or no new polish to swatch but now I’m inundated.  I’m still catching up on my new SinfulColors plus just got the notification that my Zoya Focus & Flair samples have shipped!  That’s not even counting some lovely new makeup that’s arrived or is arriving.  FedEx packages, come to Mama.

Here’s another polish from SinfulColors’ Class Act  collection.  I’ve swatched a demi-matte and a glitter topper from the collection, a shimmer, and a creme.

For something quite summery-looking, here’s Burst of Fresh Flair.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this polish.  One of the first SinfulColors I ever got was the pastel yellow called Unicorn years ago.  I wore it a few times but it stained my nails horribly so I tossed it.

Burst of Fresh Flair is a sheer light yellow shimmer with a faint bluish duochrome glint.  Here are photos then I’ll discuss.  The first picture is under indirect bright sunlight and the second is with the flash.

Burst of Fresh Flair and comps outd

Burst of Fresh Flair and comps flash

On my little (right-most) finger, I have one coast of Burst of Fresh Flair (BoFF).  You can see how sheer it is.  On my ring finger next to it I have three coats of BoFF.  You can still see visible nail line.

On my index (left-most) finger, I have two coats of a taxicab yellow creme called Darcy from Zoya, and on my middle finger I have two coats of BoFF over two coats of Darcy.

No matter how you look at it, I think yellow polish gives me Lobster Hands aka makes my skin look too red.  But I love the color yellow in general.  What to do, what to do.  I think Burst of Fresh Flair, because of its sheerness, would work best as a top coat.  Could be fun over, say, green or orange.  You may have a warm skin tone that would look lovely with one coat of BoFF  worn solo as some sheer sparkle.  I like to wear pink or lavender that way.

BoFF reminds me of Daisy from Zoya, but Daisy has more of a turquoise shimmer to it.  Also, BoFF did not stain my nails although I only wore it for the short swatch time.  I recommend always using a good base coat.

SinfulColors are SRP $1.99 for a full-sized 0.5 oz/15 mL bottle but are on sale through Saturday for 99 cents each at Walgreens.

Disclosure:  This polish was provided by SinfulColors for review.  A comparison polish was supplied previously by Zoya for review.

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A cool sale and a S-Cool polish

Disclosure:  This polish and one comparison polish were provided by SinfulColors for review.  One comparison polish was supplied previously by Zoya for review.

I’ve got a quick Sunday swatch for you, and want to let you know about a great sale.

Walgreens is having its wonderful 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes again!  I was surprised to see that in their Sunday flier this morning, since they just had this sale a few weeks ago.  But we’ll take it; am I right?  Before you head out to stock up I wanted to show you one more color from their Class Act  collection.  I’ve swatched a demi-matte and a glitter topper from the collection, plus a great shimmer.

Summer S-Cool is a new creme and I was excited to get this one.  Seems like SinfulColors does a good job with blues and teals.  Summer S-Cool had a better than average formula and covered well in two coats.  Under indirect bright sunlight and then the flash:

Summer S-cool

Summer S-cool flash

Great color for all the summer that’s left, or for back-to-school, whatever you choose.  Comparisons?  But of course.

Summer S-cool comps

Summer S-Cool is more blue than SinfulColors’ very popular Mint Apple, and it’s lighter and less shimmery than the recent Sky Tree.

If you want to hit the Walgreens 99-cent sale and wonder what are some of my other favorite SinfulColors polishes, just use the search box to the right and put in Sinful.  That’ll bring up lots of posts.  These sales tend to be very popular and the polishes get picked over quickly, so I’m heading over in the morning.  Today would be even better.  Happy weekend!

Disclosure:  This polish and one comparison polish were provided by SinfulColors for review.  One comparison polish was supplied previously by Zoya for review.

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EDIT:  Update with another comparison.  Summer S-Cool compared to Zoya’s Rocky.  Rocky is darker and bluer, Summer S-Cool is lighter and has a slight teal tone.

Summer S-cool comps2

Be a rebel with Rebel Rose

Disclosure:  This polish was provided by SinfulColors for review.

Another color from the new back to school collection Class Act from SinfulColors!  I swatched a demi-matte and a glitter topper the other day; now let’s see a beautiful shimmer.

When I saw the promo picture for all the Class Act colors, I saw three similar shades:  Fig, a repromote and one of my favorite SinfulColors polishes of all time, Hazed, a demi-matte, and Rebel Rose.

SC Back to School

So, are Fig and Rebel Rose the same?  No, but I do have a dupe alert for you.  Hang on.

Rebel Rose, which is so new that my bottle doesn’t have a number or a bar code, is a bright saturated fuchsia or pinkish-purple with a gorgeous shimmer.  It has a slight blue duochrome flash, too.  The first coat was streaky but two coats gave good coverage.  Under indirect sunlight and then with the flash:

Rebel Rose outd

Rebel Rose flash

It’s so shimmery that it looks pretty much the same under both lighting conditions.

So how close is it to SinfulColors Fig?  Not very.  Fig is much darker.  But Rebel Rose is a very near-dupe to one of my favorite Zoyas ever, Blyss.  Under indirect outdoor light you can see a slight difference…

Rebel Rose comps

…but with the flash Rebel Rose and Blyss are indistinguishable to my eye.

Rebel Rose comps flash

As always, click on any of the photos for a larger view.

Disclosure:  This polish was provided by SinfulColors for review.

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Happy National Lipstick Day!

In the parade that is silly and obscure holidays — National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, anyone? (November 20th, if you’re curious) — today is National Lipstick Day.  How did you celebrate it, did you wear lipstick?  Buy it?  Covet it?

If you need another fix, here are some quick swatches of a quality lipstick that was my favorite price, free.  A few weeks ago I got a postcard in the ol’ snail mail from Ulta.  One of my member benefits was that if I took the card into an Ulta store, I’d get a free Clinique lipstick.

Yep, that was it.  Didn’t have to buy anything, didn’t have to take a survey, nothing.  And it was a full-sized lipstick, not a miniscule travel size.  Let’s look!

My Ulta sales associate reached into her Box o’ Freebies and pulled out the shade All Heart.  There were other colors but I was very content with All Heart.  I no longer see it on Ulta’s web site, but it’s from the relatively inexpensive line called Long Last Lipstick and comes in the familiar Clinique light green case.

All Heart case

All Heart label

I don’t see the weight marked on the label, and as you can see it’s stamped “Not For Individual Sale.”  However, I think this line of lipsticks usually costs about $8 U.S.

All Heart is a beautiful shade of darker-than-pink-lighter-than-red, which I love.  It has a very faint shimmer that keeps it from being a plain creme, but it’s by no means glittery.  What I love most about it is how it feels.  When I was applying it, it felt so light that if I hadn’t been looking in a mirror, I wouldn’t have been able to tell any of it was getting on my lips.  Honest, it’s that weightless, yet the pigmentation is great.  It wore well for hours (went out to dinner so I eventually wiped most of it off) and left a very light stain after removal.  It has virtually no smell or taste.

Here’s an All Heart swatch under indirect outdoor light, with the flash, and under artificial indoor light:

All Heart outd

All Heart flash

All Heart indoor

Can you see how different it looks in each light?  And even though that last lighting makes my skin looks like I have malaria, the lipstick still looks great!

A quick Blind Date

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.


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