Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sinful - Trend Matters Velvet - Kurtsey (DemiMatte)

Periwinkle blue/lilac with fine gold shimmer

Kurtsey is a soft cornflower blue with fine gold shimmer/pearl.  It definitely looks more lilac in my pics than in real life where it's more blue.

As name suggests it dries with a satin finish and a soft glow.

Application was fine but this took 3 coats to full opacity.  But I forgive as it's so pretty!

This is from the rather extensive Sinful collaboration with Kylie Jenner in 2016.  I happened to spot a small collection in Superdrug - I always forget that Sinful is now available in the UK.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Barry M - Limited Edition - Golden Sands

Pinkish nude with gold shimmer  

Golden Sands is a Boots exclusive Barry M.

It's a peach nude creme that is packed with gold flakie shimmer - super pretty!

Swatches are 2 coats with no top coat.  As you can see this polish doesn't have a super shiny finish.

Unfortunately this was limited edition for Summer 2016 so you might have trouble getting hold of this one.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Nails Inc - Mayfair

Off-white pearl  

Happy New Year - a bit of a slow start to the year (and a quiet December) but my plan is to keep chipping away at my blog in 2017!

Mayfair is an pearl finish polish in a slightly off white, I think Nails Inc called it oyster white.  There's a smidge of pink and some warm grey/putty in there I'd say.  

Swatches were 2 coats (but 3 on my pinky finger) and for a white pearl finish the brush strokes weren't too bad at all.

I'm not much of a fan of white polishes but I don't mind this - it's clean but soft.

And there are many, many Nails Inc Mayfairs - Mayfar Mews, Mayfair Gardens,  Mayfair Lane and Mayfair Court!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

All That Jazz - Hello, Mr. Wolf!

Cool brown creme  


After seeing this new-to-me UK brand on another blog I picked up a couple of 4-bottle collections from ebay.

Hello, Mr Wolf! is a cool toned milky brown creme.

Application was good, swatches shown are two coats with no top coat.  And you can see it's not super shiny without one.

The bottles are a generous 15ml and this one was from The Enchanted Forest Collection.  The collections are available from the All That Jazz site for £29.98

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Nails Inc November - Alice & Olivia - Sheer Beauty

Peach nude creme  

Sheer Beauty is an extremely misnamed peach nude creme

It's not sheer and it was certainly not a beauty.  The formula was horrible, it pulled back on every coat and even with three coats there are some baldish patches - bleurrgghh.

Swatches shown are 3 coats, no top coat.

I picked this polish up as part of a cute set of two mini polishes, a full size shimmer and this lovely printed bag.  Thankfully I didn't pay full price and the other two polishes are good.

The Alice & Olivia collection is a collaboration with alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet, a fairly high end fashion line.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Nails Inc November - New Oxford Street Gel Effect

Aubergine brown creme 

New Oxford Street is an aubergine/brown/mauve shade with a slightly dusky feel.

This is a Gel Effect polish, nicely self-levelling, shiny and even the flat, wide brush isn't too bad on my tiny nails.

Swatches are two coats, no top coat.

I can't keep up with Nails Inc and all their different bottle shapes and sizes but I do like these self-coloured overcaps.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Nails Inc November - Burlington Arcade

Deep pink/red shimmer  

Burlington Arcade is a deep pinky red shimmer that definitely glows due to the fine purple and red micro shimmer.

It's not the most unique colour but application was good and these swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

This is an old polish as you can see from the bottle - at least 2010, maybe older...