Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Seche - Pretty Little Heartbreaker

Cool bubblegum pink creme  

Another bright spring shade today...

Pretty Little Heartbreaker is a cool toned saturated light pink creme

Swatch shown is 2 coats, no top coat, not even Seche Vite!

Application was great, I've got quite a collection of Seche polishes now and the formula on all of these has been wonderful.  Opaque, buttery application and a great shine even without the famous top coat!

Again this polish came to me via a sale site, in this case BrandAlley

Anyone else tried & loved Seche polishes?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Alessandro - Pale Blue Lagoon

Pale blue creme  

The sun is shining and everything is sprouting green, it feels like Spring is finally here so he's a lovely springy pastel shade.

Pale Blue Lagoon is, like the name indicates, a pale blue creme.

It's a mini bottle of only 5ml but let's face it, I'm pretty unlikely run out!

Alessandro are a German brand of nail polish and nail care - their hand creams are fabulous.  I did pick up a few on business trips to Germany but most have come from flash sales on Vente-Privee.  When not buying from cheap sale sites I think they're at least mid-range, in Germany I saw them in department stores and higher end pharmacies rather than drug-store equivalents.

Application was pretty good for a pastel, swatch shown is 3 coats and as usual, the mini bottle/brush didn't cause me and my tiny nails any issues!

This colour is a little changeable depending on the light, looking cooler & starker in indirect light and slightly more turquoise in full sun

Friday, 11 April 2014

Nubar - Gem

Pink/taupe scattered holo  

Gem is from Nubar's 2010 Prism collection which was all holo's IIRC.

It's a pretty pinkish taupe shimmering polish with scattered slightly chunky holo sparkles

The formula was a little thin, this swatch is 3 coats with no top coat and regular base coat.

Definitely a great example of a subtle holo.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Barielle - Lemondrops

Bright yellow creme  

Lemondrops is a bright yellow creme, not neon in any way, just a lovely bright yellow.

From what I can glean, Lemondrops was part of the Summer 2009 collection and the Summer Brights collection in 2013.

Swatch shown is 3 coats with no top coat and as yellows go, this wasn't too bad for streakiness.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Mavala - Neroli

Pale orange/peach pearl  

Hmm - orangey peach pearl - that's all I need to say right?

Swatch shown is 3 coats, this has significant brush stroke marks and still isn't opaque

Just horrid - this went straight into the sale box!

Can anyone find any love for this?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Leighton Denny - Caught Red Handed

Glowy red shimmer  

The fact that I've eaten toast, cereal and a burrito on the train for evening meals means it's been one of those weeks!  Ah, well at least it's Friday now!

Caught Red Handed is a glowy red shimmer that has a hint of sparkle in full sunlight (3rd pic)

Swatch is 2 coats with no top coat and application was great.

Gorgeous, looks almost like the metallic finish of red tinsel!

Here's how it's described on Leighton's site..

A bright iridescent red that gives a 'naughty but nice' impression. Caught Red Handed creates nails with more than their share of Va-Va-Voom! Superb depth of colour, a metallic 3-D shimmer and an incredible high gloss shine

Friday, 21 March 2014

L'Oreal Color Riche - Divine Purple

Rich purple shimmer  

Divine Purple is definitely a divine colour, a gorgeous rich purple shimmer.  It almost looks like a hint of duochrome in the bottle but I couldn't see any on my nails...

This polish had great formula and opacity - Swatch shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

This didn't dry with much of a shine and would be improved by top coat.

So what's the downside?  Apart from the pretty tiny bottles (only 5ml) for me, the killer is the hideous fat brush, just far too fat and blobby for my small, narrow nails.  But I love the colour.  Solution is probably to decant into another bottle!