Sunday, 23 August 2015

Soigné Botanique - Pistache

Pale grey/green creme  

Soigné Botanique is a new brand to me, this one came in a monthly beauty box.

The name means elegant & well groomed and the polish is made in France, which seems appropriate!





Pistache is a Grey/Sage Green creme.

I really like this colour, I'm a big fan of grey and the green tinge lifts it.

Pistache is part of the Macaroon collection and all the shade names in the range are French.

Soigné RRP is £11, bottle size is 10ml, which is the same as Nails Inc but somehow seems smaller!  Although they have a great sale on at the moment with loads of polishes at £4.95.

Friday, 21 August 2015

SuperDry - Scrambler Green

Pale green creme  





Another SuperDry from TK Maxx which only cost me £3

Scrambler Green is a light green creme, maybe a little pistachio leaning.

Application was good, swatches are 2 coats which was just about enough...

No idea what the name means, to me a scrambler is a motorbike, maybe it's different in the world of SuperDry...

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Butter London - Brick Lane

Burnt orange shimmer

Sorry for the lack of post readers, I've been away on holiday - two weeks in Iceland which was brilliant, such amazing landscapes and natural beauty and masses of fun activities!

Anyhow back to the swatches...


Hmmm, bottle shot is kinda soft focus!



Brick Lane is a gorgeous rich burnt orange shimmer.  The shimmer is golden and complements the orange nicely.

Swatches shown are two coats, no top coat.

Brick Lane is also the name of the six piece mini collection - my first BL mini's and they're good, same format bottle just a little smaller and brush was still very workable.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Superdry - Blue Mercury

Intense mid blue crelly

I didn't know Superdry did cosmetics until I spotted this in TK Maxx but to be fair I've never been in a Superdry store (if such a thing exists).  God I sound old!

Anyhow, on to the polish...




Mercury Blue is a fabulous bright blue crelly.  The bottles are 10ml and there's a variety of different bottle overprinting styles available.

Application was good, the brush is regular style, ie not wide/flat.

Swatches shown are 3 coats, with no top coat.  Three coats is not great but it's such a great colour and shine I'm prepared to forgive it!

Anyone else tried Superdry polishes?  I picked mine up for a bargainous £2 in TK, I think the original retail was around £6.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Alessandro - Midnight Violet

Mid purple creme  





Here's Midnight Violet from Alessandro's Summer of Love collection.

Midnight Violet is a mid-toned purple creme.  It's a mini sized bottle at only 5ml but actually this seems to be the most common Alessandro size so I don't know if they'd call it mini.

Application was good and these swatches are 2 coats, no top coat as usual.

Alessandro is a German brand, I have bought some on trips to Germany but pretty sure this one came from an internet order from a French private sale site!   I really like Alessandro products, their hand creams in particular are excellent, but they can be a little expensive at full retail. Thankfully thanks to the sale site this only cost me £1.20!


Friday, 17 July 2015

Golden Rose - Rich Color 34

Rich burgundy shimmer  






Golden Rose Rich Color in 34 is a rich, shimmering plum/burgundy.

This was almost a one-coat wonder for me and the polish is marketed as a one-coat product, but these swatches are 2 coats for full depth of colour.

And the one-step maxi brush wasn't too bad at all.  I think I'm realising that not all wide or maxi brushes are terrible for me - although there is still a special place in hell for the MeMeMe maxi wide brushes!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Golden Rose - Paris 140

Deep grey/navy crelly 

Another from my Istanbul haul...





140 is a greyed navy crelly, which applies both darker but slightly less grey than it looks in the bottle.

Application was great and these swatches are 3 coats, no top coat.

But look at that shine!  I can see the sky and the green bush outside my window reflected in the shine.