Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Kleancolor - Metallic Fuchsia

Foil finish fuchsia  

My first Kleancolor on the blog, from my small collection of foil finish polishes from this US brand that I picked up somewhere random.

Metallic Fuchsia is a shimmer/foil finish cool, purple leaning fuchsia.

Swatches shown are 2 coats with no top coat.

I like the colour/finish but boy this polish has a super strong, chemical scent and takes forever to dry!
And to add insult to injury it stained my nails even with basecoat!

Probably why I've only swatched one of this collection so far!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Nocti - Pocket Change N27

Pale gold shimmer

Oh blimey, I really fell off the blogging wagon, not sure what happened but I'm back now!

I picked this Nocti up from ebay, back when any brand I'd not heard of would catch my eye.  I don't know much about them other than they're made by Art of Beauty (who make Zoya polishes) and they're old, maybe from 2007?

Pocket Change is a soft, pale, slightly pink toned gold shimmer

Swatches shown are 3 coats, it's a shimmer verging on frost and is pretty brushstrokey.

Also as with all yellow toned colours not hugely flattering with my skintone.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

China Glaze - IDK

Pale purple holographic  

Back in early 2008 China Glaze launched the OMG collection of 12 holographic polishes, 6 warm and 6 cool toned.  I just have two from the cool toned collection.

IDK is a lilac/purple linear holographic.  Not very exciting when viewed in indirect light, comes alive in sunlight.

Swatches are 3 coats, no top coat.  As you can see from the swatches these dry with a muted finish.

The holo in this is very fine and linear, unlike the Kaleidoscope collection which was scattered, larger format holos.

Unfortunately these collections are discontinued and not easy to find but I'm sure there are duplicates available in other ranges.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Avon Matte - Inky Blue

Matte dark blue  

This is a strange one, look at these bottle pics

A gorgeous purple with swirls of copper/pinkish shimmer right?

Not on the nail...

On the nail it's the Inky Blue of the shade name.  I think you can see a hint of the purple but not much.

So I tried some top coat in case that would bring out the depth?

A little, but not so much - it still looks totally different to the bottle colour!

Avon Matte Inky Blue is a matte dark blue.  I just wish it looked like the bottle colour!

Application was fine, you have to work fast with mattes but usually the formula is ok.

Swatches are 2 coats, shown with and without topcoat.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Vintage Valentines - Nails Inc - Chelsea

Lilac creme with secret shimmer  

So my last Vintage Valentine comes from my largest collection, Nails Inc.  I have over 550 unique Nails Inc colours and focus on collecting the older releases which all have the hands/fingers overprinting on the bottles.

Once I started collecting I realised there were nuances in the bottles and labelling.  The oldest bottles in my collection (about 12 of them) have the hands/fingers print but not the word London under the brand name and the address printed on the back is not the well known South Molton Street address of the first store, opened in 1999, but rather a mysterious Nottingham Freepost address.

From digging around on the internet I believe that Nottingham postcode to be for the Boots headquarters making me think, that certainly to start with, the Nails Inc polishes were manufactured by Boots.

Chelsea, yes the earliest polishes started with the London naming convention, is a gorgeous lilac/purple creme with a pink/blue secret shimmer that's just about strong enough to add depth to the colour.

Application was great (the reason I fell so hard for Nails Inc polishes) and swatches shown are 2 coats with no top coat.

Which brings our month of showcasing vintage polishes to a close.  I've really enjoyed digging out some of my oldest polishes and sharing the personal and brand stories behind them.

You can see all of my Vintage Valentine posts here and all of Lina's over on her blog Pretty Perfect Beauty

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Vintage Valentines - Hard Candy - Violet?

Pastel pink/lilac creme  

Another collectable vintage brand is Hard Candy, first produced in 1995.  I have a couple of first edition Hard Candy polishes and one from the second edition when they changed the bottle shape to be rectangular.

Hard Candy were all about unusual colours (for the time), the free rubber ring with every bottle and provocative advertising.  Again Pretty Random has a great reference guide if you want to see more.

The very secret shimmer

I *think* this is Violet.  As you can see my bottle is pretty worn and has no labels left at all so I am guessing the name based on peering at some old shade pics on the internet!

I do have the ring that goes with this, or to be more accurate, I have a selection of rings that might match this!  Somehow I have 4 rings but only 2 polishes!

And unfortunately this polish is not a win from me.  Pastel cremes are notorious for  being tricky and this one certainly lives up to that.  You can see in the swatch photos that it really didn't self level and looks very uneven.  I even added top coat but it didn't help much.

Swatches are 2 coats with top coat.

The bottle close up in the sun shows a pretty secret shimmer but I couldn't spot a hint of it on the nail.

So this will always have a place in my stash for its originality and rarity but not a lot of love....

Monday, 23 February 2015

Vintage Valentines - Urban Decay - AC/DC

Purple foil  

Definitely one of the most desirable vintage brands, Urban Decay was first released way back in 1996.

All of my Urban Decay polishes are second generation from around 2001.  I did have a first generation polish (a silver holo) in the iconic bottle but stupidly threw it away as it had dried out - before I knew that practically any polish could be revived with enough thinner!  I have mentally kicked myself so many times since that sad occasion....

AC/DC is a slightly blackened muted cool purple foil.

Application was great, swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

Urban Decay polishes do pop up on ebay quite regularly if you fancy dipping a toe in these vintage polish waters...

Urban Decay is now owned by the cosmetics giant L'Oreal.