Thursday, 28 January 2016

Morgan Taylor - Party at the Palace

Pale turquoise blue with golden shimmer  

Party at the Palace is a gorgeous turquoise blue with lots of iridescent, mainly gold, fine flaky shimmer.  Fabulous!

Swatches shown are 3 coats, no top coat.

Party at the Palace is from the Cinderella Collection from Spring 2015 but I picked this up in the Sally New Year sale for £3.50 and it's my first Morgan Taylor

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Butter London - Poole

Robin's Egg Blue creme

Butter London call this a Robin's Egg Blue creme and it's definitely in that arena but I'd say it's on the green side of that colour range.

Application was great, swatches shown with 2 coats with no top coat

Poole is a seaside town in southern England, to me known for its harbour and Navy connections and for being the home of Lush, the cosmetics company.  Lush's previous incarnation was a company called Cosmetics to Go and I visited their shop in Poole nearly 20 years ago!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Nubar - Faded Putty

Off-white creme  

Faded Putty is a greyish off-white.  Unlike the colour of actual fresh window putty there doesn't seem to be any murky olive tones in this, unlike GOSH Groovy Grey which is definitely a fresh putty colour to me.  There might be a hint of pink but it's very faint.  I suppose we should assume this has faded to a purer grey!

Swatches shown are 2 thickish coats, no top coat.  Application was fine.

Faded Putty was part of the Fall 2011 collection but I picked it up from TKMaxx late last year - doesn't that make  you wonder where this polish has been since it's launch 4 years ago?!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Next - Molten Platinum

Greenish Charcoal Pearl  

I always forget that Next make cosmetics, probably because I so rarely go in one!  But my lovely Sister had a Next perfume on her Christmas list so I found myself browsing around the cosmetics area and discovered some interesting nail polishes - and a deal, 3 polishes for £8!  So it would be rude not to, right?

First up is Molten Platinum which they say has a 'hardwearing pearl' finish.  I don't know about hardwearing but I'd agree it's pearly  - and also a bit metallic, no?

Molten Platinum is a charcoal grey pearl that leans a bit olive green.  I did google molten platinum to see what the real thing looks like but all the pics are of super hot hot orange/red stuff!

Being a pearl application was a little tricky as I was trying to avoid brushstrokes and the formula was kinda gloopy - you can see I had a little trouble getting a smooth looking finish near my cuticle.

Swatches are 3 coats with no top coat.

The bottle is a rectangle, similar in size/shape to American Apparel and NailGirls so I'd assume they're about 15ml.

I like the colour and I think it's pretty unique in my collection but the formula wasn't so great - so a bit of a mixed bag for me.

Anyone else tried Next polishes?

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Butter London - Stroppy

Purple Foil  

Oooh I do love a good purple.  When I was in my 20's I was obsessed with purple and red clothing (and flowers).  But now I'm older and have had my colours 'done' I can't really wear this kind of true, royal purple and I've managed to train myself out of beelining for this shade in the shops.

Stroppy is a purple foil which I thought had a touch of duochrome, but I think it's just packed with pink and blue foil shimmer.

Application was fine, it's a little thin and these swatches are 3 coats, no top coat.  Not ideal but for this colour it's worth it to me.


Stroppy was from Butter London's Summer 2014 Collection, called Lolly Brights.  I picked it up cheap from an online sale site - I think it was £4 or £5.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

D'Orleac - 29

Burgundy Gold Foil Shimmer

D'Orleac 29 is an interesting burgundy/gold foil.  The base is a deep burgundy foily shimmer and then there's a strong flash of yellow gold foil shimmer running through.  Which ends up being quite lovely.  Which is why it should have a name!

Application was good, nothing notable about the brush and swatches shown are 2 coats, no top coat.

I think D'Orleac is a Spanish cosmetics brand.  I bought this and a selection of other colours and nail care products from a French online sale site and this shade cost me £2!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Butter London - Bramble

Royal Purple creme  

Bramble is a stunning royal purple creme.

Application was great and swatches are shown with two coats, no top coat.

I picked this up from TK Maxx for £4 which given Butter London retail for £12 here in the UK that's my kinda bargain!

TK Maxx seemed to have had loads more single polishes available over the past year and I've found lots of great deals.