Thursday, 16 October 2014

Avon Nailwear Pro - Night Violet

Purple/plum with gold shimmer

The nights are drawing in and the heating is on, it's time to go vampy!

Night Violet (love that name) is a deep purple/plum with a swirly fine gold shimmer running through it.

Unusually for a deep shimmer this was a little streaky - so swatches shown are 3 coats.  This is definitely one I had pegged at 2 coats!

These are old swatches and I have a rather random collection of nail lengths here!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

American Apparel - Mouse

Grey/taupe creme

I know, another taupe. What can I say, I love 'em...

Mouse from American Apparel leans grey and doesn't have much purple.  It also changes a lot with the light, looking much warmer, more mushroom toned in sunlight and cooler out of the sun.

It's also quite a soft, light taupe compared with something like OPI's You Don't Know Jacques!

Swatches are 2 coats, no top coat - the polish has a wonderful shine of its own.

American Apparel made quite a splash when they launched their polishes back in 2010, whatever you think of the company and their practices (pretty dodgy is my view) they certainly picked the right supplier for their polishes.  Almost all were highly pigmented with great application and the first couple of colour collections were fabulous.  I personally love the enamel-like feel of the polish.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Alessandro - 190

Bright red flakie

190 is a gorgeous slightly orangey red creme which is packed with gold flakie shimmer

Application was good, swatches are 2 coats with top coat to bring out the flakes...

This is only a tiny 5ml bottle but it's concentrated fabulousness!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Vintage Varnish - Sparkle & Fade - The Reds

Red shimmer & creme  

Here are the last of the Sparkle & Fade polishes (previously sold at Urban Outfitters)

First up, the shimmery red...

This is a classic red with red shimmer.  The shimmer adds depth to the finish.

Swatches shown are 2 coats, no top coat

I don't often wear colours like this on my fingers but they're classic for a reason...

And lastly

Another classic red, this time a pillar box red creme.  Great application and gorgeously shiny - I think I should wear a classic red more often.

Again swatches are 2 coats with no top coat.

Overall I'm very happy with my little Sparkle & Fade collection, the completist in me wishes I had them all (I've seen a lime and a grey on the interwebs), but all the ones I have are winners, either in colour or application & finish....

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Vintage Varnish - Sparkle & Fade - Silver foil

Silver foil

Not much more to say about this one, it's a silver foil.  Not a super bright, shiny silver foil

Looks kinda brushstrokey in sunlight but almost like a foil/pearl hybrid in indirect light.

Swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

It's fine but a pretty standard colour/finish.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Vintage Varnish - Sparkle & Fade Gold foil

Cool gold foil  

This is an unusual one, a slightly greenish cool gold foil.  As with some foils it's a little brushstrokey but nothing too awful

Swatches are 2 coats but really only needed one.

I don't think it works great with my skintone but it's a unique colour for my collection

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Vintage Varnish - Sparkle & Fade - the Corals...

Coral creme & shimmer

First up is the creme, what looks like a lovely, shiny coral creme.  Doesn't it look fabulous? Glossy, with a hint of squidgy jelly - perhaps that was why the application was so tricky.  

This is 3 coats and I still had baldish spots although they don't show in the photos.

One of those unusual polishes that looks much better on than I thought it would during the application!   

Next up the shimmer, this coral is much more orange leaning, but if you squint at the close up shot of the bottle you can see the gold and pink shimmer running through the polish.

A very summery, holiday colour - I'm sure it would look great with a tan.

This swatch was 3 coats again, but much better behaved than the creme.