Friday, 29 January 2010

Models Own - Disco Mix

Gah, a whole week since my last post, last weekend was fun busy with house-project shopping and a trip to Birmingham for friends and family, this week has been horrid busy with work with trips to London, Dublin and back to Birmingham, which is a long way of saying I've had no time to blog - sorry gals.

With excuses and explanations out of the way let's head back to the last in the Models Own series...

Lastly - bring on the glitter!

When I bought these I was ambivalent about glitter but Disco Mix looked intriguing so I added it into the order.


But wow! - this is very glitter heavy. It's a mixture of pink and blue glitter in a clear base, but there's so much glitter it's more like a delivery mechanism for the sparkles.

I did layer this over a navy base but after a couple of coats you have a hard time seeing the base colour. I think this is 2 or 3 coats and it has a real depth to the glitter, like there are more layers. Love it.

And don't forget Models Own have an awesome 50% off sale this weekend for all orders over £20 - just use the code fiftyfifty. My order is already in :-)

Friday, 22 January 2010

Models Own - two colours that look the same, but aren't

The final two cremes in my collection are Betty Blue and Blue Gem. Due to the problems in photographing purple they may appear more similar than they really are.

Betty Blue is a mid blue creme with a slight jelly feeling. Whereas Blue Gem is a definite Blurple, but of course in the pics it looks more blue than IRL.

Betty Blue
3 coats, no topcoat

Blue Gem

I had a few problems with Blue Gem, it's almost like the pigment isn't mixed properly into the polish. It doesn't help that Models Own polishes don't come with ballz, but both in the bottle and on my nail I was aware of an odd red cast to this one - almost like a matt red shimmer in the polish. You'll probably have to click to bring up the big pics to have any chance of seeing this.

3 coats with topcoat.

This polish was also kinda thin - you can see it still looks a bit streaky and odd after 3 coats. As all the others were fine I'm tempted to think I just had a slightly duff bottle here. Anyone else had problems with any Models Own polishes?

Monday, 18 January 2010

Models Own - Turkish Delight

Next in the Models Own collection is Turkish Delight - a dark pink/raspberry creme.

Although nothing exciting it's a really nice colour, easy to apply and opaque - this is two coats.

And as there's not much to say about Turkish Delight, here's a bonus picture of my Models Own collection all together

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Models Own - Purple Grey

Purple Grey

The name isn't very imaginative but this colour does exactly what it says on the tin/bottle. It's purple and grey. And completely wonderful.

I'd say this was a cousin rather than a sibling to Sephora Metro Chic and Nails Inc Jermyn Street, it's in that group of weird mushroom, taupe, mauve, grey colours but this has less taupe than those, it's more of a straight purple grey mix although sitting on the train and looking at my nails as I type this it looks pretty brownish - ah well, sounds like I should just add it to my taupe comparison shot!

Either way this is a great addition to that family of colours - definitely my favourite Models Own...

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Models Own - Lemon Meringue

This was probably the first yellow creme I owned. I'd read enough about their potential for them to be a streaky hot mess that I wasn't expecting much at all and with expectations that low it wasn't as bad as I feared. Yep it was streaky and difficult to work with but on the positive side it was pretty opaque and the streakiness evened out with 3 coats, so not too bad.


I didn't have any yellows because I was fairly certain they'd look awful with my skintone, but actually this doesn't look too bad - must be all that banana yellow creaminess although it definitely does make my hands look more red and lobster-claw as Scrangie says. I think a true yellow would be even harder for me to pull off.

Again this isn't the most unique colour - it's very similar to Ciaté Lemon Sherbet and Nails Inc Spotlight - comparison shot to follow, but the formula wasn't horrendous and it's the cheapest of the three so if you're looking for a pale yellow creme then head over to Models Own

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Models Own - Peacock Green

Next up is Peacock Green

Gorgeous blue green shimmery polish with very fine greeny gold shimmer

Lovely colour but a bit tricky to apply as it was so runny


This is 3 coats, but worth it...

Friday, 8 January 2010

Models Own - Part II

Second up is the reason I went looking for Models Own in the first place, a grey creme, and a very fine one it is too.


Weak sun

It's called Moody Grey and is a dark grey creme with a slight airforce blue leaning.

Formula is good, it's fairly thin, but easy to work with and very opaque, this was nearly a one-coat-wonder, 2 coats shown here.

I really like this colour, it completely works with my skintone and I love that it's dark and edgy but not harsh like black can be.

It's not the most unique colour though, it was my first grey creme but I've got a feeling it's not dissimilar to Barry M Grey and I did a comparison swatch with Ciaté Vintage and they're pretty dupey

This is vintage on index and ring and Moody Grey on middle and little finger.

There is a slight difference, vintage is ever so slightly lighter but you've really got to look hard. And oddly the formula & application were near identical too.

But as Ciaté is more spenny I'd go for the Models Own!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Models Own

A belated Happy New Year and welcome to all my new readers, thanks to Brooke who featured my little blog in her weekly New Blogs on the Block

So here we are, new year, new start. After a fun and relaxing Christmas break and a killer of a cold that is still flooring me, I'm back with renewed enthusiasm. I'm going to *try* to post more often this year, I won't manage once a day, but 2 or 3 times a week should be possible, right?!

I'm gonna kick off with my Models Own collection

I discovered Models Own last May through a comment on MUA which said they were good for grey cremes and were sold on ASOS . I was going through a creme phase (my first ever) so I checked them out on ASOS and then found their website

It's a funky website and they have an pretty extensive range of colours and some interesting looking glitters. No accurate colour swatches on the site though so it was a bit of a gamble on colours.

I couldn't find any reviews either so wasn't sure what I'd be getting, finish wise. I found a discount code on the web so ended up getting 9 polishes for less than £34 which seemed like a bargain - if they were any good!

First up is Slate Green, a slightly dusky mid green creme

This is 2 coats IIRC. Application was pretty good and the colour is unique for my collection although not quite as dusky as I'd like.

Models Own is a UK brand of makeup, you can buy products from their site (no international shipping I'm afraid), ASOS (who do offer intl shipping I believe) and in store at some branches of River Island.

If you like this, stay tuned for more Models Own swatches and be sure to check out the Models Own swatches on the amazing Helen & Sheenies Nice Things