Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Jessica - Heirloom

Silver sparkly shimmer   

There's not much sunlight or even daylight at the moment to capture all the new sparkly polishes I've picked up so I'm also digging through my extensive unposted swatches.

Came across this Jessica swatch for Heirloom.

I don't have a lot of Jessica polishes or know very much about the brand but I *think* they might be a UK salon brand?

And this is my first Jessica swatch on the blog...



Heirloom is a silver shimmer with lots of fine metallic sparkles that definitely look a little gold toned to my eye.
The goldish sparkles lift this one above your regular silver shimmer - you can see them better in the shade picture, especially if you click to enlarge.

As you can see I had a bit of a mare with the cleanup on this one, this is one of those polishes with the super fine glittery bits that seem to stick to everything!

Swatch shown is 2 coats and although I can't find my notes for this swatch it looks like application was not a breeze...

This is also a mini Jessica bottle - 7.4ml (0.25floz)

Anyone out there a fan of Jessica?  I know they also do a gel polish, Gel-eration that seems to be pretty popular.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Mavala - Electric Green

Bright green shimmer/pearl    



Electric Green is a bright shimmery green with fine lighter greeny-gold sparkles.

The Mavala bottle describes it as a pearl but I think that all polish is either 'cream', 'pearl' or not specified in Mavala's world!

It does have a pearly base but to me there's too much sparkly shimmer visible for it to be a true pearl.

Swatch shown is 2 coats with no top coat.  You can see a hint of vnl (if you squint) but nothing too heinous!  Application was good as usual.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Leighton Denny - Up In The Air

Grey pearly shimmer    

Oh dear, my nails inc month ended and it all went to pot...  I was mad busy at work, way behind on Christmas prep and we went to Paris for a weekend.

Unfortunately it's really not as glamorous or exciting as it sounds!  The 13 & 15 yr old stepsons wanted to go to Minecon, the Minecraft convention so it was a weekend in Disneyland Paris with thousands of, mostly teenage, gaming geeks... I did manage to escape into Paris proper for a bit of shopping though.

So here's Up In The Air from Leighton Denny

I'd call it a slightly lilac toned, warm grey pearly shimmer. The lilac tones are more visible out of sunlight (bottle pic).

Swatch is 3 coats with no topcoat.

It is slightly pearly and  brushstrokey but lovely all the same.  Reminds me a little of Zoya Harley although that is definitely a cooler, blue based grey.