Friday, 24 July 2015

Superdry - Blue Mercury

Intense mid blue crelly

I didn't know Superdry did cosmetics until I spotted this in TK Maxx but to be fair I've never been in a Superdry store (if such a thing exists).  God I sound old!

Anyhow, on to the polish...

Mercury Blue is a fabulous bright blue crelly.  The bottles are 10ml and there's a variety of different bottle overprinting styles available.

Application was good, the brush is regular style, ie not wide/flat.

Swatches shown are 3 coats, with no top coat.  Three coats is not great but it's such a great colour and shine I'm prepared to forgive it!

Anyone else tried Superdry polishes?  I picked mine up for a bargainous £2 in TK, I think the original retail was around £6.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Alessandro - Midnight Violet

Mid purple creme  

Here's Midnight Violet from Alessandro's Summer of Love collection.

Midnight Violet is a mid-toned purple creme.  It's a mini sized bottle at only 5ml but actually this seems to be the most common Alessandro size so I don't know if they'd call it mini.

Application was good and these swatches are 2 coats, no top coat as usual.

Alessandro is a German brand, I have bought some on trips to Germany but pretty sure this one came from an internet order from a French private sale site!   I really like Alessandro products, their hand creams in particular are excellent, but they can be a little expensive at full retail. Thankfully thanks to the sale site this only cost me £1.20!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Golden Rose - Rich Color 34

Rich burgundy shimmer  

Golden Rose Rich Color in 34 is a rich, shimmering plum/burgundy.

This was almost a one-coat wonder for me and the polish is marketed as a one-coat product, but these swatches are 2 coats for full depth of colour.

And the one-step maxi brush wasn't too bad at all.  I think I'm realising that not all wide or maxi brushes are terrible for me - although there is still a special place in hell for the MeMeMe maxi wide brushes!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Golden Rose - Paris 140

Deep grey/navy crelly 

Another from my Istanbul haul...

140 is a greyed navy crelly, which applies both darker but slightly less grey than it looks in the bottle.

Application was great and these swatches are 3 coats, no top coat.

But look at that shine!  I can see the sky and the green bush outside my window reflected in the shine.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Golden Rose - Galaxy 14

Purple glitter sand finish  

Back in February the Husband and I spent a long weekend in Istanbul for my Birthday.  Despite the cold and snow I'd totally recommend it, fabulous city with so much to see.

On our last morning we did a bit of shopping and I managed to find a Golden Rose store where I picked up a few interesting polishes.

Here's the first of those....

Galaxy is a range of textured and glitter polishes

14  is a purple sand finish polish with some hexagonal and smaller glitter pieces in there, though they kinda get swallowed by the sand!

I used 2 coats and no top coat for these swatches as as you'd expect for a sand finish it dries pretty matte although there's a touch of satin gleam.