Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Nails Inc Instyle - Boys of Summer

Bright pink creme  

I showed the first of the Instyle covermount polishes from 2015 last month - here's the next one - the theme was 80's anthems...

Boys of Summer is a cool toned bright pink creme

Application was great as you'd expect from a Nails Inc creme

Swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Layla - Hologram Effect - Cloudy Violet

Purple linear holo  

It's the late May Bank Holiday here in the UK and I'm off the rest of the week too - heading off to Marrakesh on Wednesday for 5 days  - so excited!

So I'd thought I'd got for a polish with a holiday feeling, even if unfortunately, the sun isn't shining in my part of England...

Cloudy Violet is a gorgeous purple linear holo - totally stunning.

Application was good once I'd worked out the best base coat to use.  The polish is very thin/runny but covers well.

Swatches are 2 coats over Gosh f/x base

Sunday, 29 May 2016

OPI - Berlin There, Done That

Taupe creme  


Oh OPI - you and your amusing polish names.  Though I suppose with the number of polishes that OPI have released (more than any other modern brand?) they would've likely run out of names if they'd stuck to anything more themed or traditional!

And don't get me started on Nails Inc's annoying habit of reusing polish names, sometimes 3 times...

So Berlin There, Done That is a mid-toned taupe creme, it looks purple-ish in shade and milky coffee in sun.  BTDT is unsurprisingly from the Germany Collection back in 2012.

Application was good, swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Nails Inc - Gel Effect - Hyde Park Place

Soft grey creme 

Hyde Park Place is a mid-tone grey creme that doesn't lean particularly warm or cool.  In sunlight it's a bit warmer but nothing drastic.

Application was good, swatches are 2 coats with no top coat and as a gel effect polish it's suitably glossy with an almost wet look.

I do like the self-coloured caps on these Nails Incs but I'll save my rant about all the different bottle types they seem to have now for another day!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Rococo - Purple Haze

Light purple pearl  

Purple Haze is a light purple pearl.  As such it's a bit brush-strokey and rather dated looking.

Application was tricky, unlike a previous Rococo the brush was ok on this one but it was very runny and of course the brush-stroke issue with a pearl makes things more difficult.

Rococo call this finish 'Luxe'

Swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

Can't say this one really floats my boat - good job it was only £1.50 in the SpaceNK sale!  A total bargain as Rococo normally retail at £12...

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Deborah - 110

Purple shimmer  

Apologies - this one is a bit blurry...

Deborah 110, despite the lack of name, is a stunning purple shimmer,

Application was a little tricky, the polish has an annoying fat brush and this did take 3 coats to cover fully.

Oh but so worth it, this is another polish that reminds me of my beloved L'Oreal Jet Set 225 which I really must swatch and share!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Kiko - Pearly Golden Sesame 479

Taupe packed with golden flaky shimmer  

You know those frustrating polishes where you fall in love with the gorgeous shimmer in the bottle but once you've applied it to your nails it's all but disappeared?

This isn't that polish!  If anything the shimmer is even more visible and packed in on the nail - what a refreshing surprise!

I picked up Pearly Golden Sesame in the Kiko store because it's a light taupe with golden flaky shimmer, what's not to like?   I was expecting a taupe with some gold shimmer, a bit like Leighton Denny Coconutty, but on the nail this almost looks more gold than taupe!

Pearly Golden Sesame is a light taupe packed with fine golden flaky shimmer, application was good and swatches are just 2 coats with no top coat.

Total win from me, I really like the taupe/gold combination and it's so pretty on the nail.  Thumbs up to Kiko

Saturday, 14 May 2016

P2 - Crazy Beauty

Soft blue creme  

Wowser, this is a stunner - I do love a periwinkle blue....

Crazy Beauty from P2 is a gel-look periwinkle blue creme.  Super glossy looking as you'd expect from a gel-effect polish.

Application was fine, these have wide, flat-ish brushes but they aren't too hard to handle for me.

Swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

Unfortunately P2 isn't available in the UK, this is an older one I got on a work trip to Germany.