Sunday, July 21, 2013

Orly "Rage"

My first venture into Orly polishes, when I saw this beauty sitting on my local Ulta shelf I just HAD to have it! Rose gold is so popular these days, and I am totally in that fan club. I have an awesome Michael Kors rose gold watch that I just adore (too glamorous to wear on a daily basis though!) - a rose gold polish though? Totally appropriate for everyday wear. ;)
Rose gold is an alloy of gold and copper that creates a lovely metallic pink - the sophisticated lady's pink, it is also more youthful that yellow gold, and more colorful than silver! (At least, that is my opinion.)  Creates a lovely accent to any and all outfits.

That being said, I have NO idea why the folks at Orly decided to call this lovely polish "Rage" - Rage to me should be a fiery red, not a metallic pink! How about we call it Metallic Rose? It is an awesome combination of rose gold and silver teeny tiny glitters that create a lovely foil shimmer. This is my first foray into foils, and I have to say, they are awesome! One coat creates a completely opaque sparkle, like you are wearing real gold on your fingernails! A little too bold to do on all of your nails (at least for me!), I did do an accent nail with my Essie "Pop Art Pink" manicure. It looks a lot more yellow in this photo than it is in real life. 

Trust me, you MUST have this polish. Gorgeous color, opaque in ONE coat, no top coat needed to enhance the sparkle. A++, I plan on wearing this all the time.

Essie "Pop Art Pink"

"fall for a modern nail art look. this museum-worthy sheer chiffon pink nail lacquer adds a pop of romance and gallerista glam to your style." - Essie

Gallerista glam. I love it. I was afraid "Pop Art Pink" was going to be a shocking creme pink, but it is actually a very girly medium pink jelly. (So I totally had to look up these definitions - a 'jelly' is a polish that is sheer, and looks like jelly! A creme is opaque and pigmented, not sheer. And a crelly? I guess that's somewhere in between!) If I was a nail polish namer (dream job!), I would have called this something more like "Bubble gum pink" or "Strawberry milk." A nice milky sweet color. I got tons of compliments on this. Also I am beginning to realize that the jelly/crelly polishes are much more forgiving to sloppy applicants like myself that cremes. Maybe that's why I love them. 

This is such a lovely soft, romantic pink shade, and the formula was fantastic. A+, will wear again. ;) Did need 3 coats for good color build-up.

Seriously, google this shade and see some nicer swatches than what I have given you, and then go buy this polish.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Butter London "All Hail the Queen"

Oh my. The Butter London website calls this beauty "All Hail the Queen." Described as a "winter" version of their classic "Yummy Mummy," this is a stunning beige holo. And I'm wearing it in the summer. ;) I'm such a rebel. 
This color is like a combination of rose-gold and silver microglitters. Really pretty in all lighting. Maybe not the best color on me, just given how much pink I have in my complexion, but I plan on wearing this  all the time. In all seasons. Forever. Super pretty, work appropriate, opaque in 2 coats and doesn't need a topcoat. Definitely going to be trying out more Butter London polishes in the future!

For REAL swatches, let me refer you to what is fast becoming my go-to blog for getting my nail polish fix, the PolishAholic. The photography is really exceptional, especially in capturing the real sparkle of this color. 
All hail the sparkle!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Essie "Borrowed and Blue"

So ignore my horrific cuticles and just bathe in the glorious glow that is this nail polish. If you are careful this is a nice opaque creme one-coater. If you are sloppy like me it is one sticky mess, requiring a thick second coat and a long drying time. The color is actually a very pretty, delicate blue that is almost white. Very nicely pigmented. A-, just for the stickiness.