Not much else to say about this manicure. I posted instructions on how to do a half moon manicure in my Halloween Manicure post.
Here is the last of the OPI Holi-Daze Ulta Exclusives. I saw and loved Plum full of Cheer and All the Berry Best – and ended up getting Gift of Gold for free (Alli chose to get the Holi-daze mini set instead). I will say that Alli’s experience with Gift of Gold sounds very much like mine with Mad as a Hatter – very thick, huge chipping problems – etc.
Plum Full of Cheer is a red based purple – with red and purple shimmer – it’s really gorgeous and I don’t think I have a purple quite like it – the application was amazing and smooth – two coats are all you need. There was a little duo action going on in the bottle – but it’s not evident on the nail at all. Actually, it reminds me quite a bit of Nars – Purple Rain and since Alli has both I hope she’ll do a comparison for me (and you!) – I think it may be a bit more red than purple rain.
Forgive my pictures, I have almost no sunlight on my porch for most of the day so I get to huddle in corners and even then I had to use flash…
What’s your favorite holiday polish?
This is one of three 2010 OPI Holiday Ulta exclusives. I picked up the Holi-daze mini set and this was probably the polish I was least excited about.
In the bottle All the Berry Best appears to have a bit of a gold/red duochrome effect in the bottle but on the nail it is just a glowy deep, berry red. There’s nothing particuraly wrong with this color it’s just kind of….boring. If I want a color like this I’ll reach for OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress over this.
Application was fine. I used my usual three coats. For some reason this polish dried a bit flat, so a shiny top coat is a necessity.
Out of the Ulta exclusives this is definitely the one I would pass on without giving it a second though. Gift of Gold and Plum Full of Cheer are much more interesting and unique polishes.
I have always had great luck with Ulta OPI exclusives. Merry Merry and Think Merry! Pink Merry! are some of my favorite pinks I own. So this year when Ulta had 3 OPI holiday exclusives and they were all available in a super cute mini set for only $6.95, I couldn’t say no.
This is not a polish I would usually wear. I am very cool toned so gold isn’t a great color for me, but I went to a masquerade party over the weekend and my mask was black and gold. So it was the perfect opportunity to wear this polish.
Gift of Gold is a mostly gold glitter polish suspended in a clear base. There is a small amount of red and silver glitter as well. The glitter is VERY dense. This could probably be a one coater (though I did do two coats). The formula is a bit on the thick side, which is fine except I happen to have a mini bottle. So the opening isn’t that large. Like I do with every polish, before I put the polish on my nails I wipe of the excess on the side of the opening. Well after a while this begins to collect in the opening and can make dealing with the polish a bit difficult.
The wear of this polish was pretty bad. Usually glitters wear extremely well. OPI’s glitters do not (at least in my experience). I put this on Friday night and by Saturday afternoon I had not just tip wear but huge chips. This polish comes off in huge chunks. The masquerade party I was attending was Saturday night so I touched up the polish and did wear it through Sunday morning. Sunday morning in the shower most of the polish on my nails peeled off in the shower (without any help from me).
So yes, this is a fun polish for the holidays, but the wear is terrible (and as with all glitter polishes, removing it is a pain). I have had some success in extending wear of OPI glitters by using one coat of glitter over a similarly colored base (example Absolutely Alice).
I can’t wait to try All the Berry Best and Plum Full of Cheer 🙂
I’ve worn it over black – but didn’t do a post because I feel like it’s been covered – the other day I decided to try it over OPI’s Ski Teal We Drop – I love it! I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
If I had to do it again I’d probably try to apply Hidden Treasure a bit thinner because Ski is such a great color it doesn’t deserve to be completely overwhelmed.
Happy Sunday 🙂
I was at Ulta to pick up the Ulta exclusive OPI Holi-daze mini set and spotted large tubs of Ulta Limited Edition nail lacquer at the register. There weren’t any ground breaking colors but they were only $.99 and Star Party caught my eye.
Application was good. I used three coats (though two probably would have been fine). The formula is not thin or thick or streaky. I was impressed with the wear of this polish. Rarely do I wear a polish for more than one day because tip wear drives me crazy, but I wore this for two days with very little tip wear.
As far as I can tell, these limited edition shades are not available online. I think the other color was called Naughty & Nice. It was similar to this polish just a slightly different shade of red (I want to say darker). For $.99 this is a great polish. And it’s definitely perfect for the holidays.
Barielle describes Jess’ Champagne Toast as a “metallic violet with rose gold glitter.” That is accurate. More accurate than what I probably could have come up with. Application was great. I used 3 coats with a thick coat of Essie Good to Go! topcoat. Even still, this polish does dry a bit bumpy.
I really love this polish. It’s completely different from anything I have in my collection. And I like that Barielle describes it as “metallic.” In the bottle I was worried it might be frosted (I had visions of scary brush strokes and bad 80s nails…), but that is definitely not the case.
I don’t know about y’all, but when I think Victoria’s Secret I certainly don’t think amazing nail polish. So my expectations were not high for this polish. Midnight Glamour is the nail lacquer from the limited edition makeup collection of the same name. I picked it up solely for the packaging. The bottle is gorgeous and I love the stars on the cap.
Much to my surprise (and delight) this polish is AMAZING. Seriously, amazing. Midnight Glamour is a deep navy packed with microglitter as well as some slightly larger pink glitter. It’s so pretty. The sparkle in it is amazing because while it is sparkly it’s not in your face glitter.
Application was also amazing. This is almost a one coater. It probably can be a one coater if you pay attention to application. I used two coats (which is strange for me, I am an habitual three coater) and have no bald spots or streaks.
Probably the ONLY complaint I have about this polish is the brush. For some reason it tends to hold more polish in the middle of the brush which can, if you’re not careful, cause a mess. But once you are aware of this problem it is easily preventable.
This polish retails for $8 and is available at Victoria’s Secret store and online for a limited time. Though it doesn’t really look like it, this would technically be considered a mini. The bottle is only .24oz. So it is definitely expensive, but in my opinion, well worth it.
Oh, did I mention this also comes in a gorgeous box!? Picture below the jump 🙂
I’ve been wanting to try Barielle ever since I saw them at Ulta a few months ago. I wasn’t really wow-ed by the Fall Collection so when Alli tweeted that their winter display, Holiday Hustle, was up I called her right away to see if there was anything worth getting. Needless to say I was in my car about 10 minutes later.
I got two: Snow Day and Jess’ Champagne Toast. Snow Days are my most favorite thing in the world so I probably would have gotten this even if it was the most hideous polish on the planet – but as you can see it isn’t. It is however – hard to describe. Indoors it looks more metallic and almost chrome-y. Outside in the sunlight it looks much more frosty and I was surprised (and excited) to see hints of multi colored micro glitter.
I used two coats and for once, no top coat – the application was smooth – not to thick, not runny at all – pretty close to perfect. I’m thinking it’ll be the perfect color to wear underneath Sally Hansen’s Blue Icing.
So… all in all I love it 🙂 Can’t wait to try Jess’ Champagne Toast.
Ok, I know I can’t be the only one who was seriously excited for Eclipse to be released on DVD this weekend! This was the perfect polish to honor such an occasion. Katie wore this when Eclipse was released in theaters and her experience with this polish was VERY different from mine.
Bella’s Choice is a gorgeous turquoise creme. It’s very Summer/Spring but I’m not a fan of following such crazy rules, so I’d wear this whenever. Regardless of season. It’s a great pick-me-up for the cold, gloomy Winter weather.
Where Katie and my experiences differ is with application. I had no issues, the formula was great and this went on smoothly in two coats. Katie, on the other hand, had issues with a super thick, unworkable formula. Seems to me like H&M has a consistency issue. Though, I will say, my bottle of U Must Have This was on the thick side.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend 🙂