Another winner from Orly! Enchanted Forest is from the Fall 2009 Once Upon a Time Collection. Initially I only purchased Pixie Dust from this collection, but Sally had a deal on this polish I could not refuse. Enchanted Forest plus Orly’s Prisma Gloss in Gold (which I will post about shortly) for $1.99. How could I say no!?
Enchanted Forest is a dusty green creme. When I saw it at the store I was worried it would be very similar to OPI Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow, but they are very different. Here Today is blackened and frosted.
I have no complaints when it comes to the formula. This applied evenly in two coats. I used my normal base coat and Essie Good to Go! top coat and this wore days with no chips.
First let me say, this color is great. It’s bright and fun and perfectly creme-y, yet very glossy at the same time. For color it get’s two thumbs up. This picture is fairly accurate though I think it leans every so slightly towards teal, just a bit.
Now, as far as wear goes – I used a new base & top coat from Sinful Colors (along with two coats of Aqua Baby)…I put this polish on Tuesday night, and photographed it Thursday afternoon – the tip wear is more than obvious in the picture on the left. It doesn’t really bother me b/c it’s rare that I go more than a day or so without changing my nail polish and I don’t know if it chipped more because of the formula or because of the Sinful Colors Top/Base Coat. I’ll have to give both another try and we’ll see I suppose. Has anyone else used Sinful Colors Quick Dry?
But wait! There’s more! Yes, I know I’m feeling a bit guilty for not posting so much lately so.. I decided to throw my new best friend into the mix – matte top coat time! I suppose, overall, I’m not overly impressed with adding a matte top coat to Aqua Baby – it makes it flat and dull, and I don’t expect I’ll do it again but I’ll show you the results anyway 🙂 So without further ado…
Nope. Still not done. I had a stressful day at work so I made a stop at Sally’s in search of China Glaze – Grape Pop, which they were out of – but I got these beauties instead… From Left to right we have: China Glaze – Emerald Sparkle, China Glaze – Heli-yum, China Glaze – Frostbite, Orly – Pixy Stick, and Orly Snowcone.
More on these later. Happy Varnishing!
We have a drugstore OPI Don’t Toy With Me dupe! Well, that would be more exciting if I didn’t already own the more expensive OPI version.
Katie’s OPI Cabernet for the Lady post inspired me to do a “classy and professional” manicure.” Pure Ice Iced Merlot has admittedly been in my box of untrieds for awhile. I picked it up on one of my rare trips to Wal-Mart (which, as far as I know, is the only place to purchase the Pure Ice line) along with Maybelline Grape Times and wet n wild Glitz.
I had heard nothing but good things about Pure Ice (and Katie loves Strapless) so I decided to pick up a bottle. Iced Merlot caught my eye, mostly for the shimmer and the name, since I’m not huge on red polishes. I love wine, therefore I love nail polishes with wine inspired names.
Iced Merlot is gorgeous. It is a deep red packed full of red microglitter. On the nail it’s incredibly shiny. The formula is great. Applied smoothly, and only took two coats for the color to be opaque. The Pure Ice bottles are squared (which I know alot of people are fans of) and .5 ounces. The brush is rounded. The wand is a little shorter than what I am used to, but I had no problems controlling the brush.
As far as wear goes, I had no major issues. Sure, it chipped in a couple days, which is a little sooner than some of the more expensive brands. I did use my regular Essie Good to Go! topcoat, and a base coat.
Overall, for just under $2, this polish is a steal. They offer a tone of unique and fun colors, along with the more standard colors.
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Ah yes, the polish I hinted at in my tweet a few days ago…Here she is! OPI’s Cabernet for the Lady. Cabernet was a Trade Secret exclusive in 2005. See… I went to my nail salon to use a gift certificate I got for Christmas because I’d found out they were closing (I’m so sad – this place is just delightful!). I got a mani & a pedi – which is rare, I usually just get a pedicure, but let’s be honest – my nail beds needed a little cleaning up. I started off choosing China Glaze’s Admire for my toes (it’s cute, I prefer lighter colors on my toes). I chose China Glaze Masai Red (From their 2008 Holiday Collection ) but changed my mind as I wanted something more on the burgundy side. I picked up Cabernet for the Lady and let me tell you. I love this color. It’s classy and professional. It’s a deep burgundy with a gorgeous shimmer. I loved this color so much that I decided I had to have it. I found it on Ebay and I can’t wait for it to arrive. I’m completely in love.
First of all, let me say, I am not a huge glitter fan, nor am I a huge fan of green polish, nor am I generally a fan of holiday collections. But this nail polish broke all of those rules!
Emerald Sparkle is from China Glaze’s 2009 Holiday collection, Sleigh Ride. I didn’t purchase this when it came out, for the reasons stated above. Even after seeing swatches and this color taking the nail polish community by storm I still wasn’t overly excited and certainly didn’t run out to purchase it. Then yesterday I spotted it at Sally’s on clearance for $1.99. I figured people must LOVE it for a reason. And wow, am I glad I purchased it.
Emerald Sparkle is forest green glitter suspended in a forest green jelly(ish) base. The glitter is rather fine, not chunky glitter like OPI’s Absolutely Alice or Sephora by OPI Too Good For Him. Due to this, when it’s on the nail, the polish doesn’t scream GLITTER! It’s much more subdued, yet still has the same sparkle that the chunky glitter nail polishes have to offer.
The formula was a little thin. I had to use three coats, not for opaqueness, but for evenness. This polish wears incredible well.
This color will be great for around the holidays (of course since it was part of a holiday collection), but it is March, and with Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, I think this green is entirely appropriate. I have a few greens to choose from for St. Patty’s Day. I may end up going with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Going Green over this polish just to be a little more bold or maybe an entirely different green. We shall see!
Just a note: there are two versions of this polish floating around. I definitely have the newer version, which is darker than the old or original release. For a good comparison, click here!
Can you tell I’m ready for Spring? I can’t stay away from Spring colors!
Caribbean Coral is the last of my purchases from Sally Hansen’s new Spring colors, and probably my second favorite. My favorite by far is Pacific Blue, my least favorite being Going Green. I may eventually break down and purchase Virtual Violet, but I will definitely pass on Wet Cement, probably the most talked about from this collection.
Caribbean coral is bright. Not quite neon bright. But very bright. Sally Hansen claims (yet again) incorrectly that this polish is a creme. Granted, in most lights it does appear to be a creme. But in direct sunlight it is obvious that there is a bit of a frost or shimmer to this polish.
I did have a bit of trouble applying this color. The brush was fine, it was the formula I had a bit of a problem with. It was a little thick, yet required two coats. Lets just say I had a lot of cleanup to do when I finally got the polish even and opaque.
This is going to be a great color for not just the Spring, but into the Summer. I can just picture myself admiring my Caribbean Coral nails while lounging by the pool.
I do hope that Sally Hansen continues to release new colors from their Xtreme Wear line. The quality is as good, if not better than the Complete Salon Manicure line and is so much less expensive!
I picked SinfulColors Aqua up at Rite Aid the same day I got SinfulColors Let’s Talk. Overall, I’m fairly impressed with these polishes. Both colors wore well and the formulas were great.
Aqua is a metallic and frosted bluish-green color (somewhat similar to Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Pro in Marine Blue). I could tell from looking at the bottle this was somewhat metallic. Even though it is a metallic, I didn’t have a problem with it being streaky after the first coat. Along with the metallic look of this polish, it is also heavily frosted.
I did not love this color. I even complained about it on Twitter and told Katie I’d send it to her (which I will probably still do). Even though the color itself was pretty, the metallic with the frost was just too much.
Instead of ditching a perfectly good manicure, I decided to give it a shot with Essie’s Matte About You top coat and I’m glad I did! Adding the matte top coat gave Aqua a satin finish with a glow, for lack of a better word. It really transformed the polish into something I really like.
Surprisingly, even after adding the matte topcoat, this polish wore very well. Usually after adding the matte top coat a polish will chip within a day. Aqua (with the matte topcoat) lasted well over a day without a single chip or tip wear even after wearing it a day prior to adding the matte top coat.
I’m looking forward to trying some other SinfulColors polishes 🙂
I talk about Essie’s Good to Go! top coat in almost every post, so I figured it was about time I do a post on it.
I’ve been using the top coat on every manicure for about a month. I was looking for a new top coat when conveniently Ulta was running a special, so I got this top coat for free, though it retails for $10.
Essie claims this is “the fastest drying top coat” and that the “unique formula penetrates through fresh polish to dry it – almost immediately! Leaves behind a chip-resistent, non-yellowing protective finish with a high gloss shine.”
For the most part I think that description is accurate. This top coat dries extremely fast and does a good job preventing chipping. Is it the fastest drying top coat? Who knows. I haven’t tried all the top coats out there, and I know Katie would argue her Seche Vite dries faster, but this certainly dries fast. I’ve ruined alot less manicures since I’ve been using this top coat.
I picked up Going Green along with Pacific Blue when Sally Hansen released their new Xtreme Wear colors for Spring. I was really excited about this color, but I kept passing it by to try other untried polishes. This polish kind of intimidated me. I love green polishes, but have traditionally stuck to muted versions of green, like OPI Jade is the New Black or Chi Hot Ring Illusions Around Saturn.
Sally Hansen claims Going Green is a creme, but it is not. In reality, Going Green is a frosted Kelly green. The formula was great (as with all Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes); applied evenly in two coats. The brush is flat but not wide like the Complete Salon Manicure brushes and squared.
I go back and forth with this color. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I think it’s too green. Even in the South it is still winter. I really wish companies would wait to release Spring shades until it was at least closer to Spring! Come the hot summer months I think I will find myself loving this color.
Just when I thought I couldn’t love this polish any more, I have found a way! I picked up Sephora by OPI Too Good for Him just before the New Year when Sephora released it and loved it. I did a previous post on this polish when I used it on its own. While I did love it, used alone there are some bare spots.
I wanted to try layering it. I had been thinking of layering it over a black or silver polish, but just hadn’t gotten around to it. I was getting tired of my OPI Done Out in Deco manicure and figured why not give it a try. Surprisingly I loved the look this achieved. The lilac color filled the bare spots beautifully. It also makes the polish appear a bit more on the purple side, which in my opinion, is never a bad thing.
I did have a bit of a problem getting the glitter to apply evenly. I ended up using three coats. Three coats of Too Good for Him on top of two coats of Done Out in Deco made for a very thick manicure. I didn’t have any trouble with chipping, but when it came time to take it off, I could pull the polish off my nails in full sheets.