I found my perfect Auburn navy! From the Fall 2008 Gem’s collection, Orly Star of Bombay is a deep navy creme with just a little bit of microglitter. The microglitter (also navy) is more apparent in the bottle than on the nail. In direct sunlight it can been seen, otherwise it just looks like a creme.
Star of Bombay is a very dark navy. In low light it looks black. But I still love it. Because I’m so pale, stark black can look very harsh against my skintone, but the navy looks less harsh.
The formula was a little thick. If I had been more careful, I probably could have gotten away with just one coat, but I did use two. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, Orly bottles are wonderful. I just love the rubberized handle!
Ok, now on to the comparison. I have 2 other navys in my collection; OPI Russian Navy and Essie Midnight Cami.
For some reason I never realized that Russian Navy and Midnight Cami are twins except Russian Navy has a bit of red microglitter. Star of Bombay is significantly darker. None are dupes, but unless you are a true navy fan like myself, Star of Bombay plus either Midnight Cami or Russian navy would suffice.
Orly Last Dance was my National Wear Red Day manicure. I spotted this at Ulta in a Valentine’s Day minis display with 2 other Orly pink minis. Orly minis are 5.4mL (compared to OPI’s 3.75mL minis) and were $3.50 a bottle. The only downside to Orly minis is they lack the rubberized handle that I love so much. The brush is the same as the full size bottle, though.
Originally released in a 2007 minis collection, Last dance is red glitter suspended in a sheer red base. In the bottle it looks like there is alot more glitter than there is. I used three coats and as you can tell in the picture with a flash, the glitter was still rather sparse. I really only did three coats to make the sheer red base opaque. The base has a jelly feel to it. But with three coats there was no dreaded visible nail line.
In direct light (or in the picture with a flash) the glitter appears to be darker than the base. It doesn’t look like that in normal light. The picture without a flash is a more accurate depiction of what this polish really looks like.
Overall, this is a really pretty polish. It doesn’t look or feel like a glitter (but it wears like one). In most lights it just looks like an incredibly shiny red. On me (I am very pale and cool toned) this red leans on the orange side. In some lights (florescent) it looks very orange on me.
Though I like the look of this polish on its own, it would also be a great layering polish, especially over reds (like OPI I’ve “Red” the Script).
Happy Superbowl Sunday. Go Saints!
OPI’s Mad as a Hatter is delightful. I was really looking foward to getting this and Absolutely Alice. Mad as a Hatter is a very fun glitter polish in a clear base. It applies quite thick and is opaque in two coats – but I chose to do three for good measure. It reminds me of confetti and birthday cake. It’s mainly silver glitter with lots of other colors mixed in.
I love this polish but I have one complaint and that is that, at least for me, it came off several of my nails completely. It didn’t chip, but a full little nail sized sheet came straight off my nail (I found it in my pocket). I’m not sure if others are having this problem or if anyone has an idea that would help because overall this is so pretty and fun. Very difficult to get off, as to be expected with a glitter polish. Putting those problems aside, it’s still amazing and I like it a lot.
This is 3 coats + 1 thick coat of Seche Vite.
Absolutely Alice is from OPI’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland Collection. I had heard a ton about this collection (and about this particular polish). I’ve learned in the nail polish world that alot of times hyped products are just a big let down. This is definitely not the case with Absolutely Alice. Right after I applied it, I told Katie “I might just throw away the rest of my nail polish and wear Absolutely Alice for the rest of my life.” Yes, it is that amazing!
Absolutely Alice is blue and gold glitter in a clear base. I found it to be thicker than other glitters, though. I had a hard time getting coats to go on thin. For this reason, two coats gave me almost an opaque look. I did do a third for good measure.
I took a ton of pictures of this polish to try and do it justice, but I as never successful. Even looking at this color in the bottle doesn’t do it justice. More pictures under the jump!
Confession: I am TERRIFIED of neons. I am pale. I cannot get a tan (fake or otherwise). So the idea of using a neon seemed rather ridiculous to me. Even last summer when Essie came out with their neon collection I didn’t crack. But then when I was at Sally Beauty Supply the other day I spotted this polish. It’s a purple neon, so it’s quite muted compared to the yellow, orange and pink neons of the world. And it was only $3.29, so I figured why not give it a try.
This is a neon, so the formula was rather thin and it dried to a somewhat matte finish. A top coat is definitely required! Even though it is a thin formula, I only needed 2 coats. The first coat was extremely streaky, but the second coat evened out quite well.
I actually really like this color. It’s a purple I didn’t have in my collection, and I’m glad I finally tried a neon polish. The only problem I have with this polish is the wear. Even with a base coat and my Essie Good to Go top coat, this chipped within a day. Even so, this will be a great polish for a night out during the Summer months.
I have found the perfect black nail polish. I grabbed Essie’s Licorice for two reasons: 1. I love black nail polish and 2. I have come to love most dark nail polishes Essie puts out (which are few and far between): Wicked, Midnight Cami, and Sexy Divide, specifically.
Anyway, back to Licorice. It’s perfect. I usually like a little shimmer or microglitter in my black nail polish – and this has none – but it doesn’t need it. It is so glossy and deep and just flat out gorgeous.
I never thought I’d be so insanely impressed with something so simple. I really did stare at my hands all day (so it passed my love test). There’s something about black polish that is so chic – I especially love it on shorter nails.
I’ve used licorice in a bunch of fun manicures: Celeb Nails: Kelly Clarkson, Celeb Nails: Britney (I Wanna Go), Olympic Nails: Dana Vollmer, and Nail Art: Blackfish Movie Poster,
On the whole, a black polish is a black polish is a black polish – so find one you love and stick with it. This happens to be the black polish love of my life.
Note: Updated 12/23/13 (Yes, it’s still my favorite!)
Tinsel Town is the first beauty product, never the less nail polish, that I have tried from Forever21. I was waiting in line and spotted nail polish in the checkout area. Of course I started digging through the bin. There didn’t seem to be any uniformity when it came to these polishes. The bottles were all different shapes, and many had different prices. I spotted Tinsel Town (which kind of reminded me of Ulta Starstruck) with a price tag of $2.80 and decided to give it a try.
Tinsel town is silver glitter in a clear base. I was getting tired of my Rimmel Marine Blue manicure and decided to try putting glitter on top. I ended up using two coats of Tinsel Town. After the first coat, the glitter was uneven. On top of a darker polish, this was painfully obvious, so I decided to try a second coat. That somewhat evened out the glitter (though as you can probably tell there are still some bald spots). From far away this gave my current manicure a cool look. But up close it’s just a hot mess. On top of bare nails (with three coats) or on top of a silver base coat, I think Tinsel Town could be a great polish.
As far as the bottle and brush go, as I said earlier, there was no uniformity among the Love & Beauty line in terms of bottles. The bottle Tinsel Town is in isn’t anything special. The brush is a normal width, though the bristles are clear instead of the usual black. The only difficulty I had with applying was getting the glitter even.
After my experience with Tinsel Town I’m not sure I’ll be trying anymore polishes from the Love & Beauty line. While $2.80 isn’t a steep price, you can certainly find better quality nail polishes for around that price (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear being a good example) and none of the colors I saw were particularly unique.
Marine Blue is from the new(ish) Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel line from Rimmel. Rimmel claims this polish can last up to 10 days with some fancy time released shine formula and UV protection. The polish ran about $4. For a Rimmel polish that seemed kind of steep, but I decided to give it a try anyway.
In the bottle this color has a bit of a duo chrome effect, but that doesn’t translate to the nail (even in the sun). On the nail, Marine Blue is a bluish green with not really microglitter, more of a frost. Very shimmery! I really love this color.
Application was great. This Rimmel line has a wide brush (similar to Sally Hansom Complete Salon Manicure or Insta-Dri brushes). The formula is perfect. I probably could have gotten away with one coat, but something just seemed wrong about not doing two.
As for Rimmel’s claim that this polish can last 10 days, I’m skeptical. That being said, I get bored way too fast to even attempt to keep the same manicure of 10 days. I’m currently on day 3 of this manicure with not a single chip (quite an amazing feat).
From Essie’s 2010 The Art of Spring Collection, Neo Whimsical is a light pink creme with a bit of purple thrown in.
I don’t love this color (and I definitely prefer Lilacism from this collection). It’s a little safe for my taste. That being said, as far as pinks go, Essie has made it interesting by adding some purple to the color. The formula is typical Essie. Streaky with the first coat, but evened out after the second. Normally I think 2 coats of this color would give me an opaque look, but due to the fact that my nails are still stained because of the Sally Hansen Fairy Teal disaster, I used 3.
Overall, I’m rather underwhelmed by this collection from Essie. For my particular skin tone, I can’t use the orange colors they released. If I could, I think I would like this collection a lot more. The rest of the colors just aren’t very unique.
I resisted making a purchase from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line mostly because none of the colors looked very unique plus they came with a high price tag (for a drugstore polish). This changed when I spotted Fairy Teal. It looked like the perfect mix of green and blue I had been looking for.
According to the display, this polish is a 5 in 1. It includes a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color and top coat. The directions simply state “apply 2 coats of polish to clean, dry nails.” Going against my better judgment I decided to follow the directions. I skipped my usual base and top coats, and applied 2 coats of color.
I love the color. It is a gorgeous teal creme. The formula is great and it was easy to apply. I didn’t have any problems with streaks and in 2 coats I had opaque coverage.
I was quite impressed with the bottle. The top has a rubber ring around the bottom making it easy to hold while applying the polish. The brush is wide and somewhat square. That took a little getting used to, but after a few fingers the brush was easy to use.
After application I was fairly pleased with this polish. I loved the color, it was easy to apply and the application was quick considering I skipped using a base and top coat. The polish also dried relatively quickly without the help of any quick dry products.
As time passed, I became less pleased with my manicure. The polish chipped very quickly. I barely even made it 2 days before I had to change the polish due to chipping. The worst part by far was how badly this polish stained my nails. It didn’t just yellow my nails, it actually stained them blue. I tried everything to remove the blue from my nails, and nothing worked.
I had MAJOR issues with this nail polish, and due to that I will likely never purchase another color from this line. Fairy Teal is a gorgeous color and I would like to try it using a base and top coat, but I refuse to pay over $7 for a drugstore polish that really isn’t anything special. If it was truly a 5 in 1 polish and I could skip using a base and top coat every time I used it that would be a different story.