3 Pink nailpolishes for summer (or whenever you feel linke pink)

3 Pink nailpolishes for summer (or whenever you feel linke pink)

I’m baaack! Kinda. It’s still summer and posting will likely continue being spotty, sorry about that. I am also waffling on wether or not to go for a paid account or my own hosting as I am approaching the storage limit – this blog has been going on since 2012 after all!

Today I have three very different pink nailpolishes for you:

This is two coats of OPI Strawberry Margarita with top coat. It’s creme and a fairly standard pink, not quite neon, but it pops. Lasted the usual four days without chipping.

From my ‘old polish’ vault: Two coats of YSL in the color 27 Rose Lunaire plus top coat. This whole nail polish line (La Laque) is discontinued and got replaced by ‘La Laque Couture’. Rightfully so, because the newer polishes are much better. This one is thin and takes longer to dry and showed wear by day three. The color is quite pretty though, a mauvey pink with small silvery flakes that shimmer in different colors when the light hits just right. Or maybe it’s just big shimmer, anyway it is pretty.

And last, an absolute surprise hit: 337 Pretty Fuchsia by Mavala. This shows a single coat plus top coat. The polish is easy to apply and opaque. The color is an intense blue toned pink with silver shimmer. Not your everyday pink for sure. Kinda a eighties/nineties vibe. Lasted four days without showing wear and later had only minimal chipping.

This concludes my post. I hope to see you soon.

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Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion

Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion

This is three coats of Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion, no top coat. This may have been LE I’m not sure.

The color is beautiful, a duochrome shifting from purple to greenish bronze. The quality, however… this thing drove me nuts. It would not dry, which is why I wore no top coat. I just… gave up at some point. On the first coat I bumped my hand very lightly somewhere and the polish just wiped off. It did not get better from there on. Four hours later I still got dents in the polish as if it were newly applied. I applied it in the morning. The next day I had imprints from my duvet on the polish. Then it was finaly dry and started to flake off. UUUUUGH.

Also, much less annyoing but still: the bottle claims to have “holographic and duochrome” effects. There is no holo in this one (the two Spectra Lights were indeed holo, though).

Overall, no recommendation, which is sad because the holo polishes in this line were great.

Essie Tart Deco, Fishnet Stockings, Rock the Runway

Essie Tart Deco, Fishnet Stockings, Rock the Runway

I have some red/coral essie nailpolish swatches for you:

This is two coats of Fishnet Stockings plus top coat. It’s a deep red that was easy to apply and lasted with only minor chipping for five days. It was on the liquid side of polishes, though, in case you prefer them thicker.

This is two coats of Tart Deco, with top coat. I used my purple Guerlain top coat and you can tell because the combination ended up on the pnk side. Without that top coat it would look more like in the bottle. Tart Deco is one of my absolute favorite colors, it applies perfectly and looks just so happy. There are several similar colors from Essie LE’s but in the end I sprang for Tart Deco too as they are never 100% identical.

This is two coats of Rock the Runway. As you can see this is one of their gel couture line. I still think the bottles are pretty, but take up too much space in storage (probably only relevant if you own wayyy too much polish). This is a classic red leaning sliiightly pink (only noticeable if you put it next to a more yellow leaning red). I have had Essie gel polishes before, but not the matching top coat. So previously I have used my regular Essie base coat (nourish me) and no top coat (that was my no top coat phase lol) and they lasted very well, but not much longer than normal Essie polish. So this time around I researched how Essie wants us to wear these and found the following information:

  1. no base coat! (they claim the polish already includes a base)
  2. apply color
  3. use their gel couture top coat (comes in a white opaque bottle)

And so I did that. And I regret. Do NOT use without base coat! This stuff stained so hard. Also, doing it that way made it last no longer than regular nail polish. Up to two weeks of wear time? Yeah, no. Four days of wear time, then bad chipping. It might just be my nails, but base coat is a must, both to avoid stains and to help with longevity. People often ask me ‘how do you get your polish to last so long’ and I mean the obvious answer is ‘no hard labour’ but also ‘base coat’.

I will try again with base coat and the gel couture top coat and see what happens, but so far my advice is: use normal base coat if you want these to last. Top coat is optional.

Apart from that the color od Rock the Runway is very pretty and the polish applied like a dream. It has a very broad brush though, if you dislike that sort of thing. The polish alone already has more shine than regular nail polish. The gel couture top coat is also very shiny, but not more than any other high shine top coat.

Catrice Spectra Light Down the Milky Way, Holo Enchantment

Catrice Spectra Light Down the Milky Way, Holo Enchantment

Catrice has this set of holo and duochrome nail polishes and of course I fell for it:

This is three coats of 01 Down the Milky Way. I expected it to be opaque like the essence holo polish was, but this one is a topper. Still not opaque in three coats. Had I known I would have put a base color on. It’s hard to see in the picture but it is a holo glitter. Weirdly, it has red non holo glitter thrown in as well. The polish itself was easy enough to put on and stayed well on peel off base. I had no chipping until day four.

Here we have the better holo of the set (the other two or three polishes were not holo but duochrome): 05 Holo Enchantment. And yes it is holo, even if the shift does not translate well on camera. You can see it a bit on my index finger. Unlike holo glitter, where each particle does its own rainbow dance, in this polish the shift is simultaneous, meaning you can move a rainbow over your nail by moving it in the light. The colors were a lot more visible in electric light than in sunlight (this pic is taken in sunlight). Here I am wearing two coats plus top coat. Without top coat the finish is semi matte. I put a glossy top coat on and at first was I afraid I’d ruined it as the colorful shimmer was suddenly dull. Luckily when the top coat was dry the shimmer was back.

The polish lasted five days with minor tip wear on a normal base and since it was a shimmer polish not a glitter one was easier to remove as well. I’d recommend Holo Enchantment for being an unusual holo polish. The other one does not get a recommendation from me, holo glitter toppers are easy to come by.

I’m not entierly sure if these are LE or no, they can be found in the normal nailpolish Catrice segment. Knowing Catrice, there’s a chance they’ll only be there for a few months, though.

Essie Nailpolish Swatches

Essie Nailpolish Swatches

I took an unplanned break last week I just wasn’t feeling it. But I’m back today with lots of nailpolish.

I’ll put several of the Essie polishes I’ve worn lately in one post again, so here we go:

This lovely gold is Getting Groovy, from a past LE I believe. Those are two coats plus top coat. It was super easy to apply and lasted well. There was tip wear on day three.

This is Blue Rhapsody, omg I love it so much. Two coats + top. Also from a past LE. It shows some brush strokes, but only if you go looking for it. There was some chipping on day three.

This is sew psyched, which looks quite ugly in the bottle, but is incredibly wearable irl. Two coats + top, tip wear on day five. Best nailpolish to wear with a jeans look imho.

And here I’m not actually wearing any color polish at all. This is a single coat of CC for nails. It claims to color corect yellow nails, which… I don’t even understand the point at all. It does so by having very fine purple shimmer. You can barely see it, but looks good. This dries matte, so maybe you’re supposed to wear it on its own and people will think you have no polish on? Is that the point? Anyway I wasn’t really feeling it, tbh I hoped it would be more purple than that. So I dug out my purple top coat and slapped a good layer on:

Oh, yes. That’s Guerlain Le Top Coat Ultraviolet from a past LE on top of CC for nails. Now this is where it’s at! This combo lasted well, there was chipping on day four, but because I smashed my finger against something. It might have lasted longer. This just looks so good I might wear this combo more often. Pity the Guerlain top coat was LE and you probably can’t get it anymore (the Essie base is permanent and should be easy to get). If you can find something sheer and purple or pinky you should get the same effect, though.

And that’s it. I’ve worn more Essie polishes but I haven’t uploaded the pics yet, so those are for another time. Speaking of time, it flies. It’s almost march??? It doesn’t feel like march because we’re having a late winter here and it’s really cold. But the days are getting longer and longer and it’s actually so pretty to have lots of sunlight and snow. 🙂

Essence Holo Rainbow in Hello Holo

Essence Holo Rainbow in Hello Holo

This is the Essence nailpolish in 01 Hello Holo from their Holo Rainbow set. I am wearing two coats plus top coat. The top sunk into the gritty polish though, as usual with heavy glitter polishes. The polish is just straight up holo as promised. I know lately it’s been a trend to complain “that’s not holo” on fake holo makeup and I’ve seen people comment that about nail polish as well, but it is holo. The colors in each particle shift through the whole rainbow = holo.

I like that the polish was thick enough that you could easily get this opaque. I also didn’t have to move the glitter around much to get an even distribution. I’ve had much worse glitter polishes from essence before. But this one gets a total approval from me. It also lasted very well, apart from the fact that there was some shrinkage. I don’t know, this often happens to me when I wear heavy glitter polish, that the polish shrinks after a few hours and leaves some of my nail free. Other than that, there was some chipping on day four.

You better have some peel off base coat, because getting that stuff off otherwise is hell. I know because atm I don’t have any peel off base and ugh. There won’t be more glitter reviews anytime soon. The sparkles are so pretty, though!

The whole Holo Rainbow stuff was introduced into the permanent range half a year ago. So, these are not LE – although with essence you never know when they discontinue stuff again so if you want them, get them soon.

YSL La Laque Beige Chiffon/Beige Mousseline

YSL La Laque Beige Chiffon/Beige Mousseline

I’m on a bit of a vintage trip, digging out stuff I had even before I ran this blog. One of them is this nail polish:

This is from YSL in their old design: thinner, longer and the shade name is not on the front. I like their current design better. It’s more compact and you can easily find the shade name. This nail polish is N° 41 Beige Chiffon/Beige Mousseline. I am wearing three coats plus top coat. I prefer to use two color coats, but this one just won’t have it, it’s always uneven with two. The color itself is a pretty perfect nude, pulling more orange or more pink depending on light. I had some chipping on day two (boo) but after that it stuck around unchanged until day five, which was when it gave up.

It’s a pretty color, but honestly you’re not missing that much. The brand’s current nail polish formula (La Laque Couture) is better imo. There is no exact match for this color, though. I think the new nr 41 is a soft pink.

Essie Cocktail Bling

Essie Cocktail Bling

This is two coats of Essie Cocktail Bling with top coat. It was my new year’s resolution to always wear top coat so from now on all swatches will be with top coat.

Cocktail Bling is a light grey that looks darker on the nail than it does on the bottle. It’s good quality as expected from Essie and lasted very well, especially with top coat. I got tip wear on day five.

OPI I’m not really a waitress

OPI I’m not really a waitress

So this is cleary a pic I took during december. It shows two coats of OPI nailpolish in the color I’m not really a waitress. This is an older OPI and a classic. It is also more liquid than I expected, resulting in flooded cuticles. 😦 But I guess that’s my fault. Should have been more careful.

The color itself is beautiful, a deep red with red shimmer. The polish lasted the usual three days without tip wear and then some minor tip wear. This is what I always get from OPI when wearing polish whithout top coat. My new year’s resolution is finally start wearing top coat, so in the future the wear time might change. But first we’ll have to slog through the polishes I wore in december. 🙂

essence my love diary

essence my love diary

I’m still catching up on my nail polish posts, so here you have a mani monday:

This is essence the gel nail polish in the color 48 my love diary. This was included in last year’s advent calendar, which is why there’s a gingerbread man on it. Minus that sticker this nail polish should be available in their normal range.

The nail polish is a lovely dusty pink, not quite red, not quite mauve. It’s hard to describe but looks very lovely when worn. The pic was taken in direct sunlight and as such pulls a little yellow. Shown in the pic are as per usual two coats and no top coat. The polish applied easily and lasted for three days with minor tip wear.

I think this is the last item from last year’s calendar that I’ll review. Overall I was very pleased with it, some duds but mostly good stuff. Sadly this year had several repeat products so I didn’t buy it. This year I bought the Essie calendar instead which means there’ll be a lot of Essie swatches coming up in 2018. (I also got a Balea skin care calendar. Those items will only show up in used up posts.)

Essie nail polish swatches

Essie nail polish swatches

We’re skipping Fragrance Friday today because I didn’t feel like it and also because I am super behind on my nail polish posts because my phone ate the pictures. But now I recovered the pics and I figured I’d just put all the Essie polishes into one post to catch up.

Essie had some leather collection thingy going on all with semi-matte finish. This is the dark blue one, called In hot purse-uit. It’s a beautiful dark blue with multicolored shimmer and a semi matte finish. Shown are two coats, no top coat. The polish lasted for four days without any chipping, then there was minor wear.

Same collection, the green Back in the Saddle. Absolutely beautiful and my fave out of the three in my mini set. Quality like the blue one.

Last I applied Tote-Ally in Love, expecting it to be like the other two. I must have gotten a dud. This one is aweful. The shimmer sank to the bottom and nothing made it reintegrate with the polish anymore. Note, this is a brand new bottle, not something standing around for years. The stuff that made the finish semi matte also vanished, making it weirdly shiny but in a bad way, not like a proper creme. The color also wasn’t even, my pinky finger really is that much lighter than my index finger, it’s not just the light. The polish was weirdly thin on application and the finished thing only lasted two days. I’ll probably throw this one out.

Then to raise our spirits I got a real good one again. This is Kimono-over. This is from a past collection, last year or so? Color is a dark purple creme, can look black but I think it’s visibly purple. Color beautiful, quality good, all wonderful.

This one is Over the Knee, also from a past collection but further past I think. It’s a warm brown with very slight coppery/red shimmer. The shimmer isn’t really visible on the nail but it helps the quality I think. With all the other polishes in this post I applied two coats, but this is just one because it applied fairly well. Looking at the pic I think I should have done a second coat, but irl it looked quite good. Lasted chip-free three days, would have done four if I had done two coats I’m sure.

And last but not least, cozy in cashmere, also an older collection polish, from a matte collection. The color is so, so pretty, a taupe with blue shimmer. It dries down matte very quickly, but must have been still wet underneath because I put dents in fast. Sadly the lasting power is not very good, something known from truly matte polishes. Essie got the formula a lot better with their semi-mattes (except for the red one above but I suspect I just got a bad bottle and that not all of them are like this).

And that concludes my quick nail polish catch up. Yay. Which is your favorite color? Do you like Essie? I hope you do because I got their advent calendar and that means there’s gonna be about twenty or so swatches coming in when I get around to put them on. See you next week, bye.

OPI Senorita Rose-alita

OPI Senorita Rose-alita

For Mani Monday today I have an old OPI: Senorita Rose-alita. I am wearing two coats and no top coat. This is a mid tone pink with golden shimmer. The shimmer is so rich it looks sort of frosty but since the shimmer is warm toned I wouldn’t really call it frosty. I super liked wearing this polish – and it looks even better in real life. Somehow it was really hard to catch the color on camera.

It was also easy to apply and lasted almost a whole week. I think it was chip free for five days, or at least four. However, upon removal my nails were stained despite wearing a base coat underneath. I’m not sure if it was because it’s such an old color or whatever. Otherwise, this polish was just fine.

Essie Too Too Hot

Essie Too Too Hot

So, the thing is, I put this nailpolish on in August and it took me forever to do a post on it here because the photos got sort of lost. Like I thought I had put them on the computer but I hadn’t, but they weren’t on the phone either etc. And I finally had to go sleuthing on instagram to find out when I took the picture to find it like that. So, don’t say instagram is worthless, I guess. At least it’s organized while my computer is a mess. Behold, my instagram post:

 

#notd is #essie too too hot. It's a lovely squishy red-coral thing. #nailpolish #red #coral #notd💅🏻

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Dandygal (@the_dandygal) am

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does that picture load for anyone? my poor Too Too Hot post is cursed. Here’s the picture I finally found on my hard drive:

So what I can tell you after all that time is that this was a great nail polish, it lasted almost a week and applied like a champ, too. Good polish, my organisational skills: not so good. End of story.

 

If the gods will it, there will be a BalmainxLoreal post on wednesday. If I can find the photos I shot, that is…

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

This super gorgeous off-white aka very, very light grey is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, two coats, no top coat. Quality is great, lasted about five days with next to no chipping. This is from a Collection they did for for the first Amazing Spiderman movie (the Webb ones). I can’t believe that by the time I got to post it, yet another Spider-Man movie series exists!!! Good news is my bottle is now several years old and still as good as new.

OPI I just can’t Cope-Acabana

OPI I just can’t Cope-Acabana

Showing two coats and no top coat of OPI I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana. I think this is from last year’s summer Collection? Quality is great, two coats are opaque and it is easy to apply. Yellow shades used to be hard to get right, but this one has no problems at all. It lasted almost chip-free for five days.

While I was busy worrying about a reduction in the line of Essie polishes (turned out to be totally unfounded) OPI has been silently moving out of the Austrian market! I snagged up a good portion of them on sales for a very good price, so expect to see some more older OPI on this blog. But then it’s gonna be over. I’m sad because I love their polishes. On the other hand, they were sold at € 16, which is way too expensive. I never bought them at full price and I doubt most others did. So I understand why it didn’t work out, but I think they should have had lower prices. Butter London failed for pretty much the same reason.