OPI Red Lights Ahead… Where?

OPI Red Lights Ahead… Where?

A quick heads up: just like every summer my posting schedule gets a little patchy when it’s hot out. It’s because while blogging is fun, swimming is even better and blogging when in a body of water is NOT recommended. 😉

This pic shows two coats of an older OPI: “Red Lights Ahead… Where?” and no topper. The polish is a bit jelly-like, intense color and sort of see-through. Application was okay but I’ve had better. Lasting power? Usually okay for three days, then it chips. This time around… it melted on day two??? Like it was hard before and then it got soft again and I could just scrape it off with my other nails? I think it might be less the polish and more the inhumane working conditions in my office because later on it got hard again and chipped like normal. I also might have had cream or sun cream on my nails before application which caused it not to adhere properly but I swear it hardened like normal at first. Weird.

Essie Lovie Dovie

Essie Lovie Dovie

Good news, phone works again. Here’s the promised nail polish post:

This is Lovie Dovie by Essie, two coats no top coat. I found this and some other Essie polishes for 50% off. I don’t know if it was only that store phasing them out or if they’re discontinued. I hope not discontinued, because Lovie Dovie is such a good polish! Apart from being just such a pretty mid tone pink it applies like a dream and lasts four days chip-free and after that it had only minor chipping so I wore it for a whole week. I want more nail polishes like this.

Sally Hansen Luna Pearl

Sally Hansen Luna Pearl

Lookit pretty shimmer! Ahem. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Luna Pearl 120. I don’t own a lot of Sally Hansen, because while the quality is good, the colors are often rather normal. When I saw Luna Pearl I expected a sheer polish with a bit of purple shimmer. And that is what you get, but in a good way. The color is off white and not opaque, but it does give off color. And there is plenty shimmer. Depending on light the shimmer appears more pink or more blue toned. I am not sure if there is real duochrome in it. If there is it is faint, but there is a certain shift in the color.

Quality is great. I wore this for seven days and there was only minimal chipping. Application was easy as well. The first coat is uneven, but the second helps a lot. I didn’t try for a third coat, because I don’t think that would have made it opaque.

For maximum fairy effect I wore this with the Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum palette, which includes a blue highlighter. (Review upcoming)

Essie Coat Couture

Essie Coat Couture

There was this LE of Essie‘s a few years ago, matte colors with beautiful shimmer. I wanted some, but I didn’t buy any. Recently I found some of the polishes lounging around the Essie display. I don’t know if they were re-released or if the shop just happened to find them in the store and put them out again.

This color is called coat couture. I am wearing two coats and no top coat. The polish is dark purple with teal shimmer. The finish is matte. The polish dried extremely fast. It also chipped extremely fast. I got major dents on the day of application. So, while this is very beautiful my original notion of ‘skip them’ might have been right. XD It might just be this particular color. Matte polishes usually don’t last as long as shiny ones and you don’t put a top coat on top either. But even considering all that I have matte polishes that last much better than this one.

In a nuthsell: pretty but you’re not missing anything.

OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

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This is from a past OPI Spring/Summer Collection: Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN! In the bottle it looks like a cute pink with silver shimmer. On the nail the shimmer isn’t visible and color gets stronger. This is basically a neon polish. It looks happy and intense on the nail and it lasted for a full week. Application was trickier, it was always a bit streaky and never quite opaque at two coats. As usual I don’t have the patience for another coat so in the pic you get two coats and no top coat. XD

essence play with my mint

essence play with my mint

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Hopefully winter is slowly giving way for spring soon. What better to celebrate late winter than with pastel nail polish? This beauty here is essence play with my mint. Despite the fact that I own several light blue greens, I have no exact dupe. In this pic I am wearing two coats and no top coat. Unlike the red essence polish I showed a while ago, this one here does not self level completely, making the surface wobbly. It also lacks the high shine the red polish had. So while the color itself is okay and mostly opaque in two coats, it is not the best quality there is and profits greatly from a good top coat. It lasted four days with a bit of chipping.

essence do you speak love?

essence do you speak love?

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A little late, but here’s the nail polish I wore for the X-Mas Holidays. Basically I’ve been super sick for almost a month now, so most of my posts up until today were made with pics I did loooong before the middle of december. XD we’re finally nearing the pics I made around the new year. Actually I made no photos around the new year as I was too sick. I’ve also barely worn any makeup the last weeks, which is why I am super behind on my testing.

Sorry for the rant. So in this pic I am wearing two coats of essence nailpolish in the color do you speak love? . This was the first of four polishes included in the calendar and also my first essence nail polish in years. I still have some old ones, but nowadays the line is called “the gel” nail polish. This red one up here does have a satisfying gel shine. After I took the pic I put a gel top coat over it, so I can’t say how long the polish would have lasted on its own. With the top coat it absolutely refused to come off for a week and a half. That was crazy.

Application was easy (if you like their wide brush which I do). The color is beautiful. What’s not to like?

OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!

OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!

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What a title *eyreoll*. I am wearing two coats of OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! from the past Germany collection. This is a really dark green creme polish. There’s some grey in it which keeps it from looking black. It’s still pretty dark, though.

The quality is the typical OPI quality. I love it so much I forget why I even bother with other brands… XD The first chipping happened on day four, but it was minor.

Essence grey-t to be here

Essence grey-t to be here

Hello everybody!

Some of you had a long weekend, yes? For others it’s just a normal Monday today. Either way there have been some sales the past few days. Have you spent money? Did you stay strong? I bought exactly nothing, I’ve been really good. (Don’t ask about my spending at the beginning of the month though XD )

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This picture shows me wearing two coats of essence nailpolish in the color grey-t to be here. This is a pale grey with a really interesting shimmer. It’s red but color shifts to yellow. On the nail you mostly see the red. This is from the regular essence range, although since they change their lineup every six months I can’t promise it is still there.

It was mostly opaque with two coats. It was dry to the touch very fast, but it took much longer to really dry. I totally messed the polish up hours after this pic. Sob. Apart from that it lasted okayish, chipping on day three. The shimmer was hard to remove.

Essie Gel Couture Fairy Tailor

Essie Gel Couture Fairy Tailor

There have been requests for a review of Essie‘s new Gel Couture line, so here we go:

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I have only one bottle of the Gel Couture line: Fairy Tailor, a light pink. Here’s a color comparison: ltr Mademoiselle, a sheer light pink, Fairy Tailor, which is semi-opaque and lastly, Fiji, which is completely opaque. The Gel Couture bottles house 13,5 ml of nail polish which is the same amount of the regular Essie bottles, but the packaging takes up more space. Sure it looks good, but I prefer easy storage over good looks.

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Swatch of Fairy Tailor. Shown are two coats, no top coat. I needed two coats two get it even, but the application was great. The brush is the same as the normal Essie brush I think.

For color comparison:

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Essie Fiji, a similar color but with white pigment, making it opaque.

Essie Mademoiselle

And this is Essie Mademoiselle, which is a LOT sheerer.

I really, really REALLY like the color of Fairy Tailor; it seems to me this is just the right amount of light pink. In case you came here by googling “what is the perfect wedding manicure?” well in my humble opinion, you can’t do much wrong with Fairy Tailor, can you? 🙂

And now for my review of the formula: First we have to talk about what the heck a gel polish even is. You see, there used to be normal nail polish and you could get gel nails at beauty salons. Gel nails were quite a piece of work and you always had to get them redone when they were growing out, but the color held for much longer than normal polish and the shine was much more intense. So these are the two requirements people mean when they talk about gel or gel-like polish: 1. lasts longer and 2. intense shine.

Then some brands started selling gel polish in the drugstore. You needed a special base (sometimes), special polish and a special top coat and then you had to “cure” the whole stuff under a UV lamp. You might know the hardening under UV light thing from the dentist. I think sooner or later all these systems were removed from stores again, because which customer buys all that stuff? Not me, that’s for sure.

Then “gel-like” and gel systems without a UV lamp were all the rage. And the Essie gel couture is one of those. You still have to buy a special top coat for this. And while they say the top coat does not need a UV lamp to harden, I’m pretty sure they still harden with UV light, just with what you get from the sun. They are dry to the touch quickly, but need almost a whole day to properly cure.

I got a polish from the line, but skipped the top coat, because I have too many already and I prefer to show you what nail polish looks like without slapping a top coat on, so you’ll know what to expect. So my review is for the polish on its own.

I thought it would be pretty much regular polish, but there was some gel quality to the polish alone as well! Firstly, about half an hour after application, the nail polish ended up looking super shiny. Real gel shine. I couldn’t stop looking. This happend after I took my pic up there. I think it lends some credibility to my theory of it curing with UV light and that it wasn’t done yet when I took the pics. Also some time later I dented my polish with some fabric so while it was dry to the touch it had not been completely dry then. And that dent later leveled itself out, too! Amazing.

Lasting power: without top coat I had the first tip wear on day three, so it wasn’t that much better. However, that was really minimal and it stayed like that for many more days. I did wear it much longer than normal nail polish, over a week. Then I was so ready to remove it, as my nail had grown out, too and the gap kept getting bigger.  And this is why I never understand why people want gel nails at all – don’t your nails grow out?

Removal was okay, but but not as easy as normal polish.

Overall: worth a try if you want intense shine and longer lasting polish. Top coat not necessary, but might make it even shinier and last even longer.

The Body Shop Color Crush Almond Kiss

The Body Shop Color Crush Almond Kiss

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This is my first nailpolish from the Body Shop. It’s 730 Almond Kiss, a beige nude with a little bit of golden shimmer. The shimmer is more visible in the bottle than on the nail but it is visible if you look closely. The color is pretty close to my skin color (NC15), so it’s a really subtle color.

In this pic I am wearing two coats and no top coat. It is nice and shiny and easy to apply, but it doesn’t get opaque. It lasted well, almost four days without chipping.

YSL La Laque Couture Brun Henné

YSL La Laque Couture Brun Henné

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Fall is here! In this picture I am wearing two coats of YSL Brun Henné, no top coat. I think this was released in a past summer collection, but isn’t it the perfect transitioning shade? The nail polish applied like a dream, self levelling, fast dry time and glossy finish. Great! However, I got chipping on day 1. Boo. It was only minor chipping and it wore well for a few days more, but still, this can’t compare to other brands. YSL nail polish is good quality, but not stellar.

Dior Smile

Dior Smile

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This pretty happy nail color is Smile by Dior. I think it was from a spring collection, but it’s still on the counters. Since these orangey colors are often hard to catch on camera I made one in direct sunlight and one in the shade, to give you an approximation of the real color. It’s a pinky orange coral with fine shimmer. The shimmer is barely visible on the nail, it just makes for an overall better impression.

I am wearing two coats and there is still a visible nail line, but that doesn’t bother me personally. The application was great. Dior are among my best nail polishes. It also lasted very well, four days with only very minimal chipping.