Posts tagged: glamorous

Le Cirque

Cirque Vianney Coronation006

I was thrilled when I was asked to review this set. The polish is created by Cirque which I’ve had on my radar to try for quite a while and the ring is by designer Jeannie Vianney. I have 3 coats of Cirque Nail Polish Coronation plus top coat here. I could have gotten away with 2 coats but I wanted to be sure, macro photos are not forgiving. As far as application and formula, I had no issues at all. This shade is stunning! I couldn’t stop staring at my nails and didn’t want to take it off!

Pin-Up

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Vivid Lacquer The Sea After the Storm (my absolute fave!) is a described as a “darkened teal scatter holo filled with gold flakes.” I seriously couldn’t do any better describing it than that! The flakes are very subtle and the overall effect is a really rich green shade. My swatch is one thin coat and one generous coat.

Quack

 PiCture pOlish Mallard 1

piCture pOlish Mallard is pretty much the epitome of everything I love in terms of nail polish all put it one bottle.  If you’ve read my blog before I don’t think it’s any secret that I love green polish. When I was brainstorming about what I wanted green was my jumping off point. One of my other favorite things in polish is a strong shimmer, I love the depth a good shimmer can give an already beautiful color. Last but not least you all know I love me some flakies so we couldn’t not include those…right?

I’m really lucky to have grown up down the street from my Grandparents, I pretty much spent every moment of my summers with them until I was in High School. One of the things we always used to do was visit the local park with loaves of bread and feed all the ducks, I always loved it! While I was thinking about that it hit me…the shade of green along with the shimmer reminds me of the green iridescent like feathers that Mallard ducks have on their head! I think the name is pretty fitting!

Opals

 Darling Diva Rose Opal 5

The Opal Collection is made up of 7 new shades of jelly flakies that can be layered or worn alone. In order to suspend the flakes and iridescent glitters and holo shimmer goodness, they are a bit thicker than a regular topper, which is why they build to opacity in 2 to 3 coats (most in 2 coats) and I would recommend layering the lighter shades (Opal and Blue Opal). I had no issues with formula or application on any of them! You will need to excuse my ravaged cuticles though. When “winter weather” actually makes it to South Texas my cuticles are the first thing to revolt.

Darling Diva Polish Rose Opal. This one is a bright violet pink and I’ve worn it alone with 2 coats for opacity and one coat of top coat.

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Odyssey

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SpaRitual Bravery is dark shade of purple with matte finish yet it is not completely flat. It has tiny shimmery particles that peak through the matte colour. The formula is very good and easy to apply and it’s also well pigmented. I’ve applied two coats for perfect coverage and no topcoat of course ;) The polish itself dried fast but I would recommend you to allow extra time just to make sure it hardened enough.

Amazingly gorgeous

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I went with a base of OPI Miss You-Niverse, which is a gorgeous dark eggplant creme that I reviewed here. Then, I took Essie Good As Gold and with just a tiny bit of polish on the brush, swiped it upwards from the tip of my nails. Doing this also left little flecks on the rest of the nail, which are barely visible in the photos but had a nice effect in the light.

Bond. James Bond.

WANT.

Revlon Elusive 1

Revlon Elusive is a black base with blue glitter. This is another polish I picked up at Target not too long ago, I don’t think I’ve actually seen it anywhere else unless it’s just been sold out or something. I’m not sure if it was meant to be matte but it dried to a satin matte finish and I liked the way it looked so I added a matte top coat on top of it instead of a shiny one. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque and the black base didn’t hide the glitter which was nice. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 

Zooming

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Bad Apple 3D Arkansas is a blue duochrome with a shift to dark blue and purple. In its lightest it almost looks like turquoise, it’s very beautiful! I’ve applied one coat over China Glaze Tongue & Chic which is dark emerald/teal shimmer. The formula was easy to apply but not very pigmented. I would need three coats for full coverage so I’ve layered it over darker nail polish. Dark or black polish makes the duochrome effect to stand out much more and you’ll need just one coat of 3D Arkansas.

Brown Sugar

Contrary Polish Tiger s Eye 2

Contrary Polish Tiger’s Eye is a golden brown base with a strong golden shimmer. This is my favorite of the collection, it’s such a gorgeous brown and I don’t feel like I really have anything quite like it. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque and easy to apply. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 

Cocoa

Pixi Nail Colour Classy Cocoa Swatch 2

I’ve seen good reviews of Pixi Nail Colour on the PolishAholic and Vampy Varnish, so I was eager to try it. But the price tag was a bit of a deterrent. At $8 for 7ml, it’s pricier than what I would expect to pay for a polish at Target. So I decided to splurge for one shade and picked out this gorgeous brown called Classy Cocoa.

Pixi Classy Cocoa is one of those shades that is classic, but also complex. It’s a rich cocoa brown with a warm shimmer and cool-toned/taupe undertones. It’s one of those shades that is hard to describe, but hopefully my swatches capture some of the depth of this polish.

Adoration

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Gradients will always be my first nail art love. One of The Nailasarus‘s beautiful gradient manicures was the first nail art I really fell hard for and felt like I just had to try myself, and from that point on, I was hooked. As I’ve experimented with gradients more during the last year, I’ve found that I especially love them when they’re done with holographic polishes: something about all that sparkle transitioning from one color to the other just really works for me. Add in my favorite colors (purple and black) and my favorite polish brands (piCture pOlish and a england), and you’ve got a gradient I just can’t help but adore!

To get this look, I started with a base of piCture pOlish Hussy and then sponged on a gradient using Hussy and a england Bridal Veil with a makeup wedge. It was actually my husband’s idea to do the gradient vertically and alternate the color order on each nail, and I really love the effect. It’s almost like the gradient runs in both directions at once, which is pretty genius, I think. Thanks, honey!