Monday, January 25, 2021

Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral & Claire's 47814 Neon Coral

Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral & Claire's 47814 Neon Coral
Coral crème topped with Coral and iridescent glitter

I got this polish in a beauty grab bag. There was a time where I didn't like coral polishes but those times have changed. I've found that the more nail polishes I try on, the more different colours and finishes I like.

The formula of "Urban Coral" is okay but the coverage isn't amazing. I used three coats for my nails today and the drying time is average.

I topped it with one coat of Claire's #47814 Neon Coral, a lovely glittery topper, which I thought would be perfect on top of "Urban Coral".

Then I attached a butterfly sticker onto each nail and made three yellow dots on each nail. I topped it all with topcoat and my nail were done.  

Here they are. The polish photograph a tone darker than it really is.

Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral & Claire's 47814 Neon Coral
Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral & Claire's 47814 Neon Coral


I really like that topper on top of "Urban Coral".

Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral & Claire's 47814 Neon Coral
Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral & Claire's 47814 Neon Coral


Here's three coats of Maybelline "Urban Coral" and one coat of "Neon Coral".

Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral & Claire's 47814 Neon Coral
Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral & Claire's 47814 Neon Coral


And here is three coats of Maybelline "Urban Coral" and no topcoat yet.

Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral
Maybelline: 110 Urban Coral


Here are the things I used today.


"Urban Coral" is very nice, but the coverage put me off a little bit. I have written that the drying time is average, but a day after, when I removed this, I could actually scrape some of it off - which means it never really dried all the way through.


Number of coats: 3
Drying time: Average on the surface, didn't really dry through
Finish: Crème
Overall impression: I like the colour but that's about it
Buy again: No

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Essence Dark Romance: Dark Night Starlight

Essence Dark Romance: Dark Night Starlight
Purple with shimmer

Today's polish is another oldie that doesn't deserve to sit any longer in the box of untrieds. I think it's from Autumn 2014! There were just one shimmer in the collection called "Dark Romance", and you already know that I love shimmers.

My first impression of the formula is that it's looking a bit sheer. It did build up in two coats though and the drying time is good.

I stamped on it. The stamping design is from the stamping plate "Nicole Diary-L07". I stamped with two colours: El Corazón's "White" and Colour Alike's "We Can Boogie".

I topped it all with Top Shelf Lacquer's holo microglitter topper "It's Not What You Drink".

Here is the final result under a lamp:

Essence Dark Romance: Dark Night Starlight
Essence Dark Romance: Dark Night Starlight


I love gradient stamping like this.

Essence Dark Romance: Dark Night Starlight
Essence Dark Romance: Dark Night Starlight


This is "Dark Night Starlight" alone; two coats and no topcoat.

Essence Dark Romance: Dark Night Starlight
Essence Dark Romance: Dark Night Starlight


And here is all the stuff I used today.


"Dark Night Starlight" is really pretty and I loved wearing it with white and pink on top. The glitter topper from Top Shelf Lacquer is gorgeous!



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: A bit sheer formula that builds up, really nice colour
Buy again: Yes

Saturday, January 23, 2021

OPI: ElePhantastic Pink

OPI: ElePhantastic Pink
Pink crème

"ElePhantastic Pink" is from the India Collection from Spring 2008. It came out long before I started my nail polish blogging hobby so I haven't had it sitting in a box for that many years. I got it recently in a beauty grab bag.

The formula is a bit thin and coverage is not amazing. I used three coats for my nails today and the drying time was average. I topped it with a holo topper from Painted Polish called "Diamond Dust". Then I made dots in the corner of my nails with white and purple.

I topped it all with topcoat and here's the end result. The photo is taken in daylight, no sun.

OPI: ElePhantastic Pink with Painted Polish: "Diamond Dust"
OPI: ElePhantastic Pink with Painted Polish: "Diamond Dust"


I really like the look of this.

OPI: ElePhantastic Pink with Painted Polish: "Diamond Dust"
OPI: ElePhantastic Pink with Painted Polish: "Diamond Dust"


Here's three layers of "ElePhantastic Pink" topped with one layer of "Diamond Dust".

OPI: ElePhantastic Pink with Painted Polish: "Diamond Dust"
OPI: ElePhantastic Pink with Painted Polish: "Diamond Dust"


And here's OPI "ElePhantastic Pink" alone; three coats and no topcoat.

OPI: ElePhantastic Pink
OPI: ElePhantastic Pink


These are the polishes I used today.

OPI "ElePhantastic Pink"; Painted Polish "Diamond Dust"; OPI "Angel With a Leadfoot"; Moyra #303
OPI "ElePhantastic Pink"; Painted Polish "Diamond Dust"; OPI "Angel With a Leadfoot"; Moyra #303




"ElePhantastic" is a cute pink. I'm not crazy about the formula and the coverage but I really liked wearing it.



Number of coats: 3
Drying time: Average
Finish: Crème
Overall impression: Thin formula, cute colour
Buy again: Probably not

Friday, January 22, 2021

Catrice: Alluring Red

Catrice: Alluring Red
Sexy red with shimmer

Today's polish is another one that has been me for quite a while. It's a lovely, sexy shimmering red. The formula is perfect and application is flawless. I used two easy coats for my nails today and the drying time was good.

The stamp is from the stamping plate "Born Pretty-Decoration-L003". I stamped with Color Club's silver linear holo "Harp On It".

Here's the final result including topcoat. The photo is taken in the sun.

Catrice: Alluring Red
Catrice: Alluring Red


Isn't this just pretty?

Catrice: Alluring Red
Catrice: Alluring Red


This is "Alluring Red" alone; two coats and a layer of topcoat.

Catrice: Alluring Red
Catrice: Alluring Red


And here are the things I used today.


"Alluring Red" is so gorgeous. The formula is great and the colour and the shimmer is just beautiful.




Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: Great formula and wide brush. Gorgeous colour and effect
Buy again: Yes

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Emily de Molly: LE1

Emily de Molly: LE1
Purple shimmer with pink/copper microglitter

I don't know exactly how old today's polish is, but it's old. It has been sitting in a box of untried, almost forgotten. Today is the day where it gets its chance to shine.

The formula is good and I used two easy coats for my nails today. The drying time was good.

I decided to keep it simple by adding a bit of glitter. I used Jordana's "Copper Blaze" and I dapped it on with an eyeshadow applicator.

This is how I wore it, including a layer of topcoat.

Emily de Molly: LE1
Emily de Molly: LE1


I think this is really pretty, and I like the simplicity of it.

Emily de Molly: LE1
Emily de Molly: LE1


Here's LE1 alone; two coats and no topcoat. Look at that gorgeous shimmer and microglitter.

Emily de Molly: LE1
Emily de Molly: LE1


And here are the polishes I used today.


I can't believe that it actually took me years to wear this beauty!



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer and microglitter
Overall impression: Nice colour and really pretty microglitter. Good formula
Buy again: Yes

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies

Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies
Pink linear holo


"Sweatin' To The Oldies" is from PPU. I don't know when this was originally released, but I bought it in the re-run in July 2020.

Let me tell you right away that this polish is absolutely gorgeous! The formula is great too and it glides on like butter. I used two easy coats for full opacity. The drying time is really good.

I attached floral nail stickers on each nail. Then I topped it all with topcoat and then my nails were done.

Here they are, photographed with flash.


Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies
Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies


This is the same thing in ordinary daylight, no sun.

 

Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies
Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies

 

Here's "Sweatin' To The Oldies" alone; two coats and no topcoat. The photo is taken with flash.

 

Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies
Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies


This is the same thing in daylight, no sun. The rainbows are still out!

 

Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies
Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies

 

These are the two things I used today.

 

Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies
Nail Hoot: Sweatin' To The Oldies

 

"Sweatin' To The Oldies" is amazingly beautiful, I love everything about it. Unfortunately it was limited edition and is no longer available.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Really good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Ooh la la, what a beauty. I love it!

Buy again: Yes I would!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Quixotic: Sunset Swinging

Quixotic: Sunset Swinging
Described as a super vivid orange multichrome that shifts between red to gold to green with a touch of holo


"Sunset Swinging" was part of PPU's August 2019 collection. The theme was "At the Carnival". I bought it in the re-run in July 2020.

The formula is great and so is the coverage. It looks awesome layered but this works brilliantly on its own as well. Today I'm wearing two easy coats on its own and the drying time was good.

I made one tiny discrete stamp by the base of each nail. I found the design on the stamping plate "Mezerdoo35" and I stamped with El Corazón's stamping polish "Vinous".

This is the final result including a layer of topcoat. The photo is taken in daylight, no sun.

Quixotic: Sunset Swinging
Quixotic: Sunset Swinging

Look at the pretty shift.

 

Quixotic: Sunset Swinging
Quixotic: Sunset Swinging

 

Here's a dreamy picture of "Sunset Swinging" on its own; two coats and no topcoat yet.

 

Quixotic: Sunset Swinging
Quixotic: Sunset Swinging

 

This is the stuff I used today.

 


"Sunset Swinging" is super pretty! It was limited edition and is no longer available.



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Multichrome
Overall impression: Awesome colour and shift, great formula

Buy again: Yes

Monday, January 18, 2021

JReine: Temple Of Temptation

JReine: Temple Of Temptation
D
escribed as a hot pink jelly base with a strong fuchsia/pink/gold/green shift

Temple of Temptation was JReine Cosmetics’ contribution to PPU for the March 2020 Ancient History theme! I bought it in the re-run in July 2020.

The formula is great and the polish covers in two easy and fast drying coats.

The stamp is from the stamping plate "SA-18". I stamped with a cobalt blue no name stamping polish from Born Pretty Store.

I topped it all with Top Shelf Lacquer's "It's Not What You Drink", which is a holo microglitter topper.

This is the final result including topcoat.

JReine: Temple Of Temptation
JReine: Temple Of Temptation

The colour of "Temple Of Temptation" is so pretty.

 

JReine: Temple Of Temptation
JReine: Temple Of Temptation

 

Here's what it looks like on its own; two coats and no topcoat.

 

JReine: Temple Of Temptation
JReine: Temple Of Temptation

 

Here are the things I used today.

 

"Temple Of Temptation" is super pretty! It was limited edition and is no longer available.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer with a shift
Overall impression: Great colour. The shift is not super prominent

Buy again: Yes

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Pretty Serious: BSOD

Pretty Serious: BSOD
Blue jelly with blue square microglitter


BSOD means Blue Screen Of Death and that is something computer users don't really want to see. BSOD is from 2012 and it's from the Hello World-Collection.

The formula is really good and so is the coverage. I used two coats for full coverage. Girls with longer nails might need a third coat of polish but two coats was enough for me. The drying time is good.

I made a magenta stripe down each nail with a striper from Moyra. Then I placed a sticker on each stripe - the sticker has the shape of a heart.

Here's the end result including a layer of topcoat. The photo is taken in the sun.

Pretty Serious: BSOD
Pretty Serious: BSOD


Look how pretty the blue is!

Pretty Serious: BSOD
Pretty Serious: BSOD

 

Here is BSOD alone; two coats and layer of topcoat.

Pretty Serious: BSOD
Pretty Serious: BSOD

 

And these are the things I used today.

 BSOD is really beautiful, and I love the glitter in it.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good

Finish: Jelly with microglitter squares

Overall impression: Great formula and coverage, beautiful glitter
Buy again: Yes

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red

Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red
A candy apple red with gold shimmer


"Total Request Red" is the fourth and lasst polish in my little blog-series of Morgan Taylor's MTV Switch On Color collection from Summer 2020. There are 6 shimmering polishes in the collection. I bought four of them. There will be links to the other polishes by the end of each post.

The formula of "Total Request Red" is great. It's so easy to work with. The coverage is great too, and I used two coats for my nails. The drying time is good.

I stamped on it. The design is from the stamping plate "Born Pretty-French-L001". I found an old silver glitter striper from Essence called "More Than Silver", with which I made a stripe diagonally on each nail, to frame the design.

Here's the end result in the sun:

Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red
Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red


Here is a picture under a lamp too to show how intense the shimmer is.

 

Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red
Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red

 

Here's "Total Request Red" alone. The shimmer is absolutely gorgeous. This is 2 coats and no topcoat yet.

 

Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red
Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red

 

This is "Total Request Red" under a lamp.

 

Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red
Morgan Taylor: Total Request Red

 

Here are the polishes and the stamping plate I used today.

 

 

I saved the best for the last post. "Total Request Red" is my favourite of the four polishes I bought. It's absolutely beautiful.

 

Here are links to the three other polishes in the collection:

Ultimate Mixtape - A rich, warm purple with gold shimmer

Live Out Loud - Deep magenta with gold shimmer

Electric Remix - A baby blue packed with golden shimmer

 

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Heavy shimmer
Overall impression: Really great formula, amazing shimmer, gorgeous polish

Buy again: Yes

Friday, January 15, 2021

Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape

Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape
A rich, warm purple with gold shimmer


"Ultimate Mixtape" is the third polish in my little blog-series of Morgan Taylor's MTV Switch On Color collection from Summer 2020. There are 6 shimmering polishes in the collection. I bought four of them. There will be links to the other polishes by the end of each post.

The formula of "Ultimate Mixtape" is great. It's really easy to work with. The coverage is great too, and I used two coats for my nails. The drying time is good.

I made three purple stripes on each nail, and three white dots on top of the stripes.

Here's the end result in the sun:


Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape
Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape

The shimmer is quite amazing!

Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape
Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape

 

I have to show you a picture under a lamp too to show how intense the shimmer is.

Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape
Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape

 

Here's "Ultimate Mixtape" alone. Look at how amazing the shimmer is. This is 2 coats and no topcoat yet.

Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape
Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape

 
This is "Ultimate Mixtape" under a lamp.

Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape
Morgan Taylor: Ultimate Mixtape

 

Here are the polishes I used today.

 

I really like "Ultimate Mixtape", I think it's a great polish with some amazing shimmer.

 

Here are links to the three other polishes in the collection:

Total Request Red - a candy apple red with gold shimmer

Live Out Loud - Deep magenta with gold shimmer

Electric Remix - a baby blue packed with golden shimmer


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Heavy shimmer
Overall impression: Really great formula, amazing shimmer

Buy again: Yes