Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Estee Lauder Chaos nail polish swatch

Estee Lauder has created a beautiful color called Chaos.  This is one of five shades grouped under their Metal Mania collection.  From the website:

Turn your fingertips into fashion statements with a wardrobe of sensational shades to add definition, polish, and style to your fingertips.

Designed by Tom Pecheux, world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director.

Tom combined today's top trends with timeless classics-all the colors he prefers for photo shoots and fashion shows.

Formulated with True Vision™ technology to transform ordinary color and make it extraordinary.
  • Rich, glossy with an intense, mirror-like high shine.
  • Fast-drying. Long-wearing.
  • High-pigment, high- impact brilliance in 3 effects: creme, pearl and shimmer.
  • True Vision™ technology takes ordinary color and makes it extraordinary.
  • Choose from a multi-faceted spectrum of modern and timeless shades.
  • Resists chipping-even in water.
  • High coverage that won't fade, dull or streak, even in strong sunlight.
The brush makes it easy.
Specially designed brush shape makes application incredibly easy.

In 3 strokes-middle, left and right-you're done.
This formula went on smoothly.  I used Zoya Anchor base coat and Out the Door top coat.  I took the pictures about three days after I had painted them.  As you can see, the polish was still going strong.  The brush is also handy as it is wide.  I bought this at Von Maur, but you can buy it at any department store selling Estee Lauder, or online.  0.3 oz, $20.

This color is gorgeous.  It's multidimensional.   I took a lot of pictures to show all the glittery shimmer.  Click on the pictures to enlarge!!

This is the top of the handle.  I really like how it dips in.  It makes it easier to hold onto.  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Venique 5 Inches of Seduction

Hello happy readers!  Today I bring to you a new Venique swatch!  It's called 5 Inches of Seduction and is lovely!

The brand is Venique and is fairly new. It can be found in salons, as it is a professional line. From the company:
Venique nail lacquer brings long-lasting color to salons. Every Venique nail polish formula, as well as the top coat, contains Sil-Tek, a silicone-based ingredient that creates flexibility within the polish to guard against chipping and flaking. Nails expand when they get wet and contract again when they dry. Sil-Tek's flexibility enables the polish to accommodate those normal variations. Diamond dust inside the topcoat makes it extra shiny! Takes a full 10 minutes to dry. Nails looking dull? You only have to buff a little and the shine will come back.


Now,  I used Zoya Anchor base coat, and Out the Door fast drying topcoat.  These pictures were after four days of wear.  I did have minimal chipping.  My middle finger on my right hand had the biggest chip.  Even then it was small.  And honestly, I think it was because a piece of my own nail chipped off as they are dry right now.  (I must be better about using Solar oil!!!)  Formula was smooth and easy to apply.

On with the pictures!!

This color is a hot fushia pink, with a shimmer of blue running through.  It is so pretty in person.  It reminds me of sunlight shining through and illuminating pinkish-red rose petals.  So pretty! My pinky nails have transfer foil on them.  You can get it at craft stores.  I used some adhesive glue that was given to me by a fellow nail tech.  It came with an order she placed on a site selling nail art supplies.  :,)

I highly recommend clicking on the pictures to get a better view!  Especially the brush shots!

Sent to me for review (thanks Venique!)  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Orly Cut the Cake swatch

Have you seen this color?  OMG.  It's divine.  It's like crushed pearl on your nails.  :,) It's part of Orly's permanent collection, found under the Sparkling Glitters section.  They are .6 fl oz, which is .10 fl oz more than the standard amount.  The cap is rubberized and is very easy to grip.  They retail for $8.50 and can be purchased right from Orly's website.  You can also buy them from Sally Beauty Supply.  I have had this one for a while now, and believe I bought it from CVS.  On with the pics!  Click for full effect!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Zoya Paz 477 swatch

From Zoya's website: Ultra-bright glowing neon traffic-cone orange creme. This outrageous shade is sure to stop traffic.

Please, for the safety of your retinas, don your sunglasses.

They aren't kidding when they say ultra bright.  This is an extremely bright color, and not for the least faint of heart.  This would look great at Halloween too!  I normally don't do bright colors, but I'm missing Fall.  Halloween is Fall, and I wear a lot of black.  haha

Formula on this is good.  Applied quickly with no issues, and dried fast.  You can see a visible difference in it as it dries.  It dries slightly darker, but re-brightens when top coat is applied.

Two coats of color with top coat, in swatches.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Zoya Giselle 356 swatch

Today I swatched Zoya Giselle 356.
 Zoya's website describes this polish as: Warm creamy orange-peach nude sheer with a creme finish. Excellent for warm skin tones, creates a perfect French manicure or nude look.

I liked this after one coat.  When I applied two coats, it looked too salmon like for my skin tone.  It's a sheer color, and can look streaky if applied wonky.  Just make sure you have enough on the brush.

This is definitely a warm-toned polish.  I think this color would look amazing on darker, warm toned skin.  I am very light and it just doesn't look right on me with two coats.  On with the pictures!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Zoya Fall NYFW 2012 collection

Have you seen Zoya's video featuring their Fall collection?  I think it's fab, and I want the polish and jewelry!  :,) 

Check it out!  Designer, Diva, and Gloss!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Layering with Zoya Rekha & Milla!!

Over the 4th of July I had polished my nails red with sparkles.  I chose Zoya Rekha from the Bibhu Mohapatra collection (Rekha is coming out in the Fall collection, YAY!), and Zoya Milla, originally from the Glitterati collection.

Rekha is a gorgeous red cream that is as beautiful as could be.  I want this in a lipstick.  Milla is a very pretty, sparkly, slightly sheer orangy-red.  Because it's slightly sheer, it is perfect to go over other colors to lend and borrow color to the undercoat.  I did two coats of Rekha, and one coat of Milla.  I allowed plenty of time to dry in between coats because I was layering.  I was going to bed after this, so I wanted to make sure I didn't wake up with sheet marks.

These pictures were taken two days after polishing.  Click on the pictures for the full effect!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Zoya Surf Collection vids!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do HD vids command?  :,)  Two videos, showing the gorgeous Surf collection!

These colors are fabulous and sparkly! The formula on these are very unique. Full coverage, fast drying, and sort of mousse like. If you apply it thickly, you will have bubbles. Apply thinly, allow to dry, and apply a second thin coat. Try not to over-stroke the polish on. This can, and usually does (in my experience) cause bubbles.

Watch in HD! Enjoy!

Sent to me for review, opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Zoya Wednesday 619

From Zoya:  Faded dirty medium turquoise with green undertone and an opaque cream finish. A very stylish shade with a funky yet easy to wear vintage look.

This turquoise is definitely different than other colors I have.  It reminds me of the color of my vintage Boston pencil sharpener I have.

Sparkle Gloss top coat on ring finger.  Click pics for better view.

Sent for review, opinions are mine.