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Mattese Elite Me Amour Review

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Oh, glitter polish, my eternal friend! I can simply never resist your charms! As we all know, glitter has been probably the biggest trend of the past year in nail polish, and I honestly don’t see it going away anytime soon. And the Me Amour collection from Mattese Elite is an excellent reason why it’s here to stay. Released just prior to Valentine’s Day, the colors in this collection reflect the theme of the holiday but they’re also perfect for the next few months when we’ll be craving all things bright and shiny!

Mattese Elite and Ricky’s NYC were kind of enough to send me some samples of two of the shades from this collection, Embrasse Moi and Je T’Aime. They arrived in a box wrapped with tape printed with the Ricky’s text, and I think I literally squeed when I saw it on my doorstep. Inside the box, they were beautifully packaged in a smaller white box.

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My love for Ricky’s knows no bounds so I was especially excited to get these polishes! I discovered the store on my first trip to NYC in 2005, and on every trip back since I’ve visited the location on West 23rd Street (across from the Chelsea Hotel, may it rest in peace in its former incarnation, where I stayed on that first trip) more than a few times. Besides nail polish and makeup they also carry many, many fun and unique beauty projects as well as T-shirts, accessories, and even adult toys. And for Halloween they turn into a costume superstore! There are several locations around Manhattan, but the 23rd Street one will always be my favorite. And thank goodness they have an online store now, too!

Anywho, onto the polish review, right? Right! Because these two shades complement each other so well, I decided to swatch them together:

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Embrasse Moi is a gorgeous purple microglitter (with a few larger pieces thrown in to really catch the light!) that turns more fuchsia in brighter light while Je T’Aime is a beautiful gold glitter that contains various sizes of glitter pieces. Embrasse Moi goes on a bit sheer at first, but I achieved opacity in just 2 coats which you see above! With so many chunky glitters around these days, I really appreciated the coverage of Embrasse Moi. It wasn’t lumpy at all, either, and didn’t eat top coat to boot! It’s just an all around great polish.

Je T’Aime is a good one, too, although it doesn’t go quite as opaque as Embrasse Moi. But really, I think I’m the only one that can notice that. Anyone else would have to take a good hard look at my nails! Nevertheless, when I wear this polish again, I’ll layer it over another gold shade. The smell of Je T’Aime also reminded me of Kleancolor polishes but, thankfully, wasn’t as strong and didn’t linger. And along with a good variety of glitter sizes, Je T’Aime is also slightly holographic! I think Je T’Aime would make a perfect bridal polish shade because it has just the right amount of drama: not too over-the-top and just sparkly enough.

These were two all around great polishes, and I couldn’t be more pleased! Thanks to Mattese Elite and the Ricky’s Blogger Blast for sending them to me for review! I can’t wait to try more Mattese polish in the future. You can score your own polish from the Me Amour collection and others at the Ricky’s NYC website.


Very Mysterioso!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by clairesayswhat

One day whilst trolling the Internet and checking my usual websites, I stumbled on Candy Coated Tips and Jackie’s swatches/reviews of Deborah Lippmann’s Bad Romance vs. Revlon’s Facets of Fuchsia.

Basically, Facets of Fuchsia is what’s known as a “dupe” (short for duplicate) in the nail polish blog world. The drugstore brands are often influenced by designer brand colors and frequently come up with similar or identical dupe colors. But it’s not often that a dupe ends up being as on par with its designer counterpart as Facets of Fuchsia is! I love how JackieĀ  pits these two polishes against each other in a fight to the “death.” Too cute!

So of course, I’ve been on the hunt for Facets, and it wasn’t easy! I looked at several places before I finally spied it at Target. I expected it to be out in its own display with the other shades from this mini-collection but, no, it was hiding way down with the other Revlon polishes on the shelf. I was so excited to find and try it! Here are my results:

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If you checked out Jackie’s comparison swatches at Candy Coated Tips, you’ll see that this is practically an identical dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Bad Romance! I don’t think that even a nail polish expert could tell the two apart–they look that similar. And at a fraction of the price, who can resist the Revlon! Not me, that’s for sure! I actually think Revlon’s version is even a bit better because it has more of the micro purple glitter.

Now, I’m sure the base of the Deborah Lippman shade is darker than Revlon’s, which is a sort of sheer black jelly. I ended up needing 3 coats, and I can still see some patchiness if I hold my nails up to the light. Other bloggers have posted about using various shades as a base for Facets of Fuschia, and I think in the future I’ll give Essie’s Carry On a try as a base coat. The dark, blackberry tone of that shade seems like it would be a good counterpart for the fabulous purple glitter.

Facets of Fuschia is a totally fun shade that is out just in time for Halloween! In fact, I’m thinking about wearing it with my Jem costume. The application is somewhat annoying (again, I’m sure Bad Romance is better in this regard), but you can’t complain too much considering the price! I might do an update on the removal of this polish, too, since I suspect it will be a pain in the you-know-what. I tend to avoid shades with larger glitter pieces since I usually always end up needing to scrape some of them off with a metal file, but Facets of Fuschia was simply irresistible! I’m also not usually into shades this dark, but I love the very mysterioso vibe that the brightness of the purple glitter creates as it’s suspended in the black base.

Kudos to Revlon for giving us such a great dupe, and here’s to (hopefully) many more!