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Knackered by butterLONDON

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by clairesayswhat

This was one of those rare nail polishes that seemed to unite the nail polish blogging world in a fervor. Knackered appears innocuous enough from the photos on the butterLONDON website, but once you see it in person you instantly go into the have-to-have-it trance. I would say this was probably the most popular shade of butterLONDON’s spring/summer 2012 collection. Just how do those little glitter particles stay so perfectly suspended in the polish?? Well, I certainly had to find out!

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Knackered is a hard polish to capture in a photo due to the shifting blues and purples of the color, but the name is truly perfect. It really does remind you of the feeling of being tired/drunk/hungover and seeing stars when you close your eyes. The light blue base color with the purple and green accents is truly beautiful. It’s almost a duochrome, but not quite. More on that shortly. The glitter is slightly holographic and very evenly distributed in the polish. Somehow it just magically stays suspended in the polish! On the nail, it disperses nicely and doesn’t add any grittiness to the overall feel because it’s so small. I would still recommend using a thicker topcoat, though. Either Seche or butterLONDON’s.

This is also because this polish is quite sheer. Now, I don’t know about you, but just looking at the bottle I assumed this polish was going to be much more opaque. And I can’t for the life of me figure out why this couldn’t be the case. I think the glitter would still have shown up nicely if the base was more opaque, but perhaps then the glitter wouldn’t stay as suspended as well. I don’t know…. Either way, I needed 3 coats of Knackered for it to be opaque enough on my nail. And I did experience considerably more tip wear and overall chipping than I normally do with butterLONDON polishes. But overall, I still wore Knackered for more than a few days longer than a lot of other brands can manage, so it still gets a thumbs up in my book!

I would recommend layering this polish over another blue based color. Or maybe even over purple or green! Some of the other colors that are present in this shade might show themselves better when layered over another shade, too. Also, after trying this polish and Disco Biscuit, I really appreciate that butterLONDON is making polishes that feature glitter rather than being all-glitter-all-the-time. Stay tuned for my next post where I shall elaborate on that point….

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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.

Me Amour collection from Mattese Elite

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , on February 9, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Ricky’s NYC has released the Me Amour Mattese Elite nail polish collection! There are some true beauties in this collection and all are perfect for gifting your sweetie or best girlfriend. Or just yourself! Chocolates are great and all, but nail polish is the gift that keeps on giving if you ask me. Especially if you live anywhere but NYC since these babies are only available at Ricky’s stores!

Here’s the steamy ad that Mattese Elite has put together to promote the collection:

I love the swatch hearts! The dude’s hair? Not so much! haha But I’m just being picky. As you can see, this is a glitter and sparkle heavy collection, but I think the colors are something a little more special than others. Amour De Ma Vie and Je T’Aime are definitely standouts that will get you noticed amongst those who think they’ve seen every polish color.

Be sure to head on over to Ricky’s NYC online to drool over all the colors. Je T’aime and Embrasse are my personal favorites, and I’ll be reviewing them for you very soon!

Also, if you find yourself head over heels in love with the entire collection, ordering the whole thing will get you FREE shipping from Ricky’s! Hurry because I doubt that deal will last long!

And to top everything off, Ricky’s will also be giving the whole Me Amour collection away to one lucky fan who likes their facebook page on Valentine’s Day!

I’m a huge fan of Ricky’s and other makeup products by Mattese Elite, so I’m thrilled that I’ll be reviewing their polish. Check back soon for that and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Revlon Whimsical (aka Anemic Cupcakes)

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Revlon has done it again with another great Deborah Lippmann dupe! Previously, they released Facets of Fuchsia as a dupe for Lippmann’s Bad Romance. If you missed it the first time around, check the new Revlon Brilliant Color display at your local drugstore, and you’ll find it’s been re-released once again as Scandalous. It was quite the popular polish!

Now, in this same display, Revlon has also bestowed upon us a shade called Whimsical, which is a dupe for another Deborah Lippmann polish called Glitter In the Air. I normally avoid Revlon’s nail polish as their formula can be so hit or miss, but since Facets of Fuchsia was so great and the price is certainly right, I couldn’t pass up Whimsical.

Although, I must admit, I ended up being quite taken with this polish. It’s such a different shade and not one that I expected to end up liking as much as I did.

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It’s one of those polishes that has a semi-sheer, almost snotty (gross, I know, but that’s truly what it reminds me of!) base that can be notoriously difficult to apply. The base here is light blue, and there is blue and pink hexagonal glitter as well as smaller silver glitter and iridescent blue microglitter suspended all throughout.

Surprisingly, I didn’t experience any issues with the formula. I used 3 coats, and each dried nicely. The glitter effect builds up as you increase coats: some of the glitter from the previous coat becomes opaque while the newer glitter is brighter. This makes for a kind of 3-D, reflecting pool effect. It’s really quite beautiful. The base color is less blue on the nail than in the bottle, and it’s for this reason that I thought of  “Anemic Cupcakes.” It’s like if you took a cupcake and made it a halftone lighter, then you’d have this shade. That’s the best way I can think of describe why I thought of calling it that! Maybe it makes sense only to me…haha Another way I can think of describe it is like a crystal ball. It’s as though you’re looking through glass and can see through the layers of liquid beneath.

Anyway, let me give you a heads up on the glitter in this polish. It tends to sink to the bottom, so you’ll want to kind of plunge the brush down into the bottle and wipe the excess off carefully in order to get the best amount of glitter on the brush. I found that I got the best distribution of glitter on my larger nails, such as my thumb. Most of my other nails required me to strategically place a few extra bits of glitter so they wouldn’t so bare. If you have shorter nails, you may find this polish more difficult to work with. I’d suggest using a thin nail brush or even an orange wood stick to catch and apply the pieces of glitter to your nails if you find that you have trouble getting enough with the brush.

Also, you will never get this polish to be opaque, so don’t even try! You have to accept the fact that the sheerness is part of what makes Whimsical so special. If you take your time and let each coat dry before applying the next, I promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the effect you achieve!

I expected this polish to chip very easily, but it didn’t! In fact, I ended up wearing Whimsical for a full week. The blue in the base did seem to get paler as the week went on due to hand washing and light exposure, but overall the effect held up.

Whimsical is a really great polish, and certainly worth the incredibly cheap price when compared to its Deborah Lippmann original. I can’t personally compare it to Glitter In the Air, but swatches on other blogs confirm that it is a pretty spot-on dupe.

So with two great Deborah Lippmann dupes from Revlon now on the market, I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!

Gold and Glitz

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by clairesayswhat

As promised in my previous review of Color Club’s Kiss Me Mistletoe, today I’ll be reviewing the Gingerbread Man shade. But of course, at the same time that I purchased that shade, I just had to get Blonde Bombshell from the new China Glaze Eye Candy holiday 2011 collection. This was a Gotta-Have-It!! color as soon as I saw swatches of it. So I decided to combine the two for a fabulous Gold and Glitz mani!

I’m still sort of mystified as to why I didn’t buy Gingerbread Man right away because I can recall a time not too long ago when bright golds were pretty hard to find. When I first grew out my nails I went on the hunt for a brighter gold shade and could find only one that fit what I was looking for, Revlon’s Gold Get ‘Em. But maybe I was just looking at the wrong time because now it seems like they’re everywhere. Lucky me!

Gingerbread Man was quite different from Kiss Me Mistletoe. It wasn’t quite as thick and, as a result, didn’t apply with quite the same opacity. It did cover well, though, and without too many visible brushstrokes. The scent was also not as strong. I would describe it more as just straight up sugar cookie than gingerbread. But it’s a gorgeous gold and one I’m really happy to have in my collection. I just love how it’s so bright and not burnished at all, since that seems more like all I used to see in terms of gold. Gingerbread Man really gives an almost gilded look to nails. Maybe I’ll use this polish and my Konad stamper for some kind of Rococo inspired mani in the future….

Next, I layered Blonde Bombshell on two nails of each hand. I’m glad I decided to put it on top of a base polish, too, because it seemed on the thin side. The base for this glitter just felt a tad watery and thin to me. Nevertheless, it built up well and looked truly spectacular! The microglitter combined with the slightly larger round glitter pieces really works to increase the drama of this polish. And once again, the tone if this shade is so bright. I definitely think of classic beauties like Marilyn Monroe when I look at this polish. It’s funny that they chose to name it Blonde Bombshell, too, because I have often described these types of bright golds as being “blonde.” Now nobody will think I’m crazy when I say that!

I would love to see photos of any holiday inspired manis so send em my way, and I’ll feature them in a future post!

Glitterbomb!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , on November 19, 2011 by clairesayswhat

Clearly the trend in holiday polish collections for 2011 is GLITTER. They don’t say that disco and an economic recession go together for nothing! Practically every brand is coming out with either a full line of glitter polishes or including at least a few in a larger collection. It’s been a sight to see all the swatches on the other blogs, and to help you keep track of what will be on the market soon, let’s explore some of the popular brands that are focusing on glitter polishes this season!

China Glaze Let It Snow

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So this collection features seven glitters, although none of the colors in this collection are particularly awe-inspiring. But it’s a good chance to stock up on these colors for your collection if you don’t already own them. I plan on hunting down Champagne Bubbles because lord knows I am a sucker for a gold sparkly polish! Plus, this one has larger pieces of silver glitter that form a nice contrast against the bright gold base.

Essie Luxeffects

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Talk about a collection after my own heart…wow! If you google this collection and look at photos of the display, you will note that it features two rows of the gold polish on the left. It’s definitely the first shade I’ll be buying! The one next to it is also a flakie, so take note if you don’t own one of those already as they are great for layering. I also really like that sort of mauve glitter shade. The silver and white are pretty skippable for me, but they’re nice nonetheless. Actually, the more I stare at that mauve and silver glitter together, the more I really like that combo! Very vintage.

Color Club Backstage Pass

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Ok so this collection is for the truly adventuresome! Please see Scrangie for her excellent swatches of these polishes and to experience their true glory as the photo I’ve used doesn’t do them justice. The glitters in some of these shades aren’t even going to pretend to lie flat on the nail, which is why I say they are for the adventuresome. Personally, I can’t stand when larger glitter pieces start to lift off on my nails, so I won’t be getting any of these shades. Once again, though, the gold shade in this collection is very pretty. The thing I like the most about Color Club (even though it’s hard to find in my area) is that they always offer their collections in these nice wham-bam-thank-you-m’aam sets, and they include a topcoat, too!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Ice Baby

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Remember the other day when I said I liked this polish but probably wouldn’t be buying anymore of them? Yeah, I went back today and got 2 more. For the price, who can resist?! Also, I’d forgotten to pick up the Back Alley Deals shade, which is said to be a dupe for the nails inc. shade, Bloomsbury Square. You can google the other blogs and see for yourself, but I don’t think anyone could tell the difference! And yes, I still had to stand on the bottom shelf and reach up high to get to this display at Walgreens since they still don’t have it out yet.

OPI Muppets collection

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Last but not least (of course, or Miss Piggy would give me a sound headbutt!), is the OPI Muppets collection. I’ve heard that the most popular shade, Rainbow Connection, is sold out in most places already, which is no surprise. This was true of an Ulta I visited this week; however, they did still have quite a few of the gift sets that have Rainbow Connection packaged with Excuse Moi!. If you don’t like either one of those shades, buy the set for the one you want and gift the other to a friend. They’ll love you for it, I promise!

And there is also that kollection which shall not be named that is available exclusively at Wal-Mart. Of course, I re-named the shades in this collection back when it was first announced, and I still think my names are better! Anyway, if you can find it, one of them is a dupe for Rainbow Connection, too.

Are you all glittered out yet? If I missed any collections, please let me know so I can update this post. Also, be sure to post a comment here if you’ve tried any of these glitters, and let me know which are your faves or not!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Review

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2011 by clairesayswhat

Sometimes a polish or polish collection starts a frenzy on the blogs and, before you know it, you’re caught up in the whirlwind and coming up with excuses to go to Walgreens or Ulta for the umpteenth time. You know, like “Oh, I need some new lotion” or “Maybe I want some Zingers and a Dr. Pepper.” Stuff like that. But you’re really going just to look for that new nail polish!

In my case, this time it was the new Wet n Wild Color Icon collection. I went to Walgreens a couple of times because it’s exclusive to them, and I’d read that the Color Icon polish display was out with the other new holiday cosmetics displays. Nope. Walgreens only has perfume sets out in those aisles so far. But then I read a tip on another blog that they sometimes put the displays that they don’t have room for yet up on the very tops of the other beauty aisles. So I went again, and bingo! There was the display hovering over the deodorant! Sure, I had to strain to see the display and reach the colors I wanted, but I managed to snag two. This is Diamond In The Rough:

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From the swatches on other blogs, I was psyched to try these amazing looking and el-cheapo glitters from Wet n Wild! Regular readers also know how big a fan I am of this brand’s FastDry polishes, too. I chose Diamond In The Rough because I liked its graphite hue and the iridescent round glitter that’s mixed in.

The formula is on the thin side and doesn’t offer very much time to maneuver the polish, so I recommend getting a nice, big glob on the brush and laying it down quick. While I was applying this polish, I kept thinking to myself  “Would it have killed them to make the base of this polish just a bit darker?” I think they could’ve added more of the sparkly silver pieces and tinted the base just slightly darker without increasing the price point of this polish.  But it covered pretty well by the second coat, so I really shouldn’t complain! The glitter in this polish really is pretty amazing for the price, too. It sparkles and twinkles in the light and provides a really nice contrast to the small, darker gray and silver glitter particles in the polish.

Most of the other blogs have also pointed out that this polish dries fairly rough, and I agree with that assessment. Definitely use the thickest top coat you have! Also, I didn’t really experience any problems with the cap of this polish. It’s squat enough that it fits nicely between your thumb and pointer finger without causing application issues.

So how do I ultimately feel about the Color Icon polishes? Well, they are indeed a very good value for the money; however, I’m glad I didn’t buy more than two of them because they’re not *that* great. Although, if you’re new to glitter polishes, these are a great intro because they’re so cheap and give you a big sparkle factor for the price. This color would also look spectacular with many of the cranberry and dark green hued dresses and sweaters of the season!

Let me know if you’re able to track down these Color Icon polishes and which colors you decide to buy and try. And don’t forget to look up high for the newer collections if you don’t see them out on the shelves yet!