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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.

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!

Obsessed with Owls

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

Yes, anybody who knows me knows that I’ve been obsessed with owls for awhile now. They seem to be everywhere now, on clothes and jewelry and everything else, but I was into them before they were the IT new thing. Pardon the hipster statement, but it’s true! Even though this is not a color I would normally wear, I couldn’t resist Loreal’s Owl’s Night shade from the limited edition Project Runway Colors Take Flight Collection:

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The colors and themes of this collection were also featured on tonight’s episode of Project Runway, and there was a real owl in the scene where Tim picked which pair of designers would have which bird for their inspiration! Sadly, the poor thing got no love as Tim didn’t draw the owl for anyone’s collection. Boo! I guess they only had it there to represent that part of the Colors Take Flight collection. Too bad because I was really looking forward to seeing an owl inspired collection!

Anyway, so I bought this polish a few weeks ago. Like I said, it’s not a color I normally wear, but something about the gold shimmer caught my eye. It seems sort of Halloween and Baroque at the same time. The gold shimmer is suspended in a very dark brown, almost black base. Application was decent, even though strands of the brush detached from the second I pulled it out of the bottle. I used just two coats, and it was completely opaque which was nice. And although I love Loreal’s bottle, I have to say that the cap really sucks. It’s cumbersome to hold and makes turning the brush to help to utilize the polish on the other side quite a perilous task.

Also, you may notice a fair amount of tip wear in the photo. This is after only 1 day of wear, too! I usually find this is the case with these kinds of shimmery polishes, though. You can’t wrap your tips with this sort of polish, either, because it just wears off faster and looks even worse. I’m considering getting the Cockatoo’s Mystery shade from this collection as well, but I’m still undecided. Grey (and I do prefer spelling it with the e) will be a big color for fall, though, so it might be a good shade for me to step into the trend with.