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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!

Mercury Glass Mani with Essie A Cut Above

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

Some people go out on Black Friday and buy things like TVs or Blu-Ray players or digital camera or clothes or whatever. But what did I do this year? Well, I hit up Walgreens and Ulta for some new polish, of course! I was especially looking for the new Luxeffects holiday polishes by Essie. I ended up with 3 of the shades: As Gold As It Gets, Shine of the Times, and A Cut Above.

I also picked up a couple of OPI shades at Ulta (it was buy 2 and get a base coat or top coat for free, too!), one of which was Birthday Babe. This is probably an older or permanent shade, but its silvery sheen caught my eye. For some reason, in the store, I thought it had a bit of a holographic element. Call it triptophan trauma or something because, alas, this was not true. Birthday Babe is just kind of a run of the mill, opalescent silver. It’s pretty but not spectacular.

Until you combine it with A Cut Above! All of the shades in the Luxeffects collection are meant for layering. For instance, As Gold As It gets is a sheer microglitter and Shine of the Times is a flaky. But if you ask me, the true standout of this collection is A Cut Above. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pink glitter in quite this tone before. It’s so deliciously retro and reminds me of those 1950s tinsel trees. But layered over the silver of Birthday Babe it reminded me of mercury glass more than anything. Here, see for yourself!

Totes gorg, right? So I just did two coats of Birthday Babe and three coats of A Cut Above. While the glitter is of mixed sizes and there are lots of larger round pieces, the base is kind of goopy which makes the glitter a bit difficult to distribute evenly. So if you use a basecoat with this shade, make sure it’s good and dry before you apply this glitter.

What really gives this the mercury glass look is the tiny glitter. The base of A Cut Above is actually clear but when the metallic glitter is suspended over a metallic silver like Birthday Babe, the  tiny sized glitter almost gives the whole thing a slight pink sheen. I was initially hoping that I could get this glitter to completely cover my nail in 3 coats, but I quickly figured out that wasn’t going to be the case. But never mind because I like the mercury glass effect even better! It’s a standout that’s definitely been noticed by several people. And I like that Essie saw fit to include a shade like this in a holiday collection. I’m not big on red and green polish in general so, aside from all the golds, holiday collections generally leave me slightly miffed. A Cut Above definitely loves up to its name!

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!

Ombre Glitter Mani

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , on July 3, 2011 by clairesayswhat

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So one day, I happened upon this awesome video tutorial by Jillian C. for Smokey Gradient Nails and decided to try my own version of it. Since I also recently purchased Orly’s Bubbly Bombshell shade from the Pin-Up collection I wanted to try it, too. Jillian uses something like 5 or 6 polishes in her smokey nails, which I thought was a little crazzzy although it does produce an amazing effect. She’s definitely talented.

For my version, I first used a coat of Scandal Secrets & Sparkle by Nicole by OPI. Then I layered 3/4 of my nails with a darker shade, Wink of Twink, also by Nicole by OPI. I love this shade because it’s like a disco ball after 3 coats! Scandal is thinner and less opaque. I really don’t use it all that often, but I thought it might lend itself well to creating the kind of glassy effect on the lower part of the nail that Jillian achieved.

Now, for the fun part! Using one of those good old triangular makeup sponges that you probably have around your makeup drawer (or, in my case, under the sink), I layered on the purple glitter! It’s really easy! You just glop on some of the glitter on the skinny side of the sponge and dab it on your nails. It took about 3 coats for me to build it up as opaque as I wanted it. You can watch Jillian’s video if you want to see the technique in action. Overall, this is one of the most fun I’ve ever had painting my nails, and I’m already dreaming up more ways to use the glitter polish-makeup sponge technique!