Monday, 28 February 2011

Zoya Julieanne

Until very recently I lived under the belief that Zoya polishes were not sold where I live. Which is a pity, since I actually like to shop for nail polish in person, to stand in front of a display and be blown away by choice and be indecisive about which color to choose and then buying as many as possible anyway. Yes, there are a lot of swatches online and etailers, but for me it is not quite the same. Sometimes even the most boring-looking polishes will grab my attention when I see them in person.
So it turns out that there is a shop that carries Zoya, Jessica and Essie, the brands that I would like to try. Unfortunately, this is where the good news for me end. The shop sells Zoya for about 9$, which seems reasonable, until you get to the catch - this price is only for "professionals registered with the shop". And all other mere mortals pay twice as much. Paying 18$ for a brand I've never tried seems too much. Plus this is what I pay for two OPIs.
One Zoya or two OPI?!?! Decisions, decisions...

I did get Julieanne, but it felt like I was being mugged in broad daylight. The color is beautiful, though. It's a very dark, almost black, purple with abundance of purple shimmer. In the bottle you can see the duochrome shimmer, but it is not visible on the nails. It gets nice and even in two coats. I struggled a bit with the brush, but i suspect that's just because I'm not used to it.
All in all I liked Julieanne, and I have about ten more Zoya polishes on my wishlist, but at such prices I don't see it happening.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

OPI Ink Suede

I actually wanted to get Russian Navy Suede, but for some reason got this one instead. Oh well, I'll just have an excuse to get the other one later :)
This is my first OPI suede polish. It is probably the most difficult polish I've tried to put on. This is attempt number two, since the first one was unsatisfactory. The problem I had with putting it on was that one coat is not enough, while The second wouldn't go on smoothly. I figured it was because of the base coat - no matter how much i let it dry, the second color coat just smudges everything off. Agrr!!! So I tried it without the base, and it still didn't look all that great. So after a lot of trial and error I did manage to have 2 layers of polish and a base coat. Success!

I also really like how it looks with a top coat, perhaps even better than in the suede version. This way it is packed with gorgeous shimmer!!!

Friday, 25 February 2011

OPI Black Cherry Chutney

I picked up this polish on my recent rampage of my favorite shop together with a few other things. I was actually hesitating whether to get this one or not, but I'm really glad I did. The polish is a dark cherry red packed with red\pink shimmer.
It's a really sexy, vampy color. I just love how it looks ordinary and dark and then the light hits it and *bam* lots of shimmer and color.

On another note, I'm glad polish is not that popular here, I mean my shop still has the India, Switzerland, Burlesque, Shrek, Hong Kong, Summer Flutter and Pink collections.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Barry M Instant Nail Effects

This is the last polish that I got from Barry M. It's a black crackle polish that dries super fast and is matte. Well, when all the crackle polishes started appearing, I wasn't convinced that it was for me. I was already sure that I wasn't going to get Black Shatter (it's quite expensive and I wasn't sure I would like it or use it), so trying this was a less costly alternative.
I mean sometimes these bold looks (and some colors) make me look like I'm 13 or something. But when I started layering Barry M on top of different polishes and finishes, I actually was pleasantly surprised. It's fun to watch the polish dry and crackle, since it's so fast, plus it looks really different when you put thick and thin layers. Overall, I do like the effect, but the best thing about it is that it is matte, because it balances out the shine of the polish. Whenever I had a shiny top coat on it was just too much for my liking. On white the coat is thicker so you get fewer crackles, but they are more noticeable. On blue the coats on the sides were thinner and produce more crackles that are thinner.

With a top coat on.

There was one crackle look that I particularly liked, but didn't take a picture - light polish with frosty shimmer with matte crackle on top. I will do it again soon and post the photo.

Barry M Indigo

WOW!!! Isn't it just an amazing color! Indigo is a deep, true blue with a creme finish. It took only two coats to achieve opacity. To my mind it looks more like cobalt blue than indigo, but that's just me. I like Barry M formula and most of their polishes are just pretty to look at.

Barry M Mint Green

This is a nice spring color, a really bright green that sometimes looks quite calm\pastel. Out of all the polishes I got this one was the most streaky, so it needed three coasts to make it look even. I actually like this color because it's not too bright and not too pale at the same time. It's just right for my taste.

Barry M Pure Turquoise

I love this! I have been dreaming of summer for weeks now (it's really cold and gloomy here), and when i put this on, it just screamed "summer in a bottle" to me. The color looked perfect in three coats, and associates with everything nice and warm and sunny. I am a little surprised, that it looks really quite different in the shade and in direct sunlight - it goes form really sky blue to having a slight green tinge.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Barry M Berry Ice Cream

This is such a yummy color! Berry Ice Cream is a true lilac polish. It's really pretty and summery and girly. I like the formula of the polish, but I needed 3 coats for it to be even. It also changes quite a lot depending on the lighting.
I have a paler version of this polish in OPI's Panda-monium Pink and I like them both a lot.
Polish in the sun, natural light and with a flash.

Barry M Red Black

I really like the idea of Barry M's Red Black, not quite red, not really black. And in many ways it is. I was quite surprised that the first coat went on very sheer, but with three coats I was content that it was rather even. I'm not sure that I would call it red-black color, at times it looks more brown than anything.
Below is the polish in sunlight, natural light and with a flash.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Barry M Dausky Mauve

Wow! I'm in awe of this color. I don't have anything similar to this taupe beauty! Dusky Mauve is this purple, brown, gray mix with pink shimmer in it. It goes on fine in 2 coats, but for my liking three coats of this polish look better.
Below are the swatches in the sunlight, natural light and with a flash. It's a slight pity that in natural light you can't really see any shimmer, it just looks mud-like.

Barry M Parcel

I got this in the mail today. How exciting is that!!!! Here we have 6 nail paints and a crackle effect polish. I'm super excited about these colors, can't even decide which one I want to try first.
Left to right: Nail Effects, Berry Ice Cream, Pure Turquoise, Mint Green, Dusky Mauve, Red Black, Indigo.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Polish fail

One of the biggest nail polish fails to date has been my first and unfortunate experience with China Glaze. I was about to start my placement at a company, and needed a beautiful neutral polish. I chose China Glaze Innocence. It was the most adorable color, just pink enough to be girly, but not nearly bright enough to be inappropriate in the workplace. All in all, I was in love with this polish. I would wear it for a few days, when it would start to chip, I would just repaint my nails. And on my days off, I would go all out, and have red, purple, gold nails. All was well.
But after a few weeks I noticed that my nails were yellow, something that almost never happens to me. I assumed that it must be the dark\vibrant polishes I wear during the time off. So I stopped wearing them. It didn't help, and my nails were becoming even more yellow. I changed my base coat, maybe it was at fault, but to no avail. By this point my nails were embarrassingly yellow, really bright. And if before I was able to wear just clear polish and be happy, now I just couldn't.
At this point I started to suspect my beautiful China Glaze; I bought a much cheaper drugstore brand polish in boring beige and waited to see the result. My nails started growing out without the yellow tinge. Unfortunately Innocence had to go. It took me months to grow out the yellow nails, even buffing did not help to improve the look.
As it can be expected, I am really apprehensive to try China Glaze again. I mean, it was a nude polish! I dread to think what my nails will look like after a dark CG polish. All in all, it is a real pity that this was the experience I had with my first China Glaze. Yet there are still a few of their polishes on my wish list.

OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries

This is another borrowed polish from Sophie. Ate Berries In The Canaries is a pink-purple creme from the 2009 fall Spanish collection.

I quite like this color, but the wear was not good at all. I don't use quick drying top coats, but this time I tried Orly flash dry drops on top. Hmm... They did nothing at all for me, I mean they didn't dry the polish much faster, it was still about 30 minutes before I could function normally. And I suspect that the quick drying top coat is the reason that the polish started chipping after a day and a half. I guess I will eventually try the polish again but without the drops.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

OPI Catch Me In Your Net

The same day I bought the two Misa polishes, I also couldn't resist getting this polish.
Catch me in your net is a polish form the Summer Flutter collection from 2010. It's a vibrant blue-green foil metallic. It goes on beautifully and is opaque in two coats.

This polish has been on my wish list for a while now. And I admit that it is gorgeous, I especially like the way it looks more green than blue in artificial light. But at the same time I'm not sure that I can carry it off. Perhaps if wear something blue with it...

Even my dad noticed this polish, something he never does.
my dad: hmm... that's an interesting polish.
me: yeah, I just need to find something to wear it with
my dad: how about gloves?