I'm coming at you with a little nail polish haul (SPOILER: I went a little polish crazy) from February 2014 that I totally forgot about until now! Posts from here on out will be up-to-date, current and posted more consistently every Monday and Friday. I think I'll divide this by brand, so let's get into it!
First up is my favorite nail polish brand ever, Essie! These damn bottles look soooooo adorable and lovely lined up on my bookcase shelf and I just can't say no, ever. So when I heard about the new (at the time) Encrusted Treasures collection, some swatch googling happened when curiosity struck me a little too deep to ignore. From the swatches I saw online, the collection looked too beautiful to pass up and I immediately went to Walgreens to check them out in person. I am not an in-store swatch kind of person when it comes to drugstore products. I think it's weird and kind of rude to the other people that may want to purchase the product you swatched and then decided not to get. That is why I look up swatches beforehand so I'm prepared when I go to make a purchase. Now, if you're in a Sephora, Ulta or makeup counter that is set up for in-store swatches then, girl, you go to town because there is absolutely nothing wrong with that and sometimes products look different on the skin than they do in the packaging.
Wow, I am in a chatty mood today! On to the shades I actually purchased! I picked up On a Silver Platter which has a fine silver shimmer base with medium sized blue and silver glitters that goes opaque in 2-3 coats depending on how particular you are about your opacity. It's a gorgeous shade and I think it looks so much better on your nails than in the bottle.
|On a Silver Platter|
I also picked up HorsD'oeuvres...sorry, I just need a minute to collect myself as this shade is so stunning. As with the On A Silver Platter, Hors D'oeuvres has a fine shimmer base, but instead of just a silver shimmer it has a really unique mix of silver and gold shimmers with semi-holographic silver medium size round glitters. It's so stinking gorgeous and I don't think I've ever seen a nail polish shade that looks quite like this so obviously the little guy had to come home with me.
The last shade from this collection that I felt I needed desperately was Ignite the Night which is like a freaking nightclub on your finger nails. It has a clear base with a TON of super fine bright silver, slightly darker silver and navy glitters that dry to a luxurious matte on par with OPI Liquid Sand kind of texture. It doesn't dry to a smooth texture because you can feel the grains of the glitter, it's an interesting finish, but I like it. All in all I love the shades and am really happy I picked them up!
|Ignite the Night|
Someone posted on Instagram about a site that was having a crazy good sale on Deborah Lippmann polishes and she is one of my favorite nail polish brands ever. I love the shape of the bottle, the names they come up with and her glitters are the things of my dreams. Seriously, she's my crack, I cannot get enough. Here are the polishes I picked up...and before you ask, yes I bought ten at once and yes that is a lot and I totally understand that it's a lot, but they were five damn dollars each so how could I pass that up? I couldn't!
This first polish I picked up is called Believe which is pretty much Cher in a motherfucking bottle as it is a sheer, but buildable silver-gold champagne shade with just the right amount of shimmer. I would call it a neutral polish because the shimmer/sparkle factor isn't totally in your face as there is no chunky glitter and it just adds a bit of polish (aha ha, crack myself up y’all) to your finger tips and you could literally wear it to any occasion. As with all Deborah Lippmann polishes I've ever tried, the formula is awesome, lasts forever, goes on super smooth and dries like a champ. It wears for basically 6 years so it makes a really good pedicure shade.
The second shade I selected is Fashion which is a cool beige with a touch of pink. This shit is real pretty. On my skin tone it’s a great neutral shade that doesn’t give me “mannequin hands”, but it does make them look cleaner and well taken care of which I am all about because the rest of me doesn’t always look put together. Sophistication in a bottle, yay!
Third is a vampy burgundy red shade with subtle gold shimmer called Bitches Brew. It is the perfect fall/winter red that looks like a deep red in any lighting unlike other vampy reds that are blackened and you can’t tell they’re not black unless you’re under direct light or sunlight. This polish is gorgeous and I’ll be wearing it all winter!
Next up is Stormy Weather which is described as an “edgy granite” shade that was created in collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez. It’s a dark blue-based gray cream finish polish that is fabulous. It looks great on its own, but it also looks bangin’ with a metallic glitter such as silver, gold or even a blue glitter would look awesome paired with it.
I also selected a super deep eggplant shade called Dark Side of the Moon which again looks almost black in low lighting, but in direct sunlight, you can definitely see the eggplant tones. This is a beautiful vampy polish that looks awesome on short nails.
|Dark Side of the Moon|
Lady Sings the Blues is what DL describes as a “silver sparkled blue” with a glitter finish, but I would say it’s a super deep, blackened blue base with large blue hexagonal and smaller round silver glitters. It’s opaque in two coats with even glitter coverage over the nail and looks amazing with a thicker, super shiny top coat.
|Lady Sings the Blues|
Second to last Deborah Lippmann polish I picked up was Across the Universe which is supposed to look like outer space, but I think it looks like the whole ocean in a bottle because it’s an impossibly deep navy jelly base with teal and green hexagonal glitter and super fine blue glitter shot through. It’s gorgeous no matter what they were going for and it looks just as good on the nails as it does in the bottle. It’s opaque in two coats and with all of DL glitter polishes it looks better with a thick, super shiny top coat.
|Across the Universe|
The last DL polish I decided to pick up was Cleopatra in New York which is a black jelly base with large, super chunky hexagonal and smaller round gold glitter. Again, it’s opaque in two coats, looks better with a thicker top coat and lasts around a week. All-in-all, it’s a super fun and funky glitter polish that looks drop dead gorgeous on that nails.
|Cleopatra in New York|
After picking out four shades I had a bit of a think and decided to choose two more polishes to get free shipping because there are very few situations in which I’ll pay for shipping and this wasn’t one of them. I decided to branch out from Deborah Lippmann for a minute and picked out OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark which is a deep, dark aubergine purple shade that looks basically black when not in direct sunlight. It is opaque in almost one coat, but I do two coats no matter what polish I’m applying because I am a crasy person. Aha ha…ahem.
|Lincoln Park after Dark|
Let’s move on to the final nail polish I picked up in this order which was a hot neon fuchsia pink shade with super fine multi-colored/iridescent shimmer from China Glaze called Hang-TenToes. If you don’t use a light colored base with this shade it takes three coats to opacity and the shimmers really make the pink appear pinker. I don’t know how it does it, but this polish is so pretty on the nail and is perfect for a super cute girly manicure. One this with this shade is that because it’s a neon, it dries down to a matte finish so you definitely need to use a super shiny top coat to finish it off.
Well, that’s what I picked up when I had absolutely no control over my fingers or credit card. Hope you enjoyed and have a great day or night wherever you are!