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Aug 21, 2014

Orange Flash - Hare Reverie in Rubellite, Ulta3 Orchid

I can't believe I have had this Hare polish for so long before I tried it!

[Base: Ulta3 Orchid
Top coat: Hare Reverie in Rubellite]
I think Hare's Reverie in Rubellite is pretty flashy against Ulta3 Orchid as the base. Reverie in Rubellite has hex glitter in varying sizes and a light shimmer in gold. I like it, and I must try this against black or red at some point!

Aug 18, 2014

Gossamer Petals - Revlon Popular

Here's a relatively old polish - Revlon Popular (also known as Starry Pink). Jme has previously swatched this here but here's some old photos of mine that I took when I used it as a full mani.

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Popular (2 coats)]
Popular is a pink creme/jelly with small and large silver hexes. As Jme has mentioned, the hexes are not super reflective, coming off as a bit more of a matte finish. It's a very delicate combination and jazzes up a mostly worksafe polish!

[2 coats: Revlon Popular]
The hexes lay flat on othe nail and the polish levels out well. This was two coats as my nails were fairly short at the time. I think the lighting in the first photo makes it look like it hasn't quite reached opacity but as you can see it's actually not that obvious in this photo and the one below.

[2 coats: Revlon Popular]
Overall a very pretty combination, maybe something I would reach for on a "girly" day!

Aug 14, 2014

Black Paint on Skin - Maybelline Urban Vibe, Revlon Peach Smoothie

I'm really loving the nail polish from this Maybelline Color Show Street Art collection.

[Revlon Peach Smoothie]
Revlon Peach Smoothie is a beige nail polish with a very subtle gold microglitter, and I thought it would be a great matching base for the Maybelline Urban Vibe.

[Base: Revlon Peach Smoothie
Top: Maybelline Urban Vibe]
Maybelline Urban Vibe has peach and black hex glitter of all sizes, and I don't often see this type of glitter in this sort of colour, so I just had to get it.

[Base: Revlon Peach Smoothie
Top: Maybelline Urban Vibe]
I'll try Urban Vibe against a different colour next time so that there's more contrast, but I do like this look as well, where there's more uniformity. I am really liking the nail polishes from this collection. I wish I could have all of it. :)

Aug 4, 2014

Sea Change - Missha Crystal Nail Polish HGR01

I've swatched today's polish before, but only as a skittle comparing it with other duochromes. However, check out that post if you'd like to see a gif showing the duochrome-y goodness! Otherwise, keep reading to have a look at a full mani!

[Bottle to nail: Missha Crystal Nail Polish HGR01 (2 coats)]
This is Missha Crystal Nail Polish in HGR01, a beautiful blue-to-green duochrome with a foil/metallic finish. You do have to be a bit careful not to end up with streak lines with this polish, but it's not overly difficult to work with.

[2 coats: Missha Crystal Nail Polish HGR01]
The duochrome is fairly obvious, from an ocean blue to a golden green, and the polish is opaque in two coats.

[2 coats: Missha Crystal Nail Polish HGR01]
I do like foil finish duochromes despite them frequently having streaking problems. I also love blue and green polish, so this one's a winner overall!

Jul 31, 2014

Earth Lines - Revlon Star Crush

Not all my manis with magnetic polishes work out because I seem to have an inability to hold the magnet still, but this one seems fairly successful.

[Revlon Star Crush]
This is Revlon Star Crush. I like that it's so easy to apply, easy to get the pattern to form and there's this shiny scatter of gold microglitter that becomes more apparent after the pattern forms.

[Revlon Star Crush]
After I applied the topcoat, the pattern did spread out a little, but the pattern is still visibly clear and pretty.

Jul 28, 2014

Cocktail Glass - Layla Ceramic Effect Ipanema Girl

Jme and I picked up a bunch of Layla polishes earlier this year and Jme has swatched quite a few already which you can check out in our Layla tag. Here's one of mine!

[Bottle to nail: Layla Ceramic Effect Ipanema Girl (2 coats)]
This beauty is Ipanema Girl from Layla's Ceramic Effect line of polishes. Isn't she so beautifully glowy!

[2 coats: Layla Ceramic Effect Ipanema Girl]
Ipanema girl is a green glass fleck with an intense lime shimmer as you can see in my photos! These were all two coats for full opacity, though as usual, that depends on the length of your nail. 

[2 coats: Layla Ceramic Effect Ipanema Girl]
I rarely have problems with the formula of glass flecks and this was no different. Dry time was relatively quick and the finish was quite glossy even before my usual layer of topcoat. The intensity of the glass flecks combined with the strong glow gives it quite a foil/metallic finish.

Compared to China Glaze Running in Circles, a staunch favourite of mine (swatch and review here), Ipanema Girl is a lighter shade, more towards lime, with finer sparkle and a slightly jelly-like finish. I still prefer Running in Circles, but it depends what you're after - both are gorgeous!