I actually swatched this sometime last year, but never got around to posting it.
Essie describes Smokin’ Hot (739) as a “stone-cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame”. It’s a deep, luscious grey with a strong, smoky mauve undertone. The color goes on a good shade or so darker on the nail.
I just posted last week about China Glaze’s 2016 holiday collection, Seas & Greetings, and as luck would have it, this showed up at my Winners over the weekend:
I don’t think that many people were too impressed by China Glaze’s summer-is-winter collection, but, well, I’m a bit of a nail polish addict! I thought the colors were quite pretty, if not the most unique.
It turns out that I really like the first shade I chose to swatch, even though I cheated a little bit in the featured image above, which shows Partridge in a Palm Tree (87348, though the mini has a different code) with a layer of glossy top coat (Pro FX Quick Dry High Gloss Top Coat, if you’re wondering).
Alas, it’s a matte! As someone who dislikes wearing matte polishes, I find this totally unnecessary since the color isn’t even a neon—those tend to dry matte. However, no real harm done since a glossy top coat always fixes the “problem”!
Partridge in a Palm Tree is a sprightly, almost-pastel turquoise with a pretty pearly shimmer that’s fairly imperceptible in the bottle. It’s also pretty hard to see the shimmer on the nail when it’s applied plain.
I adore the mini China Glaze bottles. They really look like replicas of the regular size bottles. Bonus: the brush is the same size! The stem holding the brush is just shorter. And they are labeled on the bottom (cough–OPI–cough).
Earlier this year, Guerlain released La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour, the polish in the adorable bottles with the ridiculously long product name. The first shade I tried was Black Perfecto, and you can read a more detailed review of this polish line in that post.
Over the summer, Guerlain released a new limited edition shade, Denim Jacket (008), and I picked it up during one of Shoppers Drug Mart’s Spend Your Points events. It’s the sweetest soft blue cream, barely light enough to qualify as a pastel, with hints of powdery grey and cornflower.
Paired with the shimmery pink My First Nail Polish and you have the perfect set for a baby shower!
China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection could easily be mistaken for a Summer set, because they’ve decided to celebrate a beach-themed holiday with Seas & Greetings!
My favorite names here are Partridge in a Palm Tree and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish. I’m keen to see these in person, as I can’t tell how opaque these shades really are. There’s a jelly-look to some of the creams, isn’t there?
First order of business: Toronto FC are in the MLS Cup Final! Last night, after ten years of existence, my hometown team finally won the Eastern Conference Championship—against rivals Montreal Impact, no less. Toronto FC will now play for the MLS Cup against Western Conference Champions Seattle Sounders FC. Coincidentally, I also spent part of my childhood in Seattle, but I’ll no doubt be supporting TFC in the final.
Second order of business is that today marks the 21-year anniversary of the first date my husband and I ever went on! That night, we saw a movie at the Uptown and had an after-movie coffee and dessert at a nearby Swiss Chalet. (We were poor students, what can I say? We also had dinner at the university cafeteria before heading out! Mmm romantic.) Both locations are now sadly defunct, but we’re still going strong!
We ordered in Swiss Chalet last night, for the first time in three or four years, to celebrate. Gotta love the Festive Special that comes with Lindor chocolates!
Finally, today’s nail polish! Today is indeed Throwback Thursday, though I’m filing it under Classics as well, since it’s the original color in a new formulation.