Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Urban Decay — Sin (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Urban Decay

Finally this week, after posting about my Ipsy bag, doing a rare Award/Tag, and sharing my Sephora sale haul, I’ve got a nail polish for you all!

For Throwback Thursday today, I have quite an oldie! Urban Decay got their start with unusual shades of eyeshadow, lipstick, and nail polish. This particular polish is from their second revamp (c. early 2000s, maybe?) of their nail polish line, and it was simply called Nail Enamel, like the original.

The bottle was pretty similar to the first style, except the cap was changed to look a little less industrial and a little more luxe.

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

I was glad for the change, even though the new polishes contained 50% less product, because the original bottle caps were plain awful. They were awkwardly small to hold while polishing, and they never screwed on tightly enough so all of my original polishes dried out long ago (as you can see with my bottle of Curfew, above).

(Note how the bottles look progressively bigger, but the volume actually decreases! Ah, marketing.)

The new bottle was discontinued some time ago, though Urban Decay have occasionally reintroduced nail polish here and there as special editions. More recently, they’ve introduced more polish in nude (“Naked”) shades to go with their immensely popular Naked eyeshadow palettes, and they reissued some of their original colors, too. Despite the stupidly high Canadian price (C$18, the hell?!) I had to pick up Gash when UD ran a sale, since it’s one of my favorite red shimmers from back in the day! My original bottle, of course, dried out.

Sin is a pretty nude beige with a lot of silvery shimmer. Definitely one of the more conservative Urban Decay shades! It’s also one of UD’s most popular, as it still exists in eyeshadow form.

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

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Chanel Spring 2017 Le Vernis Coco Codes collection

New Release: Chanel — Le Vernis Coco Codes (Spring 2017)

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Collection: Chanel, Spring 2017, Le Vernis Coco Codes

Chanel has released Coco Codes, a new collection of Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour that consists of three new shades—a red and two shades of beige—and one black-tinted top coat that deepens the shade underneath.

Three nail shades inspired by the iconic Chanel Colour Codes. One top coat brilliantly enhances the polish underneath.

The new polishes are:

  • Beige Beige (556)
  • Blanc White (548)
  • Rouge Red (546)
  • Le Top Coat Tinted Top Coat in Black Métamorphosis

The Black Métamorphosis is marked as Limited Edition on the official Chanel website.

Chanel Le Vernis retails for US$28 / CA$32.

Happy shopping!

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Problems, swatch

Trust Fund Beauty — Champagne Problems (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Trust Fund Beauty

Over the last couple of months, I hauled quite a bit from Trust Fund Beauty using some 35% off and 40% off codes from Ipsy. Of course, for the holidays, Trust Fund Beauty is now running a 50% off code (HOLIDAY50, no affiliation), so I’m incredibly tempted to place one more order! Arrrgh.

Anyway, my polish of the day is one of the polishes I got in one of the mini sets, Rich & Reckless.

Champagne Problems is described by TFB as a “metallic gold foil”. There are many variations on gold in nail polish world, and this particular one is a very wearable, subdued antique gold with a strong pewter tone. It’s not your typical brassy, shiny, yellow or orange gold.

I have trouble finding a gold shade that doesn’t clash terribly with my skintone (the long discontinued OPI Gala Gold was my previous favorite), so I’m really pleased to have found Champagne Problems!

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Problems
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Problems

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion, swatch

MAC — Sweet Potion (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Winter 2015, Faerie Whispers

Hope everyone snagged a good deal or two this Black Friday weekend—though I suppose it’s now Cyber Monday, and the sales go on!

I’m continuing on from Friday’s review with another clearanced MAC polish that I picked up for CA$6.

Sweet Potion, is from last winter’s Faeries Whispers collection, though it was also recently repromoted in this spring’s Future MAC collection. It’s a warm, peachy tan cream with a slightly rosy undertone.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion

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L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Café de Nuit, swatch

L’Oréal — Café de Nuit (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Summer 2016, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer [Launch]

Over the summer, L’Oréal Canada launched a new line of nail polish called Le Vernis à l’Huile. I initially reviewed the shade Rouge Sauvage, and you can find a more detailed review there.

My first haul of these polishes consisted of these six shades:

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer haulage
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer haulage

Later, I also picked up Café de Nuit and Orange Triomphe. Today, I’m reviewing Café de Nuit (116), a soft peachy nude cream.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Café de Nuit
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Café de Nuit

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Powder Room, swatch

Sally Hansen — Powder Room (Color Therapy) Swatch & Review

Collection: Sally Hansen 2016 Summer, Color Therapy [Launch]

I know this isn’t very Halloween-y at all, but I decided that my nail polish backlog is too great, especially since I also just picked up a number of Sally Hansen, L’Oréal, and Trust Fund Beauty polishes.

I haven’t reviewed many Sally Hansen polishes in a very long time (my last one was a Throwback Thursday review of Mandarin Mantra), but I recently became more interested in the brand after their recent summer launch of Color Therapy, a nail color infused with argan oil. The bottles look like the existing Complete Salon Manicure line, except with rose gold caps. Yup. I’m sold. (Ridiculous of me, I am aware!)

Shoppers Drug Mart ran a sale a couple of weeks ago, so I picked up Powder Room (200), Slicks and Stones (390), and Therapewter (130). I must mention that one reason I tend not to buy Sally Hansen polishes is that their top-shelf lines like Complete Salon Manicure and MiracleGel are actually priced higher than, say Essie. And I will almost always pick an Essie (one of my favorite brands of polish) over a Sally Hansen. The Color Therapy polishes tend to retail for about CA$12, and I got them on sale for $9.99. By comparison, I can often get Essies on sale for around $7–8.

So, my hope for these new Color Therapy polishes is that they make a case for being chosen over a less expensive Essie. Their marketing gimmick of containing argan oil doesn’t move me—polish needs to harden up, and I doubt there can be any benefit to the presence of said oil, let alone provide “instant moisture”.

Introducing new Color Therapy™, gorgeous color that cares while you wear! The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.

Powder Room (200) is a soft beige-pink opaque frost that has a touch of taupe. The finish gives it a satin ribbon look.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Powder Room

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Revlon Nail Enamel in Elegant, swatch

Revlon — Elegant (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Revlon

Here’s yet another Revlon from the current core collection. Revlon Nail Enamels are great fun to pick up on a whim whenever they go on sale: it’s why I have so many!

Elegant (380) is a pretty decent drugstore option for a opaque nude cream. It’s a warm, light café au lait (au lots of lait!) with the slightest pink taupe undertone that doesn’t sit terribly well with my yellow-toned skin. I think if your skintone runs a little more neutral/pink, you’ll have better luck with this one.

Revlon Nail Enamel in Elegant

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