China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Life's Grimm, swatch

China Glaze โ€” Life’s Grimm (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Happy Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Fall, Happily Never After (Halloween)

Today’s polish is fromย China Glaze’s recently releasedย Halloween-themed collection. You can check out my other reviews from this collection:

Life’s Grimm (84084) is a blackened pewter olive with a charcoal base and plenty of antiqued green-gold shimmer.

The Grimm fairy tales are, of course, quite terrifying in their original, un-Disney-fied forms, and make a perfect Halloween theme.

Grimm fairy tale illustrations by Arthur Rackham
Grimm fairy tale illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
Source: Animation Resources

The polish is a blackened pewter olive with a charcoal base and plenty of antiqued green-gold shimmer.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Life's Grimm

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Meet Me Under the Stars, swatch

China Glaze โ€” Meet Me Under the Stars (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2014 Winter, Twinkle

Today’s polish is not by Essie! Haha, I realize I’ve really overdone the Essie lately. Of course, I’ve also done China Glaze quite a lot, so I will have to promise to swatch a wider variety of brands. I have a slew of new polishes to review by brands like Banila Co., Eve Snow, H&M, Innisfree, JINsoon, Rituals, and Yves Rocher (if you’re not already sick of those, too!)โ€”hopefully, I’ll get at least a couple of those out for next week.

Anyway, Meet Me Under the Stars (81927) is a black packed with chunky silver glitter. I picked it up at a discounted price at my local beauty supply; I don’t think I’d have chosen it, otherwise, since it isn’t entirely my style! (Not much of a glitter girl, unfortunately.)

night sky with coniferous trees
Image: cliffside.ca

It does do a pretty good impression of a night sky, though perhaps with a dose of space opera, as well.

Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Ascending, character poster
This movie looks so bad, I must watch it.

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Satin, swatch

Throwback Thursday! OPI โ€” Black Satin (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2004 Winter, Tuxedo

Today’s Throwback Thursday polish is a black, since it’s Halloween on Saturday.

Before Chanel’s famed Black Satin, there was OPI Black Satin, released in 2004 in a special winter collection. I don’t have the Chanel (though I should probably rectify that during the next Optimum Event), but by all accounts, they aren’t dupes.

Black Satin (NL T03) by OPI is a black with Tahitian pearl shimmer, which gives it more of a deep charcoal look than pure black. The shimmer is very fine and there is plenty of it, giving the polish a borderline frost effect. The shimmer is mostly grey, but it has flashes of blue and green.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Satin

Baroque Tahitian pearls
Baroque Tahitian pearls. Image: uniquepearl.com

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Essie Nail Polish in Haute Tub

Essie โ€” Haute Tub (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie Winter 2015, Virgin Snow

I’m posting a bonus review today because I just picked this up yesterday and won’t have time during the week to post its swatch (this upcoming week is reserved for China Glaze!).

I was recently checking out my favorite local beauty supply and saw Essie’s new winter collection in stock. I’ll be frank: only one shade really stood out to me, so it’s the only one I got. It’s the sole vampy shade in a winter collection consisting of two pastels (lavender and pink), two reds (a bright and a rich), and a silver sparkle. I contemplated getting the pastel lavender and brighter red, Virgin Snow and the tongue-twistery Altitude Attitude, but they didn’t seem unique enough to me, so I passed on them…for now.

Haute Tub (938) is described by Essie as a “jet black with amethyst fire”, which, frankly, is a bit of an overstatement. It certainly has a black base, though I’ve seen jetter—it has the slightest dull, murky brown/purple undertone.

In the bottle, the purple shimmer looks a bit iridescent, as it flashes blue-green. On the nail, however, it’s not really possible to see the flash, even in sunlight. The amethyst shimmer is on the sparser side and gives the polish a subtle, speckled look on the nail. The overall appearance gives off a cherry cola vibe with its red and deep purplish-brown tones.

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New Release: Burberry โ€” A/W 2015 Runway Nail Collection

Collection: Burberry, Fall 2015, A/W15 Runway

Burberry has released three polishes as part of their Fall/Winter nail polish collection. Two are new shades; Poppy Black is part of the Iconic core collection.

A three-piece nail polish collection featuring shades inspired by the Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2015 runway. Discover hues of Cadet Green, Khaki Green and Poppy Black, presented in a gift box. Formulated with patent-pending technology, Burberry Nail Polish has a protective and long-lasting high-gloss finish with accelerated drying and hardening times.

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2015 Nail Polish Runway Collection, Cadet Green, Khaki Green, Poppy Black, gift box
Image: burberry.com

I just have to add the photo of the eyeshadow palette from this collection, too. Whoa.

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New Release: Dior โ€” Cosmopolite (Fall 2015)

Collection: Dior 2015 Fall, Cosmopolite

Five new Vernis shades are included in Dior’s Cosmopolite collection for Fall 2015.

Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection Vernis
Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection Vernis

Nails and lips flaunt brand new bold, vibrant hues with multiple facets that reflect those of Dior women everywhere. With its strong and ever-elegant shades for fall, the new Dior Vernis makes a “fun and chic statement” in the words of Peter Philips. Bold and sophisticated colors range from crimson “Cosmopolite” to metallic “Darling Blue”, deep “Black Out” and khaki “Metropolis”. The most original of them all? “Miroir”, a stunning creation that coats nails in a silver film with a mirror-shine finish.

  • Miroir
  • Mรฉtropolis
  • Cosmopolite
  • Darling Blue
  • Black Out

I do love the one Dior Vernis I have tried, in their new gel formula, yet these colors aren’t really calling to me. Metallic isn’t my favorite finish, I guess. Might have to go check these out in person.

What do you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

Zoya โ€” Imogen (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2014 Winter, Wishes

Imogen is the last of three polishes that I ordered during a Zoya promotion (the others were Annie and Payton).

Zoya Professional Lacquer, PixieDust in Imogen

Imogen is described by Zoya as a “black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter”. Now, I confess that I am no great fan of matte, textured nail polishesโ€”they rub me completely the wrong way, like nails on a chalkboard. Yet, Imogen looked way too pretty online, so I ordered it with every intention of slapping a glossy top coat on over it to get rid of the textured finish.

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