L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Moka Chic, swatch

L’Oréal — Moka Chic (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

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

This morning, a woman walking ahead of me carried an umbrella that read in brush calligraphy:

The tears I shed yesterday have become rain.

I guess that’s supposed to be inspiring—and yes, upon Googling it, I realize it’s a quote from a Buddhist monk—but my first thought was, You must have been utterly despondent, because it’s raining cats and dogs today!

I’ve been pretty on the money with matching up my nail polish of the day with Toronto weather. Yesterday, it was crisp and cool, and I posted a crisp, cool red. And today, I have Moka Chic (662), a dreary brown cream for a dreary day.

Please don’t let that description put you off, however—this one actually lives up to the Chic in its name.

It’s a mouse brown cream that is well-balanced: it’s neither too yellow-toned nor too red-toned. It has the right amount of grey to keep the color interesting, and not enough to give me dead hands.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Moka Chic
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Moka Chic

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up, swatch

MAC — Rack ‘Em Up (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Fall 2016, It’s a Strike!

I hope all my American readers had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

I had the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on for Peanut yesterday morning, and he wasn’t too interested, except when the Thomas the Tank Engine balloon showed up.

As usual, I thought Ronald McDonald was kind of terrifying.

I did get a kick out of this:

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up
Mr. Peanut dabbing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, November 24, 2016.

Now, onto the polish!

Earlier this fall, MAC decided to discontinue their line of Studio Nail Lacquer, which was actually only introduced in Spring 2015. I can’t say I’m entirely surprised, as I have personally found the line of little interest and only bought a few over the last two years. This is after they reduced the nail polish prices so that they were not almost as expensive as the lipsticks!

MAC will still be releasing limited edition nail lacquers with some of their collections, however:

A few of their remaining Studio Nail Lacquers have been clearanced online (at least in Canada and I think the US, as well). I picked up a few, just because it was CA$6 nail polish. I only passed on Babysplit, a too-sheer pastel green, and Style Matters, which I already owned.

Here’s one of the clearanced shades I did get, Rack ‘Em Up, which is from this fall’s bowling-themed It’s a Strike! collection.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack ‘Em Up

Rack’ Em Up is not the kind of color I usually go for: it’s a medium taupe brown cream with a slightly cool undertone.

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Essie Nail Polish in Sable Collar, swatch

Essie — Sable Collar (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2013 Winter, Shearling Darling

Sable Collar (852), is described by Essie as a “luxurious pearlescent cocoa plum”. It’s a dark, though perhaps just a touch shy of vampy, mix of plum, brown, and taupe, with some interesting shimmer. The shimmer is extremely fine and only very visible in bright light; otherwise it just gives the polish a pearl gloss finish. In bright sunlight, you can see plum, brown, taupe, and a sprinkling of cranberry shimmer. In both dim and bright light scenarios, this polish appears to have an odd overlay of grey, as if there’s a halo of dust around it. It’s an odd effect and I can’t remember the last time I saw a shade like that. I’m not in love with the effect—perhaps I just prefer my colors with more vibrancy! It’s no doubt a fascinating shade, though.

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Dior Vernis in Skyline, swatch

Dior — Skyline (Vernis) Swatch & Review

Collection: Dior Fall 2016, Skyline

After falling head over heels in love with Glory last year—and it was my pedi most of this spring and summer—I resolved to get a few other Diors. When Hudson’s Bay recently offered a couple of coupons for almost 20% off beauty ($20 off $100), I thought it was a good time to finally do it, especially with the new fall collection out.

The full name of this Vernis polish is actually a mouthful: Vernis Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer. Seriously! The longer and more unnecessarily complicated a product name is, the less luxurious it tends to feel to me. What’s wrong with just Vernis? Tack on the Gel Shine, if you must, for marketing purposes. At least all that verbiage is absent from the bottle itself:

Dior Vernis in Skyline

Skyline (848) is one of four neutral shades in Dior’s fall collection. It’s a deep, rum raisin chocolate in a glossy cream finish. Browns can be a little tough to pull off without looking a bit too circa 1990s, but the taupeish plum tone means it is really just the hottest vampy mauve-brown, ever.

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Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Fondue for Two, swatch

Color Club — Fondue for Two (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Color Club 2014 Spring, Paris in Love

I scored a pack of six Color Club polishes, plus a clear top coat, marked down to CA$5 at Winners.

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer, Paris in Love collection

The Color Club packs sold at Winners are typically unlabeled, but the colors all looked like the ones in Color Club’s Spring 2014 Paris in Love collection. I’ll have to label the bottles myself.

Fondue for Two (1041) is probably meant to be inspired by melted chocolate, but to me the shade is more suited to a Swiss raclette. The creamy brown shade has a yellow undertone which brings to mind pale yellow melted cheese, and the taupe tones conjure visions of mushrooms and potatoes which are often dipped into the cheese.

Raclette dinner party
Raclette dinner party. Image: punchbowl.com

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Prince Charming, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Orly — Prince Charming (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Orly 2009 Fall, Once Upon a Time

I’ve realized for a while now that I haven’t posted any Orly swatches in years, so here’s a Throwback Thursday polish from Orly’s 2009 collection, Once Upon a Time.

Prince Charming (40715) is a chic brown cream with a strong taupe undertone. I don’t wear browns very often, but whenever I pull one out, I always think I should wear them more! This particular shade seems easy to pull off due to its medium intensity and slight dustiness, with one caveat: my yellow-toned skin does seem to bring out a faint element of baby poop in this shade. It’s not that yellow-toned a brown, but it’s definitely warmer than it is cool. It lacks the red or purple tones of cooler-toned browns.

Orly Nail Lacquer in Prince Charming

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Essie Nail Polish in Sequin Sash, swatch

Essie — Sequin Sash (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2005 Winter

Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night. I’ve already reviewed these three newer polishes, so now it just remains for me to review the three older ones that I already own.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

Sequin Sash (534) is from a 2005 Winter collection. I have four of the six polishes from this collection (National Velvet, Pouf Daddy, and Tennis Corset are the other three; Card-Again and Sophisticated Lady are the ones I never had), and I would have preferred any of those three to have been selected for the Retro Revival collection instead—particularly Tennis Corset, which is quite lovely, and Pouf Daddy, one of my all-time favorite red creams.

Sequin Sash is a very sheer light brown with bronze and silver microglitter. In a less sheer formula, or perhaps one that is more packed with glitter, Sequin Sash would have been quite a winner. However, I had to use three coats just to get it looking like this:

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