Misa Nail Lacquer in It Girl, swatch

Misa — It Girl (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Misa 2012 Winter, High Society

I know we’re in the middle of spring now, and heading into sunny days—up here in the northern hemisphere, anyway—but Guerlain Black Perfecto got me in the mood for vampies.

I picked up this Misa in my recent NailSupplies.us haul. It’s from a Winter 2012 collection full of vampy shades—I should really pick up a few more!

It Girl (296) is Misa’s version of the classic vampy, browned-burgundy cream (think Chanel Rouge Noir, Essie Wicked, Orly Naughty, and Revlon Vixen). I’ll have to do a swatch comparison one of these days, but for now, I’ll just say that It Girl compares quite well with the aforementioned classics. It strikes a fine balance between red, brown and purple, and is as deep and sultry as you can get without looking plain black.

Misa Nail Lacquer in It Girl

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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Black Perfecto, swatch

Guerlain — Black Perfecto (La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour) Swatch & Review

Collection: Guerlain 2016 Spring, La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour [Launch]

I have yet to try Guerlain’s older line of Colour Lacquer, but I simply had to try their newly-released line of La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour—ain’t that a mouthful?—because of…the packaging.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour promo
Image: guerlain.com

Yeah, I know, I’m a sucker. Guerlain’s new line of makeup is named for their 2009 perfume release, La Petite Robe Noire (Little Black Dressthere’s an Avon perfume with the same name, but in English, of course!), which is housed in the signature Guerlain bottle style shared by a few of their iconic fragrances—in particular, 1912’s L’Heure Bleue and 1919’s Mitsouko, two of my all-time favorites. The new makeup takes its packaging cues from this classic bottle style:

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Revlon Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer in Scarlet Letter, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Revlon — Scarlet Letter (Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Revlon 2006, Dark Pleasures

Today’s Throwback Thursday polish is from a 2006 limited edition line of Revlon polishes called Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer. As the name implies, the polishes are all (with perhaps one exception) vampies. They also all have some amount of shimmer.

Scarlet Letter (790) is a deep, shimmery burgundy red with a slightly blackened undertone.

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Hard Candy Nail Color (20th Anniversary) in Zombie

Hard Candy — Zombie (20th Anniversary Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Hard Candy, Summer 2015, 20th Anniversary

This week, I’m reviewing the five Hard Candy 20th Anniversary Nail Colors I recently bought. The packaging for this collection is a throwback to the old school Hard Candy polish bottles, and it was the main reason I was keen to pick them up! The five I got are Claws Up!, Coconut, Mint, Scam (all re-releases from the original polishes), and Zombie (one of three new shades).

Today’s final Hard Candy 20th Anniversary review is for Zombie, one of the three new shades in the collection. It’s a vampy, plummy, browned-burgundy shimmer.

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NOTD: Nicole — Merry Merlot! Swatch & Review

So I lied. I couldn’t help trying out my new bottle of Merry Merlot!, especially since my CC Warming Trend mani had started to chip (my fault, as I didn’t use a base coat).

Merry Merlot is one of 4-6 new polishes in Nicole’s holiday collection this year. I say 4-6 because I can’t quite remember. I spent most of my time gawking at Merry Merlot. There was a pretty but not quite spectacular satin-y red shimmer, what looked like a white version of Merry Merlot (white with white microglitter), which I’m plotting to go back and get, and probably some pinks and bronzes but I don’t remember. Sorry, I was naughty!

Here’s Merry Merlot! in all her sparkly, deep red glory. Not as blinged-out as China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps, but just as pretty and festive. Holiday parties, here I come! Rating: 5/5.

(P.S. I’m starting to make my swatch photos larger. Whaddya think?)

Bottle Pics: A few new colours from Nicole & CND

I won’t have time to do any swatching for the time being, but here are bottle photos of a few new polishes I picked up. They’re lovely jewel-tones and great options for those upcoming holiday parties.

Nicole by OPI – Merry Merlot!

CND – Rich Ruby (this is the most gorgeous satin-y red)

CND – Deep Velvet

Sally Hansen — 2007 Lacquer Shines, Part 2

Whoops, turns out I actually had 8 polishes in my SH lot. Here are the two I missed yesterday!

Vibrant is a peeeeeeenk shimmer. With a very subtle touch of coral. Rating: 3.5/5.

Shining is a deep, wine-red shimmer. Nothing especially exciting or original about it, but it is pretty. Rating: 3.5/5.