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.
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 Dress—there’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:
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.
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.
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?)