Sally Hansen โ€” 2007 Lacquer Shines

I snagged a lot of six Sally Hansen Lacquer Shines recently, and have only now gotten around to swatching all of them. I posted Luminous as a NOTD a while back; I’ll include it here again.

These are all variations on red, from pink to orange to vampy: all are shimmery to some extent.

Radiant is a very vibrant reddish-orange loaded with shimmer. It has a very satin-y, glowing finish and it was easy to apply. Rating: 4/5.

Here’s Luminous again. Click here for the original review.

On the other side of the red spectrum, we have Gleaming is a vibrant fuchsia loaded with shimmer. Like Radiant, it has a satin-y, glowing finish and it was easy to apply. Bit too pink for me, but it’s a lovely pink all the same. Rating: 3.5/5.

Brilliant is a lovely, medium-toned cranberry shimmer. It has the same satin finish as the others. Rating: 4/5.

Out of the six, Dazzling is the closest to a true red, though I still found it to be a touch warm. It’s very shimmery, medium-toned and a great winter holiday kind of red. Rating: 4/5.

The final polish is Glossy, which is quite different from the previous five polishes. Glossy is an ultra-blackened, slightly warm burgundy with fine burgundy shimmer. The shimmer is very pretty under bright indoor light, but nearly invisible outdoors. However, it’s quite overcast here at the moment; I imagine that under bright sunlight, the shimmer would be a little more apparent. Right now, an overcast day makes this polish look like a reddened black creme with the very faintest hint of a burgundy sheen. I think if you have OPI’s Midnight in Moscow, you don’t really need Glossy. Glossy is more blackened than MiM, though. Rating: 4/5.

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OPI โ€” Midnight In Moscow (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Midnight in Moscow, from OPI’s 2007 Russian collection, is one of my favourite releases from this fall/winter season. I think I like China Glaze’s X just a smidge more, but MiM is still a stunner, in my book.

It’s a deep, vampy browned burgundy shimmer. It does tend to look more like a creme in dimmer light, but in bright light, it has so much depth and looks simply beautiful. Rating: 4.5/5.

Check out my previous post on China Glaze’s X and Lubu Heels for a comparison, or my next post on Sally Hansen’s Glossy for another similar polish.

Avon โ€” Fall 2007: Paisley, Herringbone & Tweed (NailWear) Swatch & Review

Avon’s new fall collection contains three new nail colours: Paisley, Herringbone and Tweed. The names themselves make me want to pull out the fall gear! Boots, wool skirts, sweaters and scarves! Ahh, it is fall once again: my favourite season of all.

Paisley is probably the most appealing colour of the three. It’s a rich plum-burgundy with plenty of shimmer, including a little touch of gold. The finish is almost frosty, but the polish still applies beautifully, with none of those annoying frost polish brush marks. It is fully opaque with two coats, but I prefer it with three for maximum depth of colour. Rating: 4.5/5.

Herringbone is not a good colour on me. I have bravely posted the photo, anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰ because it is still an interesting colour and there will be skintones out there that can pull this one off with aplomb. It’s a pale, putty-ish shade with taupe and beige tones. There is plenty of very fine, silver shimmer that gives this polish a satin finish. Since the polish is semi-opaque, you can easilu wear it as a sheer with one or two coats, or pile on a third for just about full opacity (which is what I did, to hide my stained nails, hee!). Rating: 3/5.

Finally, and I personally saved the best for last, is Tweed, Avon’s version of the ever-popular blackened red creme. Like all of the best vampy cremes I’ve tried, Tweed is a three-coater. Not a problem, especially since each coat applies very evenly. Regarding depth, Tweed lies somewhere in between Essie Wicked (darker) and Revlon Vixen (lighter). I find it to be much prettier than Revlon Vixen, because it doesn’t have that slightly muddy tone Vixen has on me. Compared with Wicked, Tweed is lighter and displays a more interesting balance of tones. Tweed’s definitely a blackened blood red, but it also has tones of burgundy, brown and plum.

Another thing I absolutely love about Tweed is that it is glossy as all get out! And that’s without a top coat, folks. Sigh…I can’t ask for more. This is a lovely polish! Knowing Avon, it’ll be discontinued soon, so I’ll probably pick up another extra…or two…Rating: 5/5. Yeppers.

And that’s it for now. I promise I will have a set of non-Avon polish coming up. There’s been a lot of Avon, hasn’t there?! (I swear I do not sell the stuff!)

Avon โ€” Cynthia Rowley’s 2007 Collection

Jillian Dempsey (of Delux Beauty) collaborated with Avon to release a colour collection earlier in the year. Now, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley is doing the same. The new collection includes the four nail colours. They’re mostly girly, spring-y colours.

Peony Pink is a sheer baby pink with very subtle fuchsia shimmer. It’s completely the wrong kind of colour for a warm, yellow-toned person like myself, but if you are neutral to cool, this is a cute one. I have a feeling I’ve seen something very similar to this, but of course I can’t think of it at the moment. Rating: 3.5/5.

Very Violet is another cool-toned shade. It’s a vibrant pink-violet creme that’s very fun and sweet, but beware if you have a golden skintone! Rating: 3.5/5.

Rose Petals is more of a neutral to warm shade of slightly mauve-toned rose. It’s hard to find interesting midtone cremes, and while I wouldn’t call this shade interesting, it’s certainly quite easy to wear. It’s subtle and subdued: a nice conservative option. Rating: 3.5/5.

Plum Orchid is, hands down, my favourite of the bunch! It’s a deep and luscious maroon-burgundy shimmer. It should be neutral enough for both cool and warm tones to wear. Rating: 4.5/5.

Overall, I like Avon’s nail polishes very much. They apply well, are reasonably well-pigmented, and wear well with good base and top coats. I certainly recommend these if you like any of the colours! These Cynthia Rowley polishes are limited edition, and come in the cutest boxes, too:

OPI โ€” Wine Me & Dine Me, Have You Seen My Limo, & Who Are You Wearing? (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Without further ado, here are my last three Holiday in Hollywood OPIs!

Wine Me & Dine Me is probably my favourite of the five Holiday OPIs I got. It’s a deep, rich, coppery-brown red shimmer and really quite stunning on the nail. Warm toned girls, run out and get this one! I also want to add that these new formulations are applying really well for me now…maybe I’m just getting used to them. The Pro-Wide brush helps a lot, too. I can now complete each coat with 1 main stroke and two smaller strokes along the sides. Rating: 4.5/5.

Have You Seen My Limo? is so shimmery that it is almost frosty. It’s a grape-y purple with light, silver-blue shimmer/frost, making it quite cool-toned. It’s nifty but not the best colour for a warm-toned girl like me. I’m not too partial to frosts, either, as they tend to show brush marks no matter how careful you are with the application. Rating: 3.5/5.

Finally, Who Are You Wearing? (I wonder if Joan Rivers got a complimentary bottle of this) is a deep, vampy purple shimmer. Nothing too exciting, to be honest. It’s probably neutral enough for both cool and warm tones to wear. Purple lovers will definitely want it. Rating: 4/5.

And, since I already had WAYW on my nails, I did a quick comparison of it alongside some other recent OPI blue/purple polishes: Russian Navy, OPI Ink., and Light My Sapphire.


Swatches: Revlon

Sorry for the delay in getting a few of the OPI Hollywood swatches out, but here are a few pretty Revlons for now… Na-nah!

Autumn Berry, in Revlon’s core line, is a rich, shimmery browned burgundy, just shy of being a vampy. It’s probably one of the most gorgeous polishes in the day-to-day drugstore selection! Rating: 4.5/5.

Wild One. This one has probably been discontinued, but it’s worth picking up if you chance upon it in a liquidation store. It’s deeper and winier than Autumn Berry. Perfect for fall and winter. Rating: 4.5/5.

Valentine is another core colour. Revlon has always made beautiful reds, and this is my personal favourite. It’s a lovely, medium, neutral red creme. Classic. Rating: 4.5/5.

Cherries in the Snow, yet another core shade, is a rich and vibrant pinked red creme. It’s highly pigmented, luscious, and seems equally perfect for hot summer days and crisp, snowy ones. This one is calling to my toes…Rating: 4.5/5.

Raisin Rage is also a core shade, and it’s probably a bit plummier in bright sunlight than it shows up in my photos. I’ll just blame the weather here! A nice, raisin-brown creme that stops just short of being vampy. Rating: 4/5.

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

Whoops, I wore and loved L’Orรฉal’s Pro Manicure nail polish in Lady Luck last week and forgot to take a photo of it. It’s a beaut, trust me!

Today, I am wearing Anastasia by Zoya. The Zoyas I’ve tried all seem to have this slightly sticky texture which isn’t exactly bad…just different. It definitely takes a bit of getting used to. I do love the rich, highly-pigmented formula, though.

Anastasia is a bit of a chameleon. It’s a deep brown with rich gold metallic shimmer under warm indoor lighting, with hints of burgundy. In bright sunlight, however, it turns very burgundy with hints of brown and purple, and the same lush shimmer. Perfect for a sunny October day. Rating: 4/5.