Halloween 2007: Oranges

Pumpkin oranges and golds:

CoverGirl Candy Corn

Orly Cha Cha Cha

Sally Hansen So Poppy

CND Flounce


Here’s Sally Girl’s Amped, which is a bit of a neon, hence the matte finish, and reminds me a lot of a certain snackfood…

Halloween 2007: Greens

Here’s a selection of greens that are currently available for your Halloweening pleasure. I’ll have different holiday colours posted later today…

Have a ghastly day…for now…

CND – Okey
Dokey Artichokey

Green With Envy

118A Big Money

Key Lime Shine

Icing by Claire’s



And, of course, you can also go back to the Sally Hansen and NYC Halloween collections posted earlier in the month.

Creative Nail Design (CND) Polishes

I’ve compiled a list of CND polishes, which you can access from the Links box.

Please note that the URL of the Essie nail polish list has been updated. Just a little re-organization! The OPI mini list will probably be getting a revisit soon, as well.

CND โ€” Crimson Uprising (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Maybe it should be “NOTW”. Anyway.

I got Crimson Uprising a few weeks ago and finally got around to wearing it last week. And now I am finally posting a review and photo of it. I am so not on the ball.

Crimson Uprising is a bee-yoo-tee-full red shimmer. Just when I think I have every red shimmer under the sun, something like this gets released! It’s a cool-toned red, with heavy pinked-red shimmer. In bright light (like in the indoor photo) it is very shimmery, almost brash! In dimmer light, it can look quite dark and serious, with subtle shimmer. Creative’s colours often impress me due to their lush, rich pigmentation; Crimson Uprising is no exception. And, for a cool-toned shade, I think it works really well on me. ๐Ÿ™‚Rating: 4.5/5.

Vampy burgundy creme comparisons

I had a little spare time yesterday and did a quick swatching session.

The first batch compares Essie Sole Mate, Chanel Vamp/Rouge Noir (my bottle has both names printed on its label), Revlon Vixen, CND Limited Edition, and China Glaze Pretty in Patent.

Sole Mate and Vamp are very close, except that SM is more purple and Vamp is more brown. Vixen and Pretty in Patent are very close, almost twins; both are redder than Vamp and SM and a shade or so lighter. Limited Edition is about the same tone as Vixen and PiP, but it’s a shade or so darker, a tiny bit plummier, and has very subtle “invisible” shimmer.

  • Indirect sunlight, 1 coat
  • Indirect sunlight, 2 coats
  • Indirect sunlight, 3 coats
  • Indoor light, 3 coats

The second batch swatches compares IsaDora Midnight Red, Chanel Vamp/Rouge Noir (again, for better comparison across the two sets of photos), Essie Wicked, Orly Naughty, and L’Orรฉal Stroke of Midnight.

IsaDora Midnight Red and L’Orรฉal Stroke of Midnight are twinny, and if I recall correctly, Urban Decay Brick House is also very close to these. They’re deep, not-quite-blackened burgundy-reds. Wicked and Naughty are very close and I’d consider them twins. They’re more burgundy-toned and blackened. Vamp is a hair darker than Wicked and Naughty, and is clearly more of a browned red than a burgundy red. Next to the others, it looks positively brown.

  • Indirect sunlight, 1 coat
  • Indirect sunlight, 2 coats
  • Indirect sunlight, 3 coats
  • Indoor light, 3 coats

So there you have it: my collection of nail polishes that are probably too close to justify owning all of them. Most of these differences are not noticeable unless you are in bright light. I’d have to say my favourites of the nine are Essie Sole Mate, Chanel Vamp/Rouge Noir, Essie Wicked/Orly Naughty, and CND Limited Edition.