China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Queen, Please!, swatch

China Glaze — Queen, Please! (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Fall, Happily Never After (Halloween)

2017-10-27 EDIT: I’ve layered Queen, Please! over Crown for Whatever, and added the swatch photos at the end of this review. Worth it.

This is another stunner from China Glaze’s recently released Halloween-themed collection. I’ve previously reviewed Sin-derella, which is drop dead gorgeous.

Queen, Please! (84079) is a sheer but extremely shimmery, pale pinked champagne microglitter with a golden mint flash.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Queen, Please!

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The Face Shop Trendy Nails Duo Marvel 2017 Collection, Spidy & Thunder Storm (Spider-Man & Thor)

The Face Shop — Thunder Storm (Trendy Nails Duo, Marvel Collection) Review

Collection: The Face Shop 2017 Summer, Marvel

Over the summer, The Face Shop released a collection of makeup and nail polish in collaboration with Marvel! The characters included in the nail polish were Black Widow, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor. Captain America’s logo was used for some of the makeup items (they were super cool-looking—kind of wish I’d picked up one of the palettes!). You can see the collection here.

I hadn’t tried The Face Shop’s nail polishes before, or any of their makeup at all, so I didn’t feel like going whole hog and ordering all four Trendy Nails Duos. I picked up two: Spidy (Spider-Man) and Thunder Storm (Thor). No idea why they didn’t just go with the original character names. And Spidey’s misspelled, to boot!

Anyway. The packaging is nice, and makes for collectible items:

The Face Shop Trendy Nails Duo Marvel Collection, Spider-Man and Thor

The Face Shop Trendy Nails Duo Marvel Collection, Spider-Man and Thor

Each Duo comes with two small bottles of polish.

The Face Shop Trendy Nails Duo Marvel Collection, Thunder Storm (Thor)

Thunder Storm (02) comes with a magenta and green flake topper (1) and a soft metallic gold (2).

Purple and green seems better suited to the Hulk, but for whatever reason they went with Thor, instead. I’d have gone with a silver and red flake for the Norse
god—seems more obvious, no?

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New Release: SinfulColors — Luck of the Stylish (Spring 2017)

Collection: SinfulColors 2017 Spring, Luck of the Stylish

SinfulColors’ St. Patrick’s Day collection is delightfully named Luck of the Stylish.

It consists of 4 new shades and 4 repromotes in the regular Nail Color line:

  • Works Like a Charm (mint green glitter)
  • Queen of Green (shimmering emerald)
  • I’m Clover It (topper clover-loaded with holographic shamrock-shaped glitters)
  • Gilded Goddess (glittering gold metallic)
  • San Francisco (Repromote, forest green metallic)
  • Rise & Shine (Repromote; touch of teal)
  • Mint Apple (Repromote; shimmers of gold in a minty jade)
  • Green Ocean (Repromote; magical green glitter flakes)

Works Like a Charm, Queen of Green, I’m Clover It

Gilded Goddess, San Francisco (repromote), Rise & Shine (repromote)

Mint Apple (repromote), Green Ocean (repromote)

Happy shopping!

[Images: sinfulcolors.com]

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Deborah Lippmann — Glamorous Life (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Brand: Deborah Lippmann

I don’t know exactly when this shade was released, but a quick Google tells me that the earliest online reviews are from 2011, and that Deborah Lippmann spent ages trying to get a nail polish to match a rose gold Rolex watch. That is exactly the kind of dedication I like in my nail polish brands!

Rolex Day-Date watch in Everrose Gold
Rolex Day-Date in Everrose Gold
Image: rolex.com

As a result, Glamorous Life—pity she didn’t go with a horologically-inspired name—is less of a pink rose gold and more of a classic jewelry rose gold. It’s not basically pink (see The Semiotics of “Rose Gold”), but a regular yellow gold that’s been slightly warmed up with the addition of some copper, making it less brassy and more bashful.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life
Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life

It’s weird when I Google for images of this polish, because a few of them look quite blush pink, and the others look more like mine, a soft gold, or maybe a touch copper. It could be that the color has changed over the years, but I don’t really remember this bottle looking especially pink when I got it, either. It also looks gold in the photos by a couple of bloggers who swatched back in 2011/12, so maybe I’ll just chalk it all up to lighting differences. I can’t see my bottle looking very pink under any lights, though. Batch inconsistencies could be a culprit, too.

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Pure Ice Shine with Gel Tech Nail Polish in Good Glistener, swatch

Pure Ice — Good Glistener (Shine with Gel Tech Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Pure Ice 2016, Shine with Gel Tech Nail Polish [Launch]

Pure Ice, a brand developed with and exclusive to Walmart, is one that I haven’t tried very much in the past. I think I may have owned one or two before I recently bought this one.

Shine with Gel Tech Nail Polish is their newer line of nail polish. I believe their regular Nail Color line is still available, but it’s not on Walmart Canada’s website.

Good Glistener (1280) is a semi-opaque light taupe with gold shimmer.

Pure Ice Shine with Gel Tech Nail Polish in Good Glistener
Pure Ice Shine with Gel Tech Nail Polish in Good Glistener

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Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!, swatch

Essie — Oh Behave! (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Winter

Last December, I picked up three of Essie’s Winter 2016 polishes from Shoppers Drug Mart when they were supposed to be on sale for CA$7.99. I suspect that because they were from the new collection, they rang up at regular price. I asked if they could check the price in the flyer, and they kindly honored it for me, which was cool. The shades I got were Oh Behave!, Party on a Platform, and Satin Sister.

Today, I’m reviewing Oh Behave! (1006)†. Essie describes it as a “minx peach frost”. It’s a very Essie shade to me: a semi-sheer pinked copper with warm golden shimmer. There’s a hint of milkiness to the color, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a pastel. I say it’s semi-sheer because you can easily wear it with one or two coats to get a sheer look, but it gets just about opaque with three coats as I have in my swatch.

[† The code is 1890 on my bottle sold at Shoppers Drug Mart. The retail bottles have shade name-and-code stickers on top of the bottle cap and a clear sticker on the front that says “Essie Nail Lacquer”. Essie bottles made for salons have an embossed “e” on top of the bottle cap, no clear logo sticker on the side of the bottle, and a shade name-and-code sticker on the bottom of the bottle. The salon sticker also folds out with an ingredient list, but I’ve never peeled it off as I like to keep the labels intact. The retail packaging also displays either no shade code or a different shade code from the salon packaging. I wish they wouldn’t do this! Currently, I just keep the salon codes in the database, but I should probably try to update it with the retail codes, too.]

Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave! (retail bottle)
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave! (retail bottle)

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Let's Shell-ebrate (over Eat, Pink, Be Merry), swatch

China Glaze — Let’s Shell-ebrate (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I recently picked up a 6-pack of minis from China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection, Seas & Greetings.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)

Let’s Shell-ebrate (83782, though the mini has a different code) is a glitter topper with purple and gold confetti.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Let's Shell-ebrate
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Let’s Shell-ebrate

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