SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

Throwback Thursday! SinfulColors — Mint Apple (Nail Colour) Swatch & Review

Brand: SinfulColors

Today’s Throwback Thursday polish is Mint Apple (947), which I first posted about last week.

I don’t actually know when it was first released, but it has reviews on MUA going back to 2010, so it’s at least that old. It remains in Sinful’s core collection.

It’s a happy-looking light jade green with icy silver shimmer. Super pretty, and only a couple of bucks at the drugstore. What’s not to like?

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple

The formula is reasonably easy to apply and fully opaque with two coats.

I think this is a unique enough color to pick up, considering how inexpensive it is!

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, label

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, label

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SinfulColors Nail Colour, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP US$1.99 / CA$2.99. They are made in the USA and are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

SinfulColors was founded in 1991. The company was acquired by New York, NY, USA-based Revlon in 2011, so they can no longer be considered cruelty-free.

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🇺🇸Company based in USA

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Vert Époque, swatch

L’Oréal — Vert Époque (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Spring 2017, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line. I’m happy to report that they’ve released several new shades for the spring, and while I haven’t been able to find all of them in stores by me—I’ve only seen two or three, one being a plain black cream, Noir Noir—I did manage to pick up one lonely new shade.

Here’s Vert Époque (770), a gorgeous midtoned turquoise cream. It’s bright enough to be spring-y, yet subdued enough to be effortlessly chic. This could very well be my new pedi shade for the spring!

The shade name literally means “green era/epoch”, though I’m unsure whether there’s a more specific meaning in French.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, swatch

Sally Hansen — Pardon My Garden (Complete Salon Manicure) Swatch & Review

Brand: Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line is a funny one for me. I often find myself attracted to the well-executed, trendy colors, but there are many things about the formula and packaging that I dislike. Add to that the unreasonably high price—comparable to superior drugstore options in Essie and L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile—and I’m rarely keen to purchase from this line.

Despite my misgivings, I did recently pick up a few more of these, so today’s polish is Pardon My Garden (530), a pale mint green cream with a hint of blue.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden

I freely admit that I mostly bought this one for the name! It’s cute, isn’t it? Plus, pale greens are nice and spring-y, aren’t they?

Sadly, a clever name and an Easter theme aren’t enough to save this polish from a scathing review.

I hate the Complete Salon Manicure brush, firstly. It’s too big, too thick, too unevenly cut (seriously? priced like Essie and you can’t provide a good brush?!), and the brush stem is very wide so it collects way too much polish. I’m constantly having to wipe down the stem on the inner bottle neck, but because the stem is flat and wide, it’s not possible to wipe a lot of the polish off on the small, round neck. So when I’m applying, there’s a constant stream of unwanted polish flowing down onto the brush.

Next, the formula is a bit too goopy. I know it’s a very whitened pastel, which normally is a pain to apply, so I am a bit more understanding here. But the brush is just so bad that it makes this polish that much harder to apply when the formula is not nice and smooth.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, swatch
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, swatch

On the positive side, the pigmentation and coverage are good. Two coats are needed, mostly to try to smooth out the polish. As you can see in my swatches, the polish still does look a little lumpy and uneven.

With a good brush, I think this polish would have performed at least 50% better, but as it is, I really am not a fan.

Unless you really have your heart set on the color, give this one a miss.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, label
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, label

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy contains 0.5 US fl oz / 14.7 mL and retails for around US$7.99 / CA$9.95. The formula is free from toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Sally Hansen’s website states that Sally Hansen and her husband developed a Hard as Nails nail treatment in the late 1950s. (This begs to differ! How odd.) Sally Hansen, the company, was purchased by Coty Inc. in 1997 when the cosmetics giant acquired Del Laboratories, which owned brands like Sally Hansen, La Cross, and NYC (New York Color). Coty itself was founded in Paris, France in 1904; today it is headquartered in New York, NY, USA. Coty is the world’s third largest cosmetics company, with brands like OPI, Rimmel, and leading fragrances (including Calvin Klein, Chloé, and Marc Jacobs) in its portfolio.

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🇺🇸Company based in USA

New Release: Zoya — Grassy Lips & Nails (April 2017)

Here’s the link. I’m not into fuzzy, textured makeup at all, so I’m definitely going to take a pass on this set!

It’s available on Earth Day, 2017.

Happy Shopping!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel in Amande défilé, swatch

Bourjois — Amande défilé (So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️

Here’s the trailer to my new favorite Irish movie, Sing Street, which I mini-reviewed last month:


Brand: Bourjois

I tried Bourjois’ So Laque Nail Enamel many years ago, having picked one up on a trip to England. They’ve changed the product name slightly, but it’s still under the “So Laque” line and comes in the same bottle. Finally, last year, I got a new So Laque from Shoppers Drug Mart.

Amande défilé (04)—which translates to the lovely idea of an “almond parade”, and not anything to do with defiling!—is a beautiful pistachio green cream, very soft and the perfect kind of pastel to me—that is, with a base that isn’t too chalky white.

Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel in Amande défilé
Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel in Amande défilé

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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]

Burberry Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Dark Forest Green, swatch

Burberry — Dark Forest Green (Iconic Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Burberry 2016 Summer

Happy Holidays!

I won’t be posting much next week, due to the holidays, so I would like to just wish everybody a wonderful and safe holiday season! Keep warm and be merry! Let’s hope that 2017 brings us all some much needed hope and joy.

Dark Forest Green (424) is a deep, vampy forest green shimmer that Burberry, somewhat oddly, released over the summer. The color has a very muted, greyed tone and subtle shimmer, so honestly, I think it’s a little boring. It makes a good winter shade, as it vaguely conjures images of fir trees lightly dusted with snow. It’s also a good choice for a more conservative look—if deep greens can now be considered conservative shades!

Burberry Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Dark Forest Green
Burberry Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Dark Forest Green

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