Orly Nail Lacquer in Feel the Funk, swatch

Orly — Feel the Funk (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Orly 2016 Spring, Melrose

Feel the Funk is the second of two Orlys I got from Melrose, their Spring 2016 collection (Window Shopping is the other). I was under the impression that one was a pink holo glitter and one was a cranberry cream, but there was some kind of mistake. On Orly’s website, Feel the Funk looks pink (3rd from right), and Window Shopping looks pinkish-red (farthest right):


Feel the Funk (20868), described by Orly as an “ultra holographic glitter”, is actually more soft lavender than intense pink. They’re spot-on with the holographic glitter, though: holographic rainbow glitter that I’d class in the microglitter size is suspended throughout the polish in the perfect amount. It’s more than a bit princess-y looking, but I love it!

Orly Nail Lacquer in Feel the Funk

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Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Holy Chic!, swatch

Color Club — Holy Chic! (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Color Club 2014 Spring, Paris in Love

I scored a pack of six Color Club polishes, plus a clear top coat, marked down to CA$5 at Winners.

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer, Paris in Love collection

The Color Club packs sold at Winners are typically unlabeled, but the colors all looked like the ones in Color Club’s Spring 2014 Paris in Love collection. I’ll have to label the bottles myself.

Holy Chic! (1040) is a pastel lavender cream with a strong periwinkle blue tone. The overall look is a touch subtle, with a hint of dustiness.

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Misa Nail Lacquer in Sunrise Dew, swatch

Misa — Sunrise Dew (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Misa 2014 Fall, Warm Days

Here’s another Misa, from my haulage late last year.

It’s a lesson to me to do a little research before I place orders, because it turns out that Sunrise Dew is a matte! I hate mattes! Hahaha—don’t get me wrong—I like the look, but it always drives me batty to feel the matte finish on my nails. It’s like hearing nails on a chalkboard, or metal clanking against metal.

I will admit, however, that Sunrise Dew is a bit smoother, and therefore is not as horrible-feeling to me as some other mattes are. This one I can actually sort of stand. Kind of. Well, I slapped a shiny top coat over it, anyway. But I did take the swatch shots before I did that!

Sunrise Dew is a pale lavender heather packed with superfine frost. Possibly due to the matte finish, it doesn’t have the crazy streakiness that many frosts have. Under certain lighting, you can also see that the shimmer has a slight iridescence. Very pretty, if a bit subtle.

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Aerie Nail Polish in So. Much. Fun., swatch

Aerie — So. Much. Fun. (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Aerie

I was recently in the market for some new undies, and so, as I’ve done for the last several years, I hit up my local Aerie for their 7 pairs for CA$28. While there, I noticed a few beauty products like Tonymoly masks and some Aerie-branded nail polish. Of course, my impulse was to grab a nail polish, and here it is for today’s swatch.

So. Much. Fun. (French translation: Tellement. Amusant.) is a soft pastel lavender with fine, subtle silver shimmer. The shimmer is on the sparser side, so the finish doesn’t seem like a full-blown shimmer.

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Deborah Lippmann Collection Nail Color in Weekend In New England

Throwback Thursday! Lippmann Collection — Weekend In New England (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Brand: Deborah Lippmann (probably 1999 Launch)

When celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann first launched her eponymous nail polish line in 1999, it was called Lippmann Collection and the polish was Nail Color. Today, the product is Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer, and the bottle has stayed pretty much the same apart from a matte black cap versus the old mirrored silver cap.

To be honest, I’ve never thought that Ms. Lippmann’s polish formula, old or new, warranted the higher-than-average price tag. You’re basically paying for a fancy bottle (and it is a very nice bottle!) and a brand name, right? The catch is, of course, that the colors released by this brand are almost always so well-executed and on trend! I see Deborah Lippmann polish as a less expensive Chanel polish: reasonable formula, luxe packaging, higher price, and exceptional colors.

Deborah Lippmann Collection Nail Color in Weekend In New England, with box

This week’s Throwback Thursday swatch is Weekend In New England (named, as most Lippmann shades are, for a song: in this case, Barry Manilow’s 1976 hit—and Captain Jack Harkness covered it in 2007!), a rosy mauve with fine lavender shimmer that gives it a frosty sheen. It’s not terribly in-fashion at the moment, but I’m pretty sure it was when it was released back around 1999.

Of course, to me, this color conjures up nothing about a weekend in New England! Maybe Barry Manilow wore a lot of mauve?

A New England scene in autumn, Vermont
A New England (Vermont) scene in autumn. Image: hookedoneverything.com

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Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Wisteria

Crabtree & Evelyn — Wisteria (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Around this time last year, I posted a review for three Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquers: Black Tulip, Sky, and Wisteria. Since I’ve been trying to reswatch, I thought I’d start with these, since I feel they’re still a bit under the radar.

Collection: Crabtree & Evelyn 2013, Nail Lacquer [Launch]

Wisteria is a pretty smoked periwinkle-lavender with silver shimmer.

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Essence — Oh My Glitter! (Colour & Go Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Essence

Essence Cosmetics is a low-priced brand that I’ve seen at my local pharmacy for a couple of years now, and I’ve only recently tried out a couple of their products: a pencil sharpener and a nail polish (naturally!).

Oh My Glitter! (133) is a pretty, midtoned lavender with pink and purple shimmer. Despite the name, it isn’t actually glittery.

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