It has been ages since I bought anything from Claire’s, the girls’ jewelry and accessories store that seems ubiquitous in North American malls. (I just took a peek at their Wikipedia page and it turns out that they may be fairly ubiquitous in European malls, too! Are there many malls in Europe? There are some photos of standalone Claire’s stores in the UK and France on that page—it’s hard for me to process a Claire’s that does not reside in a mall!)
In any case, I stopped into my local Claire’s on a whim a little before Halloween to check out their nail polishes. To my surprise, there wasn’t much in the way of seasonal collections, but I did spot emoji and unicorn collections, so I snagged 6 of them. The deal was buy 3, get 3 free; for a while, I considered just getting two polishes, but then I would only be one away from three free ones, so obviously I got suckered into the whole shebang.
Claire’s polishes are pricier than I remember, but I guess it’s been probably at least five years since I’ve shopped here. The special collection colors were also a little more expensive at CA$7 instead of the regular CA$5.50.
Today, I have one from the unicorn collection, Unicorn PWR. Party Like a Unicorn (21780) is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s actually a sheer, medium rose pink shimmer with gold shimmer/microglitter. Still pretty, but not technically like rose gold.
Bonded (492) is long discontinued, but still one of the prettier reds I’ve ever come across. It’s a clean, clear candy apple red shot through with fine red and silver microglitter. The glitter is just dense enough to look sprinkled on, but not so sparse that it looks haphazard.
Yves Rocher’s 2016 Holiday collection consists of three shades in their Botanical Colour Nail Polish line, of which I’m a huge fan. Two appeared to be repromotes from their original launch, Sparkling Gold (which I already own) and Sparkling Silver, which is why I didn’t bother to get them.
However, upon closer inspection, it seems that they may be two different new shades with the same names, and they have different codes on Yves Rocher’s website. Argh! Why would you give them the same names as existing shades?!
Anyway, I have the third shade for you today, Sparkling Cranberry (97). The French name is Cranberry scintillant, which I find odd since Canadian bilingual packaging taught me that the French word for cranberry is canneberge! So, I don’t know what’s up with the half English, half French translation.
The shade is a surprisingly warm-toned medium red with fine gold shimmer—I normally associate “cranberry” cosmetic colors as deeper, cooler reds. But I suppose actual fresh cranberries are quite similar to this polish, aren’t they? A bit cooler red than warm red, though.
I recently picked up a few of Sally Hansen’s recently launched Color Therapy argan oil-infused nail polishes when they went on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart. My review of Powder Room covers the product line in more detail; I’ve also reviewed Slicks and Stones.
Is it just me or do the rose gold caps go with everything?
Therapewter (130) is a semi-sheer metallic microglitter that a beautiful antiqued silver color, with more than a hint of greenish, old gold. It can look like a tarnished pewter, though it actually reminds me a little bit more of pyrite, a.k.a. fool’s gold.
After trying my first Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, Champagne Socialite, I was pretty smitten and took advantage of a 35% off Ipsy coupon code to order some more. Later, I saw that Ipsy released a second coupon for 40% off, so now I have a lot of Trust Fund Beauty polishes to swatch.
Ordering from Trust Fund Beauty, from Canada
For Canadians, TFB ship from Canada, so you only have to pay Québec tax and shipping costs—no customs fees. I believe they have warehouses in the US (and their website pricing is all in USD), so US orders ship from within that country.
Haulage from Trust Fund Beauty
For order #1, I used an Ipsy code for 35% off. I ordered one full-sized polish (17 mL) and one set of six minis (3 mL each):
Resting Bitch Face (full-sized; couldn’t not get this for the name!)
Got Yacht? (mini)
I Give Good Tweet (mini)
Game Changer (mini)
Major Eye Roll (mini)
Champagne Problems (mini)
Denim with Diamonds (mini)
The polishes all come in paper boxes. This is the only actual complaint—and it’s a very minor one—that I have with TFB: while their bottles and brushes are very nice, the boxes and sticker labels on the bottom of the bottles seem a bit cheap. I normally keep my polish boxes (like for Chanel, Illamasqua, etc.) but I tossed the TFB boxes. The print on them is cute, but the boxes just look a bit disheveled after being opened, and they’re not terribly sturdy, anyway. The minis are also too small for the box they come in, so they’re just sliding around in there.
I recently picked up a few of Sally Hansen’s recently launched Color Therapy argan oil-infused nail polishes when they went on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart. My review of Powder Room covers the product line in more detail.
I am normally drawn to creams, so I’m not sure how I ended up with two microglitters and a frost!
Today’s polish is reasonably in-keeping with a Halloween theme. For some reason, purple tends to get included in Halloween collections. I guess it goes nicely with black on vampires, coffins, spiders and cats.
Slicks and Stones (390) is a vampy purple with iridescent microglitter that flashes antique gold and medium purple.