SinfulColors Nail Colour in Nice Guise (Halloween 2016), swatch

SinfulColors — Nice Guise (Halloween 2016 Nail Colour) Swatch & Review

Collection: SinfulColors 2016 Halloween, Guise & Ghouls: Glowing Masquerade

Happy Halloween!

SinfulColors’ Guise & Ghouls collection for Halloween 2016 includes this limited edition shade in the aptly named “Chameleon Color” finish.

In the bottle, Nice Guise (2122) appears to be an inky ultramarine blue-black infused with teal and old gold microglitter. On the nail, the base is actually an intense but not-really-vampy blue.

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Nice Guise (Halloween 2016)

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New Release: Zoya — Urban Grunge (Fall/Winter 2016)

Collection: Zoya 2016 Fall/Winter, Urban Grunge

Zoya has released a new fall/winter collection, Urban Grunge, which consists of 6 one coat creams and 6 metallic holos!

The One Coat Cream shades are:

Zoya Urban Grunge (One Coat Creams) collection Fall/Winter 2016
Zoya Urban Grunge (One Coat Creams) collection, Fall/Winter 2016 Image: zoya.com
  • August, a gray cream
  • Mallory, a Prussian blue cream
  • Tara, a purple plum cream
  • Courtney, a deep red beet root cream
  • Wyatt, a true racing green cream
  • Noah, a mid-range taupe cream

And, I feel like the shade namers at Zoya have been watching a bit of Community…here are the Metallic Holos:

Zoya Urban Grunge (One Coat Creams) collection Fall/Winter 2016
Zoya Urban Grunge (One Coat Creams) collection, Fall/Winter 2016 Image: zoya.com
  • Alicia, a linear [silver] holo with a touch of gold
  • Troy, a liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold
  • Merida, a lush evergreen scattered holo
  • Finley, a deep royal purple scattered holo
  • Britta, a berry metallic with a red and purple fuchsia flash
  • Ash, a vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer
Donald Glover as Troy in Community Merida in Disney's Brave Gillian Jacobs as Britta in Community Bruce Campbell as Ash in Army of Darkness
Troy Merida Britta Ash

I’m loving Wyatt, Tara, Merida and Troy!

Happy shopping!

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Zoya Professional Lacquer retails for US$10 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. Zoya nail polishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor, and are made in the USA.

Zoya is part of Art of Beauty, a privately held company based in Cleveland, OH, USA.

Essie Nail Polish in Double Breasted Jacket, swatch

Essie — Double Breasted Jacket (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2013 Spring, Resort

I recently picked up this 2013 Resort collection Essie at a nice discount, and it’s just perfect for spring!

Essie calls Double Breasted Jacket (889) a “passionate tourmaline ruby”. It’s a beautifully clean, clear medium red with soft, azalea pink undertones. It looks like one of those reds that would look fantastic on all skintones, warm or cool.

Essie Nail Polish in Double Breasted Jacket

Double-breasted trench coat, red
Why don’t I have a red double-breasted jacket?
Image: modernblock168.com

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Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Gitane, swatch

Chanel — Gitane (Le Vernis Longwear) Swatch & Review

Collection: Chanel Spring 2016, Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour [Launch]

Guys, I’m in trouble.

Earlier this month, I picked up two of Chanel’s reformulated Le Vernis Nail Colour—now renamed Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour—in Gitane, a tomato red, and Roubachka, a vampy purple. I’ve only swatched Gitane so far, but it is love. True, unassailable love.

From Chanel:

The newly-renovated 5-free formula features Bioceramics and Ceramides to improve the quality of nails. In an arresting palette of 15 trend-setting shades, including bestselling cult favorites and daring new colours.

I’m not a Chanel expert, but some of the re-released shades include Rouge Noir, Vamp, Pirate, Shantung, Ballerina, and Particulière. I was kind of hoping for Black Satin and Lotus Rouge, but I guess they can wait. Incidentally, I no longer see the older polishes available at Chanel’s US site, so if there was an older shade you wanted, it might be prudent to pick it up sooner rather than later. My Shoppers Drug Mart, for example, still had loads of them in stock.

I’m not going to declare the entire line a huge success from just one shade, since, let’s be honest, red creams are typically the best-performing shades in any collection. Must be something about the pigments used…

But Gitane? It is hands down the best fiery red cream I have ever used, and I, as a red nail polish fiend, have tried many.

Gitane (510) is, as I said, a vibrant tomato red cream. It’s medium-toned and basically perfection. Intense but not scary, bright but not garish. Chanel almost always gets colors exactly right, and this is no exception.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Gitane
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Gitane

The name appears to be derived from the French for “gypsy woman”, according to Gitane, a French bicycle company.

The bottle is essentially the same as the old one, except the design on the front is slightly changed. I mentioned in my haul post that the polish shade name and number have moved from the front of the bottle to the back, leaving the front looking quite bare, as though it’s missing something.

The new brush is also different from the old one, which was long, round and on the skinny side. The new design doesn’t follow the current trend of massively wide, flat brushes: instead, it remains long and a little skinny, but it’s oval-shaped:

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Gitane, brush

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Gitane, brush

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Window Shopping, swatch

Orly — Window Shopping (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Orly 2016 Spring, Melrose

This is a newer Orly that I got from a recent NailSupplies.us order. I have neglected to review my Orlys for a long time (I’ve only swatched Prince Charming in the last several months), which is terrible of me because formula-wise, they can be really fantastic!

From Melrose, their Spring 2016 collection, I chose two shades: Feel the Funk and Window Shopping. 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):

orly-melrose-collection-2016-02

Turns out Window Shopping (20871) is a hot pink fuchsia, despite Orly describing and depicting it as a “raspberry creme”, and just about neon so it dries a bit matte! What the…

Orly Nail Lacquer in Window Shopping

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OPI Nail Lacquer in 5 Apples Tall, swatch

OPI — 5 Apples Tall (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2016 Spring, Hello Kitty

Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of Hello Kitty, so OPI’s spring collection this year wasn’t a great draw for me. However, I did notice that one shade was called 5 Apples Tall (NL H89) and I had to get it! (If you didn’t know, my fivezero handle refers to my height: a whopping five-foot-nothing!) Hello Kitty is apparently five apples tall and weighs three apples.

2015's Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit
2015’s Hello! Exploring the Supercute World
of Hello Kitty
40th Anniversary Exhibit.
Image: glamour.com

The color itself is not particularly unique: a shiny, perfectly happy red apple cream. It’s actually such a cute red (I’m not even quite sure how OPI have done it) that it’s making me like Hello Kitty… The red is nicely balanced between warm and cool, and is vibrant without being garish or neon. I can’t see this not looking awesome on anyone!

OPI Nail Lacquer in 5 Apples Tall

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Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Pearly Midnight Blue / Bleu nuit perlé, swatch

Yves Rocher — Pearly Midnight Blue / Bleu nuit perlé (Botanical Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Rocher 2015 Winter, Holiday

Yves Rocher released a collection of holiday shades in their new Botanical Colour Nail Polish line, which I’ve been loving! The collection also includes a loose flake glitter in rose gold.

I recently ordered the lot of them (apart from the flake glitter, which I’m just not into) when they went on sale. I’ve previously reviewed Frosted Pink Champagne / Champagne rosé givré (03) and Pearly Pink Champagne / Champagne rosé perlé (04), and today I’m reviewing a deeper blue shade from the collection.

Yves Rocher Holiday 2015 Botanical Color Nail Polish haulage
Yves Rocher Holiday 2015 Botanical Color Nail Polish haulage

Pearly Midnight Blue / Bleu nuit perlé (65) is a dark, cool-toned blue with frosty shimmer. It looks a little more multi-dimensional in the bottle, but on the nail, it’s just blue.

Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Pearly Midnight Blue / Bleu nuit perlé, bottle

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