Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Peony / Pivoine

Yves Rocher — Peony / Pivoine (Botanical Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Rocher 2015 Summer, Botanical Colour Nail Polish [Launch]

So, I’ve been completely smitten by Yves Rocher’s new line of Botanical Colour Nail Polish and I’ve taken advantage of their many sales and ordered even more colors. I mean, they end up coming in at around CA$3 a pop. What’s not to love?

Today, I’m reviewing Peony / Pivoine (33), a deep, vampy plum cream.

When I think of peonies, I usually imagine something like this:

peonies
Image: whatabloom.com

Yet, Yves Rocher are clearly thinking of peonies like this:

peony flower
Image: Bobby Mikul, publicdomainpictures.net

I didn’t even know peonies came in such gorgeous, rich colors!

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Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Fig / Figue

Yves Rocher — Fig / Figue (Botanical Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Rocher 2015 Summer, Botanical Colour Nail Polish [Launch]

So, I’ve been completely smitten by Yves Rocher’s new line of Botanical Colour Nail Polish and I’ve taken advantage of their many sales and ordered even more colors. I mean, they end up coming in at around CA$3 a pop. What’s not to love?

Today, I’m reviewing Fig / Figue (32), a deep, but not vampy, plummy purple cream. In dimmer light, like on an overcast day, it reads less reddish and looks more like a neutral purple. Bright sunlight brings out more of the plummy red tones. It’s almost a perfect purple: neither too red nor too blue.

Figs
Figs. Image: lahainagrill.wordpress.com

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Throwback Thursday! Elizabeth Arden — Fleet St. Plum (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Elizabeth Arden

It may surprise some of you to know that Elizabeth Arden once carried an excellent line of nail polish! I can’t say for sure when it was launched, but around perhaps 2007, I found them being clearanced at a local beauty supply and bought up a metric buttload. I may have purchased some additional ones online, as well.

I can only assume that the line was produced for their Red Door beauty salons, because I never saw them at Elizabeth Arden cosmetic counters in department stores.

The bottle’s label doesn’t actually have a product name on it, so I’m just calling it “Nail Lacquer”, since whenever Elizabeth Arden releases a couple of random nail polishes (I have a super old GWP bottle and also found that they released two polishes last year, for some reason), that’s what they’re called.

The first one I’m swatching for this blog under Throwback Thursday is Fleet St. Plum (5600-54). Elizabeth Arden’s polishes from this product line all seemed to be named after streets or cities. I initially thought that they were named for New York City streets, since that’s the city in which the company was based, but they also have some polishes called La Jolla Cream and Verona True Love, so who knows. I’m not familiar enough with NYC to know whether La Jolla and Verona happen to be places there.

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OPI — Dutch ’Ya Just Love OPI? (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2012 Spring/Summer, Holland

Every time I buy a newer OPI, I am slightly disappointed. Honestly, it has been a while since I’ve been wowed by the brand that I used to love so much, pre-reformulation and pre-Pro-Wide brush. To be fair, I have gotten more used to the Pro-Wide brush, and even though I still don’t like it (it’s just too wide and I have small nails), it doesn’t aggravate me like it did in the early years.

My most recently acquired OPI is the inappropriately named Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI (well, I only just said I didn’t!) from the Holland collection. Now, I usually do like OPI’s ridiculous, punny names, but why is there an apostrophe before the “Ya”? WHY?! Also, while I’m being nitpicky, Holland is not technically the term for the country known as the Netherlands. Unless, of course, OPI intended to have the collection refer to specifically the western part of the Netherlands.

But, I know you’re only here for the nail polish, not grammar and geography, so I’ll get on with it! Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI (NL H55) is a medium-to-medium-deep plummy purple with fine, golden bronze shimmer. Better, right?

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Hard Candy Nail Color (20th Anniversary) in Zombie

Hard Candy — Zombie (20th Anniversary Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Hard Candy, Summer 2015, 20th Anniversary

This week, I’m reviewing the five Hard Candy 20th Anniversary Nail Colors I recently bought. The packaging for this collection is a throwback to the old school Hard Candy polish bottles, and it was the main reason I was keen to pick them up! The five I got are Claws Up!, Coconut, Mint, Scam (all re-releases from the original polishes), and Zombie (one of three new shades).

Today’s final Hard Candy 20th Anniversary review is for Zombie, one of the three new shades in the collection. It’s a vampy, plummy, browned-burgundy shimmer.

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Revlon — Super Lustrous Lipstick (Pearl) Megapost

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks are my favorite drugstore lip products, and I have many of them thanks to the occasional CA$3.99 sales that pop up at my local drugstores. They come in four finishes: Crème, Pearl, and the newer Matte and Shine finishes. I do not own any of the Matte ones, yet. Today’s post is for the Pearl finish, which ranges from shimmery to frosty. Some are sheerer and others are more opaque, as well.

This post contains swatches of 22 Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Pearl) in Abstract Orange, Blushed, Blushing Mauve, Cherry Blossom, Coffee Bean, Copperglow Berry, Fuchsia Fusion, Goldpearl Plum, Iced Amethyst, Icy Violet, Peach Me, Pink Pearl, Plum Baby, Plumalicious, Red Lacquer, Rose & Shine, Rosedew, Smoky Rose, Softsilver Rose, Spicy Cinnamon, Violet Frenzy, and Wine With Everything (Pearl).

Any future Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Pearl) I swatch will be added to this post. Reviews will also be added.

Please note that Revlon have strangely included some slightly shimmery shades (e.g., Blushing Nude and Demure) in the Crème category, rather than place them under the Pearl label. On the other side of the coin, Red Lacquer is included here even though it basically has no shimmer.

Packaging:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
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Revlon — Super Lustrous Lipstick (Shine) Megapost

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks are my favorite drugstore lip products, and I have many of them thanks to the occasional CA$3.99 sales that pop up at my local drugstores. They come in four finishes: Crème, Pearl, and the newer Matte and Shine finishes. I do not own any of the Matte ones, yet, but I will have swatch posts coming out soon for the other three finishes. Today’s post is for the Shine finish, which is sheer and glossy.

This post contains swatches of eight Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Shine) in Berry Couture, Carnival Spirit, Foxy Lady, Lovers Coral, Pink Sizzle, Plum Velour, Rich Girl Red, and Terra Copper.

Any future Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Shine) I swatch will be added to this post. Reviews will also be added.

Packaging:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
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