It’s rare for me to find my name in a cosmetic item—even though I really do not have an uncommon English name—and I almost always buy a similar-named one when I see it. Over the years, I’ve picked up NARS Christina lipstick and nail polishes Zoya Christinna, NYX Christine, and Julep Chrissy, Christi, and Christa. Only one of those is my actual name!
So, when Julep ran a $4 charity sale back in September, I took the opportunity to pick up Christa, which was originally released in a 2015 Mystery Box. Julep calls it a “Purple Twilight Liquid Holographic.”
Julep’s stock photos make this look pinker than it is; to me, it’s a more neutral—and probably even bluer—purple with a silvery finish. The holo is on the subtler side, so in some light it just looks like a silver purple shimmer. In bright sunlight, you’ll see a stronger pink shift and soft holo effect.
Everyone is getting in on the unicorn action, these days, and Revlon are the newest ones to release unicorn-themed cosmetics in the form of nail polish! Aww yeah.
I bought two of them at what I thought was full price, which really goes to show how cute these are, ’cause I generally despise buying stuff at full price. Revlon Nail Enamels are usually about C$9 at Rexall (I know, what?!) but I did have a $5 coupon, so I bought two holographic shades from the new HoloChrome collection.
It turns out that they must have been on sale, even as products from a new display, and they rang up at $6.79 instead. Woohoo! Fairy Dust and Unicornicopia were mine at, after the coupon, under $5 a pop!
Also, the next day, I stopped by a Shoppers Drug Mart location that I don’t often visit and saw the same display. The makeup gods must have known that I’m on a shopping spree this month, because Revlon polishes were on sale for $5.99. I picked up two more—Galactic Pink and Hologasm—and I think that’ll be it for me from this collection, as the rest are chromes, not my favorite finish.
The HoloChromes collection polishes all come with a silvery holographic sticker around the cap.
Today I have another Essie Gel Couture color sent by one of my favorite online nail polish stores, Nail Polish Canada.
Twill Seeker (80) is from the original Spring 2016 launch, in particular the Atelier collection. It’s one of the shades that definitely caught me eye, as it’s a little different from most of the other Gel Couture shades, which tend to come in cream finishes. This one is a vampy greyed purple with veins of fine green shimmer.
Purple and green combinations are not too unusual these days, but this is a really gorgeously executed version, with an inky purple and subtle glints of green.
Crown for Whatever (84083) is a deep, indigo purple with extremely subtle, fine fuchsia shimmer. It dries matte. I am not usually a huge fan of the matte look, but this one is quite striking and I probably the first matte I’d consider wearing without a glossy top coat over it!
Bit of trivia: I have never seen a Friday the 13th movie! (Well, unless you count the crossover movie Freddy vs. Jason.) I think this month, I should catch up on my classic slasher films. I haven’t watched any horror movies this October, at all!
Anyway, today’s polish is as far as you can get from horrifying. It’s from Nails Inc.’s Sparkle Like a Unicorn Nail Polish Duo. Pretty much everyone has jumped onto that shiny unicorn bandwagon, these days! I can’t say I hate it: I love me some iridescent nail polish, and purple and rainbows and stuff. Also, it’s produced My Little Pony makeup collaborations (yes, I have a mini set of the China Glaze MLP polishes, and I have the ColourPop MLP palette on order), so you’ll hear no complaints from me.
China Glaze recently released their Halloween-themed collection, which incorporates some clever fairy tale darkness. (Seriously, those original fairy tales are pretty gruesome!)
Sin-derella (84080) is a shimmery shade with loads of iridescence. The base color is a beige-y taupe, but it picks up a slightly olive tone with the addition of some fine gold shimmer. It also contains a load of pink shimmer that, in combination with taupe, gives it the look of lavender.