Quick Photo — A Peek at Some of My Old Nail Polish

I haven’t opened either of these large shoeboxes in a very long time: they house a bunch of my older (pre-2010) drugstore nail polishes. I’m in the process of assembling some newly-acquired IKEA HELMER file cabinets which will become new homes for my polishes that currently reside in various boxes and bins.

I took a couple of shots of these boxes today. Recognize anything? And, yes, there are some StreetWears in that mostly-Revlon box!

fivezero's drugstore nail polish stash, mostly Revlon

fivezero's drugstore nail polish stash, mostly L'Oréal, Maybelline, Mary Kay, CoverGirl, Max Factor, Rimmel, Sally Girl, FingerPaints

P.S. The five Revlons in the featured image at the very top are new to me; I’ll be posting about that haul, shortly!

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Haulage! Makeup on the Cheap (Late 2015)

Late last year, I hauled a little more nail polish—and makeup— than I’d let on here. There’s no real rhyme or reason: I’m just sharing a bunch of cheapies that I picked up and haven’t yet shown to you guys!

ALMAY Lipstick, Lipgloss, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, and Foundation! Honest to goodness, I cannot remember the last time I purchased any makeup from drugstore stalwart Almay (who, incidentally, are owned by Revlon). The brand just seems so boring, doesn’t it? I did have some Almay nail polishes way back in the 90s—they weren’t very good, but the shimmery nude shades they offered were gorgeous—and I may have tried a random product here and there, but I can’t recall any other specifics. The sole reason I hauled Almay late last year was because my local Shoppers Drug Mart was clearancing the brand! Like, crazy cheap (ahem, for Canada).

  • Clear Complexion Makeup (CA$4.25) in 300 Naked
  • Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm (CA$2.62) in 950 Truffle Kiss
  • Eyeliner Pencil (CA$2.62) in 205 Black
  • Intense i-Color All Day Wear Powder Shadows (CA$3.12) in:
    • 105 Everyday Neutrals (Brown Eyes)
    • 125 Party Brights (Brown Eyes)
    • 140 Party Brights (Green Eyes)
  • Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks (CA$2.62) in:
    • 10 Berry (Light) [not pictured]
    • 20 Pink (Light) [not pictured]
    • 30 Nude (Light)
    • 50 Berry (Light/Medium)
    • 60 Pink (Light/Medium)
    • 70 Nude (Light/Medium)
    • 80 Red (Light/Medium)
    • 90 Berry (Medium)
    • 100 Pink (Medium)
    • 110 Nude (Medium)
    • 120 Red (Medium)

I despise the awkward numbering/naming systems they use for the eyeshadow and lipstick. I think this lack of imagination really contributes to Almay’s staid reputation, in my mind—not that this seems to affect the product quality! I’ve been using the Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in 80 Red (Light-Medium), and even though I’m not into the whole balmy lipstick thing, I think this is a really nice, dummy-proof red lipstick and I prefer it to the comparable Revlon and Maybelline products I’ve tried, which seem waxier to me. I feel like the Almay Butter Kiss Lipstick is just about up there with the Clinique Butter Shine Lipsticks. The Clear Complexion Makeup is also super nice—I think I might actually prefer it to my current favorite drugstore foundation, Revlon Nearly Naked in Nude! 300 Naked is a better skintone match for me, and it has a pump dispenser that the Revlon should really adopt. Ahh, thank goodness this product is still being carried by the Rexall near me. I probably won’t be able to pick it up again for $4 a bottle, though.Read More »

Rimmel Play Fast Quick Dry Nail Polish in Camouflage, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Rimmel — Camouflage (Play Fast Quick Dry Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Rimmel 2007, Underground

I haven’t reviewed too many Rimmels on my blog (the last one was Mintilicious) even though I’ve got quite a few that should be in the queue, particularly for Throwback Thursday.

So, today’s Throwback Thursday polish, chosen in part to celebrate Christmas Eve, is from Rimmel’s 2007 Underground collection from their short-lived Play Fast line.

Rimmel Play Fast Quick Dry Nail Polish in Camouflage, bottle

Camouflage (800) is less of an army green, as you might imagine from its name, and more of a Christmas tree green! It’s a bright, festive green with loads of fine shimmer. It is a warmer shade, with hints of light gold, but on the nail it looks just like a shiny green satin ribbon. It’s perfect for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day.

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Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Mintilicious

Rimmel — Mintilicious (60 Seconds Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Rimmel

I’ll be honest—this is the first Rimmel nail polish I have bought in many years! The last ones were probably the Underground Play Fast collection from 2007. They were awesome polishes (definitely doing them for Throwback Thursday sometime!).

However, recent reviews I’ve seen for the new Rita Ora collections have not been glowing.

But since I hadn’t tried Rimmel in such a long time, I thought I’d pick one up. I mean, they’re pretty cheap (~C$3), and I think the little bottles are really cute, anyway. I goofed, though, and picked up a color from the core collection instead of one from a Rita Ora collection. Pretty dumb, considering the Rita Oras have Rita Ora stickers on their caps, and the core colors have Union Jack stickers. I guess I really liked the color!

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Rimmel — Electric (LycraWear 10) Swatch & Review

Here’s a super fun sparkly dark blue for you guys! Rimmel LycraWear 10 +Minerals (yes, that’s the full name of this line) in Electric. Gorgeous, with a hint of pinky-purple in the sparkles, too. Two coats is nice and opaque. I’m very tempted to wear this for Christmas, but I think I’m really going to have to go with a red… Rating: 4.5/5.

Holiday polishes at the drugstore

I was at the drugstore today and saw these holiday collections…I just wanted to get these written down before I forgot them all!

Nicole by OPI. In November, I posted my photo and review of Merry Merlot!, which is from this collection. I’ve now had a better look and here are some of the others.

There’s a semi-sheer-looking sparkly white called On Nicole’s Wish List, which is like the white version of Merry Merlot! It’s lovely and very snow-ish, and I nearly picked it up today. The $10 price tag turned me off, though. There is also a gorgeous shimmery gold with bits of microglitter in it. The gold looks very neutral, neither too pale not too deep, and I had to tell myself “gold looks bad on you!” over and over again to prevent this polish from falling into my shopping basket. There’s a shimmery cherry red, very pretty but nothing new, and a cherry red creme…ditto on that one. Finally, there’s one called “Warmest Wishes” or something to that effect, but it’s a cool-toned pinked purple shimmer.

On to Rimmel, who appear to have two polishes out as a holiday LE. They are both in the new LycraWear 10 +Minerals line, in the small cylindrical bottles. One is a deep shimmery purple called Fantasy (purple lovers are gonna fall for this one!) and the other is a blackened sparkly blue called Electric. I picked this one up (on sale for CAD$3.29) and hope to have a photo of it posted by the weekend. Nice to see that Rimmel is following the trend for deep blues this season. I’m betting that Fantasy and Electric would look pretty cool layered over one another, too!

Sally Hansen, of course, could not be outdone. I saw a pretty fun looking display of the lower-end SH polish line, Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, in plenty of cute colours. Even though this is the cheaper of the SH lines, I personally think it is the best in terms of formula. I really like the application of the Xtreme Wears. The packaging’s a little cheap, but hey, it’s a drugstore polish! Anyway, there were reds, pinks, a shimmery silver that leans to gunmetal, a white pearly shimmer that looks nearly opaque, a dark blue shimmer, and an awesome sparkly Christmas-green that I picked up. It’s called Groovy Green, and I also hope to have pics of it up soon. It cost me CAD$2.99, retail.

Finally, I almost ran into a large display for Revlon’s holiday colours. I didn’t see anything too exciting, and quite a few of them were just core colours being re-pimped (Cherries in the Snow was one, and it’s a huge fave of mine). However, I did notice one called Blackest Black. Curiously, this one looks like a plain black creme, but when I looked carefully, I saw blue sparklies! They’re kind of sparse, though, so I don’t know how noticeable they would be on the nail. It’s cool to see that Revlon tried to do something a little different from the standard black creme.

Rimmel – Play Fast – Underground Collection, part 1

About a year ago, Rimmel released a new line of quick-dry nail polish called Play Fast. The first collection is called Underground, and while I’m not aware of any new colours they have released since, the original batch has an impressive selection. I really love these polishes, as they apply nicely, wear very well, and have very good pigmentation. The bottle design isn’t too shabby, either.

Here are a few shades I swatched recently:

Scene Stealer is awesome. It’s a sheer bronze microglitter with flashes of mauve and pink. Looks great layered, too. Rating: 4.5/5.

Out There is the ivory-white version of Scene Stealer. Very pretty with hints of blue and pink in its microglittery sparkles. Rating: 4.5/5.

Push It is exactly the sort of polish I would have loved back in 1996. Not loving it so much nowadays, but it’s a nice conservative option from the drugstore. It has fine, silver shimmer in a satin finish, to keep it from being too staid. Rating: 3/5.

Camouflage is the best green from the current drugstore options. Bright, leafy, bordering on metallic, and perfect for the winter holidays. Rating: 4.5/5.

Chill is a vibrant cornflower blue shimmer that is slightly reminiscent of Avon’s Lagoon (which I also adore). Lagoon has more of a periwinkle tone to it, while Chill is bluer and brighter. A little one-dimensional, perhaps, but very fun. Rating: 4/5.