China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Wood You Wanna?

China Glaze — Wood You Wanna? (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2015 Fall, The Great Outdoors

Welp, my low-buy’s not going that great! I spotted a slew of colors from China Glaze’s new fall collection, The Great Outdoors, at Winners and decided to pick up…several. This is the first China Glaze collection I’ve been wowed by for some time now! I got Cabin Fever, Check Out the Silver Fox, Free Bear Hugs, Pondering, Sleeping Under the Stars, and Wood You Wanna?

Finally, Wood You Wanna? (82711) is a highly metallic pewter with a deep mauve-taupe base and dense, dark silver shimmer.

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Check Out the Silver Fox

China Glaze — Check Out the Silver Fox (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2015 Fall, The Great Outdoors

Welp, my low-buy’s not going that great! I spotted a slew of colors from China Glaze’s new fall collection, The Great Outdoors, at Winners and decided to pick up…several. This is the first China Glaze collection I’ve been wowed by for some time now! I got Cabin Fever, Check Out the Silver Fox, Free Bear Hugs, Pondering, Sleeping Under the Stars, and Wood You Wanna?

Check Out the Silver Fox (82709) is a strongly metallic silver shimmer. It’s actually one of the nicer silvers I’ve tried, because it’s not overly frosty and is toned down by a touch of deep pewter, yet it’s still shiny and festive.

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New Release: Dior — Cosmopolite (Fall 2015)

Collection: Dior 2015 Fall, Cosmopolite

Five new Vernis shades are included in Dior’s Cosmopolite collection for Fall 2015.

Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection Vernis
Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection Vernis

Nails and lips flaunt brand new bold, vibrant hues with multiple facets that reflect those of Dior women everywhere. With its strong and ever-elegant shades for fall, the new Dior Vernis makes a “fun and chic statement” in the words of Peter Philips. Bold and sophisticated colors range from crimson “Cosmopolite” to metallic “Darling Blue”, deep “Black Out” and khaki “Metropolis”. The most original of them all? “Miroir”, a stunning creation that coats nails in a silver film with a mirror-shine finish.

  • Miroir
  • Métropolis
  • Cosmopolite
  • Darling Blue
  • Black Out

I do love the one Dior Vernis I have tried, in their new gel formula, yet these colors aren’t really calling to me. Metallic isn’t my favorite finish, I guess. Might have to go check these out in person.

What do you think? 🙂

Zoya — Zuza (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zuza

Collection: Zoya 2012 Summer, Surf

This is one of my favorite polishes to wear in the summer over the last few years. You can’t tell from the bottle pic because I’ve shaken it up a bit before taking the photo, but I’ve used up about 15% of the polish. That’s a lot for me these days!

Daisy is described by Zoya as a “deep, saturated, oceanic turquoise with gold and silver metallic shimmer and a foil-like finish”. I’m not sure I’d call it a deep shade, as it’s more of a slightly darker midtone to me, but perhaps that’s not quite what they meant by “deep.” Either way, it’s a gorgeous balanced turquoise (not too green or too blue) with loads of old silver shimmer. It’s sparkly to the point where I’d just about call it a microglitter.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zuza, swatch

Application is nice and even, and the polish is opaque in two coats. Removal is a bit of a pain, however, as there’s loads of chunky shimmer in it.

Zoya Professional Lacquer retails for US$9 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 — Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Essie Nail Polish in Jiggle Hi Jiggle Lo

Collection: Essie Winter 2014

Notwithstanding the terrible, terrible name, Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo (hereafter JHJL) is the best metallic I’ve tried in a long time.

I recently picked up the mini for CA$2.49 (hard to resist the minis at low prices!) and I’m very slightly tempted to go looking for the full-sized version!

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OPI — My Silk Tie (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2015 Spring/Valentine’s Day, 50 Shades of Grey Movie Tie-In

All right, so I have never read 50 Shades of Grey, apart from an excerpt which I found to be…not my cup of tea. I have no interest in seeing the movie. And I had no interest in the cross-promotional Valentine’s Day collection by OPI.

Yet, when stuff shows up at Winners, all reason goes out the window and I think, “Ooh. I don’t have a silver polish. Right? Right??”

So yeah, now I have My Silk Tie, and although I usually shy away from silver polishes, this one called to me, and I daresay that I sort of like it on me.

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Lise Watier — Sapphire (Light Cap Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

This is my first time trying Lise Watier nail polish. Lise Watier is a Québec-based Canadian company that has been around for about 40 years; its cosmetic and fragrance products are sold at Hudson’s Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart, though you can also purchase online from their website.

First off, Sapphire is from their Light Cap Nail Lacquer line, which is a rather gimmicky product. Its selling point is that there is an LED light built into the cap of the nail polish, which you can turn on and off with a little rubber nubbin of a button on the top of the cap. The light comes out on one side at the base of the cap, denoted by a sort of flare on the side of the cap. The flare and the button don’t get in the way, so the Light Cap is by no means a drawback. However, I fail to see how anyone is doing their nails in such poorly lit situations that a bluish LED light in the cap is helpful. That said, if you are intent on doing your nails with the LED light assist, it is designed well! The light points down accurately on the nail when you are using the brush. It’s all a bit silly to me, but at least it seems to be a unique, if rather unnecessary, idea.

Now, Sapphire gives a very wintery sort of look. It’s a dark slate blue loaded with silver (and possibly some blue) shimmer. It doesn’t come off like a cheap frost: this is a pretty silvered look. Two coats gives reasonably good coverage, though three is probably required to be fully covered. The slight sheerness makes this a good candidate for layering. Overall, the polish itself applied nicely and I have no complaints as to the quality. It’s a good product in an attractive, hefty square bottle and I will certainly pay more attention to Lise Watier’s nail products in the future.

Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer in Sapphire, swatch

Here it is with the light on:
Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer in Sapphire, swatch of light on

Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer, 0.41 fl. oz. / 12 mL. MSRP $13 CA.