Milani Nail Lacquer in Breezy, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Milani — Breezy (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Milani

I don’t think I’ve swatched a Milani nail polish on this blog (just blushes and lipstick), since all my Milani polishes are older. And, I can’t find their new polishes anywhere near me or online in Canada! ‘Tis a shame, because I was a fan of their nail polish shades back in the day.

Milani Cosmetics seemed to be a brand that was originally aimed at women of color, and as a result, many of their shades were highly pigmented and vibrant! As a lover of such colors, Milani was one of my favorite drugstore brands. I think they’ve branched out more since they’ve become more mainstream, but the vibrant shades remain—some of the lipstick and blush shades are hot, hot, hot!

They’re still a little hard for me to find in Canada—they’re sold online at Well.ca (no nail polish, though) and at Rexall drugstores. However, I don’t have many Rexalls near me and the one I do have boasts a small display with mainly lipsticks, limited blushes, and eye stuff.

Anyway, today’s Throwback Thursday polish is from at least 2008, as that’s the oldest review for it at MUA. I probably bought it off eBay around that time.

The bottles were slightly cheap-looking, but hey, they were inexpensive drugstore polishes.

Milani Nail Lacquer in Breezy, bottle

Breezy (19) is a stunning, tropical blue metallic that leans a touch turquoise. Honestly, the color is drop dead gorgeous!

Tropical beach
Image: wallpapercave.com

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Revlon Nail Enamel in Elegant, swatch

Revlon — Elegant (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Revlon

Here’s yet another Revlon from the current core collection. Revlon Nail Enamels are great fun to pick up on a whim whenever they go on sale: it’s why I have so many!

Elegant (380) is a pretty decent drugstore option for a opaque nude cream. It’s a warm, light café au lait (au lots of lait!) with the slightest pink taupe undertone that doesn’t sit terribly well with my yellow-toned skin. I think if your skintone runs a little more neutral/pink, you’ll have better luck with this one.

Revlon Nail Enamel in Elegant

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Rayne, swatch

Zoya — Rayne (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2014 Fall/Winter (?), Divas

Rayne (ZP772) is described by Zoya as a “dewy, spring blue metallic with an energizing turquoise metallic flash”. It’s basically the perfect Cinderella nail color! It’s more turquoise, though, not quite Disney-blue enough, perhaps—but that shimmery, frothy iridescence does it for me.

Lily James as Cinderella (2015)
Lily James as Cinderella.
I am a sucker for fairy tale movies! I even sat through Snow White & the Huntsman and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, neither of which was good but at least they were occasionally campy/entertaining. However, I had to stop Disney’s live-action Cinderella (2015) after 15 minutes, ugh.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Rayne

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American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Dynasty, swatch

Throwback Thursday! American Apparel — Dynasty (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: American Apparel 2009 Winter, Nail Lacquer [Launch]

I’m one of those consumers who tends to boycott companies I find objectionable (though, let’s be honest, you gotta pick your battles!), and sometime around 2010, I added American Apparel to that list. Reports of sexual harassment and questionable behavior from their Canadian founder and former CEO, Dov Charney, overrided the good things the company had going for it. Before my boycott, I’d only purchased some nail polish and a pair of sweatpants from the company, so it was a pretty easy thing to swear off any more of their merchandise.

It’s quite a shame, though, because their nail polish was really nice. (I don’t think it’s sold anymore, as I can’t find it on their website any longer.) Of course, now that over the last few years American Apparel has ousted Charney and recovered from bankruptcy, it seems my personal boycott might be lifted—I’d need to do more research—though I’d only do it for their polish and not for leggings!

Today’s Throwback Thursday was released in American Apparel’s original 18-shade collection—of all cream finishes!launched in 2009. In 2010, the polishes were actually voluntarily recalled by the company due to the bottles being easily broken. (The formula itself was fine.) I’m not sure whether mine were bought before or after the recall; either way, none of my bottles have broken, and I think they’re amongst the nicest nail polish bottles I own. They’re sleek and minimal, and they just stack together so well!

American Apparel Nail Lacquer Launch 2009
I feel a bit badly for wishing I’d gotten all of these at the time!
American Apparel Nail Lacquer Launch, 2009.
Rose Bowl, Poppy, Downtown LA, Pinto, Palm Springs, Manila;
Coney Island, Dynasty, Berry, Cotton, Factory Grey, Mouse;
Office, Hunter, Hassid, Mount Royal, Passport Blue, Peacock.
Image: smudgestyle.com

The polish I’m swatching today is Dynasty, a midtoned muted grape cream with a touch of mauve.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Dynasty, bottle

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Revlon Nail Enamel in Dreamer, swatch

Revlon — Dreamer (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Revlon

I own a lot of Revlon polishes because they occasionally go on sale here in Canada for about $2.99, and at that price, I usually can’t pass up grabbing a handful! I just wish that the LE shades would go on sale, too; the regular price can be as high as $6–7, and frankly, Revlon polish isn’t usually worth that much. The colors can be great, though!

Dreamer (410) is one of the more lackluster options in the core collection. I think it’s going to end up in my purge pile, pretty soon. Color-wise, it’s lovely: a barely dusty, pastel sky blue cream that leans a teensy bit periwinkle.

Revlon Nail Enamel in Dreamer

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Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in a mystery sheer pink cream, swatch

Color Club — Mystery Polish #1 (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Color Club, unknown

I scored a pack of six Color Club polishes, plus a clear top coat, marked down to CA$5 at Winners.

The Color Club packs sold at Winners are typically unlabeled, but the colors all looked like the ones in Color Club’s Spring 2014 Safari Garden collection.

Unfortunately for me, the box I got was either mispackaged or someone at Winners swapped out one of the polishes, because instead of Lion’s Den (1018), a shimmery brown, I got a sheer pastel pink cream!

Since these Winners packs are always unlabeled, I have no way of finding out what shade this it. I did a quick search on Color Club’s website, and thought this could be any one of All About French, Little Miss Paris, or More Amour?—but what if it’s a discontinued shade? Oh well. I’ll probably never know.

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in mystery sheer pink

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Etude House Play Nail in Sining Beautiful Deer [sic] (282), swatch

Etude House — Sining Beautiful Deer (Play Nail) Swatch & Review

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday in North America, so Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Whether you’ve got kids, are expecting, or have fur/feather/scale babies you love, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! I’m lucky enough to be in all three groups this year—having a toddler, a baby due in a couple months, and a tank of tropical fish—and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more “mom-like”, haha!

Of course, I want to wish specially my own mom the happiest of Mother’s Days. I hope Dad takes you out for a nice Korean dinner! (They’re not Korean; they just like to eat a lot of Korean food. Mmmm, bibimbap. And I could probably eat kimchee every day if I had easier access to it.)

I would like to share one mom-related tidbit: my 2-yr old has finally learned his colors! As someone who blogs about nail polish colors all week, this makes me so pleased! He’s known his ABCs and 123s (and myriad vehicle names, because that’s all he’s interested in) for probably six months, but colors would stump the heck out of him. He’d know the names of colors, but if you were to ask him what color an object was, he’d just cycle through the colors: “Blue? Red? Green? Yellow?!” Then, about a month ago, he seemed like he’d gotten the hang of them, but we couldn’t be certain if he was just memorizing the colors of his toys. Over the last week or two, however, he’s definitely figured it out, as we can point out new things to him and he will get the color right about 80% of the time. (He occasionally gets stumped with purple, calling it pink or blue first.)

So, this morning, I showed him my new bottle of (Korean!) nail polish and asked him what color it was. He announced “Red!” and beamed when I applauded. Best Mother’s Day gift.

Collection: Etude House 2014 Fall, Zoom in the Zoo

I recently picked up this Etude House nail polish on sale for about US$3 at Cosmetic Love (referral link). It’s from a 2014 fall collection called Zoom in the Zoo.

I have no idea about the color’s name! Is it meant to be “Shining Beautiful Deer”? “Singing Beautiful Deer”?! I don’t even know if it’s a name given officially by Etude House, or just one that was made up by the retailer! There is no English name given on the polish’s packaging, just the number 282, so I really have no idea as I can’t read Korean. Maybe someone who knows Korean can help out?

Etude House Play Nail in Sining Beautiful Deer, label
What does it say?!
Etude House Play Nail in Sining Beautiful Deer, bottle
Here’s the front of the bottle, just ’cause it’s cute.

So, at the moment, I have no choice but to leave the polish name as it was spelled on the retailer’s site. Sining Beautiful Deer [sic] (282) is a classic, medium-deep red cream with a touch of cranberry.

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