Adesse Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl, swatch

Adesse — Surfer Girl (Organic Infused Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Adesse

I just got my first Adesse New York nail polish in this month’s Ipsy bag, and I was really looking forward to reviewing it, even though a more interesting duochrome shade was given out a few months ago, which I sadly did not receive.

Adesse states of their Organic Infused Nail Lacquer (also described on the website as “Gel Effect Polish”):

A revolutionary long-wearing, fast drying nail polish that gives your nails the “plump” look of a gel manicure without a UV or LED lamp.

We infuse our polish with organic bamboo extract, argan and shea oils to soothe and rejuvenate your nails. Our organic mica, minerals and pigments deliver high-definition color and super shiny finish that won’t chip or scratch. Our specially designed self-leveling brush delivers the right amount of polish each time.

Gel Effect polish is 5 Free, Cruelty Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Petrochemical Free, GMO Free, Triclosan Free, Vegan and Made in New York.

It kind of peeves me that Adesse described their “mica, minerals and pigments” (er, mica is a mineral) as organic, because some of these are inherently inorganic substances. In chemistry, anything containing carbon is organic. Mica, for example, does not contain carbon. Then, organic products are those that are produced via organic agriculture, and ain’t nobody’s growing rocks using fertilizers. It’s like companies that claim their vegetables are gluten-free. Well, like, duh.

Anyway, Surfer Girl is a sprightly, summery shade of whitened turquoise that leans more blue than green. The website describes it as “[C]ool, sophisticated and wearable with a hint of light reflecting sparkle.”

This is a cream finish. There is no sparkle. The most I can say is that it has the vaguest hint of a pearly finish, so I don’t doubt that perhaps there is verrrry fine shimmer that gives it that pretty look. It’s super-crazy subtle, though, not like the “invisible shimmer” (which is slightly visible) in some Chanel and Zoya polishes.

I am reminded of Alfred Hitchcock’s and Winston Churchill’s instructions for a martini (respectively: “five parts gin and a quick glance at a bottle of vermouth” and “with ice-cold gin, and a bow in the direction of France“). I like vermouth so I don’t know what their problem is, but how they feel about vermouth is about how much shimmer shows up in this polish.

Adesse Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl

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SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

Throwback Thursday! SinfulColors — Mint Apple (Nail Colour) Swatch & Review

Brand: SinfulColors

Today’s Throwback Thursday polish is Mint Apple (947), which I first posted about last week.

I don’t actually know when it was first released, but it has reviews on MUA going back to 2010, so it’s at least that old. It remains in Sinful’s core collection.

It’s a happy-looking light jade green with icy silver shimmer. Super pretty, and only a couple of bucks at the drugstore. What’s not to like?

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple

The formula is reasonably easy to apply and fully opaque with two coats.

I think this is a unique enough color to pick up, considering how inexpensive it is!

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, label

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, label

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SinfulColors Nail Colour, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP US$1.99 / CA$2.99. They are made in the USA and are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

SinfulColors was founded in 1991. The company was acquired by New York, NY, USA-based Revlon in 2011, so they can no longer be considered cruelty-free.

🇺🇸Made in USA
🇺🇸Company based in USA

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fivezero, 3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

Today, my blog is dipping a toe into uncharted territory! This is my first ever collaboration, with the lovely Kanza of Faded Rouge. We’re each sharing three favorite nail colors for the spring.

I’ll review each of these selections in more detail later this week, but here are my current top 3 picks for delightful, spring-inspired nail colors! I’ve selected them from Orly, SinfulColors, and Zoya.

Coming into spring from the icy winter, I always love pastels and brights on the nail, with a touch of crisp sparkle.

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Vert Époque, swatch

L’Oréal — Vert Époque (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Spring 2017, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line. I’m happy to report that they’ve released several new shades for the spring, and while I haven’t been able to find all of them in stores by me—I’ve only seen two or three, one being a plain black cream, Noir Noir—I did manage to pick up one lonely new shade.

Here’s Vert Époque (770), a gorgeous midtoned turquoise cream. It’s bright enough to be spring-y, yet subdued enough to be effortlessly chic. This could very well be my new pedi shade for the spring!

The shade name literally means “green era/epoch”, though I’m unsure whether there’s a more specific meaning in French.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

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OPI Nail Lacquer in I Can Never Hut Up, swatch

OPI — I Can Never Hut Up (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2017 Spring, Fiji

I Can Never Hut Up (NL F86), from OPI’s Spring 2017 Fiji collection, is at first glance a regular ol’ concrete grey cream.

OPI Nail Lacquer in I Can Never Hut Up
OPI Nail Lacquer in I Can Never Hut Up

However, upon closer inspection, you’ll see that it actually has fine turquoise shimmer running through it!

OPI Nail Lacquer in I Can Never Hut Up
OPI Nail Lacquer in I Can Never Hut Up

Sold!

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SinfulColors Nail Colour in Wonder Mint, swatch

Throwback Thursday! SinfulColors — Wonder Mint (Nail Colour) Swatch & Review

Brand: SinfulColors

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Throwback Thursday post! I don’t know when Wonder Mint (1599) was first released, but the color code indicates that it’s from quite a while back, so I’m gonna say it qualifies.

The color is a little misnamed, in my opinion. It’s more of a robin’s egg blue than a mint green. Wonder Mint is like a brighter version of China Glaze For Audrey, and it’s bluer in sunlight, since warmer indoor light makes it look more green. The color is a pastel, but it’s just punchy enough to avoid a chalky appearance.

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Wonder Mint
SinfulColors Nail Colour in Wonder Mint

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree with top coat, swatch

China Glaze — Partridge in a Palm Tree (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I just posted last week about China Glaze’s 2016 holiday collection, Seas & Greetings, and as luck would have it, this showed up at my Winners over the weekend:

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Let's Shell-ebrate! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection), Winners price
Winners price: CA$16.99

I don’t think that many people were too impressed by China Glaze’s summer-is-winter collection, but, well, I’m a bit of a nail polish addict! I thought the colors were quite pretty, if not the most unique.

It turns out that I really like the first shade I chose to swatch, even though I cheated a little bit in the featured image above, which shows Partridge in a Palm Tree (87348, though the mini has a different code) with a layer of glossy top coat (Pro FX Quick Dry High Gloss Top Coat, if you’re wondering).

Alas, it’s a matte! As someone who dislikes wearing matte polishes, I find this totally unnecessary since the color isn’t even a neon—those tend to dry matte. However, no real harm done since a glossy top coat always fixes the “problem”!

Partridge in a Palm Tree is a sprightly, almost-pastel turquoise with a pretty pearly shimmer that’s fairly imperceptible in the bottle. It’s also pretty hard to see the shimmer on the nail when it’s applied plain.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini)

I adore the mini China Glaze bottles. They really look like replicas of the regular size bottles. Bonus: the brush is the same size! The stem holding the brush is just shorter. And they are labeled on the bottom (cough–OPI–cough).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), label
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), label

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