Sothys Nail Lacquer in Rouge des Arts, swatch

Sothys — Rouge des Arts (Nail Lacquer) Review

Collection: Sothys 2017 Fall

Sothys Paris is a French beauty brand that is sold primarily in beauty institutes and spas worldwide. I had never before tried their line of skincare and cosmetics, and was intrigued when I was contacted to review a few of the nail and makeup products from their Fall 2017 collection.

I was sent a Nail Lacquer (but of course!), Cream Blush, and Rouge Mat Velvet Effect Lipsticks for review. Today, I am reviewing my favorite of all beauty products, the nail polish!

Sothys Nail Lacquer in Rouge des Arts

As befits a luxury brand, Sothys’ cosmetic packaging is elegant. The Vernis/Nail Lacquer comes in a 5 mL glass bottle, which has a pleasing heft despite its smaller size.

Sothys (pronounced so-tees) is rather romantically named for the French form (Sothys) of the Greek translation (Sothis) of the ancient Egyptian name (Sopdet) for the brightest star seen in the Earth’s night sky. In English, we know the star as Sirius. Ain’t etymology cool?

The brand’s logo is a depiction of the Egyptian personification of Sopdet as a goddess.

The sole nail color (I think) in their Fall 2017 collection is a classic red cream, Rouge des Arts (310).

Red creams are perhaps my favorite of all nail colors, and this red is especially opulent and dense, a throwback to the 1930s. It is a vibrant, deep, true red that is perfect both day and night. The pigmentation is really excellent, and to me, that’s mainly what makes this a more luxurious polish.

Susan Hayward, 1930s.

Susan Hayward, 1930s.

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Urban Decay Naked Nail Color winter collection 2016

New Release: Urban Decay — Naked (Plus XX Vintage)


Collections: Urban Decay 2016 Fall, XX Vintage & 2016 Winter, Naked

Last month, Urban Decay released a vintage collection of some of their classic, long-discontinued nail polish shades. I totally forgot to post about it, so now that they’ve released a new collection of Naked nail shades, I’ll combine them here into one post.

Urban Decay’s current nail color product is just called Nail Color:

Each full-size bottle of Naked Nail Colour features our custom-designed cap topped with a skull (complete with roses for the eyes). There’s 10 ml of polish in each bottle—plenty of Colour to last all season long. And wait until you try the high-performance, 400-strand brush. The fine strands in this dense brush pick up more product than other brushes, grabbing on to Colour to give you a clean, even and controlled laydown of polish. Incredibly precise, this brush even makes painting the outer corners of your nails easy.

Long-wearing and chip-resistant, our formula has a high-gloss finish that’s tough and durable, yet flexible. And each shade is 3-free—formulated without toluene, formaldehyde or DBP.

Naked (Winter 2016)

Naked consists of 8 limited edition shades.

From Urban Decay:

Now there’s a whole new way to strip down: Naked Nail Colour. Get Naked all the way down to your toes with the cult-favorite shades that make you want to go commando again and again.

Like the shades in the must-have palettes they’re inspired by, these aren’t your average neutrals. Ultra sophisticated and extremely limited-edition, these gorgeous, decadent (and very UD) Colours feature complex shade work, super-rich pigments and dynamic micro-sparkle. But get them quick, because once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

In 2011, we released our limited-edition Naked Nail Kit, a travel-size set of six neutral polishes based on fan-favorite shades from our original Naked palette. This time around, we’re delving into new Naked territory with shades based on cult-favorite shadows from Naked2, Naked Basics and even the just-launched Naked Ultimate Basics.

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Hard Candy Nail Color, 20th Anniversary Collection (Mint, Zombie, Claws Up!, Coconut, Scam))

Haulage! Hard Candy 20th Anniversary Collection & Comparison with Older Bottles

Collection: Hard Candy, Summer 2015, 20th Anniversary

Wal-Mart isn’t someplace I shop at very often. I’m not a fan of their business practices, and anyway, the nearest location is not really easy for me to get to these days. But of course, the nail polish fanatic in me just had to make a trip over to see if I could get my grubby hands on Hard Candy‘s 20th Anniversary Collection. (Hard Candy makeup is available online on Wal-Mart’s US and Canadian websites, but not this limited edition collection.)

Back in the 1990s, Hard Candy was priced like a mid-to-high end brand; for nail polish, it was positively expensive for a college student! I picked up a few of their polishes here and there via sales, eBay, and swapping. They were awesome colors, even if the formula was not actually super fantastic. Plus, they came with cute little color-coordinated rings, and Alicia Silverstone wore it, and Hard Candy was a pretty big deal.

Fast forward to the 10s and Hard Candy is now exclusively sold at Wal-Mart. Whaaaa?

To be fair, I never thought the Hard Candy makeup I tried (some eyeshadows and lip stuff) were especially good quality. It was all funky colors, glitter, cool packaging, and hype. So perhaps they have done well to re-position themselves as a low-end, mass-market brand appealing to teens.

Once they made the move to Wal-Mart, the entire line was revamped. The nail polish is currently packaged in cheap-looking little cylinders. Very boring.

But, earlier this year, Hard Candy celebrated their 20th Anniversary and dutifully released a collection of 8 polishes packaged in their original square bottles! Retailing for $4! WITH the cool little rings! And 5 of the colors are from the original collection! As a 90s girl, I say AAAAAAAAH!

So now I’m kicking myself for waiting until now to get over to Wally World. Luckily, they still had the display up, and the rings, which are (not very well-)sealed to the bottle, were all still attached. I was able to get five colors, but not Sky, which made Hard Candy hugely popular when it was worn by Alicia Silverstone on The Late Show with David Letterman. 😥

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Bésame Classic Color Lipstick in Red Velvet

Bésame — Red Velvet (Classic Color Lipstick) Swatch & Review

Sephora Canada recently started selling Bésame Cosmetics online, and despite the fact that I already own quite a lot of red lipsticks, I had to have one. Honestly, how do you pass up retro-inspired lipsticks that come in this packaging?!

Bésame Classic Color Lipstick in Red Velvet

Beautiful, right? It’s even slightly smaller than today’s typical lipstick tubes, since that is generally how vintage lipstick cases were made. (The lipstick bullet itself weighs 3.5 g, which is standard for today’s lipsticks, so you’re not getting less product. Just a cuter tube!)

Even the box is pretty:

Bésame Classic Color Lipstick in Red Velvet

Bésame’s lipsticks are all based on actual lipstick colors that were made between the 1920s and 1960s (presumably in the US). There is a nice little write-up about the making of their lipsticks on their About Us page.

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Chanel — Laque Rouge (Le Vernis) Swatch & Review

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Laque Rouge

Collection: Chanel Fall/Winter 2014, Les Rouges Culte de Chanel

Laque Rouge was released late last year as part of Chanel’s limited edition Les Rouges Culte collection, which consisted of three vintage red polishes that were cult classics for Chanel in the 1980s.

Chanel - Le Vernis Nail Colour - Laque Rouge promotional image

Red cremes are definitely my favorite nail polishes, and Laque Rouge is an excellent addition to my unreasonably large collection!

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