OPI Nail Lacquer in Snow Glad I Met You, swatch

OPI — Snow Glad I Met You (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review


Collection: OPI 2017 Winter, Love OPI, XOXO

If I’m honest, I have been getting pretty bored with holiday nail collections in recent years—how many shimmery reds, glittery golds, and spangly silvers does one person really need? But, of course, I can’t often help myself if I see something pretty.

Snow Glad I Met You (HR J01), is a rather ho-hum ivory shimmer from OPI’s holiday collection, Love OPI, XOXO, and yet it found its way into my shopping basket. In hindsight, I should have let it be.

It’s a vintage ivory with a frosty champagne finish. I feel like it looks much more appealing in the bottle, somehow. Look at that warm glow!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Snow Glad I Met You

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Essence Nail Polish in Outta Space Is the Place, swatch

Essence — Outta Space Is the Place (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review


Brand: Essence 2017 Fall, Out of Space Stories

Essence recently released a collection of outer space-inspired nail colors, and over the course of several trips to Shoppers Drug Mart, I couldn’t help picking up, well…all of them:

Essence Out of Space Stories Nail Polishes

  • Outta Space Is the Place (01)
  • Across the Universe (02)
  • Space Glam (03)
  • Beam Me Up! (04)
  • Intergalactic Adventure (05)
  • We Will Spock You! (06)
  • 1000 Light Years Away (07)

The packaging is very sleek and feels a bit fancier than their usual product packaging, with squared glass bottles and mirror-shine caps. All the shades are also various types of iridescent shimmers and glitters. The price reflects these details, and the 9 mL polishes retail for CA$3.99 instead of the usual $2.99 for the 8 mL Gel Nail Polishes.

Today, I’m reviewing Outta Space Is the Place (01), a pearly iridescent white that is—very happily—opaque!

Essence Out of Space Stories Nail Polish in Outta Space Is the Place

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Chanel, Le Vernis Longwear in Blanc White, swatch

Chanel — Blanc White (Le Vernis Longwear) Swatch & Review

Collection: Chanel 2017 Spring, Coco Codes

Chanel’s Spring 2017 Coco Codes collection includes basic colors of nail polish in black (Black Métamorphosis, a tinted top coat), red (Rouge Red), beige (Beige Beige), and white (Blanc White):

Chanel Coco Codes collection, Le Vernis, Spring 2017
Image: chanel.com

When beautyBOUTIQUE was running a sale, I picked up Blanc White (548), which is really more off-white than “white white”. It’s a semi-sheer ivory with a delicate, pearly finish. (I’m not sure why Chanel’s promo pic has it looking so very pink-beige!)

It’s a beautifully classic and conservative shade—really not my kind of thing at all! Ha! But as far as pretty, pale pearl polishes go, it’s really nice.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Blanc White (548)
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Blanc White (548)

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Christinna, swatch

Zoya — Christinna (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

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

I don’t know exactly when Zoya’s Divas collection was released, but it was definitely before 2005, since the earliest dated Zoya collection I have is Spring 2005’s Sirens, where the Zoya codes start with ZP290. The Divas collection included numbers ZP284–ZP289, so I’m guessing Divas was released just before this, in Fall/Winter 2004.

Today’s Throwback Thursday is Christinna (ZP287), described by Zoya as a “light, delicate shimmering white with a touch of gray and frosty silver shimmer”.

The Divas collection contained polishes named for music divas, except all the names appeared to be deliberately spelled in alternate ways: Areetha, Beyonnce, Christinna, Jessika, MarryJ, and Norra. I’m not 100% sure who Jessika and Norra are supposed to be—based on the collection’s release date, I’m thinking Jessica Simpson and Norah Jones?—but I’m not the most musically knowledgeable person! Christinna was presumably for Christina Aguilera, I guess. (Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, and Mary J. Blige are, of course, the obvious names.)

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Pandora, swatch
“The Craziest Grammy Awards Outfits” featuring Christina Aguilera in 2004. Well, at least she doesn’t spell her name with a double-n.
Image: celebuzz.com

Anyway, the only reason I bought the polish was that it’s the closest Zoya has to my actual name. Dumb, right? But hey, I don’t have many white polishes, and this is actually one that I don’t mind. It is pearly with a touch of grey to keep it from looking too stark and correction fluid-y.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Christinna

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Essie Nail Polish in Cabana Boy, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Essie — Cabana Boy (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2005 Summer, Summer In the City

Earlier this year, Essie released a Retro Revival collection, consisting of six older Essie shades. I already own three of them, so there remained just three for me to pick up: Bikini With a Martini, Birthday Suit, and the infamous Starry Starry Night. I’ve already reviewed these three newer polishes, so now it just remains for me to review the three older ones that I already own.

Here’s a shot of the three Retro Revival polishes I bought, plus the originals of the other three in this collection:

Essie Nail Polish Retro Revival collection, mix of original and new

Cabana Boy (507) is from a 2005 summer collection, and it’s a cool, pearly oyster white in a semi-sheer formula.

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Hard Candy Nail Color (20th Anniversary) in Coconut

Hard Candy — Coconut (20th Anniversary Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Hard Candy, Summer 2015, 20th Anniversary

I recently braved my nearest Wal-Mart and bought five of the eight 20th Anniversary Collection nail polishes released this spring by Hard Candy. The packaging for this collection is a throwback to the old school Hard Candy polish bottles, and it was the main reason I was keen to pick them up! (I am sad that I couldn’t find the last three shades, which were Sky, the color that made Hard Candy famous in the 90s, and two new shades.)

The five I bought are: Claws Up!, Coconut, Mint, Scam (all re-releases from the original polishes), and Zombie (a new shade).

Today’s review is for Coconut, one of the five shades I was able to get. Coconut is one of the five re-released shades in the collection. In the bottle, it’s a not-entirely-stark white with sparse, pink and blue iridescent shimmer.

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in New Birth (The Giver)

China Glaze — New Birth (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2014 Fall, The Giver (movie tie-in)

I received my first Topbox this month, and it included a full-sized China Glaze nail polish from last fall’s The Giver collection, which is a tie-in with the movie of the same name. I haven’t seen the movie nor read the book it’s based on, so I’m quite unfamiliar with the references made by the names of the polishes in this collection.

I recently also picked up two more colors from the same collection: Five Rules (how could I not get this, right?!) and History of the World. I’ll be reviewing them next week.

The one I received from Topbox was New Birth, essentially a white cream with a pale blue tint. I find that indoors it pulls a touch aqua, and in sunlight it goes a tad grey instead, which is a bit odd.

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