Saturday, February 26, 2011

Color Club Wink, Wink, Twinkle

Okay! So far today you've seen Otherworldly and Space Case from Color Club's new Starry Temptress collection. The last one I have to show you is the seriously neon purple Wink, Wink, Twinkle. I admit, when I was choosing polishes to order I wavered between this one and the green. Wink, Wink, Twinkle won because I thought the name was cute. xD

Color Club Wink, Wink, Twinkle; daylight lamp

Like the others, this is a neon with silver oh-so-faintly-holo glitter. The purple base is semi-opaque and the glitter causes a bumpy texture when dry. So don't forget your top coat! You'll be wanting it anyhow to make that neon shiny.

Looking back at my notes, this was two coats of color (no base). Sadly, purple neon freaks my camera out. In the bottle and on the nail the color is a shade darker than shown here. You can see some of that bumpiness I was talking about on my middle finger below.

Overall, I'm glad I got these. I do want the other three colors in the collection and I'm curious about the Starry Temptress top coat, but I think I'll wait a bit and stalk the local Ross before I go ahead and make another order. There have been reports of the Altar Ego sets showing up there already so who knows? Maybe I can snag a Starry Temptress set without having to pay for shipping. Thanks for reading!

Color Club Space Case

This morning I showed you Color Club Otherworldly from the Starry Temptress collection. Now I've got Space Case for your viewing pleasure.

Color Club Space Case, daylight lamp

Space Case is not a jelly like Otherworldly was. While still neon, Space Case is more of a pearly bright pink with the same silver glitter. Because the base is more opaque, the glitter doesn't have that sinking-into-the-polish effect that Otherworldly has.

The texture of Space Case is also much more bumpy than Otherworldly was. Even with generous application of top coat, some bumpiness is still visible. Opacity is good though, this is two coats of color (no base).

Again, I don't think I have another polish like this in my collection. I do wish it were a jelly like Otherworldly and have a feeling that the fuschia pink in this collection would have been more to my liking. Anyhow, stay tuned for Wink, Wink, Twinkle!

Color Club Otherworldly

There aren't many swatches of Color Club's new Starry Temptress collection so I'm skipping over some other posts I was working on to show you this one. Mr. Kitty ordered me polish for V-day (he's such an enabler!) and I chose a few from Color Club's new collections because I was curious.

Color Club Otherworldly, daylight lamp

Otherworldly is a neon blue jelly with silver holographic glitter mixed in. The holo does not really show up well, indoors it looks almost like white glitter in a jelly base. This is 2 coats without a base coat. I did apply a top coat because it is matte (as most neon polishes are) when dry and has a bumpy texture.

Here's a closer bottle pic. If you click for the bigger picture you can see how subtle the holo is. Strong sunlight might draw out the holo more, but I think it's better to just consider it a silver glitter.

I rather like Otherworldly. I definitely don't have another polish like it. In retrospect, I wish I had ordered the Starry Temptress Top Coat. I want to know how it changes the overall look of these polishes. I do have 2 more from this collection to post, Space Case and Wink, Wink, Twinkle. I'll be posting those later today.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Zoya Yasmeen

Zoya Yasmeen is the most perfect plum shimmer I have. I can't believe I left this untried for so long. I must be cracked in the head, right? I wish the sun were out so you could fully see how gorgeous this is.

Two wonderful coats. Perfectly smooth. Lovely even coats. Excellent pigmentation. Am I gushing?

I'm gushing. I can't help it. I love this polish. I want to buy a bottle for my sister so she can love it too. I want to lick it off my nails. I'm...being weird. Okay, I'll stop now. I have to go stare at my nails anyway. ;)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sinful Colors Hilo Hawaii

Okay, I'm done wallowing now. I'm still sad (refer to my last post for why) but I'm not weepy every time I think of Tom-cat now. I want to thank you for your kind words, they really helped me out when I was down. Y'all are the best! So let's look at some polish! Today's is an old one and I've never seen again since the day I bought it on eBay. But don't worry, you're not missing much. This is one that I bought for the name alone. I love polishes with Hawaii-related names!

Sinful Colors Hilo Hawaii, lamplight

Top of the bottle pic 'cause I'm tickled that it's named for a town on the island I live on. Usually the Oahu towns/beaches get that privilege. Hilo is pronounced HEE-low. *does a little dance*

This was three coats and its still streaky and uneven. I was swatching so I didn't use a base or top coat but I remember from the first time I tried it that even with a base it was streaky. The polish was also thick and goopy, possibly due to the age of it. I thinned it a bit but...*shrug*. Like I said, I keep it for the name only. I do like this shade of blue but I'd be happier if it was more of a shimmer or a cream and less frost-ish.

Next time: a gorgeous Zoya and after that something new!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Misa Blueberry Glaze

I've had a rough time since my last post but I'll talk more about that after the polish. This polish is an old one from Misa that unfortunately is discontinued but still pops up on eBay and blog sales.
Misa Blueberry Glaze

I had a ding that was bugging me on my index finger so I covered it up. Sorry about that!

I didn't use a base coat or top coat since I was swatching that day. Polish consistency was very thin as older polish can be but the color built up nicely. This was three coats of color.

I had more to say but my thoughts have deserted me. I've been distracting myself by creating fantasy carts at various polish etailer and keeping tabs on the nail care board at MakeupAlley but simmering under it all is depression.

Last month I told you my Tommy-cat was very sick and then we tried a new medication that seemed to be working. Sadly it was only a brief respite because last week he health went downhill again and on Friday I had to make the difficult decision to have him euthanized. His kidneys were failing and anything more I tried would only prolong his life as he slowly starved to death. I still feel overwhelmed and guilty. I miss my baby.

Thomas 2001-2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

China Glaze Sneaker Head

China Glaze, I love how you love me! (Seriously, I get some of my best wear time from China Glaze. I wish it were so for everyone...) Today I have for you another polish released a while back, this one from the Summer 2009 Kicks Collection.

China Glaze Sneaker Head, "daylight" lamp

(Sad, I had to break out the lamp because of no sun...*sigh*)

Sneaker Head is a light reddish creme (or pinkish-red? you decide!) that applied well in two coats. Polish consistency was smooth with an easy flow and self-leveling. My base and top coat were the usual NailTek Foundation II and Poshe.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Orly Wild Wisteria

I don't have too many Orly nail polishes but what I do have I love. This one is no exception. Wild Wisteria is from the Spring 2010 Bloom collection. Sadly my pictures are not quite color accurate. Purples are so vexing to photograph! Imagine it a touch less blue.

Orly Wild Wisteria, shade

Wild Wisteria is a rich grape creme and very pigmented. This is two coats but I almost got away with one. Dreamy application with very little cleanup required. I love polishes that stay where you put them. Let's see...base coat was Nail Tek II Foundation and top coat was Poshe Fast Drying. Wear time was excellent: according to my notes, 5 days with no chipping, only minor tipwear. Perhaps longer if I hadn't felt the need to change colors. =)