Blue’s Twos

Whoops! Have gotten a bit behind in the ol’ blogging. Been a bit busy with one thing or another, so there’s still a huge backlog. My nails are almost long enough to need cutting back for a while, but damn, even though they’re sharp and it’s a pain to type, I do love them to bits when they’re long!

Anyway, here we have two coats of Color Club Masquerading (£7.99 for 7/TMaxx), a metallic steel blue, underneath a single layer of Barielle Jillian’s Jammin’ (£9.99 for 5/TKMaxx), a sheer turquoise/violet duochrome shimmer. The shift is really hard to capture, but it’s definitely there, and very cute.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

I think you can just about see the violet tone in the second picture. The good hours for natural light are fading now, so I really have to get my lightbox set up soon, otherwise I’ll never get any good photos taken!

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A double today; the 2nd and 3rd polishes from my TKMaxx collection.

This is Color Club Total Mystery, a glittery royal blue jelly with tiny pink particles in it. As with Alias, the formula is quite thin and required 4 coats, but as you can see, the colour is amazing and bright. It is also pretty hard wearing, it took a good 4 days before any damage started to show.

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And this is Color Club Ulterior Motive, which is almost the opposite of Total Mystery, in that it’s a hot pink glittery jelly, with tiny blue particles! The formula is much the same, perhaps even a little thinner, but still gorgeous.

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Both of these are from the Fall 2012 Alter Ego: Reveal Your Mystery collection, which I’m so glad I found, as they’re all turning out to be wonderful. Well done Color Club on yet more amazing shades!

Who Am I?

Today, I’m showing you the first of my muddled TKMaxx collection – this is Color Club Alias, and I absolutely adore it. It’s a purple/green duochrome (my favourite thing ever) with tiny gold shimmery micro particles in it. The formula isn’t great – this is a four coat job, but the payoff is that the result on the nail is utterly gorgeous. It’s pretty average in direct light, but indoors or in shade, it’s a really dramatic colour shift!

Direct sunlight.

Direct sunlight.

Shade.

Shade.

Shade (tilted to show the colour shift).

Shade (tilted to show the colour shift).

Looking at the first and last pictures, it’s hard to believe it’s the same polish! This is definitely one of my favourites of the year. I could look at it all day. This is one of those rare duochromes that looks the same in the bottle as on the nail and I will definitely be wearing it again.

Weekend warrior

Just a quickie for a surprisingly sunny Saturday. This is Color Club The Uptown, a purple jelly with red/orange flakies suspended in it. It’s very thin indeed, so I put two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Plum Power (a warm purple shimmer) underneath it, for a really deep colourful look. It doesn’t look so great in bright light, but shines under natural lighting!

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light (indoors).

Natural light (indoors).

God, how I love flakies. They are pretty much my favourite thing ever.

Have a great weekend!

Triple Trouble

It’s a bumper threefer day today; I’ve been on a spree trying to swatch the last of my birthday haul, and the remaining greens just seemed to gel nicely together, so here you go. First up is Butter London Thames, a delicious bottle green shimmer with just a hint of blue undertone. The formula is quite thin and required 3 coats, though it was smooth and even. It’s subtle, but I really like it.

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And now, the double whammy! Below is 2 coats of Nubar Reclaim, a moss green holo, and on my thumb and ring finger is a single coat Nubar Teal Glitter layered over. The holo isn’t quite as strong as some I’ve tried, but the effect is quite lovely and the glitter is really dense and shiny! I really like this mani, though it’s definitely more summer colours, and as the weather is turning, it’ll soon be time to start breaking out the fall/winter shades.

With flash.

With flash.

Sunlight.

Sunlight.

This is almost the last of my birthday polishes, just one more to go!

In other news, back in August, I bought a box of 7 Color Club polishes in TKMaxx in Oxford. Unfortunately, the boxed sets in TKMaxx often get muddled up, so it’s not a complete set. Add to the the fact that the discounted sets usually don’t have the colour names on the bottles, and I basically had a jumble of unidentified polishes on my hands! However, after 6 weeks of madly pawing through swatches of old Color Club collections, I now believe I have successfully identified all of them; they turned out to be a mix of the Back To Boho Fall 2012 set and the Alter Ego Spring 2011 set. Both collections are gorgeous, so I’ll be swatching what I’ve got very soon. Somehow it looks as though I got the best of both collections, and considering the whole box only cost me £7.99, I am feeling pretty damn pleased with myself!

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Nice, huh? Can’t wait to see them on my nails!

All my favourite colours

portfolioRegular readers will have figured out by now that my favourite colours are green and blue (followed closely by purple), so here’s a post that encompasses all three!

When I first saw swatches of this polish online, I knew I had to have it in my life at whatever cost, and it definitely does not disappoint. Color Club Port-folio (roughly £7 including shipping/llarowe.com) is a purple/green duochrome with an incredibly strong shift, and I think I might be in love with it. It needed 3ish coats, would’ve only been 2 if I’d been patient with it, but the formula is solid and feels very hardwearing, and the colour just blows me away every time I look at it. I wish it was cheaper to get Color Club in the UK, because they have an amazing range of shades, and from what I’ve tried, they are great quality for the RRP.

I’ve swatched it here against my hair, which is also a bizarre mess of different colours at the moment; many different shades of blue and purple. Even though I think it looks like it needs to be redyed, everyone else seems to love it the way it is, so I guess I’ll save myself the effort and keep it like this!

The thing from which all shiny things come…

Sometimes you see something, and you just have to have it in your life, no matter what. That’s how I felt when I spotted the swatches for the new Color Club Holos; I just couldn’t resist picking up the black version. Unfortunately, Color Club is a US brand which hasn’t made it across the pond yet, so my only option was to pick it up off eBay. Luckily, my paypal account was stacked with spoils, so I didn’t have to sit and weep my lament down the intertubes. It is mine!

Natural light.

Natural light.

Artificial light.

Artificial light.

This is Beyond by Color Club. It cost me a whopping £13.59 including shipping from eBay for a 15ml bottle, but oh so worth it. The polish is dense and smooth, and I got full coverage in just one coat! It looks best under bright light but even under the dull rain clouds of this morning it it still beautiful, and I can’t stop staring at it!

Holo polishes are a hot ticket at the moment, so I’m glad to have a little piece of it all to myself, though obviously it’s a steep price to pay. However, I also have some more sensibly priced holos (a blue, a green and a purple) on the way from Born Pretty, which worked out to just under a fiver each. Alas, they are only 6ml bottles, which means I’ll have to ration them carefully.

I already have a couple of new polishes to try sitting on my desk, but my next post may take a few extra days, as I’m keen to see how long this polish lasts.