Long time, no swatch.

Oops. Life’s been pretty busy lately, and my job is getting more interesting by the day, so I’ve not had a lot of time for doing my nails, and really they’re much too short for me to really enjoy them at the moment. However, it’s been such a long drag since I last posted, that I thought I should go digging around in my photo archives and find a swatch I haven’t posted yet, so here it is.

Another polish in my series of “This Shit Looks A Lot Better Over Black” polishes, I dug out Model’s Own Purple Blue (£5/Boots) from the Beetlejuice Collection. I’d been told this was a decent facsimile for ORLY Galaxy Girl from the Cosmic FX Collection, which I should note, has been an absolute bitch to track down in the UK, so better a dupe than a hole in my collection!

Flash.

Flash.

Rather unsurprisingly, it’s a purple/blue duochrome shimmer, shown here is 2 coats over Revlon Blackout. As you can see, it’s not really anything special under direct artificial light, but it comes alive in natural light!

Indoors.

Indoors.

Indirect sunlight.

Indirect sunlight.

The second shot shows how beautiful the colour shift is. I nearly binned this polish because it was so thin, but I’m slowly learning that some things just have to be worn with undies, especially duochromes and multichromes.

I should be back next week with some fresh swatches. My Lent promise to not buy any new polish is holding up very well. I have been tempted once or twice, but I have yet to succumb. I can’t wait to have a big blowout after Easter though! Any recommendations?

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Duochrome Dots

I tried so hard to get a few decent photos of this mani, but still no lightbox and terrible weather, so couldn’t quite get the lighting right. But this one shot came out OK, and you can kinda see what I’m going for. This is Revlon Blackout, mottled with different sized dots of Rimmel Purple Reign (a sheer purple/red duochrome) and Royal Blue (a sheer purple/turquoise duochrome), both from the Metal Rush collection. Everything came courtesy of my local Poundland once again, aside from the dotting tools, which were a few pounds for 5 on eBay.

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For some reason, it reminds me of those old velvet clown paintings. I should’ve tried mattifying it to see if that added another dimension to it!

Let me be your fantasy

Been looking forward to this post for a while. A few days ago, I replaced my bottle of Max Factor Fantasy Fire (£3.99/Boots). I’d owned it before, but passed it on because I was still a neophyte in the nail polish world, and I easily gave up on polishes that still weren’t opaque in 4 coats. However, it is basically the internet’s favourite polish, so I thought I’d give it another go.

I started with 2 coats of ORLY In The Navy, and then put two coats of Fantasy Fire over the top, and sealed it with Seche Vite. I sometimes have trouble replicating other people’s amazing swatches, but I was blown away. Yes, it’s very sheer, but with a dark base, it comes alive! The duochrome is very strong, and I had great fun wiggling my fingers to see all the shimmery green to pink to purple to orange micro-glitter. Like a lot of the best duochromes and multichromes, full flash tends to wash it out, but in sunlight and natural lighting, it’s glorious.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Then out of curiousity, I popped a coat of Boots No7 Matte Top Coat (£7/exclusive to Boots) over it, which I’d picked up on a whim because I had No7 coupons and I’m still trying to find the best matte for me. Folks, I think this is it! It’s a really strong matte, definitely closer to the chalkboard end of the spectrum than the satin end, but it goes on really smoothly and has a lovely feel to it when it’s dry. It’s not at all rough like some mattes can be. And you could still see Fantasy Fire‘s amazing colour shift underneath it!

Mattified, flash.

Mattified, flash.

Mattified, sunlight.

Mattified, sunlight.

It’s so delicious that I feel kinda silly for getting rid of my first bottle, but I hope the recipient sees this and has a good go with it herself. I’m going to have a lot of fun playing around with different base colours. And I’m so happy that I’ve finally found a matte top coat that I really like, it’s been a long arduous search!

In other news, I am soon to receive my first indie polishes. I know I said that I wouldn’t be showing indie brands on this blog, but I think I’ll have to, if they are anything like as stunning as I’m hoping they’ll be. I’m really excited, and they’re a lovely reward after spending most of the last 3 months only buying discounted polishes.

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!

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.

Failure to launch

Now, this is disappointing. I can’t be the only person who drooled over the Revlon Chroma Chameleon range in the bottle, I’m sure. I could only afford one of them, thanks to shrewd accruing of Boots loyalty points; so I bought the colour that appealed most and seemed to have the least available dupes. This is Revlon Aquamarine (£6.49/Boots), which is supposed to be a violet/sky blue duochrome, but sadly, the violet is a phantom that is only visible in the bottle. Not only that, but the formula is incredibly sheer and took 4 coats for opacity, which left it quite messy on the nail, plus there’s a lot of visible brushstrokes too.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

As you can see, there is almost no violet tone at all, and the sky blue colour is hardly unique. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty, but not really worth the price. I have a little personal obsession with duochromes, and it makes me so sad when the shift doesn’t show up properly. Before I tested this one, I was thinking about saving up to pick up the purple/green shade, Amethyst, but now I think I’ll give it a miss.

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!