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.

Quick fix

Super short one today; one polish, one pic, but it’s a good one!

I’ve been looking around for some great matte polishes in the budget range, and this is my current front runner, SEVENTEEN Deconstructed Suede (£3.99/Boots). It’s a really strong chalkboard type matte in gunmetal grey and I utterly adore it. The formula is a solid 2 coat job, goes on really easy. My only complaint is that the bottle is quite small – I may have to pick up another one before the limited run times out!

Flash.

Flash.

Beyond the yellow brick road

Another polish from my last Poundland expedition; this is one I would never have expected to find!

Here we have 2 coats of Revlon Emerald City from the Matte Suede collection. It’s a smooth satin matte racing green with surprisingly bright flecks of green glitter. I added a topcoat to it to see what it was like with a bit of gloss, but I actually prefer the matte effect.

Flash.

Flash, no top coat.

Natural light.

Natural light, with one coat of Seche Vite.

I may have to do a little eBay hunting to find the rest of the shades from this collection – if they’re all this lovely, they’ll be worth the money!

Glitterquake!

Now, I’m not really a fan of textured polishes, for various reasons. However, I loved the colour of this shade in the bottle so much that I decided to take a chance. This is Model’s Own Absinthe (£5/Boots) from the Velvet Goth Collection, which itself claims to be a matte, glittery 2D finish. It contains large green hex and micro glitters in a dark green base.

With flash, no top coat.

With flash, no top coat.

Natural light, with top coat.

Natural light, with top coat.

I appreciate what they were trying to do here, but I found the finish too textured for my liking without a top coat, so I covered it with Seche Vite Dry Fast, which made it just smooth enough for me, but didn’t completely ruin the matte effect. This is a gorgeous colour, and I did enjoy the multi-faceted glitter look, but as with a lot of textured polishes, it didn’t stand up to long term wear and my tips were worn and chipping after less than 24 hours.

I may eventually pick up the other shades from this range; there’s a black, a red, a blue, and a purple, and me being a bit of an aged goth myself, I appreciate the name and direction of the collection, but I think I will hold off until my dislike of textured polish wanes a little.

My ever changing mood…

Gosh, what a week. I’ve had to do a lot of major housework recently, and somehow have managed not to ruin my nails, so without further ado, it’s time to show off my first review polish from Born Pretty Store, Ylin Color Changing Nail Polish Purple to Blue.

First off, the formula is weird. It looks mottled in the bottle and doesn’t mix no matter how hard and long you shake it, but when you put it on, it goes a solid dark lavender hue. It’s quite thick but prone to bald spots, so I used three coats to build full coverage, and it takes a very long time to dry. I confess, I was a bit too hasty, hence the lumpy look in the photos. When it does dry, it has quite a satin matte finish, which was an unexpected surprise. I put a coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat on one hand to speed up the drying, but it went a little iffy and didn’t seem to affect the lack of gloss, so I left it off the other hand. I’ve taken a couple of shots to show the different stages of the colour change – it was cold in my house today, so I had to use a bowl of warm water to show the shift. The colour changes from purple at below 33 degrees celsius to sky blue above.

Cool, with top coat.

Cool, with top coat.

Warm, without top coat.

Warm, without top coat.

In between, with top coat.

In between, with top coat.

I can see how this polish would be a lot of fun on a warm day or in a hot club or something! It’s cute watching the colour change as you look at it, though in this weather, it ends up purple most of the time, so I’ll try it again on a better day. The formula is very strange but as long as you’re patient with it, and don’t try to rush to get all your coats on, and give it PLENTY of time to dry, it’s fine. And I love the colours too!

It comes in plenty of other colours if purple/blue isn’t your thing, all available at Born Pretty Store for $7.84 (around £5) with free shipping, and if you use the code NERW10 at the checkout, you’ll get 10% off your whole order. Bonus!

The New Black

allnightlong1I’m back, baby! My nails are still a lot shorter than I like them, but they are in much betterallnightlong2 condition, and I’m really hoping they’ve stopped splitting for now. I have so much polish to try out, but I thought I’d start with a simple one, so this is Eye Candy All Night Long, which is not only my new favourite black, but is also on sale in larger Sainsburys stores for just £3 at the moment! It’s thick and smooth and would probably have been fine with just one coat, if I wasn’t so cackhanded. I’ve layered it with a single coat of 2true Glitterati Shade 5 (£1.99/Superdrug), and then H&M Matte Top Coat (£2.99/H&M), which is one of the more satin finish mattes, but I think it works.

Unfortunately, in the harsh light of day, I can see that I was a bit hasty with my glitter, and there are bubbles on a couple of my nails, but I think that was just the overexcitement at finally being able to a manicure again! I don’t mind though, as it’s still a really cute mani.

In other news, my last two birthday polishes arrived recently (thanks, Emma!), the gorgeous Teal Glitter, and Reclaim (mini) by Nubar. I have also recently solved my polish storage solution for the time being, which is great since keeping them all in oversize shoe boxes under my bed wasn’t really ideal. And I’m working on getting a proper camera/lightbox setup, so hopefully I’ll be able to start doing this whole thing right soon.

Delish!

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Part 2 of my latest Superdrug haul: Berry Me by GOSH (£4.99/Superdrug) with freehand matte tips by 17 Matte Top Coat (£3.99/Boots). I don’t normally go for pinks, but this is a deliciously warm, vampy shade, which goes on smooth and glossy, and needed only 2 thin coats for full coverage. This is also pretty quick drying, which is always a bonus!