It’s good to be home

Gosh, the weather’s all lovely at the moment, isn’t it? My nails are looking great, so here’s a twofer, to make up for my attendance problems recently!

First up, just the one shot of Revlon Midnight Sparkle, a dense midnight blue jelly with 2 sizes of silver hex glitters suspended in it, that needed 3 thin coats for opacity. It’s a lot like Revlon Ritzy, which is a black base, but for some reason the blue looks much better. This is another wonderful Poundland find; I seem to get most of my collection from there these days! I’m really looking forward to having a massive blowout in there when Easter finally comes and I can start buying polish again.

Natural light.

Natural light.

And part 2 is Nails Inc Old Bond Street (£4.99/TKMaxx), a singularly unique shade, which is a mid grey creme with a bright pink shimmer! Again, this needed 3 thin coats, but dried evenly with no shrinkage and only a few visible brushstrokes. This is one of a very few polishes I own that looks marvellous in the bottle and on the nail. It’s actually quite a subtle shimmer, but it has the delicious effect of being classy with a naughty edge, like wearing a lacy black bra under a crisp white blouse…

Gosh, came over a bit unnecessary there. Let’s move on to the pictures.

Flash.

Flash.

Direct sunlight.

Direct sunlight.

As you can see, it looks equally fabulous under both artificial and natural lighting. In some light, you can almost see a dark moss green tone, which is just so pretty. Nails Inc have a rep for creating unique shades, and this is certainly one of the best I’ve seen!

 

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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?

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.

Regally Yours

I’m still working on my backlog of swatches, but I’m going to space them out a little bit more, as sadly, I had to cut my nails right down almost to the point of bleeding, because of a few rather dramatic breakages. I’m actually wearing all falsies at the moment, which I may review later, as they’re a press-on kit that I’ve never tried before.

But for now, here’s Nails Inc Regent’s Palace (£12.99 for 4/TKMaxx), a stunning royal purple shimmer which unfortunately doesn’t photograph well. It’s a great quality formula, needing only 2 coats, and didn’t chip or wear for several days.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

I think it’s a winner, even though it’s hard to see just how rich the colour is in these pictures, and I think I’d like to try stamping with it at some point.

As above, so below.

Two beautiful polishes for you today, both from my last trawl of the discount stores. First up, here’s Revlon Black Star (£1/Poundland), which is a drop-dead gorgeous black shimmer. It’s just packed with sparkle, and even though it looks quite tame in the bottle, it really comes alive on the nail. This may well be my new favourite black!

Flash.

Flash.

Then, I coupled it with ORLY Go Deeper (£4.99/TKMaxx), a blue/green hex glitter mix in a delicate blue jelly base. I’ve got a few blue/green glitters, and this isn’t the best of them, but it’s perfectly pleasant, and as it’s ORLY, it’s a great quality polish.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

I do like that it has a few different sizes of glitter in it, but it’s not quite the right balance, and I think it needs to be a little more dramatic to match up to similar things I’ve tried.

Grey day

Yep, weather still rubbish. Quel surprise. My mood is not much better, but c’est la vie.

I am very happy with this manicure though. This is Revlon Rich (£6.49/Boots), a gunmetal grey base packed with tiny pale gold shimmer particles. I actually paid full price for this, a rarity in itself, because it looked so incredible in the bottle, and somehow it looks even better on my nails! It’s a 2 coat job, and stayed chip-free for 6 whole days, and it was just beautiful; subtle but super shiny.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Revlon are such a great brand; solid and reliable, with a great range of shades and finishes. I don’t even mind the RRP, though I do prefer it when I can pick them up at Poundland. I have 8 to swatch just from my last visit!

Rain, rain, go away!

It’s a very miserable Sunday in London, wind and rain and thunder and lightning and all sorts. So I’m showing you something from a few days ago, which is probably the most unique polish I’ve bought all year so far. This is No7 Paradise Love (£6/exclusive to Boots), a pale green foil polish, dotted with tiny dark green glitter particles, and a smattering of slightly larger blue/green glitter chunks. It’s a 3 coat job, and has an almost textured finish, but not quite textured enough for me to hate it. When I bought it, I wasn’t sure, but once I put it on, I fell in love with it! What do you think?

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

I’ve really never seen anything like this before, I think it’s a perfect spring shade! Shame it’s not actually spring, really.

In sad news, I’ve been gluing my ring fingernail on my swatching hand back together for weeks, but on Friday, it finally gave way, so I’ve got a falsie on. It’s making me very sad indeed. Thankfully, I already have a stockpile of swatches to post, so I won’t have to publicly shame myself with pictures of the horrible franken-nail for a little while yet.