Saturday, October 27, 2012

Color Club brings us flakies for the holidays with Snow-Flakes!

Color Club Snow-Flakes over Sinful Colors Inkwell, shade
All the hype for Color Club right now is for their holo collection. No one seems to even know about the flakie topcoat that they are releasing in their holiday collection.  I'm here to change that. :) Color Club Snow-Flakes is a flakie topcoat that shifts from orange to to yellow to green.

Snow-Flakes is definitely not a new color to those of us who own Essie Shine of the Times, which has recently been discontinued. Here's my comparison mani with SotT on the pinky and middle and Color Club Snow Flakes on the index and ring.
Color Club Snow-Flakes on the index and ring fingers, Essie Shine of the Times on the middle and pinky 
When I compared Snow-Flakes and Shine of the Times on the nail, the only difference between them was that SotT seemed a *bit* more dense than Snow-Flake. Other than that, the color shift seemed identical between the two.

Check out a few more pictures after the jump!

Friday, October 26, 2012

China Glaze Pizzazz: a ¨new¨ holiday glitter?

China Glaze Pizzazz over various purples, sunlight
China Glaze Pizzazz is from the Holiday 2012 collection, so it´s definitely new in the sense of being recently released. Whether it´s a polish we have seen before is arguable, though.

Pizzazz really reminded me of Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday, since they are both multi-colored glitters in a clear base. I would have pulled out my bottle of HB to do a comparison, but then I found this post from Berry T over at the Happyberrynaiad blog.  She's done a side by side comparison of Happy Birthday and Pizzazz, as well as having some beautiful swatches of Pizzazz over black and white. You can read the post for a very thorough comparison, but basically, she thinks the two are different enough for a fan of rainbow glitters to justify owning both.

Comparison of China Glaze Pizzazz with various rainbow glitters, from The Polishaholic blog
Meanwhile, over at the Polishaholic, Jen did this post where she compared Pizzazz to a few other rainbow glitters. You can see her comparison photo above. I think this is a good post to look to determine just how close Pizzazz actually is the other multi-colored glitters out in the polish world. If you're like me, you may already own more than one of them. Besides that, the post is an incredibly thorough comparison of a lot of this season's holiday polishes, so be sure to read it to avoid accidentally buying a dupe.

Regardless of its originality, or lack thereof, I picked up Pizzazz because I love glitters. I decided to swatch Pizzazz over 2 holiday colors, red and green. I also randomly swatched it over a purple skittle mani I had on the day I got it. Join me after the link to see more pictures.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nubar Gem: Double Rainbow all across the nail!

Nubar Gem, sunlight
Whoa! It's a full rainbow all the way. Double rainbow, oh my god! Double Rainbow, oh my god!  What does this mean? It's so bright, so vivid. Double rainbow, double rainbow, it's so intense. What does this mean? It's starting to look like a triple rainbow! That's a whole rainbow, man! Double rainbow all the way across the sky! Look at that rainbow! Too much!

Ok, I just used Nubar Gem as an excuse to relive one of my favorite viral videos, the Double Rainbow guy and then his song:

Check out more pictures of Nubar Gem after the jump. (Sorry, there won't be any double rainbows.)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Quick nail wheel comparison: Sinful Colors Dazzle vs. OPI You Only Live Twice

OPI You Only Live Twice on left, Sinful Colors Dazzle on right
Just putting up this quick post to confirm my suspicions about Sinful Colors Dazzle. As I first described in my original post about the Sinful Colors Winter collection, I think this color will turn out to be a dupe of OPI The One That Got Away or OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name. Here's a bottle comparison between OPI TOTGA and Sinful Colors Dazzle:
Bottle comparison-OPI The One That Got Away on left, Sinful Colors Dazzle on right
As you can see in my first picture, SC Dazzle is NOT a dupe of OPI You Only Live Twice. Dazzle is definitely darker and more purple than the new OPI Bond color. Here's another picture of the two on nail wheels:

OPI You Only Live Twice on left, Sinful Colors Dazzle on right

and here's a bottle comparison between OPI You Only Live Twice on left, Sinful Colors Dazzle on right. Even though it's not ideal lighting, I think you can see that YOLT is redder than Dazzle.
bottle comparison between Sinful Colors Dazzle on left, OPI You Only Live Twice on right

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Zoya FeiFei gets all striped up!

Zoya Fei Fei with gold, blue and purple stripes
One of the things that makes Zoya FeiFei a standout polish is that its shimmer is so complex. There seems to be a whole rainbow of colors in that shimmer, and this makes FeiFei a great polish for nail art. I've seen some beautiful nail art with this polish, and decided to some nail art with it for myself. I tried a technique I had admired in the past with FeiFei, but things did not go quite as planned.  The original look I wanted is based on this tutorial:

I originally saw it on The Polished Momma's blog, and she did an outstanding job of recreating the manicure in this post.  As you can tell, I didn't get nearly as complex in my version, for reasons I'll explain later. Find out what they are, and what polishes I used, after the jump.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quick comparison-Sinful Colors Winter Wonder vs. Zoya FeiFei

Sinful Colors Winter Wonder on index and ring, Zoya FeiFei on middle and pinky, sunlight
Sinful Colors Winter Wonder on indes and ring, Zoya FeiFei on middle and pinky, shade
Here's my comparison of Sinful Colors Winter Wonder and Zoya FeiFei. I had some smudging and lost my FeiFei for a bit, so I switched out the pictures in this comparison with some better ones. You can see that the the two polishes are about the same. Depending on the light, one or the other can seem brighter than the other, but I think that's just a byproduct of the shimmery nature of the polish. Zoya FeiFei is also a dupe of OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service. My friend Lisa over at Swatches and Whatnot did her own comparison where she discusses the two polishes extensively, check out the full post here. In the meantime, here's one of Lisa's pictures featuring OHMSS and FeiFei:

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Zoya FeiFie, from the Swatches and Whatnot blog
A few more pictures after the jump!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sinful Colors' winter polish collection includes a dupe of Zoya Fei Fei!(or is it a dupe of an OPI Bond?)

Sinful Colors Faceted glitter layered over Sinful Colors Winter Wonder
I just got back from my local Rite Aid, where I was thrilled to find the new Winter Shimmers collection from Sinful Colors. It has soooo many interesting things in it, including a dupe of China Glaze Lorelai's Tiara, a near dupe of a Wet n Wild Coloricon glitter, a possible dupe of OPI The One that Got Away, and a shimmery dark blue jelly. However, the colors that got my attention right away, and that I knew that I had to own, were Faceted and Winter Wonder.

Sinful Colors Winter Wonder on its own, 3 coats
I'm certain that Winter Wonder is going to be a huge seller because it's really, really similar to the recent  amazing color from Zoya, FeiFei. By many bloggers' accounts, FeiFei is the "must own" polish from Zoya's fall collection, because its shimmer is so multifaceted.  Imagine my surprise when I saw a color in the Sinful display that looked remarkably like FeiFei. I rushed to swatch this color and did so without any base coat, top coat or proper cleanup brush, and while fighting with diminishing sunlight.  I ended up smudging my ring finger, also.  I hope you still enjoy seeing swatches of this despite these issues. I actually own FeiFei and will be doing a comparison post between Winter Wonder and FeiFei as soon as I can! Offhand, I *think* Winter Wonder may be a bit darker and greyer, but I don't have both bottles in front of me right now.

Faceted is another amazing color in this new collection, it's just so gorgeous. It's purple microglitter and holographic bar glitter in a clear base. The bar glitter shifts from turquoise to green to pink to yellow.  I don't think I've seen anything quite like the glitter in this one. I initially tried to swatch this one alone, but realized after the 1st coat that this color probably would never build to opacity. That's how I came to layer Faceted over Winter Wonder instead.

I have more pictures from the Sinful Colors Winter Shimmers display, along with a couple of comparison bottle shots, after the jump!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

China Glaze Make a Spectacle over a ton of colors!

China Glaze Make a Spectacle over  various colors
When I originally saw China Glaze Make a Spectacle at my nail supply place, I passed on it. My friend Esmeralda Pearlfinish already has China Glaze Snow Globe and, to me, it looked identical to Snow Globe in the bottle. It wasn't until I found this post about Make a Spectacle that I was sold on its uniqueness. I've ended up trying this glitter over a lot of other polishes, and it looks great over most of them. I'm so glad I went back for this polish.

Join me after the jump for a very picture heavy post with Make a Spectacle over (almost) everything!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dude, Where's My Duochrome? Fergie Ferguson Crest Syrah

Fergie by Wet n Wild Ferguson Crest Syrah, sunlight
When I saw Ferguson Crest Syrah at the store, I was immediately drawn to it. Why? The polish displayed a beautiful gold duochrome effect in the bottle. I'm here to tell you,though, that it's a total lie! >:(>:(  There is no duochrome effect to be found in this Fergie brand polish. At all. I feel so let down, and hope others can avoid disappointment because of this review. It's definitely a beautiful color in its own right, but I bought Ferguson Crest Syrah for its duochromeness. See more pictures of the polish, and find out what it's a dupe for for, after the jump.

See that gold shimmer in the bottle? No? You won't on the nail either!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NYC Peach Sparkle with glitter tips

NYC Peach Sparkle with OPI Spark de Triomphe tips
Today I'm posting a color that's quite a change from the bright polishes I sported during neon week. NYC Peach Sparkle is subdued, classy, but still gorgeous because of its beautiful gold shimmer. It's part of the limited edition NYC Summer in the City collection, but I've still seen its companion color, Golden Glam, around at my local Rite Aids. If you want NYC Peach Sparkle, look for it now, because it will get more hard to find as time goes on. If you own it, but haven't used it yet, what are you waiting for? ;) I wore it topped it with some OPI Spark de Triomphe and another color.  What was the other color and why did I need it? Find out, after the jump!