July 29, 2014

China Glaze- Shore Enuff [Swatch] & [Comparison]

Hi guys! Today, I've got China Glaze - Shore Enuff, from the Summer 2014 Off Shore Collection, to show you! There is a quick comparison at the end, so stay tuned! (Or scroll directly down, haha!)

Shore Enuff is a vibrant, neon(ish?) lime green creme. I resisted all of the other Off Shore polishes, but this one eventually called to me! Let's take a look!

Artificial light, three coats:

You might notice in that second photo above that the tone of green is a bit different. It's actually the most color accurate on-the-nail shot I have! This color really wants to photograph lighter in value, and bluer than it truly is (of course it'll still appear bluer in shade and natural light sources), and I was a bit surprised when I saw it in person for the first time.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

Formula: The first coat is streaky, and it does want to cuticle drag a bit, although will partially self-level to correct it.  If you don't overwork each coat, dragging/ pulling won't really be too much of an issue. It dries down quickly to a semi-matte finish. The second coat goes on much more smoothly than the first and is also much more opaque, but I did need three to obscure the nail line sufficiently.

I did get bubbling on a couple of nails where I overloaded the brush slightly during the first coat. Bubbling is pretty much my worst nightmare amongst the various things that can go wrong while polishing, so I'm disappointed.

Quick Comparison Time!

left to right: Illamasqua- Nurture, China Glaze- Shore Enuff, OPI- You Are So Outta Lime!

I was surprised to see how similar Shore Enuff was to OPI- You Are So Outta Lime!. Online, swatches seem to look a little different (actually both of them are all over the place, just do a GIS), and I wouldn't have ordered both had I known.  Luckily, you guys get a nice comparison out of it!

I also have my favorite bright, green, neon stand-by: Illamasqua- Nurture.  Nurture is pretty much the best green ever, so these two have a lot to live up to.

Let's take a look, artificial light:

You can immediately see that Nurture is much brighter than either of the other new releases. It's the only one that I would truly call a neon, really. The OPI is slightly lighter than Shore Enuff, but not by a lot, and no person (not even me!) needs to own both! They are quite dupish!

I'd love to know what you think!

July 27, 2014

Black & White Floral on Neutral Gradient [Nail Art]

Here is my first attempt at a floral "dotticure" type of thing. (I loathe that word, sorry!) I was most definitely inspired by One Nail To Rule Them All's version of neutral floral nail art, here!  I definitely did not pull it off as nearly as well as she did, but it was my first time trying to make flowers out of dots, so I'm going to call it a success! :)


The base color is Misa-Dusty Magnolia (the peachy nude), which I originally wanted to swatch, as I think it's beautiful and understated. However, I couldn't get a good application. (Literally my first disliked formula from Misa!) I used three coats, and it was still very streaky, so I just decided to "fix" it with nail art. Problem solved.

The gradient was sponged on using Misa- Dusty Magnolia, Misa- Lost to the World, and Misa- Sweet Thing. I don't think these colors merged together particularly well during the sponging. (I think it really helps to have polishes of similar pigmentation and viscosity when making a gradient, and these three were not similar enough.)

I used Zoya- Purity for the white petals, and Orly- Liquid Vinyl for the black center dots.

What do you think? 
Are you guys into dotted florals?

July 25, 2014

Nailstalgia: China Glaze- Flip Flop Fantasy [Swatch]

Welcome to the July, and third, edition of Nailstalgia! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the original version of Nailstalgia!

This time, I've got the famous China Glaze- Flip Flop Fantasy to show you!

Flip Flop Fantasy is from the Summer 2010 Poolside collection, so is only almost five years old. But, I think it's definitely one of the most well-known China Glazes! 

Now, before we go any further, it must be noted that China Glaze has recently reformulated Flip Flop Fantasy, so now there are two versions floating around out there. To make matters worse, the newer version is not the same color as the original, which is like the cardinal sin of polish reformulations! (The original is a coral-pink neon, and the newer one is more of a coral-orange-peach.)

Today, I'll be showing you the original version. Here's what the label looks like on the original:

To see a quick bottle shot comparison of the two versions, head on over to this post by ChitChatNails.

According to Chalkboard Nails, in information gleaned at this year's Cosmoprof North America, China Glaze is going to address the Flip Flop Fantasy re-formulation, as it seems there was some backlash from the change. (I hate when colors are changed but retain the same name. eg: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- Pacific Blue!) I guess we'll see what happens!

Anyway, let's get to the swatchin'!

The original formulation of Flip Flop Fantasy is a neon coral-pink creme that really glows!  In a lot of light it looks pink-leaning, and other times, it's definitely more coral-leaning.

Artificial light, four coats:

(The pineapple decal is from Nailed Kit.)

Window-filtered daylight:

I have to say this does make my hands look way tanner than they are, as neons are wont to do. I had another shade on my non-swatched hand, and the difference in apparent skintone was a little crazy- when you bring your hands together....the skin is the same. Mind-boggling!

It's basically the same effect that makes these neon pigments hard to capture with a digital sensor. Because they are so light-reflective, your eye (or the sensor) has to render or meter the background a darker value in order to make sense of the overall scene. That's essentially why neons make you look tan! /tangent

Outside, shade:

I only wore this for two days, but got a lot of compliments! It's definitely eye-catching!

Formula: The consistency is on the medium-thick side (although my bottle is a few years old), and the first coat is really horribly streaky; and, if you use enough polish to barely coat the nail, you'll get bubbling, so you really have to make do with the streaks.  It does dry down quickly to a semi-matte finish- there are definitely neon pigments here. It's also fairly prone to cuticle drag if you overwork it.

This was mostly opaque at three coats, but was still considerably streaky, since it's pretty non-self-leveling. So, I used four. All in all, I had a lot of trouble with Flip Flop Fantasy, and it wasn't my first rodeo with this color!

I have heard of people using coats of Gelous in between layers, using a sandwich method, as a way to get this polish to play nicer, but I still don't think you'd get away with less than four coats.

What do you think?
Is a color like this worth all of the trouble?

July 23, 2014

Two-tone MoYou Stamping on Pure Energy [Nail Art]

I did some more of that sweet, sweet two-tone stamping! I was particularly happy with how these came out...

The base here is Color Club- Pure Energy, swatched by itself here.

The floral design is from MoYou London- Pro XL 11, and I used Kleancolor- Metallic Orange and Kleancolor- Metallic Fuchsia for the stamping.

I have to say that these Kleancolor metallics work amazingly well for stamping!  I'm sure that goes for a lot of metallics, in general, but these are particularly opaque, so they stamp wonderfully.

Sorry for the tipwear too! That's from playing guitar without cutting the nails short enough first!

I just loved these in person.  They were so metallic and vibrant!