November 19, 2014

Formula X for Sephora- Mischievous [Swatch]


Hey everyone! Today I've got a really gorgeous, sparkly polish to show you, Formula X for Sephora- Mischievous!

Last month, I took a risk and purchased this one online sight unseen (I couldn't find any swatches for it at the time), and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was way more beautiful than the little "swatch" picture that Formula X provides!  (Now, since I've had it, Spit & Polish has swatched Mischievous, and you can truly see how blinged-out it is!)



Mischievous is from the Ombre Glitters line, and is a slightly reddish base filled with bright green shimmer as well as small champagne-pink hexagonal glitters. This is a very shifty polish, showing limey green at the center, where the light hits the green shimmer, and pink at the edges.

The color of the small glitters is very complimentary to the reddish color of the base, and really ties everything together.

Artificial light, two coats:




This one was very hard to photograph since it was so light-reflective! But you can see how it wants to be pink and green at the same time- so pretty!

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:





I also thought this was very flattering on my skintone.

Sun:



Formula: Really nice! It has a great consistency that is not too thick or thin, and it spreads over the nail easily. It was opaque in two coats for me, so has a really excellent level of pigmentation for a glitter/ shimmer mix!

(I will say that, since it's a glitter, it's extremely difficult to remove, and I had to use the foil method. The hexes are so small that it's easy to forget that this is actually a glitter, so I didn't plan in advance and use a peel base. Oops!)




What do you think?
 

November 17, 2014

Wintery Gradient with MoYou Flourishes [Nail Art]


Howdy guys! Today, I have some Winter-inspired nail art to share which I created last week!


(sorry for the gross injury to my index!)



Supplies:


My initial base color was Morgan Taylor- Making Waves (darker cobalt blue). Then, I sponged on Morgan Taylor- Take Me to Your Tribe, Making Waves, and Illamasqua- Monogamous to make the gradient.  I used Butter London- The Old Bill for the stamping, which is the flourish design from MoYou London- Sailor Collection 07.

The Butter London polish, while metallic, only stamped so-so, since it's not as opaque as it could be. Still, it worked!






What do you think?
Do you guys have a favorite metallic stamping polish?

November 14, 2014

Indigo Bananas- Grave Importance [Swatch]


Today I have Indigo Bananas- Grave Importance to share with you! This polish was released as part of the 2014 Halloween collection, and I've already swatched two others from the set, Gods & Monsters and Perfect Night (For Mystery & Horror).



Grave Importance is pink-toned, deep red jelly base with large colorshifting flakies. The flakie particles shift from green-aqua-indigo.

Artificial light, two coats:




Like all of Indigo Bananas' flakie polishes I've tried, it's just gorgeous, and really is so much better in person when you have the movement to see the color changing flakies in real time!

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: The jelly base is very smooth, easy to apply, and carries the large flakies well!The base looks very cool-toned until you get to the second coat, at which point it becomes a much warmer, more tomato-ish red. I used a slightly thicker second coat, and that was opaque for me! Overall, very lovely to use!




Thoughts?

November 12, 2014

Zoya- Colette [Swatch]


Autumn is my favorite season, so I thought I'd throw in one last Fall-appropriate swatch before Winter arrives! So, today I have Zoya- Colette to share with you!

Colette is originally from the Winter 2006 Magique collection. 2006! That actually predates my serious interest in nail polish, but this color is now part of the core line, and you can still find it on Zoya.com.

I decided to swatch this one...well, because I was really itching to wear it, to be honest! I think it's such a perfect Fall color! If pumpkin spice was a color, this would probably be it.



Colette has an orange-brown base (almost like red clay) filled with bronzey-gold shimmer.

Artificial light, three coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:




Formula: It is on the sheerer side of things and the viscosity is also on the thinner side. But, it goes on nicely, and the layers dry down quickly.

Two coats were very nearly opaque and not streaky, except for thinner patches at the cuticle and tips of my nails (I find that that's where I put the most pressure during each brush stroke).  So, I used three coats for swatches, but this could be easily opaque after two with a more careful application. Visible brush strokes were nonexistent in person. 





What do you think?
Do you like colors like this?