December 15, 2014

Orly- Mirrorball [Swatch]


Howdy, guys! Today I've got the recently famous Orly- Mirrorball to show you! I didn't realize that I absolutely had to have this polish until it was well sold-out in Sally Beauty Supplies in my area, so I actually had to track it down on Amazon since I didn't want to make a huge nailsupplies.us (or similar) order.

Mirrorball is from the Winter 2014 Sparkle collection, and was the definite hit out of the six polishes released in the set.



Mirrorball is a light silver, linear holographic polish that also has small holographic hexes scattered throughout. It is really aptly named!

Artificial light, two coats:




So, I just don't think photos do this polish any justice! You really need to see it in person to get the real idea. I did take a potato video for Instagram to show some of the holo during movement:





Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:


Sun:



I didn't think I was going to get any chance at a sun shot during the three days I'd planned to wear this one, but I left it on an extra day and- behold! So, yes, the sun photos show tipwear, but that is on day four! I think this polish wore pretty well for me!


Formula: It has a medium consistency, but is slightly viscous and sticks to itself a little bit. That said, it actually goes over the nail really nicely, and is very forgiving! I had a good level of opacity in two coats, and I was pretty happy with the formula overall!



What do you think?
Have you tried Mirrorball?

December 10, 2014

Emily de Molly- Pyrite [Swatch]


Hey everyone! Today I've got a super pretty glitter to show you: Emily de Molly- PyriteI have pined over Pyrite for at least a year, so it was the first shade I put on my nails when I was recently able to order some EdMs!

Let's take a look!



Pyrite is a cool-leaning, heather grey crelly base filled with bronze shimmer, small copper and holo hexes, and larger gold and white/ holographic hexagonal glitters. The color of the grey base is a bit changeable in different lighting, but mostly it looks blue or pink-leaning. Pretty!

Artificial light, two coats:




Outside, shade:



So, grey polishes are my favorite thing, and grey with copper is..hnnnngg!  I just love it! It's delicate and lovely, but not boring! I even got a lot of random, unsolicited comments while wearing this one!

Up close!



Formula: The base is on the thinner side, which I actually found refreshing.  When a glitter's base is too thick, the glitter tends to be difficult to spread across the nail evenly, but this polish definitely does not suffer from that. This goes on so smoothly, and was decently opaque in two coats for me! Very, very nice!




What do you think?
Have you tried Pyrite?

December 8, 2014

Misa- Frozen in Time [Swatch]


Hey everyone! Today I'm going to share a Misa polish with you, Misa- Frozen in Time! Misa is definitely one of my very favorite commercial brands, and I know it's underrepresented on the blog, so I'm happy to show this one!




Frozen in Time is from the Fall 2012 Wanderlust collection, and I've previously swatched another shade from the collection, Misa- BreakAway, when it was originally released in 2012. (You can really see how different my swatches used to look- not to mention my nail shape!)

Anyway, Frozen in Time is a dustier lavender base (maybe a blue-leaning lavender?) filled with pink microshimmer. Sometimes, I think I see orange shimmer too.

Artificial light, two coats:



 Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:


As you can see, the shimmer is fairly hidden on the nail, and that was disappointing for me.  You can see it in the sun (below), but for the most part this polish appears, from normal viewing distances, like a creme finish. Bummer.

Sun:


Formula: It's really, really nice! I was surprised at how buttery the texture was, and it covers evenly and opaquely in two coats. Can't really ask for more!

December 3, 2014

Smitten Polish- Glacial Springs [Swatch]


Today I'm excited to show my first ever Smitten shade, Smitten Polish- Glacial Springs!



Glacial Springs is described as a "teal holographic glitter suspended in a turquoise-blue jelly base." I would say that's accurate. The overall color comes off as a medium, blue-leaning teal, I think. The holo particles, which are chunkier microglitter, flash mostly green-chartreuse-blue.


Artificial light, two coats:




I think it's really stunning and eye-catching! The finish reminds me a lot of the holographic L.A. Girl polishes, called 3D Effects, except slightly less rainbow and more holographic within the blue-green color range, if that makes any sense!

Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:


Sun:



Formula: The jelly base has a medium-thick consistency which paints on smoothly and evenly. The glitter is denser in the base than I was expecting, so the polish has a good level of pigmentation, and I was able to get it opaque in two coats! Very nice!

It does dry down to a sort of slightly-gritty satin matte finish, so top coat is needed to smooth the surface and bring out the glitter.  But, it wasn't a hungry glitter, and I only needed one coat of INM- Out the Door for smoothness.




Have you guys tried Smitten Polish?
What do you think about Glacial Springs?