Month: July 2010

Savina Marine Life and Black Pearl

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I spotted these two beauties last time I was at Nordstrom Rack. I have never seen this brand anywhere else, but at $3.97 each I figured why not?!? :-)

Marine Life

Marine is much more green than it appears in the pictures. My camera was really fooled by this one. I would describe it a teal that leans more towards green than blue. It is very bright and has an almost neon quality. It dried matte, so I decided to show it with and without a top coat.

Savina Marine Life

Savina Marine Life in artificial light without a top coat

Savina Marine Life

Savina Marine Life in sunlight with a top coat

Application was great & very opaque. I almost had full coverage in one coat. Two coats shown.

Black Pearl

Black Pearl is a shimmery duochrome grey/turquoise/purple. I wore this one for several days, and found that I kept looking down at my hands. This polish is mesmerizing! :-D

Savina Black Pearl

Savina Black Pearl in artificial light

Savina Black Pearl

Savina Black Pearl in artificial light

Savina Black Pearl

Savina Black Pearl in sunlight

Application was good. This polish is very pigmented, and again I almost had full coverage in one coat.

Two coats and a top coat shown.

Savina Marine Life and Black Pearl

Savina Marine Life and Black Pearl

Nfu Oh 117

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I try to provide nice consistent images for my blog posts. This includes nice looking cleaned-up cuticles, but hey we are all human. What can I say? When I took these images I was thinking, “oooohhhh look at that shimmer!!” Later I looked at the images again and realized that although I had cleaned my cuticles with nail polish remover, I did not do a very good job! I cleaned them again, and took more pictures. At that point the sun was going down, and the color was not at its vibrant best. So in the interest of an honest representation, I included the best pics of the color. What can I say…my cats made me do it! :-D

Nfu Oh’s 117 is a lovely bluish-purple or “blurple” shimmer (the pictures lean a little more blue, but it appears more purple to my eye). In the sunlight it practically glows! :-D

Nfu Oh 117

Nfu Oh 117 in artificial light

Nfu Oh 117

Nfu Oh 117 in sunlight

Application was so-so. Usually I find that shimmer polishes tend to apply very nicely. This one was a bit thick and harder to control, but it was opaque and fairly level in two coats.

Nfu Oh 117

Nfu Oh 117

Two coats and a top coat shown.

Chanel Paradoxal Giveaway!

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I am not a fan of spending $23 for a single polish. I’m betting that you aren’t either. So when I bought Paradoxal I got two - one for me and one for you! :-D

Chanel Paradoxal

Chanel Paradoxal in sunlight

As a thank you to my readers, I am giving away one new bottle of Chanel Paradoxal!

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post letting me know what you think of Paradoxal, or what other fall colors you are excited about.

Or

2. Follow me on Twitter and retweet the following: Follow @PlayWithPolish and RT to win Chanel Paradoxal! :-) http://www.playingwithpolish.com/2010/07/chanel-paradoxal-giveaway/

The deadline is July 28, 2010 at 5:00 PM Pacific.

I will choose one random winner on July 29, 2010 and notify them via email (or through Twitter). Please respond within 72 hours, or I will select another winner. My contest is open to anyone (except my family of course).

Good luck!

Chanel Paradoxal

Chanel Paradoxal


Chanel Paradoxal

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As every polish lover knows, Paradoxal is Chanel’s much hyped new fall shade. It is a greyish/brownish/purple with a dark pink and blue shimmer. A friend of mine described it as being pretty and complex. No doubt about it, this is a cool color. :-D I am really looking forward to wearing it this fall!

Chanel Paradoxal

Chanel Paradoxal in artificial light

Chanel Paradoxal

Chanel Paradoxal in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Chanel Paradoxal

Chanel Paradoxal

I know that Chanel nail polish has a reputation for chipping, but this is wearing reasonably well on me. I have had it on for 3 days, and I do have fairly pronounced tip wear on a few fingers but no chips.

Alessandro Green Green Baby

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Green Green Baby is from Alessandro’s Summer of Love collection. This is another gem that I picked-up in Germany.  It is a vibrant olive green with a copper shimmer. Very pretty!!! :-)

Alessandro Green Green Baby

Alessandro Green Green Baby in artificial light

Alessandro Green Green Baby

Alessandro Green Green Baby in sunlight

Application was excellent. This polish just glides right on :-) It was almost opaque in two coats, but I added a third for maximum opacity.

Three coats and a top coat shown.

Alessandro Green Green Baby

Alessandro Green Green Baby

Essie Fall Collection 2010

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It’s in the high 80′s today in the beautiful Bay Area, so it is difficult for me to get into a fall mood. To be honest my thoughts are drifting more towards lemonade and cranking the A/C. In spite of the heat it is time for all of new the fall collections to come out.

This collection of Essie minis is a Nordstrom Beauty Exclusive.

Sew Psyched

Sew Psyched is a greyish-green with a slight shimmer. The promo pictures made it look like a fall version of a mint green, but it doesn’t really strike me as a mint in person. It’s a bit of a strange color, but I like it. :-)

Essie Sew Psyched

Essie Sew Psyched in artificial light

Essie Sew Psyched

Essie Sew Psyched in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Merino Cool

This color is a bit harder to describe, as it seemed to change depending on the lighting. I saw it as being a lavender/grey/beige. It reminds me of Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic.

Essie Merino Cool

Essie Merino Cool in artificial light

Essie Merino Cool

Essie Merino Cool in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Little Brown Dress

Dark chocolate crème – sounds yummy doesn’t it? This one was surprise. In the bottle it looked a bit like chocolate syrup. Tasty perhaps, but not a very exciting color. I really liked it on though! Something about it strikes me as sexy and sophisticated like a deep red, but a with a twist. It is probably not a color I would have gravitated towards on the shelf, but I quite like it! It is much more luscious in real life. The pictures don’t do it justice!

Essie Little Brown Dress

Essie Little Brown Dress in artificial light

Essie Little Brown Dress

Essie Little Brown Dress in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Limited Addiction

A sexy cool toned dark red crème. Some reds don’t work for me, but this red looked great on my skin tone!

Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Limited Addiction in artificial light

Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Limited Addiction

Application was very good (in spite of a wiggly kitty who insisted on sitting on my lap and “helping” me). Two coats and a top coat shown.

Essie Sew Psyched, Essie Merino Cool, Essie Little Brown Dress and Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Sew Psyched, Essie Merino Cool, Essie Little Brown Dress and Essie Limited Addiction

Hey, it may not be fall yet but if I close my eyes with the A/C on I can imagine myself on a crisp fall day! :-D  Hopefully fall will wait a little while though, as I still have a few spring and summer collections to swatch and review!

What do you think of Essie’s new fall collection?

Nfu Oh GS-14

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Nfu Oh GS-14 is a holo glitter in a black base. I know it’s a cliché, but in the bottle the rainbow flash of  the dense glitter contrasting with the black looks a bit like the night sky :-)

Nfu Oh GS-14

Nfu Oh GS-14 in artificial light

Nfu Oh GS-14

Nfu Oh GS-14 in sunlight (slightly out of focus, but highlights the glitter)

Application was not so great on this one. It went on fairly thick, and dried with a gritty finish. I was able to smooth it a bit by using two coats of top coat. The color and texture reminded me a bit of asphalt. I love sparkle and I think it is a very striking look, but I can’t help being a bit disappointed in the texture.

Nfu Oh GS-14

Nfu Oh GS-14

Two coats and two coats of top coat shown.

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie – Continued

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I enjoy painting my own nails, and changing colors often. Recently my husband and I traveled to Germany, Austria and Italy for a two week vacation. I was concerned that I would not have much time for my nails, and that I would experience extra wear and tear on them. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try CND’s  much hyped Shellac! :-)

If you missed the first day of my Shellac experience, please refer to my initial impressions and day one pictures: CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie-Day One

Day 1

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie in artificial light (posed with Nubar bottle, but no Nubar was used)

Day 7

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 7

Day 14

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 14

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 14 close-up

Day 19

CDN Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 19

CDN Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 19 (right before I removed it)

Pros:

  • It really lasted as promised and stayed shiny and fresh looking (I did get a little tip wear on my right thumb, but it was minor)
  • I did not break any nails even though I was harder on them than usual and much lazier with maintenance (I was on vacation)
  • Although I was a bit worried about removal, it really was quite easy!
  • My nails were not dry, thinner or damaged after the Shellac was removed

Cons:

  • I got bored with having the same color for so long (especially since it was so pale)
  • The growth line drove me nuts!
  • My nails grow fairly fast, and ended up being longer than I like

Conclusion: I think this really is an awesome product for women who are very busy, don’t change their polish often, have issues with nails breaking or are hard on their hands. Although I don’t think it is a good fit for me, I do think it is a stellar product!

Nfu Oh #64

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#64 is another of Nfu Oh’s amazing holo glitter polishes. Unlike some other holo polishes, the Nfu Ohs I have tried show the holo effect strongly under both artificial and natural light conditions.

Nfu Oh #64

Nfu Oh #64 in artificial light

Nfu Oh #64

Nfu Oh #64 in sunlight

Application was not that great. I found it a bit patchy and uneven, but it did dry pretty smooth. A top coat took care of any remaining issues. Anyway who cares with results like these?!?  Nfu Oh #64 is a knockout! :-D

Three coats and a top coat shown.

Nfu Oh #65, Nfu Oh #64, OPI DS Glamour, OPI DS Amethyst

Nfu Oh #65, Nfu Oh #64, OPI DS Glamour and OPI DS Amethyst in indirect lighting

Nfu Oh #64

Nfu Oh #64

Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again

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Teal We Meet Again is from Sephora by OPI’s 2010 summer Havana Nights collection. In the bottle it shows a blue/green/teal duochrome effect (especially under the bright lights at our local Sephora). It is not as strong on the nail though. It applied as a dark shimmery teal. Very pretty!

Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again

Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again in artificial light

Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again

Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again in sunlight

Application was very good with full opacity in two coats.

Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again

Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again

Two coats and a top coat shown.

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