Category:Purple’

Milani Orchidia

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I guess I really underestimated how much moving could knock me out of my groove. Mostly in a good way, but it has left me a bit disoriented. It has also taken more energy than I had anticipated getting settled and getting back to doing normal things like blogging. Anyway, Milani’s Orchidia is an orchid purple with a subtle silver shimmer. Yikes! I did not do a post manicure clean-up with nail polish remover, and it really shows in the picture. I hope you will forgive my mess, as I previously mentioned I am totally not in my normal groove! Orchidia is a pretty purple, and a nice beauty fix at a great price. I think I paid $3.49 at Fred Meyer.

Milani Orchidia

Milani Orchidia in sunlight

Application was very good, but slightly sheer. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Milani Orchidia

Milani Orchidia

Ozotic 533

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I have more holo goodness today :-) Ozotic 533 is a “mishmash” polish that is both duochrome and holographic! :-D This polish is pretty sheer, so I layered it over Nails Inc. Fashion’s Night Out. The color shifts from blue to a reddish-purple, and the linear holo effect is strong.This is one of those, ” I can’t stop staring at my nails” polishes. :-D

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533 in sunlight

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533

One coat of Fashion’s Night Out and one coat of Ozotic 533 shown without a top coat.

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533 with flash to show the holo effect

Butter London Knackered

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Knackered,  extremely tired or a horse that is no longer able to work being rendered into glue or dog food, is a lovely polish. It looks like neither of those things to me. You can be assured that I will not be sending my bottle off to be made into glue! The Butter London website describes it as, “a sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles.” I have no clue why they would describe the color as oyster. To my eye it is a silvery duochrome that shifts from purple to a greyish-green. It is also infused with very fine holographic glitter. Me like!! :-D

Butter London Knackered

Butter London Knackered in natural light

Butter London Knackered

Butter London Knackered in sunlight

Butter London Knackered

Butter London Knackered in sunlight

This polish is quite sheer. I used five coats , and I still have some VNL. Other than being sheer, the application was very good. Five coats really is a lot though. It might be a good bet for layering. Five coats and a top coat shown.

Butter London Disco Biscuit, Butter London Slapper & Butter London Knackered

Butter London Disco Biscuit, Butter London Slapper & Butter London Knackered

Ozotic 513

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Ozotic 513 is a grape purple polish with crazy, awesome  linear holo! :-D At $18 a bottle this polish is pricy, but it does pack a sparkly punch! My husband got me several Ozotic polishes for Christmas. These were my first Ozotics, but they won’t be my last :-D

Ozotic 513

Ozotic 513 in sunlight

Application was very good (especially for a holo). Two coats and a top coat shown.

Ozotic 513

Ozotic 513

Piggy Polish Moonlight & Mistletoe

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Moonlight & Mistletoe is a plum with pink and blue shimmer. In the bottle the blue shimmer showed much more than the pink and the polish appeared to be duochrome. On the nail the blue and pink look like they have a similar concentration, and there is no duochrome effect. I was hoping that the blue shimmer would be stronger on the nail. It looked amazing in the bottle – especially under the bright lights in Ulta. I like it, but I wish it were more blue, shimmery and “special.” Having said this, the bottle proved to be maddeningly photo shy!

Piggy Polish Moonlight and Mistletoe

Piggy Polish Moonlight and Mistletoe in natural light

Application was ok. Somehow it managed to be a bit thick and sheer at the same time. My husband asked if this was because it was a pedicure formula, but I suspect that is just marketing. However, I did find that it wore well. I wore this for 4.5 days before I got a chip. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Piggy Polish Moonlight and Mistletoe

Piggy Polish Moonlight and Mistletoe

Nails Inc. Houses of Parliament

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Houses of Parliament is a dark purple metallic polish. It is the purple sister to Trafalgar Square and has the same magnetic cap that transforms the polish into a chevron pattern. I love it! :-D  I wore it to the grocery store, and both the checker and the bagger were grabbing my hands to get a better look at my nails. Needless to say that made me feel pretty good :-)

Nails Inc. Houses of Parliament

Nails Inc. Nails Inc. Houses of Parliament in sunlight

Application was very good. I did touch the magnetic top to my nail a few times, but it patched easily.

Nails Inc. Houses of Parliament

Nails Inc. Houses of Parliament

Zoya Zara

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Zara is a cool light purple with a strong golden shimmer (their website identifies it as a cool color, but it is much cooler in the bottle than on the nail where it really warms up).  The color went on pretty sheer, and after three coats I still have a bit of a visible nail line. My first reaction to this was the the golden shimmer was too warm for my skin tone. It is a lovely color, but I wish the shimmer was silver or maybe rose gold! I am a sucker for pretty much anything in rose gold. After wearing this around for a day, it is growing on me. However, I still think I would have preferred it with a different shimmer color. I think this would look great on someone who is darker or more tan than I am.  :-)

Zoya Zara

Zoya Zara in sunlight

Application was very smooth, but a bit sheer. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Zoya Zara

Zoya Zara

BB Couture Nike

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Nike is an awesome purple from BB Couture’s Touch of Greece collection for women. The color is a somewhat reddish-purple with red and blue shimmer. Since I adore both purple and sparkly polishes, it’s not a huge surprise that I like this one too! It’s a great color, and as per usual with BB Couture the formula is great too. :-D

BB Couture Nike

BB Couture Nike in sunlight

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

BB Couture Nike

BB Couture Nike

No Miss Purple Xtasy

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No Miss is a line of natural cosmetics available at Whole Foods. I got this beauty while I was on vacation with my husband in Portland. Purple Xtasy is a pale sheer purple with multicolored iridescent glitter. I found that it was to sheer for my taste to wear alone. However, it is great for layering. I tired it over BB Couture’s Nike (a somewhat reddish-purple with red and blue shimmer). The results were a purple that was a bit paler and more bluish with glitter that reminded me of confetti :-) I found that this polish was similar to most flakie glitter polishes I have tried in that it photographed best in indirect sunlight.

No Miss Purple Xtasy

No Miss Purple Xtasy in natural light

BB Couture Nike

BB Couture Nike in sunlight

Application was very good. I used three coats of BB Couture Nike with one coat of Purple Xtasy and a top coat.

No Miss Purple Xtasy

No Miss Purple Xtasy

Orly Royal Velvet

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Royal Velvet is from Orly’s spring 2011 Precious collection. Royal Velvet has a dark purple base with an intense blue shimmer. The shimmer gives this polish a lot of dimension, and it really does look a bit like velvet. What can I say? I LOVE IT! Shimmery, rich and delicious purple goodness – It doesn’t get much better than this! I plan to reach for this polish again and again. :D

Orly Royal Velvet

Orly Royal Velvet in sunlight

The wear is pretty good too. Of course this polish was destined to be a full manicure, and I have been wearing it for three days. I have a little bit of tip wear, but no nicks or chips in sight. Application was very good. It took three coats for maximum opacity, but it went on very smoothly. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Orly Royal Velvet

Orly Royal Velvet

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