I have long admired the frankens I have seen posted by other beauty bloggers. Making your own polish colors? How cool is that?!?! I have been meaning to try it for a while, and I finally decided to take the plunge. I have a set of Color Club polishes that I bought at Ross, All About Color, for $7.99. I could not find any information online and unlike the other Color Club sets I have, the names of the polish were not printed on the box. I have had this set for a while, but never blogged about them as they were mystery colors. For my first franken, I decided to use a Barbie pink from this set and jazz it up with some holographic and pink cosmetic glitter. I added three small scoops of each to the base color and mixed it up. The result looked good in the bottle, so my hopes were high. I tried my new concoction on a nail wheel and was dismayed to see that I had some very bumpy polish that looked like it had a bad rash! Uggh. I though the polish was too thick, but I did not have any thiner on hand as I never finish a bottle. Since the bottle was already ruined I took a chance and added a few drops of polish remover. I again applied it to the nail wheel with disappointing results. I added a second coat anyway, and a top coat. The top coat smoothed the polish and made the glitter particles more visible! Although the polish was not amazing, it was pretty cute. Now the mystery polish is a Barbie pink with the subtle twinkle of glitter. I am calling it Princess Polish. I have ordered some polish thinner, and can’t wait to give frankening another crack!
Application was ok. The formula was a bit bumpy and uneven. Most issues were smoothed out with a top coat. Three coats and a top coat shown.
What do you think? Do you franken?
Recently I tried to rescue a bad manicure by applying a glitter polish on top. Maybe I was just in a bad mood that day, but even with the addition of Color Club’s Sugar Plum Yum I still hated it. Every time I ran my fingers through my hair the chunky glitter pulled my hair. Uggh! I had to get it off right away, and boy was it a pain to remove! I was a bad blogger though, and did not even snap a picture. After the fact I realized that I should have at least gotten a picture. I decided I should try it again, but I did not want to remove the Sugar Plum Yum from 10 fingers. I decided to try a different base color and just do glitter on an accent nail. For the base I used Color Club’s Lumin-Icecent which is an icy blue foil finish polish. Sugar Plum Yum is a scented polish for the holidays. It is a clear base with green glitter, and larger bluish-purple hex glitter. I thought this combo was pretty cute, and the chunky glitter looked a bit like bubbles I have to say I did not like the smell though. Scented polish sounds like a fun idea, but to me Sugar Plum Yum smells like one of those scented markers gone bad. The scent was barely noticeable after a while, but I would have liked the polish much better without it.
Application on Lumin-Icecent was excellent, and Sugar Plum Yum applied very well for such a chunky glitter. I would rate its application as good to very good. Two coats of Lumin-Icecent with a top coat and two coats of Sugar Plum Yum on the accent nail (I also used top coat over the Sugar Plum Yum).
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the theme of the year’s harvest and being thankful. I also love all of the amazing, yummy food!! Tofurky, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and pumpkin pie under a huge pile of whipped cream…so, so good! I only wish the leftovers had lasted longer! I looked through my untried for something that said “fall” to me, and decided that Color Club’s Nouveau Vintage fit the bill. This polish from Color Club’s Back to Boho collection is a brown, gold and burgundy shimmery metallic. It’s a very rich color. I used my Crayola stencils to add a cute accent using Color Club’s Voodoo You Do, Antiquated and Orly’s Rock-It. Overall I was pleased with how it came out, and I thought the colors I chose for the hearts brought out the different colors in Nouveau Vintage. I think this coming year I am going to work on getting better at nail art.
How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do a special manicure??
Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown (the top coat is over the nail stencil layer).
Foil Me Once is a pretty color, and after wearing it around a bit I decided to freshen it up with a glitter top coat. Although it is still a total PITA to remove (I do hold remover soaked cotton balls on each nail for at least 30 seconds, but still…), I am warming to glitter polish a bit. Mmmm, holo sparkly! It reminds me of a tasty treat sprinkled with sugar crystals. Yummy!
Application was good. The picture shows two coats of Foil Me Once with one coat each of Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Cane (no top coat).
Foil Me Once is a cool toned, silvery pink foil that looks lilac in some lights. It is from Color Club’s new Foiled collection. I got the whole collection, but decided to try this one first. It is a soft, pretty “girly” color. I quite like it! Next I will try it with some Color Club holiday glitters…
Application was excellent. Two coats with a top coat shown.
After a string of overcast days, the sun peeked out. I wanted to do something fun with some major sparkle
Worth the Risque
Worth the Risque is a bright silver holo.
Application was very good, and this polish dries quickly. I used a base coat, so I did get some bald spots with the first two coats. The polish was totally opaque in three coats. Three coats and a top coat shown.
Revvvolution is a beautiful black holo. Yummy!
Application was very good. I used a base coat, but this color did not have the same bald spot issue. I had excellent coverage in two coats. Two coats and a top coat shown.
Color Club’s Untamed Luxury Indulgence Collection is another set that I think would make a fun stocking stuffer. I grabbed this one at Ross for only $7.99! What a steal, seven colors for only eight bucks!
Wild Orchid is a lovely cool toned grey with a bluish-silver shimmer. It is a beautiful, elegant color
Application was very good. Although the formula seemed a bit thin, it covered in two coats. Two coats and a top coat shown.
Overall if you don’t already own this set, I think it is a great find at $7.99! It would be a great gift, or a fun gift for yourself!
A green and gold glass fleck type finish, with a glowing from within look. Very pretty!!!
Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.
Wish List Red
Bright red jelly infused with red glitter. This is a great red. My husband remarked that he really liked it.
This polish was a bit thick, but I was able to control it fairly well. Two coats and a top coat shown.
A dense gold glitter polish. Not very unique. It reminds me of a gold glitter polish I had when I was a kid (that my little brother spilled on the carpet). It might be fun for a holiday party, but I can’t see myself wearing this one.
Application was good. Two coats and a top coat shown.
A multi-colored glitter (blue and violet were two of the most prominent colors) in a milky base. This polish was really sheer, and I hate it by itself! It does make a decent top coat though.
Three coats and a top coat shown.
Two coats of Magic Elf and one coat of Snowflakes with a top coat.
This set had some hits and misses for me. I love Magic Elf and Wish List Red. The decals are also a lot of fun. Enchanted Holiday and Snowflakes really aren’t my cup of tea. Overall for the price I paid ($8.50) I think this set is worthwhile addition to my collection.
I love fun holiday themed sets! Color Club’s Bewitching includes four mini polishes and a sheet of nail decals.
I generally love sparkly nail polish, but I tend not to be as crazy about regular glitter polishes. Most of them remind me of craft glitter that I used as a kid. I prefer micro glitter, holo glitter and shimmer finishes. I figured Hocus Pocus would probably be just “ok,” and best used as a top coat on a darker color. I was in for a surprise – WOW! The glitter was very dense, and had a knockout combination of silver, multi-colored and holo glitter! I probably wouldn’t look at Hocus Pocus and think Halloween, but I would think “magic”!
Application was good. Although I had fairly opaque coverage after two coats, I used three for maximum sparkle! Three coats and a top coat shown.
Spellbound is really orange. Although it looks pretty bright in the pictures it was a bit photo shy, because it is much brighter in real life. I would describe it as being an intense “caution” neon orange! It practically glows in the dark! Being a neon it was not a surprise that it dried matte, but it was a softer matte like an eggshell paint. Although it was way too orange for me to wear on a regular basis, it is a cool color for Halloween. The soft matte finish is also more appealing to me than a harsher matte.
Application was good. Two coats shown (no top coat).
Charmed I’m Sure
A blue leaning purple polish with lighter purple shimmer (although it is not quite as blue as it appears in the picture). It looks like it has a bit of a duochrome effect in the bottle, but I didn’t notice it on the nail. This was a nice color, but it did not seem like it was that unique. The nail decals that come with the package include a number of fun designs like ghosts, a graveyard, haunted house, etc. They were very easy to apply, and secure with a layer of top coat.
Application was good. Two coats and a top coat shown.
Bewitching had an eggshell matte finish similar to spellbound. I like this matte black much better than OPI’s Halloween mini, Obscurity from the Go Goth! set. Application was much easier and smoother compared to Obscurity.
Application was good. This polish was extremely opaque. I probably could have gotten away with one coat, but added a second anyway. Two coats shown (no top coat).
Bewitching is a cute little set! I also found Color Club’s mini brushes easier to work with than OPI or Essie’s mini brushes. If you love Halloween, this set is a must buy!
It has been a busy week for me, and I haven’t had time to swatch while the sun was out. I just got some new holiday themed polishes that I can’t wait to share! I should have some time to write and take pictures tomorrow, so hopefully the sun will cooperate with me! Until then, here is a preview