Monday, April 30, 2012

OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster

3 coats. Formula was a little finicky & streaky, and the brush was a little wonky, so application was a bit difficult. It's such a gorgeous color though. There is a golden shimmer that I couldn't really get to come out, you may have to click the last picture to see it. It's visible most of the time though. This one's from the Touring America collection, so it should still be relatively easy to find.

 EDIT: I found these on my phone just now. You can see the shimmer in the second picture.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Comparison: China Glaze Orange Pacific v. China Glaze Riveting

Greetings! I've been starting to go through my stash to de-dupe. I have SO MUCH polish that it's getting a little out of hand. My new "rule" is to not buy polishes that are too close to each other, even if they're not dupes. Most normal people don't even notice the little differences that I notice.

First up is China Glaze Riveting, from the Hunger Games Collection. I'm not a fan of Hunger Games so I could care less, but I am a fan of polish! I thought Riveting was awesome, but then I realized it was close to another polish I have in my collection.

China Glaze Orange Pacific is from the Surf Collection, one of my favorite collections of all time. GLASS FLECKS!

Let's see the two side by side. Orange Pacific is on the left, and Riveting on the right:

 Close, yeah? I can spot a few minor differences. Riveting seems a bit more "juicy" and is a slightly brighter orange than Orange Pacific. The shimmer in Riveting is also larger & more golden. This is three coats each, and they're both opaque, but Orange Pacific needed the third coat, while Riveting was opaque at two. It was a tough decision, but I ended up keeping Orange Pacific.

Which is your favorite?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

China Glaze Haunting

2 coats. Formula was good. It went on slightly sheerer than expected with the first coat, but then I realized it was a black polish and everything was opaque after coat 2. You can feel some texture (it is glitter after all), but it's not top coat hungry, so one coat of a thicker top coat should suffice.

Haunting was released this past Halloween. It's similar to Orly Goth in that it's black with silver glitter, but the glitter is more dense in Haunting.

Honestly, I don't really care for this. It doesn't wow me. I've been noticing that I'm not really digging blackened colors in general. I have Nicole by OPI I'm a Pool for Love on my toes and I don't like that one either. I'm sure there are probably some exceptions in my collection somewhere, but I usually like my polish to be bright and in your face - not to say I don't like darker colors, but I don't want to have to explain to someone "Oh this is red, it's just so dark that it looks black all the time..." because if I want to wear black polish, I will. If I want red, I want RED... Ok, this turned into kind of a crazy rant. Simply put, I'm going to purge Haunting.

I did a funky french a few days later to cover tipwear...yeah. Doesn't look so hot. I used China Glaze Millennium for the tips. And I freehanded them. Good in theory, but I think I painted the tips on a little too thick.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Julep Megan

3 coats, I think. A teal-y almost-duochrome-but-not-quite blue.Very shimmery, but not frosty. These pictures don't really do this polish justice.