Zoya: Tracie

I was looking forward to the polishes I ordered on that 3 for $15  Zoya promotion from a few weeks back. Although a lot of summer collections are very predictable, I liked the look of the blues and greens in this seasons summer collection so I snagged them. But I was pretty disappointed in Tracie.

Pale, almost pastel, metallic green shimmer

I was a little apprehensive of this polish once I saw it in person; it was light, almost pastel in tone and didn’t really carry the “oomph” I want from a green polish. It’s a bit soft and tame for my taste. It’s also a hard color to describe. It’s not mint, but it’s still light and yellow toned. It’s more of a “spring” green with a fine, dense shimmer that reads as a metallic finish on the nail. Overall, Tracie isn’t very flattering (and I have warm toned skin) and the elements in the polish don’t work together in a way to make it interesting or pretty.

Very bad formula

However, the real issue with this polish was the formula. I honestly don’t think I have ever said that a Zoya polish had an unbearable formula, but this one does. I was almost shocked. The formula was so sticky and goopy that it had the consistency of a very old polish. It was difficult to spread on the nail, which caused issues with the manicure being even. I used three coats, which gave me an okay overall look, but I was not happy with the formula and application by any means. I was very surprised since Zoya usually delivers buttery, smooth cremes and easily applied foils like pros.

Where To Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Did you buy Tracie? Did you encounter any formula issues? Or was I perhaps given a fluke bottle? Does this color at all interest you? Does it read as a “summer” color to you?

– Liz

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Zoya: Wednesday

Hey all. I hope you’re all getting time to enjoy summer and the warm weather. It’s by far my favorite time of year and I’ve been enjoying sitting out on the patio relaxing and admiring my flowers.

I apologize for my lack of posting recently. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing about nail polish anymore or don’t enjoy polish anymore; it’s that it’s been really difficult for me to find new collections that really pique my interest enough to want to purchase them. I feel like many collections have been quite repetitive and nothing new or exciting. I still want to chit chat and connect with all of the wonderful readers of DPB so, as always, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for new polishes to wear and write about.

Wednesday is just one of those colors that will suck me in everytime. I could have my own helmer drawer for turquoise-y green-y blues. This polish did look a little dustier to me in swatches then it ended up being in real life.

Shiny turquoise-y blue

Although this shade is quite common, I couldn’t help myself. As mentioned, I did think Wednesday would be a little dustier or a slightly more interesting tone via swatches, but I’m pretty sure it matches most of my other turquoise cremes, silly me. I do think it has a nice balance in it, and it’s definitely blue (to me) so there’s no lobster hands in sight.

Very nice formula and application

The formula and application on this polish was really great. It applied like butter to my nails, very smooth and opaque. I used two coats for full coverage. It was super quick and easy application.

Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Did you get any of the Zoya Surf and Sun polishes? Did you pick up Wednesday? Which is your favorite? Or did they seem pretty standard for a summer collection?

– Liz

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Rescue Beauty Lounge: IKB: 2012

Although my RBL stash isn’t large by anyone’s standards, I am a big fan. I appreciate the attention to detail from Ji and the company and think they always have interesting colors and stories that draw me in. However, my bank account hates when that happens.

IKB: 2012 is from the fan collection. I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on this electric blue; it couldn’t be any more my taste.

Jelly / creme electric blue

First of all, this polish wasn’t easy to photograph. In real life, it is deeper and darker than these photos display. I apologize for not being 100% color accurate. However, the way these photos turned out is more so what I thought the polish was going to look like. I was expecting a bright, radiating blue. But it is darker and more purple than I was expecting. It dries semi-matte, so this leads me to believe there’s some neon pigment in the formula, but it’s not as bright as I was hoping or expecting. I wanted it to be a bit louder. I still actually love this polish a lot, but I did have a different pre conceived idea of it.

Somewhat tricky formula

I heard the first batch of these fan polishes had formula issues, but they were to be resolved. I didn’t have much issue with the formula on IKB: 2012. The first coat did go on pretty uneven and sparse, but by the second coat it really covered my nails and was almost completely opaque. I did do another thin coat (3 in total) just to make sure everything was perfect. It also dried quickly thanks to the neon pigment (I think). I did do this manicure last night, and already have tipwear though. Not what I like to see from a $20 bottle of polish, to be honest.

Where To Buy: RescureBeauty.com / $20

So let’s hear it! Did you end up buying any of the RBL fan collection? Did you get IKB: 2012? If not, which color was most interesting to you? Did you like the idea of fans of the line being able to win and developed their own polishes?

– Liz

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OPI: A Roll In The Hague

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you guys are having a fun weekend hanging with friends and family and enjoying the hot weather. Sorry to all the regular readers, I’ve been slacking on posting recently. It’s been tough to post about new polishes since I haven’t really been excited about many. But I really love A Roll In The Hague and don’t know why I didn’t snag it earlier!

Bright, poppy orange creme

A Roll In The Hague was from this year’s Holland collection. A collection that seemed pretty interesting overall, but I didn’t pick up any of the polishes except for this one. I had been searching for an orange with a touch of red in it, and this is exactly what I was looking for. It looks great on my warm skintone and the hint of red keeps it from being in the coral category. I really love this polish!

Very easy and smooth application

I had zero issues with this polish. The formula was actually really awesome. It was really smooth and pigmented; it was a breeze to apply. I used two coats for full coverage. The polish does seem to dry a touch darker than it looks in the bottle, which I like. It ends up looking a touch more red when it dries as well.

Where To Buy: Ulta / Target / Trade Secret / JCPenny / Dillard’s / Drugstores / $ 8

How do you feel about this bright orange? Did you buy A Roll In The Hague? Did you buy any other polishes from the Holland collection? What were your favorites?

– Liz

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PA: A72

I was out of town for the weekend last week, so I apologize for the lack of posting! I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the summer weather that is finally here.

This is the second polish that a friend was sweet enough to bring me back from Japan. As you all are well aware of, I love everything blue. And this dreamy turquoise had me from the jump.

Creamy, dreamy turquoise

This color isn’t the most unique and many of us that collection polish have numerous variations of it, but I think many of us are drawn to it. It’s beautiful. Though this creme polish leans a touch more green (to me and on my skintone), it has a nice balance of blue and green. It’s a perfect summer color and I have loved admiring this color on my nails.

Easy, smooth application

This polish has a super shiny finish, since it’s a half creme half jelly hybrid. The formula on it was great; super easy and quick to apply. It also dried very quickly. What I’ve been most surprised with regarding this polish, is how well it has worn on me. Polishes usually chip within the first day on me, but I’ve had minimal tipwear after 3 days. Always a welcomed surprise!

Where to Buy: Online Retailers / $ 4 – $ 5

Is turquoise one of your go to nail colors for summer? Or like me, do you like to wear it year round? Summer for me means turquoise and coral!

– Liz

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China Glaze: Stone Cold

I had high hopes for this polish from the jump since I am a fan of the name. I was really hoping that this polish wouldn’t fall flat on the nail. There are a lot of metallic-ish black / grey / silver polishes out there and I didn’t want this one to be like all the rest, and I’m happy to say it’s not.

Graphite-y black, charcoal polish with silver microshimmer

As mentioned, I was hoping this charcoal polish was different from the ones we have all seen before. And I think it really is. I like how it’s not really metallic, but since there’s so much silver shimmer in it, it almost has the feel of a metallic without any streaky-ness or frost or anything weird. It has a very graphite feel to it. A silver-ed black. It’s almost earthy in a weird way. It looks really beautiful when applied and is everything I hoped it’d be!

Pigmented and smooth application

This polish was very easy to apply. I had no issues with the formula (like I did on Smoke and Ashes from this Hunger Games collection). It applied smooth and very easily. It was also very pigmented and I only used two coats for full coverage. I’ve enjoyed wearing this polish, it’s a nice alternative for black. And is interesting in its own regard.

Where To Buy: Sally’s / Trade Secret / Ulta / Online Retailers / $ 6

Did you pick up Stone Cold? Does this charcoal polish appeal to you? What are your favorites from The Hunger Games collection? Or, what are your favorite alternatives to wearing black?

– Liz

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Wet N Wild Megalast: Break The Ice & China Glaze: Luxe And Lush

For whatever reason, I’ve really been feeling and craving light, clean, and crisp manicures. I’m really on a white kick (still looking for a favorite white…suggestions please!) so decided to layer Luxe And Lush from the Hunger Games collection over the shimmering base of Break The Ice.

Shimmering white base with metallic, gold flakie top coat

Break The Ice is a very shimmery, almost but not quite, pearl white. As I mentioned, I felt like wearing a white but also wanted to wear an untried polish, so I decided to layer Luxe and Lush over it. Luxe and Lush is an interesting flakie because it’s mostly gold and silver. I really like the metallic take on this flakie and love that it’s not too warm, like yellow. This manicure reminds me of snow, ice, and glaciers. It’s an interesting and really cool mix of shimmer, metallic, and neutral all in one.

Easy application

Break The Ice has an easy application. I used three coats for the full coverage that I wanted; this polish layers well and could totally be worn with one, two, or three layers depending on the look you want to achieve. Luxe And Lush dispersed a decent amount of flakies per coat. I only used one coat for this manicure. The flakes also went on pretty evenly, none gathering at the tip or base on my nail. Both dried quickly and I had no formula issues with either.

Where To Buy (Break The Ice): Drugstores / Target  / $ 2

Where To Buy (Luxe And Lush): Sally’s / Ulta / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 6

How do you like this manicure? Do you think Luxe and Lush is any different from all the other flakies out there? Do you own either of these polishes? If so, what do you like to layer Luxe and Lush over?

– Liz

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