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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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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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China Glaze: Little Drummer Boy & Nails Inc.: The Old Vic Special Effect

I honestly think this may be my favorite manicure I’ve ever worn. Or at least my favorite manicure in a VERY long time.

It’s a shame that the weather here has been pouring rain without a bit of sunlight in days, so much to my disappointment, my photos do not capture how stunning and mesmerizing this combination is. It’s perfect.

Dark, metallic navy with blue flakie top coat

Those that are regular DBP readers are well aware of how much I love blue polishes and LDB is no exception. Little Drummer Boy is a gorgeous deep, metallic navy polish. It’s almost a gem stone tone. It’s so rich and gorgeous on its own. The polish itself is very pigmented and I could have gotten away with one coat of it, but I was a little sloppy on my application.

The Old Vic is part of three different special effect polish duos from Nails Inc. It’s a flakie topcoat meant to layer with. The flakes are irregularly shaped and mostly blue and purple in color (to me) in a clear base. The flakie effect isn’t overly loud, which is what I like about it. It’s noticeable, especially in strong light, but not overkill. And it’s seriously gorgeous. My only complaint would be I wished the flakes themselves were more brightly colored. Regardless, I can’t get enough of it.

Easy application

As mentioned, LDB is very pigmented and I could have gotten away with one coat for this layered look, but needed two. It was a smooth application with no problems.The Old Vic was also an easy formula and application. I used two coats and it dried pretty quickly as well. For the next time I wear this manicure (which might be for a second time this week..), I think I will try to use three coats of The Old Vic flakie topcoat for even more impact. Or even matte it!

Where to Buy (Little Drummer Boy): Online Retailers / $ 4 – $ 6

Where to Buy (The Old Vic Special Effects Duo): Sephora / Sephora.com / $ 16

How do you feel about flakie top coats? I love the blue ones! Are you interested in the textured, fun effect? They seem to be gaining more commercial popularity this holiday season. Do you own this duo? Are you interested in getting any of these Nail Inc. sets?

– Liz

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Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish: House of Parliament

A few weeks ago, I reviewed another magnetic polish from Nails inc. in this post. Please follow that link if you’re interested in application description and tips. But I would like to say again, application is very simple and there’s only one extra step involved to get this fun nail design! Totally worth it.

Metallic purple with black waves

House of Parliament begins as just a darker toned metallic purple polish. After the magnetic is applied, black color waves appear. The magnetic also creates almost a 3D effect that allow the waves to look as though they are moving or shifting when you move your fingers. It’s very cool. I do somewhat wish that the effect of this magnetic polish was a bit more noticeable. The black with the already dark purple isn’t much of a contrast. Similar to last time, I got a very uniform “color wave” effect on each nail and they look very coherent and form a unified look.

All over easy application

The formula and application including the magnetic for is very easy. The formula of these magnetic polishes is very smooth and easy to apply and you only need two coats each time. Sure holding the magnetic over the polish is another step in applying your manicure, but it’s simple and creates something fun and unique that is very pleasing to the eye. I didn’t get great weartime from this polish though.

Where to Buy: Sephora / Sephora.com / $ 16.00

These polishes are a bit pricey, but aside from that, do you like this polish trend? Do you think it’s something more popular American brands will catch on to? Like the seriously insane crackle phase? I personally like Trafalgar Square more color wise, but do like these polishes in general.

– Liz

 

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Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish: Trafalgar Square

The idea of these magnetic polishes has intrigued me from the start. I’m not big on nail art, although I know the majority of nail polish lovers are. But I like that these polishes give me a “nail art” effect with the magnet. The process (which was painless, really) to achieve a fun, playful patterned manicure is well worth it for me. I am completely sold and in love with these!

Easy to use magnetic

Let’s start with the magnet and process to achieve the intended effect. As I mentioned, it really IS easy. The magnet pops off to reveal a smaller and regular sized polish brush end which makes application easy. The magnet has a little lip, or ridge, on it to easily place at the base of your nail. Careful to hold it level and not touch your wet polish with the magnet (like I did on my ring finger. Oops).

First, apply one coat of polish to each nail and let dry for at least 5 minutes. Then, one by one, apply another thin coat of polish to each nail and immediately hold the magnet above it for 15 to 20 seconds. Ta da, you’re done. Let dry fully and apply your top coat!

Metallic silver with black. (I knocked my ring finger with the magnet!)

Trafalgar Square starts out as a mid-toned metallic silver. After the magnetic is applied, the polish gets black (what I am calling) color waves. I think the silver and black color combination works nicely. What I really like about this magnetic effect is that it creates a uniformed pattern on each nail. Each “color wave” comes out very similar, almost identical, on each nail. I like that it doesn’t get too messy or wild with each nail being its own design. It allows the effect to remain pretty uniform.

Almost 3D, wave effect

The magnet does more than add another color into the polish; it creates an almost 3D effect to the finish. It adds this whole new depth and dimension that is really cool and truly unique. Unfortunately, this does not translate into photos. It somehow allows the pattern to literally look as though it’s coming off the nail. It’s really, really cool and I wasn’t aware that the polish would do this on top of change color and add a pattern. It’s mesmerizing.

Where to Buy: Sephora / Sephora.com / $ 16.00

Seriously, let’s hear your thoughts on these! I know the high price is definitely an issue, but I think these are really unique. I do wish the color combinations were a little more creative, but I’m not sure if that’s possible. Are these cool and interesting to you or too busy? I think it’s an easy alternative to nail art that doesn’t look too over the top or juvenile.

– Liz

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Halloween Manicure for my Costume! OPI Blue My Mind and China Glaze Lighthouse

The man, Coach Taylor.

Let me give you guys a little background on my Halloween costumes. I have this thing were I dress up as a male every year for Halloween. It started a few years ago when my best friend and I were Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World and has spiraled our of control since. And my affinity for television series lead me to decide to be Coach Taylor (a la Dillion Panthers) from Friday Night Lights this year. Some of you might think this is bizarre and whacky and all I have to say  is, well, I am a little bizarre. But it’s fun and it is Halloween after all!

Picking out the perfect Panther blue for my large collection of blue nail polishes was not very easy. But I ended up choosing two polishes that I really love for their vibrancy and overall they are pretty polishes.

Metallic royal blue with glittery yellow / gold

Despite the erratic nature of an “every other nail” manicure, I think this manicure looks pretty good. I really like the texture difference between the smooth, slick finish of Blue My Mind and the gritty, sparkley finish of Lighthouse. It adds for extra oomph and intensity. It works for a special, fun occasion manicure.

Easy, smooth application on both polishes.

I ended up using three coats for both polishes.  As you might know, Lighthouse is a little sheer on the first coat, but builds up very nicely by the third coat. Blue My Mind is overall pretty saturated and applies very easily on the nail. I probably could have gotten away with two coats, but added another for good measure.

Where to Buy OPI Blue My Mind: Ulta / Trade Secret / JCPenny / Professional Salons / $ 8

Where to Buy China Glaze Lighthouse: Online Retailers / $3 – $6

Do you have a Halloween manicure on for the weekend? One that matches your costume like me? Anything funny (like me) or weird (maybe also like me)?

Have a fun weekend everyone!

– Liz & Coach Taylor

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OPI DS: Glow

I have a huge list of new polishes I plan on buying soon. I promise I will get some new and more exciting posts going on in the near future. I’ve been pretty busy, and currently I have a huge boot obsession that is allowing little spending money for nail polish. Oops. 🙂

Foil-y, gorgeous bronze

The DS line if OPI’s is pretty awesome. This is a color I wouldn’t normally buy, but I remember something about it drew me to it right away. This polish is full of sparkle and is so pretty. Since it’s a neutral-y bronze / metal color, it’s not overly loud in terms of base color, and since it’s so sparkle-y, that sort of allows for this to stay in the “pretty” zone. There’s so many colors in this polish. Bronze, gold, silver…but they all melt together to create this interestingly sublet, gorgeous, warm toned, polish. It’s grown up sparkle.

Gorgeous finish and easy application

Foil finishes usually lend themselves to an easier application, for me. They dry quickly, like this one did. The formula was a bit thin, but I used three coats and got full, sparkle-y coverage. As far as application tips, I would make sure each coat is dry before you apply the next to avoid any bald spots. I also got decent wear out of this polish, which usually doesn’t happen with foils for me.

Where to Buy: Ulta / JCPenny / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 7 – $10.50

Do you own Glow? What’s your favorite OPI DS polish? I’ve been meaning to pick up Glamour for forever.Or does the designer line not do it for you?

It’s almost the weekend!

– Liz

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