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China Glaze: Riveting

I remember when the Hunger Games polishes first came out, I was very interested in this polish. But then somehow forgot about it when I started to pick up specific polishes from the collection. But recently on an Ulta splurge, (it was a bad one) I found Riveting in the clearance bin and was thrilled since I had forgotten all about it.

Fire-y orange with metallic gold shimmer

Riveting is a loud polish. With that being said, I actually found it to be pretty wearable and flattering. Most of you know that I am not a red polish girl, and this polish somewhat straddles that line. However, since (to me and on me) it does read more orange, it makes it more interesting and “hip”. The golden shimmer is packed in heavily, and really lights up the polish. It really does look somewhat like a burning orange sunset or a campfire. I find it to be pretty unique and a really great end of summer / into fall polish.

I had no issues with formula with this polish. I ended up using two coats for full coverage. The polish was very saturated and pigmented, but went on very smoothly.

Where To Buy: Online Retailers / Ulta (Clearance) / Sally’s (Clearance) / $ 4 – $ 6

Did you jump on Riveting right away when the Hunger Games collection was released? Do you like this fire-y orange red? Or have you seen it before? I think it would also be very fun and appropriate pedicure for fall!

– Liz

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OPI: Every Month Is Oktoberfest

Okay, I am attracted to a lot of the polishes in this fall’s Germany collection. There’s something about the range of colors and them hitting the right note of interest for my color preferences. I picked up a few last weekend, and I’m sure I’ll be adding to them shortly. 🙂

I would like to say I did have trouble photographing this polish. I think it was the warm morning light, so I apologize. I don’t like doing that to you guys, but I think it still reads pretty accurate to what the polish looked like on skin.

Shimmering, vampy, purple / red, with golden shimmer

Every Month Is Oktoberfest caught my eye right away. It’s a dark, shimmering plum. On first coat, this polish seems to be a little wimpy and a bit sheer. But by the second coat, it builds up to this interesting deep, purple / plum with golden and warm shimmer that really comes out in the sun. Otherwise this polish does read mostly as just a metallic in natural lighting. This polish reminds me of something Zoya would do for a fall foil, it’s rich and fresh. I think it would look really great of fairer skin than mine.

I had no formula issues with this polish, I did three thin coats and got full coverage and depth. I do think the formula was a bit thin, which is why I chose to do three thinner coats to achieve full coverage.

Where to Buy: Ulta / JCPenny’s / Dillard’s / Professional Salons / Online Retailers / $ 8.50

How are you feeling about the fall OPI Germany collection? Are the polishes as interesting to you as they are to me? Or do they seem repetitive to you? Which one if your favorite so far? I’d love more recommendations to pick up!

– Liz

 

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Zoya: Zuza

 I’ve been wearing a lot of blues lately, and Zuza was an untried I hadn’t gotten around to yet. The pretty watery, mermaid-y blue is obviously something I was drawn to.

Sparkle-y aqua green

Zuza is a fun manicure. It’s a pretty, medium toned aqua with a touch of green. The finish on this polish was interesting to me. The silver shimmer read almost as a foil to me, but seemed to be just a little short of the full on sparkle that a foil has. I’m not going to say this polish is the most unique, but it was fun to wear and great for summer.

Easy, smooth application

In typical Zoya fashion, this polish applied very easily. The formula was smooth and I had no coverage issues. I used two thick coats and everything turned out well.

Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Do you like Zuza? Did you buy Zuza? What did or didn’t you like about this polish?

– Liz

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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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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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Revlon: Zealous

I’m a sucker for polishes of this color. Which is why I couldn’t resist it when I saw it at the grocery store the other day. I don’t really own any Revlon polishes, but this was a great buy.

Green tinged shimmering yellow.

Green tinged shimmering yellow.

Zealous is a green tinged yellow polish, with really pretty micro-shimmer throughout. It’s definitely more yellow than green, but has a nice balance. A chartreuse hue. Even though my skin has a lot of yellow in it, it doesn’t look bad against my skin. I would though, like to see this color on a cooler skin tone. I think it would look really cool!

Easy application, not the best wear time

This polish was a bit streaky on the first coat, but it evened out by the second. I did use three coats just to make sure everything was even and completely opaque. I didn’t have any issues with the formula, but I really loved this polish and wish the wear time was better. But then again, I never get good wear times from any polishes. I’ll just have to use it again soon 🙂

Where to Buy: Drugstores / $ 5

Have you seen Zealous at the drugstore? Do you own it? Do you like these off beat colors or are yellow nails still a no go for you? 

– Liz

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Wet N Wild Megalast: Break The Ice

This is another Megalast impulse buy I had at Walgreens recently. I remember looking at this polish in this line before, when I originally tried them, but this time it just looked so pretty in this bottle I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve been meaning to buff up my white collection so I figured why not. And it’s actually really pretty!

Pretty white with shimmering champagne microshimmer

This polish is very feminine. It’s light, bright, and clean. But I know how some people might think a shimmering white is a bit “bridal” but this didn’t come off that way at all to me. It’s subtle but definitely gives your nails a pretty, brightening effect that looks classic. A great palette cleanser. I think white nails always look cool, especially on darker skin.

Easy, smooth application

The brushes in the new redesigned bottles are really easy to work with. They are wide and flat, which makes getting full coverage very easy. This formula was smooth and easy to apply. The formula was a bit sheer (as intended) but I used three coats and got the coverage I was looking for. I also had no issues with drying time.

Where to Buy: Drugstores / $ 2

How do you feel about Wet N Wild polishes? Have you been a long time fan? If not, how do you feel about white polish? Is it too stark or too bridal for you? Or do you enjoy wearing the fresh, clean look?

– Liz

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OPI: Stranger Tides & Sit Under The Apple Tree

I feel awful for my absence the past week! I have been apartment searching and it has eaten up any ounce of down time I’ve had. Luckily, it’s over and I can get back to taking care of my nails.

I found Sit Under The Apple Tree (hate this name) on clearance at Ulta recently. It’s originally from OPI’s Retro collection in 2009. It’s rather sheer so I knew I wanted to layer it. I’m very satisfied with this outcome, I’ve been admiring it all day.

Pretty pale, shimmery green combination

I knew I wanted an opaque base for this manicure and a number of base colors would work well with layering Sit Under The Apple Tree. I picked the pale, grey-ed out sage Stranger Tides. SUTAT is very pretty and delicate for a yellow / green shimmer. The micro-shimmer is so fine and dense that it really covered my nail well with one coat. It looks gorgeous and cheerful in the sunlight. Somewhat “springy” because it’s a yellow-toned green. There’s definitely a brighter cast of green that comes out when it’s applied, but it worked perfectly with ST.

Easy application and pretty outcome

I used two coats of ST and everything was opaque and streak-free. It also dried quickly. On top of that, I only needed one coat of SUTAT to get a good amount of shimmer and color. Of course, applying another layer would bump it up even more. I think SUTAT would look good layered over a lot of different colors. Neutrals, green, yellow..maybe even black.

Where to Buy Stranger Tides: Online Retailers / $ 5 – $ 8

Where To Buy Sit Under The Apple Tree: Online Retailers / $ 4 – $ 8

Do you own Sit Under The Apple Tree? Do you like layering sheer shimmery polishes over cremes? If not, what’s your favorite way to wear them? Do you want to pick up SUTAT?

– Liz

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OPI: Warm & Fozzie

Happy Thanksgiving, all! I hope you have eaten enough food for a small army already today or will be shortly. I’m starving and can’t wait to get my mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cornbread on.

I picked this polish to wear for the holiday because it really evokes a sense of warmth and comfort. The name couldn’t be more fitting for this golden-y, bronze, foil-y beauty.

Warm, shimmery, metallic goodness

Warm & Fozzie is absolutely beautiful. There are so many colors in this polish, but they all work together in a great way. It’s a foil-y, mostly overall metallic, polish that is full of gold, bronze, and even some sparse red particles that make this polish look so warm, cozy, and inviting. There is also somewhat of a green tinge that comes out in certain lighting. What is also so nice about this polish is that it translates perfectly from the bottle to the nail; no color or sparkle gets left behind.

The application and formula on this polish was great, I had no issues. Sometimes with foils they need three coats to really bring the luminosity and depth, but I only used two thick coats and everything looks wonderful. Though with a lot of foils, the wear-time hasn’t been ideal for such a pretty polish that I can’t stop admiring!

Where to Buy: Ulta / Trade Secret / JCPenny / Professional Salons / Online Retailers / $ 8.50

So, is this a top pick of yours for the Muppets collection? Have you picked it up already or are you planning to? Does this polish remind you of OPI DS Glow just a bit?

– Liz

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Nubar: Faded Jeans

Hey guys, I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday.

I was pretty excited to beef up part of my light blue collection with this polish. I find light blues somewhat difficult to wear on my warm toned skin, sometimes difficult to apply, and borderline juvenile. But this one slid by all of those issues. I might be somewhat bias though because it reminds me of my favorite denim motorcycle jacket. 🙂

Light, and less sky blue, shimmer

As I mentioned, even though I am a lover of all things blue, sometimes these light blues are difficult to wear on my warm skin. However, there is something about Faded Jeans that is flattering. I think it might be the delicate, fine shimmer that softens it against the skin, though it really is only noticeable in the sunlight. There’s also something about it that is less “sky blue” than light blues can be. It’s the most playful polish in the collection and I think it’s great polish for a light denim wash.

Easy application (especially for a light pastel-y blue!)

I was worried about running into an application issue with this light blue polish. But I think the shimmer in the finish evened out any chalky-ness or streaking. There was very minimal streaking and pretty good coverage. I ended up only needed two coats. My only application tip would to be to apply a thicker first coat to really make sure you get solid coverage. Pretty good drying time as well. I have also gotten excellent wear time on all of this collection.

Where to Buy: ByNubar.com / $19.99 (For the set of three).

How do you feel about this light blue polish? Is it a bit “spring time” for you? Or do you think it’s pretty? Is it denim appropriate? I think this polish would look particularly pretty on light, cool toned skin.

– Liz

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