26 April 2010

Nail polishes - quick reviews.

To avoid a lot more nail polish review posts, I wanted to do a (reasonably) brief review of the rest of the polishes in my collection.  All of these are polishes I have purchased myself over a period of about two years, so I am reviewing them purely for colour purposes, as it's often difficult to tell what you're going to get, especially if you order online!  Durability on all of these is roughly 3 days no chipping, with a top coat of Seche Vite.  I know my pictures are nauseatingly amateur, but these are the ones I felt gave the best indication of actual colour.  So, without further ado...

OPI - Berries In The Canaries
Shade: Beautiful purple/pink (think a really bright mauve), creme finish. Really vibrant and flattering.
Coats: One

Essie - Bordeaux

Shade: Gorgeous deep blood red. Probaby my favourite polish in my whole collection. Very wearable, sophisticated and classic.  Creme finish.
Coats: 2

OPI - Hopelessly In Love

Shade: Creme peach/pale pink. Completely wearable, suits anbody shade.  Looks polished and pretty.  Lovely in Spring, especially.
Coats: 3, to achieve full opacity.

Ciaté - Gold Digga
Shade - Don't be fooled by the name.  I was expecting a bright gold when I ordered this, but it's really more of a bronze, antique gold.  Lovely, nonetheless.  I'd only wear this in Summer when I have a tan, as it makes my English pastiness look a little washed out, but it's a lovely shade.  Bit shimmery, merest hint of sparkle, and something a little different.  Looks even better on toes.
Coats: One.

OPI - Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow
Shade: From 2009's Colecciòn de España, which also included Barefoot in Barcelona.  This is a very dark forest green.  I wasn't sure about this at first but now I think I love it a lot.  It's grown up and sexy and an interesting alternative from Rouge Noir-esque shades.  To be honest, it only shows as a green shade in broad daylight; any darker and it looks black, but a lovely black all the same.
Coats: Two.

Butter London - Diamond Geezer
Shade - As it looks, silver.  Lovely light, bright, slightly sparkly silver.  Gorgeous in winter and summer, toes and fingers.  This is my first Butter London polish and I'm mightily impressed with the lack of polish smell, the application and the durability. I shall be back.
Coats: This is one coat.  It's slightly sheer but I like it better than two coats, which makes it lose the sparkle somewhat.  Both are wearable though.

OPI - Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It
Shade: Not one for the faint-hearted, this is a gutsy and super bright coral (more red than orange though).  Fabulous summer shade for fingers and toes.  Creme finish.
Coats: Two

OPI - Mrs O'Leary's BBQ
Shade: Gorgeously glossy deep aubergine.  A proper adult's shade, I think.  Most definitely a winter shade (for those of us who like to categorise nail polish by season!) but a suits-all shade that, again, is a nice departure from the Rouge Noir stable.  Creme finish.
Coats: Two.

OPI - La Paz-itively Hot
Shade: Hot, hot, fuschia shot through with an opalescent blue.  Brilliant on tanned toes, fab a night time especially.  This was one of the first OPI's I purchased and have used it a lot ever since.  My favourite summertime party polish.  Creme finish.
Coats: Two.

OPI - Hollywood Blonde
Shade: Sheer sparkly nude.  Not my favourite, purely because it's such a pain in the ass to remove - love that glitter - but nevertheless it is a hopelessly pretty, girly shade.  It can be used over the top of a coloured polish to give it sparkle, but I always just wear it alone for a quick and easy look.  A little sparkly for work, for some, but not so much that you look like you've dipped your fingers into an Early Learning Centre art box.
Coats: I'm wearing two in this photo but regularly wear just one quick sweep.

And there we have it - no more polish reviews for quite a while I think, apart from a separate Zoya one I'll be putting up later in the week.

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