L’Oreal Summer 2012 It’s Gold or Nothing At All Nail Lacquer Swatches and Reviews

L’Oreal Summer 2012 It’s Gold or Nothing At All Nail Lacquer Swatches and Reviews

Browsing Walgreens (again) the other day, I stumbled upon a fully stocked display for L’Oreal.  This is UNHEARD OF in any Walgreens around me.  New collections (especially polish) gets picked clean almost immediately.  I had 12 minutes left before I had to be at work, so I grabbed 1 of each polish, paid and left.

I can’t find a whole lot on this collection, it isn’t up on the L’Oreal site yet and I’ve only spotted 2 or 3 swatches of 1 or 2 of the polishes online so far, so I figured it would be a good idea for me to swatch these and post them up!

First polish – Pink Carat (160)

L’Oreal Pink Carat is a pretty pink that borders on coral.  I like the color, but I have a few similar to this in my collection already, so I could have passed on it.  I needed 3 coats for Pink Carat, the first 2 coats were fairly streaky for me.  No top coat used, it was glossy enough that it didn’t need it.

Next polish – Precious Coral (164)

Precious Coral is a coral that leaned heavily on the orange side.  Again, this is another color I could have passed on.  It’s pretty, but fairly common and probably has quite a few dupes out there already. I didn’t have the streaking issue like I had with Pink Carat and only had to use 2 coats.

Now we are moving onto the two colors that made me stop and inspect the display!

Silver Sparkle (162)

L’Oreal Silver Sparkle is the one I HAD to have and I’m glad I got it!  Silver Sparkle is a mixture of glitter all in one little bottle!  There are small silver glitter particles and slightly larger silver and iridescent hex glitter.  The silver flashes slightly champagne colored in some light and the iridescent glitter gives very small flashes of pale green, blue and pink.  I used 2 coats to cover the nail, but I could have used just one coat over another color.  So it is a stand alone glitter or a layering glitter.  This isn’t chunky either!  Even without a top coat Silver Sparkle is incredibly smooth for a glitter polish

Here is the last polish of the collection, Gorgeous Gold (168)

This is an olive toned gold glitter.  Gorgeous Glitter has small gold and green glitter particles and slightly larger gold hex glitter in a gold polish base.  This one is unique to my collection because although I have gold glitter polishes, I do not own any gold glitter in a gold base polish.  I could have easily gotten away with 1 coat, but I went for 2.  If Gorgeous Gold looked on the nail like it looked it the bottle it would have been gorgeous… but it didn’t.  It came out looking like a mess on me.  The gold polish base overpowers the glitter and makes the glitter look like lumpy pieces of polish instead of radiant glitter particles.  Up close you see the glitter, but I don’t walk around shoving my nails in people’s faces.

So far I have only heard of sightings of this collection at Walgreens, but I would imagine its available everywhere L’Oreal is sold.

L’Oreal nail lacquer retails for $5.99 per bottle.

***The items in this review were purchased by me.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own***

Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect ColorCare Swatches and Review

Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect ColorCare Swatches and Review

This breakthrough nail color hides ridges and imperfections with a breathable porcelain-smooth finish. Enhanced with ginseng, camelia oil and lotus to promote stronger, healthier nails.

Sally Hansen has a fairly new line out called Smooth and Perfect ColorCare nail lacquer.  If you are like me and frequent Walgreens and other drugstores, I have no doubt that you have seen these!  Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect ColorCare currently has 8 nail colors in their range, all of which are either nudes or pastels (pale pastels not bright ones!).  Today I have 2 of the 8 to show you!

Sorbet is up first!

Such a gorgeous pale peach color!  There is a slight glowy pearl finish to it as well which really made this color amazing for me.  I am not one for nudes, they usually look horrible on me… I can deal with this one though!  I used 2 coats for Sorbet and I did not use a top coat for these pictures.  I wanted everyone to see what a nice glossy finish I got!  Now some sunshine shots of Sorbet!

One more

Ok so maybe I was mesmerized by the fact that I got starburst reflections in all 4 nails, but if you really look at the nails, you can see the glowy, pearly goodness that makes me LOVE this color!

The second color I got was Dune.

Here is a shot of Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Dune in the shade.  Much like Sorbet, I used 2 coats and no top coat.  Dune is a beautiful nude for me and has the same pearly effect that Sorbet has.  I really loved this one too, but Sorbet got top ranking on this post!

Sunlight shot:

In the sunlight this looks so soft and pretty.  A nice, comfortable color to have in any collection.

Just seeing these two colors, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love this line of polish.  It went on smooth and, well.. perfect!  I used 2 coats in each photo, no top coat was needed and it evened out beautifully.  The formula wasn’t thick, nor was it watery (I used no cleanup for these either!)  Each bottle has a wide brush so 2 strokes over the nail covered the whole nail.  Absolute perfection!  I know I was planning another Walgreens trip in the next week, so I will be sure to check out Whisper (lavender), Air (pale blue) and Sea (pale green).  With all of the bright pastels this season, I think it would be nice to see the softer side of pastels!

Make sure you visit Sally Hansen on Facebook as well as on their website!

Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect ColorCare line retails for $5.99 at most places Sally Hansen is sold (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc)

***The products in this post were sent for review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own***

Sinful Colors Summer Neons Swatches and Reviews

Sinful Colors Summer Neons Swatches and Reviews

I was posting these photos on Facebook and decided to do a blog post about them too so I could have all of these summer goodies in one spot!  I ran into Walgreens on Friday and spotted a new Sinful Colors display and they had NEONS!  I didn’t take time to actually read the names, just grabbed 1 of each (7 total) , paid and left!  Nick was in the car waiting for me, so I didn’t have time to analyze each one!

Once again, I apologize for the picture quality!  I should have my normal camera back this week!

Looking for highlighter yellow for your nails?  Look no further:

Here is a sunlight pic which made it look more pastel, but it really isn’t..

Neon Melon is exactly what you need.  The picture didn’t even capture how bright this is.  I was loosing precious daylight so this is the best I could do while it was on.  Bright Yellow!  I used 3 coats of Neon Melon and then Dazzle Dry top coat for glossiness!  Neon Melon dried to a satin finish.  3 coats seems like a lot to some, but this formula dried QUICK so it didn’t seem too bad!

Highlighter Orange?  Sinful Colors has that covered too:

Direct sunlight picture:

Summer Peach is bright orange.  Not sure why peach is in the name, I saw no peach… this is pretty much dead on for the neon orange spray paint construction teams use.  Again, picture doesn’t show just how bright this really is.  Same as Neon Melon, Summer Peach is a 3 coater with a satin finish.  Super fast dry time and I used a top coat for a glossy look!

Last highlighter shade of the group:

Fusion Neon is just a gorgeous bright pink, this is an outdoor shade picture… it is brighter in the sun! Another 3 coater, satin finish, fast dry time!  Dazzle Dry made this a glossy finish ;)

Now… everyone needs a neon coral in their life!

This is Sinful Colors Pink!  Just ‘Pink’.  No neon or jazzy summer tag with it.  To get to the neon coral goodness I did, use 3 coats and a glossy top coat!  Another satin finish here with quick dry time.

I’m a purple lover, so I had to have a summery purple!  Sadly this isn’t neon like I wanted, but still a gorgeous bright color!

Am I the only one who loves seeing outdoor photos where the light catches and creates the little starburst?  Anyways – this is Dream On.  Not a neon really, but it does still dry to a satin finish quickly.  2 coats this time and topped off with a glossy top coat!

Looking for a shimmery color?

Again, not neon but gorgeous nonetheless!  Cream Pink is a pretty summer pink packed with gold shimmer.  You can see where the sun caught the nail just right on my pointer finger and the shimmer stands out.  Another quick dry, but the finish was a semi glossy finish.  I still used a top coat, but I could have easily gone without!

Kind of sad that this is the last one I have to post.  They needed more colors in this collection *cough*whereistheneonblue*cough*

Irish Green is the final color to round up the Summer Neons.  This was also out for St. Patty’s Day! It’s neon, but not highlighter neon.  Irish Green is a bright jelly polish that took 3 coats.  I have been told it really pops if you use white as a base first, but I wanted to get unaltered shots of the colors.  Dry time wasn’t as quick as the rest, but still not horrible… 3 minutes per coat.  No top coat on this one.

If you are looking for some pretty neon’s from Sinful Colors.. or ANY Sinful Colors, now is the time to do it!  Walgreen’s has ALL Sinful Colors on sale for .99 cents right now.  Usually they are $1.99, so if you miss the sale the price still isn’t bad!

**All products in this post were purchased by me!**

Essence Colour & Go in Glamorous Life Swatches and Review

Essence Colour & Go in Glamorous Life Swatches and Review

Color-intense and totally hip! the new versions of the colour & go nail polishes cover your nails in the brightest colors of the spring season and really get you in the mood for a deluxe styling session! ranging from pastel to bright to holographic – with these new colors, you’re sure to be super trendy! and thanks to the fast-drying formula and the flat brush, all it takes is one stroke of the brush per nail and your hands and feet are ready to hit the town!
available in 9 new colors and a total of 22 colors.

I always get a little excited when I have the opportunity to review a good quality nail polish that is at an amazingly affordable price.  That’s pretty much what I found in Essence!  I was sent 3 products of theirs to review, but today I will be showing you their fabulous nail polish in Glamorous Life!

Essence Glamorous Life is a gorgeous raspberry colored jelly polish  filled with silver shimmer.  I am NOT wearing a top coat in these photos.  Essence Colour & Go in Glamorous Life dried super fast and super glossy!   In sunlight the flashes of shimmer are gorgeous.

This is Glamorous Life in the shade.  Still gorgeous, still shimmery and amazingly glossy!

Not only is this a fast drying beauty, it also incredibly inexpensive.  Ulta has them on their website for 99 cents.  THAT’S IT! What a bargain!  The bottles are smaller than others, for 99 cents you get 5ml of polish (.16 fl oz) .  The brushes are flat brushes and were really easy to control.  I didn’t do any cleanup for these photos at all.

There are currently 22 nail colors available through Essence, 9 of which are new for Spring!  My 2 current wants from Essence are A Lovely Secret and Where is the Party?

Keep an eye out for my next Essence review!  I have a Volume Boost Mascara as well Tint It!  color changing lip gloss to review still :)

To check out Essence and their range of polish as well as cosmetics, head on over to their http://www.essence.eu/us/home.html

***The product in this post was sent to me for review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own***

Milani Pure Love Collection Swatches and Review

Milani Pure Love Collection Swatches and Review

Before I even get going on my post – I want to give a HUGE apology for the quality of the photos you are about to view.  The amazing camera that is usually used for my blog is currently in the shop :(  I should have it back in the next week or so, but the Milani Pure Love Collection is Limited Edition for the month of April, so I couldn’t delay it AT ALL!  Would hate to let these lovelies go to waste.  So we improvised with a lower quality camera so I could get this out.  

Onto the post!

This April Milani has released a Limited Edition set of 3 nail lacquers in Gray Tux, Bridesmaid and Wedding Dress as well as a True Romance eyeshadow trio to match!  It is their Pure Love Collection, which can be found at select Walgreens for the month of April!

We’ll start with the Milani Nail Lacquer swatches!

Milani Wedding Dress is a gorgeous silvery white polish with a metallic like finish.  This polish glows!  Application was a little rough on Wedding Dress, but only during the first coat.  Dry time took almost 7 minutes per coat as well, but I find that to be fairly common with metallic like polishes.  2 coats were used for this photo!

Milani Bridesmaid was hands down my favorite of the 3 Pure Love nail lacquers.  Bridesmaid is a champagne polish with a foil finish and little pops of copper in it.  Stunning!  It shimmers like CRAZY outdoors.  It isn’t just a good wedding color, its an amazing summer color!  Formula wise, Bridesmaid was easy to work with, 2 coats finished it off !  Dry time was about 7 minutes (just like Wedding Dress!)

Last up is Milani’s Gray Tux!  Gray Tux is a slightly sheer black jelly polish infused with small silver glitter as well as medium silver hex glitter!  The amount of glitter in this one is phenomenal.  I didn’t have to fish around the bottle for it either!  Plenty came out with each brush stroke.  My nails do have the slightly bumping glitter feeling (bumpy… not gritty!) which was quickly evened out by using Milani Top Coat!   I only used 2 coats for this gorgeous glitter infused mani.

The Milani True Romance Eyeshadow Trio is just as amazing as the nail lacquers!  First I’ll show you the trio:

Sorry for the dustiness of it, I swatched it before I thought to take a photo of the quad.  Silly me!

The quality of these shadows are wonderful.  They apply smooth and evenly and blend surprisingly well.  No chalkiness whatsoever!  Because of my camera issue, I couldn’t get any decent eye shots.  Instead I did arm swatches, which I really try not to do without eye shots but this couldn’t be avoided :(

These swatches are only 1 swipe each.  They also apply beautifully wet if you prefer a more dramatic effect!  These build easily too for more impact.

As I stated earlier, Milani’s Pure Love Collection is available for a limited time at select Walgreen’s for the month of April only!  So if you want them, you need to hurry up and get them!

Even though these gorgeous colors are only available at select Walgreens, you can still check out Milani’s fabulous color selection of Nail Lacquers as well as Cosmetics on their website www.MilaniCosmetics.com

***Products in this post were provided for review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own***

 

 

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