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Now that the weather has gotten consistently warm-ish, I’m excited to get started on the lot of springy/summery brights I’ve been buying. Thankfully most of them are cremes, which I’ll welcome after all the glitters I tried last month. Essie Under Where? (Resort Collection, 2013) is a light orchid creme:
Picture taken in natural light. The formula was not devastatingly sheer, but it wasn’t that strongly pigmented; for this light color I needed three coats for full coverage. Normally, with this type of milky jelly formula I would expect to have some tip pull from the quick-drying topcoat I use, but to this polish’s credit, I had none. I wasn’t as excited about this color as I was about the three others in the collection, but I’m glad I got it anyway, because it’s really pretty! It does strike me as more springy than summery, but it does make me think of orchids, which I guess I would see at a resort back in the Philippines. I paired this with Essie Mojito Madness on my toes.
I’m finishing up February by personally finishing up a collection. China Glaze Sweet Hook (Electropop, Spring 2012) is a pastel lilac creme:
Picture taken in natural light. The formula was thick but runny. It did apply smoothly and was nicely pigmented but it was still streaky so I needed three coats for full, even coverage. I love when a pastel is really pigmented like this! The finish looks so solid and creamy, and it has that lovely stark appearance. The starkness can take a pale color and make it look vibrant. I’m more inclined to call this a lilac than a lavender; it has just a drop of pink in it that makes it look more warm-toned. This color really does look sweet! It’s fresh and pretty and makes me think of Jordan almonds (and long for spring.) I paired this with Sinful Mint Apple on my toes.
Keeping up with this sort-of pastel theme, I’m wearing Orly Lollipop (Sweet, Spring 2010), a pastel baby lilac creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This was quite pigmented and the formula had a nice flow, so I only needed two coats for full opacity and evenness. This shade of lilac has a pinkish tone, and is on the warm side. It’s a nice change of pace from similar cooler-toned shades. I wouldn’t call it the starkest of my lilacs/lavenders, but it’s definitely enough to have that nice, whited-out, true pastel look. It’s a very sweet-looking, cute color. I paired this with Urban Outfitters Green 2 on my toes.
For the fall, I’ve worn lots of vibrant, deep jewel tones, some rich, warm earth tones, and now I’m wearing something else perfect for the season: a smoky, greyed color like American Apparel Dynasty, a dusty lilac creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied fine in two coats. I can think of quite a few polishes in the same vein so this isn’t so unique or fresh anymore, but I still like it (otherwise I wouldn’t have as many of these greyed lilacs/lavenders in my collection.) I really like the dusty vibe. I paired this with Color Club High Society on my toes.
I’m wearing another purple today, but not pastel! It’s just something I wanted to retry. OPI Parlez-Vous OPI? (La Collection de France, Fall 2008) is a greyed, dark lilac creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well in two coats (a welcome change after dealing with pastel formulas for a while). I just love this type of color! Purple looks good dusty, greyed-out, and moody. I paired this with Barielle Putt-e On Me on my toes.
After wearing Panda-monium Pink, I wanted to wear the other similar color from the same collection. OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender (Hong Kong Collection, Spring 2010) is a soft, pastel, pinkish lilac creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was much like Panda-monium Pink, a bit thick and streaky but okay in three coats. This color is hard to pin down. It may look pink, but it’s definitely more purple when compared to other baby pinks/lilac-pinks. It reminds me of orchids. I paired this with Sally Hansen Yellow Kitty (Complete Salon Manicure) topped with Sinful Opal Glitter on my toes. I really like putting this type of glitter over light colors; it makes me think of sprinkles on cupcakes.
So my Valentine’s Day manicures are a bit overdue but alas, here they are:
I decided to go with a sweethearts candy theme instead of a typical pink or red for the day before Valentine’s Day, so I used China Glaze Lavender Lingo and Go Go Pink as an accent finger. The application issues of the Patent Leather collection are well documented, but I’ll reiterate that they’re a little gloopy and streaky. This picture is two coats no topcoat.
For the day of Valentine’s day I went with as close to red as I had in my collection, Raspberry Festival from the China Glaze Summer Days collection:
I have to say, for a long long time I thought reds wouldn’t look good on me and Sarah tried to make me a believer because she absolutely adores them. After trying on Raspberry Festival and falling in love I ran to CVS and picked up 4 different shades of Sally Hansen Salon Brand reds that were 50% off because they were in the old bottle style. I’m now a believer that yes, I can pull off red, and am very happy about it!
Anyway, Raspberry Festival applies like a dream and there’s not much else to say, other than that in person it’s a tad more red and it’s super packed with silvery microglitter that makes it sparkle something lovely (: Oh, and that picture was taken without topcoat and it’s even prettier when you add that into the mix.
Happy belated VDay hehehe,