Monday, March 19, 2012

Jessica - Electric Teal

I actually pulled out China Glaze Aquadelic to wear the day I put this on, and then I decided I wanted something a little more vibrant.  I compared Electric Teal to Turned up Turquoise and Sinful Rise and Shine, but I don't think I ever wore this on its own, so I'm still tagging this "indecision clouds my vision".

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II (1 coat)
Color:  Jessica Electric Teal (3 coats)
Topcoat:  Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (1 coat)

This was seriously on like the fourth day of wear or something ridiculous like that.  And it's still overcast.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Essie - Pretty Edgy, Kleancolor - Green With Envy, Color Club - Object of Envy

Slackity, slack slack.  Actually I've been doing a LOT of knitting, and frequent polish changes and knitting don't really get along.

Anyway, here is my St Patrick's Day nails.  I think the Color Club is "tried" - everything else is untried, and yes, I've had Pretty Edgy since I did that comparison WAY back at the beginning of this blog and it was STILL sitting in my untried drawer.

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II (1 coat)
Color:  Essie Pretty Edgy (3 coats)
Color:  Kleancolor Green With Envy (1.5 coats)
Color:  Color Club Object of Envy (1 coat)
Topcoat:  Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (1 coat)

Yes, that's a lot of coats, but I don't mind because this came out way better than I hoped it would.  Pretty Edgy applied flawlessly.  It was a tiny bit dustier than I expected, actually - I don't know if I'm just remembering it wrong, or it's changed slightly as it's been sitting untouched.  Anyway, I knew I was glittering it up, so no big deal.  Pretty Edgy was almost totally opaque in three coats.

Green With Envy has a very slightly green tinted base, or maybe the glitter is leaching out into the base a little.  Whatever the cause, the end result was that it added just the perfect amount of yellow to Pretty Edge, making it the perfect St Patrick's Day green.  It's a fairly chunky glitter - medium hex pieces, and a few tiny glitters, and of course I had trouble getting even distribution.  So when I finished applying I wasn't totally happy with it, so I pulled out...

Object of Envy.  I've worn this before and I think I felt like three coats would be reasonably opaque on its own.  Anyway, I applied one coat over everything and it's PERFECT.  The only thing I would do differently next year (and oh yeah, I'm definitely wearing this again) is apply Object of Envy before Green With Envy, so that the bigger glitter shines more.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Misa - Phazers on Stunning

Phazers on Stunning is a green/rose-beige duo chrome shimmer, and should also be spelled "Phasers", but that's neither here nor there.

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II (1 coat)
Color:  Misa Phazers on Stunning (4 coats)
Topcoat:  Northern Lights Gold Holo (1 coat)
Topcoat:  Revlon Quick Dry (1 coat)

Funny thing about these photos:  When I was taking them, I was having trouble capturing the pink/rose color of this polish, but when I went to edit them I saw that even though all I could see was the green, all I got in the photos is the rose.

Anyway, this is a pretty thin and runny polish.  It was fairly sheer - I needed four coats and I still have a bit of VNL.  To be honest, I don't feel like this is a very exciting color, so I added a coat of the gold Northern Lights holo topcoat, and it didn't really help.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

OPI - Meep-Meep-Meep

Meep-Meep-Meep is a pinkish red glass fleck.  The bottle shows a little bit of gold flash but it is totally not visible on the nail.  It is very similar to Ali's Big Break.

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II (1 coat)
Color:  OPI Meep-Meep-Meep (3 coats)
Topcoat:  Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (1 coat)

I like this OK.  It doesn't totally wow me, and it actually reads red a lot of the time, which I'm not a huge fan of.  However, it applied nicely, and seems like it would sparkle in the sun - if we ever got any.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Essie - Play Date

Play Date is a bright light, almost pastel purple.

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II (1 coat)
Color:  Essie Play Date (3 coats)
Topcoat:  Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (1 coat)

Here's another one of those "I waited as long as I could to take pictures" posts.  This is on the fourth day of wear, and I'd been doing dishes the day before, so I have some pretty good chips and tip wear.

I loved this color a lot more than I expected to.  I am not sure it will go with my summer tan but I can see myself wearing this as a pedicure, absolutely.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Revlon - Starry Pink

Starry Pink is a pale pink jelly with two sizes of silver glitter.

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II (1 coat)
Color:  Revlon Starry Pink (3 coats)
Topcoat:  Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (1 coat)

Even though I have a hate for visible nail line, I really like this.  Also, my cuticles are super scary in these photos - our weather's been mostly overcast, and I keep waiting for sun to take photos and it never shows up, so I end up giving up and taking photos in the morning.

Anyway, about the only thing I would have changed about this polish is that I would have gone for white or opalescent glitter instead of silver.  The glitter on the bottom two layers looks awesome, but the silver glitter in the top layer just looks weird and umatching.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Zoya - Veruschka

Here's another swatch from long ago.  Veruschka is a deep green polish with shimmer.  This is a matte velvet polish.

Three coats, no basecoat.  I used topcoat on my index and ring fingers, and wow, it is gorgeous with topcoat. 

I do not know why this is, but I feel like the matte velvet Zoyas always have amazing application, and the straight matte polishes are awful.  Is it just me?