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Fall 2013 Polish Comparisons and Swatches!

Hi everyone!

I’m back! I’ve been majorly busy this week and have not had the time nor energy to even think about blogging. I missed swatching and sharing my lacquers with you, so I’m super glad to be back (and super glad my crazy schedule has FINALLY calmed down again!) I should be back to my normal posting schedule from this point forward!

Today I’m going to be showing you some of my favorite fall nail polishes, and some dupes I’ve found. Not all polishes from this post are from a fall 2013 collection (though most are), instead, they’re just colors I like to wear in the winter! My goal is to provide you with an inexpensive alternative to some of the more high end polishes (though sometimes, you have to splurge!) It’s also to help weed through my nail polish collection…. So let’s get started!

Essie For the Twill of it v. Color Club Port-folio v. Wet n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy 

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Well, it’s pretty obvious: no dupes here. Especially not the Wet n’ Wild- it’s really sheer and nowhere near the same as the deep, grayed out base of the Essie. Port-folio gets closer to Essie, but it’s a much redder purple, and has a stronger green duochrome, whereas FTTOI has green, pink, blue, gray, silver, and more. I couldn’t recommend one over the other, so they’re all worth it in my book!

NOTE: OPI’s Peace, Love, and OPI (not owned) is a completely spot-on dupe of For the Twill of it. You only need one or the other in your collection.

Zoya Giovanna v. Sephora by OPI Mermaid to Order

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While these two are close, they’re not dupes. Giovanna is a much deeper color than Mermaid, and Mermaid is much more metallic than Giovanna, which causes more brushstroke issues. Giovanna also has a more green base than the bluish Mermaid. They are close enough that you don’t really need both, and if I had to recommend one, I’d recommend the Zoya, because it’s just a better, more workable formula.

Essie Tart Deco v. Wet n’ Wild Blazed v. Sephora by OPI How Cute is That?

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How Cute is That? is the oddball of the bunch- it’s got a shimmer in its base and is a much cooler coral tone than the others. It’s also a lot sheerer than the other two, so I’m not really a big fan. Blazed is a bit cooler, darker, and more jelly-like than Tart Deco, but besides that, they’re pretty similar. Depending on how bright you want your coral (Tart Deco is definitely more eye-searing than Blazed), either would make a good choice (though Wet n’ Wild is $0.99, and Essie is $7.99).

Zoya Sarah v. Pink Ice 069

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Definitely no dupes here, despite them looking somewhat similar in the picture. Sarah dries much smoother than 069, and is much warmer and more red-based than the blue-based 69. Sarah also has a gorgeous gold shimmer in it that 069 lacks. Zoya wins hands down here.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nightwatcher v. Rue Beauté 043

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These two are pretty much spot on. In person, there’s a slight difference in that Nightwatcher is more black than 043, but honestly, it’s so subtle that either gives the same effect. I’d recommend Rue Beauté for the $3.99 price tag, but the Sally Hansen most definitely has the best brush and formula. It’s up to you!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Supernova v. NYC Sparkle Top Coat

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They look pretty similar in the picture, but NYC definitely is different from its Sally Hansen counterpart. NYC has a lot of silver and blue glitter mixed into a semi-pink base, while the Sally Hansen has pink glitter as the dominant color. Both are less than $3, so it’s really up to you which you prefer. I personally pick NYC because you don’t have to place any of the glitter, whereas Sally Hansen can be a bit fickle.

Do you have any suggestions for more comparisons in the future? I can’t promise I can do all of them (some polishes are just too expensive to get my hands on at the moment), but if I have the polishes available to me, I’d love to do a comparison. Let me know what you’d like to see in the comments!

~Beth~

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MOTD- Color Club “Port-Folio”

Hi there everyone!

Happy Sunday-Funday! Hope everyone is having the same beautiful, sunny weather I’m having here in the First State! I’m definitely going to spend some time outside this afternoon- it’s gorgeous!

In honor of the sun, I thought today I’d do a super shimmery, duochrome manicure that would really come to life outdoors. And Color Club’s Port-Folio sure doesn’t disappoint! Port-Folio is a rich, grey/green based purple with a GORGEOUS purple duochrome running through it. It’s truly spectacular both in the bottle and on the nails! It’s gorgeous both indoors and out. Despite the frosty nature of this polish, brushstrokes really aren’t an issue, at least for me. It’s pretty self-leveling. There can be some bald spots, but 2-3 coats will even it out. The polish is a little on the thicker side, but certainly not unmanageable. This is a great color for fall, it’s very reminiscent of OPI’s Peace, Love, and OPI from their San Francisco collection, as well as Essie’s For the Twill of it from their Fall 2013 collection. It’s not spot on to either of those two polishes, but it’s close enough to be in the same family. Pictures below are 3 coats of Port-Folio, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

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Just look at that gorgeous green running through the bottle! This polish is a beauty!

What do you think of this polish? Are you into this kind of duchrome trend that’s sweeping Fall 2013? Let me know in the comments!

Color Club polishes retail for around $8 (though I actually got my bottle at Rue 21 in a 2 for $5 nail polish deal!), and can be found at Sally Beauty, some Ulta locations, some drugstores like CVS, or on their website, here.

~Beth~

 


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Nail Art- Blue Gradient, Two Ways!

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Hey there!

So today I have a fun nail art design that I did in two different styles. I did a classic “gradient” nail art design, using 3 shades of blue, and then a “reverse gradient” nail, in which I have one gradient going in one direction, and a stripe down the center in the reverse direction! I was originally inspired to try a version of the “reverse gradient” nail from Simplelittlepleasues, a youtube nail art channel. If you want to check some of her designs, just click here! She’s also incredibly talented at water marbles!

Basic gradient nail art in natural indoor light

Basic gradient nail art in natural indoor light

So the first “base” design is the gradient. To create this look, I used 3 colors of nail polish: The lightest blue is Wet n’ Wild Megalast Nail Color in “I Need a Refresh-mint“, the middle-colored blue is Wet n’ Wild Fastdry Nail Color in “Saved by the Blue“, and the darkest blue (a shimmery navy) is Color Club Nail Lacquer in “043“. I started with 1 coat of “I Need a Refresh-mint” on all of my nails, and let it dry completely for about 20 minutes. Then, I took a makeup sponge, and layer the 3 colors on it, try to overlap the colors so that when I dab it on my nails, the colors will blend. I’ll include a picture of the sponge below.

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After preparing the sponge, I dabbed the polish onto my nails, with the lightest color near my cuticle and the darkest by my tips, in side to side motions in order to blend the colors together. Don’t worry if it looks messy the first time, because you’ll need 2-3 layers of the gradient to get it dark enough. If you want to keep your cuticles clean, you can tape them like you would in a water marble nail art. However, I opted to leave them naked, and remove the mess with a q-tip dipped in acetone later. Once you’re satisfied with your gradient layers, use a topcoat over it to smooth out the lines. You should be left with a smooth gradient of blue bliss! Pictures below have 1 coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” overtop them.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Now, on to the second design!

Design 2!

Design 2!

The “reverse gradient” uses the exact same technique as the regular gradient. In order for it to work, you have to let the regular gradient dry COMPLETELY. As in, 30-40 minutes completely. You will need small strips of scotch tape or masking tape or nail striping tape, depending on how thick you want your lines. I opted for one thick line down the middle of my nail, but you could do smaller lines, diagonal lines, whatever! It’s a very open-ended design. Make sure the tape is pressed tightly against your nail. Then, paint your sponge with the same 3 gradient colors , only this time, reverse the order, so that the lightest color is at your tips and the darkest is at your cuticles. Repeat the gradient application technique, and as soon as you’re done, remove the tape to create a crisp line, and apply top coat. And voila! Your “reverse gradient” design is complete! Below are pictures with one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

So what do you think of these two stylish nail designs? Have you tried a gradient nail art before?

~Beth~