29 June 2009

Lacquer Lundi

A few questions answered to start things off.

Summerset asks, "Do you have a favorite hand/nail moisturizer?"
I do. Check out this post for all the details. I am always on the prowl for the next greatest thing though, so if I ever run across anything that is better, I will post about it.

Cindy asks, "I have been wanting to find a good silver for my toes this summer. Have any recommendations?"
I must admit that I don't have many silver polishes in my collection. The ones that I do have are all holographic in nature. However, I will be on the look out for silver polishes and report back my findings.

Now on to the pretties:

Rimmel 60 Seconds - Camouflage
- purchased at Wal Mart for $3.14 CDN

There are a few polishes that hold me mesmerized by their beauty, unable to tear me eyes away from their splendour. Camouflage is one of those polishes. It is, in my opinion, one of the most enchanting greens on the market. From the rich, medium green base to the subtle gold micro shimmer, it is spectacular.

The formula is quite good. It slides on easily with a nice wide brush and it is extremely pigmented - the picture shows me wearing a single coat. It dries quickly (the 60 second boast on the bottle is fairly indicative of the true drying time). Unfortunately the wear on this polish is not so great. After less than 24 hours I had chipping. In all fairness, I was trying a new base coat with this polish, so I will have to try it again with my TNT base coat and see if that makes a difference.

Avon Nailwear Pro - Blue Flare
- purchased from avon.ca for $2.99 CDN

I haven't really used Avon cosmetics since I was a teenager. However, when I received a coupon code from avon.ca and noticed that many of the nail polishes were on sale, I decided to take the plunge. Since I am a huge fan of blue polish, Blue Flare was a no-brainer, so into the cart it went.

Blue Flare is a greyed-out blue with silver micro shimmer. I got many compliments on this colour. It really is unique and interesting - I don't have any other polish in my collection that is even close to this colour.

It went on smoothly and covered completely in two coats. It wore reasonably well for the three days I had it on - tip wear, but no chipping.

Sally Hansen Salon - Mulberry Wine
- purchased at Rexall (chain drug store) for $5.99 CDN

Mulberry Wine is a gorgeous bright medium purple creme with an extremely subtle shimmer. It is one of those colours that is good enough to eat. Unfortunately, it is a difficult colour to capture in a photograph (the second photo is more colour accurate, but still not perfect).

It applied well and was opaque in two thin coats. Over the two days I had it on, I had no chipping, but I did see a fair amount of tip wear. However, I should mention that I was cleaning up my classroom during those days, so the tip wear is mainly due to that.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Racey Rouge
- purchased at Zehrs (chain grocery store) for $5.99 CDN

Another of my beloved SH Insta-Dri polishes - this time in a bright pinkish-red creme.

Once again, I loved the extra wide brush and the easy application (beware though, it seems most people either adore this polish or hate this polish due to the brush and the consistency). I chose to apply two coats, although I could have gotten away with one coat had I laid it on more thickly. As usual, my favourite part about this polish is the super fast dry time - I was out the door in 10 minutes total and that includes base coat, two coats of Racey Rouge and a quick dry top coat. Nice!


gwensews said...

Love the green, and the Avon blue. That blue is really unique.

Sheila said...

Oooh the green and blue are right up my alley. I must admit that I've become adventurous with colors since you've been showcasing nail polishes. Last week I sported a lime green nail polish, but will be on the lookout for that green and blue.

Jen said...

Nice colours. I've just ordered some Avon polishes and might try the blue next time.

cidell said...

I was looking at the Avon Denim Flare and the other lighter jean themed color last week too. Did you get that one? I haven't ordered yet though.

Mulberry Wine is gorgeous! I'm waiting patiently for the Retro Collection from china glaze to show up at the etailers. Sigh.

Rose said...

Nice colors! I might be inspired to try that green!!

Gretchen the Household Deity said...

That blue is awesome! I am very tempted to buy that one.

sharon said...

Asking about a silver polish. I really like Essie Opera. It is more pewter and needs two coats to look it. But it looks far more elegant than most silvers which just look harsh to me.

Anonymous said...

I'm too whimpy to try the green, but I love the color of that Mulberry Wine.

Carol said...

Oh how I love green nail polish. Very Sally Bowles and Irma La Douce!

jacquiJB said...

I've been meaning to comment about Lush Lemony Flutter since you mentioned it in your earlier post. I LOVE the way it smells -- not at all like furniture polish. :) However, I found that while it was wonderful (if a little greasy) while I was using it, when I stopped using it my skin became extra dry and uncomfortable. Never one to be deterred, I've tried the product several more times, unfortunately with the same result. Mileage varies, of course, but I thought I'd chime in. Thanks for your blog -- it's one of my regular stops.

Nancy K said...

As always, a fun post. I looked at the instant dry polish and didn't buy it because I don't like the one in the tube. I will give this a try.
I also bought the hand cream which I like a lot.

Peggy said...

Hi Shannon! I just got a pedi yesterday with OPI "Purple-opolis", one of their reissued colors (I think it was part of their Greek series). Anyways, it's a gorgeous violet purple and you might want to check it out if you haven't already. It makes me smile when I look at my toesies!

NancyDaQ said...

My current favorite silvery polish is called "Peddle to the Metal" by Heaven. It has a slight pink tint but it looks silver on the nail. IMO the pink warms up the metallic a little bit so it's more flattering than a pure silver polish. I found it at Albertson's supermarket.

Kelsey said...

I am in LOVE with the Sally Hansen Salon Mulberry Wine! Any idea where I could find it online? (I live in the US.) I just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it.