28 September 2009

Lacquer Lundi

I have had a few commenters ask about my nail care routine. Here's a link to a previous post with all the pertinent information.

Now, on to the pretties:

Finger Paints - Copper Elements
- purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for $4.99 CDN

Copper Elements is a beautiful deep orange base with (not surprisingly) a delicious copper shimmer. It is a perfect colour to welcome autumn.

As with all the Finger Paints polish I have used, Copper Elements applied extremely well. It flowed on smoothly and spread evenly. I only needed two coats to achieve a nice opaqueness. It also wore very well. After two days, I only had very minor tip wear. I wish Finger Paints had a few more interesting colours (enough with the pinks, corals and mauves already), as I really like this line.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Celeb City
- purchased at Rexall (chain drug store) for $2.99 CDN

When I saw Celeb City in the new Sally Hansen display at my local drug store, I remembered how much I liked my other silver polish (Orly Dazzle) and decided to pick it up. Boy, am I glad I did. It is really nifty. It's got an interesting silver sparkle that makes it look like silver flakes are on the nail. Very pretty.

Celeb City was a breeze to apply. Two thin coats covered the nail to a perfect finish. The wear was quite good too - just tip wear after two days and it was barely noticeable because of the sparkliness (yep, I think I just made up a word) of this pretty polish.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Ocean View
& Shooting Star
- both purchased at Rexall (chain drug store) for $2.99 CDN each

Ocean View is a beautiful blue that is sort of teal and sort of royal blue all at the same time. Regardless of what colour you call it, it is definitely a lovely shade. And it was made all the better by adding Shooting Star (a sheer purply-blue base with oodles of multi-coloured glitter - see photo to the right) over top.

Ocean View was a dream to apply and was opaque in two coats. Shooting Star on the other hand was a bit thick and gloppy and required a bit of patience to even out on the nail. I will be adding thinner to this polish to allow it to flow more smoothly next time.

Despite any minor difficulties with application, this manicure was stunning. Pretty indoors and spectacular in the sun outdoors. The only problem is that the glitter requires two thick coats of top coat to diminish the bumpy fell on the surface of the nail. But, it's well worth the extra effort in my opinion. So gorgeous!

BB Couture - Prenuptial
- purchased at overallbeauty.com for $9.00 US

Bronze perfection. That is the best way to describe Prenuptial. It is a medium brown base (with yellow undertones) enhanced by a goldish frostiness. To me it's a nice sedate colour with a bit of oomph. Another shade that is perfect for welcoming the falling leaves of autumn.

Prenuptial was a dream to apply. It flowed on easily and covered in two thin coats. It also wore well - only minor tip wear after two days.


Rachel said...

I LOVE that Prenuptial and Copper Elements.

Anonymous said...

Prenuptial is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

The bronze and silver will be perfect for fall colors.

Chris said...

OOOOOH! I love the Copper Elements!

Lucy said...

I don't know which I like the most. They all look lovely on you.

Carol said...

I put a colour almost the same as copper elements on my fingers and it looked WRONG on me, but it's lovely on you. I have Celeb City on my toes as we speak ...

denise@thebluegardenia.com said...

Copper Elements wins this heart!

Jen said...

I love prenuptual, an awesome colour.

Shannon said...

Oooo, I LOVE Finger Paints! I have several in my collection and they are all a joy to apply. My current favorite for my toes is Watermelon Watercolor. It's a creamy (non-neon) hot pink. Nothing unusual or special about the color, but I just love it! I might have to try Copper Elements- it looks fabulous!

Summerset said...

Mmmm . . I'm a red fan, of course, but the silvers/coppers/tans are really hitting the right buttons.

Gretchen the Household Deity said...

Oooh, love your metallics. I think that bronze may be my favorite thing of all the polishes you've shown (apparently I have expensive taste).

Danielle said...

What great fall colors!!! I love them all :)