2 November 2009

Lacquer Lundi

Straight to the pretties:

BB Couture - Prince Charming & Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Disco Ball
- BB Couture purchased at overallbeauty.com for $9.00 US
- SHHANXW purchased at Rexall (chain drug store) for $2.95 CDN

Prince Charming is a stunning royal blue with purple undertones. It positively glows on the nail - it is certainly one of my favourite blues. It flowed on smoothly and required two coats to achieve opacity.

To further enhance the gorgeousness that is Prince Charming, I layered to coats of Disco Ball over top. Disco Ball is a slightly milky base packed with iridescent glitter. It sparkles like crazy when the light strikes it. It applied fairly well, although it was a bit thick - but that's nothing a bit of thinner couldn't fix.

This combo suffered from some tip wear within the first 24 hours (I find chunky glitters often suffer from tip wear to a greater extent non-glitter polishes. I think the glitter catches on things as objects are picked up, resulting in the tip wear.)

Sally Hansen Salon - Sweet Creams & Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Pink Confetti
- Sally Hansen Salon purchased at Shoppers (chain drug store) for $5.99 CDN
- SHHANXW purchased at Rexall (chain drug store) for $1.53 CDN

I don't often wear "regular" nail colours. I tend to be more of a wacky colour connoisseur - blues, greens, yellows are more up my alley. But, every once in a while I crave a more natural look and this is the type of manicure that results. I applied three coats of Sweet Creams, an off-white (with a slight pinkish cast), slightly sheer polish. It applied nicely and was easy to work around on the nail. However, after only one day, I did have a moderate amount of tip wear.

To cover up this wear and to add some zing, I applied two coats of Pink Confetti. Pink Confetti is a sheerish light pink base with small iridescent glitter that adds a subtle hint of sparkle. It applied easily and dried quickly.

Sally Hansen Salon - Burnt Sienna
- purchased at Shoppers (chain drug store) for $5.99 CDN

Burnt Sienna is from a recently released Sally Hansen Collection that I believe is available only in Canada. It is a beautiful metallic polish that is brown and green and gold all at the same time. It truly is interesting.

I applied three coats of Burnt Sienna - two coats would have sufficed, but I really wanted a depth of colour, so I added one more. The polish applied well and moved around the nail nicely. However, the drying time was not great - I was still able to dent my polish over an hour later (likely this is due to the three coats, but I have other three coater polishes that dry more quickly). It also succumbed to a fair amount of wear - within 24 hours I had appreciable tip wear and after 36 hours I was starting to get chips. So, bottom line - a beautiful colour, but only so-so wear.


NancyDaQ said...

All of the polishes were really pretty this week

Love love love the Prince Charming, what a beautiful shade of blue.

The nude manicure is a nice break from your usual, I especially like the topcoat.

The Burnt Sienna is absolutely lovely, too bad its performance was not as good as the color.

Carol said...

Wow, is that blue gorgeous! I have several dark blues but they all tend towards navy. I would love one this bright.

Lina said...

I like all yours polishes, but this blue is something unbelievable.Royal blue is my favorite,too. :)

mamafitz said...

i just did my nails with some sally hansen salon (square bottle, right? i think my color was tassel), and had tip wear and even some flaking within 24 hours. i thought it was something i did wrong (base coat, 2 coats of color, top coat), but maybe not. that burnt sienna is a gorgeous color.

the same brand has lasted forever on my toes.

Anonymous said...

I'm really liking the Sweet Creams and Pink Confetti.