22 March 2010

Lacquer Lundi

Apparently I was feeling wine-y this week.  Every polish is a lovely shade that reminds me of ripe berries.

On to the pretties:

Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Wined Up
-  purchased at Rexall (chain drug store) for $5.99 CDN

Wined Up is a deep, dark burgundy base with a subtle gold micro shimmer that looks like metallic car paint.  It is a gorgeous vampy colour that essentially glows from within.  My husband was a big fan of this colour.

Wined Up applied well, as the consistency of the polish was nice and the brush was large and well-shaped.  It took two coats for the polish to be completely opaque and both coats dried quickly (as can be expected from a polish named Insta Dri).  Wear was so-so - I had a fair amount of tip wear after two days.

OPI - DS Signature
- purchased at Rachelle's (local hair salon) for $6.95 CDN

Signature is a part of OPI's designer series (hence the DS in the name).  It is a dark pink holographic polish that is simply stunning.  I am very impressed by the holo effect of this polish - I is quite striking in both natural and artificial lighting.  I have said in the past that I don't like pink (and I still don't like candy floss pink), but this polish has won me over.  This is how pink should be done!

Signature applied very nicely, with very little of the polish drag that sometimes occurs with holographics.  It did however take three coats to be perfectly opaque, but since each coat dried quickly, it was not an imposition.  It wore well, with only tip wear after two days.

Sally Hansen Salon - Beet Stain & Nfu Oh - #84
- SH purchased at Shoppers (chain drug store) for $5.99 CDN
- Nfu Oh purchased at fabuloustreet.com for $12.50 US

Beet Stain is a pretty pinky-purpley-burgundy shade that was part of the Tracey Reese collection for spring 2009.

Beet Stain did not have the best application - it was watery and streaky.  In the photo to the left, you see two coats and the streakiness is apparent if you enlarge the picture.  I did not do a third coat to even everything out because I knew I would be adding the Nfu Oh polish on top.  The wear of this polish is just okay - I had reasonable tip wear after one day.

At that point, I added two coats of #84, an interesting polish containing dark pink, purple and copper glitter.  Although it is a wonderful polish up close, I wish the glitter was larger to make more of an impact on the nail.


Carol said...

That sparkly one in the middle is lovely. I never usually go for colours like that, but it's really nice.

Rose said...

These are nice colors. I agree with your husband about the first one.

Summerset said...

I'm loving these! I agree about the pink - this is about the most palatable way to have it, with lots of holographic glitter. In OPI's recent Alice in Wonderland collection, there is a similar glitter packed color.

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Gretchen the Household Deity said...

Oooh, that top one is so classic vampy. I can see why your husband liked it!

Kelsey said...

My application experience with Beet Stain was completely different from yours! I had opaque coverage in just one coat. I guess the polish in my bottle was a lot thicker than yours.

I have really been craving berry colors lately, despite all of the pastel spring colors that are coming out.

Marianne said...

Hello Shannon,

A colleague of mine came across your blog, and let me know she had found my doppelganger, then sent me your picture...indeed we do look a fair bit alike. I'll email you at your hotmail account soon with my pic so you can check out the resemblance.


Boracay beach resort said...

I love those polish. They are kinda attractive.