This is another of the polishes I got in the Kiko sale in France (2.50 Euro per polish - I got loads!).
This is a nude cream polish that is almost grey (and regular readers will know how I feel about grey). I really like this barely-there polish, so classy without being boring.
This took two fairly thick coats to get full coverage, but Kiko polishes always apply very well so that wasn’t a problem. Topped with Seche Vite.
Revlon ‘Plum Night’
I found these photos on my computer and realised I’d never blogged them. This was just after a few breaks, hence the uneven nail lengths - I apologise!
Anyway - this is a rich aubergine coloured cream polish that is perfection in 2 coats. This is a glorious autumnal colour. As we are meant to be in summer but it’s freezing and raining I’m going to allow this colour now!
This is topped with Seche Vite (of course).
Essie - Recessionista
When I saw the name of this polish I knew I wanted it. It’s not a particularly unusual or stand-out shade but it’s still a very pretty burgundy, cream polish. This will probably become a favourite polish when it gets to autumn (although at the moment I’m starting to doubt we’ll get a summer…)
It had full coverage in two coats and was very shiny, even without Seche Vite.
Maybelline Color Show - Midnight Taupe
I don’t have many Maybelline polishes but after trying this one I think I’ll be getting some more. This is a purple-y taupe creme polish. It is unusual as it’s quite a flat colour but still very shiny and interesting. This was two coats but the polish is quite thin so maybe try 3 if you want to get a more opaque finish.
This is topped with Seche Vite.
Creation Professional - 476
This is one of the polishes I bought in Dubai and I’ve never heard of the brand. But the colour jumped out at me.
It’s a lovely indigo, glass flecked polish with pink, purple and blue particles that shine and sparkle in the light.
Essie’s do pink polishes so well and this is a firm favourite: a very pale pastel pink with a hint of lilac.
This is a very flattering shade and feels very fresh and modern.
This is two fairly generous coats, topped with Essie Good To Go topcoat (which I am desperately trying to like as much as Seche Vite… but I just don’t!)
Sinful Colors ‘Ruby Ruby’
This is only my second ever bottle of Sinful Colors polish and I’m glad I went for this striking red. ‘Ruby Ruby’ is a classic, pillar box red polish, with a great formula: this is two coats topped with Essie ‘Good To Go’ (Yes, I cheated on Seche Vite and I don’t like it as much!)
*I am on holiday and this post is scheduled.
Rimmel ‘Apricot Punch’ (scented)
Half of this polish was gone but I don’t think I’ve ever swatched it which is surprising as it’s such a lovely colour PLUS it’s scented - and you know how I love a gimmick.
I think I may have got a dodgy bottle of this as it was really gloopy and thick which is unusual for Rimmel polishes. This was three coats and it took a lot of Seche Vite to get it to dry due to the gloopiness.
It is a good job it’s such a pretty colour - a peachy coral that is a great summer shade. And the smell is lovely!
*I am on holiday and this post is scheduled.
Models Own ‘Gold Finger’
This was unopened in my untried pile. What was I thinking? This is so beautiful! This is 3 coats of dense glitter that didn’t need placement. It is so shiny and sparkly and has attracted so many comments.
I have found a new favourite!
DOUBLE SWATCH: Essie ‘Head Mistress’ and L’Oreal ‘Confetti’
A double post for you today!
‘Head Mistress’ is a beautiful dark raspberry creme polish from the Stylenomics collection. It’s not unusual or different but I have really fallen in love with it.
This is topped with L’Oreal’s ‘Confetti’ top coat: a clear polish with a mixture of large, medium and small black and white hex glitter with tiny holographic particles mixed into it. I got this for my birthday, I had wanted it for ages but it was sold out in every Boots I went to. So glad that I finally have it - it is lovely! The only thing I don’t like about it is that it dries matte (which some people might like about it) - I have other glitter polishes like this and don’t find them a problems as I top everything with Seche Vite anyway. BUT this is SO top coat thirsty. The above photos show this polish with 2 coats of Seche Vite. Two!! And it still looks a bit matte. I can forgive it though, as it’s so pretty.
SWATCH: OPI ‘Lights Of Emerald City’
This is one of my birthday polishes and I absolutely adore it - it is like nothing else I own (which is hard work with so many polishes!). This is a clear base with large, matte, white, square glitter and small holographic square glitter. The four thumb photos show the colour changes in the holo glitter - so pretty!
This layered over Nails Inc ‘The Thames’: one of my favourite grey polishes.
My lovely OH Aaron bought me 3 polishes from the new OPI collection, themed around the new ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ film.
This is ‘Which Is Witch?’, ‘When Monkeys Fly!’ and ‘Lights of Emerald City’. So pretty!!
NOTD: Kiko ‘244’
Today’s manicure is Kiko’s yummy, squishy jelly polish, the exotically named ‘244’ (!). This is a dramatic, dark purple - almost black. I was pleasantly surprised that this applied perfectly in two coats, which is unusual for a jelly polish to be so pigmented and not to leave bald spots.
Kiko are rapidly becoming one of my favourite polishes, although I found out recently that they are a lot more expensive in the UK than elsewhere in Europe… who’s up for a trip to Italy to stock up??
NOTD: Gabrini ‘398’
This is a lovely grey polish that I didn’t even realise was matte until I got home. I love matte finishes on manicures, but prefer to paint a matte top coat over a regular polish so that I can do a layer of Seche Vite between. I have found the matte polishes tend to drag and leave a bumpy finish.
But this one was different. This is two, easy to apply, coats and as you can see the finish is perfect. I also like that it’s not as flat or dull as most matte polishes - it’s softer looking and almost rubbery.
Anyone else tried any Gabrini polishes? Every one I try makes me sure that I’m robbing them somehow by getting them for 99p!
NOTD: Pacific Rapsodi ‘12’
This is a Turkish brand (it owns Gabrini as well - a brand I have raved about before). I have only seen these in one wholesale beauty shop that’s in North London and I now have to go get some more of these neons as this is just beautiful. And it was 99p. BRILLIANT.
I did a white undie to make the neon pop, and this was two coats of pink. I like that this is a bright neon without being too garish - it’s quite a pretty pink.