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Polish Project #37

by Jamie Sanford on October 7, 2012

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137. Orly Goth
95. OPI Metallic 4 Life (Retesting)
107. LA Splash Midnight (Retesting)
138. Milani Black Magic

Orly Goth, OPI Metallic 4 Life, LA Splash Midnight.

I used Milani Black Magic as the base coat on the testing wheel.

Orly Goth, OPI Metallic 4 Life, LA Splash Midnight (all over Milani Black Magic.)

Orly’s Goth didn’t need a base coat – it is a full-on black polish with various small-sized silver glittery bits. I mentioned in a previous post that I would need to do a side-by-side comparison of Metallic 4 Life and Midnight, and you can really see a difference here. Metallic 4 Life is really big hex glitters, what looks like medium round pieces and then little ones to fill it in. They are true silver. The LA Splash Midnight is a much more densely packed smaller pieces of silver glitter, but they have a multi-color flash that is really fun.

Thoughts: I love a dark polish and adding glitter is just the sparkly cherry on top. The Milani Black Magic is going into the pile of basic black polishes, which will always get used.
Verdict: Everyone stays. I was hoping to cull one of the sparkly ones but I like them too much.

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Polish Project #36

by Jamie Sanford on October 4, 2012

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134. Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada
135. OPI Rainbow Connection
136. Wet ‘n Wild Party of Five Glitters

Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada, OPI Rainbow Connection, Wet ‘n Wild Party of Five Glitters.

Over black polish: Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada, OPI Rainbow Connection, Wet ‘n Wild Party of Five Glitters.

These are all pretty similar in their rainbow glitteryness. You can see that Rainbow Connection and Party of Five Glitters have more silver glitter pieces than Pinata-Yada-Yada, but the real difference with these is in coverage. I have seen people coat a nail with Rainbow Connection but I cannot be bothered with that. Party of Five Glitters was the toughest to work with in terms of getting proper distribution on the nail.

Thoughts: I do love a rainbow glitter. The complexity of the glitters in OPI Rainbow Connection are much better than the others. I also like the Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada because it distributed really well on the nail.
Verdict: I will keep the Ulta and the OPI – Wet ‘n Wild is going into the share pile.

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Polish Project #34

by Jamie Sanford on September 27, 2012

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130. LA Colors Unnamed Black (from the set referenced here – can’t find this online)
131. Orly Flash Glam FX Can’t Be Tamed

LA Colors Unnamed Black and Orly Flash Glam FX Can’t Be Tamed.

BAM! Sparkletime.

Glitter detail.

Thoughts: I pretty much will not say no to a black polish since I love using black as the base for many manicures. This one is totally serviceable, and even if it sucks, putting a bunch of glitter on top will certainly add to the staying power. I found this Orly Flash Glam FX polish on clearance at Sally Beauty Supply, which I don’t understand since it is really gorgeous. I kept this manicure for a few days longer than normal, because the staying power was great and you can see how pretty it is.
Verdict: They both get to stay, and Orly Can’t Be Tamed is my current favorite glitter polish.

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Polish Project #31

by Jamie Sanford on September 18, 2012

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120. Color Club Hologram (I can’t find this online to link to.)

This is a random nail art polish that I picked up a while back. I have never really used it but it looks pretty in the bottle.

You can see the unfortunate texture happening here.

Here’s the brush, which you can see is really long and weird. It was just sort of messy overall.

Thoughts: It’s pretty but I can sort of recreate the look with other things I have, and application is almost impossible. If I am supposed to use this for nail art, it would probably not work out.
Verdict: I already tossed this since I don’t wish this chunky polish on anyone.

121. Revlon Mistletoe
122. OPI Pirouette My Whistle

Not so much focus on that OPI bottle, but you get the idea.

Base coat of Revlon Mistletoe, OPI Pirouette My Whistle topcoats on the index and ring fingers. Mistletoe is a weird blackish base with sort of a muted gold thing happening in the glitter bits, it’s hard for me to explain. It applies well and dries fast. The Pirouette My Whistle is a mix of big silver glitter bits and smaller glitter bits that appear to flash purple.

Thoughts: I wanted PMW to be a dupe of Servin’ Up Sparkle which I LOVE but it isn’t at all. It’s still a great topcoat though. Mistletoe is sort of meh for me. I am not obsessed with it.
Verdict: I think I will keep Pirouette My Whistle and part with Mistletoe.

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Polish Project #30

by Jamie Sanford on September 15, 2012

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115. OPI Teasy Does It
116. OPI Germanicure
117. China Glaze Harvest Moon
118. OPI Warm & Fozzie
119. China Glaze Electrify

115-118. OPI Teasy Does It, OPI Germanicure, China Glaze Harvest Moon, OPI Warm & Fozzie.

119 in the front. China Glaze Electrify.

I did sort of end up with a gradient in the base colors, which wasn’t exactly intended, but I will take it.

Teasy Does It is from the 2010 Burlesque collection. It’s pink flecky shimmer in a dark burgundy base. Love.

I thought Germanicure was similar, but it is a totally different situation. Much redder, and the shimmer is a bit more subtle.

Harvest Moon is from the Hunger Games collection, which I didn’t care about until I found them on sale at Sally Beauty Supply. I like this color, and I ended up with 2 bottles, so I keep one and my mom gets the other, because I think this color is definitely for her. I will just have to convince her to put something like Electrify on top, since Electrify looks GREAT on top of this, not just as a stripe but just scattered glitter over the whole thing.

Warm & Fozzie is one of these weird magical polishes that is about 10 different colors. It’s pink and bronze and gold and I love it.

Also, check out the tip wear in these photos. I need to take pictures earlier in the process of wearing. Or I need to find a bangin’ top coat that I can do a proper tip wrap with for nail protection.

So, there you have it. This was a fun manicure.

Thoughts: These polishes are all for me in a big way so I am down. I need to work on application to avoid the tip wear issues I have had.
Verdict: One bottle of Harvest Moon to Mom, I keep the other one and all of the other polishes.

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