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Polish Project #39

by Jamie Sanford on October 14, 2012

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26. OPI Do You Lilac It? (Retesting)
140. 10 Lacquer Showtime
141. Sinful Colors Fiji
142. Funky Fingers Riot
143. OPI Grape…Set…Match

OPI Do You Lilac It, 10 Lacquer Showtime, Sinful Colors Fiji, Funky Fingers Riot.

OPI Grape…Set…Match.

OPI Do You Lilac It, 10 Lacquer Showtime, Sinful Colors Fiji, Funky Fingers Riot.

OPI Grape…Set…Match.

Index: OPI Grape…Set…Match, Middle: Funky Fingers Riot, Ring: Sinful Colors Fiji, Pinkie: 10 Lacquer Showtime. (Dots in all of the colors.)

Closer view of the dots. The Grape…Set…Match dots were really fun.

The dotted manicure was worn over a month ago, I don’t know what happened with the images. However, I’m glad I found them for this purple testing batch. I have way too many purples so some of these need to go.

Do You Lilac It? is a great formula, and I have no other colors that are even close. It’s more pastel than I would normally do, but I think it will be great for dots and sponging in the future. 10 Lacquer Showtime has a good formula but the color isn’t blowing me away. Sinful Colors Fiji is another good polish – but I have a lot of purples and have to pick some. Funky Fingers Riot was picked up at Five Below, it’s a deep-colors blurple. The finish is a bit more matte than I anticipated but that is why we have topcoat. OPI Grape…Set…Match is from the Serena Williams collection, and is cute, but again, I’m trying to control the collection and some purples are going to have to go. It does look really fabulous in the dots application though.

Thoughts: There aren’t any polishes in this group that stand out as particularly bad in terms of usage, but I am trying hard to eliminate some so there are not so many repeats.
Verdict: Only keeping Do You Lilac It?, all of the others go to the share pile.

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Polish Project #17

by Jamie Sanford on August 21, 2012

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73. OPI Sparkleicious
74. OPI Spark de Triomphe
75. OPI Glow Up Already
76. OPI Bring on the Bling

I had to use flash to get an idea of what is happening here. Also check out the awesome Olympic shot in the background!

My cuticles didn’t like the flash so much. From top: Bring on the Bling, Glow Up Already, Spark de Triomphe, Sparkleicious.

So I decided that a solid base coat was going to be my new method for glitters. I have to say that I am really impressed with how this worked out! This mani lasted for days without the big hideous chunks coming off, which would happen if I put the glitter right over the base coat. Mostly though, glitter polish application is still a pain in the ass.

Thoughts: Well, you can see that the 3 gold-ish polishes all look the same under the flash. They are all really similar, but Bring on the Bling is a much warmer tone. Sparkleicious feels like Mardi Gras but there isn’t any green. They are all fun and sparkly, but I might have to try and re-do this manicure later to photograph properly. They all had the same staying power so I can probably do this on a wheel.
Verdict: Keeping them all for now, will revisit the gold ones later to get better photos.

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Polish Project #12

by Jamie Sanford on August 11, 2012

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57. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Grass Slipper
58. Orly Here Comes Trouble
59. China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses
60. OPI Simply Smashing

Green collection, part 2.

They are even in the correct order this time. (According to the list above, not the bottle shot.)

Thoughts: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polishes are thick during application but are mostly amazing. I love this color of green too. The Orly and China Glaze green glitters were such that they applied well and didn’t have the glitterbomb chipping issue that haunts me. Simply Smashing isn’t really GREEN but I was unsure of where to put it when I was sorting by color. It obviously doesn’t fit in here.
Verdict: Everyone stays, except for Simply Smashing. I got some good feedback on it, but I’m so meh on it that I will just put it in the share pile.

Up next, dark purples that all look alike.

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