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Polish Project #48

by Jamie Sanford on December 8, 2012

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OK, first, let’s see where this all began:

For some reason, it never occurred to me to take a picture of the before shelf with a real camera instead of my phone. Either way, you get the idea. My homemade shelf was STUFFED with polishes, you can sort of see some of the bulging in a few spots. It was clearly out of control. I had no more room to shop, and no REASON to shop.

The Project

So I started this little project, where I figured I should test all of the polishes before I bought any more. I started testing polishes one by one, painting my nails and commenting on a spreadsheet derived from Sara‘s about application and staying power. I took pictures with my phone and blogged about them.

Soon enough, I realized that this was going to take a long damn time, and started grouping polishes by color. I wore a series of 5 pastels at one time – the Easter egg manicure, and did color gradients with purples, reds, blues. The grouping certainly helped things move along much faster. And meant less time exposing my nails to the acetone – and I still use acetone because of this amazing Target plastic bristle jar of polish remover.

I don’t remember how long it took me to break and buy polishes. I do believe I broke down when Walgreens was having a clearance event, and the Sally Hansen HD polishes were something like $1.25 each. I just checked and I was only on post 7, but it was a tough road to go from just collecting polishes to nothing. I bought a few, fell absolutely in love with the first one, and then hunted down the rest, all on clearance. I didn’t feel as bad about it.

So, from there, I bought a few here and there, sometimes on sale, sometimes just stuff I could not resist. I bought Fergie’s Hollywood Walk of Fame because I wanted those stars, and I bought random Orlys because they looked gorgeous. (The Orly polishes did not disappoint.) I definitely picked up some Hunger Games polishes when they were on clearance at Sally’s too, although 2 were for my Mom, who has benefited the most from this experience.

Perhaps the greatest success of this project was Mom telling me that she can’t even look at her old polishes anymore since she has so many fabulous new ones – and let me tell you, Mom had a penchant for some unfortunate brick-hued polishes before. I’m pretty sure her favorite out of what I’ve sent was either a Nicole by OPI shimmery orange (which I can’t find so I think I gave it to her pre-project), or King Arthur by A England. I am going to try to get her started on layering polishes when I see her for the holidays.

So, here at the end, my polish shelf doesn’t look all that different, at least if you only glance at it.

It looks full, right? Also the picture is 1500x better. Either way, you can see that the polishes are not all cramped and shoved in together like they were for the first image. The top 2 shelves are all OPIs, including minis. Then we have China Glaze, Orly, Essie, Sally Hansen, NYC, A England, Sinful Colors, Milani, Revlon, LA Colors, Zoya. The bottom row has Wet ‘n Wild on the far right, with Sephora by OPI next to them, and the rest of the row is single polishes from brands I have not frequented.

Lessons Learned

  • I very much prefer dark polishes to light ones, although the light ones have their moments.
  • I do NOT need every polish in a collection because they are a collection. I know now to check out blogger swatches and decide which polish is something I really want to wear.
  • A England polishes are superior to anything else I currently have in the collection. I bought 3 more of them last week because they had a sale – I have no regret or shame about it. If I was forced to, I would give up the rest of the collection and just use A England forever.
  • I need to get more into layering polishes. My favorite manicure of this entire project was a 3-layer creation.
  • I suck at stamping, and I’m not sure I care.
  • The dotting tool is totally fun. Not as fun as asking your husband to draw dots on your nails with a nail art pen though.

I am going to attempt to keep track of the polishes I use most frequently in 2013. I figure that this is definitely the next best way to cull the herd. I definitely still have a lot of blue and purple polish, probably more than necessary, but things being necessary was never the point of this, was it?

New project for next year, one much more in line with my career intentions. I will keep sharing polish experiences though. Thanks to everyone who read my posts and talked to me about the finer points of nail polish – it was an experience I did not expect.

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Polish Project #42

by Jamie Sanford on November 13, 2012

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77. Sinful Colors I Miss You (retesting)
150. Milani Lavender

Sinful Colors I Miss You, Milani Lavender.

Over black, from left: Sinful Colors I Miss You, Milani Lavender.

Over black: Milani Lavender.

Thoughts: As much as I have a bunch of pink glitters, I Miss You applies and distributes quite well. Milani Lavender is actually lavender, has multiple sizes and shapes of glitter and applies well.
Verdict: They both get to stay.

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Polish Project #41

by Jamie Sanford on November 10, 2012

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3. OPI My Private Jet (retesting)
149. LA Colors Unnamed White (Found in a set at TJ Maxx, cannot find this online)
31.5 Sinful Colors Hottie (retesting)

Batch of retesting, and another random from the cheap LA Colors set I bought.

OPI My Private Jet, LA Colors unnamed white, Sinful Colors Hottie.

Thoughts: This version of MPJ is not the holo superstar version. The LA Colors is just a white polish, and I don’t have another one. I do kind of enjoy the whole winter wonderland I’m getting with the LA Colors white with Sinful Colors Hottie on top.
Verdict: I’m sharing My Private Jet, and keeping the others.

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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 #25

by Jamie Sanford on September 5, 2012

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98. Cover Girl Gold Rush
99. Sally Hansen Aisle Be There (32 cents on Amazon!)
100. Maybelline Rock Out (Apparently an old Limited Edition, this is an eBay link.)
101. Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor
102. Orly Love Each Other
103. OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle

As listed above, random topcoats!

I decided not to wear these for the test, since they don’t really have wear to report on. So I painted a bunch of nails on the wheel with some black polish and went to town.

98-100 Cover Girl Gold Rush, Sally Hansen Aisle Be There, Maybelline Rock Out.

100 Maybelline Rock Out.

100-102 Maybelline Rock Out, Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor, Orly Love Each Other.

101-102 From Top- Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor, Orly Love Each Other.

103 OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle.

Thoughts: These are all serviceable. I don’t think I appreciated the slight flakiness that the Sally Hansen Aisle Be There gives off so I’ll be working with that one again. You can see in the bottle picture that I use Servin’ Up Sparkle quite a bit, it’s great for space nails when I need the glitter variety. The only one I might dump is Sinful Colors because it’s so basic, but maybe that’s good every now and then.
Verdict: They all get to stay for now. I am looking forward to the showdown posts for all of the “maybe” nail polishes I have identified during this process.

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