As you may possibly know, I adore Illamasqua and everything they stand for. Their colors are stunning and their collections innovative. So it is no surprise that I like this set of nail polishes with a rubber-like finish they’ve come out with. There are 6 new colors and 4 from a previous collection that are now being sold via the American Sephora site as online exclusives. That means it’s not easy to obtain these colors for everyone outside the USA, which makes me a bit sad, but what can you do, right?
Like I already wrote, 4 colors aren’t new. Faux Pas, Kink, Taint and Vice are all part of the Theatre of the Nameless collection that they released a while ago. I own both Vice and Taint from this collection and they are absolutely beautiful. The finish sits in between gloss and matte and the polish stays on for a long time without any chipping, which can often be a problem when they have a different finish. The other six colors listed alongside these four colors below are all brand new.
Let’s take a look at them all now, shall we?
- Aorta *- scarlet red
- Devotee *- candy pink
- Faux Pas – blue violet
- Kink – bottle green
- Nurture* – vivid green
- Optimist *- warm yellow
- Prosperity *- rich purple
- Serenity *- bright turquoise
- Taint – stone brown
- Vice – deep cerise
And this is the description of the colors on the Sephora site:
What it is:
A highly pigmented matte nail varnish with an innovative rubber-like finish.
What it does:
Go beyond ordinary nails with this chip-resistant rubber-finish nail color that contains the finest high-grade color suspension materials for creating a fast and buildable waxy rubber finish.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Fragrances
Man I so want that Prosperity one, I mean you can’t ever go wrong with a royal purple! And I also would love to complete my Theatre of the Nameless set with the other two polishes I’m still missing. Hopefully someday…
We’re not creating a tutorial though but following one. And I picked one by Lucy who made a beautifully braided nail using three colors.
You can find her tut right here: http://www.lucysstash.com/2012/06/fishtail-nail-art-manicure-with.html
As you can see she used the original nail polish brush to create her stripes, I tried to create the same look using my art deco stripers instead like the ones pictured on the right. It’s important by the way that you use an opaque polish or else the polish beneath will show through and ruin the effect completely.
I started with black and crossed it with white, after that I crossed the white with pink, etc. So the pattern I followed was – Black, pink, white, black pink white until the end of the nail like so:
You’d think it’s quite a bit of work that takes a lot of time, but it looks harder than it is. The hardest and most time consuming thing for me was trying to remember which color came next, because everything else really it’s THAT simple.
The small striper lines cause the polish to dry quickly and because you do 5 fingers (or if you want ten) at a time the next color is already ready to be put on the moment you’re finished with the previous one without streaking the color below into the new layer of polish.
And if you keep going and eventually topcoat it all you end up with something that looks like this, a manicure that from a distance actually will give you that stiletto nail feel, very cool!
Since pink is not my color but the only color besides black and white that I had a striper in I didn’t leave this manicure on for very long but I certainly will be doing this again with another color sometimes that will suit me better. Purple perhaps or shades of blue. We’ll see.
Do you ever have this problem of enjoying the time consuming nailart you’ve done but just are not feeling the colors anymore?
That’s the problem I had with my Monochromatic Manicure. I just needed some color after rocking the black and white for a few days. So what I decided to do is give in to the current neon and gradient craze and sponge some of my neons over this to make it look more summery. Because neons are usually quite sheer it would show the pattern still so I wouldn’t feel like I had wasted my time drawing all kinds of stuff on my nails when I’d only wear the manicure for a few days.
This is what they ended up looking like:
And this is what I used to achieve the effect. Please ignore the condition of my neon yellow, I know it looks miserable but it was in a bag along with a few polishes that broke when I flew back from vacation last year and I haven’t taken the time to clean that one up just yet…
- China Glaze – Purple Panic
- Essence nail art twins – Gabriella
- Kiko – 336
- China Glaze – In the limelight
- China Glaze – Celtic Sun
- A cut up make up sponge
*These colors are only available on the large display version in stores.
The rainbow within reach! the colour pigments shimmer in 15 of the brightest colours. they are available from matt to gentle shimmering, metallic and also in different high-gloss effects. These will retail for €2,49 a piece The colours can be used alone or mixed together and are applicable on eyes, lips and nails. The Colour Arts nailbase is a translucent nail polish, if used together with the colour arts pigments it creates uncountable fascinating colour combinations! it can be used as a sealing coat also. This is going to be sold for €1,59 per bottle. Now let’s take a closer look at the pigments and see which is which in the little gallery below:
Essence “Colour Arts” will be available from September 2012 in the Netherlands and from halfway August to halfway September 2012 in Belgium.
Another fabulous neons collection about to be launched is the OPI Outrageous Mini Collection.
OPI has made a video to tell you all about this little bright collection right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZvmbkRS9tk
And if you haven’t got a lot of time or a bad connection and can’t watch video yet are curious about the colors in this collection, here’s a pic and the names of all the colors:
- Ridiculously Yellow
- Formidably Orange
- Riotously Pink
- Seriously Purple
Besides these colors the set also consists of a special white basecoat and the opi topcoat. All bottles contain 3.75ml which is 1/8 fl oz.
If you have not seen a Mini polish compared to a full OPI bottle I’ve quickly taken a picture for you of a full sized bottle and a mini I got with one of the Halloween sets many years ago.
Now I have to admit, I love these, but I wish they’d just release full sizes of these so I could just get myself the purple. The other colors are fun, but I already have similar colors and I usually am not too crazy about mini polishes as with longer nails you only get 3 to 4 wears out of each color if you use them sparingly.
What do you think of this nifty little set? Will you be getting these or are you going to skip this?
This summer is all about brights and Essence is staying on trend by releasing four new bright colors with their Miami Roller Girl trend edition.
Available in Germany from July to August.
The trend edition will be also be available in: Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Croatia, Turkey, Egypt, Ethiopia, Taiwan, Pakistan, Peru, Ecuador and Chile, though I am not certain what the release date there will be.
01 bienvenido a miami
02 miami p’ink
03 four wheel drive
04 miami heat.
I’m curious to see swatches of these as Neons usually have the strange habit of drying matte. These are rumored to be high gloss polishes with real staying power. Also in this product picture the Orange seems to have a metallic shimmer to it. Will these all have a shimmer and will they be slightly sheer or will these be nice opaque creams? I can’t wait to find out!
All the big brands seem to know it and are showing it in their new collections, brights are part of the hottest looks for this summer!
Orly isn’t one to stay behind and always stays on trend with their collections. So this Feel the Vibe Summer 2012 collection is filled with gorgeous neons and colors that match them and if used in a manicure along with the neons will make them pop even more.
Here’s a quick introduction to the colors and their names:
- Beach Cruiser – A neon fuchsia
- Skinny Dip – Electric light blue
- Dayglow – White with a pearly finish
- After Party – A navy blue with iridescent blue shimmer
- Melt Your Popsicle – A neon orange
- Glowstick – A neon yellow
Wow, it’s only just February and there have already popped up a few pictures of the Halloween 2012 collection that China Glaze will be bringing out!
I of course can’t help but share these little gems with you. No word on when exactly they will be up for sale and I haven’t found any swatches of it yet, but as soon as I know more you’ll of course hear it here first.
There are 6 colors in this collection, from the vibrant almost neon Roguish Red, to the murky yet shimmery Cast a spell I have a feeling this collection will not disappoint.
I’m not really into glitter so if they will bring out separate packs I will probably not buy the one that has Glitter Goblin, but who knows it might be one that steals my heart the most when I see it swatched or at least in person.
Being a big fan of blue toned purple I will probably try to hunt Bizarre Blurple down though. Plus that I have to admit that Immortal is intriguing me as well, will it have glitter or possibly holographic shimmers or flakies? Will it possibly be a dupe for Illamasqua’s Raindrops? As for Make a Spectacle… I have a feeling we’ve all seen this one before, who doesn’t remember Snow Globe from last years Let it Snow collection? I’m all for recycling, but not in the polish world. There are still so many colors and finishes out there, please come up with something new instead of bringing back the same thing under a different name please.
I admit I am not wowed by this one yet, but who knows, maybe after seeing a few swatches and bigger pictures I might feel differently. Product pictures like this usually don’t do much for me anyway, so I’m not surprised by feeling this way about this collection right now.
What do you think of this first brief look? And are there any colors that are calling your name already?
She had another one of them both and was looking for someone to trade with. I happily jumped in on that opportunity because Helena was a color I had my eye on for a little while now and I am sending her some Barry M‘s in return.
Julep isn’t a company I’ve had any experience with before and to be honest I wasn’t very interested in at all because for us Dutch people it is quite hard to come by and the polishes are quite pricey… that was until I saw fair Helena. It was love at first sight for me and I just had to have her. You see, I have a thing for very saturated colors lately, you know the kind; those colors that just scream summertime. It must be the cold weather because only a little while ago I was more into muted tones.
Now on to more information about this polish. This is what is said about it on Julep’s own page:
Ultra-saturated fuchsia. Looks great on all skin tones. A favorite of Seattle Magazine’s beauty editors. Professional quality “4-free” nail polish formulation, developed without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP. Shine on! $1 will be donated to organizations that support women through our Powered by Girlfriends program.
Well they’re certainly not lying there, this color does seem to look great on all skin tones! I’ve been Googling swatches before I decided I really wanted this and it seriously just delivers every single time on every skin tone.
Helena is a fuchsia, so it’s not pink and it’s not purple but stuck somewhere in between. And I’ve got to tell you the coverage is fabulous due to the heavy pigmentation. Is it worth the $14 though? I am honestly not sure. I haven’t worn this for more than two days (without any tipwear or chipping so that’s good) but is it worth the $14 they ask for it on the site? I haven’t quite decided yet… Let me show you the other polishes I have in my collection that could be a good dupe of it, first I will show you the polishes in the bottle:
- Sinful Colors – Dream On = 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz – $2 to $4
- Julep – Helena = 8 ml/.27 fl oz – $14
- O.P.I. – Don’t know… Beets me! = 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz - $7 to $12.
- O.P.I. – Dim Sum Plum = 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz – $7 to $12.
Dream on by Sinful Colors, the cheapest one of the four polishes pictured here and is the one that, to me, looks the most like Helena. Not just in color but also in texture after application.
It’s hard to capture the colors right by the way, especially when you are wearing it on your fingernails as you can see on the picture here on the right. But hey at least I gave it a shot right?
I believe Dream on has a hint more blue to it and doesn’t apply as evenly. The manicure you see here by the way has two layers of each polish over a basecoat. I did not apply a topcoat just so you can see how glossy the O.P.I. polishes are on their own while Helena and Dream on both dry to a semi matte that reminds me of the rubberized finish the recent Illamasqua Theater of the Nameless polishes have.
Now, my points for Helena. All in all I give this polish the following rating:
– For staying power so far, I can’t say much of it yet of course but so far, so really good!
- For color, it’s just a fabulous bright, intense eye catching color, I love it!
- For coverage, one layer is enough to be opaque but I used two for a bit more depth in the color.
- For price, $14 dollars is a LOT of money compared to Sinful Colors’ near dupe of $2!
- For amount. I would have loved to have more. It is only 8 ml/.27 fl oz compared to Sinful Colors’ 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz
So a couple of good scores but a few bad ones as well I’m afraid… But that doesn’t change the way I feel about this color at all, I am very very smitten still, it’s a stunning almost unique color and I am very certain that a lot of people feel the same way after applying it or even seeing it in the bottle.
And now a quickie about the Julep Fast Dry Topcoat that beautiful Helena came with it. I do like it for doing its job, it dries quickly as the name implies but man it smells! Never have I smelled anything like it before and I wonder what it is that is actually causing this. The description on their site is as follows:
Formulated to provide a glossy finish that prevents yellowing and protects nail color with fast-drying shine. For best results, use with Julep Basecoat or Julep Nail Therapy and Julep Nail Vernis. Professional quality “4-free” nail polish formulation, developed without carcinogens such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP. Shine on! $1 will be donated to organizations that support women through our Powered by Girlfriends program.
I wondered at first that because the polish is “4 free” it would have that smell, but Helena smells perfectly fine so it might be the component that prevents the polish from yellowing or makes it dry faster than regular polish. Well, I don’t know what it is but I know that I really don’t like it and I switched over to my ever loyal Seche Vite to finish the job. Yes, Seche Vite smells strongly too but the scent is familiar and gone again pretty quickly so it’s easy to handle I guess…
Okay, on to the ratings for the topcoat:
– For staying power. It dries quickly too as promised.
- For color, it’s a topcoat, no color.
- For coverage, it applies quickly and easily.
- For price, $14 dollars is a LOT of money compared to other topcoats. Seche Vite sells for $5.40 on Amazon and that contains 14ml/.5 fl oz, so yeah…
- For amount. Again, it is only 8 ml/.27 fl oz