Monday, October 22, 2012

Zoya 18K Gold Gilty

FINALLY!! It's here and I couldn't be more excited to share this review with you. I pre-ordered the Zoya 18K gold topcoat Gilty back in September. I waited patiently and the box arrived this past Saturday none too soon. So let me first say that although I like love Zoya products, I chose to buy this gold topcoat because of the care that Zoya took in presentation. They also had people hand pouring the gold into the bottles. Included with the 18K topcoat were Zoya Purity and  Raven. All three in the black box for $30!? Can't beat it. So I decided that I would go with Zoya over Sephora and OPI's gold topcoat. Instead of putting it over the entire nail I decided on a gradient. I got SO excited that I even hooked up my toes with some gold too!



I can only say one thing negative about this set and that is with the color Purity (white). The formula became thick pretty quickly during application. It might have just been my bottle. Raven however was beautiful. You can't see it in the picture but it has the slightest hint of silver shimmer, so faint, it's just there for effect. I call it a Tuxedo black because it's so formal. 





Zoya Neeka and Yara

Zoya has quickly become one of my favorite polish lines. I only wish they would like my reviews so much and send me more polish to review for them. One can dream...lol I make regular trips to my local Ulta to get them on sale and when there is a sale I make sure I stock up. The two polishes in this post to me are sisters. Neeka and Yara are a purple and mossy green with gold flecks. Each have the same consistency and photograph the same. I like to experiment with light to see how different the colors look, hence the reason you see so many pics in my posts of the same angle some times. With that said first up is Yara:




This is two coats but with careful application I could have used 1 coat. 



Next is Neeka 


This is 1 coat and as you can see there was some balding on the pinky and the edge wear was pretty quick with just one coat. The formula was still great and if I applied it a little thicker I could have gotten away with one coat. 



Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?
 


Revlon Moon Candy

It's been a long time...but I'm here! Still swatching, still buying lots of pretty polish. The next few posts are going to lead up to the long awaited Zoya Gilty 18K Gold topcoat, which has finally arrived. Recently I have had the blessing of running into a few great sales at Target and Walgreens. At Target they had a sale on Loreal Nude shades which I love and also some of the Revlon Duo Nail Art. I have seen the nail art before and there was only one that I would consider purchasing because of the color combination: two ugly colors that together look cool. I didn't think it was worth over $8 so I waited and while shopping at Target one day I found the one I wanted. Here it is: Revlon Moon Candy


The colors are named #1 (below and above) and the formula on #1 is not great. I did a thick second coat to cover lots of balding. It was very streaky on the first coat. I love the color though and for $3.42 I'm not complaining. 


This is color #2 which spread very nicely. I was impressed. 



Saturday, October 6, 2012

Butter London Part Deux

Alright ladies (and whatever lone gentlemen follow me) I'm cutting to the chase and bringing you four more Butter London beauties. These are a mix from my order online at Coterie (which I'll never order from again because it took forever) and the Ulta BOGO Butter London sale. Next week I will bring you the last part of the BLs I got during the sale. Warning this post contains LOTS of pics. 

Up First is Bluey

 I have to say I was not impressed with the formula on this one. It was runny, streaky, and too thin for my taste. With a color like this I expected a thicker formula. This is 3 coats without topcoat. The color is beautiful and I almost left it shiny but I was anxious to see it with the BL Matte Topcoat. 

  

This is the best Matte Topcoat I have tried hands down! It is consistent and goes on evenly and leaves no streaks of the shiny polish underneath. In addition to that I was able to apply lotion on my hands and it still did not become shiny. That is not the case for the Hard Candy and Essie Matte Topcoats I've tried in the past. 


  

Next up is Cream Tea


What is there to say about this milky white color? Um it's very classic, but it definitely had the same formula problems that Bluey. Maybe it was just my bottle, but it took me 3 coats for an even appearance. This has a true white base despite the slight pink cast to the color. 
Next time I will apply with a ridge filler and see if that makes a difference. 

Below is Knackered


Knackered is a topper as we say in the nail polish community. Its a duochrome with a clear base and silver glitter. It looks like the galaxy in the bottle to me. I could have put it over a black or white to showcase it better but I wanted to show the true color. The formula was much better on this one. It spread very evenly and I found the silver glitter to be not too much but just enough.



Next up is No More Waity Katie


I have no idea what the reference is with the name of this polish but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It's a taupe (slightly plum) sheer base with purple glitter. With three coats it built up nicely and like Knackered this polish was even in consistency as well. I didn't add a topcoat because I felt the texture was cool. This is a great conservative color with a slight edge. 



Finally we have Trustafarian the reason for the BL haul in the first place


In the picture above you can barely make out the green tinge but I promise you this color is a light sage green. Try as I might, my camera would not photograph the green in the color. Check out the pictures below they are all practically gold. I swooned over this color when I first saw it on a fellow blogger on Pintrest and I had to have it. Trustafarian is a heavily pigmented light sage green with gold undertones and holograph glitter incorporated throughout. This is not your typical holo, but in the right light you can see that holo dancing all over the nail. I freakin' love this color! 



Direct natural light (below)


(Here is a shot with the closest representation of the color)

That concludes part deux of the Butter London haul. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?