Zoya Sparkle (summer 2010)

 

I will forever associate 2010 with Zoya's Sparkle collection.  This jelly base/foily glass-flecked finish was insanely popular that year, with other brands also jumping on the bandwagon.  If I remember correctly, Zoya was the first to release a full collection with the finish.

Alegra (two coats):  rich fuchsia jelly base with pink/gold glass-flecks and a blue flash

Charla (three coats):  turquoise jelly base with gold/green/blue glass-flecks

Gilda (three coats):  hot pink jelly base with pink/gold glass-flecks and a orange shift

Ivanka (three coats):  emerald green jelly base with gold/green glass-flecks

Mimi (three coats):  dark purple jelly base with pink/gold glass-flecks

Nidhi (two coats):  tomato red creme base with pink/gold/silver glass-flecks

Most of the polishes are opaque in three coats due to the watery jelly base.  I recommend applying thin coats and waiting between coats to dry for the best results.  Nidhi is the outlier of the group, due to its opaque creme base.

Like the Gossip collection, all of the Sparkle polishes are still available on Zoya's site.

 

Rivka VIP Holographics: Gossip Girl (2011)

 

 

My life is one big guilty pleasure.  I love UGGs, Lululemon yoga pants, celebrity gossip blind items, pop music and most of all, trashy books.  My all-time favorite writer is Jackie Collins, the queen of "trash lit"; books filled with scandals and sex.  I relished in the tales about mafia princess Lucky Santangelo and Hollywood wives.  My friends are literary nerds at the deep end, while I wallow in the kiddie pool of fame and excess.

While in college, I discovered the Gossip Girl series.  While it's not quite as salacious as Jackie's books, I loved the snark from the mysterious eponymous narrator. Reading about over-the-top lifestyles is one of my favorite ways to escape mundane, everyday life.  Most of my friends described me similar to the the main lead, Blair, due to my tenacity and restlessness, although I felt like Serena when it came to my romantic life, attracting guys but never able to hold one down.

Blair (two coats):  peachy pink holographic

Georgina (two coats):  vampy fuchsia holographic

Jenny (two coats):  charcoal gray holographic

Lilly (two coats):  icy blue holographic

Serena (two coats):  cerulean blue holographic

Vanessa (two coats):  pale yellow-green holographic

I just came to the conclusion that Gossip Girl is Sex and the City Jr., with both set in New York City and trend-setting for their respective eras.  

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

 

Rivka VIP Holographics: Sex and the City (2011)

 

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of one of my favorite shows, Sex and the City.  Back in high school, my ambition was to be the next Dr. Ruth.  That trajectory changed in college, when I decided I wanted to be the Asian Carrie Bradshaw.  Alas, I have not followed through on either path, but it’s a funny look back into the past.

Are you a Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda or Samantha?  That was the quintessential female question back in the early-aughts.  My college best friend was a combination of Miranda and Charlotte (super efficient, professional with a touch or prim and proper) while I was more like Carrie and Samantha (neurotic with a wild streak).  In retrospect, what did a small-town beach college girl like me have in common with the worldly, sophisticated women from SATC?  I looked up to them because I, too, wanted to be worldly and sophisticated.

The one thing I will forever be grateful to SATC for was the phrase “he’s just not that into you”.  My college boyfriend dumped me at the end of January 2005, but we were still sleeping together and “hanging out” through the following summer.  I was in DEEP denial that he did not cheat on me while we were together and I constantly debated internally if he really wanted to be with me.  After finding pictures of another Asian girl while helping him move into a new apartment, something in me broke.  I bought the book He’s Just Not That Into You, which was a revelation:  if he wanted to be with me, he would BE with me instead of stringing me along.  I got the guts to sleep with someone else (because the easiest way to get over someone is to get under someone, amirite?! /s), because I remember my ex saying that if I hooked up with someone else, our arrangement was over.  We hooked up one last time and I was finally emotionally detached.  I told him I read the book and we were done.

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Carrie (two coats):  fuchsia pink holographic

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Charlotte (two coats):  pale lilac holographic

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Miranda (two coats):  silver holographic

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Samantha (two coats):  slate teal holographic

While SATC hasn't completely aged well (lack of minority representation, heteronormativity, socioeconomic inequality), the best lesson from the show is that you, as a single woman, do matter.  I'll leave you with the final monologue in the series:

"The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself.  And if you find someone to love the you that you love, well that's just fabulous."

 

Dior Vernis Electric Tropics (summer 2011)

 

We're now wrapping up the end of the summer with Dior Vernis Electric Tropics.  This collection was actually duo sets with one color and a top coat.  Below are swatches without top coat.

Aloha (two coats):  bright orange creme

Paradise (three coats):  fluorescent pink jelly

Aloha applied easily and is very pigmented.  Paradise is not as pigmented and required three coats.

Since we're reminiscing about summer, do you have a favorite beach?  My favorite beach is Opal Beach, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, just between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach.  It is a pristine beach, full of white sugar sand.  Since it's protected, there is no development.  It is the perfect place to get away from it all.  If you're ever on the Florida Gulf Coast, I highly recommend it.

 

China Glaze Summer Days (summer 2009)

 

From 2000-2006, China Glaze released an annual summer collection series named Babes in Toeland featuring glass-fleck finish polishes.  I’ve previously reviewed it on my friend Rachel’s blog, then revisited again this year.  In 2009, China Glaze brought back its distinctive glass-fleck finish with the Summer Days collection.

Cherry Pie (two coats):  maraschino cherry pink/red

Grape Juice (two coats):  medium purple

Orange Marmalade (two coats):  juicy orange with gold glass-flecks

Raspberry Festival (two coats):  rich cherry red/pink

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Strawberry Fields (two coats):  fuchsia pink with gold glass-flecks

Watermelon Rind (three coats):  watermelon teal green

I will say, the fruit theme is making me crave fresh summer fruit.  Cherry Pie and Raspberry Festival are from the original release and I obtained the other 4 colors within the last couple of months.

 

Rescue Beauty Lounge The Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty (fall 2010)

 

Once in a while, I will temporarily get sucked into a historical TV series, almost always due to a good-looking, charismatic lead actor.  One such series was Showtime's The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.  While not historically correct (Henry the VIII was not a looker IRL), I would get drawn to the dramatic storylines.  Similarly, Ji Baek of Rescue Beauty Lounge was taken in by a historical novel set in Henry the VIII's England, especially by the descriptions of the attire.

“I fell in love with the Tudor dynasty in the novel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel,” says Baek. “The more I learned of the queens’ wardrobes—the layers of embroidery, embellishments of pearls and fur and rich jewel toned fabrics—the more I saw a parallel with what’s going on in fashion this fall. Givenchy’s intricate brocades, Lanvin’s feather-festooned metallics, and the strong, powerful neutrals at Celine all served as starting points for Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Autumn/Winter color collection. Each color has micro particles of pink, blue, green, gold, and silver to add iridescence similar the tiny colored threaded that give brocade fabrics their depth of color.”  

The polishes are named after 4 of Henry VIII's 6 wives, Anne (Boleyn), Catherine (of Aragon), Catherine H(oward), and Jane (Seymour).  

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Anne (two coats):  dark olive green with gold shimmer and pink/gold glass flecks

Catherine (two coats):  deep purple with pewter shimmer and blue/pink glass flecks

Catherine H (two coats):  Wedgewood blue with gold shimmer and blue/pink glass flecks

Jane (two coats):  grayish nude with gold shimmer and pink/green/gold glass flecks

All of the polishes applied smoothly and were opaque in two coats.  I adore the richness of color in Anne, Catherine and Catherine H.  Jane is the outlier of the set, with its neutral subtlety.  The glass flecks give the polishes a sparkly dimension, similar to the brocade fabric that inspired Ji Baek.  I adore the whole collection due to the dedication and cohesiveness of the theme, but my personal favorites are Catherine H and surprisingly, Jane. 

 

Dior Vernis Summer Mix 2012 (summer 2012)

 

When it comes to high-end polish brands, Dior is my #2.  My Chanel collection is kind of ridiculous in comparison, due to my previous compulsion of buying up almost every new Chanel polish between 2008-2012.  However, I’m a bit more discerning with my Dior selections.   I have a few HTF (hard-to-find) vintages, such as Sparkling Blueberry but mine are mostly selections from 2009-2012.

Summer is coming to end, so I will be posting a few past summer collections before September.  The first one is Dior’s Summer Mix 2012.  The collection consisted of 4 “sorbet finish” nail polishes and 4 lip glosses.  I’ve deciphered “sorbet finish” as a cross between crème and jelly.

Acapulco (three coats):  bright sunshine yellow

Calypso (two coats):  candy apple red

Cosmo (two coats):  watermelon pink

Lagoon (two coats):  Mediterranean blue

The application was only finicky for Acapulco, which is not surprising for yellow nail polish.  For some reason, most yellow nail polishes are just a pain to work with.  The others applied well in two coats.

Is it just me, or has summer just come and gone quickly?  I feel like time just started racing by after I turned 30.

 

 

Rescue Beauty Lounge The Bloggers Collection (fall 2009)

 

Social media has evolved over the years…I was on Facebook back when it was a college-only website.  When I started collecting polish, the current media was blogging.  Now it’s moved on to more visually driven apps such as Instagram and YouTube.  My favorite way to receive nail information is still reading blogs, even if that makes me a bit of a dinosaur.  I like being able to scan a page’s content without having to listen to a long video or decipher a jumble of hashtags.

Due to the popularity of social media, there has been a lot of collaborations between influencers and brands.  Rescue Beauty Lounge’s The Bloggers Collection was one of the first ones I remember.  I am a huge fan of the three bloggers featured in this collection; they’re the OG nail bloggers.

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Mismas (two coats):  rich purple crème

Mismas was created by blogger Michelle Mismas of the blog All Lacquered Up.  It’s one of the earliest blogs, dating back to January 2007.  While there haven’t been any new posts since 2016, it’s a great resource for people like me who like to collect older collections.           

Orbis Non Sufficit (two coats):  army green crème

Orbis Non Sufficit was created by blogger Stephanie Toledo of the now defunct blog The Polish Addict.  Stephanie’s blog is one of the first ones I started following, so I’m sad to see that her page is no longer online.

Scrangie (three coats):  light purple shimmer with a strong blue/green flash

Scrangie is the eponymous polish created by Scrangie Marcanio of the blog Scrangie.  Unlike the other two blogs, Scrangie also focused on makeup.  I loved her nonconformist streak; unique and memorable.  Like ALU, there haven’t been any new posts since 2014, but if you want to look up some great throwback polishes (such as OPI’s original Designer Series), you can find it on the site.

When I started Throwback Lacquer, I was completely STOKED that both Michelle and Scrangie followed my Instagram account.  You can follow their Instagram accounts at @alllacqueredup and @thescrangie.

 

Creative Nail Design Black Light (2005)

 

In the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, the Club Kids were infamous New York City dance club regulars.  They were known for their outlandish costumes, crazy behavior and rampant drug use.  The best-known Club Kid was Michael Alig, a party promoter.  If you’re interested in more information about Michael Alig and the Club Kids, you definitely need to watch Party Monster with Macaulay Culkin as Alig.  It tells the story of his rise and fall, which culminated in Alig murdering a fellow Club Kid.  It’s a very campy movie, but enjoyable.

Creative Nail Design is best known for their professional lines, such as Shellac, but I have a special place in my heart for their actual polishes.  In 2005, they released the Black Light collection, 3 colors and a glitter topper which glow under a black light.  Unfortunately, I don’t own a black light, so I don’t know if these will still glow.  The Black Light collection is named after infamous New York City clubs:  Dance USA, Danceteria, Limelight and Studio 54.  The first 3 clubs were the ones that the Club Kids frequented.

Dance USA (two coats):  tomato red jelly

Danceteria (three coats):  fuchsia pink crème

Studio 54 (three coats):  bright purple crème

Limelight is a glitter topper and contains blue-to-green color shifting flakes.

Limelight (one coat) over Dance USA

Limelight (one coat) over Danceteria

Limelight (one coat) over Studio 54

If you’re interested in these polishes, they’re all still available on Head2Toe Beauty.

 

Illamasqua Rubber Brights (2012)

 

Back in the late-‘00s, Illamasqua was releasing polishes most mainstream brands wouldn’t dare.  Not only were the shades unique, the bottle was beautifully elegant and the formula was buttery smooth.  It was a bit more expensive than most mainstream brands, but you got what you paid for.

I am saddened that Illamasqua will no longer have nail polish in their product lineup.  I have so many good memories of their polishes (have you seen RAMPAGE?!) and to see them go the way of the dodo brings out the feels in me.

Today I’ve got their Rubber Brights collection.  It’s got rubber/matte finish polishes in a rainbow of colors.

Aorta (two coats):  bright red

Devotee (three coats):  bubblegum pink

Nurture (three coats):  bright light green

Optimist (three coats):  orange/yellow

Prosperity (two coats):  saturated purple

Serenity (three coats):  sky blue

The formula is a bit tricky to deal with, especially Nurture.  All of the shades requiring 3 coats were due to the streakiness of the polish.  Aorta and Prosperity both applied easily and evenly.  Due to the formula, Aorta and Prosperity are my favorites in the collection.

 

Essie North Fork (summer 2009)

 

For many years, the Essie brand has been renowned for its conservative sheer pinks and nudes, especially Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite, Ballet Slippers.  It was a rarity for Essie to release unique, outstanding shades, but they definitely have some hits, such as the famous Starry Starry Night.  Back in the late ‘00s, some posts started circulating with Photoshopped wishful Essie collections, full of vibrant colors not really seen from the brand, especially in shades of blue and green.  We were surprised when Essie released the North Fork collection, even if it was a bit muted compared to the Photoshopped pictures.

Greenport (three coats):  muted turquoise blue crème

Sag Harbor (three coats):  pale bluish-green with a fine silver shimmer

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Shelter Island (three coats):  sky blue crème

Since 2009, Essie seems to have come out of the shell with more vibrant, unique colors outside of its sheer pinks/nudes core.  If you want to see more unique Essie shades, I’ll post more in the future here or on my Instagram.

 

Zoya Gossip (summer 2008)

 

Pre-streaming Netflix, I watched the most TV during college.  I was obsessed with Sex and the City, Nip/Tuck, Desperate Housewives, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and the GOAT, Chappelle’s Show.  However, my peers were all obsessed with MTV’s Laguna Beach:  The Real Orange County.  For those of you unfamiliar with Laguna Beach, it was a “reality” show centered around Lauren Conrad AKA LC, a conventionally attractive blonde who attended school in Laguna Beach.  I still have a quote on my Facebook profile from one night watching Laguna Beach with friends…”99.9% of the things that come out of The Asian Girl’s mouth should never be said.”  It’s funny how some things never change.

Anyhoo, Laguna Beach spawned a spin-off, The Hills, again centered around LC.  We used to joke in our family that my middle sister was our local LC.  Coincidentally, my sister’s first job out of college brought her to Southern California.  When she left, I mimicked a voice-over, stating, “Today we say goodbye to our beloved JA, when she leaves The Mills for The Hills.”

Apart from my personal jokes about the shows, I really don’t know too much about the characters or the storyline.  It all kind of mish-mashed into “blah blah blah, rich white girl problems, blah blah blah.”  However, The Hills was so popular that Zoya named their Gossip collection after 6 of the characters.

Audrina (two coats):  orchid purple crème

Elodie (three coats):  coral pink jelly

Heidi (two coats):  coral pink/orange crème

LC (two coats):  coral red crème

Lo (two coats):  bubblegum pink crème

Whitney (two coats):  Barbie pink crème

I will say, this is a very solid summer collection, even though it’s heavy on conventional colors.  This would be a great variety for summer manis and pedis.  The best part is, this whole collection is still available on Zoya’s site!  That is a unique trait about Gossip…10 years later, all of the colors made it to the core collection.

 

Drugstore Digging: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

 

I am admittingly behind when it comes to mainstream polishes, especially drugstore brands.  The turnover for drugstore brands is high and my local stores rarely get the cool limited-edition displays, so I only buy them impulsively.  However, when I found out that Sally Hansen released a holographic, I had to track it down.

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Adrenaline Crush (two coats):  plum-toned brown metallic foil

Metro Midnight (two coats):  light mauve scattered holographic

I almost missed out on Metro Midnight because I did not see it on the main display.  It was on a limited-edition display near the beauty cash register.  CVS currently has a buy one, get one half-off promotion for Miracle Gel plus a bonus 6000 points on your CVS card until Sunday, so it’s the perfect time to go out and get some!

Unrelated side note:  My gallery is now stocked to the gills with all of my Pretty Serious polish pictures, so check them out before the closing sale ends!!!

 

Pretty Serious Museum of Naileontology Vol. 5 (2018)

 

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Hello everyone!

I’ve got bad news and good news…the good news is, I’ve got three of the latest Pretty Serious Museum of Naileontology shades.

Effigy of Agon (two coats):  inspired by Urban Decay X, mauve with a strong copper shimmer

Mamagaran’s Scream (two coats):  inspired by Revlon Mesmerizing, purple with a green duochrome shimmer

Messenger of the Titans (two coats):  inspired by Chanel Iridescent, periwinkle purple with a purple shimmer

On to the bad news…Pretty Serious has announced on their official Facebook fan group that they will be closing down this year, discontinuing the current product line.  The entire site will be at 30-50% off with the coupon code CLOSING.  The upcoming neon and nude collections will be listed at 40% off.  However, the closure isn’t permanent and they’re looking to relaunch next year.

 

Rescue Beauty Lounge Spring/Summer 2009

 

If I had to pick a favorite city, I would select New Orleans.  The food, the music, and the atmosphere can’t be beat.  Ironically enough, I live next to the city that has been voted as Travel + Leisure’s top city in the world for 6 years running, but there’s a lot to unpack there.  I spent most of my childhood and adult life living on the Gulf Coast, so New Orleans was a short 3-hour drive away.  Have you ever woken up to a Bloody Mary and freshly fried, powdered sugar-covered beignets?  Tell me you can beat that!!!

Anyhoo, back to the nail polish, while I weep because I can’t get a decent beignet for miles around.

Back in the day, Rescue Beauty Lounge had the best crème polish formula on the market.  They were richly pigmented and applied like butter.  The Spring/Summer 2009 collection was a huge departure from their main offerings and unique in that snapshot of nail polish world.  The collection consisted of three flashy and sparkling glitter polishes:  Frugalista, Locavore, and Look Rich, Be Cheap.

Frugalista (three coats):  silver and purple glitter in a clear base

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Locavore (three coats):  gold, green, blue and purple glitter in a clear base

Look Rich, Be Cheap (three coats):  gold and purple glitter in a clear base

If you’re looking for the perfect Mardi Gras manicure, these are the polishes to turn to!  They even match the primary colors of Mardi Gras:  green, gold and purple.  Hopefully I can wear one of these to New Orleans in the near future.

 

Drugstore Digging: Salon Perfect Holographic Finish

 

I’ve always considered Wal-Mart as a last resort.  The parking lot sucks, the customer service is lacking and your fellow customers are usually at their worst.  However, I’ve been sucked back into the vortex due to the news of Color Club’s Wal-Mart-exclusive holographics.  The last time something like this happened was 2015’s Hard Candy 20th Anniversary collection.  Unfortunately, I’ve only found a few of the new Color Clubs, but I found a silver lining:  Salon Perfect also released new holographics!

For those of you not in the know, Salon Perfect is owned by the same parent company as China Glaze.  There are a lot of similar colors between the two brands, even dupes for China Glaze’s Hologlam collection.  I can’t find an official statement, but according to the internet, the main difference between the brands are the hardeners added to China Glaze’s formula.  I haven’t had much experience with Salon Perfect, so I can’t really tell a difference between the two.

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Coming In Hot (two coats): silvery-blue holographic

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Don’t Give A Glam (two coats):  charcoal gray holographic

According to Salon Perfect’s official website, these are the only 2 current holographic polishes.  They’re also a steal at $3.98 a pop!  Compare that to OMG Flashbacks retailing at $8.29 and Color Club Halo Hues, which is over $6.00. 

 

Pretty Serious Bad Reputation (2017)

 

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I’m not exaggerating when I say this, but this is my favorite release from 2017.  I’ve worn all three colors as mani/pedis and whenever I’m indecisive with what to wear for the week, I will fall back on one of these polishes.

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Cherry Bomb (two coats):  cherry pink crème with gold glass-flecks

Heartbreaker (two coats):  lavender violet crème with blue glass-flecks

Stupid Cupid (three coats):  tiffany blue crème with fine green/gold shimmer

Cherry Bomb and Heartbreaker apply very well, like softened butter on toast.  Stupid Cupid can be applied in 2 thick coats if careful, but I tend to err toward three thin coats.

Unfortunately, the Bad Reputation collection has been discontinued and is no longer available on the official Pretty Serious pages.  However, if you do some Googling around, you can find them on other online retailers.

 

NARS Thakoon (2012)

 

My husband hates it when I eat two kinds of food:  Indian food and anything with truffles.  He claims the smell lingers for days on end, giving him a headache.  As much as I love my husband, I’m also a dedicated food enthusiast…sorry, honey bunny.

NARS Thakoon was inspired by the bright colors of Indian spice markets.  The names of the polishes are also names of Indian spices.

Amchoor (3 coats):  bright mango yellow crème

Amchoor reminds me of ataulfo mangoes, also known as champagne mangoes.  I’ve heard great things about Asian mangoes, particularly from India and the Philippines, but I’ve never tasted them.  The closest I can get in the US are Mexican ataulfo mangoes, which are sweeter than standard grocery store mangoes.

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Anardana (2 coats):  azalea pink crème

The best time to visit the Charleston, SC area is spring time, especially if azaleas are blooming.  The nearby Town of Summerville is also known as Flowertown due to the prevalence of azaleas in their downtown area.  Anardana resembles these flowers very closely.

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Koliary (3 coats):  cyan blue crème

The blue-green quality in Koliary brings me back to my favorite place, Opal Beach.  Opal Beach is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, located between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach.  If you are ever in Northwest Florida and desire to really get away from it all, definitely consider Opal Beach.

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Kutki (3 coats):  baby blue crème

One of my knitting friends is a die-hard University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sports fan.  This would definitely suit her tastes.

Lal Mirchi (2 coats):  hot pepper red crème

Lal Mirchi is my favorite due to the color’s richness.  It reminds me of shiny hot red peppers, such as bird’s eye chilis. 

Ratin Jot (2 coats):  orchid purple crème

2014’s color of the year was Radiant Orchid, similar to Ratin Jot.

The formula on these polishes are split.  Anardana, Lal Mirchi and Ratin Jot were the easiest to apply, only needing 2 coats each.  Amchoor, Koliary and Kutki needed 3 coats for opacity. 

NARS Thakoon was a limited-edition release and is no longer for sale.  However, you can find Amchoor, Anardana, Koliary and Ratin Jot on eBay below the retail price ($18).

 

Pretty Serious Pastel Pets 2 (2018)

 

(includes press samples)

Two years ago, Pretty Serious Cosmetics released their Pastel Pet Names collection to great fanfare.  If you like marbling nail art, they were perfect for such applications, as seen on More Nail Polish.  This April, a second Pastel Pet collection was released.

Bitsy Boo (2 coats):  sky blue crème

Bon Bon (2 coats):  cornflower blue crème

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Chicky (3 coats):  pale yellow crème

Dollface (2 coats):  lilac purple crème

Poppet (2 coats):  bubblegum pink crème

Smoochie (2 coats):  neon pastel green crème

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Tootsie (2 coats):  pale yellow-orange crème

I should admit something:  crème polishes are my kryptonite when it comes to swatching.  I tend to always have trouble applying them, especially pastels.  The hardest to apply was Chicky, which is usually par for the course when it comes to yellow polish.  Chicky looks off-white to me; similar to Illamasqua Load.  Tootsie is supposed to be more yellow, but comes off very Kraft-macaroni-and-cheese on my skin tone.

Pastel Pets 2 is now available in the Pretty Serious USA online store and on the Pretty Serious International online store.

 

Chanel Neon (spring 2018)

 

Previously, I reviewed Chanel’s 2017 collection Neon Wave.  Today I’ve got two limited edition neons from this spring.

Rose Neon (two coats):  searing peachy pink neon

Scenario (two coats):  hot coral red neon

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Magnetic

I’ve included a picture of Magnetic to show the contrast in color.

If you’re a neon fan, you’ll probably love these two.  There is definitely enough difference to justify owning all three.