Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ManGlaze ILF - Swatches & Review

ILF is a fantastic matte turquoise, and my second ManGlaze polish (See F**k Off & Dye here). It is just as awesome as the first. I can't help but be drawn to such a fun brand. 

The above photo is two coats of ILF over CND Stickey, without topcoat. As with most matte polishes, dry time is fantastic. I wore ILF for three days before chipping began, and tons of people complimented it. 

ManGlaze is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. If you've got a good sense of humor and can appreciate a vibrant, smooth matte color, check them out here

Saturday, January 26, 2013

KBShimmer Snow Way! and Cocoa Nut

Today I have a couple of polishes from indie polish brand KBShimmer. Christy put out an excellent holiday collection this year, and I had a hard time sticking to my self-imposed limit of two polishes. 

My first choice was super easy. Snow Way! is a totally unique polish. I am completely unaware of a polish similar to this one. The base is a squishy, pale blue jelly that reminds me of a clear, sunny winter sky. The glitters in this mix are all matte white and combine with the base to mimic fluffy snowflakes. 

The following mani was three thin coats. I had to be mindful to wait a couple of minutes between coats to avoid dragging. The glitter flowed nicely and no "placing" was necessary. It looks as if there is some balding on the middle finger, but that was not the case in real life.

Cocoa Nut was my second choice. I debated between it, No Whine Left, and Witch Way. I love purples, but in the end, the unique pairing of brown and pink glitter won out.

Application was simple as pie with this one. The base is a warm chocolate brown with small brown glitters. There is a significant smattering of larger, shiny, bright fuchsia glitter. Two coats was all that was needed for opacity and it dried super smooth and glossy.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Color Club Halo Hues - Part 2

So sorry for the absence! Holidays, work on my polish line, computer slowly dying, new lap top (!!!), new puppy, etc. have made my life rather hectic. I had a swatch fest a few weeks ago, but just got to upload and edit my photos. I feel like I'm back in the swing of things, so I'm crossing my fingers that there will be no more hiatuses. Hiatii? You know what I mean.

Today I'm here to finish off the Color Club Halo Hues collection. Sheila over at just posted three swatches of the upcoming collection on her blog. Check it out

As I said in my last post, the formula on these were flawless. Opaque in two coats, no need for a special base, holo not dulled by top coats, and excellent wear time. I cannot adequately describe how awesome they are. 

All swatches are two thin coats with top coat. All were taken in my light box. 

2 coats of Cloud Nine, a lilac-pink base

2 coats of Cloud Nine. Base color clear near the cuticle of index and middle fingers

2 coats of Halo-Graphic, a bright pink base

2 coats of Blue Heaven, a pale blue

2 coats of Blue Heaven

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