Posts from the ‘Australian nail varnish’ Category

Comparisons: Same name, different colour

China Glaze Dope Taupe, Sinful Colors Taupe is Dope, Sinful Colors So Daupe, China Glaze Head to Taupe

I went to Sally Beauty the other day and fell in love with Head to Taupe

China Glaze Dope Taupe – Fall 2016 Rebel

China Glaze Head to Taupe – S/S 2017 Shades of Nude

Essie – Excuse Me, Sur

OPI – Excuse Me, Big Sur

Excuse Me, Sur – Essie Spring 2017 B’aha Moment

Excuse Me, Big Sur – OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming

2x each

China Glaze – For Audrey

Finger Paints – Tiffany Imposter

Claire’s – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Picture Polish – Tiffany

Wet n Wild Megalast – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

2x each

China Glaze – For Audrey

Finger Paints – Tiffany Imposter

Claire’s – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Picture Polish – Tiffany

Wet n Wild Megalast – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

xx blueberry milk tea

Flashin’ my indies!

Powder Perfect – Crinoline
Pretty & Polished – Pretty 2.0, exclusive to Mei Mei’s Signatures
Pahlish – Your Fortress Fades, Shallow Lands, Lantern Waste

xx blueberry milk tea

Multichrome Comparison Library, Volume VIII: copyright Autumn 2014

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No. 10 is G-gal Red *Night* Sky Brilliant.  It’s so difficult for me to correct spacing and text once I botch it in my primitive labeling program…

I’ve performed a similar comparison here, but have since inadvertently permanently deleted the photos in an attempt to free up space.  Quite all right, since the present comparison has more members, with better images!

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L’Apogee Optico Ambar, which I will also feature in a multichrome topper post (dreading this task since I loathe swatching over black, and in fact have never done it).

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Revlon Spiderman LE from Summer 2014, 1000 Volts.  This was an amazing (lol) collection of duo/multichromes.

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L’Oreal The Temptress’ Power.  Think this is LE from Fall 2012 (?).

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Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Firefly.  I purchased this long ago at full price when this series first showed up on shelves.  Although I see them ’round deeply discounted, I still think they’re underrated — the two I’ve featured here I find especially beautiful.

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Above and below, Color Club Wild & Willing.  I have never gotten round to putting lots of coats of this under a royal purple shatter for Hallowe’en…

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…maybe for All Souls’ Day, or in time for Dia de los Muertos?

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CQ Rustic Dream.  Now this is one gorgeous varnish.  Gotta try her under purple crackle as well…

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F21 L&B Amber, another 1970s-esque stunner.

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Impala Disco Sex Appeal, aka the little lava lamp on display in my bedroom.

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G-gal Red Night Sky Brilliant x 3

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F21 L&B Red/Multi x 3.  Fantastic dupe for MAC Bad Fairy, a varnish I had and traded untried.

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Yes, an even better dupe for MAC Bad Fairy than Claire’s Poison Apple, which I forgot to include here.

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Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Copperhead.  My favorite of the bunch.  See nail wheel swatch below.*

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CQ Idyllic.  First time I’ve ever been able to capture the multichrome shift…

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*Above and below, respectively second from right and second from left, SH LS Copperhead.  She’s got purple in her, which flashes only very occasionally in the bottle at home, and never in the shops (their lighting is too direct).

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All varnishes are two coats each on the nail wheel.

xx blueberry milk tea

Hi-ho-lo silver (and grey and black) comparisons, part II

An extension of this post.  Swatched and composed whilst watching Gravity on DVD.

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First, yet another image of la Fontana (Vogue Paris, August 2008) channeling la irreplaceable Winehouse, q.e.p.d., mi reina.

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Above ‘n below: China Glaze Fairy Dust, Flormar 392, Risqué Isabeli Fontana Star, Mohda Intensificador Holografico.

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Above ‘n below: Essence Colour & Go Can’t Cheat On Me, Impala Celebrate Brinde Comigo!, Nfu-Oh 61 (dud version, not sure which in the dud sequence), Dance Legend T-1000.

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Above ‘n below: Glitter Gal Green 3D/Holo (included here cos it’s silvery with a green cast), Kiko Holographic 400, China Glaze Holographic Cosmic Dust

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Above ‘n below: Catherine Arley 667, Layla Flash Black

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Above ‘n below:  Hits Speciallita No Olimpo Zeus, Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 3D/Holo (green base, but it’s a blackened green!)

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Beginning at 7pm-ish, clockwise, 2x each:

1 – China Glaze Fairy Dust, oh-so-fine holo particles

2  – Flormar 392, guau!

3 – Risqué Isabeli Fontana Star, not my favorite but someone in the shop liked it cos all gummed up and tested when she arrived to me.

4 – Mohda Intensificador Holografico, larger holo particles

5 – Essence Colour & Go Can’t Cheat On Me, not-so-holo

6 – Impala Celebrate Brinde Comigo!, love this, subtle fine scattered and linear holo

7 – Nfu-Oh 61 (dud version, not sure which in the dud sequence) – chunky and icky albeit a brand new bottle

8 – Dance Legend T-1000 – wow, wow, wow… smooth and HOLO a la ChG OMG on steroids

9 – Glitter Gal Green 3D/Holo (included here cos it’s silvery with a green cast) – pretty!

10 – Kiko Holographic 400 – wanted to love this like I love the beige one in the series, but it’s much darker swatched than in the bottle with less holo and didn’t look or wear so hot on my nails

11 – China Glaze Holographic Cosmic Dust – big disappointment; I paid full price of $14 USD for this when it first debuted last year.  I’ll never forget how it flew off my nail in a complete layer when I was getting out of my car… there was a small yet intact sheet of holo paint visible on the parking lot asphalt!

12 – Catherine Arley 667 – my bottle or swatch doesn’t look as holo as others I’ve seen

13 – Layla Flash Black – want to love this, but it doesn’t look good on me

14 – Hits Speciallita No Olimpo Zeus – ditto #13

15 – Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 3D/Holo – ditto #13

xx blueberry milk tea

Multichrome Comparison Library, Volume Three: Glitter Gal Red Night Sky Brilliant + wayward cousins thrice removed

Sigh. Uninspired…

I should deem this a discounting, in lieu of a comparison.  These polishes are all so different, yet they have a common, maybe none too obvious thread of gold-pink-orange-burgundy-red-brown-bronze running through them in varying guises and finishes.  Let’s have a look at my confusion:

L to R: Corona, Magic Sunset, Mesmerizing, Heat

Wild & Willing, Warm & Fozzie, Rustic Dream, Amber

Red Night Sky Brilliant, Idyllic, Poison Apple

Ooh…ahhh…

I ordered my G-Gal online for about $20 USD.  The bottle is gorgeous, the font is über modern cool, my name is Gemma so of course I heart that G on the front, plus I’m half Australian…oh, and the polish looks amazing in the bottle.  In the bottle and in the bottle only, methinks.

Some time ago, I ended up with a free sackful of many stunning multichromes from a drugstore, simply because the shelf tag had listed an incorrect price and I mentioned the discrepancy at the cash register.  Instead of charging me the correct, lower price, they acknowledged their mistake by giving me the products free.  One of these stunning multichromes was Scherer Chameleon Corona.

Why do I yammer on and on about this Corona?  Because when I applied my Glitter Gal with bated breath and with the stars aligned just so in the night sky, it looked…well, awfully similar to…I dare say…Corona.  But it didn’t last as long as Corona, not even half as long, and it dug twenty times as deeply into my pocketbook.  [But it has a G for Gemma on it and it’s from Australia, like half of moi…]

See what I’m sayin’?

Varnishes which easily could have been included here, had I been more organized, inspired and less disappointed with the namesake of this post:

Accessorize – Pink Spice
China Glaze – Swanky Silk
Deborah Milano Shine Tech Scarabeo – 73 Sunset Highlights
Impala Disco Sex Appeal*
MAC – Bad Fairy
Maybelline Color Show – Pink Cosmo*
Misslyn – Peacock LE – 720 Elfin Butterfly
Models Own – Pinky Brown
OPI – I’d Like to Thank…
OPI – The Show Must Go On!