Posts from the ‘Matte finish’ Category

Collections: Sinful Colors Kylie + Sinful Shine King Kylie

When these collections appeared last year, I remember being absolutely enchanted by North Star first, then picking up a smattering of others here and there whenever popping into Walgreens. Later, I found a few bottles heavily discounted at Target, and was really surprised by the defacement of the display for this collection. Insults and ugliness, left in nail varnish and ink, directed at Miss Jenner. Whatever her reputation among the target (and Target, lol) demographic for her cosmetics, my opinion of her collaboration is sky-high. So much so that when I came upon scads of half-price bottles at a different well-stocked Walgreens locale, I shopped to my nails’ content. No regrets; here’s what I have.

These four are Trend Matters Angel shimmer mattes:

2111 Angelik, 2113 North Star, 2088 Butter Kup, 2110 Magik Touch

2111 Angelik, 2113 North Star

2088 Butter Kup, 2110 Magik Touch

2111 Angelik

2113 North Star, 2088 Butter Kup, 2110 Magik Touch

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2062 Miss Majesty

Next three are Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte:

2082 Mauve On, 2078 Silhouette, 2085 Kozy

2062 Miss Majesty, 2082 Mauve On

2078 Silhouette, 2085 Kozy

Top to bottom:

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2062 Miss Majesty

Next three are Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte:

2082 Mauve On, 2078 Silhouette, 2085 Kozy

Above and below, Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2048 Slay Grey

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2077 Kurtsey

Denim & Bling Matte 2109 Kurves

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2084 Kurtain Kall, 2079 Kommotion

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2077 Kurtsey

Denim & Bling Matte 2109 Kurves

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2084 Kurtain Kall, 2079 Kommotion

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2077 Kurtsey

Denim & Bling Matte 2109 Kurves

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2084 Kurtain Kall, 2079 Kommotion

Denim & Bling Matte 2109 Kurves

Trend Matters Velvet Demi Matte 2084 Kurtain Kall, 2079 Kommotion

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2045 True Kolor, 2053 Minty Fresh

Denim & Bling Duochrome 2109 Kurves

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2050 Kryptonite

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2044 Koko-Nuts, 2049 Miss Chief

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection:

2047 Kommando

2058 Karamel

2055 The Royal Me

Trend Matters Satin Matte 2132 Holly-Wood

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2046 Kween, 2051 Real Regal

Sinful Shine King Kylie Signature Collection 2054 Karnival

Twenty-six bottles in all.

Unsure how many comprised the collections; I’m not fan enough to do intensive Internet homework so it was difficult to decipher on my own what was what in order to break down what I had.

Since I had initially filled up a wheel of 18 chips with what I had (not anticipating buying more), they were organized by colour on the wheel and in my notebook by collection/finish.

That was last year.  When I ended up collecting eight more bottles in the interim, I just put them in the box shown in the background and saved it all for another day.

Those bottles ended up on a different nail wheel, just painted.  Lots of work and confusion!

Now for some comparisons among other similar Sinful Colors 🙂

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Spooky series: moody autumnal skies

Risqué Silver Shine, Bonita Dying to Party, Essence Urban Messages TE Skyscraper

A-England Cathy, Essence Crystalliced TE It’s a Snow-woman’s World, Impala Novo 70 Boho Chic, Essence C&G Grey-t to Be Here

Essence Vintage District TE Get Arty, Essence Crystalliced TE Iced Age Reloaded

Nails Inc. Ballet Sheers Covent Garden Ballet, Impala Cores do Oceano Agua Viva, Orly Sweet Dreams, Layla Softouch Effect 03

Scherer Chameleon Hula, OPI Yokohama Twilight

Revlon Smoldering, Colorama Abre Alas, Colorama Misteriosa Turquia Lua Crescente

All swatches above, two coats

Kiko Quick Dry 849, Dance Legend Mist Way Collection 09 Hedgehog in the Fog, Illamasqua Raindrops, Sinful Colors Kylie Trend Matters Shimmer Matte Angel Magik Touch

Rescue Beauty Lounge Morning Light, Sinful Colors Kylie Trend Matters Demi Matte Velvet Kurtsey

Icing by Claire’s unnamed 1/4 of a mini set, Orly Pixie Dust, OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam

Essence Beauty Beats TE As Long as You Love Me, Sinful Shine Kylie Signature Collection King Kylie Slay Grey, Colorama Hypnose

All swatches 2-3 coats

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Comparisons: reigning at the purple palace

Picking up from where I had left off earliest here and here and later, here …

Last year, when I had initially begun the PFF pile driving using OPI purples as cornerstones for comparison, I had only listed two varnishes in my notebook as pile drivers to OPI In the Cable Car-pool Lane:  Sation Purple Royal and Barry M Berry Cosmo.

Since then, I’ve acquired several more, which also happen to conveniently encompass part two of my Valentine tale of two Revlons (never got ’round to the telling of the second chapter …) 🙂

Above, at two coats, from L to R:

1 – Sation Purple Royal

2 – WnW So Berry on Trend (velvety matte)

3 – Kiko 496

4 – OPI Casino Royale

5 – Revlon Passionate

6 – Barry M Berry Cosmo

7 – OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane (only varnish with 3x, as it was patchy at two …)

8 – Essie In the Lobby

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Rich girl, poor girl: going broke whilst craving watermelon?

Here is a nice and tidy solution to satisfy any pocketbook, courtesy of seasonal café culinary research:

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Dior 575 Wonderland, Barry M GHS Grapefruit, Maybelline Color Show Rebel Bouquet LE 816 Rose Candy, Essence C&G The Matt 185 Candy Crush, Pop-arazzi Watermelon Spritz

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Essence still holds her own among these stunners even though she’s matte.  Gorgeous finish!

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Pop-arazzi has that Made in China chemical stonk, a la Kleancolor.

I only bought more of this brand cos it was on sale.

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Dior Wonderland

Barry M GHS Grapefruit

Maybelline Color Show Rebel Bouquet LE Rose Candy

Essence C&G Candy Crush (matte)

Pop-arazzi Watermelon Spritz

All, 2x.

Each was fine with one coat excepting Dior, which evened out beautifully to opacity on the second coat.

Maybelline was her usual very thin formula and could have used three coats…

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Dior Wonderland – $27 USD

Barry M GHS Grapefruit – $8 USD

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Maybelline Color Show Rebel Bouquet LE Rose Candy – $4 USD

Essence C&G Candy Crush – $2 USD

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Dior Wonderland – $27 USD

Pop-arazzi Watermelon Spritz – $1.50 USD (on sale)

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There are subtle distinctions among these varnishes, but truly, the most glaring is price point.

Each is infinitely more beautiful than she appears here.  No justice done in these images.

Since there are five, I can’t wait to do a Skittles with this lineup!

It’s a good thing, as I would not know which colour to choose for my juicy bright watermelon tips craving.

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Mexico, The Cookbook

Margarita Carrillo Arronte

Phaidon, 2014

Box of bonbons, part one

Intended for Valentine’s Day, so a little overdue…

Meanwhile, lunch is served at the café, before we partake in some dessert-like varnishes!

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Baked tofu gratin over Thai jasmine rice.

Other kitchen sink ingredients include uncured pastrami, shaved broccoli stalks and carrot, organic tofu, Japanese kokumaro stew cream, artisanal bacon cheddar cheese, French fleur de sel.

vanilla buttercream

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I was absolutely smitten by these two SH CSM varnishes from the new NYFW collection.

When I brought them home together last week, I had no idea they would be so close to OPI and Essie…

milk bordeaux

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Any idea yet which filling you’re going to choose?

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cherry nut buttercream

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dark choco raspberry heart

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dark soft centers

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Ugh, I’m stuffed!

This post took forever (way past Valentine’s Day, yes?) to put together, and the display of sweets isn’t over yet — I omitted Essie Cashmere Matte Wrap Me Up from the Vanilla Buttercream lineup, so will include her in part two, where I’ll swatch and compare the assortments above.

The Skinfood trio set also deserves its own post and commentary — después de haberme desempalagado (after getting rid of this sickeningly sweet feeling). 🙂

Love,
xx blueberry milk tea

Comparisons: Ain’t No Sunshine

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Not saving the best for last, in order to get your attention without alluding directly to the 50 SoG movie adaptation tie-in hype.

First obliquely referenced here, a couple of years ago…

…but actually an addendum to this post, from a couple of months ago.

These are all of the greys I have acquired from December 2014-January 2015, post-post. 🙂

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All swatches shown are 2 coats each.

Aux Chandelles is semi-matte, with a sort of lustre to keep it from looking flat.  Very subtle and unique.

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Skull & Glossbones is rather sheer and jelly-ish, a yellowed bone grey in comparison to the others.  I included it here solely because I spent the latter part of 2014 filling gaps in my collection, and certain members of the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection were indeed coveted and lacking, due to lingering swapper’s remorse…

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L to R:  Aux Chandelles, S&G, ChG Pelican Grey, OPI Cement the Deal, Barry M GHS Chai, OPI Embrace the Grey, Barry M Grey

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Next up, below, stormier greys:

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I acquired GOSH and NARS due to Ommorphia Beauty Bar’s waxing poetic about this duo.  No regrets. 🙂

China Glaze Out Like A Light applies much, much darker than the bottle color.  The same thing happened with Zoya Dove in 2011, reason why I gave her away and never repurchased.

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Here’s a mid-point recap:

1 – no varnish

2 – H&M Urban Girl

3 – L’Oreal Aux Chandelles, semi-matte

4 – OPI Skull & Glossbones, sheer warmer-leaning crelly

5 – China Glaze Pelican Grey, microshimmer

6 – OPI Cement the Deal

7 – Barry M GHS Chai

8 – OPI Embrace the Grey

9 – Barry M Grey

10 – GOSH Miss Grey

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Above and below, the bluer-leaning greys.  My favorite of these lineups.

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Wet Suit is a wee hair lighter than Office Polish-tics.  Since Office Polish-tics is harder to come by for most, Wet Suit is current in the Sally Hansen Triple Shine display in the U.S., and a great stand-in for this variation on MAC Blue India.

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Misa Office Polish-tics is much more beautiful than she appears in these images.  I ordered about 25 Misa bottles from the company website late last year; it was truly one of the most pleasing parcels I’ve received of late.

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L’Oreal Grey Corset is matte, and much more muted than it appears in the image above.  It looks stormy dark grey-blue indoors.

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See what I mean about Grey Corset?  Wow!

Seriously, L’Oreal has created a very unique collection around this theme.

I didn’t like any of the L’Oreal varnishes at the first coat, or even the second, until they were fully dry.  That’s when they best manifest their unique finishes.

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These are the glitters I chose from the respective 50 SoG collections.

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L to R:  Misa Office Polish-tics, L’Oreal Grey Corset, OPI Shine for Me, L’Oreal Bad Bad Grey.

Bad Bad Grey is a texture/sand/sugar glitter.

I must warn you, it looks like gloppy lava on the first wet coat.  I was so disappointed, and already plotting how to get rid of it.

At two coats, dry and in low light, it still isn’t as attractive as in that first bottle shot at the beginning of this post.

But it has something else when the light hits it, a kind of mystique.  Although the sugary glitter looks predominantly pink and coppery-gold above, there is a veritable (albeit subtle) finely-ground rainbow, including silver, in the mix.  Truly complex and mind-blowing.

I find the L’Oreal collection to be much more original than OPI’s; I could easily return the trio of OPI I selected with no qualms…

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Since it proved difficult to determine which of the images above was the most helpful, I give you them all. 🙂

Starting from and excluding the non-varnished chip, order is as follows:

1 – H&M Urban Girl

2 – L’Oreal Aux Chandelles

3 – OPI Skull & Glossbones

4 – China Glaze Pelican Grey

5 – OPI Cement the Deal

6 – Barry M GHS Chai

7 – OPI Embrace the Grey

8 – Barry M Grey

9 – GOSH Miss Grey

10 –  NARS Storm Bird

11 – China Glaze Out Like A Light

12 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Show Steel-er

13 – Sally Hansen Triple Shine Wet Suit

14 – Misa Office Polish-tics

15 – L’Oreal Grey Corset

16 – OPI Shine for Me

17 – L’Oreal Bad Bad Grey

xx blueberry milk tea

Manicure nuts & bolts

Really would prefer to insert this as a page, but it will remain tucked away and more anonymous there. Thus, here in living colour as a post, for ease of access. Enjoy!

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Essie just received as a gift with purchase; been using the Mavala and Missha for years now…

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Mavala came in a kit; Revlon was purchased on clearance a few years ago.  Love them both; alternate them for every manicure.

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This is the only way I can see how much product remains in the mini Mavala bottle.

Reallyreally want to try Skin Food’s pineapple cuticle remover, but it’s 10x more expensive than what I paid for Revlon (a great product) AND they are always sold out in-store.  I told myself I would finish these up before buying Skin Food, even with a notice that it’s now in stock and I have a birthday discount available to me…

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I’ve used this Bigelow salve (or Rosebud) for years for cuticles and dry spots on hands, way before I became a varnish freak.

The only reason I just purchased the Burt’s Bees is cos the Bigelow must be at least five years old. :/  No bueno.

I need to toss the Bigelow so I no longer recur to it.  I just did this after last Thanksgiving with my kitchen cutting board, and I actually took it out of the recycling bin, poured boiling water over it and use it as a backup to my new one, which I don’t like nearly as much.

The moral of this tiny tale is that I should stick to the same brand/model when buying replacements, of anything!

California Mango Mango Mend was received as a rather grubby extra in a swap.  The content is fabulous, so I just try to overlook the electrical tape goo that coats the tube… I probably use this after every manicure.  It’s that good, but I’ve no idea where to buy it.

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Eucerin tiny tube was recently received as a gift with purchase.  I use it quite a bit on my chapped fingers.

I used to have a Mavala hand crème to accompany the Nailactan treatment above (which is only applied to the nail root), but I can’t find it, so I must have used it up…

Glysolid is good for the entire hand (and body, for that matter).  The loose-fitting lid has no grooves, so it slides right off.  I have no idea why the precise Swiss did this, especially when you’re dealing with a slippery container with greased-up hands.  Thus, you can’t take her anywhere!

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Ahh, the wonderful “steam creams” from Nature Republic.

I originally bought the rose and vanilla, then returned for doubles of the apple mango and orange — a fruity set for my son, a second fruity set for me.  🙂

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I go through these Nivea tubes like there’s no tomorrow.  Love.

Yves Rocher hit a home run with this holiday LE.  Attractive packaging, great product.

The packaging seems to be difficult to decipher for many Americans.  I gifted sets of the pear and caramel LE products at an office holiday party, and also to my mother.  On both occasions, the recipients stared at the labels, stumped, for a good long time and turned the bottles/boxes around several times searching for a clue to what they might be.  My mother even asked me, are you supposed to drink this?  Lol!

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Treatment products.

Mavala came in a set, Seche Rebuild was a gift with purchase, and I chased down every last one of the Essence products either in the stand or on clearance.

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Base coats.  Nail Armor was my first, but it has little fibers in it and is quite opaque, leaving a hard film around the cuticle.

I picked up Bonder based on fangirl recommendations.  OPI was a gift with purchase.

From this lineup, I find myself using the cheapies most often: Rimmel base/top (a clearance purchase) and Essence Anti-Split Nail Sealer (which says on the back it can be used alone or as a base coat).

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Nature Republic mystery (think it’s a protective top coat or treatment); the others provide either a whitening or glossy pink tint to the nail.

I use the L.A. Girl, purchased from hollycoffeebean‘s blog sale, whenever a manicure recipe calls for Essie Pink Glove Service.

Long ago, I had swapped for PGS, and the gal literally tossed it into a huge file-sized envelope with no padding or packaging whatsoever.  Of course it arrived to me unusable, spilled everywhere and very stinky.

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To those café patrons who read Korean, SOS!

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What is this product from Nature Republic?  On my receipt, it lists the line item as “nail care”.

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I can’t remember what it said on the shelf tag.  Actually, I don’t think it said anything!

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Soft touch/semi-matte and matte top coats.

When I was in high school in Japan in the mid-1980s, these were a big thing.  Not so much when I returned to the U.S., although I remember purchasing one from the Shiseido counter at Macy’s in 1986.  Whenever I mentioned the concept to American manicurists, they seemed indifferent.  Perhaps they didn’t like the idea of a teenager telling them what was up.

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Of these, I only use the Mava Dry.  I’m afraid I might wreck my hard-won manicure with the drops!

Zoya Hurry Up drops were included as a nice extra in a swap.  Maybe she had the same fear as I, lol.  🙂

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Fast-drying top coats.

Impala actually says extra shiny mirror finish, but in the little circle upper right, it says fast-drying.  🙂

NOPI was a gift with purchase.

Poshe is getting stringy and has served me well, but still hardens and peels too much around the cuticles for my liking, making my nails look messy.

Out the Door doesn’t do that.  Maybe I still don’t know what I’m doing, but that’s been my experience with a few top coats, reason why I don’t like using them.  Added shine is great, fast curing, even better — but making my manicure look sloppy round the edges, no thank you.

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Scented top coats from the Colorama Misteriosa Turquia collection: soft/sweet incense and mint tea.

They both smell SO good, not cheap or tacky in the least.

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Various other top coats.

The Essence on the far left could fit in the shiny category below and also in the fast-drying, according to the back label.

Color Club was my first-ever experience with top coat, and an excellent initiation to the process at that.

Essence Allround Talent takes forever to dry and lends a distinct eerie blue cast to the nails in strong outdoor light, but these side effects are well worth the main event.  With just a coat of this and some nail white pencil (a tool I’ve used since I was a kid), your nails look absolutely perfect, just as it says on the bottle.  A gift from alelvi123, who finds stuff in the Cosnova reject bins in Switzerland I will never in a blue moon see here in the U.S.

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Gel and gel-shine top coats.

Although I bought the SH Miracle Gel set and quite a few of the expensive Miracle Gel varnishes, I’ve not tried any of them yet.

SH Big Shiny Top Coat is a wonder product, in my book.  And to think I bought it just for the bottle. 🙂

Ladies trashed the Essence Gel-Look Topcoat in reviews.  They said it never ever dried.  So I was scared to use it, being that I have a terrible success rate in the first place with my manicures.  In fact, I was kicking myself for not researching before purchase.  But I’ve had no problem at all with it thus far.

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I wanted the black and gold version of this set, but no matter.  I was able to pick up that version of the matchbox of mini nail files.

The orange stick is my addition; not a part of this kit.  🙂

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Paul & Joe base coat beauty shots.  Smells like orange blossom.  I swapped for this about four years ago and she makes endless round trips back and forth from the Paul & Joe section of my bedroom stash to the swap section of my varnish warehouse (the garage).

xx blueberry milk tea