Posts tagged ‘Estee Lauder’

In the red — a teaser

Overwhelmed not only me, but my camera!

What a sight, what a task …

Organized by brand.

Once I get my hands on some sticks, I’ll swatch first by brand, then move the sticks around by shade as I have them in my drawer.

Yes, that drawer is on the verge of collapse! 🙂

Can never do these bottles justice.  They’re so much more beautiful in person.

Dior Lucky, Glory, Tie & Dye, Star, Pandore

Chanel Dragon, Coromandel, Lotus Rouge, Barcelona Red

Deborah Lippmann Sexyback, It’s Raining Men, Girls Jessa

Givenchy Carmin Escarpin

Rescue Beauty Lounge Gondoliere

Paul & Joe Annatto, Paprika

The bottom row, above, consists of flashy sparklers:

L’Apogee Be Happy Delicia

OPI You Only Live Twice, Ali’s Big Break

Dance Legend Red Show 06, 07, 09

Estee Lauder Fiery Hot

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune # plum glitz

Misa Forgive, Forget, For Me I Will

Uslu Airlines KBJ Kings Canyon

Orly Precisely Poppy

American Apparel Lipstick

Sation Pink Fury, Baron Red

NYC Pink Promenade Crème, Times Square

CQ Pink Candy, Crème Berry, Cardinal

Revlon – Colorstay Delicious, Fearless, Revlon Red

Nails Inc. Festival Hyde Park, Kensington High Street

Barry M Raspberry

SH Insta-Dri Quick Fire, Ablazing!, Sonic Bloom, Rapid Red

SH X-treme Wear Heritage Red

Next up, a brand row-by-row with higher quality photos 🙂

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More Mavala reds on the way from Canada, and I’ve since realized I forgot to raid my Asian drawer for the above photos …

PFF Series: Oil slick rainbow complex gold microshimmers

Estee Lauder Explosif, NOPI For Gold Times’ Sake, GOSH Galaxy

Methinks all three came out in 2012 …

These are among my most prized varnishes.

I have a backup of NOPI, obtained in swap.

Explosif is the most gold-green, leaning lighter and seemingly more finely ground than the other two.

NOPI was my first of the three, and still my favourite.

GOSH Galaxy is one of the most gorgeous varnishes I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Galaxy seems a mite grainier than NOPI, in my estimation.

3x each

You don’t need all three, surely.  But if you have none, then you do need at least one!

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Quasi-random beauty shots

*Utterly dazzled, faints*

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This lineup wasn’t what I had intended to show you as the star of the post, but it turned out best, so it got bumped up to first place! 🙂

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Photo belongs to Hanatsuki blog.  Thank you!

I have really tried to get my paws on Smelly varnishes, but Japanese mail and package services will not ship nail varnish out of Japan, in spite of my having successfully navigated the Urban Research web site and managing to fill my online shopping cart with a selection of lovely Smelly bottles.

Grrr…

So I bought Revlon Colorstay Hold ‘Em to tide me over.  In real life, it looks very close to Hanatsuki’s image above.

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Misa Fashionista, Zoya Odette, Revlon Colorstay Hold ‘Em, Barry M Vintage Violet, Peripera PP109

Below, the front part of the above train:

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Dior Lady, Uslu Airlines TXL Berlin Tegel, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rush Hour

The two lineups below are what I had initially plucked for this post.

First thing on a Saturday morning, totally spontaneously and completely forgetting about my a.m. exercises and the scads of other things I had planned for the nail café this weekend…

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Chanel Tenderly, OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?, Nails Inc. Regents Row, Morgan Taylor Met My Match

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RBL Forgiveness (they sent me a new bottle to replace the broken but “rescued” one)

EL Insatiable (The varnish to end all varnishes.  I don’t know where my eyeballs were when this came out, but I only recently discovered it and of course had to have it.  I obtained it for a great price on the auction site, from a seller in Germany who sent it to me completely unsecured in a basic file envelope, half falling out of its beaten-up-by-the-international-postal-service box, but still intact and unbroken.  The flimsy unpadded envelope also had “nail polish” listed on the customs label, so I’m relieved and grateful I even have it to show to you here!)

Color Club Shabby Drab.  Been seeing lots of images of this lately and every time I do, I think, gotta get that one…

Of course I already have it, untried among my scads of dusty greyed blurples.

Givenchy Lilas d’Exception.  Truly an exceptional varnish, and difficult to photograph accurately enough to do justice to its beauty.

And below we have the outliers I had originally chosen for the above lineups.

They were either too bright, too blue, too red, too saturated, too dusty, too something to be featured above, yet still all kinds of gorge in their own right.

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Orly Cashmere Cardigan, obtained via swap on good ol’ MUA

Peripera BL608

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Dior Spring, H&M Misty Plum, OPI Planks A Lot

I have swatches, I do!  That’s for Sunday, and it’s still Saturday here on the West Coast of the U.S. 🙂

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PFF Series: Chanel Cosmic Violine doppelgangers

Boca de Sino #1

Chanel Cosmic Violine was one of those colors that I’d purchased on autopilot, back in the days when I paid no attention to cosmetic collections, seasons, etc. I’d just shop online, see some Chanel vernis that looked interesting, and casually drop a few bottles into my electronic cart, never to be seen on my nails. I ended up trading Cosmic Violine brand new for Riva. (Remember her?)

Regarding Impala Novo 70 Boca de Sino, well, I never ever ever thought I would acquire her in my lifetime, and now she’s landed here on my table, originally part of a lot on that auction site. Over a year ago, I attempted to Franck-en Boca de Sino. You can see the lineup of ingredients here, and the resulting bottle is the one labeled Sation Hazel Nut above. The flakies, microglitter and shimmer of the components all got lost in the base, probably because there wasn’t a high enough proportion of suspension as a flotation device…

Estee Lauder Fiery Hot is its own standalone masterpiece.  When I recently saw Chanel Cosmic Violine (on the behemoth shopping site that begins with an A) for a terrific price, I passed her up.  From what I remember of CV, she had bigger particles, was thicker and chunkier than Fiery Hot’s finely ground pink and gold shimmer, and, well, who needs ‘er now with this trio?  My Franck-en would do in a pinch if I were to add fine gold dust + pink microshimmer top coats to help bring out what got buried in the base color(s).

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Top, my Franck-en
Middle, Impala Novo 70 Boca de Sino
Bottom, Estee Lauder Fiery Hot

Boca de Sino #3a

My Franck-en base is the most opaque — I think it will look wonderful with some effect topcoats to set it off.
Impala Novo 70 Boca de Sino is more brown than red, and its shimmers are not as prominent as those in Fiery Hot, so the lack of reflectors makes it look darker.
Estee Lauder Fiery Hot is the reddest of the trio, or at least it appears that way due to the crazy beautiful amount of ultra finely ground pink and gold shimmer.

Boca de Sino #4

 

Auf wiedersehen, xo blueberry milk tea