Posts tagged ‘NOPI’

Comparisons: Building an OPI Foundation

Feeling a bit like I’m standing at the Prescriptives counter, dressed in head-to-toe DKNY, circa mid-1990s …

Tiramisu for Two – Venice F/W 2015
Do You Take Lei-Away? – Hawaii Summer 2015
Feeling Frisco – California Dreaming Summer 2017
Samoan Sand – Soft Shades 2005
Don’t Pretzel My Buttons – Germany Fall 2012

Be There in a Prosecco – Venice F/W 2015
My Vampire is Buff – Euro Centrale Spring 2013
You’re So Vain-illa – Coca-Cola 2014
Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh? – Holland S/S 2012
Coconuts Over OPI – Fiji S/S 2017

ChG Angel’s Breath
ChG Nude
NOPI That’s Putting It Mild
ChG What’s She Dune?

xx blueberry milk tea

Endless Summer: multichrome + metallic moody oceania

… for an equally moody teenager, despondent since waves can no longer be caught whilst sitting in a classroom …

Sinful Colors, in order of their emergence on the scene and into my varnish drawers:

Gorgeous – 293

Palm Breezy – 1407

Sheer Flight (opalescent) – 1517

Kylie (denim + bling duochrome) Kameleon – 2097

Maybelline Color Show Holographic (?!?) 25 – Mystic Green

Dance Legend Mystery Collection 6 – Ghost Inside

Dior Summer 2013 Bird of Paradise Samba duo – 794

OPI S/S 2015 Hawaii – This Color’s Making Waves

Revlon Chroma Chameleon Topaz

Maybelline Color Show 700 Avante Green

H&M Lady Luck

Impala Rebelde Tweet’s

Impala Trem da Vida Verde Passaro

All first shown here

Sephora 67 Moody Woman

Misa 271 The Great Green Whatsit

Peripera P027 Metallic Green

Anny 368 Hello Hollywood

Missha HGR01

NOPI Mer-maid for Each Other (swatched with next batch on separate nail wheel since I ran out of chips)

Initially shown here, but I had inadvertently deleted the photos due to running out of space and not knowing I could purchase more :/

All swatches are two coats.

I’ll label the above photos soon, when I’m not so tired out!

NOPI Mer-maid for Each Other

Ulta Jaded

GOSH Golden Dragon

Maybelline Be Scene in Green

Ulta, GOSH and Maybelline were originally shown in this post, but those photos suffered the same ignominious fate as my other early efforts …

Dear BB, may you look back on your summer surf excursions with the same bittersweet nostalgia I feel upon plucking these oceanic beauties from their drawer … when every trip to the drugstore was an absolute delight, as the market was exploding with multichromes several years back — just as I had lost my job with scarce to no pocket money to spend on these little bottles of liquid gems. Fortunately, I had made wonderful international connections via a shared varnish passion, and many generous ladies granted my every wish and more. In spite of my long spell of unemployment, I had begun to fill my treasure chest with gifts of multi-coloured jewels, which I now share with a small world of like-minded souls. Your tribe is out there awaiting your return to the shared element, my love.

xx blueberry milk tea

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 🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

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

New in: nouveaux riches + old money holographics

All, 2x each

EDIT:  Addendum, there’s more!

NOPI Carrie Underwood Lips Are Dripping Honey, 2x

Dance Legend Pretty Top, dabbed an uneven third in an attempt to fish some of the gold and silver disks onto the chip :/

xx blueberry milk tea

P.S. Once I learn to read and write Russian Cyrillic characters, I’ll fill in everything here from the Dance Legend labels *and* I’ll likely abandon the café to throw myself at nail_ru and kosmetista.ru!

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!

xx *gleam gleam* blueberry milk tea

Spooky series: murky, mossy sparkle + shimmer comparisons

The last, first:  this drugstore trio was asleep in the crypt and I only discovered and dusted them off after filling up the main daisy below.

1 – F21 L&B Grey

2 – Essie Armed & Ready, slightly Franck-ened to more closely resemble RBL Anne

3 – Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne

4 – Catrice Khaki Perry

5 – Nicole by OPI Sea How Far You Go

6 – Color Club Snakeskin

Above and below, 3x each

7 – A England Love is Enough

8 – The Face Shop Face It GR502

9 – Sinful Colours Vintage

10 – Catrice I’m A Star…

11 – WnW I Moss Have It

12 – Zoya Edyta

Above and below, 2-3x each

13 – Color Club Nouveau Vintage

14 – Orly Color Blast Sleeping Death, half of boxed Disney Villains duo

15 – Revlon Top Speed Mistletoe

16 – Hard Candy Crush on Tin

17 – Formula X for Sephora Extraterrestrial

18 – Essence Vampire’s Love TE – Gold Old Buffy

Above and below, 2x each

1 – F21 L&B Grey

2 – Essie Armed & Ready, slightly Franck-ened to more closely resemble RBL Anne

3 – Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne

4 – Catrice Khaki Perry

5 – Nicole by OPI Sea How Far You Go

6 – Color Club Snakeskin

7 – A England Love is Enough

8 – The Face Shop Face It GR502

9 – Sinful Colours Vintage

10 – Catrice I’m A Star…

11 – WnW I Moss Have It

12 – Zoya Edyta

13 – Color Club Nouveau Vintage

14 – Orly Color Blast Sleeping Death, half of boxed Disney Villains duo

15 – Revlon Top Speed Mistletoe

16 – Hard Candy Crush on Tin

17 – Formula X for Sephora Extraterrestrial

18 – Essence Vampire’s Love TE – Gold Old Buffy

xx boo! berry milk tea

PFF Series: silver multiglitters

Barry M Silver Multi Glitter – thanks to alelvi123 for this gorgeous piece of work!

Sinful Colors Charmed – a PFF to Barry M in every sense, including terrific formula

NOPI Look at Me, Look at Me – think this was a Target exclusive back in 2012?  I sat on my hands for her when I found out alelvi123 was procuring Barry M for me.  When I recently spotted her at a discount retailer, I succumbed to a fit of nostalgia and snatched her up. She reads cooler and darker than the true PFFs above.

Innisfree 102 – Cherry Blossom, from the Poem Nail collection.  This is not just silver, it’s gold, silver, pink, blue… a la the DL mermaids, but better.

2x each on the nail wheel

xx sparklin’ blueberry milk tea