Posts tagged ‘Sation’

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

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 …

A Sunday at the bistrot

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Maybelline Color Show The Nudes Naturally Cream, for those who prefer a splash of coffee with their cream

Colorama Cashmere, if you take milk and sugar in your cuppa joe

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Offering up to café patrons:

Amarula, liqueur/cider distilled from the African marula plant

Hot Chocolate

Espresso

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Above and below:  Sation Bumpin’ Beige, Cappuccino, Café con Leche

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Above and below, SH CSM Boca Mocha, Catrice Bruno Brownani.  Zoya Cola also fits in this menu, but I couldn’t find her in the kitchen…

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Would you prefer Thai tea…

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Green tea (Pixel Show Me the $, dupe for Essie Absolutely Shore)…

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Or perhaps milk tea…

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…with boba?

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Illamasqua Raindrops…

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…to accompany the jazz (Risqué New York Jazz, Essie Jazz mini) playing softly in the background…

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…as you sip your order contentedly and enjoy the current gallery installation?

xx blueberry milk tea

Hi-ho-lo Silver! Linear + scattered + glitter holo comparison

Essence Hello Holo!, Catrice Million Styles Have An Ice Day, Icing by Claire's Sugar Coated

Essence Hello Holo!, Catrice Million Styles Have An Ice Day, Icing by Claire’s Sugar Coated

L to R:  Essence Hello Holo, Catrice MS Have An Ice Day, Icing by Claire's Sugar Coated

L to R: Essence Hello Holo, Catrice MS Have An Ice Day, Icing by Claire’s Sugar Coated

L to R:  Essence Hello Holo, Catrice MS Have An Ice Day, Icing by Claire's Sugar Coated

L to R: Essence Hello Holo, Catrice MS Have An Ice Day, Icing by Claire’s Sugar Coated

F21 Love & Beauty Silver, NOPI Make A Comet-ment, OPI Paris Couture for Sure Glitter Top Coat

F21 Love & Beauty Silver, NOPI Make A Comet-ment, OPI Paris Couture for Sure Glitter Top Coat

L to R:  F21 Love & Beauty Silver, NOPI Make A Comet-ment, OPI Paris Couture for Sure Glitter Top Coat

L to R: F21 Love & Beauty Silver, NOPI Make A Comet-ment, OPI Paris Couture for Sure Glitter Top Coat

L to R :  F21 Love & Beauty Silver, NOPI Make A Comet-ment, OPI Paris Couture for Sure Glitter Top Coat

L to R : F21 Love & Beauty Silver, NOPI Make A Comet-ment, OPI Paris Couture for Sure Glitter Top Coat

alelvi123's silver holo top coat, 17 Holo Silver, Hits No Olimpo Artemis

alelvi123’s silver holo top coat, 17 Holo Silver, Hits No Olimpo Artemis

L to R:  alelvi123's silver holo top coat, 17 Holo Silver, Hits No Olimpo Artemis

L to R: alelvi123’s silver holo top coat, 17 Holo Silver, Hits No Olimpo Artemis

L to R:  alelvi123's silver holo top coat, 17 Holo Silver, Hits No Olimpo Artemis

L to R: alelvi123’s silver holo top coat, 17 Holo Silver, Hits No Olimpo Artemis

Layla Mercury Twilight, Sation Holiday Spirit, GOSH Holographic

Layla Mercury Twilight, Sation Holiday Spirit, GOSH Holographic

L to R:  Layla Mercury Twilight, Sation Holiday Spirit, GOSH Holographic

L to R: Layla Mercury Twilight, Sation Holiday Spirit, GOSH Holographic

L to R:  Layla Mercury Twilight, Sation Holiday Spirit, GOSH Holographic

L to R: Layla Mercury Twilight, Sation Holiday Spirit, GOSH Holographic

Everyone sparkle for the camera!

Everyone sparkle for the camera!

Silver Holos #14

L to R:

1 – Essence Special Effect Topper Hello Holo! – Largest glitter particles of the bunch. Makes scattered and linear holo depending on light.

2 – Catrice Million Styles Have An Ice Day – Superfine glitter top coat, finer but denser than China Glaze Fairy Dust (not pictured here).

3 – Icing by Claire’s Sugar Coated – Fine gritty sugar crystals. Primarily pink-mauve, sky blue-turquoise and rainbow holo glitters in a clear base. Really interesting ad hoc. Appears to have a taupe-ish base in the bottle a la Sation Holiday Spirit, but it’s just the density of the glitter…

4 – F21 Love & Beauty Silver – Super duper fine and dense, much denser than either Catrice MS or NOPI Make a Comet-ment. Very, very pretty and acquired on sale for $1 USD!

5 – Nicole by OPI Make a Comet-ment – My favorite since forever, the only silver holo/holo glitter I wear regularly. Subtle and scattered.

6 – OPI Paris Couture for Sure – Pre-owned and a real mess, though worth the gunky bottle cleanup. I dropped the dried-up stuff back into the bottle, hoping it will dissolve into additional holo! Larger glitter particles than is usual for a top coat. Since this is almost opaque and makes an obvious linear holo at 2-3 coats, as many have said before me, might be best worn alone.

7 – alelvi123’s silver holo top coat – now THIS is a silver holo top coat. Smooth, sheer, linear holo. Brava!

8 – 17 Holo Silver – Nice! Most opaque of the lot. Subtle linear holo.

9 – Hits No Olimpo Artemis – Reminds me of a freshly waxed and highly polished spaceship.

10 – Layla Mercury Twilight – Not as holo as Gosh 549 and grainier than Hits, but my personal treasure due to having given up lunch and dinner in order to buy her at a deep discount, last one on shelf!

11 – Sation Holiday Spirit – Transparent taupe base with large holo glitter. I own two bottles in case of emergency. Looks gorgeous on its own at one coat.

12 – Gosh 549 Holographic – No words. Behold the majestic flame of the holo-est of holographic nail lacquers. Almost powdery texture never fails to remind me of model paint.

Additional stunners in this category:

Butter London Dodgy Barnett
Catherine Arley 671, 676
Chanel Holographic
China Glaze Fairy Dust**
China Glaze Glistening Snow
China Glaze Hologram
China Glaze OMG*
China Glaze Sexagon
Color Club Harp On It
Color Club Magic Attraction
Color Club Worth the Risque*
Dance Legend T-1000**
Ellen Gold Prata
Essence C&G Can’t Cheat on Me**
Flormar 392**
FNUG Psychedelic
Golden Rose Paris Holo No.102*
Glitter Gal Light As A Feather
Glitter Gal Silver
Glitter Gal Silver Sparkle
Impala Celebrate Brinde Comigo!**
Jade Psicodelica
Jessica Disco Diva
Hits No Olimpo Hefesto
Koh Platinum Silver
Ludurana Esplendido
Make Up Store Greta
Marks & Spencer Rainbow
Milani HD*
Mohda Intensificador Holografico**
Nfu Oh GS 04
Nfu Oh 61**
NOPI Imagine If…
NOPI Wink of Twink
OPI DS Coronation
OPI DS Shimmer
OPI Standing Room Only Silver
Orly Shine on Crazy Diamond
Ozotic 609
Risqué Isabeli Fontana Star**
Rivka VIP – Miranda
Sally Hansen Magicals – Crystal Ball
Sally Hansen Prisms – Diamond
Up Colors Chuva de Prata
Urban Outfitters Silver Holo

Big thanks to The Holo Queen’s site for alerting me to a majority of the above. Asterisks denote former ownership by me.
Cue Rihanna: Shine bright like a diamond!
xo blueberry milk tea

Impala Novo 70 Boca de Sino, or creating your own Bell Bottoms

I yearn most for the unattainable.  In this instance, I refer to a Brazilian nail varnish, a member of a 1970s-inspired collection from 2011 by a company called Impala, housed in those conical bottles unique to Brazil. Boca de Sino, the name of this South American svelte sibling to Chanel Cosmic Violine, means Bell Bottom. Which makes me want it all the more.  Take a gander at the photo below (not mine; obrigada, Cores de Esmaltes!).

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So there she is, in Brazil.  And here I am, in California.  What is a girl to do, but Franck-en?  It’s only fitting when one’s surname is Franck!

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L to R:  Sation Hazelnut, F21 Love & Beauty Amber, Pure Ice Super Star, F21 Love & Beauty Shimmering Wine, Maybelline Colorama Top Coat 27 Sonic Sunset, L.A. Splash Crimson Tide

Up close and personal, to see the polyester disco shirt flash of Amber and the Chanel Red Dream-iness of Super Star:

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So mix them lots, I did. The result? Just like a Chanel: flirty shimmer in the bottle, elusive on the nail. Fixed THAT straightaway with a top coat of Orly Love Each Other [for subtlety] or Catrice Million Styles Effect Top Coat in ¿Holo Qué Tal? for no holds barred shimmer.  I will present the finished product in a subsequent post — although it is summer, I lost the light for photos whilst telling the tale.

To be continued…