Hey strangers! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but you know how it is. In these past three months, there have been more pressing things to deal with and experience than nail polish blogging – graduation and family vacations, to name few. But I’m happy to be back now and I’m ready to share some great polish finds with you again :)
This is Revlon Colorstay’s Rain Forest (#220). I bought this gem a few months ago, but obviously haven’t gotten around to blogging it until now (sorry!). An inky, nearly-black green with tons of lighter green/golden shimmer. The shimmers are flaky and lay flat, so the polish is not glittery or gritty at all. I love these kinds of colours! Dramatic and interesting with the sparkly golden flakes, but still wearable. You’ll need two coats with this one – the first one might appear a bit sheer, but a second, slightly thicker coat will allow for sufficient opacity.
This is my first Revlon Colorstay polish and from what I’ve tried, I like it quite a bit. The brush is different from the regular Revlon line – this one is shorter, fatter, and sculpted into a rounded shape. Some find these “sculpted” brushes are easier to use, but I find them to be a hit or miss. Thankfully this one was shaped quite nicely and not splayed all over the place, so I was able to achieve a nice line at the cuticle. As for wear (note the “Colorstay” name), I didn’t find it to wear better than the regular Revlon line, nor any other average polish.
Hope everyone has something fun planned for St Patrick’s Day! If you don’t already have a manicure planned for the occasion (as normal people typically do…bahaha), here’s one to consider!
Revlon’s Posh! A fabulous creamy and bright medium grass green. It doesn’t lean particularly to the yellow or blue side. As a comparison, it’s around the same deepness as OPI’s Jade is the New Black (review here), but considerably less blue-tinged. Not much to say about this, except that the formula was absolutely divine – opaque in one coat (two shown here just to smooth everything out), and the brush was easy to work with. A perfect St Patty’s Day colour if I do say so myself!
Whoa, I finally got OPI Black Shatter to look, well, like advertised.
I’ve been itching to try this mani ever since I’ve gotten Black Shatter, if only to see if I can pull off the cool-looking, if slightly juvenile “skittles” manicure. Skittles meaning using different (usually bright) colours on each finger. I’ve tried variations on it before (my favourite being the gradation manicure – shall post one of those another day), but have been too scared to actually rock the look. The hope with Black Shatter was to make the look more edgy and “disguise” some of the bright colour while keeping visual interest. Well, we’ll see about that…
First, skittles! Cute, right? Should have probably used a more pastel yellow but alas, I do not own one (can’t help but think American Apparel Butter would be a perfect substitute!). Let’s go through the colours:
- Thumb: OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender
- Index: American Apparel Manila
- Middle: Revlon Top Speed Jaded
- Ring: Orly Gumdrop
- Pinky: Revlon Gum Drop (yes, I used two polishes named gum drop. It was a coincidence, I swear! Also the pinky one happens to be scented. Sickly sweet…don’t think I could do a full mani with it, barf)
Time to shatter it up!
Looks like the juvenile skittles got introduced to some recreational drugs and are now looking significantly more edgy! Definitely something that I could wear without feeling self-conscious. Though I got plenty of weird looks from people today anyway (one girl especially who stared at my nails the whole time I was washing my hands in the restroom). Regardless, Shatter takes out the saccharine quality from the bright pastel colours and makes the whole look more wearable. Awesome!
Oh also, compare this to how the shatter looked over the GOSH Holographic polish I wrote about a few days ago. See how the shatters actually look fully formed rather than…weird tree branches? I don’t know if before I used layers that were too thin, didn’t let Holographic dry enough, or just the weird nature of holographic polishes in general. Just know that if you own OPI Black Shatter, here are some helpful tips:
- Let the base colour dry completely.
- If you want the shatters to be far apart, apply a thicker layer.
- Be sure to apply a shiny top coat to protect the shatter layer, as well as smooth out the wonky brush strokes.
:) Have fun!
Two posts in one day! ARE YOU EXCITED?!
Really just another excuse to procrastinate. But I won’t ramble this time.
Revlon Galaxy is a clear (slightly blue-tinged) glitter top coat with sparse, uniform glitter that reflects somewhat holographic (rainbow), and some that are deep blue/black (not reflective), with sporadic bits of medium-sized hexagonal glitter. It’s shown here over OPI Russian Navy that I posted two days ago.
My friend, who isn’t even interested in nail polish at all, grabbed my hand today and asked me: “Whoa! What’s on your nails? It looks like…the galaxy!” Haha, so the polish is very aptly named!
Really pretty top coat. My only gripe is that it doesn’t dry to as shiny a finish as I like, and can be somewhat dull-looking. It requires a good top coat to bring out its cosmic-like glory. I got it on sale though, so it was a steal! No harm done.