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China Glaze Magnetix Collection Swatches

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Good morning! Today I have the China Glaze Magnetix Collection to show you guys, I was SO excited about these when I heard about them…I’ve pretty much been stalking my local beauty supply and they finally got them in so I went over and bought the whole collection along with the magnet! Unfortunately, I am a bit disappointed by these, I’ll elaborate more in the review after the cut but basically the magnet was hard to use and didn’t work very well. The photos make these look SO much better than they actually were in real life 🙁

For full reviews of each shade click the read more button below the collage.

Attraction is a grey/black with a subtle glitter. The formula was very thick on this one, it was good because you only needed one coat but it was not easy to apply. I used the star end of the magnet and while it came out okay on this shade it was hard to use. It’s like the magnet wasn’t strong so the design looked good for a second then got all blurry looking. Please see my pinky nail to see what I mean, that’s what most of my nails looked like most of the time…I ended up redoing the other 3 nails in the photo 3 times to get the stars to look good.

Cling On is a dark and light green. I unfortunately don’t love this like I thought I would but the name makes me laugh so it gets a pass haha! The formula on this one was very thin and a bit sheer, I used 2 coats for the photos below. The magnet used on this one is the diagonal stripes, it’s no bueno. The design doesn’t bend right around the nail like it does with the Icing magnet. I’m not sure if it’s because the magnet isn’t strong or what. I tried to make it work by rolling my finger to get the sides but it took about 15 seconds for the design to look good and by the time I got to the side of the nail it’s like the polish was too dry and the design wouldn’t pull. Hopefully that makes sense. I think this one would probably look a lot better with a different magnet.

Drawn To You is a light and dark purple with a very subtle glitter running throughout it. I really like this one even though I had the most magnet issues with it. The formula was a lot like Cling On…on the thin and sheer side but I only needed 2 coats. I used the chevron design on the China Glaze magnet for this one, it is by far the worst of the 3 magnets…I think the pictures do the talking here. I thought maybe it was the polish that was the problem so I grabbed my wavy magnet from my Icing magnetic polish and it worked a lot better as you can see on my ring finger.

Instant Chemistry is a dark vampy purple/magenta.  The formula on this one was thick and only required 1 coat. I had issues with this, my brush was like crazy wonky…talk about frustrating, I hate when that happens. I used the diagonal stripes magnet on this one, same issues as I previously had but it does look better on the darker shade, perhaps because the sides where the design isn’t showing up aren’t as noticeable.

Pull Me Close is a blue/black, so pretty! By far my favorite shade of polish here, I love the contrast between the light blue and black. The formula was a bit thin and sheer but I only needed 2 coats. I used the awful chevron magnet again on this one…it sucks, no matter what I tried it looked like how it does below. I hope someone figures out how to make the chevron side work better so that I can actually use it in the future.

You Move Me is a light/dark brown. I was excited about this one, I thought maybe it would some how look like wood grain after you used the magnet…it kind of does in a weird abstract way haha! The formula was a bit thin and sheer, I used 2 coats. I used the star magnet on this one, it’s okay but I did have issues with some nails and it completely like not getting any of the design on the side of the nail, you can see what I mean below.

Just for kicks I wanted to compare magnets with a couple I already had that were the same as the China Glaze design. Overall the China Glaze star magnet is a mile better than the LCN one, then the Icing diagonal stripe magnet was a lot stronger and pulled the design out a lot better the China Glaze one on the other 2 fingers.

On my index and middle finger I have the star magnet from LCN & China Glaze over Attraction. On the ring and pinky finger I have the diagonal stripe magnet from Icing and China Glaze over Cling On.

Alright now onto the magnet. I don’t like it, sorry China Glaze. It’s hard to use and the designs don’t really come out that great. The magnet doesn’t seem very strong and I was having to hold it over the nail for longer than magnets from the other brands I’ve tried. The chevron design was especially disappointing here, seriously if you get this and figure out some trick to make it work please let me know.

If you have Nails Inc or Icing magnets and don’t want the star design on this one I’d probably pass on this. The other magnets work much better. Below are some photos of the magnet and whatnot, it does have the same little lip to rest on your cuticle like a few of the other magnets from other brands, I do like that. Unlike a lot of the other brands coming out with magnetic polish you have to purchase this one separately, I think it will be going for around $10. Also included in the box that I did not photograph are instructions…funny enough it says use only 1 coat of polish but 4 out of the 6 polishes are not opaque enough to only use 1 coat!

While I applaud China Glaze for doing this collection overall I don’t love it like I thought I would…blame the crappy magnet for that. I was so frustrated that I almost said to hell with these swatches and quit about half way though…if you follow me on twitter you probably saw those ranty tweets haha! More than likely I will never use the magnet again, I’ll be grabbing for the Icing magnets since they are my favorites of what I own. My favorites polish wise are Pull Me Close and Drawn To You!

The Magnetix Collection should be available everywhere Mid-February, the polishes will retail for $10 each, the magnet is separate and is also $10. I’m betting these will be up on most of the etailers like Transdesign, Head2Toe, VictoriasNailSupply etc… very soon so keep an eye out for them if you want them!

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Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches

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Good Morning guys!  Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha

Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)

First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.

The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before.  The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.

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Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

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Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.

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Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!

Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!

Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!

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piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial

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Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.

Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here.  The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.

Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.

Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade.  If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.

Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.

All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like LlaroweHarlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.

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