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Essie Holiday 2013 Encrusted Treasures Collection Swatches

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Happy Friday! Anyone have fun plans this weekend? I have a super busy weekend, tomorrow Degen and I are going to the VPI Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in Long Beach. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, I took Degen to this a few years back and am excited to take him again. I love supporting a good cause and it’s fun because Degen gets to go play with other dogs while we take a nice walk along the harbor I’m sure I’ll post some pictures from the walk on my Instagram so if you want to see them make sure to follow me @ThePolishAholic.

Onto nail polish, today I have the Encrusted Treasures Collection from Essie to share with you. This is the Holiday 2013 offerings from them. I have to say I only bought this collection because it looked so hideous in other swatches I’ve seen that I couldn’t resist. Yes, I fully admit that sometimes I purchase things because they are so fug I have to share. When my local nail supply finally got these in the owner and I had a good laugh about this collection. He was telling me that another girl had come in before me saying she also wanted them because she had heard they were kinda ugly. I was like please tell me who she is, I’d probably get along with that person lol! The collection is 6 polishes in total, 2 textures (a first for Essie), and 4 glitters. Check out all the swatches after the jump.

Belugaria is a black texture polish with holographic hex glitter. Sometimes I get a polish and I think “what the f@!k is even happening here?!?” this is one of those polishes. There is just so much fug happening I can’t even deal. The black texture on it’s own wouldn’t be bad, I liked the China Glaze and OPI versions of that, Essie went and added the holographic hex glitter and it went downhill from there. I feel like I should wear this with that white texture China Glaze put out for Hokiday and just blow peoples minds with overwhelming fug that kind of manicure would create.

Not only is this pretty ugly but the formula is terrible also, thick and chunky…very difficult to apply etc… I applied 1 coat and had a lot of patchy spots, when I went to apply a second coat it was impossible to get it on, the polish was like NOPE and wouldn’t even spread onto the nail. I ended up having to dab the second coat onto the patchy spots.This was also very rough to the touch, more so than most texture polishes. The upside…it dried fast…yay?

Below is Belugaria with top coat, it requires A LOT  of top coat to even get remotely smooth. I gave up after a coat of Gelous and 2 coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top. Sadly I still find this extremely ugly even with top coat.

Hors D’oeuvres is a silver/gold shimmer and silver hex glitter. This can be worn on it’s own or layered, I didn’t care for it on it’s own so I decided to layer it over Formula X Indelible. Sadly I don’t really care for this layered either, it’s just not my kind of glitter. The formula was good, for layering the glitter payoff was great, I used 1 coat over my base color. On it’s own you’d probably need 3 coats to get it opaque.

Ignite The Night is a silver and grey glitter. The glitter is pretty fine and fairly dense which makes it easy to get opaque on it’s own. It kind of reminds me of last years Beyond Cozy (finish wise, not color wise), but I don’t like it quite as much as Beyond Cozy. The formula was good, I feel like it’s a bit too dense to layer but it might be good for doing gradients with! I used 2 coats on it’s own + top coat for the photos below.

Lots of Lux is a gorgeous blue texture with pops of gold shimmer. This is easily my favorite of the collection, if not one of my favorite Essie polishes of the year. It’s weird how Essie can manage to make one of the ugliest and one of the prettiest texture polishes in one collection haha! The formula was great, it was a really nice consistency and easy to apply. I used 2 coats for the photos below, I had no issues with staining when I removed it.

Below is Lots of Lux with top coat, it deepens up the blue a bit…I love this both with and without top coat.

On A Silver Platter is blue hex glitter in a shimmery golden base. I do not like this, at all. I feel like the gold shimmer completely overwhelms the polish and ruins what could have been really pretty with that blue glitter. I tried this on it’s own also and disliked it even more that way. I used 1 coat over Formula X Dark Matter for the photos below.

Peak Of Chic is matte white bar glitter and holographic bar glitter in a clear base. I know a lot of people don’t care of this type of glitter but I like it. I don’t really *love* this combo, I prefer the glitters like this that have more colors of the bar glitter going on. The formula was good for layering, I used 1 coat over GlitterDaze Charming for the photos below. For wearing this on it’s own I found it a bit challenging because the glitter all wanted to clump together, I wasn’t happy with how it looked or applied that way.

Overall I don’t like this collection, with the exception of Lots of Lux, everything is either ugly or on the meh side. When things like this collection come out I usually wonder what the company was thinking, like did someone really look at Belugaria and think “yep, that is a beautiful polish’?!? As far as availability I don’t know if these have hit drugstores or Ulta yet (it’s been a while since I’ve been to those stores!). Essie retails for $8 a bottle.

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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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