Sunday, November 25, 2012

max factor quick swatches

Hey everyone!
Yesterday I was at my friend's house and she had five Max Factor polishes that she got as a gift, so I decided to do sort of a quick swatch post about them.

L-R: Dazzling Blue, Purple Haze, Boji, Intense Plum, Onyx
Dazzling Blue is a sky blue frosty polish that flashes green when exposed to light. Opaque in 2 coats. I don't usually like frosty finish, but this polish wasn't streaky at all and it's really pretty, too.

Purple Haze is a royal purple creme. Opaque in 2 coats. I don't know why, but I don't really like this shade. It's my least favorite of all.

Boji is a taupe creme polish. Opaque in 2 coats. Not anything special, but perfect for when you want to wear something subtle.

Intense Plum is a plum creme. According to Wikipedia Colors it's more of a Persian Plum. Opaque in 2 coats. I really love it. The photo isn't color accurate.

Onyx is a plain black creme. It's opaque in 2 coats, which isn't really good since black is normally used for stamping. The color is nice and shiny, but I wouldn't purchase it, as I already got my perfect black.

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

a few shades of grey

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you three beautiful grey polishes. In my opinion, it's always better to combine swatches, but lately I've been swatching random colors, so I can't really make a grouped post. And yes, I do know that the title isn't the most creative of them all :)

Anyway I decided to start from the lightest shade of grey, which is Essence Grey-t To Be Here. This is another one of the improved Colour & Go line and it's a very pale grey with tons of pink shimmer. Personally, I adore the pink and grey combo. It doesn't really show on the nail as much as in the bottle, but under incandescent light it's insanely beautiful. 2 coats for the swatch.

The second polish for today is Kleancolor Concrete Grey, a beautiful dark grey creme. I bought it mainly because my favorite dark grey - Essence Movie Star, unfortunately, reached the bottom and I couldn't find it anywhere in the stores, so I figured Essence has discontinued it. I suppose that it's not an 100% dupe, but it'll do the job :) The great thing about this polish is that it's a one-coater!

And the last polish is Kleancolor Charcoal, a beautiful almost black, gunmetal polish. Also opaque in 1 coat. I had a bit of a hard time applying it, as it can get quite streaky. This polish stains. A lot! So don't forget to use a base coat because no acetone will remove the damage :)

I don't think that I could pick out a favorite, because I'm a sucker for dark polishes, especially grey ones.
Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 19, 2012

kleancolor chunky holo purple

Hey everyone!
I'm officially back from my exam break & I'm ready to blog again.
Today I'm going to show you an awesome combination including a Flormar duochrome and Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple.

Chunky Holo Purple is consisted of multichromatic iridescent glitter submerged into a very sheer purple-ish base. It's basically the same polish as Chunky Holo Bluebell and I've said this a couple of times - you don't need to buy them both (unless you really, really want to).
So, I normally swatch glitters on top of cremes just so that you can see its true side, but since I've shown Bluebell already, I decided to do a little experiment with layering. Multichromatic glitter over duochrome base, let's see how this goes.

Me likey :) Oh and these aren't my real nails. I guess it was a nice day for experimenting and I wanted to see how round nails suit me. I like the effect, but I couldn't wear the fake ones for more than a couple of minutes.

Thanks for reading :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

kleancolor chunky holo bluebell

Hey everyone!
I'm back with another Kleancolor swatch. Before I begin I wanted to give you a little heads up. I won't be able to blog at least for a week. Exam week starts on Monday and I barely managed to squeeze in this post in my schedule, but I didn't want to leave this blog post-less this week :)

Chunky Holo Bluebell is a glitter polish consisted of multichromatic, iridescent particles that are submerged in a very sheer blue/purple base. The particles will show colors from green to orange, which is really nice. Since the glitter isn't made of a metallic foil (like it normally is) it's pretty easy to remove and won't do any damage to the nail if you go for the normal removal method. You can layer it over just about any color without changing it because the base is really sheer. I was disappointed that I couldn't get the bottle look no matter how many coats I used, so I swatched it over a dusty olive green polish :)

Note that Chunky Holo Bluebell and Chunky Holo Purple give the same result on the nail, so you don't need to buy the two of them. Even in the bottle they look absolutely the same. 

Thanks for reading & see you in a week :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

kleancolor coffee

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you yet another one of the Kleancolor polishes that I got a month ago.

Coffee is a brick red shade with a hint of orange and some subtle shimmer. It's opaque in 2 coats, but you may need 3 if you like thinner ones. I'm not sure why it's called Coffee, as I've never seen a coffee with this color :) It's a very pretty polish, anyway.

Thanks for reading :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

kleancolor chunky holo black

Hey everyone!
I have a pretty neat swatch for you today. It's actually one of the polishes that I had on my wishlist for a century, but I either couldn't afford them or couldn't find a proper online shop for them.

Chunky Holo Black is a glittery mix of small, medium and large iridescent hexagons that are suspended in a brown-ish base. It spreads pretty good. Pictured below is 1 coat of the polish.

The glittery particles flash a huge spectrum of colors, but in most light conditions you'll be able to see the red and orange side of it, whereas the green flash can be seen on more extreme angles, such as the one below. I was able to spot a blue flash in the bottle, but unfortunately it doesn't show on the nail.

It is best when layered over black, but it goes surprisingly well with other colors, such as olive green.

Thanks for reading :)