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Enchanted Polish Stiletto Pumps

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 25, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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"Light dusty lavender holographic" - Mei Mei's Signatures

The weekend is here! Lovely! By the time this is posted, I'm well on my way on a short, but much-needed, road trip to a little historical state called Malacca in Malaysia for the weekend. All the mentions and photos of trips and getaways (I'm looking at Polly Polish, Saira, The Scarlet Nail Diaries and Polish Me Please) made me decide to go along with the short impromptu trip a group of relatives and family friends planned.

Back to business. Mei Mei's Signatures, who has been working non-stop in stocking popular indie polishes, adds a familiar name to her family - Enchanted Polish. Chelsea (the owner and creator of Enchanted Polish) is known for her sparkly holo polishes and previously sells on Etsy. When Mei Mei announced 4 Enchanted Polish names I've not heard of, my fingers worked to locate photos. Through bottle shots, I fell in love with Stiletto Pumps. It's such a sexy name, and I can never resist dusty shades of purple.

Enchanted Polish Stiletto PumpsJust look at the linear holo goodness! It looks very promising.

This being my first Enchanted Polish, I wasn't sure if it requires an aqua base for the formula to apply smoothly. I applied Nfu•Oh Aqua Base on the middle finger and pinky, Poshe base coat on the ring finger, and no base on my index finger. Here's 2 coats of Stiletto Pumps (no top coat):

Enchanted Polish Stiletto PumpsIndoors, daylight

"*GASP* Where's the holo?!" "Is this the same polish?" I bet you're wondering. The holos love playing hide-and-seek so under strong indoor lighting, it's almost non-existent and resemble a flat metallic lavender-silver.

Here's how it fares in the sun:

Enchanted Polish Stiletto PumpsOutdoors, sunlight

While some holo sparkles are picked up by the camera, it is nowhere near the linear holo intensity seen in the bottle. It seems to gravitate towards being a scattered holo. But under yet another lighting:

Enchanted Polish Stiletto PumpsIndoors, shade

The subtle linear holo creeped out and the shade more deep, dirty lavender. This my favourite view of Stiletto Pumps!
Note to self: layer Stiletto Pumps over a base colour one day.

Formula
Application was easy and streak-free when worn on its own or over a normal base coat. I had to deal with some streaking and dragging when applied over an aqua base. 2 coats gave a full opaque coverage.

Brush
The brush is set in a circular placement, much thinner, and shorter than OPI's. However, it fans out nicely to go over the nail in 3 - 4 strokes.

Enchanted Polish vs OPI brush
From left: OPI and Enchanted Polish brushes

Enchanted Polish is available at Mei Mei's Signatures at SGD 19.50 (I believe it is a promotional price for a limited time). FYI: Lost My Mind In A Sunrise is a shade exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures. Shipping within Singapore is free and international shipping is available.

Have your tried any of Enchanted Polish's creations and what are your thoughts?

Have a great weekend, lovelies!

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

Layla Emerald Divine feat. Holo Gradient

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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An abbreviation of hologram - "A three-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light source." - Google Dictionary.com

How's everyone enjoying the start of the week so far? It's the Hari Raya Aidilfitri (or internationally known as Eid ul-Fitr). weekend, marking the end of Ramadhan. This means visits to Muslim friends' and distant relatives' homes, where tantalising home-cooked spread and traditional sweet treats awaits! Public Holiday is observed on Monday = long weekend! *happy dance* Gotta love living in a multi-cultural country!

Without consciously realising it, my stash has been invaded by a handful of linear holo polishes this week (haul photos here, here and here). Shoppe EClecticCo is mainly to be blamed. If you haven't already heard, Shoppe EClecticCo now stocks Layla Cosmetics (from Italy) nail polishes (word is, most of them were sold out within a week!). Layla makes one of the best linear holo polishes, as I was about to experience why.

Here's the first from the recent Laylas I got - Emerald Divine:

Layla Emerald Divine with Flash Black & Mermaid Spell, bottle shotLayla Emerald Divine (foreground), Flash Black (left) and Mermaid Spell (right)

Described as a forest green holo, I instantly noted it down on my lemming list the moment I saw the promo shots. The shade stands out without being in-your-face.

Below is 2 coats of Emerald Divine over Nfu•Oh Aqua Base, topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat:

Layla Emerald Divine Indoors, artificial light

It didn't take too much effort to capture the holo in the above lighting. 3 clicks and I was done! And in the sun, the holo effect was magnifico!

Layla Emerald Divine in the sunOutdoors, sunlight (taken with iPhone 4S)

Like most linear holo polishes, wear time is extremely short. It's such a peeve. Such gorgeousness should adorn the nails for more than 24 hours. By the end of the next day, I experienced slight tip wear. Not wanting to remove it just yet, I sponged fellow Layla holos on the tips - Mermaid Spell and Flash Black as an accent on the ring finger.

Below is 2 coats of Mermaid Spell and Flash Black in a sponged gradient:

Layla Mermaid Spell & Flash Black sponged over Emerald DivineIndoors, artificial light

Mermaid Spell is a sky blue linear holo from Layla's earlier collection of Hologram Effects. Similarly with Flash Black, a charcoal-grey linear holo. While the blue-green gradient reminds me of the The Great Barrier Reef sparkling in the sun, the charcoal-green variation sort of resembles an oil-slick at sea.

Here's another shot in the sun:

Layla Mermaid Spell & Flash Black sponged over Emerald DivineOutdoors, sunlight

Formula
Over an aqua base, Emerald Divine's formula spread on evenly, without being streaky or leaving bald spots. It was a tad sheer to be a one-coater, so a second coat was necessary to set it right.

The Brush
I'm always curious about how different brands' brushes measure up to OPI's ProWide. And Layla's may just be the strongest competitor in this aspect.

Layla vs OPI brushFrom left: Layla and OPI

Layla's brush, much like OPI's, is flat, wide, even and of very similar length and density. In real life, it's just slightly slimmer than OPI's. The wand, though, is shorter than OPI's, which gave a little more control, I felt.

A few have asked about top coats and its effect on linear holo polishes. The concern was that some formulas dull the holo effect. With sound advise from fellow polish enthusiasts such as Annette of Shoppe EClecticCo, The Subtle Shimmer and Inky Polisholicious, I tried on Cult Nails' Wicked Fast Top Coat. Other top coats which have been tested to work well with linear holos are butter LONDON HardWear P.D. Top Coat, a-england The Shield, Seche Vite and Nubar Diamont Shine Top Coat. If you've tried any other top coats over linear holos, I'd love to know how they fared!

Layla Hologram Effect and Mirror Effect polishes are available at Shoppe EClecticCo at SGD 17.00 per 10ml bottle, and Ceramic Effect polishes at SGD 12.00 per 10ml bottle. International shipping is available.

Watch this space for more posts on other Layla Hologram and Mirror Effect polishes. Till then, have a wonderful week ahead!

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Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

China Glaze Halloween 2012 Wicked Collection

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 6, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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"(a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly holiday observed around the world on 31 October, the night before All Saints' Day.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as "guising"), attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films" - Wikipedia
(I'd like to add Halloween-inspired nail art painting to the list)

This is not a trick, lovelies. China Glaze Halloween treats drifted in early this year! I've been eyeing them since March. Nail mail has never materialised into a blog post this fast for me.

This is a 6-piece collection, but Roguish Red was not on my to-buy list. Sorry to disappoint, but I won't have a swatch for it. If you know me well, you'll know that I tend to shy away from bright reds, corals and oranges, among a few others.China Glaze Wicked Collection Halloween 2012(I have no idea where I got this Russ Halloween kitty from, or why I still have it, but it's the only occasion-appropriate prop I could find)

Visually, this collection exudes a typical Halloween vibe. You've got a red for blood, a grey for tombstones (as mindpolish was quick to point out), a glittery orangey copper for Jack O'-Lantern, a blue-purple for the magic of witches and wizards, a sheer iridescent for ethereal apparitions, and a dingy green-gold for monsters, creepy crawlies and everything else in between.

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Bizarre Blurple
From its name and promo shots, Bizarre Blurple suggests hints of duochrome or shimmer. In reality, it's a rich blue-purple shade with subtle blue shimmer, and an even subtler purple shimmer.

China Glaze Bizarre Blurple
Here's 2 coats of Bizarre Blurple (over 1 coat of butter LONDON Nail Foundation, with 1 coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat; for all subsequent swatches as well, unless indicated otherwise):

China Glaze Bizarre BlurpleIndoors, artifical light

On the first coat, it seems like intense blue pigments and shimmer particles were thrown into a purple jelly base. The formula was easy to work with, achieving full opacity in 2 coats. I was anxious about visible brush strokes, but it was self-leveling. It dried smooth and glossy, even without a top coat.
I'd like to think that the magical shimmery finish of Bizarre Blurple resembles the lush, velvety cloak of a wizard. Magical, because sometimes you see it (under bright lighting), sometimes you don't (under low lighting). But it is more impressive on the nails than in the bottle.

Bizarre Blurple is not a terribly unique shade to some, but the closest polish I have is Orly Mysterious Curse (the name's very Halloween-appropriate too!). Here's how they compare:

China Glaze Bizarre Blurple vs Orly Mysterious CursePinky & middle finger: China Glaze Bizarre Blurple. Ring and index fingers: Orly Mysterious Curse

While Bizarre Blurple is a (subtle) shimmer, Mysterious Curse is a metallic, two-coater (subtle) duochrome that shifts from teal to purple. Brush strokes are also slightly more visible with Mysterious Curse, but the formula was a breeze to work with.

(Note: Double up on the base coat with these 2 polishes for staining's a b*tch)

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Cast A Spell
This one's a foil, rich with olive green, antique gold shimmer and fine glitter particles in a black base. I'm a sucker for such colours and finish, even though this might not be groundbreakingly new or unique.

China Glaze Cast A SpellBut this one casted a spell on me at first swipe. Lo and behold - one coat and top(coat)less!

China Glaze Cast A SpellOutdoors, daylight

China Glaze Cast A Spell (indoors)Indoors, daylight.

It is generously pigmented, and the consistency of the formula is divine. It leveled seamlessly on the nails. Once I'd gotten the hang of it, I didn't even need to clean up the ring finger and pinky (I work from index to pinky, most of the time).

Where have I seen a similar shade? *rummages through stash* The closest polish I have is Nubar Verde and here's a comparison:

China Glaze Cast A Spell vs Nubar VerdePinky & middle finger: China Glaze Cast A Spell. Ring & index fingers: Nubar Verde

Verde has a teal tinge to it, so it's nowhere close. Streaky on the first coat, but 2 coats and it's opaque. A layer of top coat was needed for gloss. Depth-wise, not as striking as Cast A Spell.

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Immortal
Never trust promo shots. It''s usually overwhelming or vice versa. In this case, the promo shots do not do this unique grey any justice. I loved Cast A Spell for obvious reasons, but Immortal is an unexpected surprise!

Immortal is a slate grey creme, with turqoise and fuchsia shimmer!

China Glaze ImmortalHere's Immortal in 2 coats:

China Glaze ImmortalOutdoors, daylight

China Glaze ImmortalIndoors, daylight

China Glaze Immortal macro shotIndoors, daylight

Although pretty pigmented, I find the viscosity a tad runny, but I'll take runny over goopy any day. It dries to some level of gloss, but nothing comparable to Cast A Spell's.
Immortal is edgy, without being vampy, with a hint of girliness.

Now, I don't have other polishes in a similar shade to compare this with. I take it as a sign of good-buy.

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Glitter Goblin
What's a Halloween collection without glitter? This year's offering is a mix of small, orangey-copper and holographic hex glitter in a clear base. Again, do not trust promo shots. This one's disappointing. Orangey-copper shades aren't attractive to me, or on me. With a name like Glitter Goblin, I was expecting something more sneaky and intense.

China Glaze Glitter GoblinI do, however, like that it's packed with holo glitter that glows and does its magic in the sunlight. Unfortunately, the sun went down by the time I swatched this.

Nevertheless, here's Glitter Goblin in 2 coats:

China Glaze Glitter GoblinIndoors, artificial light

China Glaze Glitter GoblinIndoors, artficial light

This medium-density glitter spreads rather easily over the nails, without having to continually fish for glitter. So, you get the option of using it as a glitter top coat over a base colour, or 2 to 3 coats for a full glitter-bombed mani. The gritty texture was tamed with a layer of top coat.

Here are some variations over the other polishes from this collection (click on image to enlarge):

                        China Glaze Glitter Goblin over Cast A SpellChina Glaze Glitter Goblin over Immortal

Maybe I'll try it over black one day and call it "The Slutty Pumpkin" (guess what this is in reference to).
Continue on below for Glitter Goblin over Bizarre Blurple.

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Make A Spectacle
I've noticed a few people speculating if Make A Spectacle is another Lush And Luxe from China Glaze's The Hunger Games Capitol Colors collection. Not quite.
Looking at it through the bottle, my first instinct was to grab Snow Globe to compare. They have that same iridescent hex glitter. Make A Spectacle has a frosty white glow to it, while Snow Globe's clear base seem more off-white.

China Glaze Make A SpectacleChina Glaze Snow Globe bottle shotBottle shot of China Glaze Snow Globe

Here's Make A Spectacle in 1 coat:

China Glaze Make A Spectacle (1 coat)Outdoors, daylight

Along with the iridescent hex glitter, this ethereal beauty also consists of tiny iridescent flecks. (I'm still debating if it's flakies, but flakies are larger, and colour-shifting, no?)

In 2 coats:

China Glaze Make A SpectacleOutdoors, daylight

(Oh gosh, feeling conscious of my irregular nail beds.)
LOVE how the flecks add a little twinkle to the areas not covered by glitter. The formula is thicker than the others, but manageable.

Here's a close-up showing the mentioned flecks:

China Glaze Make A SpectacleAnd here's how it compares with Snow Globe and Lush And Luxe (all in one coat over Bizarre Blurple):

China Glaze Snow Globe vs Make A Spectacle vs Lush And LuxeFrom left: China Glaze Snow Globe, Make A Spectacle and Lush And Luxe.

And before I put my Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil to good use, here's a parting shot:

China Glaze Glitter Goblin over Make A Spectacle over Bizarre BlurpleFrom left: Glitter Goblin over Luush And Luze, Make A Spectacle and Snow Globe, (all over Bizarre Blurple)

So, will any part of China Glaze's Wicked Collection have a home in your stash? I'd love to know if you've spotted any dupes.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

***UPDATE***
For those outside the US, if you're keen on getting your hands on the full China Glaze Wicked Collection now, head to Star Trinkets and drop her an email. Priced at SGD 60 for a set of 6 (including Roguish Red) + SGD 15 for shipping.

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

Star Trinkets: The Secret Garden Collection

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By A Lacquered Affair · July 29, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

The Secret Garden
"The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was initially published in serial format starting in the autumn of 1910, and was first published in its entirety in 1911. It is now one of Burnett's most popular novels, and is considered to be a classic of English children's literature." - Wikipedia

How're you doing, lovelies?

This post is long overdue, and probably too late. Still, I'm proud to share with you a 'handmade in Singapore' polish collection by Susan of Star Trinkets (who also blogs under the pseudonym The Subtle Shimmer) - The Secret Garden. Urm, well, 3 of 4 polishes from the collection.

A collection inspired by a novel of the same name, the names of the polishes derived from distinctive quotes. When she released a preview of the collection, I was immediately drawn to these 3! Meet The Magic's in Me!, Silverbells & Cockleshells and It's Wick!

Star Trinkets: The Secret Garden - The Magic's in Me!, Silverbells & Cockleshells, It's Wick!

The Magic's in Me!
"The children described the things they could not explain as “magic” – nature, willpower, and love. Colin believed he will be able to start walking if he cast a spell by chanting “the magic is in me”. - Star Trinkets

This polish is described as being "full of holo glitter “hidden” in the sheer, shimmery reddish purple base" with "larger fuchsia and gold hex glitter".Star Trinkets The Magic's in Me!The specks in the macro inset aren't 'noise' but shimmer particles. The sheer jelly base is almost fluorescent, reflecting a purplish-blue glow. Perhaps it seems fluorescent to someone who isn't used to a bright fuchsia polish.
Initially, I layered it over a base colour, but later found it unnecessary. So I swatched this again another day.

Here's one coat of The Magic's in Me! (over a coat of Nail Tek Foundation III Ridge-filling base coat):

Star Trinkets The Magic's in Me! 1 coatYes, that much glitter spread over the nails, without any fuss! No glitter 'fishing' required. The formula went on smoothly. The consistency was not as thick as some glitter polishes.

A second coat, and I was done (finished with a layer of INM Northern Lights Hologram Top Coat, without the holo bits)!

Star Trinkets The Magic's in Me! 2 coatsThe shade is brighter than what I'm normally comfortable with but the glitter mix is whimsically girly and adorable! I also posted on Instagram how pretty it remained even during removal.
Here's one more shot in the shade, with a hint of daylight:

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"When Mary got teased before coming to Misselthwaite, another child will recite the rhyme “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary” to her. The line “with silver bells and cockle shells” was what came to mind when this lacquer was created, so Silverbells & Cockleshells it became!" - Star Trinkets

This next polish is described as "a sheer dark greyish base full of micro silver glitter. There are also small gold and white squares, mid-sized gold and black glitter, and large white hex glitter."

Star Trinkets Silverbells & CockleshellsNew Year's Eve party immediately comes to mind when I look at this glitter mix. It's like a bunch of compressed confetti ready to be burst in the air at the stroke of midnight.
Again, I thought it needed to be layered over a base colour. The variations:

Ulta3 Black Satin, Jessica Iridescent Eye, Star Trinkets Silverbells & CockleshellsOver 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation III, from left: 1 coat Ulta 3 Black Satin, 2 coats Jessica Iridescent Eye, 1 coat Silverbells & Cockleshells on both middle and index fingers.

After one more layer of Silverbells & Cockleshells over all 4 nails (finished with 1 coat of a-england The Shield top coat):

Star Trinkets Silverbells & CockleshellsOn its own, opacity is achieved in 2 coats (index and middle fingers). Over the ring finger and pinky, hints of the base colour is still visible.
Close-ups:
Star Trinkets Silverbells & CockleshellsLeft: 2 coats of Silverbells & Cockleshells
Right: 1 coat of Silverbells & Cockleshells over 2 coats of Jessica Iridescent Eye

Personally, I prefer it on its own. 2 coats allow for more of the glittery, shimmery goodness to spread onto the nails. Like The Magic's in Me!, the glitter content is dense and spreads itself really well, except for the larger hex and squares. Still, a decent amount went on the nails without having to fish for them.

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It's Wick!
“Wick” is used the describe a plant that’s still alive. Dickon determined this by cutting away some of the bark to reveal the green beneath. The children were so excited to discover than many of the plants in the secret garden were wick." - Star Trinkets

Saved the best for last. It's Wick! is a "shimmery green base full of micro glitter in two different shades of blue. It also has gold squares and a sprinkling of fuchsia, silver, and blue hex glitter, as well as the occasional black hex." Hmm, I did not find the rare black hex (yet).

Star Trinkets It's Wick!Again, check out the shimmer particles. There's a magical glow when the sunlight hits these particles. They're like pixie dust!
Not having learnt my lesson the third time, I started with a few base colours to see the effect when It's Wick is layered over them.

Ulta3 Black Satin, Megan Miller Caribbean, Pink Lily, Star Trinkets It's WickOver 1 coat of Nail Tak Foundation III, from left: 1 coat Ulta3 Black Satin, 2 coats Megan Miller Caribbean, 2 coats Megan Miller Pink Lily, 1 coat It's Wick!

Here's 1 coat of It's Wick over all 4 (finished with 1 coat of a-england The Shield top coat):

Star Trinkets It's Wick!Close-ups:

Star Trinkets It's Wick close-upsLeft: 2 coats of It's Wick!
Right: 1 coat of It's Wick! over 2 coats of Megan Miller Pink Lily

I commented on Instagram that this polish gives a flirty floral feel. Again, no problems getting a generous dose of glitter across the nails.
Which do I prefer? Tough call. But you can really get away with 2 coats of It's Wick on its own. It is rather gritty, so a top coat with thicker consistency, like Seche Vite or Poshe, is recommended. Or 2 coats of any thinner ones.

The fourth polish in this collection, which I did not get, is Fountains O' Roses.

The bottle and brush is identical to the mini bottles used by Girly Bits, which I've done a comparison with OPI minis here.

My only discontent - they only come in 5ml bottles. So I got a back-up for Silverbells & Cockleshells and It's Wick!
Star Trinkets will not be re-stocking these once they are sold out. And if I'm not mistaken, Silverbells & Cockleshells is sold out. So if they're calling out to you, head for Star Trinkets and grab them while they are still available. And they're on SALE too for SGD 7.00 each (usual: SGD 8.00). She ships internationally.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, lovelies!

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products, with the exception of Ulta3 Black Satin (gifted by Kate of LacquerCareFactor) were purchased by me.

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder \ Fatty's Got More Blood + Nail Design Contest!

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By A Lacquered Affair · June 24, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"Since its 2007 debut in Japan, ManGlaze Matte Nail Polish has guys turning heads and nail fanatics abuzz with excitement. Finally, a nail polish designed with men in mind! This stuff is as tough as it looks. It covers easily (one or two coats) and dries super fast!" - ManGlaze


Images: Property of ManGlaze® 

Hi lovelies!

A show of hands (or clicks/comments) - have you tried matte nail polish? Well, this right here is the real deal; ManGlaze, the 'mack daddy' of matte polishes.

Brief Intro:
• ManGlaze hails from Chicago (USA).
• Dubbed the "Original Matte Nail Polish" or "The Manliest Nail Polish Known to Man", the concept was designed with men in mind, by men (but it's gotten women hooked too!).
• It oozes rocker attitude, with bottle labels designed by wickedly talented artists from around the world.
• No one simply buys ManGlaze off the shelves from mainstream stores. Your best bet is online.
• They are 3-free and cruelty-free!

Honestly, I wasn't particularly drawn to matte polishes. I've used matte top coats to achieve certain nail designs. That's it. I've seen "ManGlaze" being mentioned here and there, but seeing that they don't ship internationally, it didn't pique my interest.

Then came a surprise announcement by Annette that Shoppe EClecticCo is appointed the exclusive reseller of ManGlaze for Singapore, Asia and Australia. Shoppe EClecticCo has a knack for sourcing in-demand, quality products and making them accessible to us here in Singapore and the region.

So, my initial thought: "I could use a couple of them for nail art and stuff."

While seeing swatches online: "That's cool."

After trying them on: "These are brilliantly created!"

First Impressions
This was what I received with my order of three ManGlaze polishes from Shoppe EClecticCo:

ManGlaze packageClockwise from top left: Info card, Matte Is Murder, Fatty's Got More Blood, Cabron, guitar pick and sticker

Everything about it screams hardcore rock!

ManGlaze premiumsUpclose look at the premiums: Sticker, info card (back) and guitar pick

My favourite premium's the guitar pick. It's different for a nail polish freebie, but cleverly resonates the essence of the brand. Since I don't play the guitar, I'm going to try to hook it up to a necklace/ chain to show some ManGlaze pride.

ManGlaze boxManGlaze, all boxed up

A close-up shot of the boxes the polishes come in. Pretty sturdy and well-labelled.

ManGlaze un-boxingUn-boxing ManGlaze polishes

ManGlaze in the boxA peek inside the box

Two packing peanuts are packed on opposite sides of the bottle neck, and the bottle comes in a sealed plastic wrap. I truly appreciate the thought and effort put into the packaging to ensure breakages and spills are prevented/ minimised.

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Matte Is Murder, Cabron

The Bottle
The form and size of a Manglaze bottle bears a strong resemblence to a-england's. The sticker label wraps all four sizes of the bottle so one cannot get a view of the polish through the glass, except from bottom and at the base of the neck. These are the ManGlazes involved in this post's mani:

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder          ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood
Click to see a different view of the bottles

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder in the bottleMatte Is Murder, through the bottle

There are fine shimmers trying to peek through the polish and bottle, in deep blue and the slightest hint of purple. Matte Is Murder is not your ordinary matte black polish.

On The Nails
How Matte Is Murder fairs on the the nails:

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder1 coat Nail Tek Foundation III ridge-filling base coat, 2 coats Matte Is Murder. Indoor, daylight

As a first-time matte polish user, the initial application was tricky. I didn't know what to expect. You better believe that the formula is fast-drying! It started to get a little vinyl-ish after applying on the second nail. I sealed the bottle and rolled (or shake, if you like) and it's ready to go on the next nail.

More shots:

ManGlaze Matte Is MurderIndoor, shaded, with daylight

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder close-upUpclose, indoor, daylight

The minute shimmers can only be captured upclose and in well-lit areas. Heck, this is suede! LOVE! (still a newbie with various polish finishes)

I applied a-england's The Shield top coat on alternate nails as part of the mani's look...

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder with top coatIndoor, daylight

...and MAGIC! Shimmers amplified! And one poor pinky nail nicked.

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder with topcoat close-upClose-up: Top coat bringing out the shimmer. Indoor, daylight

Stamping Experiment
I had planned to trying stamping with ManGlaze over the glossy finished nails and they worked pretty good on the first attempt. Again, hands needed to move fast. Subsequently, the stamping didn't work out on four of five nails (could you tell it's a feather motif on the pinky?). The middle and pinky fingernails were stamped using the one-coater Ulta3 Black Satin (compliments of the lovely Kate from LacquerCareFactor), a creme finish over Matte Is Murder without a top coat. It was not as glossy as anticipated, so the resulting finish was dull.

ManGlaze Nail ArtOutdoor, daylight

Inspired by the graphic on the label of Fatty's Got More Blood (and the HBO series True Blood), I used dried blood red of Fatty's Got More Blood and haphazardly dabbed it around the tips to conceal and distract from the irregularity of the stamping images. It's way too early for Halloween...

Fatty's Got More Blood has the same subtle shimmer (seems as though I'm name-dropping Susan, who also happens to be a stockist for ManGlaze) as Matte Is Murder, in the bottle and on the nail.

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood in the bottle   ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood in the bottle
Fatty's Got More Blood, through the bottle

A layer of top coat (a-england The Shield) was partially applied over Fatty's Got More Blood as a contrast and to intensify the shimmers. Close-up shots of each nail:

ManGlaze Fatty's Blood over Matte Is MurderOn the thumb, Konad Image Plate m63. Outdoor, daylight

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderIndex finger, Konad Image Plate m57. Outdoor, daylight

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderMiddle finger, Konad Image Plate m71 (aka "toilet paper" print by Melissa). Outdoor, daylight

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderRing finger, Konad Image Plate m57. Outdoor, daylight

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderPinky, Stamping Plate OB40 from Shoppe EClecticCo. Outdoor, daylight

Altogether now:

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderOutdoor, daylight

The Brush
Time for that brush comparison:

OPI vs ManGlaze brushFrom left: OPI and ManGlaze brushes

Though not as wide as OPI's ManGlaze's fans out pretty well, so you get good coverage in 3 swipes (4 for the thumb).

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It's been another excessively long blog post. Hope y'all have a good Sunday, folks!

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OPI Number One Nemesis

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By A Lacquered Affair · June 17, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"Show your metal in this sparkling nickel" - OPI

Hi lovelies!

Here's a continuation from the previous post on a shade from OPI The Amazing Spider-Man Collection. In today's spotlight; Number One Nemesis. This is going to be pretty lengthy and pic-heavy. So grab a snack and fluff up a pillow (in case you doze off).

OPI The Amazing Spider-Man CollectionImage Source: OPI

Along with Just Spotted The Lizard, I immediately knew I only wanted two shades from this collection. Like Just Spotted The Lizard, Number One Nemesis has been compared to a Chanel shade. This time, it's Graphite.

I absolutely love the complexity of Number One Nemesis. It's a sparkly blackened gold-green base with shimmers, and probably glass flecks, that flash micro bits of bronze, gold and teal blue in the light. Just the kind of polish my heart melts for!

The Nemesis, Shot!
Here's Number One Nemesis at one coat:

OPI Number One Nemesis - 1 coatIndoor, daylight

This is definitely not a one-coater, but the formula applied like a breeze, better than Just Spotted The Lizard, in my opinion.

And here it is after a second coat:

OPI Number One NemesisIndoor, daylight

It went on fully opaque. Looking at the particles through the bottle, I expected the polish to finish a little gritty, but it did not. It was smooth and glossy. To me, this had a more "reptilian" feel than Just Spotted The Lizard.

I topped it off with a coat of INM Northern Lights Hologram Top Coat (without the holographic particles) and out it goes under the sun:

OPI Number One NemesisOutdoor, sunlight

It appeared greyed out under the sun. Without the sparkles, it reminds of mortar, a traditional kitchen tool I fondly remember my grandmother used to ground spices (drools at the thought of spicy food).

MortarImage Source

More shots from various angles:

OPI Number One NemesisIndoor, natural light

OPI Number One NemesisIndoor, shaded, with some daylight

OPI Number One NemesisIndoor, daylight

OPI Number One NemesisIndoor, daylight

And here's a close-up shot:

OPI Number One NemesisIndoor, natural light

Do you see those blue specks peeking through? GAH! Love this polish!

Match The Polish
Like the previous post on Just Spotted The Lizard, I couldn't do comparison shots with Chanel Graphite. Don't own one (yet). But I've read about a couple of other dupes, and here are few to play that swatch & compare game, again.

Here's the line-up:

Jessica Smoky Feather vs OPI Number One Nemesis vs Revlon Carbonite vs Essence Luxury SecretFrom left: Jessica Smoky Feather, OPI Number One Nemesis, Revlon Carbonite and Essence Luxury Secret

There's already a distinct difference in terms of shades. While Jessica's and Revlon's have been on constant comparison reviews with Chanel Graphite, I figured Essence Luxury Secret looks pretty close to Revlon Carbonite in the bottle, so I threw it into this comparison game as well.

So here they are, swatched:

Jessica Smoky Feather vs OPI Number One Nemesis vs Revlon Carbonite vs Essence Luxury SecretOutdoor, daylight

Can you identify them? How about in this shot then?:

Jessica Smoky Feather vs OPI Number One Nemesis vs Revlon Carbonite vs Essence Luxury SecretIndoor, direct daylight

I'm actually pleased that they aren't dead-on dupes like the previous set. Did you identify them yet?

Jessica Smoky Feather vs OPI Number One Nemesis vs Revlon Carbonite vs Essence Luxury SecretIndoor, daylight

Breaking Them Down
Luxury Secret is a slate grey with a tinge of silver, in a metallic finish. Brush strokes are, therefore, inevitable. Good news - the formula applied smoothly and was opaque in one coat. If not for the brush strokes, I would have left it at one. In the swatch is two coats, and one coat of top coat.

Carbonite's formula and application is, frankly, a dream and the best of the four! Opaque in one coat, no issues whatsoever. The shimmery finish, while similar to Number One Nemesis, is less complexed. It sparkles with a blend of nickel and champagne gold shimmer.

Smoky Feather, the closest dupe for Number One Nemesis, is a tone or two paler. The shimmer particles are identical to Number One Nemesis in shade and density. This also needed two coats, and was finished with a layer of top coat.

How they compare in the bottle:

Jessica Smoky Feather vs OPI Number One Nemesis vs Revlon Carbonite vs Essence Luxury Secret Bottle Comparison

How their brushes compare:

Jessica Smoky Feather vs OPI Number One Nemesis vs Revlon Carbonite vs Essence Luxury Secret Brush ComparisonFrom left: Revlon, OPI, Essence and Jessica

The thinnest of the lot is Revlon's, but still comfortable to work with. OPI, with its Pro Wide brush, remains ahead of the competition. Essence's is surprising good due to its flat placement. Gives a good coverage with a swipe.

Have you gotten any shades from The Amazing Spider-Man collection, and have you spotted dupes? And if you have Chanel Graphite, what do you think of Number One Nemesis?

Have a lovely weekend, and we'll catch up in the next matte-nificiently exciting post (hopefully soon)!

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OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

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By A Lacquered Affair · June 5, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"Be seen in this reptilian yellow-green" - OPI

How is everyone's first week of June so far? Caught any new movies recently? Are you anticipating the release of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' in Singapore theatres on 29th June?

Meanwhile, check out OPI's Summer 2012 release of the same name, inspired by the movie. And the star of the collection - Just Spotted The Lizard.

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

OPI The Amazing Spider-Man CollectionImage Source: OPI

Touted time and again as a close dupe for Chanel's Peridot, this metallic duo-chrome makes attention-grabbing shifts from gold to olive green (and sometimes teal) in a brilliant sheen. It's like molten metal in a bottle!

Let The (Photo) Blasting Begin
Here's Just Spotted The Lizard at one coat:

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard 1 coatIndoor, natural light

The coverage was pretty okay at one coat. VNL was very minimal, but being a metallic, the appearance of brushstrokes is unavoidable, and can be unforgiving if one doesn't have a steady hand.

At two strokes:

OPI Just Spotted The LizardIndoor, daylight

Opacity was at its fullest and most brushstrokes evened out. The duo-chrome is stronger and ready to impress!

OPI Just Spotted The LizardOudoors, daylight

Added another coat to the index and middle finger to even them out a little more, and finished with a layer of INM Northern Lights Hologram Top Coat (without fishing out the holographic particles).

Next few shots show the different colour shifts at various angles...

OPI Just Spotted The LizardIndoor, natural light

OPI Just Spotted The LizardIndoor, natural light

OPI Just Spotter The LizardIndoor, natural light, slightly shaded

OPI Just Spotted The LizardIndoor, shaded location

Unfortunately, I do not have the privilege of owning Chanel's much-raved Peridot. BUT, I do happen to have a couple of dupes from other brands and, naturally, I wanted to see how they compare with each other. So let's play a game...

Match The Polishes
On my index, middle and ring fingers are the same shades from three each of the three brands below:

Topshop Hidden Treasure vs OPI Just Spotted The Lizard vs Jessica Iridescent EyeFrom left: Topshop Hidden Treasure, OPI Just Spotted The Lizard, Jessica Iridescent Eye

Can you match the polish to each nail? They're all at 2 coats each, with a layer of top coat.

Topshop Hidden Treasure vs Jessica Iridescent Eye vs OPI Just Spotted The LizardIndoor, daylight. From left: Index, middle and ring fingers

From this angle, it's probably difficult to tell, but in real life, at all angles, I could not differentiate between them. All three possess the same level of opaqueness, shine, and duo-chrome intensity, in my honest opnion.

Here's another angle with the polishes on each finger revealed:

Peridot Dupes - OPI Just Spotted The Lizard vs Jessica Iridescent Eye vs Topshop Hidden Treasure
Here's another shot capturing the depth of the duo-chrome as seen in the bottle:

Chanel Peridot dupesIndoor, natural light, shaded

Comparison
So if all three look the same on the nails, what sets them apart, and which is worth considering? Here's a look at their brushes:

Brush comparison Topshop vs OPI vs JessicaFrom left: Topshop, OPI and Jessica

Topshop shapes their brush flat, though not as wide as OPI's. Jessica's is as regular as most other nail polish brushes - reasonable brush thickness in a circular arrangement. And if you're waiting for it... Yes! Denser than Essie's!

Here's what decided my favourite among the three - the formula!

Just Spotted The Lizard and Irisdescent Eye went on pretty quite opaque on the first coat, with the unsightly brushstrokes very visible. Brush on too much polish and risk flooding your cuticles and sides.
Hidden Treasure, on the other hand, went on thinly, less opaque, but minimal brushstrokes! The formula glided on like a breeze!

After a second coat, brushstrokes were evened out but still visible with Just Spotted The Lizard and Iridescent Eye. Hidden Treasure's brushstrokes were more subtle and it was opaque after the second coat.

No major problems with streaking for any of the three, but my clear favourite is Topshop Hidden Treasure!

Price-wise, Topshop is the priciest, considering it only comes in 8ml for SGD 16.00. Jessica is GBP 8.30 for 14.8ml, while OPI was SGD 10.00 for 15ml (or SGD 23.50 at department stores, then in that sense, it's the priciest).

Last shot of all three under direct artificial light:

Chanel Peridot dupesFrom left: Topshop Hidden Treasure, Jessica Iridescent Eye and OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

Note: All photos were taken without flash

Do you have Chanel Peridot or a dupe, and how does it/ do they compare to the real deal? Do share!

Meanwhile, have a wonderful month of June (and summer for some of you lovelies)!

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard from esprit1978.blogspot.com
Topshop Hidden Treasure from Topshop Knightsbridge, Singapore
Jessica Iridscent Eye from FeelUnique.com

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

(I Got) Floam(ed) by Nail-Venturous

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By A Lacquered Affair · May 30, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Floam
"A number of molding substances for children's play were created and sold by the children's television channel Nickelodon and toy company Mattel in the 1990s. Like most molding compounds, they could be kept in their container to retain plasticity, or molded and allowed to harden overnight. They featured a wide variety of compounds with different attributes." - Wikipedia

Guess what, lovelies?Polish Days FloamIt's #FloamDay! Organised by Polish Days, it's been all abuzz on Twitter for a few weeks now, and it's finally happening. Thanks to Polly Polish for her time and effort to get Polish Days up and running with Floam. I'm looking forward to more Polish Days events to come!

THE STORY
Floam is an indie polish creation by Amy of I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous. It is sold on Ninja Polish or her Etsy store, though it constantly sells out within minutes of restock. This is Amy's description of Floam:

"Floam has matte neon blue and yellow-green fine glitter a clear base. It has complete coverage in two to three coats and can be used as a layering polish with one coat. With topcoat or gelous, Floam can have a shiny finish. However, this polish dries with a matte finish, and the glitter itself does not sparkle." - I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous

It's been said to be inspired by a kids' craft toy; Floam, and the resemblence is truly there! Though I've never been a fan of anything neon, Floam's unique qualities drew me.

1. It's a matte glitter. I'm a sucker for any glitter polish. Matte sounds rare. The rarer the better.
2. It's named after and inspired by a toy. I'm a sucker for anything nostalgic.
3. It's a fun vibrant mix that screams summer. I should add more vibrancy and fun into my collection beyond glitter. After all, it wouldn't be a collection without at least one neon polish.

Nail-Venturous Floam

THE POLISH
The formula was slightly on the goopier side, which got goopier as I continued on with the mani. It didn't bother me much because the design I had in mind is goop-inspired.

This is floam upclose:Nail-Venturous Floam UpcloseThe pink in the background is OPI Shorts Story.
Somehow, I imagined that the small matte neon glitters were round (to resemble the micro-beads in Floam, the craft toy), but upon zooming in, they're actually hex glitters.

ON THE NAILS
I imagined the squishy nature of Floam, the micro-beads in its compound over coloured paper (my fond memory of art & craft as a kid --> the coloured paper)...

This was the result:

Nail-Venturous Floam Nail ArtIndoor, natural daylight. 2 coats Floam over creme polishes.

 

Nail-VEnturous Floam Nail ArtOutdoor, sunlight.

Close-up shots:

Nail-Venturous Floam Nail Art2 coats Floam over a england Galahad

 

Nail-Venturous Floam2 coats Floam over OPI Did It On 'Em

 

Nail-Venturous Floam2 coats Floam over China Glaze Lemon Fizz

 

Nail-Venturous Floam over OPI Shorts Story3 coats Floam over OPI Shorts Story

On the thumb was 2 coats of Floam over OPI Rumple's Wiggin. The application was so messed up that no shot was right. So, let's skip that. The mani was finished by a coat of Poshe Super Fast Drying Top Coat.

Working with the colours was delightful although, personally, I would not have the guts wear them out as skittles. The only issue I had was with the wonky brush. The bristles were too fanned out, and some stuck out like split ends. But it could be just my bottle.

Floam can be purchased from Ninja Polished at USD 9.00 (excluding shipping from the USA), but you'll have to stalk the site, or click "Email When In" to be notified when it's restocked.

Parting shot:

Nail-Venturous Floam Nail ArtIndoor, beneath a ray of natural light

Do also visit these lovely participating polish mavens' blog posts, showcasing their #FloamDay manicures, and be awed!

♥ Hannah - Polly Polish
♥ Sabine - My Polish Stash
♥ Jen - The Nail Polish Project
♥ Jenny Hillerström - Beauty by Jenny
♥ Deborah - Love Varnish
♥ Melissa - The Crimson Petal
♥ 
Esther - Fab Fingertips
♥ Rachel - Claws, Nails & Beauty
♥ Mara - Mara in Polishland
♥ Charlotte - Charlottes Nails
♥ Stephanie - Sincerely Stephanie
♥ Jasmine - Colour Coated
♥ Carolina - Colores de Carol
♥ Salla - OMG! Polish'Em!

To everyone experiencing the beginning of summer, enjoy, and get Floamed, I mean lacquered! (OK, Floamed too.)

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore over Paul & Joe 015 Venus

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By A Lacquered Affair · May 10, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

| lō-kə-ˌvr |
one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible -
Merriam-Webster

"How do you peruse the organic arugula at the local Farmer's Market without looking 'hippie' minus the 'chic?' With this melange of gold, silver, green and blue glitter." - Rescue Beauty Lounge

| vē-nəs |
1. the Roman goddess of love and beauty
2.
the planet second in order from the sun -
Merriam-Webster

 

Greetings lovelies! I'm currently on a very short mid-week breather from work, and blogging live from Changi resort (think it's called the Seaview Chalet).

Changi Resort Seaview Chalet, Singapore

On my nails today (and for the past 3 days) are 2 untrieds which were stashed so far back, I forgot about them! Locavore is my first ever Rescue Beauty Lounge polish, which I got off Susan from The Subtle Shimmer as she had a spare. But I couldn't recall the colour. So when I took it out from the box, I was wowed by it again. I didn't want a full coat of glitter (or 2), so I dug further for a base colour to pair it with, and found Paul & Joe 015 aka Venus.

Paul & Joe 015 VenusOn the packaging, there is no indication of a name, just a numbered code - 015. But further online searches reveal its name - Venus. Venus is a sky blue creme infused with silver micro glitter, and some irisdecent specks that subtly flash blue, green and pale gold at different angles in the bottle.

Paul & Joe 015 VenusThe bottle's shape faintly resembles a soft heart, slim with rounded sides. It's comfortable in the hands with a straightforward twist cap that reveals the brush.

Paul & Joe vs OPI brushI do love the brush! Though not as flat and smooth as OPI's, it's wide enough to get the polish on a nail in 3 strokes.

I liked that it is not just a flat creme sky blue, but the sparkles are not in-your-face.Paul & Joe 015 Venus2 coats to opacity, with no major issues with the formula. Seen here without a top coat, under indoor lighting at night.

Next up, RBL's Locavore.
Rescue Beauty Lounge LocavoreIt's a dense mix of blue, fuchsia, gold and mostly small olive green hex glitters in a clear base. I have a thing for square-shaped bottles (think butter LONDON), though not my favourite when it comes to holding or rolling them. They just seem so chic, IMO. I also like the material of RBL's cap; very solid and steely looking.

Rescue Beauty Lounge LocavoreUpclose: Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore in the bottle.

What you see as purple onscreen is actually fuchsia in real life.

RBL vs OPI brushBrush-wise, though not on par with OPI's (right), is manageable, ie. better than Essie's (sorry guys, but I'm not going to quit about Essie's brush anytime soon).

Altogether now...

RBL Locavore over Paul & Joe 015 Venus2 coats of Locavore closer to the cuticles, in glitter gradient style, over 2 coats of Venus and 1 coat of Poshe Super-Fast Dry Top Coat. Indoors under daylight.

RBL Locavore over Paul & Joe 015 VenusAnother shot: Indoors, under natural daylight.

RBL Locavore over Paul & Joe 015 VenusUpclose: Locavore over Venus, with 1 coat of Poshe Super-Fast Drying Top Coat. Indoors, white light.

RBL Locavore over Paul & Joe 015 VenusIndoors, white light at night.

RBL Locavore over Paul & Joe 015 VenusIndoor lighting, at night. Taken with iPhone 4S.

The combination turned out looking pretty, and it's so spring-appropriate (not that it matters in a climate like Singapore's)! The best satisfaction was receiving compliments from people beyond the nail community ♥
4 days on and still no chips (though I strongly believe it's Nail Tek Foundation III and Poshe Super-Fast Drying Top Coat hard at work).

And to end this post, a parting shot:

The Distant SunsetCheerio!

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

Girly Bits Into The Night

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By A Lacquered Affair · April 26, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"Into the Night is a black jelly, jam packed with multiple colours of glitter, holo glitter and pink shimmer". - Girly Bits

Hey lovelies!

If you've been following me on Twitter, you might remember my tweet about a haul from a certain indie polish maker. I ordered 4 mini-sized gloriously pretty polishes from Pam aka Pam's Girly Bits, who hails from Canada. Hers was the first indie polish label I got to know about through the nail polish community. I read about her launch at Shopper's Drug Mart and immediately fell in love with the whole vibe! The logo, the set-up, the packaging, the oh-so-pretty crystal-embellished bottles - sooooo girly! And without a doubt, her polish creations are just precious!

So when she made her 'open for order' announcement in late February, I planned my order in advanced and emailed my order right on the dot! For those unfamiliar, polishes by indie makers can be snapped up in a blink of an eye the second their creations are listed for sale, because quantities are limited. Polish addicts all over the globe can be stalking some of these stores at all hours of the day, depending on their timezones, to be one of the earliest to pounce on every coveted polish that pops up on the listing. *looking at you Etsy stores*

So here's my 'catch':

In my tweet, I kept raving about how I loved and appreciated the thoughtfulness she put into the packaging to ensure the polishes arrived safely and in style. I mean, zip-lock bags!

Girly Bits packaging, from start to finishNote from Pam, Girly BitsThe mystery polish I promised to reveal on my blog is Into The Night, kindly gifted by Pam, after seeing my swatch of butter LONDON's The Black Knight.
Thank you so much, Pam!!

Girly Bits Into The NightPetite Pretties
The bottle is a 5ml mini, just like the other 4 I purchased. Big regret! Should have gotten them all in regular size. But they look awfully cute though.
Since these polishes are not factory-produced, generic franken nail polish bottles are used, but Pam has added her own touches by individually labelling and embellishing them with a crystal. They are great gift ideas actually!
The rounded oblong bottle shape, though with angled corners, was comfortable to hold, and not too unpleasant to roll between the hands. Did I mention loving the crystal "encrusted" on the bottle?

Don't Brush It Off
Being a mini, one cannot expect a wide brush ala OPI. Call me lame, but I did a comparison with an OPI mini and an Essie brush.

Girly Bits mini brushTurns out, the size and length of the brush are comparable to OPI mini's (though the bristles are not as fine), and thicker than Essie's! What the hell, Essie! LOL!

Into The Night is nothing like The Black Knight!
I did not expect the formula to be opaque at all, so I painted my index to pinky with creme base polishes to see the effect when layered over various shades of purple to black.

Purple Creme PolishesBut on my thumb, Into The Night was opaque and streak-free in 2 coats (1 coat is a bit of a streaky mess)! It's so opaque that it left no trace of OPI Rumple's Wiggin ever being on my index nail (after 2 coats of Into The Night). From middle to pinky, it's one coat of Into The Night over the creme base polishes, and 1 coat of Poshe topcoat.

Girly Bits Into The NightIndoors, warm lighting

Girly Bits Into The NightOutdoors, natural daylight

It is full of dense, scattered holo goodness that reflects every colour of the rainbow, yet remaining true to its deep, dark jelly purple base. It is also infused with purple and some fucshia micro glitter, but the real workers in this magical concoction are the holographic particles. Although it looks more refined over a dark or black base, I prefer the 2-coater on my thumb's nail - exactly how it looks in the bottle! And I love that in a polish. Layering 2 coats also made the holo glitter effect a little more 3-dimensional. The texture was not very gritty, so 1 thick coat of topcoat sufficed.

Girly Bits Into The Night2 coats on thumb, indoors, natural daylight (taken with iPhone 4S)

Girly Bits Into The Night2 coats on thumb, indoors, white light

 

Final Thoughts
Gotta grab Into The Night in full size!! Girly Bits are USD6.00 for minis, USD10.00 for a full 15ml bottle, while the colour shifting ones are USD7.00 for minis and USD 11.50 for 15mls, excluding shipping (reasonable rates though).

Stay lacquered y'all!

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for free, not for the purpose of a review. However, all opinions expressed are my honest own, and will always be.

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