YAY-ness!! I got my camera back from the service centre, and it's all systems go! The photos in the previous few posts were taken with my iPhone 3GS, and were lacklustre because that phone tends to produce grainy quality, especially where in poor lighting.
Back to business.
I headed to Smoochiezz's showroom in Toh Guan Road last Saturday, 20th August, to research what was available, the prices and what I will need to order online through sprees. I also wanted to check out the newest collections from OPI and China Glaze, which was announced to be in; Touring America and Metro Collection. It was a hassle to get there, considering that I live on the other side of Singapore. All in the name of nail polishes. It is located in an industrial building, within an industrial estate, where only 1 bus plies. Girls, please go with company.
The showroom is pretty small, considering the number of brands and variety they stock. But lo and behold...
This is just half of China Glaze's racks.
There are 2 more of such racks housing more OPIs. As you can see, many are out of stock. Essies are to the right, on 3 or 4 stands.
Polish Galore!!! Racks and racks of nail polishes to the floor, and rows of China Glaze. They have an amazing range of Essie too (376 in all, according to their website), but I didn't manage to photograph. (small disclaimer: if photography is not allowed within the premise, I sincerely apologise. But I could not resist, it's a girl's dream boudoir) WHERE DO I BEGIN!!
The China Glaze section was clear at the time, so that was my first stop. My game plan was to only look for the colours in my wish list, but that only worked for so long. I was so spoilt for choice! So many colours I've never heard of before (on YouTube). The bonus - the latest Metro Collection Fall 2011 is in stock! My lemming, CG In The City, was available for SGD 7.00! The swatch is coming right up on this post down below.
I also picked up Nova and Stellar from China Glaze's Glitter collection in 2009. I've read that this glitter collection was made up of 50 glittery shades & textures and I was lemming for a few. Nova was one of them, along with Meteor Shower, Cosmic, Preppy Pink and Bad Kitty. I found Nova, but Preppy Pink and Bad Kitty looked pre-adolescent and kinda bleh to me. Now Stellar caught my eye. It's a nude-y beige colour with fine silver and pale gold glitter. Perfect for when you're in the mood for a neutral colour, with hints of opulence. And it was the last bottle left on the shelf! SCORE!
I could NOT find Meteor Shower or Cosmic :( I may have to join a spree, but I'm still determining if it's worth the price and wait.
The next stop was OPI, and I immediately scoured the racks for Parlez-vous OPI and Tickle My France-y. I found that Smoochiezz arranges OPI polishes in alphabetical order, which is a great help. But somewhere along the way (or due to some inconsiderate customers), the order got jumbled up. In any case, they did not have them. *sigh* So I went through the OPI racks again to determine which colours I'd fancy. I kept seeing Teenage Dream all over the racks, and I was initially not inclined towards it, although it's been raved by many. But after a few more glances, and upon closer scrutiny, I decided it would look gorgeous over other polishes. And it is quite pretty. So that went into the basket.
4 glitter polishes so far, and no, it did not bother that it's 4 glitters too many. I also realised Teenage Dream and China Glaze Carnival Lights are SO similar. I snapped a quick shot of both in the showroom and actually contemplated which to get; OPI at SGD 10.00 or China Glaze at SGD 8.00? I preferred Teenage Dream in the end as it was a lighter shade of pink, and I already have China Glaze Pom Pom, a chunkier version of Carnival Lights.
OPI 's Teenage Dream & China Glaze's Carnival Lights - so similar in tone and glitter texture, though one a shade darker.
Continuing on, I saw many shades of nudes and pinks and Pinking Of You came to mind as I've heard a couple of YouTubers talking about them in their collection video; how it goes on opaque compared to most Soft Shades. Since it was in stock, I decided to give that a try. It's lighter than Shorts Story, but brighter than China Glaze Something Sweet, so I'm good with that.
The Essie racks were just beside OPI, and the selection was astonishing! I have never seen so many Essie colours all at once in a single display. They are all so pretty (probably cos of the bottle too), but I knew I wanted Borrowed & Blue, which I found for SGD 9.00. I was also attracted to Merino Cool, but I found it to be an exact shade as China Glaze's Below Deck, so I gave it a miss. "Only 1 Essie?" you may ask. Well, I have not gotten around to trying the Essies I already own, so I'm unsure of it's formula and durability (though I have heard many good reviews). I might build an Essie collection once I feel it's worth it.
During this haul, I realised so many colours are alike or even identical, between brands and *gasp* within the same brand. I'm thinking of building a comparison list of same/ similar polish colours, so I don't buy colours simply because I fancy them, only to come home and regret my purchase. And I might share the list here. Maybe... will see.
Smoochiezz also stocks nail treatments, top coats, base coats, removers, lotions, the works. Maybe for next the haul. While I was there, I also picked up an ELF Studio Blush Brush, since I didn't any make-up brushes (shocking?). Here's the overview of the mini nail polish haul:
Left to right: Teenage Dream, Pinking Of You, Borrowed & Blue, CG In The City, Nova, Stellar
I couldn't wait to swatch CG In The City the very next day and here it is (on left index finger nail):
It's a dusty greyish purple, kinda deep mauve glitter polish with silvery-goldish specks and a clear base. On it's own, it took 4 coats to get an almost opaque finish, and I don't recommend it. When applied as a top finish to solid colours, it overpowered them, but you could still see hints of the base polish. It worked best when layered over butter LONDON Marrow and OPI Black Onyx as you could see a dual effect. Over China Glaze Below Deck, it looked like a monotone opaque shade with glitter.
In any way, I love it and can't wait to wear it. The monsoon season is here, what with the cloudy and wet weather. It feels kinda like the equatorial version of fall. So that would be perfect to start bringing out the fall colours. Gonna dig them out right now.
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