Sunday, June 28, 2015

Zoya summer 2015 - Island Fun swatches & review

Happy Sunday! Today I have half of Zoya's summer 2015 collection to share with you, Island Fun. This collection consists of 6 creme polishes. Creme polishes are by far my favorite finish and Zoya knows how to do a creme very well. Check out a description of each after the collage.

Demetria is a red tomato creme. The formula was great, only needing 2 coats. It dried very shiny and no top coat was used for my photo below.

Talia is a bluish green creme. This color unfortunately stained my nails after only wearing it for a few minutes :(  This along with Serenity from the collection remind me of Chanel's summer 2015 polishes. The formula was excellent and nearly opaque in 1 coat. I did use 2 however for the photo below.

Serenity is a beautiful purple creme. I loved this one!!! I don't have any color like this in my collection so was happy to add it. It was opaque in just 2 coats and dried very shiny.

Nana is a berry creme. This was my favorite from the collection. The formula was smooth as ever and simply amazing. I used 2 coats and no top coat for the photo below.

Jace is a murky green creme. It was very sheer on the first coat but fully opaque in just 2 coats. This one reminds me of Tilda from last summers collection. If you have Tilda I don't think you'll need both. Again, another fabulous formula and dried super shiny.

Cecelia is a teal creme. Sadly this was another one that stained but the formula was the same, smooth and only needing 2 coats.

Overall I loved this collection. The formula was consistent across the board, self leveling and very creamy. I purchased this set on Zoya's website and they retail for $9 each.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Different Dimension 80's Baby All Gown Up Swatches and Review

Today's collection describes me to the T! As soon as I saw these bright neons they reminded me of the late 80s. As a little girl I always loved playing with polish, specifically neons in the summer time. I immediately grabbed a few from this indie maker. Check out a description of each polish after the collage below.

Tubular 2.0 is a neon orange with a scattered holo effect. I used two coats plus top coat for the photo below. The formula on this one was pretty decent and it was my second favorite from my picks.

Totally 2.0 is a yellow green with scattered holo and shimmer. This so pretty in the bottle but a pain to work with. It took 3 coats, some needing 3. It did not self level either. This along with all the polishes dried matte so you'll need a shiny top coat. I wanted to love this polish but sadly the formula was a big turn off.

Whatever 2.0 is a purple neon holo shimmery polish. This too did not self level and took 2 coats for full opacity. I usually love purples but this one was just meh. The formula was a bit thick, but not too difficult to work with as Totally 2.0.

Saving the best for last, Homeboy 2.0 is a blue holo with added shimmer. The maker describes this as a neon and it's kind of in the grey area for me. It does dry matte but it really isn't a neon in my opinion. Let's face it, have you ever really seen a neon blue polish? Anywho, this was hands down my favorite from my picks. The formula was amazing, only needing two coats.

These polishes are available here and retail for $11.00 each.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pear Nova Summer Duo 2015

Hey polished lovers! Today I have a very untraditional post on one of my favorite indie polish brands, Pear Nova.

In the past I have reviewed some of the most fabulous creme polishes I ever tried in life from this brand. So when I initially saw this duo I was a bit taken aback. Pear Nova has released a summer duo, consisting of two metallics. Check out a description of each after the collage.

Interstellar is a metallic silver. I used 3 thin coats for the photo below. If you have ever tried a metallic, you know how visible the brush strokes can be at times. However I found by applying thinner coats this one didn't show the strokes as much as other brands I've tried. The formula was great on this one as well, not too thick or thin and easily leveling out.

Space Suit Spray Tan is a gold metallic with very fine gold glitters throughout. This polish was so difficult to photograph. I think it's absolutely stunning on medium to dark skin as mine. I actually wore this polish for 4 whole days which was a surprise. It gives you a very elegant look and this would easily be my go to polish for the office. The formula was a bit thick, but not too difficult to work with. I used 2 coats for the photo below.

The summer duo is now available here and retail for $20.