June 13, 2013OPI Gelcolor Goldeneye from the Skyfall collection. I’ve seen this in the regular nail polish version, but didn’t realize it also existed in gel. This is the perfect addition to my collection… it’ll be awesome for accent nails. Score! It’s a very yellow gold, so I can see that a more muted gold might also come in handy.
June 7, 2013KBShimmer just released their new summer collection which includes nine different nail polishes and some nail care items such as cuticle oil pens and a base coat. Today I have three polishes from this collection to share with you.
This is The Dancing Green. It has a green base with blueish undertones and is loaded with glitter of different shapes and sizes, in blue, green and purple shades. I love the color combination of this polish. I applied coats, and topped it off with 2 coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.
This next color is one of two matte polishes that are in the collection. This is 24 Carrot Bold (love the name), a bright orange polish with gold shimmer. This one is actually brighter than it appears in the pictures, and I took photos of it with the matte finish and with a top coat.
The third polish that I have to show you is Pimp My Pride, which is a white base with red and blue metallic glitter. I applied 2 coats of Pimp My Pride over 2 coats of China Glaze White on White, and topped it off with KBShimmer Clearly On Top. As the name suggests, this is a perfect polish to show American pride on holidays like Memorial Day and the Independence Day.
June 4, 2013Gelish High Bridge again. I swatched this polish a while ago, but accidentally deleted the photos before I had a chance to post them. Oops! This polish is sheer and shows some visible nail line, but I adore it. The base is pink, and it’s loaded with different color micro-glitter. I’ve seen other pictures of this color and they all looked like a much brighter pink… I’m not sure if the formula was changed or if mine is different, but it definitely isn’t as bright as I expected.
May 23, 2013
In the meantime, I have a couple of Couture Gel Nail Polish swatches to share with you. Couture is a DIY brand meant for at-home use. I found that their starter kit is available on Amazon.com at a discount, though I don’t see the individual colors sold there.
These colors are from the Couture Spring 2013 collection. Application and soak-off were a breeze. The shimmery silver one is called High Maintenance. I wore this for a few days and loved it. It goes with everything and has just the right amount of sparkle for me.
The color below is Glam Squad. This one is the perfect combination of purple and pink. It looks pink next to purples, and purple next to pinks. I really like the uniqueness of the color. My lightbox washed the color out of these photos a bit, and it looks a little more pink than it actually was. I snapped a quick pic of this in regular lighting to try to capture the color a little better.
May 14, 2013I’m Brighter Than You, and the only color that this is close to is Sweet Morning Dew. I was worried that these would be too similar, but I’m Brighter Than You is much lighter/brighter. The formula is also much better so if you’re deciding between the two, I recommend I’m Brighter.
Brights Have More Fun vs. Shake It Til You Samba… not much difference here. Brights Have More Fun is just slightly lighter/brighter, but I don’t see the need for owning both of these since they’re so close. Shake It Til You Samba is probably my pick of the two because it has a great formula and offers full coverage with just two coats.
Sometimes A Girl’s Gotta Glow is seen here on the index finger and pinky… it’s pretty different from the other greens in the Rio Neon and Candyland collections. It’s my fav of the three.
Sorry, I cheated on this one since my nails need a little break after all of the swatching. Radiance is My Middle Name is closest to Garden Teal Party, but again is a few shades lighter. Garden Teal Party has better coverage with no visible nail line, but Radiance has a better formula…. it’s a toss up. I love blues, and really like these both. Radiance is so bright and fun. I’ve been wearing it for 2 days now and plan to keep it on the rest of the week (that’s a long time for me).
Are there any other comparisons you’d like to see? I can take a few photos with my swatch sticks if I have the colors you’re curious about.
May 13, 2013All About the Glow collection from Gelish is finally here! This has been promoted as their “brightest collection yet”, and I think it’s a pretty accurate claim. The Rio Neon collection was bright, but in comparison these are even brighter! I will have some comparisons to share with you very soon.
I am happy to tell you that the formula of these polishes is improved from some of the previous collections. They aren’t thick and I didn’t experience any wrinkling or curing issues… and I actually tried to get them to wrinkle by applying some thicker layers. I checked my swatches for fading after about 24 hours and didn’t notice any changes in the colors. My only complaint about the formula is that the colors didn’t apply as evenly as I would have liked and required three coats each for even coverage. With that said, I think they are all brilliant colors. I’ve been wearing Radiance Is My Middle Name (teal) today, and LOVE it!
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Make You Blink Pink reminds me of a Barbie! It’s a super bright pink unlike any other by Gelish.
Brights Have More Fun is a darker hot pink. It’s very similar to Shake It Til You Samba, but it’s slightly lighter & brighter.
I’m Brighter Than You is a vivid coral/peach color. This one is similar to Sweet Morning Dew, but is also lighter and brighter.
Sometimes A Girl’s Gotta Glow is a brilliant lime green. I will compare this to Amazon Flirt and You’re Such a Sweet-Tart.
Radiance is My Middle Name is a bright teal color. As I mentioned, I’ve been wearing this all day and absolutely love it. I will compare this with Garden Teal Party, though it’s visibly brighter.
You Glare, I Glow is an electric shade of purple unlike any other by Gelish.
What do you think!? Are you as in love with these bright colors as I am?
May 7, 2013Couture… a buttery yellow with a creme finish. I wore this for a day or so before deciding to add some nail art to it. I did some color blocking with nail art striping tape, and made a short video to demonstrate the technique (below). The colors used for the accents are Couture High Maintenance, Million $ Tweet, Teal the Show and Glam Squad. I love how this turned out and can’t wait to use these Couture colors again.
May 2, 2013Rio Neon collection that was released previously. Since Gelish will be releasing a new neon collection very soon, I wanted to swatch this older collection for comparison purposes. All of these colors applied with ease, no wrinkling or curing issues. A few of the colors are actually on the thin side and are a bit transparent leaving a visible nail line.
As you would expect with a neon collection, the colors are bright!! This is Shake It Til You Samba, a neon pink. This is a very fun summer color, and it has great coverage with just two coats.
Tiki Tiki Laranga is a neon orange. This color did have some shrinkage issues and pulled back from the edges a little.
Coco Cabana Banana… the name says it all… hello yellow!
Amazon Flirt is a neon green. You’ll need a pair of sunglasses when you wear this or Coco Cabana!
Ooba Ooba Blue… this one doesn’t really seem neon to me. This color is a bit thin and I had some shrinkage issues. I’d recommend Sugar Daddy over this blue since the colors are similar and it has much better coverage.
And finally, Carnaval Hangover. On all of the Gelish swatches this appears to be purple, and when you put it next to the other colors in this collection it is purple-ish… however next to other colors in my collection, this appears to be more on the pink side than purple. It also doesn’t strike me as being “neon”, but it’s a gorgeous color and I’ve worn it a few times already. It also has great coverage with just two coats.
April 28, 2013
Last spring Gelish released the Candyland collection, filled with bright, cheerful colors. I’m swatching this collection and the Rio Neon collection so that I can compare them to the new All About the Glow collection that’s slated to be released in May.
Each of theses swatches is three coats of color. The formulas in this collection are nice – the colors all apply easily and I didn’t have any issues with thickness or wrinkling.
This is You’re So Sweet You’re Giving Me a Toothache. It’s a creamy light pink. Rumor has it this color fades a little after application, so I’ll do a swatch stick comparison of this if I see any fading. You’re so sweet is very close in color to Pink Smoothie, but it’s slightly darker.
This is Sugar ‘N Spice & Everything Nice, a bright pink.
This is Don’t Be Such a Sourpuss, yellow with a subtle shimmer.
This is You’re Such a Sweet-Tart, green with a subtle shimmer.
This is Sugar Daddy, a fun, bright blue.
This is Orange Cream Dream. I took these pictures a while ago, so the format it a little different from the others.