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Sinful Colors

Sinful Colors – San Francisco

Thursday, 24 March, 2011

I know San Francisco is usually associated with fog so I did scratch my head for a moment or two when I first saw this color. Why not gray and why this greenish-blue?! Then I happened to be cleaning out old pictures from when I used to live in outer Richmond in San Francisco (47th and Cabrillo, yo! ohh…and La Playa and Fulton). One picture happened to be a rare sunny day and the ocean was this…gorgeous greenish-blue.

That was my aha moment. While I won’t be publishing that picture of me on the beach anytime soon (it involves no make-up and me looking all around cray cray), I can offer you the shade from Sinful Colors called San Francisco!

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L’oreal – Luminescence

Thursday, 16 September, 2010

This is a gorgeous purple, but I’ve seen it before. While I like having it, I was hoping for something a bit more…than just a dark nail polish with purple shimmer. But it’s still a yummy, plummy purple.

Luminescence is part of L’oreal’s Limited Fall 2010 Collection.

Formula was good and dried quickly. I had no problems with application and the brush was fine.

See below.

Obligatory label shot. 😀

drugstore polishes Ginger & Liz revlon

OPI, Ginger & Liz and Revlon – Damone Roberts 1968, Ivy League and Minted

Thursday, 2 September, 2010

I’ve been on a mint kick. Well, I was on a mint kick, but it happened at night. No, not candy. I’m talking nail polish.

I had finally scored Revlon’s Minted. I got a cute sample size of Ginger & Liz’s Ivy League. I have OPI’s Damone Roberts 1968. I wanted to wear them all, but knew I really couldn’t. I decided to put them all together for a comparison because those 3 were my newest mint greens. I wasn’t thinking…and realized it was night time, but eh. Sometimes the flash really does make the color stand out as well as flatter it, but it also has a tendency to drown the color/make it prettier than what it is.

Not in this case of the Mints! It showcased everything accurately.

OPI’s Damone Roberts was a bit thick, but it dried quickly.

Ginger & Liz looks bad because I wasn’t wearing my glasses on those 2 fingers. OOPS. The formula dried quick as well.

Revlon’s color had some serious cuticle pull. I was annoyed. Formula was runny and took a while to dry.

Nail Polish nail polish swatch nail polish swatches Rescue Beauty Lounge sally hansen

Difficult Formulas I've Used – Rescue Beauty Lounge and Sally Hansen

Sunday, 21 March, 2010

These were colors that people said were so cute – you must try them! and I did…much to my horror and chagrin. I actually did 4 coats of each of the polishes below before I called it a day.

Both were a bit like jelly – and it shows in the application for me. I’ve looked at other people’s swatches of these colors and am jealous that they’ve turned out so well. Maybe it was me. 🙁 Anyway, here they are.

How awful can this application have been on me?! To make it worse, I had grabbed the wrong top coat (I have 2 of the same, but I reserve one for dark colors and another for light colors) and now you can see the red from an old cold color I had worn a few days prior. I had so much trouble with this formula. I reached the 4th coat phase and said with much grace and dignity, “F*** it. I’m done.” To make matters worse, the formula took AGES to dry. 4 top coats later – and they weren’t even thick coats, fairly thin – they were barely dry enough to put the top coat on so I could photograph them. The formula was pretty sticky, too. ugh. I like sticky in my base coats, not my nail polish, ok?

This was another color I had issues with, but not as bad as I did with Rescue Beauty Lounge. This is a 3 coater…and it annoyed me, too. This color actually didn’t look bad on me either…despite it being a yellow. I admit to buying it purely for the name – Yellow Kitty. I kept thinking Hello Kitty and giggling to myself.