I filmed a Halloween tutorial yesterday and needed a subtle, natural looking nail polish. I could’ve gone with a standard nude, but decided to go with something slightly different.
Buy Me A Cameo is described as a “frosted satin mocha” on Essie’s site, but I consider it to be a pearly champagne color. Think of it as the perfect “au natural” polish that’s been amped up a little bit. I adore this varnish, but it can be tricky to apply. The polish’s pearl-like finish can cause it to go all swirly and streaky if there’s too much on the brush, so it’s best to start off with a thin layer and build up from there. Also, this lacquer relies on perfectly straight strokes to look presentable. Even the tiniest mistake will be amplified, so you may want to avoid Buy Me A Cameo if you’re a member shaky hands club.
I haven’t posted on here in a while because I’ve been wearing this polish the entire time. Gasp! Ingrid wearing one color for over a week straight?! Yep. There aren’t many lacquers that can induce such loyalty, but Orly Rage is one of them. It’s a beautiful rose gold color that looks absolutely stunning on everyone, and I consider it to be one of my all-time favorite nail polishes.
Admittedly, the rosiness of this varnish doesn’t translate well on camera, but it’s definitely apparent with the naked eye. Rage also applies wonderfully - it’s like painting liquid metal onto your nails! It does, however, chip/wear almost immediately, even with the best top coat. This means I’m always finding myself having to perform little touch ups here and there. To me, Rage is worth it though, because the color is unparalleled.
I blame Allison for making me want this nail polish. I’ve had my eye on Copper Penny ever since I saw her blog post on it back in January. After months of unsuccessful searches, I can happily say that my quest is finally over.
Revlon is one of the few drugstore brands that makes fantastic nail polish. They have a wide selection of colors and the quality is comparable to a lot of higher end varnishes that can cost up to three (sometimes even four or five!) times more. Copper Penny is no exception. It’s a beautiful true copper that looks exactly like a shiny new penny and is opaque after just one coat. I recommend two though, because it chips fairly quickly, even with a top coat.
I think this could be the start of a serious metallic nail polish kick, so brace yourselves!
I think the name of this polish is spot on because it’s just that - lady like. I wore it to an interview I had yesterday, and it was the perfect complement to my outfit.
Essie definitely hit a home run with this mauve-y nude varnish. In the bottle it comes across as a soft mauve, but on the nails it transforms into a lovely nude color. Nude is a tough color to nail because it can sometimes create that dreaded “mannequin hands” effect. Lady Like has just enough of a pink undertone to prevent the dead look, and just enough taupe to keep it from looking too old lady-ish. To me, this polish is the definition of feminine chic in the most subtle way. Oh, and did I mention it’s almost completely opaque with just one coat? ‘Cause it is!
I (reluctantly) just removed this color from my nails. Why? Well, I have a big job interview tomorrow afternoon and bright cobalt blue on my nails probably wouldn’t be the most appropriate choice. Luckily, this photo I took earlier allows me to treasure Frostbite even when I’m not wearing it.
I’ve been on the hunt for a color like this for months. It’s surprisingly difficult to find a true cobalt blue with shimmer. Instead, I usually come across navys or other deep blues within that realm. Frostbite definitely isn’t navy though. It’s bright, in your face, and totally perfect. Wait, I take that back. There’s one downside that makes this varnish not-so-perfect - the smell. This stuff STINKS! I’m not referring to the typical “nail polish smell” either. This is on a whole ‘nother level my friends. Imagine what a skunk smells like. Now, combine that scent with the “normal” nail polish smell we’re all familiar with. THAT’S Frostbite. Not very pleasant, but it’s a gorgeous color and exactly what I’ve been looking for, so I’m willing to open a window and hold my breath a little.
This is the first time I have actually worn Angora Cardi outside of a test swatch. I purchased it at Ulta back in spring and decided to save the little guy (or girl, I guess?) until fall.
Angora Cardi is a rich, deep mauve color from Essie’s Fall 2009 collection. It’s not quite mauve, but it’s not quite a wine color either, making it unique in a very subtle way. In terms of application, this is one of the best polishes I have ever used. Sometimes painting my nails can be a bit of a chore when a laquer is runny or streaky, but Angora Cardi glides on like a dream. I probably could’ve gotten away with one coat, but I have this weird habit of ALWAYS applying two - just ‘cause.
I’m surprised that I don’t already have a ton of polishes similar to Fiji in my collection. It’s a lovely milky pink color that I think every girl should own.
I know, I know - Fiji isn’t terribly unique, but it has satisfied my quest for a creamy pink polish. Ever since I saw RAEview wearing butter LONDON’s Teddy, I began pining for something similar. Then, a miracle happened - I found Fiji in my collection! I honestly didn’t even know I had this color, because I have no recollection of buying it. I’m guessing it was probably given to me as a gift, and then just got lost in the abyss of polishes that I have. I’m glad I accidentally discovered Fiji though, because it’s such a chic and feminine color. It required three coats and was a little streaky at first, but I like it.
Ok, so I guess this should technically be called a “Nail of the Weekend” post because I have been wearing this color for the past two days. I’m actually about to take it off, but I figured I should snap a photo before I whip out the cottons pads and nail polish remover.
butter LONDON’s Wallis is described as “a tarnished, metallic olive gold,” and I couldn’t agree more. This is definitely one of those love it or hate it colors, but I personally happen to love it. I think Wallis is perfect for fall and very unique. It has an olive base that changes in accordance with the lighting. In dimmer settings the “tarnished” effect is more noticeable, but in direct sunlight the gold is the shining star. I adore this polish because what you see in the bottle is what you get. Plus, the wear is outstanding!