A "no polish" shade, pale semi-sheer pink cream . It went on streak-free and the wear was excellent, but no doubt there are dozens of cheaper dupes of this shade, probably several in the Essie brand alone. It's not a *bad* color, on the contrary, it's quite pretty on, and would be a good choice for a conservative office, a wedding, or if you simply prefer a more "natural" shade of polish, it just wasn't special enough to warrant the price tag or a repurchase.
Black with a forrest green shimmer, Chanel's Black Satin meets NARS's Zulu. It looks much greener in the bottle, but on the nails it's the darkest blackened green; the shimmer is visible in strong light or sunlight (looks like a mallard duck's head feathers in the sunlight). The wear was pretty impressive for such a cheapie dark polish: I noticed minor tip wear and two or three tiny chips on the fourth day, but this *is* a high-maintenence shade and I wasn't expecting much. The formula for this new line of Hard Candy polish seems closer to the original formula (not the one in the bigger bottles from the early 2000's, the good old mid- to late 1990s formula) in that it doesn't flake off my nails in sheets by the second day. The bottles come shrink-wrapped, the ring that comes with it is even chintzier than the original (hard plastic rather than soft rubber) and it's sold only at Wal Mart, but I still liked it enough to give it five stars.
A medium grey-taupe creme that's a little easier for me to wear (grey polish just doesn't look good on me). The typical Chanel formula goes on beautifully and is opaque in two coats, but I'm still not sure how I feel about this shade: under certain lighting it's gorgeous, but sometimes I think it looks like river mud. =/ I'll finish this bottle but don't think I'll repurchase unless something happens and I fall madly in love with river mud. ;D
As this was a quick-drying nail polish, I didn't get my hopes up that it would wear well, and good thing, too. It chipped within a day, even with a base and top coat. Not surprising, as these types of polishes don't wear well. That being said, the color is gorgeous, a deep emerald/Christmas green shimmer that is opaque in one coat and looks amazing (before it chips). The flat, wide brush is designed to cover your entire nail in one swipe, which is nice if you have wide nail beds (like I do), but might take some practice to get the hang of application without getting polish all over your cuticles. I wouldn't repurchase this, even though I love the color.
A gorgeous warm red creme, classic and sexy with a surprising amount of depth to the color. Looks like a million bucks on short, rounded nails, and is the perfect shade for a pedicure year 'round. True, there are dozens and dozens of similar warm red creme shades out there, but this one just seems to have that extra *something* that makes it special. It goes on streak-free and is opaque in two coats, with a superb glossy finish and superior wear. I would definitely repurchase.
Five stars for the color, a blackened, deep forest green with a subtle shimmer that is stunning in sunlight, but the formula was the worst, managing to be both streaky and entirely too thick and goopy. It was opaque enough after two coats, but was a real chore to apply and I still didn't get even coats or coverage. I'll try to salvage it with a drop or two of polish thinner, but I won't repurchase this.
Five stars for the color alone: a cool toned, medium red-purple cream with a surprising amount of depth, that has a slight jelly finish and dries semi-matte (you will need a good top coat with this). But aside from the color, there wasn't much else to like. As the reviewer below mentioned, the brush seemed much slimmer than with other Zoya polishes. The formula was also difficult to work with: it was thick and borderline gloppy, and streaked like mad. It took three coats to get an even finish, and if you use this color, be sure to let each coat dry thoroughly to avoid brush drag. I love the color, but I wouldn't repurchase this.
This is a deep, shimmery, blackened bloody plum shade, a good dupe of Chanel's Vamp but a bit more purple and with just a touch more shimmer. Looks lighter in the bottle, on the nails it appears almost black under every light but sunlight. It was opaque in two coats but the formula was tricky to work with, it was a bit thick and slightly goopy, and required a little extra patience to apply (one lippie off for that). It's a gorgeous color, though, and I would repurchase should I ever run out.
A medium blue shimmery frost that, unfortunately, looked better in the bottle than on my nails. In sunlight the shimmer becomes more apparent, under indoor lighting it looks more like a frost. It *is* pretty, especially in full sunlight, but as the reviewer below said, it just isn't that special or unique, it doesn't really "grab" you, and there are a lot of similar shades out there. The formula was perfect, though: just thick enough without being gloppy, a dream to apply, streak-free, two coats and it was opaque but three gave the "shade in the bottle" effect.
As mentioned by a previous reviewer, "pretty/ugly" sums this color up perfectly. Olive drab creme may sound like an odd choice for nail color, but it really is pretty on, and quite unique: if you like to layer shades, you can achieve some interesting and unusual effects with this shade; it's certainly not a color you will see everywhere on everyone. As with all RBL's polishes, it applies like a dream and dries quickly. However, I noticed that mine tends to chip much sooner than my other RBL shades, sometimes within a couple of hours of application.
Gorgeous electric orange coral shimmer, perfect for summer. The only problem is that it is so sheer, it took four coats to get the "shade in the bottle" effect, but since it dries as quickly as it does, that's not really an issue. Good quality, lovely color. I would repurchase.
A barely-there, super-sheer grapefruit pink shade with a jelly finish. It went on completely streak-free, but even after three thick coats it still looked like a clear polish with maybe the faintest soupcon of a pink tint. It might look nice as the overlay shade for a French manicure, but it was just too subtle for me, and I won't repurchase. What a shame, too, as the shade in the bottle is simply beautiful.
A very pretty dusty coral creme shade that is more orange than pink and is not as bright as most coral polishes (like Rescue Beauty Lounge's "Coral", DeLuxe's "Flip", or L'Oreal's "Ragin' Cajun" all are), but still manages to be neutral enough that I think anyone could wear it; it's neither too orange nor too pink. The formula was a bit thin but not streaky at all, and two coats gave an even, opaque finish. I would buy it again.
My two stars here are solely for the color of this polish, which I LOVED: deep black cream with suble, barely visible multi-colored sparkles. Unfortunately I hated everything else. The polish itself managed to be both streaky and incredibly gloppy and thick, taking quite a long time to dry, the brush handle was too long and difficult to control with such a thick polish, and the brush bristles themselves were too narrow and fine. Frustratingly bad bottle of polish, I won't repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Lollia - Inspire Hand Creme
JuliaLee67 5/28/2009 7:49:00 PM
I love this hand cream: it smells wonderful but isn't overpowering, absorbs nicely, isn't greasy, and moisturizes beautifully. The only thing I don't like about it is the packaging. It comes in a metal tube which, while having a sort of retro vibe, makes it very difficult to get all of the product out, and this isn't exactly cheap stuff. You really need a tube key for the last little bit, and plastic tubing would be much easier to deal with.