MOT is the perfect mix between orangey-peach and coral for my fair (NW15) skin. Often I find corals to look sort of gaudy or off on me, but finally I found one that flatters my coloring.. And it's such a spring/summer polish! The application went well being perfectly opaque at 3 coats though I am sure some do get away with only 2. The wear time was a few days before only minor chipping, when using a top/base coat so I was satisfied. I would recommend this lovely polish whether your tan or pale or in between.
I gave this product a 3, because I wish it was more versatile. I know some ladies (and men!) use this everywhere, but aside from my feet before bed.. I just cannot stand the texture. It's just SO thick and creamy and I find it takes awhile to sink in. The lotion itself does moisturize well, but the formula feels a little too heavy. Even heavier then any body butter I have tried! The smell isn't really girly nor is it masculine. Somewhere in between, and too be honest it reminds me of certain ointments/rash creams I have smelt; that medicated sort of scent. The little tub container is okay and cheap enough so I do repurchase for my dry feet until I find something better. However, I would not recommend for those who are prone to body acne, or have oily skin (especially if they plan to use it on their face/back!)
This is my newly found HG Astringent. I've tried many ranging from Clean & Clear, Proactiv, Vichy and this has been the kindest and most beneficial to my skin. Its scent is fresh yet subtle, the packaging is simple yet attractive. I apply this usually every night after removing eye makeup and enjoy the slightly cooling sensation it leaves, similar to the scrub by Biore I have. I wouldn't recommend this to people with dry skin, unless they also used a good oil-free moisturizer to balance moisture levels. This can be a bit drying. Other then that I love it and will repurchase! Great product for a decently wallet friendly price.
The formulation of this polish is just perfect - not too thick or too thin. I have found it versatile and flattering on various colors: black, blues, pinks... everything! The base is clear, and the micro holographic shimmers in multiple colors manage to look "fun" without looking juvenile or tacky. I highly doubt it's meant to be a stand alone polish, as that wouldn't translate well or in flattering way. The only other sparkly top coat I have to compare this too is Claire's (simply named) Glitter Top Coat. And I prefer Fairy Dust by a landslide. The Claire's glitters are much more sparse, despite how it looks in the bottle, and are too large, looking a little to out there for me. This one has the perfect balance! See my above bottle comparison. I would repurchase and recommend absolutely!
I am not sure if this product has been discontinued but I am going to review it either way! VDM comes in a leather-like packaging that opens up to include a mirror, a browned plum shadow, and a light lavender shadow. The are quite pigmented and both are rather shimmery. With the lavender, I found I had to apply with my finger tip instead of a brush due to glitter fall out! On it's own I felt that color was a little too light even against my NW15 fair skin, it just didn't look impressive and slightly juvenile. So I pair it with MAC Eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris, to give it some shimmers for a night out. The plumish color is beautiful but not a shade I have reached for often. Overall they are a great pair and would clearly compliment each other, though I would not repurchase. However, I would purchase a different duo by Tarte in a different shade(s)!
Polishes -China Glaze - Turned Up Turquoise 849237
TimeAndBlame 3/15/2012 3:44:00 AM
This has been on my "To Try" list for some time as the color in the bottle is stunning! Unfortunately that is where the positive end for me on this one. TUT has the oddest formula I have found in a lacquer before! It was sheer and thin at the first coat, patchy and balding on some nails at teh second, and the third it seemed okay and appeared dry after 10 minutes but was not! I waited 15 more minutes for it to dry and it was still smearable. I don't know if I got a defective bottle because it was rather odd.. I have never had that happen with a ChG or any polish for that matter. Any ways, the color is pretty sort of a shimmery neon blue-green. As with many neon, it does dry matte and fast (initially at the first coat only for me personally). I prefer the overall look with a top coat, it really makes the pretty color *pop* even more against my fair skin. But the formula was just too unforgiving and I am not patient enough to re-do certain nails over and over til they are perfect. The durability (or lack of) also let me down chipping the very next day. Would not recommend or repurchase, unless they reformulate this.
It honestly took me forever (okay 5 months) before finally giving Excuse Moi a test drive. Now that I am wearing it, I don't know what took me so long! The color is a medium magenta or warm pink, that at one coat is quite sheer. At three, I was 100% satisfied with the coverage and found it flattered my pale skin! The formula was not too hard to work with, which is unusual considering its a densely glitter packed polish! But the glitters are truly what "makes" this polish. EM has an eccentric mix of different colored glitters such as green and silver, in large and micro sizes! I pictured the outcome to look a little too young, or wild looking; but it somehow manages to be eye catching in a pretty way. The lasting power was okay, contrary to what I assumed, the amount of glitters made this easier to chip. And I needed two thick Seche Vite top coats to smooth the gritty texture of the glitters.Of course being a glitter polish, this was a little reluctant during removal... But I would repurchase!
In the bottle this appeared a dark metallic purple, with slight shimmers. On my nails (and in contrast with my pale skin) it's a dark shimmerless purple. In some light it looks black! But not exactly in a terrible way. At two coats it was almost opaque for me, but a few patches weren't looking too well so I settled for three. At three it looked great, dried decently fast too! In efforts to make it a little more eye catching, I used a top coat of Gone Wishin' by Nicole by OPI. It has a clear base and is packed with purple shimmers dominating over the random blue ones. The outcome was very pretty, yet still subtle. My only complaint really was that on my toes it could be a bit too dark looking sometimes without any sparkles, but on those with darker skin it is probably prettier! I still think I would repurchase, as I don't have any purples similar to this so far!
Fifty-Four is without a doubt a very subtle top coat. In the bottle it looks like it has a sheer coral/pink base with tonnes of micro shimmers... But on the nail is hardly is noticeable. I am currently wearing it over Angel Face by Orly (a nude pink) hoping it would add something extra.. But it would hardly be noticeable if I missed a nail or two because it is just overly subtle! I will use this up, by experimenting (I'm going to try it over black) and if I am ever out of top coat I could use this for a bit of extra shine but overall I would not repurchase. Orly missed the mark with this one.
Luckily before splurging on the full size of Melon, I requested a small sample of it. I am glad I did! It may be due to my very fair coloring, but it just did not work with my features very well. It looked too orange, and too warm. I fell in love with the copper/warm gold swatches but it did not translate well onto my own eyes. I also found more fall out with this as opposed to my other MAC pigments so that was also a little disappointing. It's very shimmery, a little bit too much for my liking, at least for day time. I would not purchase, but I would still recommend it to those with darker coloring.
I know Daisy is considered a fresh classic.. but it actually really disappointed me. I enjoy light and fresh scents so I recently got a tester of this and was hardly amazed. Aside from the adorable bottle, there is nothing noteworthy about this perfume in my own honest opinion. (No offense to those who love this!) The lasting power was close to decent, but I expected a bit better with the price tag is bears. Based on the notes, I pictured it being crisp, feminine and soft. I found it head ache inducing, sharp and just overall not compatible with me and my skins chemistry.. My SO, who has no known allergies or anything of the sort, was literally sickened by this scent. He said it smelt like overly chemical flowers. I would not purchase..
This is my current favorite polish, by China Glaze and even in general! The color is a muted/dusty light blue with greyed undertones. Though that may sound drab it is actually quite stunning! I love blues from darks to pastels and this is at the top of my list. I find this to flatter my NW15 skin in a really lovely way. I don't think it's light or dark enough to define whether it is a "certain season" sort of polish. Perfect all year round! The formula was excellent and completely opaque at two coats! I usually do three no matter what, just in case, but with this one it was not necessary to do. It even dried with a considerably shiny finish, though I still did a topcoat for protection. After three days I did get a chip but I am still throughly impressed with this polish, and will repurchase again and again! I even prefer it over two of my favorite blues by ChG (Secret Periwinkle, and For Audrey.)
Ruby Pumps is such a beautiful polish! The only other sparkly red I have to compare this to is OPI in Wocka Wocka! and this wins by far in all areas. RP is a somewhere in the middle between medium and slightly darker red. It's densely packed with fine glitters that look lovely when they catch the light. At three coats I was 100% satisfied with the opacity, and adding a top coat really made the glitters pop all the more! The wear time was great and lasted about 4 days before minimal chipping, which is pretty impressive. The color looks great against my NW15 fair skin, and is my new favorite red. I would repurchase and recommend absolutely!
I couldn't help myself but to give into the hype of these.. With "butter" in the title I must say I expected something more sheer, and hydrating. More like a tint of color. It comes out like a full lipstick, with a glossy, smooth texture. But personally I didn't find it too moisturizing or worth all the hype. Perhaps it is due to the many different shades? I am not sure what exactly it is with these but I find myself intrigued too. I currently own Raspberry Pie and against my NW15 skin/averagely pigmented lips, it looks garish and almost clownlike no matter how I apply.. Something about it just doesn't look right with smoky looks, neutral looks, fresh faced. I have tried it with everything and always feel I look like a child playing with those "red" lipsticks you get in children makeup kits. I don't find it to last more then a couple hours (assuming I am not eating/drinking anything much within that time frame). In conclusion I do find myself intrigued with other colors such as Peach Parfait and that is why I voted "Yes" to buying this again. Because I do want this product to work for me, I like the concept. Also I don't think the case is too bad, I like the colors of the lid matching the shade. Sure it doesn't look department store but after all it's from the drugstore! :) EDIT: So I did end up buying PP, and though I do like the color more (its sort of a peachy pink with some subtle shimmers through out) I would not repurchase. I feel the amount of product you get is not enough for what you pay. Also neither of them sufficiently moisturized my lips. Would not repurchase.
As many below have said this is without a doubt a vampy color of polish. It's borderline difficult to describe but my attempt: a warm, dark burgundy brown with shimmers of rose-gold. Anyways, I found the formula a little bit on the thin side, though it could have been my particular bottle. At three coats I was satisfied and did like the way the shimmers caught light.. but something about it just doesn't *wow* me. Maybe it's my fair skin but I just find the look to be kind of boring, though unique if that even makes sense! I would not repurchase but would still recommend to others that are more inclined to dark polishes.