I gave this color 2 lippies because it's conceivable that someone might like it. :-D Once again I was fooled by FP's deceptive bottles and a misleading color name. I didn't see any taupe here--there's not way to describe this but "metallic lavendar". If that's what you're looking for, go for it, but if you are hoping for the shimmery pinky-taupe it appears in the bottle to be, keep looking! FingerPaints application and durability is always excellent, though!
Love this color! In spite of the name, it's not at all a Grape Crush type purple, but a somewhat muted and browned, not-quite-vampy, shimmery purple. Lovely! And FingerPaints application and quality is excellent as always. See pic in my profile.
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - FingerPaints Festive Claret
DCMALJ 12/29/2006 3:02:00 PM
What can I say about Festive Claret? It's just the glitter polish this not-really-a-glitter-person was looking for. Not screaming red like so many of the Christmas-y glitters, it's darker and more of a burgundy/wine color, and the microglitter is sooooo smooooth! No glitter lumpiness at all, and oh yeah, as with all Finger Paints the wear is great, too.
First of all, I LOVE this color! I'm told it's an exact dupe for Tucumcari Boys'n'Berry, but I can't personally vouch for that. It's a gorgeous brown-burgundy shimmer--very rich and luscious looking, and almost purple in the sun. That said, I've had more tip wear than I've come to expect from salon brands, but that could be my top coat, too. Anyway, the color is worth it! ETA: I'm wearing this color again with Poshe top coat, and very little tip wear after 4 days, so I've upgraded to 5 lippies.
What can I say? This product really lives up to its name! I love the smooth finish a ridge filler gives me, but after some experimentation I've discovered that it works best for me to use Bonder, then a ridge filler, then color. If I skip the Bonder I just don't get the wear that I've come to expect.
Top/Base Coats -Essie - Good to Go! The Fastest Drying Top Coat
DCMALJ 12/29/2006 2:34:00 PM
I still haven't tried Seche Vite, so I can't compare G2G to the ultimate TC, but I've been happy with it. Dries quickly, lasts well, and has a decent shine. It does get thick like all quick-dry top coats, but a few drops of thinner should take care of it. I probably won're repurchase right away, because I have a few more tc's I want to try out first, but all in all this is a good product and I have no complaints. ETA: This tc seems to scratch and scuff almost immediately--after trying Poshe I won't use this again.
This is another one of those polishes I really *wanted* to love, but didn't. I can't see any of the pink shimmer that some MUAers say is there. On me it was all gold, and too yellow for my skin tone. Probably looks great on some people, but not with my neutral/cool skin.
Gorgeous color! Shimmery red with pinkish tones to it--think blackberry jam, not on bread, but the thin film of it on the side of the jar when the light shines through the glass. And try layering it over Orly Perfectly Plum--mmm, mmm good!
Just a basic chocolate brown creme--made me want to eat my nails, but didn't make me want to wear it again. =D I probably would have liked it better if I hadn't bought FigerPaints Free Form Fawn at about the same time--FFF is similar, but with plummy undertones and IMO, prettier.
I wanted to love this, but ended up swapping it away. Nothing really wrong with the color, just didn't live up to the hype and expectations. The shimmer is almost invisible except in direct sunlight, and the color just looks flat on my pale, neutral/cool skin.
A French mani HG for me! I hate "white-out" tips, and Marshmallow is a perfect natural white.
This is my French mani HG pink. Yes, it can be a little streaky, but I think most sheer, milky colors are. Perfect for a subtle French, though.
This is a gorgeous color--just not particularly unique. It actually looks great with my neutral/cool skin tone, and I sort of like the subtle shimmer that alomst looks like a creme a lot of the time. The only reason I wouldn't repurchase is that I limit my np collection severely and for a shimmery red I like FingerPaints Bid On It Berry better.
If you're looking for a dark brown with a little more "life" to it, this could be what you're looking for. It's a very dark brown but livened up with some plummy undertones. The application (as with a lot of Essies) leaves a bit to be desired, but overall it'a a nice polish. Not a HG for me, but could be for someone.
This is a nice color, but nothing special, IMO. Very similar to Essie Wicked and all the other vampy reds out there. That said, the quality and application was great, and the price and availability are too. I might re-purchase if I didn't already have other similar shades I like a tiny bit better.