Awesome polish. I got the new formula($2) as opposed to the old one($1) a while ago online. I can get away with 1 coat, all tho some spots need touchups. I love this color! It also has a nice shine, no top coat needed.
I got this in the 3-piece set(glam bam) so my bottle's pretty tiny~i uploaded a pic for comparison. I found it smooth, easy to work with, the brush was awesome(had minimal cleanup) and i would say it's definitely the updated formula since it's pretty opaque. i did 2 coats but honestly it would have been fine with 1. I found it to be a rose-gold color(gold with a hint of pink), the name 'blush' fits it pretty well imo. i'm personally not into gold(so wouldn't repurchase this specific color again) but this is wearable without being too overpowering. it has a nice shine to it as well.
This is a bright sky blue with a very nice shine, no top coat needed. As previously said i find it a bit boring myself, so i tend to top it off with some kind of glitter. I like the formula and it truly is, a one-coat polish. I love it. When i bought it there weren't many colors left(it was on sale) so didn't see all the colors available....next time i will definitely stock up, this color isn't my favorite. I think these are far superior than the old school revlon which are a nightmare to work with(i've tried various). I also like the brush, i found it very easy to work with and minimal clean up required.
the new formula is pretty awesome. compared to the old i definitely say it's worth the hike up(from $1 to 2). it dries faster, goes on smoother and has a smooth consistency which leaves no streaks. 2 thin coats was enough for me. i'm not too fond of the color so i'm not sure how quickly i'll use it up, however i will be repurchasing other polishes in different shades.
in general, i like elf. i'm a long time buyer and have been there before and after(they hiked up their price to $2 and re-formulated to make it better supposedly. before this, it used to be $1). from my personal experience their formula has much improved. i found it to be smoother, quicker drying and more opaque(all tho most still need at least 2 coats to be true to color). i personally change my nail color every 2-3 days so long wearing isn't a must, yet even so i know that with the old formula i would have chips by then...sometimes even with a top coat. the new formula does a little better yet because i don't wear one for more than a few days i can't say how well, exactly. my favorite for every/any manicure is the clear polish. i only have the old formula and i know they also have a 'top coat' now, yet i found this to have the greatest shine(and just $1, can't be beat). i will definitely repurchase. on their site only the new formula is available, yet i've found old-formula polishes in places such as the dollar store, ross, tjmax(i'm sure there's others)...
i wasn't impressed. i got this at the dollar store as a duo which came with 'grapefruit-tini' or something like that(also a scented polish) so can't complain much. it's very sheer, i did 4 coats which still left the white tips of my nails visible(as you can see form the pic). i suppose if you keep going it'll eventually reach an opaque color, yet i was tired/bored of waiting....it took it's time to dry even if it was rather watery and thin coats can't be helped. i had to give mine half an hr(30mins) per coat of dry time. i was also not pleased with the color i ended up with, at this stage it's not true to color at all, instead i got a boogery-slime-puke color which i guess would be more ideal for halloween. i would repurchase in other colors(the grapefruit one was awesome) yet not this one specifically, all tho i will use it as a top coat for other greens. the smell is all right, to me it doesn't scream out 'apple'(nor did the coconut or grapefruit...the only other 2 scented ones i've tried) but more of a general sweet smell, like candy.
Polishes -Wet 'n' Wild - Nail Color in Sparked / # 435F
malonb 5/22/2012 9:07:00 AM
i did 3 coats and it covered my nail satisfactory. i find it really pretty. i bought it 'cause it was on sale, glad i did. not sure if there's any other glittery colors in this line but if there are i would definitely get them(as well as repurchase this one). reminds me of hello kitty :3. ps i did use a top coat to cover grittiness.
as previously mentioned, it does get goopy pretty quickly(mid-nail) which left me with inevitable hills and valleys. i wouldn't describe it as sheer, but build up is needed. after 3 coats i still have a few spots here and there where the nail is still showing through. it does have quite a nice shiny finish to it, no top coat needed imo(all tho it might help disguise the hills/valleys). this is one of two colors i purchased and i'm a little disappointed it's not easier to work with, but i got this for a BOGO deal(less than $2 retail each at walmart) so i wouldn't repurchase but am keeping them.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Diamond Strength Instant Nail Hardener
malonb 4/26/2012 1:17:00 AM
this is the worst nail polish item i have ever purchased, not only because it doesn't do what it claims but because it ends up DAMAGING YOUR NAILS!!! i've been using it off and on for about 2 months and my nails have been going downhill since. i had no idea why 'till i realized they peeled and cracked(specially the ends, and i have pretty short nails which are healthy) only after using this product. i scored this for $3 at Ross, NOT worth it. per directions you put on 1 to 2 coats on bare nails. i'm now using it as a top coat yet if i see the same damage, i won't hesitate to trash. overall i say beware ladies! sally hansen has some much cheaper top/base coats which are way better than this.
i have very oily eye lids, everything creases on me. if you're going to be out for just a few or perhaps go minimalist(just eye liner as i do sometimes) this would be great. but, when talking 8+ hours at work i always end up w/ creases in about 4 hours. comparing to urban decay primer it's not so bad since that only lasts about an hr maybe two(kind'a stretching it) more without creasing- i've done one to one comparison(wore each product on one eye under my usual eye makeup throughout the day) 4 times trying out different shadows and the like. it also depends on what kind of shadows you use; for me the loose powder shadows crease and fade in a couple of hours(! i'm specifically talking ELF, i don't own any other brand of loose powder eye shadows). overall yes i will repurchase, it's not as great as UD yet still comparable(for me, since both leave me with creases/fading after a day of work. a couple of hours isn't worth the $10+ difference IMO). i also found using face primer under this product helps it some.
Lip Gloss -E.L.F. - Studio 2 in 1 Conditioning Gloss (all colors)
malonb 3/26/2012 11:18:00 AM
i have the old school ones(i assume), where there is no separation between the color and the conditioning part(it's all mixed into one). i have two, fanatic and one i didn't see a pic up here for, 'light pink'. it's funny 'cause the label on the tube says 'LIGH pink' so it could be mislabeled as it looks very similar to 'perfect pink'. scored these for one dollar at the dollar store. i do find them moisturizing and the color payoff fits me very well. i haven't tried the 'new' versions so i don't know if there's much difference there, but these certainly do what they claim in my book. they are sticky, yet i find they last a long time...something i can appreciate while at work. i would defiantly repurchase again.
update: i tried this with a wet'n'wild fast-dry polish today and there was no stripping of the colored nail polish. in general i've used the old ELF polishes for a while(one dollar bottles) and they tend to do this, it's just their nature. it's cheap, i like the packaging/brush but the product is just wrong. i have the one dollar old version of the polish(they hiked it up to two dollars and supposedly improved the formula). i used this with a new improved elf polish and it stripped the color off. used it as a top coat on dry color polish...ended up w/ streaks of nail showing through. i probably won't trash it since it's my first time using it, but i won't repurchase. it does have a nice shine to it tho, and with all the other pros i'll give it a 3.
Lip Gloss -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Slicks - Cherry Glaze 562B
malonb 3/16/2012 9:00:00 PM
i got this at 40% off and it's so cheap to begin with i'm not really complaining. however, it would ring truer if it was a clear gloss, as that's all it does. as other stated, has no color payoff. otherwise it does give and maintain a 'shine' on your lips and well, i guess that's what it's suppose to do. didn't find it was moisturizing yet wasn't drying either. i use it on top of lip stains every now and then.
i'm reviewing the old formula(when it was a dollar), i purchased this before they changed it. the formula is kind'a goopy and you cannot get away with just one coat. i find at least 2 are needed(i did 3). it does leave streak marks(as you can see from the pics) but can easily be disguised with a topcoat. what i loved was the brush, i had the easiest time putting it on with minimal clean up. drying time was decent(half an hr maybe, for 3 coats). i find it's true to color. i would repurchase(and have), but perhaps in different shades(not sure this is really my color). overall, pretty good for a dollar. i've also purchased others of this line from stores such as ROSS, TJMax, Big Lots and dollar stores/dollar trees usually carry ELF which is discontinued on their site.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Diamond Strength - Royal Romance
malonb 3/8/2012 4:03:00 AM
nice, smooth formula. needed two coats to get an even hue(true to color). i'd call it a rusty grape(or wine) if that makes sense. has a nice shine on its own(all tho i used a topcoat). i'm not too fond of the color, but would(and have) repurchased in a different tone. the drying time is not too bad(maybe an hr-1.5hrs for 2 coats, which isn't bad for Sally Hansen-believe me). overall, it was all right. i purchased 'cause it was 75% off.