I don't usually write reviews, so this should tell you how dissapointed I am in this product. The packaging itself was awful as it arrived in a too-small clamshell plastic sleeve, and the duo was stacked on each other causing one half to have marks all over it. Also, I ordered mine from Sephora, which unlike the Stila website didn't say anything about the product not fitting into palettes. I tried, and tried and it just won't. It really bothers me because it appears to be the right shape, but it's just slightly off somehow. Anyways, I could have lived with both of those flaws, but the pigment and quality of the shadow itself is extremely poor. Orchid consists of Key and Cassis e/s and I imagine the single counterparts to be of much higher quality. I felt like I was blending with a rock. The shadows wouldn't budge. Extremely dissapointing product, do not waste your money.
EDIT: Since writing this review, I received Key and Cassis single pan e/s, and have used them. The quality is definately better ~ better pigmentation, and easier to blend. Key is still sheer, but it's a light colour. Anyways, I compared ingredient lists and they are different. Very odd, and I hope Stila doesn't start making all their eyeshadows with this new formulation!
I recently went on a colouring spree, and then decided I didn't like any of the colours I'd had done so I used colorfix after colouring 3 times within 2 months. It worked great, however I was left with super brassy, yellow hair. I recoloured using Ion Brilliance from Sally's, then a Natural Instincts over that because the Ion was slightly too light for my liking. However, after a couple of weeks, my hair became really brassy. On a whim, I decided to use the Light Brown Natural Instincts Brass-free line, and I am in love with the results! It looks completely natural, no brassy or super ashy tones, just a very pretty medium brown. I'll continue to use this on my hair as I'm growing out the brassy portion below. I have only had my hair this colour for a week, but so far it hasn't faded or changed tones.
My favourite part about this polish is the very foily, shimmery finish! The formula is like liquid crystals. BGD is a medium, slightly cool toned pink. It has tons of silver sparkles in the pink base, but it's not gritty feeling or chunky glitter. Makes for a very fun pedi!
Essie Nude Beach is probably my favourite sheer nail polish of all time. It's a sheer pink tint with tons of little aqua shimmer pieces in it. I love it. Two coats is very, very sheer and gives your nails a YNBB look with a slight aqua shimmer. Love it!! I got great wear from this polish. If Essie ever discontinues this shade, I'll be so sad! LOL
Pink Glove Service is clear but better. Don't buy this polish expecting a huge colour payoff. It adds a very sheer, barely noticeable pink tint to nails but it gives the glossiest, shiniest look of any polish I've ever used. I love it layered over OPI Bubble Bath. It gives nails a really healthy glow.
Black Onyx is a shiny, pure black creme polish. Much like a black onyx stone! :P Two coats were completely opaque, and streak free. It was easy to remove and didn't stain my nails (I did use a ridgefilling basecoat for extra protection). I only wore it for one day though. I didn't get tip wear, but I needed a change.
Bubble Bath is a HG for me! I never thought I could wear milky pinks until this one came along. It looks so clean and classic on my nails. Two coats are opaque, and needed IMO because it did go on a little streaky. The colour is a very soft pink. I topped it with Essie Pink Glove Service and that made it a touch more pink and a bit glossier as well. The colour is amazing, and looks good on my neutral-warm skin even though I think it's a bit on the cool side.
This shade is a deep vampy plum, with a hint of red in it. It doesn't look purple though because of the depth of the shade. The polish has a glossy creme finish, and wore quite well for a few days before it chipped. The only reason I'm giving this a 4 instead of a 5 is because as far as Vampy Cremes go OPI A Man in Every Port-ugal still has my heart. It's a lovely shade with a cute name, and if you like vampies try it out!
Shimmer is from OPI's Designer Series, and it's probably the best shade from that collection. It's a sheer, light silver with holographic shimmer. One coat appears clear with holographic shimmer. I didn't do two coats because I was afraid that it would turn too silvery for my neutral-warm skintone, but I actually really liked the looks of one coat. I used to for a french topcoat, and it was gorgeous. This polish is also going to be really useful for layering since I doubt it will change the base colour much. If you only get one DS polish, make it this one!
This is a very unique sheer! It applies amazingly well and two coats look so shiny and smooth. It's a sheer, iridescent purple that seems to be made of tiny shimmers but not quite. It's hard to describe. In some light, I can see little sparkles of green in this polish, but they're not as intense as compared to OPI Fireflies. IAPYN is very close to OPI Altar Ego, but much shinier, and clearer.
This is from China Glaze's Tequila Toes collection. The polish is made of micro shimmery glitter pieces in a magenta-fushcia base. The shimmer is so small you can hardly see it but when the sunlight hits - POW! - tons of tiny little shimmery particles glisten like crazy. I love this collection, and highly recommend checking these polishes out for Summer.
First of all YRR is a twin for China Glaze Hot Lava Love. I prefer YRR slightly because the finish seems a bit glossier, and the shimmer is a little more intense. It's a bright, cool red with slight pink shimmer. It's the colour of bright Christmas ribbon! I'm not sure I'll wear it much for Summer but I'll probably pull it out for pedis once in a while. It's from OPI's Mexico Collection.
Chiffon is a light pink with intense holographic shimmer. I used two coats with this, and you can still see my nail tips slightly throught the polish. Like M_Grace said I think you might need 3 because of the new brush design. The colour is perfect for Spring, as I've been feeling the need for sheers and light pinks lately.
I just used Passion for the first time last night, and I know it's going to become my HG sheer for french manicures. It's a light, slightly cool pink that dries to a glossy, barely there finish. It's a definite YNBB polish, and that's exactly what I was hoping it would be. It applied streak-free as well since sometimes sheers are difficult this way. I highly recommend this colour if you're looking for something natural, and easy to apply.
I was really unsure about buying Couture because in the bottle it looked pretty orange and resembled OPI Coral's Reef, which looked horrible on me. But I was very wrong, and am glad I bought it! It's a bright rosey-pink, and reminds me of something that I can't quite put my finger on - it just seems very fresh and "Springish". Of course, like all polishes in this series it has intense holographic shimmer and the great new brush design!