I bought this in the .18 fl oz bottle the other day for a feather mani I was working on. I wanted a little bit of chunky glitter to put on just over the feathers. This was perfectly prismatic and was not overly glittery, which I loved. Goes on smooth, dries fast and smooth.
This is such an amazing color! The formula is incredibly smooth and applies like a dream. Rage is seriously pigmented and you don't need more than two coats, although I'm certain you could get by with one coat. This looks great against my pale skin and I can imagine that I am going to get a ton of use out of this. This would also be great for holiday office parties, because it isn't too loud but definitely festive and a beautiful rose gold.
I absolutely love this. I wanted this one for two months before I finally caved in one day. From the name to the finish, this is the perfect natural lacquer. It goes on like a gel and is very smooth. It doesn't dry very fast, but I am convinced that it is meant to be worn with one or two coats at the most. This would look amazing for a french manicure and gives nails a healthy rosy glow. I don't use this very often, but I can tell you it is just lovely.
Essie grow richer is described by Essie as being a clinical strength nourishing nail growth treatment for dry, brittle nails. I have been using this for only 5 days now as a base coat under my nail polish, and I can already tell a major difference in the durability and length of my nails. It claims to give you up to 33% growth in 5 days, but maybe more important than the growth I have seen in my nails, I have seen a dramatic improvement in the overall health of my nails. They are stronger, have less noticeable ridges and seem flexible without tempting to break off. This is also a wonderful base coat as it goes on clear, is not thick at all, dries fairly fast, and creates an even base to work on. It is also big 3 free! Seriously a wonderful product and I will continue using this as long as Essie is still making it. Very impressed by this!
Strawberry Fields is a beautiful bright pink with gold glass shimmer. The application is an absolute dream, however it may take you 3 coats to get an opaque finish. I think this would look lovely layered over a cream pink or red to give dimension and sparkle. I don't find the shimmer to be overwhelming, as a matter of fact I feel like it tones down the pink. This acts sort of like a jelly finish but it is very unique and I'm not sure what to call it. I stumbled upon this today and realized that I have nothing else like it. What a unique beautiful color for summer!
Top/Base Coats -China Glaze - Fast Forward Top Coat
srarana23 8/8/2011 11:06:00 PM
I just used this for the first time, so I can't comment on durability yet. This goes on very evenly and is not too thick or thin. It gives your nails a nice glassy finish, and does not streak nail polish or pull it, even when applied on not-so-dry polish. I took one lippie off because of the smell. It is pretty horrible, and unlike anything I've ever smelled. I can definitely get past the smell, just keep this at a good distance when using it.
Treatments -Sally Hansen - Kwik off nailpolish remover
srarana23 8/6/2011 3:08:00 PM
I have this in Moisturizing with Vitamin E and Aloe (the light green cap), and I have to say this is by far my favorite nail polish remover of all time. When I first bought this I was skeptical, but I am a believer now. First of all, the sponge is the softest thing I have ever felt. It smells divine for a nail polish remover, like sweet aloe. It leaves my skin soft and does not dry out my sensitive cuticles. I would definitely recommend this to anyone tired of the harsh removers or anyone with sensitive cuticles. This will not repair your cuticles or nails, but it is not nearly as damaging as the other removers out there.
This is my favorite nail lacquer right now! The super light dusty blue with gray undertones and subtle shimmer is beyond perfect for spring and summer. I have never been a huge fan of blue nail polish, but I do seem to have a lot in my collection. This is a sophisticated grown up way to wear blue. The color is not bright but definitely livens up my hands, and I have very fair skin. The application of this polish, alone, gets 5 stars from me. It is a smooth creamy consistency that leaves behind virtually no streaks when applied over a base coat. 2 coats gives you completely opaque coverage. The finish is pretty shiny but a top coat finishes this look. This polish looks amazing on short and long nails, alike. I think this will be an all time favorite for me and will definitely need to repurchase this before shops stop carrying it.
This color looks amazing on short nails. It is a light denim blue color with a subtle hint of shimmer that shows on the nail but is not overwhelming or sparkly. It dries super shiny and could be worn without a top coat but wear one anyway to fight off daily wear and tear. The consistency of this polish is on the thick side and one coat proves to be a bit streaky. Apply two coats for an opaque even coverage. It dries fairly quickly, and while it may not be an Essie one-coat-wonder it certainly gets an A in my book.
I have had my eye on some of the Sweet Collection polishes for a while now. Today I went out and picked up Cotton Candy, a light pink coral. This is a very beautiful color that was difficult to resist. It looks even better on! The application is a total drag, as it is streaky; however, I've found that applying very thin coats, the end result looks much better and you can't tell it was ever streaky. I knocked off one lippie for the application and the color is pretty enough to pick up the slack. I would definitely repurchase this.
This is a very shimmery lime green from China Glaze's Tronica collection. It goes on very sheer and takes nearly 4 coats to become opaque, but when it is opaque it is just stunning. I have fair skin and I feel like this effects pretty much every color I wear on my body, with that being said I usually steer clear of greens and yellows. They usually make me look sickly, but this one is a dark enough green that I can wear but light enough to look nice with my skin tone. The application is a dream if you can sit through 4 coats. It dries very fast and relatively streak free.
This silver/platinum shimmer is one of China Glaze's crackle polishes. The formula is very pigmented and easily provides full coverage in one coat, very unusual for the silver polishes I have tried. But then...wait for it...it crackles before your eyes letting the color you put on beneath peer through. Platinum pieces looks best over dark polishes like black, navy blue, and forest green. I like to keep the polish underneath shimmery as well so there is a smooth transition between the polishes, but you could just as well use a creme or matte finish polish underneath. The shimmery platinum is even more sparkly on the nail. Finish with a top coat to protect the crackle and add extra shine. Trust me, these nails will get noticed!
Party in the Penthouse is from Nicole by O.P.I's Gossip Girl collection. It is a shimmery deep blue that is true to bottle color after about two coats. The application is super easy and the polish glides right on.
Too Rich for You is another polish from Nicole by O.P.I's Gossip Girl collection. It is a subtle duochrome with dark navy blue and green and very fine shimmer. The formula is a bit runny and takes a few coats to become true to bottle color on the nail. It is definitely worth the labor, though, because when you are finished you will have a very beautiful color. I wear this under a silver crackle polish and it looks almost black but definitely gorgeous and interesting. This is one of the only polishes I receive constant questions about.
This polish is from Nicole by O.P.I's Gossip Girl collection. It is a light gray polish with fine silver glitter. It does not work very well as a top coat for other colors, because it is not a clear polish and will mute whatever color you put it on. However, this is a very lovely polish that is fun and will get attention. I feel like the gray doesn't work very well on my skin tone (very fair), because it washes me out. This would be a great polish for holidays (Christmas, especially!) or parties.