Sometimes I think nail polish companies enjoy confusing the consumer! Color Club released it’s winter 2013 Winter Affair collection with 2 polishes exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply. Ok, that’s fine. Except the Sally exclusive polishes have the same names as polishes in the original collection. Oh, and to make things even MORE confusing. The Sally exclusive polishes are scented. What?
This version of Gift of Sparkle is the Sally Beauty Supply version. It is a lovely deep blue shimmery metallic. It’s like a more subdued version of OPI Swimsuit….Nailed It!. I love it!
The formula is fantastic. I used just 2 coats in my swatches.
As far as the scent goes…I can’t quite put my finger on it. It smells just kind of sweet. It didn’t bother me but I’m not quite sure there’s a point to this polish being scented.
Anyway. After wearing this a day or two I (again) was dying to use Revlon Celestial FX. I topped Gift of Sparkle with 1 coat of Celestial FX and manually placed the diamond glitter on each nail. The boy dubbed the result as my “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” manicure. He’s just so clever (insert eye roll here).
There is a picture of my diamonds manicure along with additional swatches of Gift of Sparkle below the jump!
I keep convincing myself that eventually I will find a polish from Color Club’s Rebel Debutante collection that I’ll actually like. High Society was my latest attempt and while I do quite like the color, the formula was a nightmare!
High Society is a muddy light gray taupe creme that can pull just slightly purple in some lights. Lovely color that’s a perfect not boring neutral. Unfortunately, the formula is a nightmare! I used three coats in my swatches and application was streaky and uneven. Then on top of all of that the polish didn’t level itself out. Basically, I had the same problems as I had with Who Are You Wearing? from this same collection.
I was at a crossroads with this manicure. I could take it off and start over or do something to make it wearable. I decided on the latter. My first thought was to top it with some glitter but it had been awhile since I did a DIY Caviar Manicure. The only beads I thought would look good against High Society were clear beads. I proceeded to apply the beads and to my surprise the beads picked up the color in the polish and changed entirely! The end result was awesome. There are (many) pictures of that below the jump.
It’s so satisfying to take a rather fail manicure and turn it into an awesome one!
Sigh. Every time I try a different polish from Color Club’s Spring 2010 Rebel Dubutante collection I become just a little bit more disappointed in the collection as a whole.
Unfortunately I found myself, yet again, having to fight a traffic ticket. I have a speeding problem. Anyway, if I learned anything in law school it was looking nice (in lawyer land this means conservative…) and being nice can get you a long way. I needed a conservative manicure and wanted to go nude. This is a part of my collection that is seriously lacking. So I decided to go with Who Are You Wearing? against my better judgment.
Who Are You Wearing? is a pale creme with definite grey/dusty undertones. Color wise I’m a fan of this polish. It’s very flattering on someone as pale as me. Sadly the formula is just awful. I used three coats in my swatches and as you can probably tell it’s still very streaky. Not only was the formula lacking pigmentation it was also very runny and difficult to work with.
Oh well. In the future this will definitely be reserved only for nail art or I may just toss it in my polishes to pawn off on friends bin. I’d love a color in my collection similar to this one with a decent formula. If you have any suggestions please let me know!
There are more swatches below the jump
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I managed to get my ticket reduced to 5 over. Perhaps I should keep this nail polish for my (inevitable) next traffic court date….
Are you ready for some football!?
I’m sorry…I couldn’t help it! Both the college and pro football seasons are right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate the occasion it only seemed right to do a little nail art.
To create this manicure I did the same DIY Velvet Manicure as I did for my Tennis Ball manicure. I used Essie Mojito Madness as a base and lime colored flocking powder to create the “grass”. Once I did the velvet manicure I used a Q-Tip with acetone to remove the green on my pointer finger so I could add a football. Color Club Charity Ball is a perfect football color!
I realize this isn’t the most wearable manicure. So, below the jump I did a more wearable version. There are also more swatches below the jump!
Are you excited for football season? If so, what teams do you cheer for?
Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial fashion rock then you are well aware that the Pantone color of the year is Tangerine Tango. Tangerine is literally EVERYWHERE. It was my number 1 must have polish color for Summer 2012 and it’s still going strong!
Tangerine Scream is from Color Club’s Summer 2009 Electro Candy collection, but the collection is currently popping up at Rite Aids although on a Poptastic display (I know….confusing…moral of the story, this polish is currently available in stores!).
Anyway, onto the polish itself. Tangerine Scream a gorgeous polish that is rather complex. The base is a neon orange that has quite a bit of pink in it. But what makes this polish really interesting is the shimmer. The shimmer is a light green that is so unexpected! I was worried the shimmer wouldn’t translate to the nail but I’m happy to say I was wrong!
This polish is a neon, so it is a bit on the thin side. I used three coats in my swatches. And of course, being a neon, a shiny top coat is required!
Make sure to check out the swatches below the jump. You can really see the shimmer in the MACRO image!
If you saw my tweet yesterday surely you realized something must be amiss. Me? Playing around with neons? Well, a few days ago Alli sent me this picture of Duccio Venturi’s Neon Pumps. I decided to use it as some nailspiration and break out my Electrocandy and Poptastic Color Club collections that I purchased from Ross over two years ago.
I reviewed the entire Poptastic set, but never got around to Electrocandy – I’m just not that into neons. I will say that the Electrocandy polishes are fun and interesting because of their subtle shimmers and flashes.
For my neon skittles I used Tangerine Scream, Electrocandy, What a Shock, and Volt of Light from Electrocandy and my favorite from the Poptastic collection: Warhol.
Each polish did take 3-4 coats, though that’s not uncommon and of course they are much brighter in person – the pictures are color accurate. I topped them off with a coat of Essie’s Good to Go.
All in all, I have to admit…even though I’m not generally a neon fan – this mani was a lot of fun to look at and it fits right in with this summer’s neon trend. I had fun with it, so there are a few more pictures under the jump.
So… what do you think about neons and neon skittles? Is it something you’d try?
Posted in Color Club, Katie, Nail Polish, Nailspiration, Skittles
Tagged 2012, Color Club, Duccio Venturi, Electrocandy, Nailspiration, Neons, Poptastic, Ross, Skittles, Summer
I’m going to say it one more time in case you missed me blabbing out it on Twitter and Facebook and over on The Daily Varnish Extra…..Rite Aid now has Color Club! I don’t know when that happened but Color Club displays seem to be popping up in Rite Aid’s all over the country. The particular Rite Aid I went to had a display for the Blossoming and Take Wing collections. The Blossoming collection just really isn’t up my alley, so I passed entirely on that display. But the Take Wing collection looked gorgeous! All the colors were bright and super shimmery.
I had a hard time picking just one polish to get from the Take Wing collection. I settled on Metamorphosis for a couple reason. The legitimate reason I picked Metamorphosis was it looked completely different from anything in my collection. The other reason I picked this polish is a bit ridiculous. The Metamorphosis is one of my favorite works of literature of all time. It was required reading in my first World Lit class in college and I was very taken with not just the story, but the way it was written. I’ve read it over and over again since that class, so it only seemed fitting I have a polish named Metamorphosis!
Fortunately, this isn’t going to be one of those polishes I bought for the name and end up disappointed. Metamorphosis is a gorgeous almost foil green leaning teal. It also has a subtle duochrome effect so it can sometimes appear a bit more blue.
Due to the finish of this polish, the formula is a bit on the thin side. I used three to four coats and was happy with the opaqueness of the polish.
Prior to Metamorphosis the only Color Club polishes I had tried came in the sets that you can often find at Ross. Those bottles lack labels with the color names which drives me crazy! Those bottles also don’t have the cute flower on top of the cap. Check below the jump for bottle pictures
I really do love this polish. It is so gorgeous. This worked out much better than the last polish I bought named after one of my favorite books, Essie Room With a View.
Macro shot and other pictures below the jump! Including more pictures of the DIY caviar manicure that was featured in yesterday’s Fish Egg Friday post.
Today the nail blogging community really united against the ridiculousness of Ciate – it’s probably been one of the most entertaining and hilarious days I’ve seen since we started The Daily Varnish almost 2 and a half years ago.
I’m sure by now that you’re all aware that Ciate has contacted some bloggers over their pending patent on the term “Caviar Nails” which apparently was actually used over a year ago by Pattie Yankee & Dashing Diva.
If you ask me, the whole thing is really silly – Ciate needs to learn a lesson from OPI and Deborah Lippman, who have been duped by cheaper brands over and over and take it in stride. With the advent of Pinterest, the DIY craze, and countless colums and segments on “getting the look for less,” it’s only natural that people would want to… well… recreate the look for less. Check out Alli’s DIY Caviar Nails – she spent Less than $7 on 12 sets of beads!! Compare that to one polish + one set of beads for $25 from Ciate…
I have a hard time understanding why Ciate is having such childish response to all this. That being said, neither of us have tried Ciate – and based on this fiasco, I doubt we will.
Lots of people are participating in Fish Egg Friday which is Fantastic! My favorite Fish Egg Friday post can be found here over on The Swatchaholic.
I’ll likely be updating to include more links to other Fish Egg Friday Posts – but for now, be inspired, be bold, and try out a
Caviar Fish Egg Manicure!
PS – Many Thanks to Alli for lending me this picture, I am currently beadless and she had just done this gorgeous
Caviar Fish Egg accent nail using Color Club’s Metamorphosis this afternoon so she took a picture for me
Oh my. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m thinking when choosing polish colors. I used this polish as part of my Easter egg manicure and at the time, didn’t think it was so bad. After wearing this polish on all 10 nails I am singing a different tune.
She’s sooo Glam is from Color Club’s Spring 2010 Rebel Debutante collection; a collection I have had no luck with. So, to say the least, my expectations were low. And rightfully so. She’s sooo Glam is a cotton candy pink creme. Very, very pink. Aside from the fact that this kind of color really isn’t my thing, the formula was horrible. It was thin and streaky. I had to use 4 coats to get streak free, opaque coverage.
If you are looking for a light pink there are definitely better options. Wet n Wild Tickled Pink is a cheaper option and almost an exact dupe.
Alli & I are both HUGE college basketball fans… though we’re quite divided. She’s a UNC fan and I’m a Duke fan. Since Duke is out, I’m obviously cheering for the home team (Richmond, VA) – VCU and well their colors are… you got it – Black & Yellow (or Gold…)
When I painted my nails this morning I couldn’t decide between funky french, half moon, or using Shatter. I’ve used OPI’s Black Shatter before and I guess I like it well enough, but I guess it’s taken me a while to get used to applying it well – It always ends up too thick or far too thin (as you can see on my ring finger). I decided to give Shatter another shot – and I really like the results. I put it over top 3 coats of Color Clubs Almost Famous.
I went out to lunch with my grandparents and they thought it was super cute – as did their friends – and really that’s why I did it – I knew they’d enjoy it. I was fully prepared to take it off this afternoon because I thought VCU beating Kansas was an impossible dream – but they won!
5 teams left and in a few hours it’ll just be four. I’m cheering for Carolina in the next game. How about you?