Friday, October 24, 2014

Zoya Matte Velvets

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Zoya Matte Velvets swatch and review
Zoya Matte Velvets
  Hi friends!!  You've probably heard by now that Zoya has rereleased their highly sought after and limited edition Matte Velvet collection, and they've done it in its entirely.  I've posted my thoughts on my two favorites and the iconic one of the bunch already-- now I get to show you my take on the whole set.

  The Matte Velvets come with matte black lids and in frosted bottles that look cool but obscure the appearance of the polish inside.  They're all nicely pigmented, fairly self leveling, forgiving of nail flaws, and ridiculously easy to apply.  I have a fairly steady hand but my cuticle lines are seldom this neat.  You see two coats of each polish with no cleanup.  Each polish dries to a matte finish that indeed feels velvety soft to the touch.  The colors are rich and packed with their own unique shimmer that mattifies as well, not adding any sparkle but imparting a lot of dimension.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Essie Winter 2014-- Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low

  Morning, all!!  Remember that blogger from a couple years back who had a compilation of the worst polish names?  Anyway, Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low is my second top choice from Essie's Winter 2014 collection, and the anchor/namesake of the collection.  One of the articles I read on the subject (and I can't for the life of me remember who wrote it) stated that wearing metallics is a thing again and I was quite clueless... I get exhausted just thinking about following trends.  Anyway (again), if Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low means metallics are in again, then it's a perfect and gorgeous way to start wearing the trend (if you're into that kind of thing... and even if you're not).  Ironically, it's also one of the more festive and holiday traditional polishes of the collection.

  I've been a fan of gold nails as soon as I discovered that gold polish exists.  Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low is a champagne gold, more of a foil than a metallic, possessing all of the gleam and none of the streakiness that tend to plague true metallics.  It's basically a white gold base supersaturated with microshimmer and very finely milled buttery yellow gold flecks for added dimension.  It's one of those colors that look like precious, molten metal going on and dries to a bright, dazzling, liquid like finish.

Essie Winter 2014-- Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low swatch and review
Essie Winter 2014-- Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low

Monday, October 20, 2014

Essie Winter 2014-- Back In the Limo

  Good morning, guys and gals!!  Does Essie always put their winter collection out this early, or am I just noticing it this year?  At any rate, it's here, six shades of classic Essie, but with an atypical twist-- it's a lot of pink, a lot of coral, and, with the exception of a blue-red that may or may not be identical to Fall 2014's Dress To Kilt {HERE}, and a lovely champagne foil (imminent), a lot of sheer.

  Something about Essie's winter collections call to my mind elegant, expensive holiday parties and this year's is warm, festive, and pristine, thrown in some big, white, chandeliered room.  Like many Essies, the names in this set are cheeky and pretentious and I usually hold that against a polish, but these colors spoke to me and despite the flak that this collection has gotten/will likely continue to get, I think it's pretty brilliant.

  My first choice is Back In the Limo, a blushed peach/soft shell pink jelly.

Essie Winter 2014-- Back In the Limo swatch and review
Essie Winter 2014-- Back In the Limo

Friday, October 17, 2014

Zoya Harlow-- Matte Velvet Collection

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  Hi everyone!!  Of the six rereleased Zoya Matte Velvets, the most highly anticipated is cult classic Harlow. Last holiday season, Zoya did a special repromote of four of the matte shades and Harlow was left out.  The Faeries that be have done a marvelous job of whetting our collective polish appetites and the inclusion of Harlow in this relaunch has indeed sent many hearts aflutter, and mine along with them.  Being one who missed Harlow the first go around, I couldn't wait to see how it actually panned out.

Zoya Harlow-- Matte Velvet Collection swatch and review
Zoya Harlow-- Matte Velvet Collection

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Zoya Loredana-- Matte Velvet Collection

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  Hi everyone!!  I'm being true to my word and wearing each of the relaunched Zoya Matte Velvets as full manicures (because some polishes are just way too awesome to be merely "swatched").  Posh captured my polish loving heart instantly {HERE}, and then Loredana went and did the same...

Zoya Loredana-- Matte Velvet Collection swatch and review
Zoya Loredana-- Matte Velvet Collection

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