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Health problems have prevented me from blogging for a while, which means the press release for Color Club’s previous New Zealand release has sat in my inbox waiting to be blogged. Foiled hit the shelves back in February,
so you may have already se
en these in store.
Foiled is described as a collection of “six luxurious liquid shades with a chrome-like shine and the look of molten metal”. Now I’m not a huge fan of foil polishes myself but I’m thinking I
might have to pick up Cold Metal, and I’m also quite liking the look of Foil Me Once. What about you?
I very rarely buy O.P.I. polish in New Zealand stores, because I strongly believe we pay far too much for it compared to overseas prices. Generally I’ll either buy it online or wait for in-store specials.
Sometimes however I can get sucked in by a counter display – in the same way that small children are attracted to lollies at the supermarket checkout -and this is exactly what happened at the pharmacy the other day. Waiting for the lady to ring up my purchases (eyelash curlers, Batiste dry shampoo, Cetaphil cleanser and throat lozenges; since you asked) my eyes fell upon the O.P.I. Pirates of the Caribbean display and like a naughty toddler my grabby hands were all over it.
I did manage to restrict myself to one particular polish that I’ve been lusting after though, and this is it:
Stranger Tides is what I think of as an “Ugly Pretty” colour. The grey/green colour reminds me of that guacamole dip which comes in a jar and contains not a trace of avocado.
Unfortunately the weather is a bit on the cloudy side today so my photos don’t quite bring out the green – in real life there’s more of a green tinge to it. Application was better than I expected for what is really a pastel colour (pastels are a notoriously finnicky lot to apply) – two coats for opaque coverage; the formula was a little on the gloopy side and not self-levelling but my top coat levelled it out nicely so you won’t
hear me complaining.
I love Stranger Tides, and there’s a couple of other colours in the Pirates of the Caribbean collection I wouldn’t mind getting my paws on. What about you lot? Have you splurged on any from this collection and what did you think of them?
Hi all, I’m Selina and I’m thrilled to join the team at Pretty Pretty Pretty. Some of you may have followed me here from my other blog Pretty Clever, where I blog about pretty things (shameless plug: go check it out). I’ve previously shared my reviews and photos of nail polish and beauty items over at Pretty Clever, but when Joanna approached me and asked me to write for Pretty Pretty Pretty it seemed an opportune time to change the focus of Pretty Clever to the fashion side of things. So from now on you’ll be able to read about my adventures with nail polish and all things beauty here.
You may have already gathered I’m a nail polish addict. In fact I’m a makeup addict, but nail polish is my drug of choice and I have a large collection. I mean large. We’re talking in the hundreds here. So my first post for Pretty Pretty Pretty is, of course, about nail polish.
Color Club has long been one of my favourite brands of polish – for their quality, color range and price – and when they became available in New Zealand a couple of years ago I literally jumped for joy. There may have been some hand clapping and sqealing too. The lovely people at Color Club NZ were kind enough to send me out some polishes for review, and the two I have for you today are from the Pardon My French Collection.
Pardon My French is a collection of polishes designed for layering and comprises four sheer cremes and three glittery topcoats. It was released in the Northern Hemisphere for Spring 2010.
In the photo below you can see Oh Naturale, with Turn the Other Chic layered over it on two nails.
Now as I said, these polishes are designed to be layered, so the creme bases on their own can be a bit of a pain if you prefer your polish not to be sheer. What you see in the photo is four coats of Oh Naturale – it took that many to get it fully opaque and streak-free. Oh its own Oh Naturale is a lovely peachy orange, but it totally comes into its own when Turn the Other Chic is applied over the top.
Turn the Other Chic is a orange jelly base jam-packed full of glittery goodness. The consistency of the jelly polishes in the Pardon My French collection is like no other jelly polish I’ve ever encountered – it’s super thick and reminds me of jelly that’s been left to half set. Application is more a matter of ‘spreading’ it over the nail rather than brushing it on, so it can take a bit to get used to but it’s so worth it for the end result.
I have a couple more Pardon My French combos to show you soon, but in the meantime have any of you tried the polishes from this collection, and what did you think of them?
Color Club polishes are available in chemists throughout New Zealand, and a few other stores too. Online in New Zealand they can be purchased from USA Nails Online.
When I heard about these, I had to try them – stick on nail polish. And it’s as easy as it sounds. No mess, instant, lasts a long time without chips. But expensive. In the pack pictured, you get one full application (with 10 spare nails, so kinda 2 applications) for $14.50. I got mine from a pharmacy, though incoco.co.nz sells them for $12.95 online. Plus you get a little nail file and buffer and cuticle stick.
But I reckon for a special occasion or as a treat they are perfect. The finish looks professional, and is so fun and easy. It’s only day 2, but no signs of chipping yet.
Only problem is the sizing – was hard to find one to fits my little fingers. But that’s not a big problem. And the pharmacy I bought mine from was nearly sold out so I didn’t get much choice for colour…these things are obviously already too popular.
My dear friend Sarah gave my this awesome gift that buffs and shines nails in two easy steps. Use one side of the buffer pad to file down ridges, and then use the other side to shine shine shine. It works really well! It feels like having a layer of polish on. And you can see from this photo the shine on my buffed index finger (even though I have a terrible camera for detail).
So now when I’m at work, waiting for my PC to think, I can buff the time away.