Peanuts by OPI brings to life Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip characters for Halloween 2014. Inspired by “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the four new limited edition nail lacquer shades include seasonal yellow and black crèmes, as well as two black-based glitter hues.
“‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ is a classic, beloved film,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “Peanuts by OPI celebrates the fun, youthful nature of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy with four limited edition nail lacquer shades designed to capture the spirit of Halloween. With two crème and two glitter options, you can switch between a cheery yellow or chic black look, or try adding a layer of glitter for a unique finish.”
Peanuts by OPI includes the following shades:
- Good Grief! - The sunny yellow of Charlie Brown’s favorite t-shirt.
- Where’s My Blanket??? - Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin in this orange and black glitter.
- WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!? - This stormy black is no match for Lucy’s raven hair.
- To Be or Not To Beagle - Snoopy’s happy-dance of colors in a joyful glitter.
Each of the four shades is also available in the Little Peanuts mini pack, which is sold with ten nail decals ranging from popular Peanuts phrases like “Good Grief!” and “Pow!” to sketches of Snoopy and the signature squiggle of Charlie Brown’s shirt.
“These stickers offer a playful, kitschy way to add instant art to nails,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “My favorite decal pays tribute to Snoopy’s many kisses – ‘Smak!’”
Peanuts by OPI and Little Peanuts mini pack will be available beginning September 2014 at Professional Salons, including Chatters, Planet Beauty and ULTA. Peanuts nail lacquers will retail for $9.50 ($11.50 CAN) each; Little Peanuts mini pack will retail for $13.95 ($17.50 CAN).
The color scheme of this collection is perfect, and the matte glitters are must-haves!
Fall in lust with A Novel Romance, a colour collection teeming with deep, luscious shades that will have you feeling overwhelmed with desire. Passion mounts, and untamed hues fan the flames of your deepest emotions, as an amorous adventure begins.
An impassioned midnight romance comes alive in six Nail Lacquers that tempt you to take the plunge in intriguing nocturnal hues. Royal blue, charcoal and violet lure you deep into the night as crimson and magenta light your heart aflame with devotion. Like fiction brought life, the surging passions of this after-dark adventure seem almost too good to be true.
A Novel Romance includes the following nail lacquers:
- Before Dawn - green grey
- Midnight Storm - deep magenta
- Sunset Sky - mid-tone crimson
- Midnight Strata - dark violet
- Midnight Ocean - dark royal blue
- Midnight Sky - deep charcoal
A Novel Romance will be available starting August 21, 2014 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and maccosmetics.com. Suggested retail price for the nail lacquer is $12.00 (USD) per bottle.
I think this is the most ingenious collection ever. I love romance novels! And the color schemes of most covers are wonderfully heady and rich—perfect for fall. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am about this one. I need everything in this collection!
Also, the promo images are so great; I couldn’t settle on just one to feature in this post, so I’ve included the other two at the bottom of the images. You know the drill: click to enlarge the photos. Enjoy!
“Colour Your Destiny” with the bright colors and rich textures of China Glaze®’s exclusive The Giver nail polish collection. Inspired by the most anticipated movie release of the summer, the collection combines bold and neutral crèmes, and a gorgeous glitter to create 12 limited edition shades.
Influenced by the powerful themes and message of the story, The Giver collection by China Glaze® brings key moments and characters to colour, particularly the main character Jonas (Brendon Thwaites) and his friend Fiona (Odeya Rush) as he struggles to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his seemingly ideal community.
The China Glaze The Giver collection includes the following shades:
- Boundary of Memory – Black with gold and amber glitter
- Community – Brown crème
- Five Rules – Clay crème
- Seeing Red – Red crème
- History of the World – Navy crème
- Intelligence, Integrity & Courage – Gray-blue crème
- New Birth – Baby blue crème
- Capacity to See Beyond – Bright aqua crème
- Givers Theme – Vivid violet crème
- Friends Forever, Right? – Baby pink crème
- Release – Greige crème
- The Outer Edge – White and silver glitter
China Glaze® The Giver limited edition nail polish collection is available in August 2014 at beauty supply stores nationwide including Sally Beauty and Ulta stores. Individual shades retail for $7.50 MSRP.
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit chinaglaze.com.
I am so into cremes right now, so I can’t wait until this collection is out! The Giver was one of my favorite novels when I was younger. The bright pops of color amidst the nuanced neutrals + the lone glitter look perfect. What do you think?
Colors: I Just Can’t Cope-acabana (OPI), Where Did Suzi’s Man-go? (OPI), Live.Love.Carnaval (OPI), Black Shatter (OPI)
I got into nail art exactly three years ago, so to commemorate that, I thought it’d be fun to redo the manicure that started it all. The gradient mani with OPI’s Black Shatter on top is perfect for people who are hesitant about exploring nail art. There isn’t much finesse involved to achieve this look, so it’s really easy to reproduce consistent results with your non-dominant hand.
Start by picking out three nail polish colors that will blend well together. The colors I chose are bright and loud, but if you’re looking for something a little more reserved, consider skipping the shatter step and going for a monochrome gradient by choosing different shades from the same color family.
After applying a base manicure (mine was yellow), use a make-up sponge to sponge on two more colors that blend nicely into one another (start at the tip of the nail, and work your way up about 2/3 of the nail). Use a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to clean up any excess nail polish you might have sponged onto the skin around your nails. Finally, apply Black Shatter (OPI) over the gradient, and then seal everything in with your favorite glossy top coat.
I love how my end result is reminiscent of summer. The black splotches from the shatter look like silhouettes against a sunset.
The best thing about the gradient mani is you can mix and match all kinds of color combos, so there are infinite possibilities. Let me know if you try out this look; I’d love to see your results!
Color: Saucy Jack (Butter London)
Retail Price: $15.00 (USD)
Saucy Jack is a burgundy red shade with a creme finish (it has photographed slightly brighter than it actually appears). The formula is a little thin and reminded me of a jelly nail polish; regardless, I would still classify this as a creme. The first coat will be a little bit streaky and will look more raspberry than red, but add on at least one more coat, and you’ll achieve bottle color.
In the photo above, I am wearing three coats of Saucy Jack. Initially, I only had on two coats, but when I took my swatch photos, I was getting visible nail lines, so you’ll definitely want that third coat. On the plus side, because the formula is a little on the thin side, it’s very easy to create a clean, smooth manicure. Finish up with your favorite glossy top coat, and you’re good to go!
Red is a staple in any nail polish stash, but that also means it quickly becomes one of those colors you might not think you need anymore. Allow me to tell you that you need Saucy Jack!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Butter London.
Color: Rebel (M∙A∙C)
Retail Price: $12.00 (USD)
Rebel is a mid-tone rich plum creme, which makes it a perfect shade for transitioning your style from summer to fall. You’ve got yourself a Rebel with a cause. ;)
In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Rebel, although the formula is thick enough that one coat probably would have sufficed. With that in mind, if you do need more than one coat, make sure you allow enough time for your first coat to dry. Since the formula for this shade is a teensy bit on the thicker side, you’ll get bald spots in your manicure if you apply a second coat before the first one is dry.
Because Rebel is a part of M∙A∙C’s permanent nail color collection, you might already own a bottle of it. However, it’s worth noting that M∙A∙C recently reworked the formula for their nail polishes. From personal experience, I find the new formula chips less. Moreover, M∙A∙C nail polishes now come with a flat brush (similar to OPI’s brushes), which makes application a lot less messy. So, if you already own a bottle, perhaps you want to spring for the new and improved formula. And if you don’t own Rebel yet, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a shot.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by M∙A∙C.
Color: Boom Boom Pow (Deborah Lippmann)
Retail Price: $20.00 (USD)
This dazzling nail polish is for the truly glamorous at heart. Boom Boom Pow is absolutely packed with all kinds of gold glitter, and even boasts 24 karat gold dust! Since the base is clear, this is excellent for layering over other shades and could even provide a great base for galaxy nail art.
The formula for this shade is easy to work with, which means application is fairly effortless. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Boom Boom Pow on my middle finger, and just one coat on my ring and pinky fingers (all over a base manicure using a black creme). As you can see, both one and two coats look fine; it really just depends on what kind of bling you’re wanting to feature on your nails.
This is one of the more expensive nail polishes, but the 24 karat gold dust gives it that extra bit of uniqueness that might convince you to spring for it. Moreover, the formula and ease of application makes this one worth the price tag in my book. Go on—treat yourself!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Deborah Lippmann.
Color: Kim (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This is a shimmery gunmetal gray shade that was first released with Julep’s August 2012 Maven boxes. Julep says it has a frosty finish, but I don’t really think so. Maybe there’s a tiny bit of frost in there, but not really a lot, in my opinion!
I really love the formula for Kim. I expected application to be streaky, but it’s actually really smooth, which was a lovely surprise. As with all Julep shades, it is opaque in two coats.
I will absolutely be rocking this shade in the coming winter months. Gray is so chic as it is, and I love how the subtle shimmer (and, okay, frost!) makes Kim stand out from other gray nail polishes. Definitely a keeper!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.
Color: Claire (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This is a cool sky blue with a creme finish. It nicely toes the line between bright and neon. I find once most shades hit neon territory, they dry matte (an issue that is easily combated with a top coat), which isn’t necessarily problematic…but if I wanted a matte nail polish, I would get a matte nail polish! So, I rather like it when a nail polish manages to be bright, almost neon, and glossy all at once!
The formula for Claire is a little on the thick side, which makes application somewhat difficult because it’s hard to get a smooth finish with this nail color. After careful application, I am wearing two coats of Claire in the photo above.
Being such a bright color, Claire seems like a great summer shade (awesome for toes!), but I think it could fit right in during the cool winter months, too.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.
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Collection: Summer 2013 PixieDust (Zoya)
Retail Price: $9.00 (USD) per bottle
This was my first time trying Zoya’s PixieDust formula. I’m pretty iffy on textured nail polish in general, but I actually like PixieDust! The sugary texture is smooth and uniform, so you get the benefits of a textured manicure without having to worry about the final look appearing like a mess. Best of both worlds!
Check out the end of my review for details on application and wear.
Destiny: This is a red-orange coral with gold glitter throughout. It photographed a bit more orange than it actually is. Looking at the bottle, the color actually reminds me of the inside of a grapefruit, which definitely echoes the summer vibe of this collection.
Beatrix: This is a bright tangerine orange with gold glitter throughout. It looks perfectly citrusy for summer, but now that I’m looking at it, I think it looks kind of pumpkin-y, too, so it can carry into fall as well. I love it when nail polish is versatile!
Solange: Simply put, this shade is yellow/gold. In person, there is quite a lot of dimension to it because the nail polish is a bright yellow, while the glitter throughout is a darker gold. If you want to rock some PixieDust at work, Solange is probably your best bet.
Miranda: This is a rosy berry pink with silver glitter throughout. It actually appears darker in the bottle, which had me thinking it didn’t really fit with the rest of the shades in this collection, but on the nail, it is quite bright!
Stevie: This is a soft lilac with silver glitter throughout. I liked it so much more than I thought I would. Lilacs like this shade usually have a “dusty” quality to them that I tend to not like, but the “dusty” quality here is in the form of glitter, which nicely shakes things up!
Liberty: This is a bright electric blue with silver glitter throughout. The base was also a little jelly-ish, and overall, the nail polish is pretty pigmented, so you might get some staining on your nails because of that. Liberty is my favorite from this collection. Perfect pop of color for chilling poolside or making a statement wherever it is you’re going this season!
For the most part, the formulas for all these shades are pretty consistent. I am wearing two coats of nail polish in all my swatches. Dry time is actually quicker than ordinary nail polish, but not that quick (you can spot a little smudge on my middle finger when I checked too soon in the Destiny swatch!). And the PixieDust formula is slightly thick, but in spite of that, application is pretty easy—just make sure the first coat is completely dry before applying the second coat (otherwise, you’ll get some pull, which will ruin the manicure because everything will just get chunky and awkward).
I wore Liberty on my nails after I finished swatching, and I was worried the manicure wouldn’t last very long without a base or top coat, which is how this nail polish is supposed to be worn; however, my manicure lasted a full week!
Destiny, Beatrix, and Solange are a perfectly citrus-y trio that scream summer to me, while Miranda, Stevie, and Liberty are not so obvious about it (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!). Overall, this is a great summer collection, but am I the only one wishing for a green in the mix, too?
Disclosure: Product samples provided by Zoya.