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Collection: So So Skullicious (OPI)
Retail Price: $18.95 (USD) for the mini 4-pack + nail decals
The concepts for OPI’s mini 4-packs are so fun, and So So Skullicious is no different. This set actually came out in fall 2012, but I’ve seen them on sale again this year. Definitely a must-have set to add a lovely pop of color and style to your Día de los Muertos festivities!
Hi, Pumpkin!: This orange creme is literally the color of a pumpkin. It looks brighter in the bottle; upon application, it actually looks a teensy bit lighter and brighter. The formula for this shade is a little on the thin side, so I needed three coats to achieve full opacity. Regardless, application is smooth and easy. This is such a fun, bright fall color!
A-Rose from the Dead: OPI calls this hot pink, but I always picture hot pink being a little closer to neon. To me, this looks like a berry pink. It is a creme, but the formula is slightly jelly-ish, too. The color is nicely pigmented, and I was able to achieve opacity in two coats. The berry undertones make this a great shade for the fall, but pinks are always in, aren’t they? I love it when a nail polish shade looks great all year. :)
Mourning Glory: This is a basic black creme—an absolute staple in any nail polish stash. Mourning Glory has the best formula in this mini 4-pack. Application is practically effortless, and it is opaque in two coats. Yet another shade that is good all year!
Candlelight: This is a bright mustard yellow creme. I’m usually not nuts about yellows, but Candlelight has enlightened me. ;) Unfortunately, the formula isn’t so great; it is way too thin! Moreover, application is frustratingly streaky, which meant I needed three to four coats to achieve opacity. Candlelight has this lovely warm yet bright quality to it that makes it perfect for fall, but you’ll have to decide for yourself if the formula is worth the trouble.
The great thing about this mini 4-pack is it also comes with nail decals! Instead of using them all at once, I would suggest using a couple/few on accent nails. That way, you can make them last for more than one manicure!
Overall, I’m very pleased with So So Skullicious, and I love all four colors (even if I don’t love the formula for Candlelight). I normally wouldn’t put these colors together, but now that I see them here, they really do make a nice set, don’t they? Amazing, creative, and fabulous. A+, OPI!
Disclosure: Product samples provided by OPI.
Get back in matte! Zoya is happy to announce the reissue of four of our most popular matte nail polish colors in Limited Edition (LE) for Holiday 2013. Perfectly packaged for the Holidays in our deluxe Zoya MATTEVELVET* LE gift boxes.
Get all of the color, none of shine with MATTEVELVET*, Zoya’s exclusive blend of matte base and subtle shimmer results in the most utterly wearable and truly stylish matte nail polish on the market today.
Reissued colors - Zoya MATTEVELVET* in Veruschuka, Savita, Posh and Dovima:
- Veruschuka - emerald green matte shimmer
- Savita - amethyst purple matte shimmer
- Posh - ruby red matte shimmer
- Dovima - onyx black matte shimmer
*MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. For best results make sure to always prepare nail with Zoya Remove + (3-in-1 nail polish remover, nail plate cleaner and new color prep.) prior to applying color. If a base coat is desired, we suggest Zoya Get Even.
Available at SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICING - Now through 11.20.2013 only.
This is so exciting! I know what you’re thinking—the matte trend has passed, so why reissue a matte collection? Because Zoya was the first to totally nail the matte formula! I reviewed Veruschuka (Zoya) a couple years ago, and you’ll note I even say in that review that the formula is a dream to work with.
Can’t wait until I get my hands on these mattes. I must get Dovima and Posh!
Nicole by OPI announces new limited edition Modern Family Holiday nail lacquers! Featuring five shimmering shades – classic blue, rich scarlet, royal purple, holographic glitter and multi-dimensional gold – these holiday-inspired hues offer a range of color that can be used to create on-trend, seasonal nail looks.
“These festive lacquers make it easy to get into the holiday spirit!” declares Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With rich jewel tones and glitter, Modern Family Holiday shades add classic color and sparkle to winter weather fashion, turning manicures into bejeweled accessories for special holiday occasions.”
The new Modern Family Holiday nail lacquers from Nicole by OPI include:
- Late Blu-mer - Vintage blue jeans that have stood the test of time.
- Spark the Conversation - This holographic glitter coat is the talk of the town.
- Who Red My Journal??? - This scandalous scarlet is private property!
- You’re My Treasure - This three-dimensional gold has riches beyond my wildest dreams.
- Aren’t Families Grape? - A dramatic royal purple worthy of any sibling rivalry.
Limited edition Modern Family Holiday nail lacquerwill be available November 2013 for $7.99 each at select CVS locations nationwide.
Color: Harley (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This is a silvery metallic shade that was first released with Julep’s August 2012 Maven boxes. On the one hand, I love how pigmented and shiny Harley is, but on the other, it’s so streaky! But streaky application is just something that we have to learn to accept with metallics!
In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Harley. Honestly, you could get away with just one coat, but I always do two coats for Julep shades since that’s what they recommend! Besides the streaky application, I have no other issues with this shade.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.
Color: Bat My Eyes (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a black jelly nail polish packed with various shapes and sizes of gold glitter throughout.
The jelly formula is great because it ensures the gold glitter isn’t totally covered up by the black; however, there is just so much glitter, so it does make application a little tricky. The formula is sometimes slightly lumpy, so take your time with application—especially near your cuticles! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Bat My Eyes.
Gold is so in right now, and the black/gold combination is always chic. This is definitely a shade you’ll want in your stash all year!
Color: Howl You Doin’ (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a dark purple creme with small blue glitter and uneven flecks of copper glitter throughout.
The copper glitter really adds some dimension to this shade, but I think the blue glitter is just magical. It transforms what ought to be a murky purple into what appears to be a unique and bright blurple! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Howl You Doin’.
The formula for this shade is a little on the thick side, so it takes some extra time to dry (as you can see near the cuticles of my pinky and ring fingers, there is a teensy bit of pull because I did not let the nails dry long enough before applying a second coat).
The copper glitter makes this nicely Halloween-y, but the purple creme/blue glitter combination makes this a great fall color that will have you howling all season! ;)
emalitsa said: Your nails are absolutely stunning! such great swatches, so lovely! xx
Thank you for taking the time to say so! :)
Color: Queen B (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)
Am I the only one humming “Royals” by Lorde? This shade will certainly make you feel like a “Queen B.” Purple is the color of royalty, after all.
Queen B is from China Glaze’s fall 2013 Autumn Nights collection. It is a deep violet, almost blurple shade with a creme finish.
The formula for this shade is flawless; it’s a one-coater! Application is smooth (practically effortless, if you ask me), and the color applies evenly (no bald spots, which is what makes it a one-coater). The color looks pretty dark in the bottle, but in good lighting (or under the sun, which is where I took pictures of my swatch), the violet is bright and fun. This is absolutely a staple you need in your autumn wardrobe.
Looking for a dupe? Try Road House Blues (OPI) or No More Film (Essie).
Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze.
Color: Glowstick (Orly)
Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)
This shade is from Orly’s summer 2012 Feel the Vibe collection. It is a highlighter yellow neon creme that’s so bright it’s nearly blinding (in the most awesome way ever)! Just like most other neon nail polishes, this dries matte, so make sure you finish your manicure with a glossy top coat.
As fun as this color is, the formula? Not so much. =/ Glowstick is extremely sheer, and the formula is strangely thick. That makes application quite tedious. The thick formula means each coat you apply takes longer than usual to dry, and the sheerness of Glowstick means you’re going to be applying quite a few coats of this nail polish if you decide not to use a white creme base for this manicure. In the photo above, I am wearing four coats of Glowstick!
In spite of the formula, I am just way too in love with Glowstick to really care about the crazy application process. I’ve never seen a yellow so bright it’s practically radioactive! I’m just so amazed!
This is definitely not work-safe, but if you want to make a statement with your manicure, this has got to be one of your go-to nail polishes.
Color: Marrow (Butter London)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This shade is from Butter London’s fall 2010 collection. It is a bruised purple creme with silver shimmer throughout. I think it looks stunning in the bottle and on my nails, although it should be noted that Marrow dries much darker on nails than it appears in the bottle (which is fine with me, in this case). Another slight issue is that the shimmer is verrry subtly visible on the nail (while it’s very apparent in the bottle), but despite that fact, Marrow manages to twinkle quite nicely when the sun hits it just right.
The formula for this shade is great to work with, which makes application easy. Marrow is very pigmented, and is almost a one-coater; however, I needed two coats to achieve full opacity.
Overall, I really like this color because I don’t own anything else like it. Still, it’s important for you to know that it looks slightly darker on nails than it does in the bottle, which may potentially be a problem for some people. The best thing about Marrow is that even though it’s from a fall collection, the shimmer makes it perfect for spring and summer as well!