I’m Mauving On – Milani Color Statement Mauving Forward

Awful lot of Milani on my blog lately. I doubt anyone’s complaining, though!


This is two coats of Milani Color Statement Mauving Forward, without topcoat. As with all the Milanis I’ve tried, application was incredibly easy.


The color is pretty unique! I don’t own another one quite like. That being said, I wear it way more than I thought I would. It’s such a pretty, neutral color and it looks nice with most things.


In my experience, Milanis are very easy to work with and are priced affordably. I’m getting to really love them!

Off-Mint – OPI You Are So Outta Lime!

Can we, as a culture, collectively refer to this color as “off-mint”? This springy/limey green that still feels very distinctly minty?



Behold three coats of the oh so yummy looking OPI You Are So Outta Lime!. Two coats could potentially be enough if you’re careful with your application; I had a few spots that were kind of sheer and needed a third. But it was easy to apply and dried surprisingly quickly! Above is without topcoat.



And these two photos are with topcoat. I have to say that I’m pleased with this polish! It reminds me of Sally Hansen Perfect Pear-ing. I expected it to be a lot sheerer and tackier than it was; mints usually are. Or off-mints, to be precise.

Come on, guys. We can get off-mint trending or something. Maybe.

Tour of Italy! – Milani Fierce Foil Collection

I don’t buy entire nail polish collections. I don’t. But Milani released a line of gorgeous colors based on famous Italian cities and I had to. I had to.

(I probably didn’t actually have to.)


From left to right we have Venice, Capri, Florence, Milan, Sardinia, and Rome. Each color in the collection contains flakes of real gold! Pretty cool.

All of these are swatched below without topcoat. Topcoat would have added extra shine, but I wanted the gold flakes within the polish to be as visible as possible.




First in the collection is Milani Fierce Foil Milan “24-Karat Dazzle Drops.” It’s a stunning, densely packed gold flake polish that you can layer to opacity with ease. This is just two thick coats, and it totally eliminated any VNL! It’d probably be too thick to use for layering, actually.




Second is Milani Fierce Foil Rome “Brushed Orchid,” a shimmery lavender with gold flakes. I love this one because orchids were very important to ancient Romans; it’s awesome that Milani did their research! Two coats of Rome provided full coverage.




Milani Fierce Foil Florence “Sage Meets Seafoam” is the third in the series. It’s light olive, sage-y green that’s full of shimmer. This was two coats. The gold flakes mixed with this particular shade of green make me think of guacamole, haha.




Next we have Milani Fierce Foil Venice “Sheer Sapphire.” I believe Milani chose this color for Venice because it’s supposed to resemble Venetian glass? That was the impression I got! Venice has a subtle pink shimmer mixed in with its bright cobalt blue. Unlike the rest of the collection, it doesn’t have any gold flakes in it. I’m wearing two coats here.




Fifth in the collection is Milani Fierce Foil Capri “Punchy Petal Pink.” It’s a juicy pink with gold flecks. Two coats was all I needed for total coverage. I don’t wear pink, but I like this one a lot; it’s almost neon, and is pretty unique within the collection.




And last we have Milani Fierce Foil Sardinia “Shimmery-Whitecap Ivory.” You could layer this to opacity. You could. But don’t. Don’t try it. These photos show something like four coats. Sardinia is meant for layering! I knew that but I tried to get it opaque on its own and I was a fool. It’s beautiful though, so I’ll forgive it; it’s full of snowy-looking white flakes mixed with the collection’s signature gold flecks. I imagine it would look best over a dusty gray or a white.

This collection has amazing colors and I adore the inspiration behind it, they all applied super easily and look fantastic.

Formula X Duochrome Swatchathon!

Have you ever gone into Sephora and spent half your paycheck on nail polish because you were too embarrassed to put anything back after the cashier rang up your total? Because I totally have! These are my ill-gotten spoils of the Formula X variety.

Also, you’ll have to pardon my photos all being taken in different settings! I just moved, and I’m still trying to figure out which part of my new home has the best lighting.

First we have Formula X Legend, a nearly black purple with violet to blue color shifting shimmer. I layered this over OPI Russian Navy, which was entirely unnecessary because of how packed with pigment Legend is.




This is the only Formula X polish I bought that belonged to their Shifters collection. I can’t speak for the rest of the collection, but Legend dried to a velvety semi-matte on its own. I put a coat of Gelous and Out the Door over it to be sure it was shiny and smooth.

I don’t remember smudging my ring finger. But I must have at some point. Oops.




Next we have Formula X Mischievous from their Ombre Glitters collection. It’s a duochrome glitter topper that shifts from pinky orange to a brassy gold.




This is two coats over Milani Color Statement Mauving Forward.






And finally there’s Formula X Devious, also from the Ombre Glitters collection, and my favorite of the bunch. The colors are hard to place—it shifts from frosty green to blue and has hints of gold, but it also tends to reflect whatever’s around it. I wore it over Zoya Ray.







The Ombre Glitters dry fairly gritty and definitely require Gelous along with a topcoat. But they dry quickly and are so, so pretty to look at.

I can’t praise these polishes enough!

In which my nails pull a magical girl transformation

You guys look how cool this is

Okay okay, so you start off with two coats of Nails Inc. Primrose Park, right?



(This is an exact dupe of OPI You Blue It!.)

Then you add one coat of Sinful Colors Let Me Go.



That’s when the magic happens. Though Let Me Go shifts between green and lavender in the bottle, it turns my midnight blue polish all frosty… which I appreciate, since I don’t have another color even close to this! It reminds me of ILNP My Little Glacier, actually – not a dupe by any means, but similar.


I nicked this a couple of times, which on top of my hasty topcoat application is the only reason for the textural inconsistencies. Sinful Colors polishes tend to bubble on me most of the time, but Let Me Go didn’t give me any such problems.


It also made my polish duochrome! It shifts between icy blue and a bit of a deeper, richer shade. Nothing drastic, but still pretty fun. I imagine that Let Me Go would look closer to the color in the bottle and keep its green color shift if it was layered over a lavender or a periwinkle.