Neon Egg Hunt

Y’all, I’m running out of titles for these things. Usually I’ll just string together words from the names of whatever polishes I have in these weird mish-mash swatch posts, but… I can only produce so much nonsense, y’know?

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This beauty is Ellagee Jeweled Egg Hunt, a clear base packed with gold holo microglitter, and fuchsia and pink holo hexes. Two coats is probably fine for most people, and is what’s pictured in my swatch, but three coats would be needed to totally fill in the spots between  the glitters. This was a little thick, as is expected with dense glitter polishes, but I didn’t have any trouble painting it on. This was so sparkly and magnificent!

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Did I mention that these were taken during the tail-end of summer? haha. My swatch shows a white base with two coats of Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow on top. This thing is blinding! It’s a perfect highlighter yellow. This was my first time using a proper neon, so I can’t speak for how the formula compares to other neons—neons are known to be tricky to use. I had quite a bit of bubbling with this (a few hours after taking the swatch photos), but I think that was because of my application rather than the polish itself.

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And this is Salon Perfect Copacabana Girl, also two coats over a white base. It’s a warm-toned hot pink neon with a subtle pink shimmer running through it. My poor camera never had a chance with this one. I enjoyed the hell out of the Salon Perfect neons this summer, they surprised me a lot.

That’s everything for now! Thanks for reading.

-Aley

Glitter S’more Amulet

Holy moly look at how beautiful this is!

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This is Pretty Serious Khepri’s Amulet, a teal base with an incredibly strong green shimmer. The formula on this was flawless, and it’s opaque in two coats. You can see my nail line in these photos under direct lighting, but it wasn’t visible in person.

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This was a lemming of mine for a loooong time, and I’m so pleased with it now that I’ve got it.

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Next I have a beautiful pink-toned taupe linear holo, Nine Zero Lacquer S’more Holo. I expect to wear this a lot this fall! Two coats makes it opaque, though the formula is pretty thick and a little tricky to use. A little polish thinner should make this perfect, though.

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I topped this off with China Glaze Glitter Me This. It’s a little weird to top a holo with non-holo glitter, but S’more Holo is subdued enough that it still looks okay. I think this is a great combination, personally.

That’s all for now! Later, friendos.

-Aley

No Correlation

The swatches I do would make a lot more sense if I posted them on time, as a “nails of the day” sort of thing. Unfortunately, I am incredibly lazy. This series of unrelated swatches will have to do for now!

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This first color is Revlon Charming, a gorgeous cool lavender color. I’m consistently impressed with Revlon’s formulas—this one was easy to apply and opaque in two coats. 😀

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Next is a returning color, Orly Smoked Out. Look how stubby my nails were back then!! (And how bad I was at cleanup!) I wanted to show how this dries un-topcoated, as this color has the potential to be a “throw-this-on-before-running-out-the-door” polish, depending on how you like your finishes. It’s opaque in one coat, and dries fairly fast due to its matte finish.

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I then threw a coat of Pretty Serious Terrible Lizard on top of that badboy. I think they’re a pretty cool combo! Opaque multichrome flakies were all the rage last year, and we saw plenty of mixes of different colors of those flakies in single polishes. What we didn’t see much of at all was mixes of different shades of iridescent, color-shifting flakies like these. I think they make your nails look like opals. 🙂

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And finally, I have Formula X Hera, a stunning rose gold holo flakie. The holographic effect on this is hands-down the most intense I’ve ever seen. As for the finish, it looks like it’s hard to tell; at first glance, I thought this was a dense glitter. When it’s on the nail, this looks more like those holographic silver flakies that Zoya has in their polishes (Storm, Dream, Aurora, Alicia, etc.), except in copper, and these lay completely flat on the nail much like those flakies. I don’t know what exactly is going on here, but it’s beautiful. And it was opaque in just two coats!

What do you guys think? Which of these finishes is your favorite?

-Aley

Who Are You?

I have a few miscellaneous swatches today!

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Where is the love for this polish? China Glaze Dorothy Who? is a silver metallic migroglitter suspended in a deep blue jelly. It seems like it could be an alternative to the 2015 re-release of Essie’s Starry Starry Night, as that one was tacky and hard to use by all accounts (on top of Essies being smaller and more expensive!). Dorothy’s formula was easy to work with, but maybe got a smidge tacky if you took too much time working with it. This is two coats.

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Ahh, mint green. Will I ever tire of it? Probably not. I’ve worn this before, but I just had to put Color Club Age of Aquarius on for a weekend at the lake. This is two coats.

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What’s spending a weekend in the sun without wearing any holo? I coated Age of Aquarius with Nine Zero Lacquer Holo All The Things!!, which is also making its return to this blog. This was a cute and fun combo.

And… I would say that’s all, but I still have a huge buffer of photos to get through. Again.  But that’s all for this post, in any case. Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤