Category Archives: Milani

So Long, Summer

Hello my loves. It’s so nice and chilly out this week, I adore it. ❤

No rambling from me today, let’s jump right in.

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Pictured is two coats of Milani Beach Front, which is shockingly opaque for such a light color. It borders on being a one-coater. This is a light sky blue packed with silver microglitter. The glitter is so fine that it isn’t hard to remove, if memory serves me.

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This was my last summer manicure, so I decided to throw a holo topcoat on it while I could still take advantage of the extra daylight. This time I used Nine Zero Lacquer Holo All The Things!!. I’ve had problems with this covering unevenly before because it had gotten thick, but a little thinner gave this polish the perfect consistency. So good. ❤

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Next I have a manicure that went with my costume for the New York Renaissance Faire, which is always a blast. I started off with Revlon Teak Rose, a dusty, rosy red, which I adore. You might be able to get this in one coat, but I used two.

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I topped that with Ninja Polish Midas Touch, a 24k gold flake topper. This was two coats, although one might have sufficed if I’d held the bottle upside down for a bit. It’s always nice to break this polish out for a special occasion. 😉

Thanks for reading, expect more soon. ❤

-Aley

No real rhyme or reason

Hello again! I have a few swatches for you today, and not much to say beyond that. Let’s get right into it!

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This is two coats of Milani Ultra Violet. It’s a medium purple with a light purple to gold shifting shimmer. It’s got a good formula, but I wasn’t wild about this color on me. For whatever reason, I like purple, but I don’t like how it looks on the nail. Weird!

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This is two coats of Zoya Bevin, a gorgeous muted blue-green creme. It’s really opaque, and could possibly be a one-coater if you put on a thick coat. The formula on this was amazing, it was like painting on butter… only less weird.

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I layered two coats of Orly Fifty Four over Bevin. Fifty Four is a pink to gold shifting shimmer. I wish the shimmer was more concentrated in this, but thankfully it dries down “thin” and it dries fast, so I didn’t have a gross blobby mess from putting on too many coats of polish (though I did have some bubbling). This looks better over cool colors rather than warm ones.

That’s it for now! Thanks for swingin’ by. ❤

-Aley

Goldfingers!

Hello, lovelies! Today I have a comparison post for you, and this will also be the first post of two today. 😀

I recently managed to get my hands on OPI Goldeneye, from their 2012 James Bond collection, as lots of nail bloggers mention it as being a staple gold polish as well as a holiday favorite. But once I had it in my hands, I realized that it looked reeeeally familiar.

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Would you even be able to tell that I’m wearing two polishes in this picture if they weren’t labelled? There’s just the tiniest difference in saturation of color between the two, but in person, you can’t tell there’s a difference. On my index and ring finger is Milani Fierce Foil Milan, while OPI Goldeneye is on my middle finger and pinky.

Milan is a little thick, but there aren’t any major application issues because of it. It allows for complete opacity in two coats! Goldeneye, meanwhile, needed four. Although I’ll admit, I do like how Goldeneye looks once it’s on the nails a little bit more—it’s a smidge warmer in color, and the tiny little “flakes” seem to sit a little bit flatter on the nail. Not that either of them look or feel textured, it’s just hard to explain – you can see how Milan looks a little less smooth in the photos.

But do you need both polishes? Heck no! I got Goldeneye on Amazon for $8.15 (and free shipping!), but I’ve seen it on Ebay for as much as $20.

Milan, meanwhile, is… holy crapola, eighty cents?! I’m not sure if Milani is discontinuing this collection, or if the low pricing is the result of holiday sales, but either way – if you’re thinking of picking up Milan or the rest of the collection (which I swatched!!), do it now.

Thanks for reading, loves!

-Aley ❤

I’m Mauving On – Milani Color Statement Mauving Forward

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

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

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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.

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

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.