Let’s have a look at that one time I applied my own hilariously bad nail tips.
This is two coats of OPI Russian Navy. It’s a nearly blackened blue that has hints of blue shimmer, and a more prominent red shimmer that makes the polish appear purple in some lights.
I picked it up thinking that it was just a shimmery purple! It’s pretty innocuous from afar, but it’s clear just how complex it is once you take a closer look.
Then I added a coat of Maybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise from their Veils collection.
I felt it in my heart of hearts that this would be a good combination! Crystal Disguise adds a veneer of blue shimmer to your mani. It stands out from the rest of the Veils collection as it’s the only one that isn’t a glitter topper.
I’m in love with how this turned out. Crystal Disguise will probably look amazing over a white or a nude, too. I can’t wait to try it over a bunch of different colors!
… is what Orly could have called either of these colors if they’d been just a little more creative. Come on, you guys!
Instead, we’ve got Orly Color Blast Pink/Blue Color Flip and Orly Color Blast Scarlet Color Flip as my accent nail. The former is a duochrome, while the latter has blue shimmer on a deep pink base.
Pink/Blue was pretty sheer. I used two coats, but I feel like I would have needed a third coat or a white base underneath if I had a more significant nail line. That’s the only good thing about my tiny nubby nails!
It was a cute combo, though!
This is my “paint my nails at work” color of choice.
Maybelline Color Show Amethyst Couture is opaque in one coat and dries super quickly. It’s perfect for the days I go to work with naked nails and want to slap something on really quickly in between customers.
I have a coat of topcoat on this—it dries matte on its own, which admittedly looks nicer, and makes the glitter stand out a little more. It’s got gold shimmer and small violet hex glitter in a dark purple base.
This… could be a jelly, I guess? Jellies usually aren’t so opaque. What are you trying to pull here, Maybelline? I need answers.
So Amethyst Couture is a perfect last minute one-coat polish that dries fast and doesn’t need any topcoat; the only downside being that the wear time on it suuuucks. It usually chips on me within hours, sometimes even in just a couple of minutes. But I love it so. I haven’t even seen anything else that looks anything like it. Maybe a second coat would improve the wear time?
Pairing green and green might not have been the greatest idea, but I got lots of compliments on this mani, so whatever!
Here we have Maybelline Color Show Green With Envy, with Rainbow Honey Tayabak as the accent nail. Color Show is a cute, pretty mint green color, and it applied pretty easily, if I recall correctly. I used two coats here. It’s pretty much a dupe for OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, I think!
Tayabak is like many other Rainbow Honey colors in that its formula is just thick enough to be a little tricky to work with. Maybe it’s just the way I apply the polish? I usually try to do very thin coats, I think RH’s polishes just need to be applied with a bit of a heavier hand—you could probably get full coverage with one coat if you’re careful. I used two coats here, though.
I like Tayabak a lot, it’s a color you don’t see very often. Mints were popular this year, but this is more of a pastel, springy green, a little more saturated than the likes of Green With Envy/Gargantuan Green Grape. You’ll likely be seeing it again!
Let me start this off by saying that Rainbow Honey’s Great Pumpkin scented topcoat is the best thing to happen to my nails or to my nostrils. The only negative I have to say about it is that there is no way to not look a little strange while huffing your nails. But other than that, I’m pleased—the scent didn’t fade for four days, and the topcoat also kept my manicure intact much longer than any other topcoat I’ve used.
This is the entirety of Rainbow Honey’s September Limited Edition Set. On my index finger, pinkie and thumb I have Rainbow Honey Calabaza, a pumpkin-colored orange (Spanish speakers, it’s okay, you can roll your eyes) with copper and gold shimmer. The formula was fairly thick and a little tricky to apply, but not really problematic at all.
On my middle and ring fingers is Rainbow Honey Apple Peel, which I am in love with. A lot of Rainbow Honey polishes tend to be on the thicker side, but Apple Peel is perfection. Two thin coats is all you need. It’s also probably the most autumn-invoking color I’ve ever seen, with bronze shimmer in a deep red. This was my first time purchasing one of Rainbow Honey’s LE sets, and I absolutely intend to do so again, I was so pleased with everything. Their service is amazing, too—some of the colors I’d purchased weren’t in stock at the time, so they included a whole bunch of extra goodies in my order and sent the late arrivals separately, and kept me updated by email the whole time. You couldn’t ask for better customer service.
Also, look how sparkly these colors are. Dang.
Back in high school, I took an AP art class. It was challenging, sure, but everyone enjoyed themselves. And I didn’t even have to take a final exam! It was great, all I had to do was submit my art portfolio for review.
And now the shoe is on the other foot, because I’m the one reviewing the portfolio this time around.
This is Color Club Portfolio. It has a purple base and a duochrome shimmer that shifts between green and pink, depending on the way the light hits it.
The shimmer on my nails was a little bit camera shy, it’s much more like it appears in the bottle when it’s in front of your eyes. The pink is a little bit subtle, just because of how closely it resembles the base color, but the green is almost explosive.
Two thin coats gave me complete coverage, and application was easy. The formula on this seems pretty good—this is the only Color Club polish I’ve used thus far, but Portfolio has me feeling pretty optimistic.
For now, though, I have a vitally important question—does the bottle in this picture make anyone else think of Maleficent?