Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Polish Swatchfest

Today's post is very picture heavy since I decided to save up my last few manicures for a spam post. There's no common theme or brand or finish, just lots and lots of pictures of some of my favourites. Let's get straight to it, shall we?

Water's Edge is an aqua creme by L'oreal Paris. Such a beautiful colour but oh boy, this one loves to drag! I had to wait extra long between the coats and even then, I had bald spots at the base and had to dab on some polish to fill them. I used 3 coats for the swatches:

L'oreal Paris Water's Edge

Fantasy Fire by Max Factor is a purple-based shimmery duochrome, best known as a dupe for Clarins 230 (aka 'Unicorn Pee' in the nail polish blogging world). Fantasy Fire can be worn alone or over undies and reveals a different effect depending on the polish it is layered over. I got mine from a seller in the UK as Max Factor is not sold in North America. For the pictures, I layered it over Sally Hansen Navy Baby:

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Sally Hansen Navy Baby

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Sally Hansen Navy Baby

Navy Baby by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is a dark navy blue metallic. I Can never pass up a good blue polish and this is definitely one of my go-to blues. Two-coater, great formula, hidden blue shimmer that glows in the sunlight: what's not to love? Here are 2 coats of Navy Baby:

Sally Hansen Navy Baby

Avery by Zoya is a honey beige nude creme. It was my first Zoya polish ever and after that, there was no going back. Zoya is known for its flawless nude cremes and Avery lives up to all of that. I used 2 coats for the swatch:

Zoya Avery

Electrify is a red and gold glitter from the China Glaze Hunger Games Collection. This polish is magical in the fact that it is so packed with glitter that you need a maximum of 3 coats for full coverage. It is obvious that this polish is also inspired by the 'girl on fire' theme, as was Riveting. 

China Glaze Electrify

No Place Like Chrome from the Essie Mirror Metallics 2012 collection is a true silver metallic foil. It shines and reflects light very well, making it hard to capture it on film. It is a one-coater and the brushstrokes aren't too noticeable. The polishes from this collection work very well for stamping too, as I demonstrated in a post here

Essie No Place Like Chrome

Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It by OPI is an orange red creme. I used 3 thin coats for my nails and 2 thick coats for my sister's nails, both resulting in full coverage. Like purples, it is hard to capture reds on camera without them looking; the colour is less orange and more red than it seems in the picture. 

OPI Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It

You Callin' Me A Lyre? is a soft, sheer pink from the OPI Ballet Collection. I used 3 coats for swatches, but for a french manicure, one coat would suffice. I experienced some streakiness and dragging with this so be sure to wait a while between coats and not layer them on too thick.

OPI You Callin' Me A Lyre?

I hope you liked this spam post! I would love to do a layering/jelly sandwich post too, if you'd like. 

- The Manicurette


  1. Wow gorgeous swatches! Thanks to you, I have a few new lemmings! I'd love to see a layering/jelly sandwich post! I can't wait to see it!!

    1. Thanks!! Glad I could help :D Jelly sandwich post is now definitely on my todo list!

  2. WOW, that Max Factor!!! Awesome. Love the Zoya one too!! Creamy!

  3. I can't pick a favorite out of these! I see one and think it's my fav, but then I see the following color :P I've noticed the formulas on the L'Oreal polishes aren't the best, unfortunately! I really like Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It!

    1. Hehe I'm glad you like so many of them! Thanks!


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