Nailgasm Evil Queen Swatched

As I mentioned yesterday, Nailgasm recently released the Wishes and Whimsy collection. One of her polishes, Evil Queen, was only available if you purchased the whole set, which I did even though I had already bought a couple of the individual polishes. In the bottle, this polish looked like a black base with a silvery-gold glitter and some red as well. But let me tell you what happened when I started to apply it.

I did this:

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And I realized two things very quickly. First, this was probably going to take three coats for opacity. Second, that it was far, far too beautiful to use up three coats, and that I needed to go off and get a black base color first. (And in this process I also realized I should probably do the glue base to get the glitters off more easily, thankfully BEFORE I got too far down the road.) So I wasted on coat on one nail in the interest of saving a lot more polish, and ran off to get my go-to, Orly Liquid Vinyl. This was the result (including a blurry photo to try to capture the incredible color range in the light):

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This one occupies the same place in my heart as Satine and Helios by Daily Lacquer, and The God of Destiny from Rainbow Honey. Just a beautiful, glittery, light-catching sparkle. What more does anyone need?

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China Glaze Fancy Pants and Nailgasm Candy Land Swatched

Fancy Pants was the last of my three Sally Beauty spring polishes to swatch. This one is a purple with a pink shimmer to it. There were no real surprises or shifts to this one, and I had a hard time finding the pink once it was on my nails unless I made an effort to see it. 

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It was a nice color, but didn’t wow me. So I decided to top it with Nailgasm’s Candy Land, part of the Wishes and Whimsy collection on Etsy. This is a very pastel-y glitter, and normally I don’t like pastels but in this dosage I can do it. Also note the star hiding out on one finger; my right thumb lucked into two stars. I had to be a little bit careful about evenly distributing the glitter, and I had a little annoyance with a star sticking up. This was entirely my fault though; I can’t find my Seche Vite right now so it wasn’t properly topcoated.

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I will say, though, that I didn’t use a base coat for this, and I got a good two days out of the color before my first chip, which came only when I was overly hasty in opening a box, so, props to the formulation, China Glaze. Still, the Orly was much more interesting to me.

I have exciting things slated for swatching this week but am trying not to dangle unobtainable polishes, so I’m still sorting out what exactly to show. At least one post though must involve my lovely SquareHues. I cannot wait to get that green on my fingers!

SquareHue March Colors Are Here!!!

I am so excited I couldn’t even wait to open my computer. I forgot my SquareHue March box had shipped on Thursday, and surprise! Next to my Dollish order on my from step were these three beauties – Blond Ale, Patty’s Pint, and Amber Lager!!
I was pretty sure there would be a green and I was not disappointed!!!

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FingerPaints Itsy Bitsy Spider

Itsy Bitsy Spider (I have no idea where the name came from) was the second of my Sally Beauty spring polish purchases. This was the most spring-like in the bottle, in a pinky-purple color. I’m still not sure how I feel about it; sometimes I think it’s too pastel-y pink for me, and sometimes I really like it. What I DO like is that it has a shimmer to it, and a duochrome shift from pink to a fairly blue purple tone.

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I do like the big glitter – almost a flakie size. This might be my compromise spring polish – as close as I’ll tread to pastel land.

Orly High on Hope

This is the first of the three colors I picked up from the Sally spring collections yesterday. High on Hope is a dark blue with a pink shimmer. I was able to get coverage in two coats, although on a couple of my nails I obviously went too light on the first one and got a little bit of visible brush line in the direct sunlight. 

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Speaking of sunlight – wow! When we finally got a couple hours of the bright stuff (it was the day after I did my nails, and I don’t use Bonder when I’m blogging because I don’t keep anything on for long, so I was starting to have tip wear), it shows not just the pink shimmer but a duochrome-y shift to gold. I’ve tried to capture it in this picture; this is something I’ve come to expect from expensive indie polishes but was pleasantly surprised to find in an Orly. It almost makes up for the boring new bottle. This one is definitely a keeper!

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