Saturday, September 27, 2014

I ♥ NP - Mutagen

Sorry, it's been a while! I haven't got any new polishes in for quite some time so I'm tying to find the motivation to swatch old stuff that I've had for a while. I have been desperately waiting for my Canadian stockist to stock the new Femme Fatale glitters but, it's taking forever and I'm about to give up and spend my nail polish budget on something else. I should have just ordered them from overseas but it's really hard to justify spending $20 on shipping unless it's a huge order.

So, here is an oldie but I goodie that I never swatched. This is I Love Nail Polish - Mutagen from their Ultra Chromes collection over black. Multi-chromes are so much fun to wear, I catch myself tilting my nails everywhere I go (especially in the shower) just so I can catch all of the color shifts. I included an obligatory underwater shot just because. Behold, the many faces of Mutagen!

I ♥ NP - Mutagen: $12.50
I Love Nail Polish - Mutagen
Diffused and Direct Light

I Love Nail Polish - Mutagen
Diffused Light

I Love Nail Polish - Mutagen

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Catrice - Dirty Berry

I've had this polish for a while and I really like it. It's a Eurpoean brand polish that I won in a giveaway. I wish this brand was available in Canada. I know Ninja Polish was carrying it for a while but, Ninja Polish closed. :(

Dirty Berry is a dusty lavender with a subtle holo. The formula is fantastic! I have no idea what the availability of this polish is. But, if you live in Europe and you know where to get this brand and this shade is still available, you should totally get it!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart

   Today I have Ethereal Lacquer's Worlds Apart polish up for review. Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart is a gorgeous polish that is somewhat reminiscent of Clarins 230 and Max Factor Fantasy Fire. It has a deep blurple jelly base with those red to green duo-chromatic sparkles that everyone loves. It doesn't build up to opacity on it's own but it does well over two coats of China Glaze - Creative Fantasy.

   Worlds Apart is a beautiful polish in it's own right but, if you're looking for a cheaper and more readily available alternative to Fantasy Fire and 230, you're out of luck. I was a bit disappointed because the swatches on the websites show a really strong green flash in the sparkles but I was unable to find an environment when the green flash was nearly as noticeable as it was in the product swatches. It's still a gorgeous polish but, in my opinion the product swatches(on the stockists) were very deceiving.

Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart: $12 Ethereal Lacquer, $13.75 Femme Fatale Cosmetics, S$17 Mei Mei's Signatures, £8.50 Rainbow Connection
Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart over
China Glaze -Creative Fantasy
I included some comparisons so you could see how different these polishes actually are.
Index and Pinky: 2 coats Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart over 2 coats China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
Middle: 1 coat Clarins 230 over 3 coats China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
Ring: 2 coats Max Factor - Fantasy Fire over 3 coats China Glaze - Creative -Fantasy

Fantasy Fire and 230 required an extra coat of Creative Fantasy because they do not add to the opacity of the base color the way that Worlds Apart does.
Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart, Clarins - 230, Max Factor - Fantasy Fire, Ethereal Lacquer - Worlds Apart