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Color Club – Electronica

Posted by manicuremania on November 12, 2009

cc electrBeautiful color! The shimmer in this seems to be pink and purple. I love it when the shimmer in a polish is a different color than the base! The wear didn’t seem to be very good though – all this crazy tipwear is after only one day of wearing it.

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Sinful Colors – I Love You

Posted by manicuremania on November 1, 2009

sin love youI Love You is very, very sheer. Lots of fine glitter. I don’t have that much more to say about it really, it’s not a favorite. These pictures show a couple of days of tipwear.

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Marbled Nails

Posted by manicuremania on October 6, 2009

I am so excited to finally try marbling!

I used China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le for the base, and Barielle Expressive and Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (#27) for the marbling.

marbling 1I like it! The purple color didn’t really show up at all though. I noticed while practicing a bit that some polishes (like the Barielles) seem to sort of instantly pretty much dissolve in the water, and others, like the Sally Hansens, stay formed into a little droplet on the surface of the water until I break it up and spread it out. Odd.

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China Glaze – Grape Juice

Posted by manicuremania on September 27, 2009

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This polish is really pretty! It’s an awfully sheer purple that is absolutely loaded with  shimmer. It’s so shimmery that it looks silvery in some lights because of all the reflection. I would buy this in every shade of the rainbow if China Glaze would just agree to make them! I think that China Glaze makes a really good shimmer, but I do wish it wasn’t quite so sheer. Also I wonder if this will be hard to remove – I had to patch a nail today on my pretty hand and I generally try to avoid glitters and hard-to-remove polishes when I’m wearing patches so that I don’t have to  change them so often.

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Barielle – Get Mauve-ing

Posted by manicuremania on September 22, 2009

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First of all, this is in no way a mauve. Second of all, it is in no way a good color.

It’s a medium dirty reddish purple creme. If you don’t look too closely, it just looks brown. I don’t really like it very much.

I normally looooove mauves, I have a zillion mauve-y polishes, and every lipstick I’ve ever bought has probably had the word “mauve” in the name because I’m a makeup wuss and most mauves match my natural lipcolor perfectly so you can’t tell I’m wearing it! But I would NOT call this mauve at all. This is what I think of when I think mauve:


It’s completely possible that Cover Girl has misled me about what mauve actually is I guess. 🙂 And I know those colors are pretty close to my bottle picture above, but it’s just not the same color on the nail as it is in the bottle. It’s sort of a raisiny color on my nails.

I feel kinda weird bashing a polish that was created by another blogger, but this was extremely streaky. Not too unusual for a creme, really, but it was streaky to an unusual degree. Also, I think I’ve mentioned before that some of my Barielle’s are wonderfully thin and really easy to apply…and then there’s the ones like this. Thick, thick, thiiiiick. It’s probably personal preference, but in general I don’t enjoy thick polishes.

Not at all close:

Barielle website swatch

website swatch

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Diamond Cosmetics Mattes!

Posted by manicuremania on September 20, 2009

Today I will do something that I never really planned on ever doing: swatching a collection just to blog it. But, I happen to have them all, and I haven’t seen anyone else post about them yet, sooooooo…here are the new Diamond Cosmetics mattes!

I also included a picture of each polish with a glossy topcoat and with Essie Matte About You topcoat. I did a rotten job of applying all of these because I was rushing – also my nails and cuticles now hate me. I’m off to moisturize!

Matte Black:

Pretty good coverage considering this is a black, but I probably should’ve gone for the third coat now that I look over my pictures. Also, enormous smudge!

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website swatch

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Matte Burgundy:

This was so streaky! It’s a lovely color but I had to use four coats before I just completely gave up on trying to reach opacity and evenness, and now it just sort of looks dull and dark.

website swatch

website swatch

dia matte burgundy

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Matte Mulberry:

Now this one I like! It’s a pretty purply color. Not streaky like the Burgundy was.

Noooooooot an accurate swatch from the Diamond website at all:

website swatch

website swatch

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Matte Smoke:

This one’s probably my favorite. I really enjoy grey polishes, and this is a nice shade. The matte finish looks nice in this color also.

The Diamond swatch isn’t anywhere close to true color on this one either.

website swatch

website swatch

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I’m not real impressed by these. They’re just not very matte. Although these definitely ARE matte polishes, it’s sort of more of a satiny finish. I hope the photos demonstrate that they really just don’t have that complete absence of any shininess, which is what the Essie topcoat has. They weren’t very easy to work with either, verrrry thick, and they didn’t dry as quickly as other mattes I’ve tried. They were all very pretty with the addition of a glossy topcoat though! Worth buying for $2, I think. And yes,  even the mattes are only $2, from!

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Sinful Colors – Bali Mist

Posted by manicuremania on September 16, 2009

2 bottle photos this time to try and show the duochrome:

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sc bali mistI’m not a fan of Sinful Colors Bali Mist. It’s a bright purply pink with a faint, lame duochrome that mostly only shows up in the bottle. It’s also entirely sheer. 3 coats couldn’t banish visible nail line.

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Barielle – Expressive

Posted by manicuremania on September 12, 2009

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Well, this is not nearly the color of polish that I chose from the Barielle website swatches, but I like it anyway. And I forgive Barielle I suppoose, because it was a bitch taking pics of this polish – my camera kept turning it pink. The pics I ended up with are close though – much better than the Barielle swatch but it’s a little darker in real life. It sort of is a pinkish purple. Barielle describes this one as “violet.”

bar expressive swatch
Here’s a swatch I made:

bar expressive swatch 2This makes me so sad. It’s useless to even post pictures that are this far off from reality!

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Color Club – Fashion Addict

Posted by manicuremania on September 6, 2009

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This is my only holo…but now that I know how awesome it is, I am going to have to start calling it my first holo. Actually the only reason I bought this was for Konading, and it’s great for that, but it’s also just amazingly shimmery and beautiful. It’s like, just as flashy as a glitter, but not as in-your-face, and also not as much trouble to apply and remove. I love this!



sunlight, no flash

sunlight, no flash

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Zoya – Malia

Posted by manicuremania on August 22, 2009

Wow, two purples in a row, and I despise purples generally! Oh but this is a niiiiice color. It’s a light purple, but not a pastel purple. It’s sort of a dusty, dirty light purple. Zoya’s site just describes it as a cool-toned violet creme, which doesn’t do it very much justice in my opinion. It’s quite a bit darker on my nails than in the bottle. I love it!

Now, I did have problems with application. I want so much to love Zoya, but…application was baaaaaad on this one. It was very runny, yet applied thickly, and it was practically dry before I could finish painting a nail. Is this that Big 3-Free syndrome I’ve heard about? Whatever it is, DO NOT WANT!

Like I said, it applied thickly, and it was almost a one-coater, but there were bald spots because of the instantly-drying thing. This is two coats.

in sunlight

in sunlight

I’ve gotten compliments on this one already!

Of course I got tired of it after like twelve hours, so I decided to play around with different things. I matte-ified my right hand with Essie Matte About You topcoat:


cuticles still bad

This is the first time I’ve matte-ed anything that wasn’t glitter or shimmery, and, it was just ok. It sort of just looked dull.

Then on my left hand, I figured I’d do a monochrome french tips design, but I didn’t have a darker purple that I wanted to use, so I whipped one up:

the ingredients

the ingredients

just tips

just tips

I freehanded the tips for the first time – always in the past I’ve used sticky strip guides. Not a bad look, but I was feeling more creative than that!

So, I added a white stripe below each dark tip, the used a fancy french Konad stamp in white special polish. The I thought the stripe looked dumb, so I covered it witb dark purple instead. It was fun to do, but didn’t really look good enought for me to keep it on. I think next I’ll try an asymmetrical french with a bright color for the tips and some stripes and dots – I’ve been seeing that all over the place lately.

taken in the rain!

taken in the rain!

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