Showing posts with label shimmer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shimmer. Show all posts

10 May 2014

New From Renaissance Cosmetics: The Wunderkammer Collection

Hi everyone! After three months I'm so pleased to be finally releasing another collection. I really wish it hadn't been so long, but sometimes things don't fall into place like originally planned. When I set out to make a spring collection, I had a few ideas, but none of them really excited me. So I decided to go back to the drawing board and try a new idea, and I think the collection is stronger because of it.

Renaissance Cosmetics Wunderkammer Collection

21 December 2013

Four Weeks of piCture pOlish: Week Four, A Voodoo Ruffian

Hi everyone! This is my last post for this piCture pOlish miniseries. I'll admit that I saved Voodoo for last because initially it didn't really catch my eye like the others. In the bottle it looks like a brown shimmer polish. It wasn't until I swatched this polish that I realized I made a mistake overlooking this one. If you love vampy dark colours, Voodoo definitely deserves a place in your collection.

piCture pOlish Voodoo

Check out the rest of this post for swatches and some shimmery nail art perfect for holiday parties!

21 November 2013

Introducing Renaissance Custom Lacquer!

Hi everyone! Today's post is a very special one for me. Several months ago, my sister and I sat down at a cafe on Bloor Street in downtown Toronto and discussed ideas for what would become our own indie polish line. After many weekends experimenting with different pigments and glitters, weeks spent testing and bottling our creations, developing a website, and swatching polishes, the time has finally come to set an opening date (more info later in this post).

So I introduce to you Renaissance Custom Lacquer, aka Renaissance Cosmetics (since we would eventually like to expand and introduce other products). You can find our website at renaissancecosmetics.com. Right now it is in maintenance mode, but if you like, you can sign up for our newsletter, or send us an email. You can also follow us on Facebook. As much as I try to be objective in describing and showing our polishes, I do realize that I am biased, so on our Facebook page I'll be showing swatches from other bloggers.

Renaissance Custom Lacquer

Without further ado, I want to show you our first collection and two stand alone polishes we've created...


19 September 2013

Polished by Alexandra Autumn Harvest Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Tonight I have the soon to be released fall collection from Polished by Alexandra. For an introduction to this brand check out my review of Alex's summer collection. This collection has exactly what I want from a fall collection - warm shimmers that evoke the feeling of the changing seasons and the colder weather - so I was very excited when I got these in the mail.

Polished by Alexandra Autumn Harvest collection

I was happy with Alex's first collection several months ago - as a customer and blogger I don't expect the first collection from an indie polish brand to be perfect. Yet I found myself loving this collection even more. And I also see improvement in terms of strong colours and stellar formula. In terms of formula, each polish was 2-3 coats, went on very evenly, and was perfectly self-leveling. I had no issues with any of them.

Don't Scare My Crow is a pale yellow gold with a metallic finish. The brushstrokes are quite visible so take care when applying. I find that this is a bit too streaky for my taste - at least when it comes to a full manicure. However, I think it will be useful when it comes to nail art, and for others, stamping. I did notice that the brushstrokes were less visible in person than in the photos. And for a gold colour, it's very flattering on my skin tone. This was 2 coats.

Polished by Alexandra Don't Scare My Crow

Polished by Alexandra Don't Scare My Crow

Falling Leaves  is a beautiful red-brown shimmer. I really love the nice neutral colour on this one. This was a bit more sheer than the others, so I needed 3 coats for full coverage.

Polished by Alexandra Falling Leaves

Polished by Alexandra Falling Leaves

Polished by Alexandra Falling Leaves

Gourdeous is a warm penny copper shimmer. I really love the vibrant and rich shimmer on this one, and it's such a pretty and flattering colour, despite the fact that I'm normally not into copper polishes. I used 3 coats but 2 would also work.

Polished by Alexandra Gourdgeous

Polished by Alexandra Gourdgeous

Mulled Wine is a maroon red shimmer, and is darker and more red than Falling Leaves. After swatching the China Glaze Autumn Nights collection, I thought I would be tired of red shimmers, but I think because this one is more on the brown side, it's interesting for me. This was 2 coats and it has a great formula like the others.

Polished by Alexandra Mulled Wine

Polished by Alexandra Mulled Wine

Polished by Alexandra Mulled Wine

The Witching Hour is a warm purple shimmer. I love purples so this one stood out for me. It looks a bit brushstrokey in the photos but not really in person. I used two even coats for this one.

Polished by Alexandra The Witching Hour



Polished by Alexandra The Witching Hour

Polished by Alexandra The Witching Hour

I love how the colours all complement one another. I've already used two of them together for some nail art, and I'd really love to do more nail art with these polishes - maybe another gradient, but some freehand would be nice. I'm also curious to see how Don't Scare My Crow works for line work.

What do you think of these? Do any stand out?

The Autumn Harvest collection launches on Sunday, September 22nd. It will be available on Alex's Etsy shop Soaps by Alexandra, or you can go to www.polishedbyalexandra.com, which will also link to her Etsy store. Follow Polished by Alexandra on Facebook or Instagram (@polishedbyalexandra) for updates and info.

*Polishes were provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

13 September 2013

Dior Vernis Mystic Metallics Fall 2013: Destin and Galaxie

Hi everyone! I was in Sephora the other day when the new Dior collection caught my eye. The Mystic Metallics collection for fall plays on the beauty of shimmer, with smokey greys, teals, and dramatic contrasts. It consists of several single eyeshadows (called "Diorshow fusion mono"), a five shadow compact, four Dior Addict Glosses, two Addict Extreme lipsticks, and three polishes. One of the polishes is a magnetic one, which I didn't see it at the store, but I'll admit I'm not into the magnetics trend. I did managed to get the other two polishes - Destin and Galaxie.

Dior Vernis Galaxie 992 and Destin 382

I'm very quickly developing a love for Dior polishes, despite the fact that I really don't have the income right now to support such a habit. They've always impressed me with beautiful but classic colours, nice packaging, and stellar formula. The brushes are wide and rounded so it is easy to apply a nice line along the cuticles, making the application even easier.

Dior Vernis Galaxie 992 and Destin 382

These two shades are no exception. In fact, the whole collection is gorgeous. I also went home with one of the Addict Gloss shades - Ensourcelante 981, highly recommended - and I'm tempted to pick up the five shadow compact (maybe if I rob a bank...just kidding!).

Destin (382) is a neutral taupe with a very noticeable silver shimmer. If I ever have to work in an office with a conservative dress code, this would be at the top of my list for an appropriate nail polish. Although it's a neutral colour, I don't consider it to be boring. The application and formula was perfect - it went on very smooth and was completely self-leveling. This was two coats.

Dior Vernis Destin 382

Dior Vernis Destin 382

Dior Vernis Destin 382 (direct light)

Galaxie (992), no surprise, was the one that caught my eye initially. It's a deep maroon with a very subtle blue-red-fuchsia shimmer. The shimmer is not very noticeable, but does give the polish a beautiful luminosity. It's one of those polishes that I think would look good on almost anyone, and I instantly found it flattering and appealing. The formula is also perfect on this one. I used two coats but it's almost a one-coater. It went on very smooth and evenly.

Dior Vernis Galaxie 992

Dior Vernis Galaxie 992

Dior Vernis Galaxie 992 (direct light)

I know a number of people have commented that these polishes are out of their price range. Hopefully you don't mind me showing them. If that's your situation, but you ever get the chance to splurge or can save up for a high end polish, I do recommend Dior polishes. Although my experience is rather limited, I have yet to be disappointed by them.

What do you think of these? Have you seen the new Mystic Metallics collection?

27 August 2013

China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection: Part 1, "Strike Up A Cosmo"

Hi everyone! I've been a bit silent on the blog the past few days, perhaps a slight case of blogger burnout (don't worry though, I'm not going anywhere). However, I'm very excited to be showing you the first half of the new China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection. I was instantly intrigued when I saw the press release and bought the collection the moment I could get my hands on it.

The Autumn Nights collection is meant to evoke the glamour of night life, conversations, and cocktails. The promotional images have a touch of 1920s glamour, which also attracted me to the collection. Tonight I'm going to show you the first half of the collection called "Strike Up a Cosmo," with the second half coming later this week.

China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection, Part 1 "Strike Up A Cosmo"

This post is a bit picture heavy so I'll save my thoughts to the end. In order to capture the gorgeous shimmers and foils in this half of the collection, I've also included photos under direct light for each polish - so the first two swatch photos are taken in my lightbox, and the third under direct light.

Don't Make Me Wine is a (not surprisingly) wine-coloured shimmer. It looks very similar to Red-y & Willing, but it leans more towards a purplish-red. The shimmer is very beautiful and the colour is so vibrant - I think this might be one of my favourites out of the collection. The formula was excellent - the polish had great coverage, and went on very smooth and evenly. 2 coats.

China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine

China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine

China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine

Goldie But Goodie is a gold-copper foil. If you look up close at it you can actually see bits of gold and bits of copper. Golds can be difficult for me to wear, but this was very flattering. The formula was excellent, it goes on very smooth and even. Like all the foils in this collection though, it's fairly difficult to clean up because the glitter gets all over your fingers. 2 coats.

China Glaze Goldie But Goodie

China Glaze Goldie But Goodie

China Glaze Goldie But Goodie

Red-y & Willing is a stunning red shimmer. It provides excellent coverage and is almost a one coater. I'm totally repeating myself, but the formula is excellent, and it goes on very smooth and is completely self-leveling. I compared this to another red shimmer from China Glaze called Long Kiss, and Red-y & Willing has a finer shimmer and is slightly more magenta leaning, while Long Kiss leans more towards burnt orange. 2 coats.

China Glaze Red-y & Willing

China Glaze Red-y & Willing

China Glaze Red-y & Willing

Scandalous Shenanigans is a mid-tone blue, in between a shimmer and metallic. It doesn't have the stunning shimmer seen in the others from this half of the collection. Although I tend to like blues, this was my least favourite out of these. But the formula was great like the others, and I have no issues to report there. 2 coats.

China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans

China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans

China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans

Strike Up A Cosmo is a totally gorgeous rose-gold foil. Like the other foil, the formula is excellent and it goes on very smooth and is completely self-leveling. It also dries very quickly. 2 coats.

China Glaze Strike Up A Cosmo

China Glaze Strike Up A Cosmo

China Glaze Strike Up A Cosmo

Tongue & Chic is a teal shimmer. Like Red-y & Willing and Don't Make Me Wine, the shimmer is very prominent and has that "lit from within" look. The formula is excellent - perfect consistency, very pigmented with excellent coverage, and self-leveling. I found I needed to apply it quickly as it starts to set fast. 2 coats.

China Glaze Tongue & Chic

China Glaze Tongue & Chic

China Glaze Tongue & Chic

Overall, I'm in love with this first half of the collection. The colours are rich, and the three shimmers look absolutely stunning when the light hits them. The foils are fun, and I think they would be great for doing nail art, especially paired with the darker colours from this collection. Some of these colours might not be the most original, but if you don't already have colours like this, I highly recommend all of them. All six of them have an excellent formula and I had no issues with any of them. It's not often I can say that about a collection.

I bought these from Nail Polish Canada as a set, but they are available a ton of other places.

What do you think of these, any catch your eye? Do you plan to get anything from this collection?

08 August 2013

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have another stunning polish from Contrary Polish for you today. Gift Wrap was released for the Contrary Polish one year anniversary - the name comes from the (Western?) tradition of couples exchanging/receiving some kind of paper gift for the first wedding anniversary. When I first saw this posted on the Contrary Polish Facebook page, I placed an order right away! It's not very often that I am immediately taken by a polish - I find recently that it is happening less so.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

It's such a gorgeous polish I had a hard time narrowing down the pictures to show you! I hope you don't mind. ;)

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

Gift Wrap is a warm-toned purple with an iridescent blue-green shimmer. The blue shimmer is very fine while the green/iridescent shimmer looks more like fine flakes. On the nails the colour takes on more of a bluish tone undoubtedly due to the shimmer.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

I needed three coats for full coverage and the formula was excellent. It went on very smooth, and was completely self-leveling. It dries to a satin finish so you will need top coat to make it glossy, but I always wear a top coat so that wasn't an issue for me.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

I can't get over how beautiful this is. The colour itself is a bit of a chameleon - in the bottle and under the lights, it looks lighter and leans towards magenta, not under direct light and it looks darker, more of a grape purple. I find the colour very sophisticated, and the shimmer gives it such luminosity. I definitely see myself wearing this again.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap (direct light)

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap (direct light)

What do you think of this polish? And since several indies have come out with anniversary polishes recently, what do you think of the idea? Have you bought any?

I bought this directly from Contrary Polish, Carrie was selling full-sized bottles, but only for a limited time. Minis can be ordered directly from Contrary Polish; for full size polishes, check out a list of distributors on the Contrary Polish Blog. I know this will be available on Llarowe soon, check their Facebook page for more details.
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