NOTW: OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not nail swatch.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not nail swatch with white/silver  jewelry.

Ah Paris..so much to see so little time.  That magical city has great meaning for me, Paris was the destination of my honeymoon.  Being the history fanatic I am, my husband knew better than to suggest some tropical paradise for our first vacation as husband and wife. Surrounded by such amazing works from Michelangelo to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre was as close to heaven on earth as there could have been.  So when OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not ($8 US/.5 fl. oz.) caught my attention, I could not help but see if the color, formula, and wear were as magical as it’s namesake.

The Color/Formula:

The color of this polish is very appealing.  OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not contains pink, blue, and red micro shimmers suspended in a violet base color.  Gorgeous!  This is one of those colors that will appear true on the nails to what is seen in the bottle. Louvre is not too vampy, it will not appear dark in natural lighting, it does reflect a blue sheen in sunlight and flash photography.  The formula is typical OPI, it has a medium consistence and glides effortlessly on the nails without any streaks.  Opacity is reached in two silky coats.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not swatch.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not swatch.

The Pros:

The price of this polish should be enough of a pro, however I cannot stop there.  The wear time is fantastic, I could get five days without any chipping.  This will vary according to one’s activities.  The brush is wonderful, it splays out nicely to coat the nails in 3 strokes or less.  Louvre has such color depth, this color will be suitable on a variety of skin tones, nail lengths, and age groups.  This color will also pair nicely with white/silver or yellow metal jewelry and any outfit imaginable.  The amount/price ratio and availability are also quite alluring.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not against gold jewelry.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not with gold jewelry.

The Cons:

Do be careful and apply a base coat, this color can tend to stain the nails during removal.  However, IMHO, Illamasqua polishes and Deborah Lippmann’s Bitches Brew are the worse offenders for staining.  Using pure acetone or Zoya nail polish remover usually solves this issue.

OPI polishes are sold online everywhere (or so it seems).  In store OPI is sold in Ulta, Harmon, Target, some Bed Bath and Beyond locations, and some CVS locations.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you, if a trip to Paris to visit The Louvre is not in the immediate future, take comfort in knowing OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not is just as appealing and complex as the grand museum it is named after.  Should you invest in OPI?  Oui mon ami.  Should you visit the Louvre in your lifetime? Assolutamente.  Appreciate everything this wonderful world has to offer.   As Confusious once said,

Everything has beauty, but not everyone see it.

Take pleasure in the beauty around yourself and within yourself.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: Sparitual Spread Your Wings.

Sparitual Spread Your Wings nail polish.

Sparitual Spread Your Wings nail polish.

We live in an age where information is readily available to the masses.  Making educated decisions about what we put in our bodies as well as what we put on our bodies makes for a healthy being.  My granola eating alter ego would absolutely love to buy all organic and natural products.  My realistic side, however sees the naiveté in that sentiment.  Sparitual Spread Your Wings  nail polish ($12 US/.5 fl.oz.) seems to satisfy both perspectives by providing beauty with high natural standards.

The Color/Formula:

Sparitual Spread Your Wings (SYW) is a straight-up candy apple red color.  Picture your dream Ferrari drench in this lovely hue.  Oh yes.  This is “the red” I have been searching for my entire adult makeup wearing life.  This polish is naturally based, vegan and three free ( no DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene).  The formula of SYW is very thin but pigmented at the same time.  You will get shiny, rich, and succulent color in two coats.  I was able to get four days wear without any chipping; of course this will vary depending on one’s activities.

Sparitual Spread Your Wings nail swatch.

Sparitual Spread Your Wings nail swatch.

The Pros:

Did I mention the color?  Even my husband commented on the vibrancy of my polish this week.  The price is also very appealing.  Depending on which retailer you choose to shop, Sparitual cost roughly $10-$12, even less if you use a promotional coupon.  I could buy three of these bad boys for the price of one Chanel polish.  Another appealing quality of these polishes is they do not contain any animal by-product.  A popular ingredient in cosmetics is Carmine, a bright red color which is derived from scaled insects.  According to Wikipedia:

Carmine may be prepared from cochineal,[4] by boiling dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid and then treating the clear solution with alum.

Sparitual’s polishes are naturally colored and free a synthetic dyes; I can get on board with their philosophy.

Sparitual Spread Your Wings.

Sparitual Spread Your Wings.

The Cons:

Sparitual’s brush is very thin; presumably design to effectively distribute the less dense formula.  The watery formula also makes cleaning up any mistakes a bit tedious.  Respectively speaking, it took 5-6 brush strokes per nail to get an even distribution of the polish on the nail.  Those with narrow/shorter nail beds will not find this bothersome.  I did experience “significant shrinkage” (alla George Costanza) on the tips a couple of days later.  Perhaps, a different top coat would resolve this issue.

Sparitual is sold at Sephora (not the complete color selection), Skinstore.com, Dermstore.com, Zappos.com, Pharmica.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Sparitual Spread Your Wings is one red you will not be able to resist.  The glossy red sheen of this polish will make you crave Candy Apples from an old-fashioned carnival.  This is one color where I will ignore all cons and focus on the end game.  Better yet, “Spread Your Wings” and get into your dream car and wrap your matching finger nails around the supply leather trimmed steering wheel, and cruise along the scenic road of Monti Carlo.  WAKE UP!!  This is just nail polish M.  I know, but as Walt Disney once said,

If you dream it, you can do it.

Does this apply to paying off my mortgage?… Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: Chanel 509 Paradoxal Nail Polish.

Chanel 509 Paradoxal

Chanel 509 Paradoxal

Life is one big paradox.  For instance, you have to spend money to make money.  A teacher teaches everyone, but who teaches the teacher?   For you “Avengers” fans (myself included) riddle me this, “what happens to an unstoppable force (Thor’s hammer) when it meets an immovable object (Captain America’s Shield)?”   Chanel 509 Paradoxal ($27 US/.4 fl. oz.) is one of those remarkable conundrums that will dazzle the masses, from the most extreme beauty junkies to the more mundane audience.

The Color/Formula:

Paradoxal is true to its name, it is a beautiful contradiction of dark murky gray mixed with an illuminating violet/blue/pink pearl.  The violet pearl seems to glow from within the gray color base.  GORGEOUS!   This polish has a thin/medium consistency and glides on the nails smoothly.  The formula is very comparable to OPI, Rococo, Dior and some Deborah Lippmann polishes.  509 Paradoxal is opaque in two coats and lasts the typical 4 days.  As always, wear time depends on one’s activities.

Chanel 509 Paradoxal.

Chanel 509 Paradoxal.

The Pros:

Paradoxal is one of the most complex colors you will ever encounter.  This color came out three years ago, to a mass of publicity the nail polish industry has never seen.  This color appears to be dark gray in natural lighting, but then morphs to a murky gray/purple with slight shimmers, in the presence of sunlight or flash photography.  Paradoxal will suit a variety of skin tones and nail lengths.  Originally, Chanel announced 509 Paradoxal would be limited edition, but it is readily available at every Chanel counter and on Chanel.com, to this very day.  As with all Chanel nail polishes it is three free: no Formaldehyde, DBP, or Toluene.

The Cons:

The pink elephant in the room has a sign on its back that screams…PRICE!!  Chanel’s nail polish prices go up one dollar every year, I remember purchasing Paradoxal for $24.  Yikes..seems like a steal now.  The brush on Chanel polishes is not my favorite, it is on the thinner side and does take at least 4-5 brush strokes per nail.  Thankfully, the formula does not dry quickly, so you have enough time to correct any streaks that may occur.

Presently, you would be hard pressed not to find a duplicate of this lovely color in every drugstore line.  In fact, Revlon has come out with a 99% duplicate color for Paradoxal called Perplex, which is now readily available in most drugstores.  The Pink Sith (one of my favorite bloggers) did an excellent comparison of the two colors here.

Chanel is sold in Macys, Blommingdales, Saks, Bergdorf, Neiman Marcus, Chanel.com, etc..  Revlon is sold in CVS, Rite Aid, Harmon, Ulta, Amazon.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this oldie but goodie does make an impressive statement on the nails.  Chanel truly makes some unique colors worthy of duplication by other companies.  So if you have Chanel 509 Paradoxal or one of its many inspired clones, it’s time to break it out and enjoy it’s opulence.  With the exception of Chanel Malice (Fall 2012 collection reviewed here) I really have not been blown away by many of Chanel’s newer nail polish colors.  Who knows maybe that will change.  As Oscar Wilde once said,

“I can resist anything but temptation”

The paradox of my life when it comes to cosmetics!  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees.

OPI Suzy Skis in the Pyrenees.

OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees.

There are some things I will not do for the sake of self-preservation.  I will not drink, smoke, go bungee jumping, ride a motorcycle, go camping, swim in deep waters (or any water…I cannot swim), wear a bathing suit (shield your eyes), or ski.  OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees ($8 US/.5 fl. oz.) is as adventurous I as will get!

The Color:

The color of this beauty is a bit difficult to capture.  There are very fine shimmers scattered throughout this seemingly cream formula.  I tried to photographed Suzi against various backgrounds to showcase this deep navy/gray concoction.  Oh, what dedication.

OPI Suzy Skis in the Pyrenees against a white background.

OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees against a white background.

Suzi lasted on my nails 5 days before any chips began to surface.  As always, wear time depends on one’s activities.  OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees is also a 95% duplicate color for Dior Blue Label nail lacquer and the limited edition Nars Galion.  Blue Label has a touch more blue in its formula, Nars Galion is deeper and does not have the super fine shimmers that are present in Suzi.  I owned and returned Blue Label because the brush, IMHO, is a poor design.  I found it nearly impossible to achieve a flawless manicure. Admittedly, Dior’s formula is better than OPI’s, but I could not justify owning a $24 nail polish when Suzi was so similar.  I put that money toward a Tom Ford Blush brush 🙂

The Formula/Pros:

This is one of my favorite nail polishes.  However, Suzi has a very thin consistency, the first coat is very streaky, you may question whether this polish will retain its texture.  Suzi does correct herself, with the addition of a second coat; she becomes cohesive and opaque right before your very eyes.  After two coats, the results are smooth, dark and refined.  All trickery is rectified 🙂  The brush is lovely and well suited on a variety of nail widths and lengths.

OPI Suzy Skis in the Pyrenees.

OPI Suzy Skis in the Pyrenees.

The Cons:

OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees does resemble a black polish from afar.  It’s complexity is revealed only from a close proximity. In store, availability is an issue.  You can easily acquire Suzi online from various websites.  My local Ulta had it for the longest time and now Suzi seems to have encountered a dry spell.  Regardless, the following online shops are stocked at the time of this post:  Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Drugstore.com, SalonSavings.com and Overstock.com.  OPI is sold, in stores, at Ulta, Harmon, some Bed, Bath & Beyond locations, and some CVS locations.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you missed out on Nars Galion or are unwilling to spend the money on Dior Blue Label, give OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees a whirl.  In the spirit of integrity, Suzi is not very appealing on the first coat, but the second coat does lay all doubts to rest.  I don’t know about Suzi, but rest assured, I will not be braving the cold in the Pyrenees mountains.  I much rather sail along to neighboring France, stop off at a cafe, and wrap my perfectly dark manicured fingers around a buttery croissant.  Yeah I said it, I ‘m a “City Gal” all the way.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: Wet n Wild 215B Haze of Love

Wet n Wild Haze of Love 215B Megalast nail polish.

With flash:  Wet n Wild Haze of Love 215B megalast nail polish.

There are very few things in this world that truly surprise me.  For instance, I was not surprised when Ashton left Demi for ladies of his own age.  I was not surprised when George broke-up with Elizabeta (my archenemy).  I was not surprised when JLo announced her divorce from Mark Anthony and ended up with a 25-year-old boyfriend.  What do you think will happen to that union?  Writing on the wall people! However, I was surprised by Wet n Wild 215B Haze of Love Megalast Nail Polish ($1.99 US/.45 fl. oz.). This little gem was really an unexpected find at the drugstore.

Wet n Wild 215B Haze of Love mega last nail polish.

Natural Light:  Wet n Wild 215B Haze of Love megalast nail polish.

The Pros:

The formula for Wet n Wild 215B Haze of Love megalast nail polish is wonderful!   According to Wet n Wild,  the megalast formula are:

Long-lasting, opaque color provides 5 days of chip-resistant wear. A revolutionary resin polymer system creates exceptional color adhesion to nails. This resilient polish is calcium and mineral fortified to rebalance and prevent nail discoloration. Comes with a unique, full-coverage brush that glides on smooth for one-stroke application. Toluene, phthalate, and formaldehyde free.

The color 215B Haze of Love is a plum red shade with a brown undertone; very flattering on warmer skin tones.  In certain lighting Haze of Love pulls more brown than plum.  This polish is a cream formula, has a medium consistency and glides on the nails very smoothly.  The color builds up nicely in two coats without any streaks or bubbling in sight.  The end result is surprisingly glossy.  Typically, this sort of color would be featured in the Fall, but I must go against conventional style and sport this color in Spring/Summer.  For those who are not as bold, Haze of Love would make an excellent pedicure color.  Have I mentioned the price?  Two dollars is the maximum price for these polishes.  I purchased mine at Rite Aid on sale for a whopping $1.29.  Who doesn’t love a bargain?

Wet n Wild 215B Haze of Love Megalast ingredient list.

Wet n Wild 215B Haze of Love megalast nail polish ingredient list.

The Cons:

This review would not be complete without careful examination of the brush.  Wet n Wild megalast polishes have an absurdly wide brush.  It is inconceivable to me who designed this “paint” brush.  The nail polish industry realizes the importance of designing a brush with substantial girth; wider brushes equate fewer strokes, easier application and smoother results.  Wet n Wild Megalast line has taken that idea and run amok.

Brush Comparison:  Estee Lauder, Rococo, Dior, Wet n Wild, Chanel, OPI.

Brush Comparison: Estee Lauder, Rococo, Dior, Wet n Wild, Chanel, OPI.

Will this deter me from future Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Polish purchases?  No…but I can see people with short/narrow nail beds completely overlooking this line.  215B Haze of Love lasted on me just as long my Chanel polishes (four days).  As always, wear time varies according to one’s activities.

There are 18 colors in the megalast line.  Wet n Wild is sold at Rite Aid, Harmon, Walgreens, CVS.com, drugstore.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to go check out the sale on Wet n Wild this week at Rite Aid.  Who will be able to resist a two dollar nail polish that performs just as well as high-end brands?   The brush width does pose a problem, those with narrow nail beds will find application challenging.  Wet n Wild 215B Haze of Love Megalast Nail Polish is worth a try and if you are not interested, bored, displeased, or unenthused, emulate our fellow celebrity misfits and wonder aimlessly seeking a replacement (for nail polish…not love) in a Haze of [Disgust].  Have you tried any of these polishes?   Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: OPI Bubble Bath.

OPI Bubble Bath.

OPI Bubble Bath.

This has been a very long week.  For anyone who has older kids, this week and next week is “Finals week”…It represents the finality of my patience and vitality!  I needed something on my nails that was quick and easy.  My choice for this task was OPI’s Bubble Bath ($7 US/ .5 fl oz).

The Pros:

For starters, OPI happens to be one of the best “drugstore” nail polish brands on the market.  The formula of their polishes are fairly consistent throughout the line.  As you can observe by the picture above, Bubble Bath gives the nails an instant polished and elegant look.  This pinky/beige color is appropriate for all events, outfits and nail lengths.  The brush on OPI polishes is right up my alley; it is slightly wide.  OPI’s brush is not as euphoric as Rococo, but it is pretty darn close.  The most attractive feature is the price!  Depending on what retail location you choose to shop, OPI Bubble Bath can range anywhere from $6-9 dollars.

The Cons:

For every Ying there is a Yang.  OPI has faults as well.  This polish needs three coats to reach the opacity shown in the above photo.  There was nothing quick or easy about the application.  With the addition of a base and top coat,  five coats of polish were needed to make Bubble Bath work.  Does anyone have the time or inclination to apply this much polish to their nails?  I certainly do not.  However, I did for the sake of this post.  I rarely use this polish because of how labor intensive it can be.  Can you visualize the beads of sweat forming on my forehead?  Oh, the horror(a)!!!  What drama.

OPI Bubble Bath ingredient list.

OPI Bubble Bath ingredient list.

If you are wondering where the ingredient list is located for OPI polishes, it is hidden under the name of the polish, under the base of the bottle.  Tricky OPI…under careful scrutiny, my eye spies Formaldehyde Resin as an ingredient.  Formaldehyde Resin is used to make nail polish shiny and durable.  This ingredient can be a problematic for those who have sensitivities to Formaldehyde in general.  If that is the case, Deborah Lippmann’s polishes are 4-free (no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP, and no formaldehyde resin).

OPI Bubble Bath is not limited edition and can be readily found on Ebay, Amazon.com, Ulta and several online shops.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to consider OPI Bubble Bath for the color, affordability and accessibility.  However, if these three factors are of no concern to you, blow all caution to the wind and search for a similar color that does not require so much work.  For the love of all that is good and pure, I have enough on my plate with “Finals”….I need not have nail polish stealing precious moments away from my already fleeting life.  Told ya… I can be dramatic!!!  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

NOTW: butter London Marrow Nail Lacquer

Butter London Nail Lacquer Marrow with flash.

butter London Marrow nail lacquer with flash.

 

butter London Marrow 3-free:

The nail de la semaine is from butter London in the color Marrow ($14 US/ .4 fl oz.).  This line was created by British entrepreneur Sasha Muir.  butter London’s whole campaign centers around being “3 free”: no formaldehyde, no toluene, and no DBP.  These carcinogens, accumulate in the body which may cause Cancer.  Most nail polish brands have switched over to the 3 free concept; OPI, Chanel, Deborah Lippmann (she claims to be 4-free), Essie, Rococo, Estee Lauder, Dior, Zoya, etc.., just to name a few.

The Pros:

butter London Marrow nail lacquer is unique, in that, it has a flattering cool purple undertone which meshes nicely with my skin tone.   The color is not anywhere what I envision real marrow to resemble, at least not the marrow in my Osso Buco.  Oh I’m getting hungry.  I digress.  butter London Marrow has a smooth, silk like consistency with a sight silver/baby blue shimmer thrown into the mix.

butter London Marrow in natural light.

butter London Marrow nail lacquer in natural light.

The Cons:

Marrow appears to resemble a cream finish when applied on the nails; the shimmers magically disintegrate into the stratosphere.  This polish lasts for four days before any noticeable chipping, however there seems to be significant tip wear by the second day.  As always, wear time depends on one’s daily activities.

There is one obstacle which prohibits this blogger from future butter London purchases….the brush.  The bloodly brush is so darn thin!  My wide nail beds require a more robust brush to carry out the job properly.  Instead of the 3 stroke method, this polish demands at least 5-6 stokes per nail.  As you can imagine this can be very time consuming and harbor uneven results.  I will limit my selection to this one shade in hopes, butter London will redesign the brush to accommodate a wider range of nail beds.

Brush Comparison: Rococo DNL, butter London Marrow, Deborah Lippmann.

Brush Comparison: Rococo DNL, butter London Marrow, Deborah Lippmann.

 

Butter London offers a very eclectic range of colors and textures.  They are sold in Macy’s, Ulta, Nordstrom, and several online retailers.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you butter London’s 3-free concept has spread throughout the nail polish industry.  The formula is smooth and rich, however, the thin brush may deter some from investing further into the brand.  Individuals with narrow/shorter nail beds will absolutely adore this line.  Makeup would also suggest, butter London Marrow Nail Lacquer morph into Succulent Grape, seeing how that would be a more delicious and appropriate name.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

 

NOTW: Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer

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First Photo: Smashed in natural light.  Second Photo: Smashed with flash.

Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer:

Do you know what British slang is for getting hosed, drunk, wasted, sloshed, plastered, blitzed, goosed, hammered, tanked, trashed, sauced, etc..?  They refer to it as getting smashed!!!  Introducing Estee Lauder Smashed nail lacquer ($20US/ .3fl oz.).  I’m fairly certain EL did not have that visual in mind when they named this polish.  Regardless, do you see what I see?

The Formula:

Estee Lauder Smashed is a gorgeous mixture of purple, blue, red and silver shimmers melded/smashed together with a purple base color.  This delightful concoction of colors is the most grown-up shimmer nail polish I have ever come across.  EL Smashed has a wonderfully even consistency that easily glides across the nail.  It does not clump or gather at the tip of the nail, which is typical with shimmer finishes.  There are no hexagonal glitters (looking at you Deborah Lippmann) in the polish, instead the shimmers are very fine and plentiful.  Smashed is not one of those colors that looks shimmery and beautiful in the bottle and underwhelming(ly) boring on the nail.  Oh contraire mon ami, this beauty is noticeably shimmery in every light but in a very adult manner.

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The Pros:

When Smashed dries down, it remains even and smooth, not a rough bump in sight.  The brush is uniformity wide from base to tip, application is a pleasure!  Opacity is reached using two luscious coats and wear time is fantastic!  I will get 5 days without any noticeable chipping.  I suspect, the highly compact fine shimmers has something to do with its phenomenal longevity.

The Cons:

If I must dish out some criticism, it would pertain to the bottle itself and amount/price ratio.  Personally, I find the packaging very bulky and unnecessary.  I think they could have come up with a sleeker design, considering the amount of polish Estee Lauder offers (.3 fl oz) is below average compared to the standard nail polish (.5fl oz.).

Will this stop me from purchasing other colors in the future?  Come now…we all know the answer to that question!  Estee Lauder offers 34 beautiful shades that will satisfy a variety of people.  Estee Lauder counters can be found everywhere in person and online.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Estee Lauder is really modernizing its approach to makeup in general, a visit to the counter would be highly recommended.  Will Smashed stop some from indulging in their libatious activities?  No… but your nails will look D**m gorgeous wrapped around a martini glass that will surely have you praying to the “Porcelain God” the following morning!!!  Don’t get “smashed” but do get Estee Lauder Smashed…Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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NOTW: Rococo Deadly Nightshade Luxe.

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Rococo Deadly Nightshade Luxe in full sun!

Rococo Nail Apparel Deadly Nightshade Luxe:

This week I have reverted back to my dark, dismal, and daring self…alla True Blood style!!  The nail della settimana (Italiano miei amici) is from Rococo Nail Apparel in Deadly Nightshade Luxe.  The company is owned and operated by the London-based sister duo of Ange and Vernice Walker.  Rococo’s polishes are $16.50 US/.5 fl oz.  This is the standard size for nail polish, unlike Estee Lauder which is $20 US/.3 fl oz., Dior $24 US/.33 fl oz., and Chanel $27 US/.4 fl oz. (some colors are worth it, but overall….criminal!!).

The Formula:

Deadly Nightshade Luxe (DNL) has a luminous sheen; it is comprised of a dark blue/purple base mixed with a sapphire pearl.  Gorgeous!!  The consistency of this polish is not too thick or thin.  It applies fluidly and reaches exquisite opacity in two coats!  Wear time varies, depending on one’s daily activities.  For me, DNL lasts 4 days before any noticeable chipping.

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L-R: Dior’s brush vs. Rococo’s brush

The Pros:

What I love most about this polish brand is the brush!!  Since nail beds vary in width, nail companies are always trying come up with the ideal brush size to accommodate everyone’s needs.  Dior recently redesigned their nail polish brush heads by widened the brush head and cutting/tapering the tip to fit around the nail cuticle more precisely.  This may work if someone else is applying the polish, but if you are accustomed to doing your own nails it can be quite awkward!  Rococo’s brush splays out beautifully when the polish is being applied; the classic three stroke method can be easily utilized on most widths!  People with narrow/short nail beds can get away with using only one stroke.  Rococo’s brush is uniformly wider from base to tip and feels more comfortable in the hand without an edgy shaped tip.  OPI’s brush head is longer than Rococo’s brush, which may hinder control.

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Brush comparison: OPI, Chanel, Dior, Rococo, Deborah Lippmann

All of Rococo’s polishes come housed in their own mini sarcophagus-like boxes; very nice touch.  Rococo is sold at Space NK  check your locations for availability to buy this shade separately (I did), Beauty.com, and cultbeauty.co.uk

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The Makeup Gods agree. This is a well made polish!

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?  

Makeup would strongly suggest you take a look at these beautifully formulated polishes.  Rococo nail polishes are a better value than the standard high-end polishes.  Their formula, selection (44 shades) and overall design will not disappoint!  Will Deadly Nightshade Luxe catapult me into True Blood’s Bon Temps, Louisiana to battle the forces of evil with Sookie?  Nah..I rather ruffle some feathers with Eric and look Bad A** in the process.  Oh wait…that’s not my life…..I’ll look BA while taking the kids to soccer practice!   Be well and stay safe..

FYI:  True Blood season 6 starts June 16th..

-M-

 

 

NOTW: Deborah Lippmann Sarah Smile

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Deborah Lippmann Sarah Smile:

The color de la semaine is a little out of the norm for me.  I had to tap into my conservative side and select a color which would be church appropriate.  So naturally, I turned to Deborah Lippmann Sarah Smile ($17 US) for some inspiration and celebration.  According to Deborah Lippmann she created this color with none other than Sarah Jessica Parker.  Would that be enough incentive for you to purchase this color?  It was not for me.  I like me some SJP, but after Sex in the City 2……Do not get me started talking about that fiasco….Back to nail polish.

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Sarah Smile is doing just that…she’s mocking me... all the way to the bank.  The consistency of this polish is rubbish!  What you are looking at in the photo is the result of THREE coats of polish with the addition of a base coat and top coat.  Five coats of nail polish!!!   “Ain’t nobody got time for that”.  Apparently, I made time for that considering I did not have a choice!!  This polish is appropriately described as a sheer.  SS is very streaky with the first two coats.  A third coat does even things out and the color is very flattering, however, a final fourth coat would have been ideal.  To be honest, I did not possess the strength to go on any further.  Note to oneself:  Do not try out new polishes the day before a big event!!   

Deborah Lippmann polishes are sold everywhere!  Lord & Taylor, Space NK, Beauty.com, Dermstore.com, Amazon.com, Nordstrom, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you, don’t waste your money on this highly dupable color.  OPI makes beautiful polishes in this same color family at very reasonable prices.  I seriously doubt Carrie would have approved this formula…I could picture her now, sitting by her window typing her column, “I often wonder, do I go out with Big, Aiden, have a Menage à Trois, or paint may nails with this ridiculous polish?”  I think we all know the answer to that question.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: Chanel Malice #637 Le Vernis Nail Color.

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Chanel Malice in full sun.

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Chanel Malice with flash.

What is the first feature you focus on when meeting a new person.  Is it the hair, face, eyes, shoulders, pecs…think?    My personal priorities are teeth and hands.  Both have to be clean and manicured.  After I get pass those two focal points I then move on to other anatomical parts….Oh Behave!!!!   I digress.  It is time to focus on NOTW.  Every Monday I will feature the color de la semaine (ok i’ll translate:  of the week).  I can be fancy!!  Oui?

The Formula/Pros:

This week’s selection is Chanel Malice #637 Le Vernis Nail Color.  Unlike the meaning of its name, Malice is not demonic, vengeful, or bitter; IT’S FIERCE!!!  Malice is a burgundy red color with some gold and bronze pearl/shimmers melded together with an ever so slight, purple undertone.  This beautiful color is not one of those dark polishes that will look black in certain lighting.  On the contrary, it is a noticeably dark red polish with an undeniable red luminance.  Chanel is famous for putting out colors that look spectacular in the bottle, but sub pare on the nail.   Chanel Malice is one of those colors that hits all the right notes.  The polish has a nice consistency and is opaque perfection in two coats.  Malice lasts nicely on the nails for a solid four days before any noticeable chipping (with base and top coat).

The Cons:

This little chestnut will set you back $27 US/.4 fl oz.  Do I think it is worth it?   Does a shoe store sell shoes?  Oh yes.  Malice was a limited edition color Chanel offered back in November.   Currently, it is not  available on Chanel.com, however, I have seen it sold at my local Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s’ locations.  Check your local counters for availability.

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“What Am I to do if I cannot get my grubby paws on this stunner?”  you ask.   Would M leave you hangin’?   No silly goose.  Deborah Lippmann has a color called Bitches Brew ($17 US/.5 fl oz)) which I would consider to be a 95% color duplicate for Malice.  BB is not endowed with the same depth and glow as Chanel Malice and it does tend to stain the nails when removed, but BB is also $10 dollars cheaper and readily accessible.

Deborah Lippmann polishes are sold in Nordstrom, on Amazon.com, Beauty.com, Lord & Taylor, etc.  Chanel is sold in Macy’s, Bloomingdale, L&T, Nordstrom, Neiman M, Sakes, Bergdorf, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say? 

It would tell you, don’t buy two similar colors, much the same as the crazy woman who writes this blog.  Despite BB minimal short comings, it really is a lovely color worth your attention.  However, if you can get a hold of Chanel Malice, snatch it up.  Makeup also says, “If these two lovelies insist on begin called such dastardly names, throw on some Malice and strut around town conjuring up all sorts of Bitches Brew.”  You are FIERCE girlfriend!! (accompanied by two snaps)….. Be well and stay safe!

-M-