What’s fun about the change of seasons, in regards to nail polish, is that you get to revisit all the colors from collections of previous years that you wore when it came out, and haven’t since. Ski Teal We Drop is a polish that I loved when it was released last year with the Swiss collection, that I found out I still loved when I wore it again recently.
Dark, beautiful teal creme
What I love so much about this polish is that it is a dark creme (which lends itself to be sophisticated and grown up on its own) but it’s still noticeably a dark blue. It’s really nice to have a dark polish that isn’t purple, red, or black. I’m always on the look out for the right balance of darkness and color saturation, and this has it. The color is gorgeous; it’s almost exotic in a way. It’s got the depth and darkness of a gem tone, but also reminds of the ocean at night. It’s definitely a blue leaning teal.
The formula on this polish, like most in this collection, was excellent. It was highly pigmented, smooth, and very saturated. It has that slightly thin or runny consistency that allows for you to spread the polish evenly. For polishes with this saturation and consistency, I like to put on a thick first coat, and a thinner second coat to finish everything off. I used two coats and had no issues. Decent wear as well.
Where to Buy: Online Retailers / $ 6 – $ 8
Do you own Ski Teal We Drop? Do you think it’s gorgeous? Or is a dark creme something that isn’t that special to you?
This polish was an impulse buy at Walgreens a few months ago. I was in a phase of bingeing hard on stuff at Walgreens. (Also known as being bored on Friday night). It was an impulse buy because I’m not a pink girl, especially not cotton candy / bubblegum pink.
Cool toned, bubble gum pink creme
The color of this polish speaks for itself. I mean, it’s basically as girly as they come. A light, cool toned, pink creme. Pretty standard for a girl’s collection. Shockingly though, this is the only one I own. It’s pretty similar to my favorite of this group (that I don’t own) Essie’s I Need A Vacation. It’s weird, I actually quite enjoyed wearing this polish.
Not the best formula, but it's inexpensive
Wet N Wild actually delivers most times on quality for their inexpensive nail polish (and other beauty products). But the application on this polish wasn’t very good. I did have some streaks and bald spots, and major chipping by the end of the day. (I seriously need to step up my top coat game though). The brush sticks are pretty long too, because the bottles are tall, and that makes application a bit difficult.
Where to Buy: Drugstores / $ 1.99
Do you wear barbie pink polish a lot? What’s your favorite pink polish? I need to get more “classic” manicure colors, such as pinks and cremes, so I’d be open to suggestions!
Sorry I’ve been away for a few days. I feel like recently I haven’t had time or left over energy for much of anything. It’s like as the days are getting shorter, so is my time. It’s stressing me out.
I bet a lot of you have seen swatches (or have worn) this gorgeous polish from Zoya’s fall 2011 collection. Look at it in the bottle, it’s gorgeous. But it did end up falling a bit flat in the wrong lighting…
Red based purple, with glass fleck gold and pink
Jem is pretty unique. This polish is a red based purple, with gold and I think hints of pink glass fleck. As mentioned, in the bottle it’s really very beautiful, as well as when it’s in direct sunlight. It’s gorgeous, almost mesmerizing. However, I did really notice that when indoors or in overcast (like this rainy day photo) it’s actually somewhat…underwhelming. It definitely loses its luster, and falls flat. I wish the sparkle stood out more.
The application and formula on this polish was good. I used two coats (though maybe three would have helped my sparkle issues?) and it applied evenly and saturated. It also dried quickly. I did though, have chips on the first day. Never cool, and it’s the story of my nail polish life.
Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8
One of my girlfriends went on vacation to London and Berlin recently, and I was dumb enough to forget to ask her to buy me every Barry M polish (among other brands) she saw. Good thing she was sweet enough and knows me well enough to pick out this stunning purple polish. For real, it’s gorgeous. May be my new numbero uno….
A stunning, vibrant blue based purple. (Less blue in real life.)
Indigo is absolutely perfect. Though, the name is a bit deceiving. To me, it’s a blue based purple. Indigo has more blue than this does. That’s subjective I know, just how I perceive this color. Regardless, it’s beautiful, vibrant, and somewhat exotic. I like how it’s deep and rich, almost vampy and fall-ish, but still very striking. I can’t keep my eyes off this manicure.
Super glossy and full of pigment
The application and formula on this polish was better than many much higher priced polishes I own. The pigmentation was outstanding and glided on like butter. It has a somewhat jelly finish, but the shine is so high it looks almost wet. I used two coats and have nothing to complain about it. Just look at it!
Where to Buy: BarryM.com / £2.99 (So what, like $5? Worth it!)
Do you own any Barry M’s? If so, what are your favorites? You bet I’m ordering some asap! Or Have you been wanting to get a haul? Let me know, I’m so impressed and smitten with this polish.
I was really looking forward to wearing this polish over the weekend. I love greens and was ready for this polish to be a home run for me. I did end up liking this polish, but I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting too for an interesting green. Kind of a bummer!
Dusty, oilive green with scattered gold shimmer
Yara is a medium toned olive green base color, with scattered gold shimmer running throughout. It has a bit of murkiness to the base color, but for me, it almost takes away from the polish this time. Even with the shimmer, it seems a little dull and too dark. I also think that with my skin tone, I don’t get the contrast that would allow for this color to look brighter and prettier. Lighter, cooler toned girls might look best with this on their nails. It looks a bit muddy on me.
The formula and application of this polish was good. I used two coats and it went on smooth and even. Though, I will say the wear on this polish was wasn’t great. I did this manicure on Thursday night, and it’s looking rough. I’ll have to remove it tonight.
Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8
I know people have been gushing about Yara, how do you feel about it? Are you getting a little sick of the “dusty” toned polishes? Do you love Yara?
Not looking forward to True Blood being over for the season tonight!
Neeka is another polish from the Smoke and Mirrors 2011 collection. This polish is unique in both color and finish. I feel like I’m so used to Zoya doing their standard cremes and foil finishes in these sets that I was surprised to see this different finish for the Mirrors part of the collection. Happily surprised though!
Muted, medium toned dusty purple
Neeka is an all around unique polish in my collection. The base color is really pretty. It’s a somewhat medium toned purple, but has a lot of dustiness and grey mixed in. Almost dirty or dingy. It’s almost dull in a cool way, if that makes sense. Indoors it can look a bit dark, but with enough light you can really tell the color and tone.
Sparse glitter scattered throughout
The finish on this polish is really cool. There’s metallic glitter scattered throughout the polish, but it’s not too heavy and not really fine (not a microshimmer). It’s an interesting finish that I really like. Just a bit of sparkle. This polish just seems like “the cool girl” of the group. It’s different and I love it. The formula and application of this polish was good, I had zero problems. I used two coats and they went on smooth and even. Though, I think I did have chips within the first day of this manicure, a total bummer.
Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8
Do you like Neeka? Do you like the restrained glitter finish? Or are you more keen to creme or sparkle? What are your favorites of the Smoke and Mirros so far? I’m looking forward to wearing Yara next!
Happy long weekend! I’m really excited to catch up on sleep and relaxing.
For the past couple of months, I’ve been really into all things somewhat “Americana”. Fashion wise, interior design wise. And also in the more literal way in terms of color combinations. Red, white, and blue has been drawing me in a lot. My bed is rocking a bunch of that, it looks so classic.
This being said, I wanted to wear a red polish this week. Most of you know I don’t love red polish, but I have a decent amount because I do actively try to combat my innate distaste for it. Fishnet Stockings was one of my first reds, and still one of my favorite reds.
Sexy, darker blood red
One of the main reasons I like Fishnet Stockings so much is because of its richness. It’s something that falls somewhat flat in photos, but it has this darkness to it. It has a bit of depth that’s like a dark blood red, but it’s still vibrant. A nice balance for a red nail that’s not screaming bright, like a cherry red. For me, reds that are a bit darker are more my taste. This is a cool toned red, which doesn’t go best with my skin (making me look extremely pale), but warm toned reds don’t appeal to me as much.
Shiny, glossy finish
The formula on this polish is outstanding. It goes on so smooth. It’s also easily spreadable. It’s full of pigmentation and you wouldn’t need more than two coats. I have also gotten pretty good wear from it.
Where to Buy: Ulta / Professional Salons / Drug Stores / Target / $ 8
What’s your holy grail red? Is it a jelly or creme? What’s your favorite warm-toned red? Fishnet Stockings and Jason Wu CND Veronica are my two favorites. I know every girl has their go to red, let’s hear yours.