So, occasionally, we come across a polish we don’t love. This is one of those polishes for me. I HATE THIS POLISH. HATE. IT. I like Color Club polishes a lot. And I love Birchbox. And I love the other colors in this collection. I really wanted to like this polish, because I love rose gold. But I just can’t. Metallic polishes have tricky formulas, and this is one showed every flaw in my nails. It was a PITA to clean up as you can see from the shimmer around my fingers. And it’s not quite rosy enough to look good on my skin tone. It also required 3 coats for full opacity. I’m just so blah on this 😦 Jess really liked it though, so hopefully she can provide a different point of view on it.
You can pick up the Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection on the Birchbox website for $8.00.
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Basic rundown of why I had to have this color: 1) the name; I’m a hair dye junkie as well as a nail polish addict, so I’ve been using L’Oreal products forever, and having the name in my collection made me ridiculously happy. 2) We’re big fans of L’Oreal polishes here at the Clique, and have been super excited about seeing all the new colors they have been releasing. 3) It was a metallic that I could.not.put.down. Massive rarity for me; Mel’s the metallic girl in this group, I tend to just assume it’s going to be streaky and make me sad, but something about this color made me not even consider that fear. And that was all before I even put the color on my nails!
When I put this polish on this past Monday I had no real intention of giving it a longevity test, but work was crazy exhausting this week, and it was still on by the time Friday night rolled around. I think wearing it for so long is what really sold me on this polish. Yes, it wore amazingly, the claim on the display that it’s a long wear polish (actually claims 10 day, I only rocked it for 5) is no lie. Little tip wear, but not a single chip. But it was how much the color still caught my eye after that many days that really impressed me. Golds are notoriously hard to match to skin colors; some are too flashy, some too yellow, the list goes on. The muted, almost creamy finish to this gold and the fact that it’s a little more browned made it really flattering. It’s also a really nice work appropriate shade that didn’t make me feel like I had to give up fun in the office. Even at the end of the week I was looking at my nails with a quiet “oh my varnish” in the back of my mind. Only downside, which is a manageable one, is that being a metallic shade, it will show imperfections in your nails. It didn’t streak on me though, so having to buff a few nails didn’t bother me! I used two coats over Orly – Nail Armor and sealed it all with Seche Vite. Over all opinion: I think it’s a quality addition to any polish stash. Totally lived up to all my reasons for buying it!!
Mel had sent me a nail care package and I had been dying to try out Wet N Wild – 24 Carat, so I did one coat of that on my ring finger as an accent nail. It really matched the color of BYWI well, adding a subtle glitter fix to it. I will admit though, this was one case where I wasn’t always drawn to my accent nail first. It was the whole mani that would catch my attention, speaking volumes to the wonders of BYWI!!
There are a couple more colors in the display that I found this in that were pretty too. The Color Riche line is $2 with Flex card at Duane Reade this week, an even better excuse to grab them! These are all colors from the core collection too, so be on the lookout for the full display!
I’ve had this swatch sitting in my swatch stash for quite a while. When it first came out a few months ago, everyone and their mother were posting about it. I didn’t want this post to get lost in the sea of carbonite, so I waited a bit to post it. I’m now in the middle of a “my fingers are cracking and peeling” phase and haven’t been photographing, so this seems like the perfect time to share Carbonite. She’s a dark pewter gray with a metallic foil finish. And she. is. gorgeous. I’ve worn Carbonite several times this fall. Mostly when I’m in need of a quick manicure. If you put on a thick enough coat, you can get away with just one. Here, I’m wearing two coats, without a top coat. I rarely wear a top coat when wearing Carbonite because it reduces the metallic finish a bit. As I mentioned, it’s a great formula. It’s highly pigmented, and one thicker coat, or 2 thinner coats allow for complete opacity.
What I really like about Carbonite is that she manages to look high-class and urban at the same time. Whenever I wear it, I always get a lot of compliments. She also goes with just about any outfit so she’d be a great polish to travel with. I also think Carbonite will look good on just about any skin tone. It’s so versatile, I almost think you NEED it in your collection. I have nothing like this in my collection. I either have darker grays, or colors that lean more silver. And this is just the right shade that it can be dressed up, or dressed down. Plenty of comparisons have been done with Chanel’s Graphite. Carbonite is not a dead on dupe, but it is very VERY similar.
Carbonite is a limited edition polish. However, I’ve seen it around at CVS and Rite Aid but not in the “correct” display. It retails between $4-$5.50 depending on sales and which drugstore you find it in. G over at Nouveau Cheap saw it for $1.50 at Big Lots back in October!! So if you see it, please pick it up!!
Y’all. I think I have a new favorite red. I picked up Bungle Jungle when the Chinatown Bed Bath and Beyond was having a $3.99 Essie sale. They were clearing out a bunch of whites, pinks, and reds and so I went in and picked up a few. Side Note: The Chinatown BB&B is one of my favorite places to shop for Essie polishes. They always have the latest lines as well as the entire core collection. This is a fire engine red, but what makes it different from other polishes I own is the metallicy shimmer finish!! I’m not really sure how long this has been sitting around in the BB&B because the polish was really thick, there was some evaporation, and there was paint around the outer part of the neck. I chose to overlook all of this, mostly because I didn’t realize until I opened it to do my manicure, because I like the color so much. Besides, the thickness of the polish wasn’t something a little polish thinner couldn’t fix. I also think the thickness helps with this polish. This is only 2 coats, and it’s fully opaque without a visible nail line. It went on smooth without streaking. There is a gold shimmer in the bottle that is very subtle on the nail. I have two red Essies, and I’ve been impressed with both of them. You can see my review of Russian Roulette here. I think this is a really great red, and one I’ll get a lot of use out of, being a fan of red teams. It also looks like my favorite drink from 7-11, the wild cherry Slurpee. Great. I think I’m going to have to go get one today.
This is the last of my half of the On The Prowl reviews, and I think I saved the best for last. I actually find it surprising that this was my favorite of the four polishes I reviewed, because of the 4 I reviewed, it was likely to be my least favorite.
1 coat Orly Nail Defense
2 coats WnW Jungle Fever
I tend to keep away from “strange” colors on my nails. And full disclosure: I only swatched this, I didn’t wear it for very long. But I have a few outfits I could wear this polish with, so it will actually get a decent amount of wear this fall. And it’s a great fall color. It’s a mossy-army-olive metallic green. It’s a bit on the thin side, so you’ll need 2-3 coats, BUT it doesn’t drag and streak and leave imperfections. I used 2 semi-thick coats and thought coverage was perfect so it all depends on application technique. I also think high shimmer in polishes like this do a decent job of disguising bald spots. And since I was doing things in between coats, I can tell you that Jungle Fever dries really quickly. Forgive the ding on my middle finger. That was a clean up eff-up, nothing to do with the polish in any way. I just have terrible hand-eye coordination.
Hit the jump to see a macro shot of Jungle Fever, plus a shot with flash to see how the color changes!! Read the rest of this entry →