Merry Midnight was part of OPI’s 2009 Holiday Wishes collection. That just threw me off! I remember seeing this polish online, and loving it! I had to have it! This was back when I first got into nail polish. I had no idea I’ve been collecting polish for 4 years!! Wow, that totally blew my mind!
Merry Midnight is still one of my favourite polishes. I always think of the base colour as ‘grape-le’… a little bit of a grape-leaning purple. It has blue flecks… but the best part is the flakie glitter!!! The flakies aren’t true holos, but they do colour-shift between greens and reds. Super pretty. Most of the time they show as red on the nail, I think because of the base colour.
This is three thin coats with topcoat. The formula (even after 4 years!) is amazing. I will be a sad girl when this runs out.
This last one shows a bit more of the colour-shift in the flakies!
Anna Sui recently released a Minnie Mouse collection. It included 5 polishes, and 2 lipstick/shadow kits. I picked up two of the polishes, and have one for you today.
This one doesn’t have a name just (Minnie Mouse) 002. The bottles are beautiful, but tiny…. 8ml cost me $15 at The Bay. I was tempted by the other shades, but held back because of the price point. I have also never tried Anna Sui polishes before, so wanted to do a test run before committing too much money.
002 is a pearly white, with some holographic glitter… it also has a pink flash that was hard to capture in pictures. This is 3 coats with topcoat. There is definitely still visible nail line so if you don’t like that you may want to steer clear. I thought it would be pretty with just 2 coats and used in a French manicure. The application is smooth and even. They also have Anna Sui’s signature rosy scent.
However, when I tested the purple polish (not shown), I had horrible tipwear a few hours later. I touched it up, figuring I had been rough on my nails. It showed a lot of wear again… so to me, these polishes are adorable and a fun addition to the collection, but not very good in terms of price/value and wear time.
Without further ado, here is 002.
Argh. Winter is really doing a number on my cuticles!! Must remember to use more cuticle oil!
Here’s a lovely Enchanted Polish that I picked up at http://www.nailpolishcanada.com in their recent restock. I can’t say enough about npc, their amazing customer service and (free in Canada!) speedy shipping! Amazing.
I love nudes. I love holos. So, it is obvious that I will be gaga over a nude holo. Afternoon Delight is beautiful, and also has a green/mint flash that shows up at certain angles. I’ve noticed it mostly indoors, because outside the holo takes over. It was hard to capture on the nail, so I’ll show it in the bottle… but I promise it is there on the nail too. AD is slightly pink leaning, which helps make it a flattering colour.
Three coats with topcoat, and Butter London’s Fairy Cake on my ring finger.
And if you don’t think this polish is the best polish ever, I will fight you. That’s no lie.
Blurred to show the holo.
Do you love it?
Cake beauty is a lovely brand. I already know I love their lotions and scrubs a lot. Then, they came out with a more affordable line, Be Delectable which sells at Target. I obviously tried it out right away… and loved it. Then, they launched a makeup line called Coco + lulu. I’ve seen lip glosses and nail polishes so far. I picked up a few polishes at Indigo recently… they were on clearance for $5. I hope this means they are coming out with new colours, not that they are dropping the line altogether!
Here are two that I picked up.
Eiffel Tower was almost a 1 coater, but needed a second coat just to even it all out.
Fleur de Lys was a bit thinner, so I used three coats here. It also photographed a bit more blue than in real life. It has a slight blurple tint to it.
Overall, I do like the polishes. The formula is good, and the price was right. I do wish they would come out with a few more unique colours in the next collection though. There were a lot of plain cremes that I didn’t grab because I felt they would be dupes to what I already have. What do you think? Will you grab any Coco + lulu polishes?
Ugh. November. November in Toronto means grey skies, grey skies and more grey skies! It’s been so overcast and gloomy, I haven’t been able to take any good pictures lately! Luckily, the sun finally peeked out today. Perfect timing, because I’m wearing Octopus’s Garden from Enchanted Polish.
It. Is. Gorgeous. This is three coats with topcoat… there’s a bit of tip wear, because I’ve been wearing it for three days now. You know I love EP, so here’s swatch overload to show you the many faces of Octopus’s Garden. Enjoy!
This mini polish is from one of the Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2013 sets – The Big Bang polish kit.
I don’t have the whole set, just this one. I went to IMATS Toronto with a few lovely ladies, including The Polish Jinx. She had picked up the Big Bang set… but doesn’t wear pink polish! She generously gave it to me, since I said I love to wear pink! Thanks, lady!
To me, this is a true Barbie pink… and that’s a good thing! I used 3 coats, with topcoat. The formula is good and I have no visible wear after a full day’s wear. Finally!! The last few polishes I’ve been using have been awful for wear. I only have a few other Deborah Lippmann polishes, but I really like them for the most part.
Big Bang comes with 12 mini polishes for $80 Canadian. It’s available on Sephora here. Do you have your eyes on any Holiday polish?
Revlon has some great options for more affordable polishes! There’s a store near me that sells them 3 for $5! Awesome.
Here’s Plum Attraction. Really pretty. I used 3 coats because it had some coverage issues… and you can see the tipwear I had after just one day. But, for less than $2, who can complain!?
The polish on my middle finger also dented when I was sleeping… even though I applied it with plenty of time to be dry.
Love the colour! I wish the bottles didn’t look so ’90s, though! ;)