Pretty Polishes: Nail-Venturous Sunny Floam

While the mainstream brands are coming out with some pretty dope collections this season, the indie nail polish world is blowing up. And by indie, I mean nail polish enthusiasts and bloggers who start creating their own polishes. And these indie polishes don’t even attempt to recreate what’s already been done before. Most of the polishes I’ve come across of shades and finishes that are simply mind blowing.

Like Nail-Venturous’ Sunny Floam.

Ah-mazing, right? You remember the moldable stuff back in the 90’s, don’t you? I never thought I’d see it again. And now it’s on my nails.

My cuticles are a hot mess right now so please try to see past them. This is one awesome polish. It’s a glitter bomb so removal is a PITA but it’s nothing the foil method can’t help with. The original Floam polish (as well as this one) has yet to be re-released. But cross your fingers and keep your eyes out on Ninja Polish and the Nail-Venturous Facebook page. I managed to grab Sunny Floam, Robin Laid An Egg and Humblee; all which happen to be some of the best glitter polishes I’ve ever owned.

In….sane.

Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast nail colors

These are just a few of Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaLast nail polishes in their new bottles. They also have wider brushes (wooo hooo!) but I’ll talk more about those at the foot of the post. Let’s bring on the polish p0rn!

Under Your Spell is such a pretty a beautiful ahd shimmery burgundy. It’s all vampy and gorge.

 

I Need A Refresh-mint is a nice and creamy pale blue. It’s got a bit more green to it but of course the Nikon wouldn’t pick it up.

 

Undercover is a such a Grandma shade but if you’re into rosy pinks, this isn’t a bad one.


I Red A Good Book is a fire-engine red that if you looooove reds, you’ll love. These are my kind of reds. This classic and just goooorgeous.

Club Havana is all smudged up but ignore that middle finger, mkay? It’s an orange-y coral that will look stunning with some glitter thrown on top.

 

Disturbia is a vampy purple with minimal shimmer. It’s a vampy purple that actually LOOKS purple – and that’s rare.  

 

Formula-wise these polishes are niiiiiice. I love the wide brush but I did run into a problem with a few of them. Some of the “hairs” were cut unevenly and so it made applying tricky. In ended up having to cut a few with cuticle scissors just to apply with an even finish. So no, not the end of the world but it’s worth mentioning if you’ve got your eyes on these. I used 2 coats of polish for each polish. You can scoop ‘em up for $1.99 a pop. Not bad, uh?

 

 

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Pretty Polishes: butter LONDON Wallis

Reason #928 why butter LONDON is my favorite higher-end brand of nail polish…they always have these strikingly unique nail polish colors. A great deal of their polish shades can be labeled as weird, unusual, butt ugly and gross. Aaaaaand, considering I’ve got 3,041 red and pink polishes that all look alike, I am very open to the WUBUG (weird, unusual, butt..you get it) demographic.

How freaking weird is Wallis?

It’s not a polish that you would call “pretty” at first glance, uh? Good thing those nail polish description writers at butterLONDON.com are so efficient.

Wallis is, “A tarnished, metallic olive gold lacquer, as mysterious and regal as its namesake.”

Why yes, metallic olive gold lacquer was exactly what I was thinking. ;) I certainly wish I knew who the namesake was though.

Ahhh, who cares. ‘Scuse me while I go finish staring at Wallis.

If you need to complete your life, you can pick up Wallis here for $14.

Amor de Lacquer: Milani Fast Speed Dry polishes

Milani is hookin’ us nail polish with some niiiiice polishes from their Fast Speedy Dry department and I couldn’t be happier. I have become such the nail polish addict these days. I could very well morph Clumps into a nail polish blog but I love mascara too much. And blush. And eye shadow. And skincare. So yeah. Clumps will stay a BEAUTY blog but hope you don’t mind the influx of nail polish posts. Something tells me you don’t. 8)

And ‘scuse the left/right hand pics. From now on, my right hand be the only one that makes its appearance for nail polish swatches. Woot!

White On The Spot is just…white. Nothing fancy here. It’s difficult to work with like most white nail polishes. It’s streaky but a third coat should even it out. The formula was a little watery for me – hence the sipping in my cuticles.

 

Yellow Whiz is what I would call a bright buttercream. I love just about all yellow polishes that I come across and this one is no different.

 

 

Fast Fuchsia Pink is a bright raspberry that looks beautiful. It’s creamy and wonderful and is my ideal kind of pink. With my hating the color pink and all, the ones that have blue undertones are the only ones that I can deal with looking at for more than 2 minutes.


Violet Dash is a creamy lilac that would photograph nicely for me. Crazy how natural lighting can make some colors (like blues, greens and purple) act so strangely for my camera.

In real life, Purple looks like this:

 

Hot Pink Frenzy is a coral mixed with magenta. Such a pretty summer pedicure color this polish will be. I loooove it!

 

 

Jiffy Orange is a bright tangerine. It’s spunky, bright and perfect for the season!. 

 

Rapid Cherry is just a blue-toned red.

 

Black Swift is a rich and pigmented black.

 

 

While these polishes aren’t terribly unique, they are perfect additions to Milani’s polish line-up. I wouldn’t say that the formula dries quickly though. Although I applied 3 coats for each polish, I waited a few minutes after applying the the first to see how quickly they tried and nope…it wasn’t fast. But no biggie there. I apply fast drying top coats anyway. The overall formula for these was pretty thick so your best bet is to take your time when applying these.

You can scoop ‘em up from your drugstore and Milani.com for $4.99

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Wet ‘n Wild Fauna and Flora collections

Inquiries about Wet ‘n Wild’s Fauna and Flora sets have been blowin’ up my inbox. And I see why. Have you gals spotted these in your drugstores yet? OMG…Wet ‘n Wild does it again. And affordably so!  Look at these. Look at them, I say!

And don’t turn your nose up to ‘em either. Their $4.99 price tags don’t mean that these are those crappy bootleg brand eyeshadow sets that come out around the holidays. I’ve long begun to start associating Wet ‘n Wild with quality goodness. And you should too, girlfriend. Even if you are a higher-end kind of gal. Gas just hit $4/gallon here in Central Florida and I am going to be pinching pennies even more now than ever.

Gas, ugh. I just depressed myself. Anyway, let’s move on…

These beautiful sets should be in your drugstores but because they’re so affordable, awesome, cool and special (adjective overload, much?) folx are snaggin’ them up with the quickness. If you’re wondering if they are in your neck of the wood, check out Nouveau Cheap’s Interactive Map.

On we go!! These Flora and Fauna sets rock primarily because you get so many products in ‘em. For less than $5 you get…

-1 Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Color Icon Mini Blusher
-1 Glassy Gloss Lip Gel (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Fast Dry Nail Color (regularly priced at $1.99)

So just by scooping this up, you’re saving over $3. Hollerrrr!!

Let’s take a peek at Fauna first.

Pretty stuffs, uh? The Fauna palette is niiiice.

A little chalky at first swatch, these shadows can easily become creamier and easier to use a little effort.

…and a clearer pic of that purple.

The blush is a shimmery pink and it goes by the name Pearlescent Pink.

It’s a bit lighter than most of the blushes I wear but somehow it still compliments my complexion. So I’m not complainin’.

Lippy-wise we’ve got Glass Confusion, a frosty and creamy pink. Not my style but the great thing about these lippies is that they have a peppermint-y taste. Not that I mean to go around licking my lips but you know what I mean.

Aaaand for the nails, we’ve got Teal or No Teal.

I applied one coat of polish to the nail on the left and 3 coats to the nail on the right. Even with 3 coats, this is one super sheer polish.

Next up is Lady Flora!

Does this palette not scream Spring or what?

These shadows are a bit cooler than the Flora palette and while they are just a sheer, they are gorgeous.

Blush-wise, we’ve got a warmer one in this set. Mellow Wine is a matte blush that has a tad bit more warmth to it than Pearlescent Pink does.

Mow the Glass Glossy Glass is a super gel-y lip gloss with a pink tint to it. It looks clear on my lips though.

I’m not sure if Twining Vines is a permanent shade but if so, I don’t know how I missed this one. This shimmery olive is goooorgeous. It has chrome finish and it’s absolutely stunning.

Overall: Fauna and Flora both rock. And even if you come across these and you’re not feeling 1 or 2 of the products, you didn’t spend a ton of money on ‘em so all isn’t lost.

Weigh in….which set do you like more? Fauna or Flora?

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Surf collection

Summer has totally surpassed Spring here in Orlando, Florida and I couldn’t be happier. Ask me that when the sweltering weather gets here and I may renege that I ever made this statement. Ha! This collection includes 6 gorgeous polishes with foil metallic finishes.

Mryta is medium-dark orange with lighter orange shimmer that reaches an opaque finish with 2 coats. This was my favorite of the bunch. I absolutely love orange nail polishes and so one with a foil finish just brings me so much joy. And I know what you’re thinking but no, this doesn’t look like China Glaze’s Riveting. Riveting is much brighter.

Kimber is a coral-red with warm orange-gold shimmer and of course it’s my second favorite. This baby is a beaut. It’s like a silvery and bright terracotta. It looks stunning and if you don’t get any other polish from this collection, this is definitely the one you’re going to want to get. 

Meg was probably named after the daughter from Family Guy but that’s neither here nor there. 8) This warm, lightened grassy green with chartreuse shimmer photographed so funky that I had to do some editing to show you its true color – so please excuse the pink in my fingers. This polish reminds me of money, baby. So of course I like it. Woot!

Zuza is blue-based aqua with silver shimmer and it’s quite reminiscent of the waters in the Bahamas. I’d love it more if it didn’t stain the nails. This is the case with many polishes of this hue. Even with a base, they tend to stain. Which is totally unfortunate because I adore beautiful aqua shades like Zuza. The first pic is of Zuzu after some doctoring up.

Carly is a rich eggplant purple with strong magenta-red undertones and magenta-pink and violet shimmer and whoa, how refreshing is it to see shades like this in summer collections? I love, I love, I looooove!

 Rory is a a silver-shimmered cotton candy pink with strong blue undertones and she’s pretty just now my style. You know…with her being pink ‘an all. My crazy cam is giving her more “purple” but nope, she pink. 

 

Must Have’s:
-Mryta: So gorge!
-Kimber: For the ultimate pedi color this summer!
-Carly: Hot stuff!

I received an opaque finish after 2 coats for each polish. I think Zoya did an awesome job with this collection. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Whatcha think? See any you like? You can grab these polishes for $8 a pop or the entire collection for $48 at Zoya.com.

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Amor de Lacquer: OPI New York City Ballet SoftShades

Well, well, welllll…isn’t this refreshing? While corals, neons and glitters are dominating the nail scene this spring, OPI is hookin’ us with with softer shades. I’m not hatin’ on this collection, y’all. I love loud colors like most but I also really enjoy wearing soft shades every now and then. Especially when they give me an opaque finish with no more than 3 coats. Such was the case with these. Weeee!!

According to OPI, this collection was ‘inspired by the New York City Ballet (NYCB), one of the world’s premiere dance companies’. Very cute. Oh! And this is also the debut of my newly shaped nails. Some of my older nail polish posts will sport the square look but the newer posts will be showing the oval look. This is such a big deal for me since I haven’t changed my nail shape since uh….ever. 8)

Care To Danse? is a creamy lilac. In fact, it’s so faint that it almost looks pink. It definitely looks more “lilac” in the bottle.

Barre My Soul is a sheer beige and it gives the the perfect “naked” look for nails. This is the kind of nail polish I’d wear on a job interview. 

You Callin’ Me A Lyre? is an ascending pink that would be perfect for an American manicure. Not that I’d wear one because American (and French) manicures are like soooooo 1990’s. Agree or disagree?



My Pointe Exactly is a gorgeous sheer gray that looks blue in the bottle and on my nails. It’s a strange shade for a sheer but somehow it works.

Don’t Touch My Tutu! is the one shade that I’d wear the most often. I just love how creamy this white is. It’s stunning and classy and everything I’d want from a sheer white cream.

Pirouette My Whistle is a silver sparkle that looks okay with 3 coats but is probably better layered over a polish. My nails are stained so it doesn’t look the best solo. 

Pirouette My Whistle over Care to Danse?

Must Have’s:
-You Callin’ Me A Lyre?: I could wear this one everyday.
-My Pointe Exactly: There is something so pleasantly unusual about this one….
-Don’t Touch My Tutu: Ooooh, how wonderful is this white creme?

I was a little nervous when I saw the promo for this collection. While I like sheer polishes, a lot of ‘em are a pain to deal with because it’s hard to get them to apply to an opaque finish. Soooo not the case with these kids. I applied 3 coats for each polish and they were all completely opaque. Fan-freaking-tastic. I love love looooove these.

Are you a fan of sheer polishes or not so much?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild Spoiled polishes – only $1.99 a pop

Have y’all seen Wet ‘n Wild’s Spoiled collection in your local Walgreens? OMGGG….as if I needed another reason to love Wet ‘n Wild polishes. I am showcasing just 8 here but there are literally like…a hundred of ‘em. And they are only $1.99. I knowwwww. Okay, I’ll shut up and get to postin’.

Did I Dye It Too Blonde? is a neon yellow. Well, obviously, right? It’s a looooot brighter than this in real life. I applied 3 coats and had such a hard time with getting an opaque finish. Such is the case with most neon polishes. Still. I really really like this. Your best bet for getting opacity from neon polishes is to use a white polish as a base.

Shrimp On the Barbie is such a Spring-y shade. It isn’t the most unique color in the world, but the gold shimmer in the salmon pink polish makes it funny and girly.

I’m Ba-roque Bahahaaaa! Funniest name ever. Very witty, Wet ‘n Wild. This polish is a brown with a ton of silver shimmer all about. I actually really like this. I’ve seen a lot of brown polishes but never one with this much personality. It’s gorge! Oh, and excuse the remnants of Did I Dye It Too Blonde?. Apparently removing neon polish is trickier than I thought.


Trust Fund Baby is a red blue and gold glitter. Well, not really glitter but more of folded hexagon specs…thingies. Yeah. I never know what to call these. It’s a tricky glitter in that if  have to apply a good 2 coats because the brush won’t pick up enough specs the first go ’round. I layered Trust Fund Baby over Shrimp On the Barbie.

Plenty of Fish In The Sea looks blue but it is more on the green side. Ya’ll already know how loco my camera is when it comes to photographing blue/green shades. It has some shimmer to it but it’s subtle.

Pet My Peacock is a teal, gold and blue chunky glitter. 

Tip Your Waitress is a hooooot neon pink. I mean, it’s a “in yo face” kind of pink. This is really the only kind of pinks I like. It dries between a matte and glossy finish. Not quite gel-like though.

Shuffle The Deck is a silver, red and gray chunky glitter.

 

 

Since there are a billion of these (haha, I’m kidding – more like a few dozen), you’ve got a nice selection to choose from. This brand reminds me a lot of Sinful Colors. They are priced the same and have great formulas. I used 3 coats for each polish and find them to be really nice to work with. My favorite thing about ‘em? The wide brush. Yep. Since I’ve got wide nail beds those bigger brushes are definitely up my alley.

See any your like? Have you spotted these polishes in your neck of the woods?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.