Amor de Lacquer: OPI The Amazing Spider-man collection

In celebration of Sony Picture’s The Amazing Spider-man, OPI is gracing us with a Spiderman collection. The film hits theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012. I’m pretty sure Esposo will be dragging me along to see it. Not that I’m complaining. I really enjoy comic-book inspired action films even though I’ve never read the actual comic books. This collection ain’t what I pictured in my head when I first heard about a Spider-man collection. Which, I suppose, is a good and bad thing.

Number One Nemesis is a greenish olive-y looking grey. It’s between a foil and glass fleck and does quite the shimmer action when it hits the light.


Call Me Gwen-Ever is a creamy and dusty orange. It’s attractive but I’ve seen plenty of oranges like this. And it’s such an interesting shade to have a Spider-man nail polish collection. Or is it just me?

 

Into The Night is a midnight blue. Very Spider-man-ish. It’s a frost so application can be tricky but a good 2 even coats should set it straight.


Just Spotted The Lizard is a probably one of the few duochrome polishes that I own. We’re seeing dupes of this shade all over and while I don’t own any others, I’m hearing that OPI’s version is the best. Depending on where you look, it can look olive green and then gold. It changes at every angle. It’s a pretty cool polish but I’m not sure I’m in love with how it looks on me.



Your Web Or Mine? is a frosty Grandma pink. This is my least favorite of the bunch. It’s very safe for a Spider-man collection. Meh. No me gusta.


My Boyfriend Scales Walls is white but it has a bit of a grey hue to it. I love it! Then again, I absolutely love white polishes. Even if they are a pain to apply. Don’t mind my cuticles here. Too much swatching ‘n removing can be drying yo. 

Shatter the Scales is a dark green-y metallic crackle. It’s hard for me to apply crackles with my nail beds being extra wide and long but hereeee we go…

Shatter the Scales over My Boyfriend Scales Walls

Shatter the Scales over Call Me Gwen-ever

Very Miami Hurricanes, uh?

Must Haves
Call Me Gwen-ever. It’s an awesome orange that applies beautifully. If you don’t have anything like this in your collection, you should scoop this one up.
Just Spotted the Lizard. I reckon this will be the most popular shade of the bunch.
My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Such an interesting grey-ish white.

Formula-wise these polishes were excellent. The crackle was a bit on the thick side but that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Many crackles are. This doesn’t feel like a Spider-man collection. The polish names and shades are pretty random and don’t evoke the kind of excitement the way a Spider-man nail polish collection should. And it’s kinda crazy that there isn’t a red polish up in here. I’ve got a thousand red polishes like everyone else but a metallic red with some shimmer would totally fit in a Spider-man collection.

Whatcha think about this collection? Any Spider-man fans in the house?

 

 

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Pretty Polishes: Cult Nails Devious Nature

I can’t toot my own horn to save my life, but tooting the horns of others? Girl, I’ll do it all day and every day. I love knowing and being around movers and shakers and people who are living out their dreams. And Maria of Cult Nails exudes that in every way.

How pink is Devious Nature?

It’s a rich and creamy pink that doesn’t make me gag. Which says a lot. It’s the kind of pink that I secretly love but would only wear on my nails.

And ohmigoodness, I can’t even imagine how gorgeous this would be with some layering of a gorgeous glitter. Weeeee!!!

Look at me. Excited over pink and glitter? When did I become all girly ‘n stuff? Oh boy. Anyway, I love Devious Nature. That is all.

You can grab this baby from CultNails.com for $10.

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Beach collection

If you haven’t seen the fierceness that is Zoya’s Surf collection, you can check it out here. The faternal twin to that collection is Beach and this collection mimics Beach but the finishes in Surf are creamier. If you’re a fan of bright creams, girlfriend, you’re going to love this collection.

Shelby is a soft pinky pink cream. There’s nothing terribly unique about this color but it fits beautifully with all of the other kids in this collection.


Arizona is a soft coral orange cream and it reminds me of a orange float. Please tell me you’ve had those. It’s a combination of orange soda and vanilla ice cream and giiiiirl, you haven’t lived until you’ve had one. Arizona is just as creamy and divine.

 

Lara is a such a vivid cerise pink cream and bay bayyyy, this is such a gorgeous pink. Is it on my toes right now? You betta believe it!


Reagan is a deep cerise pink cream and it’s a my second favorite pink of the bunch. It’s got a bit of purple to it and it’s all berry-tastic and whatnot.


Tracie is a sea grass metallic and it’s an interesting foil. I had to tweak the color a bit to make it look accurate. It’s not my favorite green but it’s pretty enough.


Wednesday is a soft aqua cream that makes photographing it weird. I wore this polish on a Tuesday a few weeks ago and felt like such a boss. Because wouldn’t it make sense to only wear Wednesday on Wednesday? Haaaa! 

Crazy how my iPhone can take a better picture of Wednesday than my super duper DSLR can. Womp.

 

 

Must Haves
-Arizona. Because it has less calories than an orange float. Ha!!
-Lara. Such a gorgeous pink (or pank if you’re from the South) it is.

Formula-wise these polishes are good. Because they’re creams, you’ll have to put a little work into them but overall they didn’t give me any problems. I used 2 coats for each polish. I dig Zoya’s Surf collection more and I was a little annoyed that this collection had THREE pinks but there are some winners so I’m not complaining. I’d like a little more shock value from Zoya though. Hopefully those Fall collections should be better.

How you feelin’ about this collection?

 

 

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

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?

 

 

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

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?