Amor de Lacquer: Maybelline Color Show nail polishes – they rock!

Ohhhhhh, check out Maybelline. They’ve got new nail lacquers on the market. 40 to be exact. And of course I’m all giddy about it because well, what’s NOT to get excited about? Affordable nail polish is SO hot right now. I’ve been spying Maybelline Color Show stands at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart and most are retailing for less than $3.99. And if you wait for a sale, you may be able to snag them for Buy 1, get 1 50%. Yeeeeep!

The 40 polishes range in color (obviously) and finishes. In fact, I’m pretty sure Maybelline has covered quite a wide spectrum of popular and trendy nail polish shades. You’ll definitely find something you like. I’ve got 6 of ‘em here to show off…

Iced Queen is a creamy lavender with cool undertones. It definitely reads as a Spring shade but you know me…I’ll wear any shade of polish at any time of year. This was the only polish of the few that I own that required only 2 coats. It gave a beautiful opaque finish.

Pinkalicious is a bubble gum pink and if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. This one isn’t terribly unique but Maybelline would catch an inane amount of heat if at least one of the Color Show polishes wasn’t a traditional pink cream. Not my style but I know lots of ladies love pink polishes.

Impeccable Greys is flippin’ fabulous. It’s grey, yes, but it’s a smokey grey and it looks like there a few drops of navy blue dropped in the bottle. This is definitely one of my favorite greys. It is creamy cool perfection.

Pink Shock photographs funky but that’s only because it’s a neon and we know how weird neons can be. This baby is a hot pink that dries to a semi-matte finish. To get it to really pop, it’s best to use it under white. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a visible nail line and a dull finish. So glad to see neons in the mix!

 Shocking Seas is a gooooorgeous blue but like most blues like this, it has the tendency to stain the nails a bit. Sometimes even if you wear a base coat. Which sucks but a blue nail polish like this is almost worth the hassle.

Blue Freeze is a dark blue/purple with various shades of micro shimmer. I spy a bit of red, blue and gold glittery specs. They are tiny and hard to see once on the nail but the shimmer really really makes this polish shine.

Overall: Having played around with a few of ‘em, I kinda dig Maybelline Color Show polishes. The consistency of some of these (particularly the creams) are a bit wonky. I found some to be a bit on the watery side which made application tricky. But not impossible. I just found that I plop only a small amount on the nail each time I was ready to polish. The shimmers seem to apply better. Dry time is decent but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Color Show top coat. It didn’t give my nails that sparkly shine that I yearn for after I apply a top coat. There are also crackle polishes too!

Still – if you’re yearning for some new polishes and don’t feel like breaking the bank, try these out. I mean, just look at this gorgeous rainbow of shades that exist…

Have you tried any of these babies yet? Whatcha think?

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Gloss Collection

So despite the fact that I still have some summer nail polish collections to show you, I’m going to skip over a few of them and debut this awesome Fall collection. I really should have waited, but shoot – I couldn’t wait. Jelly nail polishes happen to be one of my favorite finishes (after holographic and creme, of course) and I just couldn’t NOT show y’all this collection right there.

There are only 3 polishes in this collection. But that’s okay, because Zoya has 2 other Fall collections and each one of those has 6 polishes. So we’re covered!

Katherine is a sheer eggplant jelly gloss and I must say…I wasn’t too excited about this one. And not because I’m not a fan of eggplant/burgundy shades but because getting this to cover the nail completely was quite the task. I did 3 coats here and still wasn’t able to get an uneven application. Oh boo, Katherine. Boo.

Frida is a sheer teal blue jelly gloss but I would definitely put it more in the hunter green department in terms of shade. Maybe light hunter green? Like all of these polishes, I found that my nail line is quite visible which doesn’t bug me. I didn’t try but I suppose with 4-5 coats (gah!), I have achieved more of an opaque finish. Maybe?

Paloma is a sheer berry red jelly gloss and this is my absolute favorite of the bunch. Formula-wise, she is just like her sisters but I really appreciate the berry shade. It looks far more friendly on my nails than the other shades. AND – my nail lines weren’t as visible with this shade as they were with the others.

Such a cool collection, uh? While Katherine and Frida were on the “interesting” side, I was still happy to see Zoya push it to the limit. Jelly polishes were once super popular (like back in the 90’s) and I’m glad to see them come back via a major nail polish brand. So yes. I’m happy! Many nail polish fanatics are into the jelly sandwich bit. It’s where you apply glitter nail polish and then layer a jelly polish over it for a squishy muted glitter look. Not really my style but the jelly sandwiches I’ve been seeing look fantastic!

Oh! And this collection is currently available on Zoya.com. You can buy the entire collection or buy them individually at $8 a pop.

Whatcha think about jelly nail polishes? Yay or nay?

Pretty Polishes: butter LONDON’s Blues and a Green

The beauty room is slowly but surely coming around and I came up with the awesome idea of putting my favorite polishes in racks on the wall in some kind of pretty decorative fashion. Only a few brands will make the cut and of course, butter LONDON will be one of the brands that get on display in the Beauty Café (as will Cult Nails and A.England). The rest of the brands will be housed neatly in crates.

A few weeks before I moved, I got to snappin’ random shots of the butter babies…

Big Smoke is a dusty pseudo-metallic blue that doesn’t look like any blue polish that I own.

And check it – it’s a dark blue that LOOKS blue. Which hardly ever happens. That reason alone is why Big Smoke will always have my heart. And it’s super shiny with no top coat. WIN!

Say ‘ello to British Racing Green!

Ohmigoodness, this green is wonderful. Not a fan of greens but want to dabble around with them a bit? This is the one to go for. It’s a subtle green but still has a ton of personality.

As does Dosh.

butter LONDON describes Dosh as a molten apple-green with pretty shimmer. It isn’t as bright as chartreuse and looks like every bit of a Granny Smith apple.

As soon as I get to unpacking, I’ll be dabbling around with more of my butter LONDON polishes. I am well on my way to owning ALL of their polishes.

A bit much? Yeah. Kinda. But hey…some girls buy shoes… 8) You can grab butter LONDON online and at select department stores.

Any bL lovers in the house?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Minnie Mouse collection

This collection excited me to no end. I am an ENORMOUS Disney fan. Not so much of the color pink but the fact that my girl Minnie has her own collection speaks highly for me. The Mouse and I go way back.

Yeah, literally. I was 3 or 4 years old in that picture and I am still fanatic about Disney. I actually saw Minnie Mouse a few weekends ago.

Cute, ain’t she? I forgot to congratulate her on her new line. In fact, they wouldn’t even let me get in the streets and dance around with her. Something about that only being allowed for kids. Pfft. I AM a kid, thank you very much.

If You Moust You Moust is a soft pink cream. It’s nothing terribly unique about it. And the name is kinda weird to me. I see where they’re going with the whole “Moust” thing but still…it’s weird. Ha!


Nothin’ Mousie ‘Bout It is a confetti light pink that is complete with teeny tiny hearts. It’s absolutely adorabo. Layering those hearts can be quite the feat but once you’ve mastered it, you’ve got a cutesy manicure. The added hot pink shimmer adds some nice sparkle to the mix too. I’ll definitely be pulling this out around Valentine’s Day.

 

I’m All Ears is a pretty magenta shimmer.


The Color of Minnie is an interesting shade of red. One that I can actually appreciate it. It’s a micro shimmer that applies beautifully and has a heavy dose of pink in it.

Must Haves
-Nothin’ Mousie ‘Bout It. If you don’t have any heart-sy polishes, this one is just so cute.

Formula-wise these polishes were great. I applied 2 coats for each polish. Nothin’ Mousie ‘Bout It can be a bit on the thick side. The hearts also tend to sink to the bottom of the bottle. Turning it upside down before use should help the hearts spread evenly. I would have loved to see MORE polishes in this collection. Minnie deserves it, don’t you think?

How are you feelin’ about this collection?

 

 

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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?

 

 

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

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.

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: 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.