; Plisherrific: 2017

Nov 16, 2017

Glass Waves - Dance Legend Mini Velvet 12

I'm surprised that I haven't swatched this yet! This is Dance Legend's Velvet Mini 12.

[Number Twelve]
This is #12 from Dance Legend's Velvet Mini collection and it's gorgeous! It's this dusty duochrome blue-green velvet matte foil which I just love.

[Dance Legend's Velvet Mini 12]
The duochrome-y is subtle, not very in your face, but I think it suits the overall dusty colour. As usual, it was a smooth application. It dries a velvet matte pretty quickly. If you do apply a topcoat, it would be super shiny.

Nov 13, 2017

Sheer Petal - Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose


Ah, here's a polish that I've had for ages but just could never get to work for me!

[Bottle to nail: Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose (2 coats)]
This is Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose, a sheer shimmer thermal polish which is meant to shift from gold when warm to a rose red shade when cold.

[2 coats: Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose]
This was two coats, in the warm gold shade. As you can see, it is sheer enough that there is still a visible nail line. However, it's quite a nice soft shimmer finish. I think it would be quite nice for a subtle worksafe manicure.

[2 coats: Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose]
Now I literally hung on to a bag of frozen peas for a few minutes, with the nail tips pressed up against the cold, but I just cannot get it to shift further than a soft peachy pink shade!

[2 coats: Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose]
I've googled around and people are getting this amazingly bright rose red shade but I am coming nowhere close, oh dear... I guess I'll just have to manage with a soft blush rather than raging rose.. =p

Nov 9, 2017

Are you feeling lucky - Mckfresh LD 62

I'm surprised that I haven't posted swatches of this yet! I got this at the Aussie Indie Con 2017, which was Australia's indie nail polish convention held this June.

[Mckfresh LD 62]
I got this lucky dip nail polish from Mckfresh. Mckfresh's LD 62 has a very pale mint green creme base and matte glitter in green, blue, black, white, purple and yellow, and in shapes of triangles, circles, hexagonals, and bars. The variety of shapes and colours somehow really go well together.

[Mckfresh LD 62]
The sprinkling of matte black microglitter and near invisible white glitter just completes the layered look. LD 62 applied smoothly and had an abundance of glitter which made application easy and pretty. No fishing for glitter required.

Nov 6, 2017

Undersea Speckle - Dance Legend Caviar Polish Zebrasoma


Last week's polish made the perfect base for another untried, so I went ahead and painted over it!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Caviar Zebrasoma (1 coat);
Base: Dance Legend HammeRing Creep (1 coat)]
Here's another Dance Legend polish, this time from the Caviar collection - this is Zebrasoma. As you can guess, this is a jelly-based polish with tiny white and black unfoiled glitter pieces. It took a lot of squinting but it appears to me that it's the blue base that gives the illusion of many different shades of blue speckles (it's actually the white glitter seen through different depths of the jelly base).

[Topper: Dance Legend Caviar Zebrasoma (1 coat);
Base: Dance Legend HammeRing Creep (1 coat)]
I had to use quite a thick coat to get this density of glitter, and intensity of base. The effect is gorgeous, really glossy and excellent depth. However, this polish is quite runny and takes a while to dry with the thicker coats I was using, so it would run to one side of the nail or spill over if I wasn't careful about keeping my nails level while it was drying!

[Topper: Dance Legend Caviar Zebrasoma (1 coat);
Base: Dance Legend HammeRing Creep (1 coat)]
Still a nice effect, if you can deal with carefully drying your nails, or maybe doing multiple thin coats instead. I was definitely being a bit impatient! =p

Nov 2, 2017

Starry Blue Skies - Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!, Sally Hansen: Sea-ing Stars

Time to be lazy but still glam it up a little!

[Blue the Stars across the Seas]

[Base: Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!
Glitter: Sally Hansen: Sea-ing Stars]
These are out of my untried stash. I used Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away! as the base coat. Blue Me Away! is an opaque creme blue, and I admit I bought the polish partially for the name. :P I went over the middle-to-tips of the nails with Sally Hansen's Sea-ing Stars. Another great name! Sea-ing Stars has blue-green leaning clear holo glitter in a teal jelly base. The colour of Sea-ing Stars' base doesn't show up against Blue Me Away, but the glitter comes through well. The glitter is shiny but subtle enough that it isn't too in your face.

[Base: Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!
Glitter: Sally Hansen: Sea-ing Stars]
Overall, a satisfactory result for an easy to produce mani.

Oct 30, 2017

Weathered Metal - Dance Legend HammeRing Creep


I've been trying to work through my years-old untrieds... so the next few posts will mostly be me trying to clear through them!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend HammeRing Creep (1 coat)]
This one is an interesting one from the Dance Legend HammeRing collection. This collection features a hammered metal finish, which you can sort of see up above.

[1 coat: Dance Legend HammeRing Creep]
The shade I'm wearing is called Creep, and it's a steely blue chrome polish, opaque in one coat. It is slightly brush-strokey but the hammered finish actually hides it quite well. The effect shows up as the polish dries, and one coat is sufficient for this polish.

[1 coat: Dance Legend HammeRing Creep]
I'm not quite sure if I'm a fan or not! It's certainly very interesting, I even got some pitting-like effects so it really looks like old metal. However, from afar, the effect is not very clear so it sort of looks like a slightly uneven coat of polish! Perhaps I need to experiment a bit more to bring out the hammered finish to best effect...

Oct 26, 2017

Rainbows at Sea - Emily de Molly Vertical Control

I'm trying to work my way through my stash of untried nail polishes and I can't believe it took me so long to try this one.

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Vertical Control]
This is Emily de Molly's Vertical Control, a holo teal nail polish. Like all of Emily de Molly's nail polishes, this one applies smoothly and is absolutely stunning. I've taken photos from several different angles for you to appreciate the full effect of the linear holo.

[Emily de Molly Vertical Control]
I'm glad I added this lovely to my collection, no matter how long ago it was. Great choice, past me!

Oct 23, 2017

Double Up - Born Pretty Holo Polish 21, Born Pretty BP-L020


Ah, what can I say... two holos are better than one!

[Go holo go!]
I've had some holographic stamping polishes from Hit the Bottle in my stash for ages but never got around to trying them out, so this is what I've done!

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21 (2 coats)]
My base was a dark navy linear holographic - Born Pretty Holo Polish #21. So I figured a light stamp over the top would show up nicely over this shade.

[Bottle to nail: Hit the Bottle Holo there Beautiful! (stamping);
Base: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21 (2 coats); Plate: BP-L020]
This lovely silver holographic stamping polish is Hit the Bottle Holo there Beautiful! It was sooo easy to stamp with and easily picked up the intricate lace pattern from Born Pretty plate BP-L020.

[Base: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21 (2 coats);
Stamping
: Hit the Bottle Holo there Beautiful!, Born Pretty BP-L020]
The holographic sparkle also transferred perfectly, so I really have only good things to say about this (as with all other Hit the Bottle products that I've tried!). I'd love to try this out with longer nails, or perhaps a less intricate pattern as it's a bit hard to see the fine detail from afar.


Oct 16, 2017

Navy Spark - Born Pretty Holo Polish 21


The third holographic polish in a row!

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21 (2 coats)]
This is Born Pretty Holo Polish #21 which is a dark blue linear holo. The photos make the base shade look a bit brighter than it actually is, it's definitely more a navy shade.

[2 coats: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21]
Some nice linear holographic sparkle in there! Formula was nice, thin and opaque in 2 coats on my relatively short nails.

[2 coats: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21]
These photos kinda make me wish I did have a medium blue linear holo! I don't think I have one yet... do I? =p


Oct 9, 2017

Totes Srs - Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius?


First a red holo last week, then a green one this week? Well.. it's turned October and the shops have already brought out all the Christmas gear so I guess I'm not jumping the gun... =p

[Bottle to nail: Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius? (2 coats)]
Today's polish is Why So Sirius? from Celestial Cosmetics. This is a lovely rich green polish, with faint scattered holographic particles, and a strong golden shimmer.

[2 coats: Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius?]
Great formula, opaque in two coats on my short nails here. The holo is not very obvious unless under very bright light, but still a beautiful shade, very rich and almost metallic-looking when applied!

[2 coats: Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius?]
What a stunner, I'll have to pull this out again at Christmas-time....!
 
[2 coats: Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius?]
I'm pretty happy to add this to my collection of greens, but now it's made me want to look for nice linear holographic green to add to my stash! I have so many dusty green holos, but a nice rich green one would be a great addition I reckon...


Oct 5, 2017

Royal Jewels - Emily de Molly Quest for Immortality

I felt like stocking up on purple nail polishes again, so I decided to give in!

[Royal Jewels]
This is Emily de Molly's Quest For Immortality, a gorgeous purple nail polish with a brighter blue to purple colour-shift and a scattering of red-leaning holo microglitter. Look how pretty it is!

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Quest for Immortality]
The nail polish is opaque in two coats. Its holo is scattered but they catch the light brilliantly.

[Emily de Molly Quest for Immortality] 
You can see it clearer in the last photo that Quest for Immortality has this beautiful blue to purple colour shift too.

What can I say except that I love the colour, and that I've got an even bigger hankering to get more purple polishes again!

Oct 3, 2017

Scarlet Supreme - Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven


I have been really busy recently, with work and other things... so there'll be quite a few plain swatches coming up in the next few weeks.

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven (2 coats)]
As I always do, my fallback is either red polishes or holographic ones... and this one is both!

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven]
This beauty is Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven, a gorgeous true red with a fine linear holographic flame. The flame is not super obvious, but you can definitely see a bit of rainbow sparkle.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven]
As with all Emily de Molly polishes, the formula is lovely. Thin and smooth, and opaque in two coats. I used my usual basecoat (Revlon Colorstay Gelsmooth) and didn't experience any staining. Bonus lovely glossy finish, although I topped off with topcoat anyway for longevity's sake.

[Direct lighting: Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven (2 coats)]
Here's another photo with extra bright light off my mobile phone, just to show off the holo goodness!


Sep 21, 2017

Spring Flowers - Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu

So it's been awhile but I think it's time for some dry water marbling using a silicone nail art mat.

[Spring Flowers]
Isn't this a lovely and bright colour combination?

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu
on Born Pretty's silicone nail art mat]
I started with a clear base polish, which I find is necessary otherwise it all kind of falls apart when you peel the mani off the silicone nail art mat. Then I did thick stripes of different coloured nail polish and dragged through the stripes using a toothpick to create the patterns above.

The nail polishes I used were Sally Hansen's Crush on Blue (such a pretty light blue creme polish), Sinful Colors' Purple Kraze (lovely purple matte polish), and Ulta3 Honolulu (a bright yellow creme polish).

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu]
Above, I've applied a base coat and then pressed on the nail polish patches to my nails before the base coat dried. I hadn't applied the top coat yet. I actually prefer the semi-matte look without the top coat, and the colours look more vibrant too. But if you don't seal it with a top coat, the mani really doesn't last.

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu]
And here it is with the top coat and the glossy finish.

I do feel like dry water marbling is quite a bit of work but I have to say, I love how it turns out and I particularly love this combination of colours for this pattern.