You know, Essie collections have started coming, and they won’t stop coming. (Yes, that’s a Smash Mouth reference there, I am NOT sorry). In the past couple of years, Essie has really ramped up their releases per year, and it can sometimes be hard to keep up. Like for example, in 2020 I have folders for ELEVEN collections that released. And that’s not even including the Gel Couture releases, the ‘Roll With It’ collection and technically, this one also released in 2020.
It’s a LOT. Listen, I can talk about how it’s a lot while reviewing them all, okay. This blog and my Instagram are always here to help you navigate all of the releases and which ones you might actually want to buy. It’s my hobby, and I love doing it. Okay yes, we got that necessary discussion out of the way, now let’s look at this newest collection, my first Essie post of 2021.
This is the ‘Not Red-y for Bed’ collection, and it features 9 shades. We have mostly pink and red tones, along with a neutral and a couple of blues! It’s a very interesting color scheme overall, and I can’t say I can immediately think of any other collections like it. I do love the idea of a more monochromatic moment with some complimentary shades.
Of course, I purchased this from my main love, PolishPick.com. You know the drill, I love them, they have the best prices for mainstreams and super quick shipping. It’s the main way I can afford to just review all of the collections, when each shade is about half the price that they are normally.
Listen, I too often jokingly say to my mother that if she had put me in ballet from a young age, I could be a STAR at this point. I have flexibility and weird feet, it could have worked, okay. Who hasn’t had a dream of being a professional ballerina? There’s a dance studio that just opened near my apartment and once it’s safe to do again, I’m DANCING.
All of these rambles have a point, I promise. They all connect to the newest collection we’re looking at today. This is the ‘Curtain Call’ release from Orosa Beauty, which they say is inspired by “the mesmerizing movement of ballet”. “Get ready for light and airy hues paired with rich jewel tones that will have you dreaming of whimsical performances all winter long.” I love a ballet inspired theme, and I think this color story fits very well. And of course, it just reminds me of my dreams.
It features 5 cream shades and 1 shimmer. I grabbed this from the Orosa beauty website during their end of year 30% off sale. The shades retail for $12 each, or $62 for the full set of 6.
If you scroll back through my feed of blog posts, you’ll see a sudden uptick of posts all about Color Club starting in the summer. I can’t explain it, but they’ve fully taken over my heart this year (and my wallet). I just can’t resist, as they’re always coming out with new and interesting collections and finishes! I love their curated themes, and there’s a color story out there for everyone!
This time we’re looking at the ‘Golden State’ collection. This is their traditional 6 bottle release of shades of metallics, spanning from a copper, various shades of gold, and silvers. It definitely intrigued me as a nice little curated release, so during a sale I snatched it up to try out. (As I always say, follow their Instagram or email newsletter, as they’re always posting about sales, and you don’t often have to wait too long for 40-50%).
They retail for $8.50 otherwise if you pick them up full price, on the Color Club website. They are closed for the holidays through the 4th of January, so orders will ship out after that time – keep that in mind if you order during this holiday period!
If any of y’all have been following me on Instagram for a while (which you should, that’s where swatches always get posted first), you might have seen that I’ve been watching a movie every single day of lockdown. It started as a fun project to pass the time and now I’m 286 movies deep and gunning for a full year. It’s now just who I am, movies are all that I have.
For October I switched it up and did 31 days of Halloween/spooky movies, and of course for December, I’ve been watching a Christmas movie every single day. (A surprise favorite was White Christmas, which I watched for the 1st time this year). What’re your favorite Christmas movies?
So of course when I saw the Christmas release from Loud Lacquer I just had to pick it up, because I mean it was basically made for me (and okay, you got me, I also do review all of the Loud Lacquer releases, small detail). This is the ‘Polishes of Xmas Past’ collection and it features 4 shades based off of various classic Christmas movies. I told you, it’s fitting. The set of 4 polishes and another special glitter shade named F*2020 come in a bundle for $55, or you can purchase the shades individually for $12.50-$13.50 each. They’re all available on the Loud Lacquer website.
I also grabbed their new holo collection as well, and that’ll be coming in a later post!
If any of you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I’m deep into a project of watching a movie every single day. It started when quarantine began and my office switched to working from home, and now here I am almost 300 movies later! There have been a lot of classic movies that I hadn’t seen before, as well as new releases that I was interested in, so I’ve actually been so enjoying making myself sit down and start a hobby I thought about for a while, and at this point I’m just going to continue it for a full year! One of my friends even got me one of those scratch off “100 Essential Films” poster, so I’ve still got quite a list ahead of me.
And movies and classic films fits right in with the polishes we’re talking about today! Look at that, connecting two of my hobbies, world collide. That’s right, I found a way to connect my rambles right into the collection review.
That collection we’re looking at today is the China Glaze ‘Jollywood’ collection for Winter 2020! This is 12 shades of glitz and glam, and lots of glitter and sparkle inspired by old Hollywood glamour. As always, I purchased this full collection from PolishPick.com aka my ride or die.
We have so many fun shades in this set, so let’s get right into these swatches!
Y’all have heard me sing the praises of Color Club a lot recently, especially this past year. I’ve just fallen in love with them, and I think they’re highly underrated! They definitely release a lot of collections in a year, so I understand it can feel a little overwhelming, but I’ve been enjoying the different themes and finishes they’ve been coming out with. And of course, I’m here to post reviews to help make any decisions easier! Their collections are never limited edition, and are always available on their website after releasing, so you never need to hurry and rush and grab a polish before it’s gone.
Now, I don’t like to pay full price for polish when I don’t have to (that definitely helps me buy so many), and I always say for Color Club you rarely have to do that. Follow their Instagram page, or sign up for their email list – they have so many sales throughout the year, you won’t ever have to wait too long for a 40%-50% sale to grab up some new polishes. (And as mentioned, their shades won’t disappear, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on them while waiting for a sale).
So in my last purchase during a sale, I grabbed 2 of their newest collections! Today we’re looking at the ‘Halo Jewels’ collection. This is 6 shades of more jewel-toned linear holographic shades. I mean, they’re so beautiful, I knew I wanted them as soon as they posted pictures of them.
These shades retail for $12 each on the Color Club website, more than their normal price of $8.50 since they are holographic polishes. I picked these up during a 50% off sale, so I paid $6 each. I also highly recommend signing up for the rewards on their website! You get points for each purchase, and can earn $5 and $10 rewards pretty easily. We love deals around here.
Alright enough about savings, let’s get into the swatches!
Listen, of course I’m intrigued by every single collection that comes out in a year because I’m mildly obsessed with nail polish, but holiday and winter collections are always exciting when they come out, okay. There’s glitter and shimmer everywhere. And listen, I always say I’m not a person to be held back from wearing certain polishes that are out of season, but there’s just something about wearing some holiday shades when the weather outside gets colder. Some shades just feel more like the holidays, and I think that’s the case with a lot of the polishes in this collection!
OPI is a brand that always makes collections that just feel like the holidays and this one is no exception! This is the ‘Shine Bright’ collection for Winter 2020. It features a ton of shimmer and glitter, and only one cream shade, a classic red. One half of the collection is a lot of pink tones, and then we have some glittery purples, golds, silvers and blacks. There’s a lot of finishes here, and lots to talk about!
We have the 12 polishes of the “core” collection and then 3 exclusive glitters. I picked up all 15 shades from my fave, PolishPick.com. All are still in stock and will be fore quite a while if any happen to catch your eye!
Well there’s a lot of polishes to talk about here, so let’s get right into it!
Behind the Scenes: I’m actually finishing up this review on December 6th. As mentioned too many times, I’m slowly catching up on a backlog of posts that built up when I took an unexpected couple of months break from blogging (and then I adjust the date to show when they were posted on Instagram – def follow my Insta as that’s more caught up). 90% of the polishes I review are still available to purchase (I don’t love to review SUPER limited edition things) but this is one post where it might be hard or almost impossible to find the shades at the point I’m writing! But I still wanted to get it posted up! I have the swatches, I don’t want them to go to waste. There’s a chance you can find these in certain target stores, or in a destash, so just in case, here are swatches!
I’m a big supporter of brands releasing Halloween collections and I fully think there should be MORE. Yes, this is a campaign I throw myself entirely behind. And this year, along with China Glaze who usually brings out some sort of Halloween release, Essie did as well! We are truly blessed.
This is the Blue Moon collection and it contains 6 super shimmery and sparkly shades. I actually managed to grab 5 of the 6 shades off of Target’s website. HOWEVER, tragedy struck and the package with 2 of the shades just got lost, so somewhere out in the world those polishes are hanging out. I hope they’re happy.
SO we’re unfortunately only looking at 3 of the 6 today. This collection was popular and I can see why! The 3 shades I don’t have are ‘Once in a Blue Moon’, a deep navy base with larger silver flakes; ‘Like a Charm’, a deep teal base with stunning bright green shimmer; and ‘Broom with a View’, a more gray-toned blue with silver shimmer.
Alright, let’s look at the shades that actually managed to make it to my doorstep!
Listen, one thing I’ll forever love about China Glaze and something I hope they never stop doing is releasing collections just for Halloween. Some of their iconic and most talked about releases have been previous Halloween collections, and I’m sad that I didn’t join the nail community until after some of these classics. (Forever wanting a bottle of Don’t Let the Dead Bite). They have come out with some of the most weird and unique shades for these collections and just GIVE ME MORE.
Now 2020 has been real weird, and of course has affected releases overall. Because of –you know-, China Glaze didn’t release a fall collection for the year, but we still did get a Halloween release and that’s all I need. (I fully know at the point of posting that most of these shades are sold out, but I did still want to get this review up! Mostly for archival purposes, or for anyone who happens to run across them in a destash or otherwise!)
So today we’re looking at the China Glaze Spellbound collection, a 6 bottle release for Halloween! This features 3 matte finish shades, and 3 “normal” finish polishes. I grabbed 3 from PolishPick, but this collection was definitely very popular and was sold out in a lot of places by the time I was getting around to reviewing. I posted about missing out on 3 shades and one of my nail friends Joy from @JoyDumpling (follow her immediately) sent me the 3 I was missing! Forever the nail community is one of the most generous and the friendships I have from it are my favorites.
Alright random little wholesome friendship story aside, let’s get into the swatches!
As mentioned many times before, I stick to mainstream brands with this blog and my reviews. The indie world is so large and expansive that I’m not even sure where to start! And I know my wallet wouldn’t be able to handle expanding fully into indie reviews as well 😂 (There are so many great reviewers already doing entirely indie-specific posts, so definitely check them out!)
But there are a couple smaller brands now that I just enjoy, and have expanded to reviewing consistently on the blog! And one of them includes Orosa Beauty. They might not technically be “indie” in the way of one person handmixing polishes, but they are still a smaller independent nail polish brand. I did receive a couple collections in PR, but even now when I’m not, I still purchase them to try out as I just enjoy their polishes. It’s just something about those square bottles that are so pretty.
So we’re looking at their Fall 2020 release today! This is the ‘Night Train’ collection and features 6 cream shades. I know cream finishes might not be the most exciting for everyone, but it seems like Orosa is building up a good catalogue of cream shades before branching out into other finishes. Listen, I love all polishes equally so I’ll never say no to a solid cream formula.
I grabbed this off of their website for $60 for all 6 polishes. You do save the price of one polish when purchasing the full set, otherwise each shade retails for $12.