Color Club ‘Social Status’ Collection – Swatches & Review

ALRIGHT, I’ve had coffee; I’m set up in the middle of my floor; it’s a dreary, rainy day; I’ve got a fall candle burning; I’ve got my big headphones on playing some upbeat music, IT’S TIME TO WRITE SOME BLOG POSTS.

The temperatures have finally settled over here, and it’s my favorite time of the year, and I just love it. Holiday collections may already be releasing (I know, a crazy thing to think about) but we still have plenty of fall shades to look at!

So today’s post features a selection of more traditional “fall” cream shades. It’s the ‘Social Status’ collection from a brand that’s slowly becoming one of my favorites, Color Club. They don’t release collections on a typical seasonal schedule, aka 4 collections a year. Rather they release a few at a time every couple of months, so there’s always so many new shades to choose from.

I grabbed these from the Color Club website. I always highly recommend following them on their Instagram, or signing up for their email list as they’ll notify you when they’re having sales! I grabbed these on a 50% off sale, which happens pretty frequently, and I’m here to help you all save money while simultaneously showing you some beautiful polish. You can also sign up for their rewards, which gives you points anytime you buy polish and adds up to money off of purchases!

Alright, let’s get into the swatches!

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Loud Lacquer x Junior High LA ‘Back to School’ Fall 2020 – Swatches & Review

Now I don’t venture too far into indie brands at this point in time – mainly do to budget reasons as I can’t afford them as well as all of the mainstream brands I swatch (and there are so many good indie-only swatches out there). But there are a couple that I have been regularly buying from, and Loud Lacquer has definitely nudged its way in! I picked up their summer release, and just loved the whole branding and concept, and from there have been watching their new releases. (It also helps that they only release 4 at a time, so it’s much easier to grab a full collection).

So let’s look at their fall offering! It’s called ‘Back to School’ and features their traditional 4 polish release. This collection is in partnership with Junior High LA, a non-profit organization out of Los Angeles that helps benefit and showcase marginalized artists! A portion of the profits from this collection will be donated to them! The collection already sold me with the colors, and I’m so glad to support a wonderful cause as well!

I also entirely love spelling out Loud with the bottles too much okay. (Also bottles sold through restocks won’t have the specific letters on them, as it’s easier for them to restock that way. Just an FYI – only the first rounds of new collection drops will have the letters, if that matters at all!)

I grabbed this lil bundle off of Loud Lacquer’s website! (It’s currently out of stock, but they’ll be restocking soon!) Now let’s get into those swatches, shall we?

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Essie Fall 2020 Collection – Swatches & Review

You know, Chicago is currently teasing me right now with the weather. It gave me the most beautiful 60 degree days for a week, and now it’s bouncing around to 80s the next, back down to 60 and back up to 75. Just give me the cozy fall weather already!

Well, no matter what the weather is doing outside, I’m full on into fall and no one can stop me. I’ve grabbed a bounty of pumpkin scented candles from Bath & Body works, pumpkin-shaped Reese’s (the shaped ones always taste so much better than the originals), and I’ve gotten far too many pumpkin-cream cold brews from Starbucks. I’m going full BASIC and I love it.

So let’s continue right along with the fall collections, shall we? We’re still in the middle of the great blog post catch-up, and even though I’m deep into fall, I’ll have some bright summer collections that’ll pop up here and there as I work through my backlog. (It really just matches the weather).

But focusing back on fall! Today we’re looking at the Essie fall collection! This is your standard 6 polish release, and it features 4 rich creams, and 2 shimmers. I grabbed these off of polishpick.com (where I grab all of my polishes really, they just have the best prices! If you purchase from there, be sure to put my name in the dropdown! It just helps show where you’re coming from!).

These are some stunning colors, so let’s just get into it already!

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Orly Desert Muse Fall 2020 Collection – Swatches & Review

Wow. It’s certainly been QUITE a while since I’ve posted here. I don’t know what it was, but apparently I just needed a break. I needed to just not post and write here – even though I love doing it and nail polish in general. I was still posting on my Instagram, but in this medium, it was just a brief pause.

I know in the end I’m the only one who ultimately decides for this blog. When I write, how much I write, if and when I ever truly step away from it forever. (Though that won’t be for quite a while, I can already tell, so no worries there). But I did miss it, and I did feel guilty just not posting at all. Who knows if anyone even noticed except me! But if you did, here I am again, and I’m glad to be posting again.

There will be a bunch of reviews posted within the next weeks, as I catch up on a backlog. So you might get a smattering of random summer posts as I continue to post up the new fall reviews. It’ll be just like the weather outside here in Chicago! 60 degrees one day, back up to 80 the next. It’s not only fall weather here, and won’t be on this blog as well, at least for the next couple of weeks. But thank you for reading, and thank you for always sticking around, whether to the end of a little break, or the end of my novel paragraphs.

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We’re starting with the collection that officially kicked off fall reviews over here on the blog and Instagram! This is the Orly Fall 2020 collection, called Desert Muse. It features 6 rich cream shades.

As always, I received as part of my Orly Color Pass. Color Pass is where you pay up front once, and then throughout the year you are automatically shipped 4 Orly collections in each season. And there are always fun extras in each box as well – you’ll see one from this box in action down below.

Color Pass is absolutely great if you’re like me and already planning on purchasing all 4 Orly collections right off the bat, or would like to try out a lot of their polishes for a year. BUT if you’re just looking for individual polishes, you can find them on the Orly website, as well as transdesign.com.

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There’s already been so much waiting, let’s get into the swatches!

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Nails Inc ‘Naked in Neon’ Set – Swatches & Review

Whooo boy I went a little dark there for a while (okay like a month). I can’t explain it, I just apparently needed to not blog for a while, but now we’re catching up so that’s right you’re getting like 9 posts over the next two days. You know, that feeling when you don’t feel like doing anything for a couple weeks, and then suddenly you have the motivation to bring the blog back up to speed. We have to ride this motivation as long as it lasts.

This is also a good place to plug my Instagram (always linked at the end of posts as well), as I always post swatches there first even if the full blog posts aren’t finished. But enough rambling, we have posts to catch up on!!

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So summer may be winding down, but of course, there’s still some posts about neons to look at. It’s still warm down here, so event though I’m very ready to wear some sweaters and drink pumpkin spice lattes, summer isn’t over yet. Let’s look at some neons I wore!

I always said I’m not that much of a seasonal polish wearer, and wear any color you want any time of the year, but dang, did this summer heat have me craving ALL of the neons. I know, groundbreaking. In this first review we’re looking at the Nails Inc Naked in Neon set. I had seen swatches of this from other lovely creators I follow and lord, I could not resist, it just looked so beautiful. And I’m so glad I didn’t.

This retails for $22 on the Nails Inc and Sephora websites for 4 of their full sized nails polishes – keep in mind their individual polishes can retail for $15 each, so this is a pretty solid deal all around.

It features 3 bright neons and one neutral beige cream. Let’s get into the swatches already, as these beauties basically speak for themselves!

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Zoya ‘Splash’ Summer 2020 Collection – Swatches & Review

Continuing with our Summer Collection Review Post Catch Up! These shades are all still available, so I still wanted to put up the review post on them all! (I just can’t NOT cross it off my list, that’s a blasphemous idea). And I think quite a few shades could transition into fall and the winter as well!

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We’re looking at Zoya’s Summer 2020 release with the ‘Splash’ collection! This is their traditional release of 12 shades, with 7 creams, 4 shimmers and 1 topper. I snagged this off their website when they were running a 50% off sale (we always love the deals). We have a nice range of colors to look at, so let’s get right into the swatches! (Is this the shortest intro to swatches I’ve ever given? Who could have thought it possible).

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Color Club ‘Fresh Picked’ Collection – Swatches & Review

Honestly I’ve really gotten in Color Club this past year, and that’s DANGEROUS for my wallet. I’ve realized they’re really underrated, and they’re constantly posting such fun collections and color stories. My collection of their polishes has grown EXPONENTIALLY this year, and I’m not mad about it.

And when they released this one, there was just something about this collection that snagged my attention. Did I need any of these shades? No. But you can say that about any polish and all that matter is that I WANTED them, okay.

This is the Fresh Picked collection, and it features 6 shades with some sort of peachy/orange undertones. I loved the theme and the whole color story with this collection, they went together so well, and I think they nailed it. I hope we get more curated, almost monochromatic collections like this!

I purchased this from the Color Club website. (One thing that helps build up a stash of their polishes is that they’re always doing sales, I got these for half off! So I say always wait for a sale! Follow them on Instagram or sign up for their emails).

Alright let’s get into the swatches!

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Color Club ‘Pride & Joy’ Collection – Swatches & Review

Whew, it’s been a little bit since I’ve put up a post! If you didn’t see in my last one, my computer had some keyboard issues, so there were extra spaces all over the place, and it was just a pain to type up posts! But it’s all fixed up, I have a lot of swatches and posts to get up, so August will be full of reviews! I don’t want to ramble too much, so let’s get right into it!

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Color Club recently has had a lot of sales, including a BOGO, on their website, so I chose that time to stock up on some neons, as well as some of their newer collections. (Color Club likes to release like 9 collections at once, so I didn’t grab them all). But they have some beautiful shades, and I think they’re truly underrated! So you’re about to get a whole lot of Color Club action.

This first collection we’ll be looking at today is the Pride & Joy collection! I believe it was released for Pride month, but of course, we accept LGBTQIA+ all months of the year, and these are just beautiful colors for anytime of the year (or the warmer months if you’re feeling more seasonal). It has 6 cream shades, some with shimmer throughout them as well.

These retail for $8.50 each on the Color Club website, but as mentioned they have a ton of sales, so I don’t think I’ve ever grabbed them at full price! Be sure to follow their Instagram or mailing list to be notified of different sales!

Let’s get into swatches already.

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Essie Sunny Business 2020 – Swatches & Review

As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m in the middle of what I’m calling the Great Blog Post Catch Up of 2020! For some reason I just needed a break from blogging, and as the swatches just kept coming, my backlog built up. It may be cooling down outside, and we’re full on into fall collections by now, but I still want to get these summer reviews posted! So be prepared for some back and forth with “older” collections to new fall releases!

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This post is looking at the Essie Sunny Business collection! Essie seems to be full on into this habit of releasing like 9 collections a year, so we’ve already looked at quite a few polishes from them! The Sunny Business collection is a release of 9 polishes, 7 creams and 2 shimmers that sum up warm weather and beachy feelings. As always I purchased this from polishpick.com. Most of the shades are still available there, and beyondpolish.com has most of the colors there as well, in case any catch your eye.

Obviously this post has been waiting long enough, so let’s get right into the swatches!

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OPI Hidden Prism Infinite Shine Summer 2020 Collection – Swatches & Review

My computer keyboard has been wigging out for a wh ile now, and you knowIshould really get itfixed. What’s i t doing youask? Well, exactly what you’reseeing. here. (I promise I’m not typing like that the whole time, I just needed you to see what I’m dealing with here).

That’s right, my spacebar is acting up and you never realize how much you’re controlled by just one key until that key starts going haywire. There was one terrifying day when it just stopped working in general. That’s right I had to google “myspacebarisn’tworking” and I was copy and pasting in spaces as I went. It suddenly started working again, but really it hasn’t been the same since.

Now it just does little bursts all throughout the day of BOTH not adding spaces, and then adding in 9 at a time. So a lot of my typing involves going back to add in lost spaces, and deleting the extra 7 in an other place. It’s been as fun as it sounds. Do you even care about any of this? Probably not, but of course I’m going to tell you about it because I like to share. So if you see any random extra spaces or words crammed together throughout this entire post, please remember my struggle.

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ANYWAYS, let’s talk about some polish now shall we? Today we’re looking at the Summer 2020 release for OPI! This is the Hidden Prism collection, and just like the Neo-Pearl release before it, OPI has released 6 shades in the regular line, and then 6 different shades in the Infinite Shine line, for a total of 12 new shades. The regular lacquers are more shimmery and sparkly jellies, while the Infinite Shine polishes are more shifty, shimmery creams.

And we’re looking at the Infinite Shine segment of it today!

As mentioned in the Neo-Pearl post, the Infinite Shine is supposed to be their more long-wearing line of polishes. And as always, I’m only wearing my polish for a couple days at a time so I’m not the one to comment on the longevity. We’re always just here to look at the colors and the formula in general.

I bought these off of polishpick.com (aka where I buy all of my OPI polishes) It’s available now with the regular lacquers as well. The regular lacquers sell for $5.50 each and the Infinite Shine polishes are $6.50 each. Let’s get into it already!

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