Alright listen, I absolutely love when brands put out a special Halloween collection, and I think there should be more every year. It’s when even mainstream brands aren’t afraid to experiment and bring out unique finishes and polishes, and there’s never enough of that. Gimme the weird. At least China Glaze always gets the memo, and most years, so does Sinful Colors. And it’s one of those years, we are blessed.
Y’all know how much I love Sinful Colors – they’ve been on this blog from the very BEGINNING, and I’m so glad we’re still here together 5 years later. I remember way back when I first started blogging, and the first Halloween release I picked up from them. It’s one I still love! They’re one that often puts out interesting finishes and themed collections all year round, but ESPECIALLY at Halloween time, and this group is no exception.
This is the ‘Made on Mars’ collection, and it features 4 space themed shades in collaboration with Saweetie. They’ve had quite a few collections with Saweetie this year, and this is their newest in creative finishes. This is 4 shimmery shades that dry to a more matte finish, as well with an interesting, bumpy, almost moon rock texture. They all have stickers that say “Extraterrestrial Effects” and they’re not wrong. These won’t be for everyone, but if you love some weird, keep on reading.
I grabbed these from Walmart’s website. They seem to be out of stock individually, but you can still buy the pack of 4 polishes + a sheet of alien themed nail stickers for under $10. I never feel badly about recommending an entire collection when it’s this affordable.
I, of course, included live swatches of each shade. These ones are super interesting as they apply much differently than you’ll think based on the final product, and the look in the bottle. It’s also the first instance I’ve seen of wide brushes on a Sinful Colors polish, and I hope that continues because it made application even better. Let’s dive on in already!
Kelli Marissa is a big name in the nail world, being a prolific nail polish reviewer, as well as consistently putting out easy to follow nail art and designs. I had previously purchased her first collab with Orly – 3 galaxy themed shades with so much gorgeous shimmer to them (you can see my post on them here. Unfortunately they’re all sold out, and were limited edition, but maybe they’ll show up in a destash later if you missed on them!) So when a 2nd collab was announced, I was very excited and expected the same amount of glitter and sparkle – I was not disappointed.
This is the ‘Greens’ release, and as you might have guessed, features 2 greens created by Kelli herself as her “favorites”. This is just a duo, with 2 polishes. Both retail for $12 each, and are available still on the Orly website! They feature the same bottle design as the first release as well – with a label featuring Kelli’s handwriting with each polish name.
Now this duo was even more special to me, as my lovely Insta-friend Martina reached out about them and asked if I could send them along since they weren’t available in Germany! And of course I said yes because she’s the sweetest and we got them sent on over! She posted a lovely manicure using these shades, so definitely check it out! They work together so well, and of course she deserves more love – if you love both polishes and books, you’re in for such a treat. And it’s just so cool to see how polish connects us, and how Instagram has expanded my community to so many people around the world!
I wanted to wait until she received them herself to swatch them up, and now that they’re there safe and sound, let’s look at these gorgeous polishes!
The temperatures are finally (and hopefully for good) dropping over here, and so I immediately soup. I was still sweating while eating it but you know, the thought is there and I still declare soup season is on.
And so OF COURSE there’s even more fall collections to look at, we’re not done with them just yet! Continuing right along, we now have Essie’s release to look at. We have our normal 6 bottle release, and I grabbed them from Ye Olde Target (how dare Essie keep these from my beloved discount prices of PolishPick, but I digress). We have 4 creams, and 2 shimmers in a variety of interesting shades and colors!
A BLAST FROM THE PAST. That’s right, Sally Hansen has re-released their Color Foil line!
The original line released back in 2014, and had 10 shades. Now that was back before I fully got into polish and swatching, and before my instagram and blog so I didn’t grab them. So I won’t have the originals to fully compare.
In this new line, we have 7 shades. I have 6 of them, with one being out of stock when I ordered (I’m missing Vio-lit, the lilac purple). These have different names than the previous release, but the colors seem pretty similar so they translate well. Looking at old swatches, it seems like the shades now “missing” in the new release are a super bright pink, a more teal-blue shade, and a yellowy-green.
Sally Hansen describes these as a high shine shades that dry to a mirror finish. So of course I was super interested to see how any foiled shade from the drugstore would hold up.
I grabbed these from CVS’s website, as my local stores can be bad about getting things in stock. They retail for $8.99 each, so more than their Insta-dri lines, but cheaper than the Miracle Gels. They come in these square metallic bottles (Sally Hansen does love to have 16 different bottle shapes) with a different colored sticker to match the polish inside.
I spilled my Pumpkin Cream cold brew on myself right as I was finishing up this post, so you know this feels fitting. Happy fall y’all.
Alright let’s get into the review, as the caffeine courses through my veins. And of course, we’re looking at yet another fall collection! This is the ‘Wild Natured’ collection for fall 2021 from Orly. It features 6 saturated cream shades in another gorgeous color scheme (I think this is the perfect “fall version” of their summer release as well). It’s a different take on fall color palettes and I love it!
As always, I received this as part of my Orly Color Pass that I purchased. If you haven’t read my previous Orly reviews – the Color Pass is a thing Orly does where you pay one larger sum at the beginning, and then you receive 4 Orly collections throughout the year automatically. Each box always contains that seasons 6 piece release, as well as other additional goodies. I absolutely love it, and it’s been perfect for someone like me who always plans on purchasing any collection anyways! I definitely recommend it but of course it depends on your own polish purchasing habits.
The temperatures dipped down to 70 degrees, it’s obviously FALL NOW (she says ignoring the pop back up to 84 later on in the week). I have my first Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew next to me so it’s time to review some more FALL COLLECTIONS.
The one we’re looking at today is the ‘Autumn Spice’ collection from China Glaze for fall 2021 – but I’m sure you gathered that from the title. It features 5 cream shades, and one shimmer.
This collection is the most fall of fall collections you could ever ask for, from the colors themselves to the names as well (I mean, it’s even called Autumn Spice). So if you’re missing out on any fall staples, this collection is for you. Or if you’re like me and you can’t get enough of these stereotypical fall shades. As always, I grabbed this collection from my favorite, polishpick.com. (Not sponsored at all – I do get a discount purchasing there, but I was purchasing every collection I could from there before they ever offered me even more money off. It’s just the best prices every time.)
Alright, let’s get right into these gorgeous swatches!
Whenever a new brand reaches out to me offering to send polishes, I’m always so excited to try out something that I might have missed or wouldn’t have been able to try on my own (Contrary to what you might think, I don’t have the budget to try EVERY brand). And I always enjoy showing you all different brands and polishes as well. So when Whats Up Nails reached out to me about trying their new release, I was so intrigued!
Whats Up Nails is an online stores that distributes a variety of other brands of polishes. They’re also super well known for their nail art supplies, especially their stamping plates. But recently they started releasing their own line of polishes as well! This is the 2nd release they’ve had, with the Desert Monsoon collection coming out earlier this summer. I hadn’t bought from them yet, so I was definitely here to try it out!
This new release is called the Shorter Days collection and features 6 shades in a variety of finishes and colors! The color palette looks so nice next to each other as well! You can find a bundle of the shades on their website, as well as the individual colors.
Let’s get right into the swatches shall we! (And I always give my spiel, that even though these were gifted to me, that never stops me from honestly reviewing the polishes and formulas! I never have obligations for positive reviews, and I review them all the same. You would be able to see bad formulas right in the live swatches as well! Alright now to the polishes!)
IT’S FALLLLLLLL, I write as its continually 80 degrees outside here in Chicago. Listen, we had a week of 72 degree days, and I was a fool and let myself think that maybe fall weather was on the way. It happens EVERY YEAR and I fall for it EVERY TIME. The weather went up to 90s immediately after that, it was playing me.
But even though it’s not fall outside, it’s FALL in the polish world! That’s right, we’re already looking at fall releases! The major mainstream brands have dropped the fall releases so we’re diving right in with my favorite, OPI.
This is the ‘Downtown LA’ and it continues their 40th anniversary celebration with another California-themed release, this time for the bustling city of Los Angeles.
We have a lot of gorgeous saturated and rich creams here, along with a couple sparkles that I know everyone will love! And as always, I grabbed this from my love, polishpick.com. I know buying from these discount websites can be intimidating at first, but I’ve purchased from PolishPick so many times – it’s the only place I buy my OPIs and China Glazes at this point. They have the best prices, and insanely fast shipping! So if you do pick some up let them know I sent you! They have the collection not only in the regular lacquer formula, but also in Infinite Shine and Gelcolor formulas.
If you’ve been around this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know just how much I love Sinful Colors. They’re the brand I really started my blog and Instagram on, and the first collections I would review. They were cheap so college me could snatch up every release they put out and still afford to eat that week. And that hasn’t changed even now when I have more of a nail polish budget as an adult with a full-time job. I’ll always grab anything Sinful Colors puts out.
So OF COURSE, I had to grab this newest release. This is the ‘Vacay Vibes’ collection, a 6 piece bright and warm color palette perfect for summer. It’s another collaboration with Saweetie, who they’ve collaborated with for multiple collections this year.
I grabbed this collection from Walmart’s website – you can only buy the full 6 piece collection, but these are super affordable, so it’s not bad at all. Ever since Sinful Colors dropped out of Walgreens it has been harder to find them, so I appreciate when I can still grab them online!
Ahh Holo Taco, my love. Holo Taco is one of those brands that if I had unlimited money, I would throw it at SimplyNailogical and buy every thing she releases. But alas, I don’t have unlimited funds – much because I buy so much other nail polish, okay. I’ll know I have made it when I can press ‘Add to Cart’ with no hesitancy, the dream.
Anyways, every so often, a new Holo Taco releases catches my eye so much that I find a way to squeeze it on into my polish purchasing for that month, and this release was one of them. This is the Holo Taco ‘Electric’ Holos collection. It features 5 linear holographic shades in bright and fun and unique shades, and there was just a bright lime green so I had to have it. It’s available on the Holo Taco website as a bundle or you can purchase the individual shades. Let’s get right into the swatches, shall we?