Zoya ‘Easy Neons’ 2021 Collection – Swatches & Review

This is a long post full of a lot of thoughts, so I won’t ramble at the beginning!

Today we’re looking at the newest release from Zoya. They’re called the ‘Easy Neons’ and as you can probably guess, it’s 6 shades of neon polishes. In 2016 Zoya released a collection called the Ultra Brites, which was their version of a neon release. I wasn’t fully into polish at that point, so I didn’t have them myself – but based on other blogs and reviews of them, they were streaky and required a white base to even really show up. Not great. So when Zoya released these, they promised a new and improved neon formula, basically a step up from the Ultra Brites. They also automatically come with their wide brushes to make application even easier and smoother. Normally you have to buy the wide brushes separately and switch them out – I really wish there was an option to not have to do this, I have boxes of their old skinny brushes that I feel weird just throwing away. ANYWAYS.

They had a pre-order deal where they were a touch discounted, and also included more of their remover, so I went ahead and purchased. I was also so intrigued myself to try out this neon formula and see what I thought. It retails on the Zoya website for $66 for the whole set or each polish is $11. They are $1 more than their normal polishes, I’m assuming because of the pigments needed.

And do I have a lot of thoughts here. Buckle in, let’s discuss, I go over it ALL.

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Holo Taco ‘Unicorn Dreams’ Collection – Swatches & Review

Listen, I’ve just put on Braveheart so I think it’s a perfect time to catch up on some blog posts. I’ve been doing a hefty amount of swatching lately, so it’s time to put out the accompanying review posts! (As always, you can follow my Instagram to see swatches as they come out as well!) Alright, I’m trying to be less wordy since I know people just want to get right into the review, so let’s do it!

Holo Taco is truly a brand that I wish I had unlimited money so I could buy every single release, but since I don’t, every so often I’m just like SCREW IT, TREAT MYSELF, and I hit add to cart. (If you didn’t know, it’s the brand of Cristine, of SimplyNailogical fame on Instagram and YouTube. So kind of an indie, but I consider it a touch more mainstream at this point). And there was something about this one that tickled my fancy so I had to have it. There have been 2 more releases since this one, a trio of creams, and then a pastel rainbow linear collection (which hoo boy do I want that one).

This is the ‘Unicorn Dreams’ release and it features 2 creams, and adds 3 more Unicorn Skin toppers to her previous 3. I had been wanting to try the Unicorn Skins anyways, and then these 2 creams were just stunning so it got me good. This bundle is still available on the Holo Taco website for $55, or the creams (or cremes as they are called on the website) retail for $11 each and the toppers for $13 each. (If you’re not sure what a Unicorn Skin topper it, it’s explained down below near the swatches!).

Let’s get into the swatches!

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Color Club ‘Jersey Girl’ Collection – Swatches & Review

This is slowly just becoming a Color Club blog and listen, I’m not mad at it. (Not really, I’ll always be swatching other mainstream brands). Instead of doing seasonal quarterly releases like other brands, Color Club likes to do this thing where they drop like 4 collections at a time randomly. They truly have my heart, so I’m here to be your guide, and take your hand through all of the different collections and releases. Let me lead you, my friends. I don’t see a ton of others reviewing these shades, and I consider them super underrated! So I’m here to be the one to sift through them all for you.

We looked at the Parisian Garden collection earlier, and this collection dropped right afterwards. This is the ‘Jersey Girl’ collection and while Parisian Garden had more softer, spring shades, this has bright and and saturated summer shades. It’s a collection of 6 creams.

These are available on the Color Club website for $8.50 each. THOUGH I always say, you never have to wait too long for a sale (in fact, at the time of writing this post, they have 40% off sitewide). There are also a ton of influencers that have 20% off codes. AND be sure to sign up for their rewards! You get points for each purchase that add up pretty quickly to $10 and even $25 off. This all to say, you never have to pay full price for a Color Club polish if you’re smart. And that’s how I’m able to get all of these collections to swatch for you!

Alright enough yammering, let’s get into the swatches!

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Orosa Beauty ‘Freshly Picked’ Spring 2021 Collection – Swatches & Review

If you’ve been around for a while now, you’ll know that Orosa Beauty has just captured my heart. (I know I say this about a lot of brands, okay). I can’t even remember how I found them, I think they popped up on my Instagram, and it’s been history since. There’s just something about those little square bottles that is just so satisfying. They might not be the most exciting to others, but there’s forever something about a cream shade that’ll always get me. Call me Master of Cream. Is that weird? Okay sorry I’m done let’s just talk about the polish.

This is the ‘Freshly Picked’ collection and it’s Orosa’s release for Spring 2021. As always, it includes 6 creams, and we have some lovely muted shades, with some berries, oranges, yellows and greens. I love the color palette on this collection and was so excited to grab it when it released!

You can grab them off of the Orosa Beauty website for $9 each, or $45 for the whole set of 6 creams. Let’s get right into the swatches!

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Sinful Colors ‘Essenchills’ Collection – Swatches & Review

If you’ve been here since the very beginning, I’m talking the VERY beginning, you’ll know that I started this blog on a foundation of reviewing Sinful Color releases. Back then I didn’t even do nail swatches – my first few posts features up close photos of the polishes on a swatch wheel. I went from using random patches of sunlight through my bedroom window, to a desk lamp, to a lightbox. And through all of these upgrades and updates, there have been Sinful Colors collections!

So I was so excited when they dropped 2 new full collections this year! We have the Essenchills in this post, and coming up next, we’ll look at the Sheer Mattes collection. No matter what I’m always so excited to see what they’re releasing, and of course I’ll get my hands on it to show you all!

As mentioned, this is the Essenchills collection! As mentioned on the Sinful Colors website “Create omazing nails with Essenchills, the Zen and on trend assortment of aromatic nail polishes inspired by the chillest self care rituals like bath salts and incense—because we all deserve time to relax and pamper ourselves”. So there you have it, we have 9 shades based on various self care items, from lavender, to matcha, to himalayan pink salt. And each shade is scented like the item it’s based on.

8 of the shades can be found on Amazon, through Target and various other grocery stores, as well as Walmart. (I even found them at Jewel-Osco, which is the larger grocery store chain here in Illinois, so peruse while you’re getting groceries). Now, one of these shades, So Matcha Better, is a Walmart exclusive, and is available only through that retailer. Sinful Colors likes to do this and really just make me work to hunt down that one shade, and they KNOW I’LL DO IT EVERY TIME. Anyways, I got the 8 shades from my local Target, and a lovely polish pal sent me the last shade! They have a more permanent location on the Target and Walmart shelves so it seems like these are either fully permanent to the line or at least sticking around for a while!

Each shade retails for $2-$3 depending on the retailer – they’re $2.39 on Target’s website. Always so affordable!

Alright enough talking, let’s get right into the swatches already!

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Essie ‘Keep You Posted’ Collection – Swatches & Review

Essie is continuing on with releasing 19 collections a year, and I’m doing my best to keep them all straight for you! I saw some random posts about these after people had been finding them at Target, and just loved the shades, so I grabbed them with a Target gift card!

This is the ‘Keep You Posted’ collection, with a cute little travel theme. It’s a Target exclusive release, though Essie said it’s coming to the EU at some point as well (which makes sense, since they’re all European themed nails). They also have little postage stamp designs on the caps. Essie hasn’t posted too much about them, but they’re available at Targets now in more permanent displays, as well as online for anywhere from $9-$10 each.

So let’s get right into the swatches!

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LA Colors ‘Diamond Crush’ Collection – Swatches & Review

LA Colors is creeping up on there as one of my favorite drugstore, and just overall, polish brands. They’ve been releasing such interesting collections and finishes lately, and I’m always watching for what they put out next! So when I saw posts about this collection, you already know I was ON IT. Okay, okay fine not EVERY collection they put out is amazing, and you’ll see that when I review their creamy neons coming up. But THIS collection is really good okay, and keeps me putting up with the one occasional dud.

This is the ‘Diamond Crush’ collection. It features 8 shades of polish with a more jelly like colored base and dense holographic glitter, giving it an overall scattered holographic finish. I snagged these off of the LA Colors website for $3, and I know they’re also available at Five Below stores.

These are stunning, so let’s just get right into these polishes!

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Color Club ‘Parisian Garden’ Spring 2021 Collection – Swatches & Review

Happy first day of Spring everyone! The sun is shining, and I’m soaking in all of the daylight, by taking a 2 hour nap this morning after I got back from an 8am dentist appointment. Listen, I may be 26 but I’m not full adult yet, and I won’t apologize alright. But I can still enjoy this sunlight and warmer temperatures while I’m inside blogging. Talking about nail polish is great for every season.

I’ve mentioned it in all of my other reviews as well, but Color Club is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands, and I’m just slowly transforming this blog into a Color Club fan page if that’s alright with you. I just consistently love their collections, and they’re always dropping creative themed color stories! Overall, it’s just always fun and I’m always looking out for what they’re releasing next.

I grabbed this set off of their website during a 50% off sale! As I always say, they’re always running sales, so definitely follow their Instagram, or their email newsletter to be notified of the next deal! Otherwise, they retail for $8.50 each.

Today’s collection that we’re looking at is the Parisian Garden collection! I believe this is technically their Spring 2021 release, but Color Club releases so many collections throughout the year so they’re not always on the “traditional” seasonal schedule like other brands. But this collection is definitely very fitting for spring. It’s an 8 piece collection, with some light, almost pastel tones, and richer greens and blues. Super fun, and let’s just get right into the swatches!

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Sally Hansen x Mentos Shades – Swatches & Review

Sally Hansen is continuing with their creative collabs, and this time it’s with Mentos! Listen, I can’t tell you the last time I had a Mento, but that will never stop me from buying the latest release in these cute little themed collections, alright. Sally Hansen, keep doing what you’re doing here. And if you say this is “out of left field”, you haven’t been paying attention to their previous Insta-dri collaborations. They’ve done multiple rounds of releases with Crayola, Jelly Belly, Sour Patch Kids, and now Mentos. I can’t wait to see what other brands are partnered with in the future.

There are 8 total shades in the collection. I only grabbed the 3 more unique shades, and left behind the 5 cream shades because I’m practicing some sort of -self control-. Yes, I exercise control in 1 out of the 79 collections I buy a year, but it’s all about the small victories, alright. Anyways, I feel like these are the 3 shades people will be most interested in as well, so you know, let’s just talk about them already! The 5 shades I left behind are ‘Confection Perfection’, a light pink cream; ‘Mint to Be’, a grass green cream; ‘Orange You a Peach’, a creamsicle orange cream; ‘Peppermint Dandy’, a bright blue cream; and ‘You’re the Zest’, a light daisy cream shade.

I found these at Walgreens, though they’re also available from the Walgreens website, as well as Ulta beauty’s website. They retail for around $5.59 each.

Now onto the swatches!

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Pacifica Beauty ‘Plant Magic Polish’ Shades – Swatches & Review

PR SAMPLE

I have a very exciting post for you all today! I buy 98% of the polish I review on this blog, so when a company chooses to send me polishes to try, I’m always so honored! It makes me feel like they value my photos and reviews, and it allows me to show you polishes and brands that I might not try on my own because of budgetary reasons! So when Pacifica reached out to me about sending over their new and improved polish line, I was so excited! I had been eyeing these shades after seeing their release, but hadn’t bitten the bullet yet, so this worked out perfectly!

I am so grateful to Pacifica to sending these over to me to try! Of course I always tell you all when something has been provided in PR, but I always want to give my disclaimer that just because I received these doesn’t mean I’ll review them any different! I say to the companies themselves before they send over polishes that I never guarantee a positive review and I’ll be giving the polishes a fair and honest try in the way I do for every single other polish. I would never take money in exchange for biased reviews. I pride myself in the honesty in this blog, and my readers trust, and I would never change that!

Alright now that I’ve said my spiel, let’s talk about these polishes!

Pacifica Beauty has re-released their nail polish, replacing up to 80% of their formula with “ingredients that are bio-sourced, originating from renewable vegetable biomass”. They are 16-free as well! They have 3 different “lines” within the Plant Magic polish release, and I have at least one shade of each to show today! These are available at Ulta Beauty, or on Pacifica’s website, and they retail from $10-$12 each. Let’s get right into the swatches!

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