Y’all when the Instagram algorithm is goin’ wild and causing stress, I always love knowing this blog will be here, being consistent and lovely. Thank you all always for reading, and I can’t wait to focus even more on this as the year continues on! This platform keeps me sane, and who knows, maybe blogs will have a big comeback! I only hope it’s a lovely resource for you all on your polish journey!
Alright enough blabbering, let’s talk about some nail polish, shall we?
It’s been a new thing in recent years that Essie releases 76 collections per year, so of course we’re looking at another one! I haven’t even looked into the Gel Couture or Expressie releases, because their regular polish line is keeping me busy enough!
This newest one is the ‘Have a Ball’ collection, and it’s 6 shades inspired by tennis! Now, when I heard this and saw previews of this collection, I had an absolutely mighty need. See, I played tennis all throughout high school, and still love to play and watch it today, so I just wanted it so badly. I was scouring the web for where to find these while Wimbledon played in the background. (Any other tennis fans? Do you have a fave player?)
These are available at select CVS stores – I know they released in the UK as well before they came to the US. I was lucky enough that an Instagram friend found them for me and sent them on over! Now these shades are absolutely gorgeous and fun, so let’s get right into them!
We’re looking at a new to the blog brand today! We’re talking about Olive & June. Now I’ve seen them floating around all over Instagram – those white caps are easy to spot and recognize anywhere, and I had been so curious. And when this summer collection was revealed, I knew it was TIME. They’re $8 each, so less expensive than other more indie-mainstream brands I’ve seen so I thought why not! Let’s look into it!
As mentioned, this is the O&J release for Summer 2021. It features 7 cream shades over a lovely rainbow of colors. I grabbed this off of the Olive & June website – NOW I of course always want to honest and upfront and say that that link is an affiliate link! If you shop through it, I’ll earn a commission on any purchase through it. BUT you are not at all required to shop through it – you can just hit the normal oliveandjune.com. Of course, this doesn’t mean I would ever hold back my opinions on formulas – I’ll always be honest about my feelings and how the polishes perform, and you’ll especially be able to see so in the live swatches! And since I’m always here to be upfront, I just wanted to mention that! I still purchased these entirely on my own and I’m not at all required to review them for the program, and I voluntarily signed up.
And a quick tip: you can pop on off that bigger white top for a smaller handle that’s easier to hold! Okay let’s look at these shades!
We have a new to the blog brand today! Static Nails was so kind to reach out and offer to send over 4 shades from their new Mad Happy collection to try, and I picked out 4 colors that I can never get enough of. As always, though it was provided to me for free, I was not obligated to post, and I never promise a positive review so of course we’ll review these shades just the same as if I purchased them myself.
Static Nails is best known for their reusable press-on nail sets. But they also offer regular nail polish that they call Liquid Glass Nail Lacquer. And their newest release and “capsule” collection is the Mad Happy release. This features 12 new shades as well as 1 re-released shade for a total of 13 shades. As mentioned I have 4 shades to show. And I just want to say they’re the cutest little bottles too.
Now these do retail for $16 each – that can seem pricey to some, but I never want to comment on what’s expensive or not because overall I don’t know everyone’s budget! Just something to keep in mind, and in the end everyone chooses to spend their own money! Okay, I’m done now, all of the disclaimers are out there, let’s get into the swatches!
We’re continuing right along with the blog backlog! These collections have been up on my Instagram for a while, but of course I wanted to get the corresponding blog posts up as well! I still like to get these up even if it’s been a while so there’s a later reference to come back! These aren’t limited edition shades, so anytime you might want to look them up and grab them, you’ll have this to look at. And it can be hard to scroll through posts on Instagram to find specific shades, so that’s where the blog posts come in. Alright enough rambling about why, let’s just get into the post!
Zoya recently released their Easy Neons collection, but it wasn’t their full summer release, so we got another 6 piece collection for that! This is the ‘Dreamin’ collection, and it features 6 shades for Summer 2021. It has a range of more corals, pinks, purples and blues. As always I did grab this off of the Zoya website in a nice little bundle deal that included the wide brushes. (Side note: can Zoya make these normal, or an option to have them automatically included? I have so many skinny brushes just saved up from switching over that I just don’t know what to do with. ANYONE ELSE? Okay I’m done with that.)
WHOOPS, long time no post! Definitely didn’t mean to “abandon” the blog, but here we are again, and let’s catch up on some posts, shall we? No matter what I’m always posting on my Instagram regularly, so I recommend that if you want to keep up with posts and see swatches right away. And obviously, I know these have already been up on Instagram for a while, but I do still like to get them up on the blog no matter how long it’s been. I know it’s helpful to others, and since these aren’t limited edition, they can be a resource for a long while! And it can be easier to find than sifting through my Instagram. OKAY.
Alright, let’s just get right into it since it’s been long enough, shall we!
Of course, we have some more Color Club to talk about! If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I absolutely love Color Club, and I basically automatically buy whatever they come out, okay. They drop a lot of collections, so I like to imagine I’m your guide, taking your hand through all of the Color Club releases.
The release we’re talking about today is the ‘Juice Boost’ collection. It’s a collection of 6 bright, saturated colorful cream shades, perfect for summer. And as I always say, Color Club does a lot of sales giving anywhere from 30-50% off, so be sure to follow their Instagram or sign up for their mailing list to get notified of these. It was during a sale that I grabbed these bad boys, and we always love deals.
It’s my favorite time of the season and that’s A NEW OPI COLLECTION! OPI is always the most exciting release for my Instagram, and blog, and when I get the most traffic, so I’m always so excited to share a new collection with you all! Let’s get right into it!
For Summer 2021, OPI’s collection is ‘Malibu’. (I believe for their 40th year anniversary they’re doing all California themed collections, but don’t fully quote me on that). OPI describes it as “12 colors inspired by the iconic beaches of the Malibu coastline”. This collection is definitely different from the others I’ve reviewed so far and features a half neutral, half colorful offering. There are 6 beige & brown shades, and then 6 more colorful shades.
We have a mix of creams, some shimmers, and a more jelly finish!
As always, I grabbed this from my favorite place, polishpick.com. They have the cheapest prices for OPI and the fastest shipping! I’ve been ordering from them for YEARS now. If you pick up any shades, be sure to mention I sent you! (I receive no commission or anything, I just absolutely love them, and it lets them know where traffic is coming from. I do receive a discount on ordering the shades, but overall I still pay for them with my own money.) They offer this collection in regular lacquer, Infinite Shine, and Gel Color.
Let’s get right into the swatches already, I know that’s what you’re here for!
Today we’re looking at the newest collaboration with Orly and Kelli Marissa! If you don’t know, Kelli is a pretty well known nail polish YouTuber. She does lots of swatches as well as easy nail art! And now she’s collaborated with Orly, one of my favorite mainstream brands for a trio of space-themed shades. They’re all super shimmery and glittery and shifty shades.
They have labels complete with Kelli’s handwriting sharing the shade name, as well as her name on the bottles as well. I do love when there’s a special little touch like that for a special collection! These were available on the Orly website for $12 each, or in a bundle of 3 shades for $32. These are more expensive than a traditional Orly shade, which retail for $9.50. But it’s something that happens with special releases and collaborations!
Now, I do realize it’s been a while since these released, and this blog post is behind, and most of the shades are sold out at this point. But I have a rule with myself of “no blog post unpublished”. I like to just get these swatches up anyways, as a nice reference for myself, and for you in the future! Maybe you run across these shades in a destash, and are still looking for swatches. Or it’s just fun to look back on previous years’ releases and collaborations. Either way I still wanted to get this post up with these absolutely lovely shades!
Essie has been doing this thing in the past couple years of releasing about 22 collections a year, and it can definitely be hard to keep up with, or hard to keep interest! I didn’t even review all of the collections last year, and I don’t even go into their additional lines as well. But I’ll always review and be excited about their 4 normal seasonal drops!
Essie gave us another Summer 2021 release to look at today! This is I believe the ‘Tangerine Tease’ collection, and it’s Essie’s traditional 6 bottle release. We have some creams, some shimmers and one almost metallic glitter! It’s also a different color palette than we’ve seen from the neons of other brands! I’m enjoying seeing what color palettes each company releases for the season!
As always, I purchased these from polishpick.com – you know my spiel, they have the best discounted prices on new mainstream collections, and super fast shipping! I love them, and I’ll always talk them up as I’ve ordered from them for YEARS. (And as always, if you purchase from them be sure to let them know I sent you! I receive no commission from this, it just allows her to see where traffic is coming from, and in turn I get a discount on the collections I purchase to review for you!)
Today we’re looking at the next summer collection on the docket, and it’s from one of my favorite, and I still believe underrated brands, Orly. Now Orly’s summer collection last year had some absolutely stunning neons and brights in it so I expected no different from this one. And I was not disappointed!
As always, I received this as part of my Orly Color Pass. I’ve talked about Orly Color Pass many times before and how much I love it! But just in case you’re new here, I’ll give another quick rundown. The Color Pass is where you pay a fee up front ($119) and then over the course of the year after you sign up, you receive 4 of Orly’s seasonal collections. The boxes are automatically mailed out to you as they release, and show up on your doorstep. And each box always contains extra goodies – like this box contained a full size of their Bonder base coat! I always say it’s a great deal if you’re like me and already planning to buy all of their collections anyways. Or it’s perfect if you’re looking to expand your collection and get more polishes! Orly has really been impressing me with their formulas lately, and they’re great at coming out with different finishes and formulas.
So that’s my spiel, definitely check out the website and you can sign up if you’re interested! Right now you’ll receive this summer collection as your first box!
Alright, let’s get right into this collection! It’s an absolutely stunning color story and I love how the colors all look together. And you’ll see they’re absolutely beautiful formulas. Let’s get right into it already!
Listen, after the struggles I had with the Zoya Neons, I was ready for some true cream neons. (There was nothing wrong with the Zoyas, they just didn’t truly scratch that neon itch). And boy howdy, thank god the China Glaze summer release came THROUGH for us.
This is the ‘Havana Nights’ collection for Summer 2021, and oh my, it’s absolutely stunning. It has those neon shades I always crave in warmer weather (I say as its currently 45 degrees outside, listen the warmer weather is COMING, I SWEAR). It features 6 rich and saturated cream shades, including some beautiful neons.
As always, I purchased this collection from my favorite, Polishpick.com. If you’ve been here for a while, you know I love them for the mainstream brands, and they always have the best prices and fastest shipping. I highly recommend them. (And let them know I sent you!)
We have some beautiful and bright shades to look at, so let’s just get right into it!