Accidentally took a little blog break, (WHOOPS. I know it says the 2nd, I’m posting this on the 28th but always adjust the dates to when they were posted on Instagram to keep them in order and not crowding up one day) but HERE WE GO, time to get back into LOTS of swatches. I wouldn’t ever fully abandon this blog, I do still enjoy it too much, and I’ve worked too hard on it after all these years to just leave it! It’s just always nice to have a more searchable and accessible place for all of the collections I put on my Instagram. (And I do recommend following my Instagram, all of these get posted there first). But let’s get on back to my love, blogging about polish.
We’re taking a little pause from the spring collections with another yearly essential: the Valentine’s Day collection from Essie. That’s right, it’s time for loveeee in the form of cute little nail polish bottles. As always there are 6 Valentine’s themed colors here, ranging from pearly whites to bright reds and mauves. And as always, the caps are decorated with cute little Valentine’s imagery as well, which you can see in the below photo. I grabbed mine from Ulta (who shipped them loosely with but one thing of bubble wrap, resulting in a broken polish, and then subsequently shipped me a replacement, you should know better Ulta).
We have a half and half split of creams and shimmery shades here, which I’m never mad at. So let’s get right into the swatches, after all you’ve been waiting long enough for some new posts!
HAPPY SPRING, EVERYONE! Why yes, since Spring collections always start hitting shelves at the same time each year and every single year I make the same comment about writing this spring post while it’s snowing outside. AND THAT WON’T STOP THIS YEAR, there’s snow on the ground while I’m writing this happy spring post!!!
Anyways, if it’s not yet the most exciting time of the year in where the weather is finally starting to warm up, it’s at least the most exciting time of the nail polish year: when the first seasonal collections pop up. I do always love a Spring collection, with their bright pops of color – even if I am a big fan of deep, dark vampy shades year round.
And it’s always most exciting for me to start out a new season with OPI. OPI is always the most popular posts on both my blog and Instagram, so clearly you all love it as well.
This year, we have a little collaboration collection for Spring, with OPI joining forces with Xbox. Yes, I didn’t expect it either, but I’m here for whatever. This features 12 mostly cream shades that range across a bright and happy, almost pastel rainbow with various themed names that match up across Xbox and its exclusive games.
As always, I grabbed this collection from my favorite, polishpick.com. (If you purchase from there, put my name in the drop down as who sent you. Not at all an affiliate thing, just helps show where traffic is coming from).
Listen, even though it can seem like I’m buying every nail polish I could ever want and showing it on this blog, with my budget there are still brands out there that I can’t buy every release from – even though I very much want to. Holo Taco is one of those brands (still sad I missed out on the Christmas collection last year). Yes, I want every single polish they put out, ever. But no, I can’t always buy them while I’m buying all of these other polishes (I know, a terrible problem to have really). And I don’t often ask for nail polish for Christmas either as clearly I’m buying things whenever I want them and it’s often seasonal collections that I prefer to not wait on.
Well, this year I combined the two things, and I asked for this lovely collection for Christmas that I had been drooling over for so long, and I’m so glad to have in my little goblin hands.
If y’all don’t know already, Holo Taco was created by Cristine of SimplyNailogical, a well known polish enthusiast and YouTuber. So I knew she would give us a beautiful creme formula. And wow, did she not disappoint. And she has a great love of tea, so only fitting that we got a tea themed collection.
This beautiful little release is the Tea Cremes collection and it features 6 shades of gorgeous, saturated and delicious creme shades – all with a fun tea theme. These were released a couple months ago in 2021, but obviously are not limited shades.
This collection is still available as a bundle on the Holo Taco website, as well individually for $11 each. Now let’s dive on in.
Look at her keeping up with blog posts once again! 2022 really is a new me (she says 8 days into the first month). But I do want to do better at keeping my blog caught up with what I’m posting on Instagram, so expect more consistent posts yet again!
Let’s get right into this group of gorgeous polishes from Glam Polish. This is the ‘Grand Duchess’ collection, and it’s a release of 6 polishes inspired by the animated movie Anastasia – you know the one with Rasputin and about the Romanovs. I recently re-watched this movie as an adult last year, and I’m filing it under “movies made for children that could be horror movies”. (Also in that category: The Brave Little Toaster, which I watched right before it). That’s right, I thought it was terrifying – Rasputin is just a zombie the whole time, what child would not be terrified.
But you know what isn’t terrifying – these Glam Polish polishes inspired by the horrifying movie. ANYWAYS, as I was saying 6 polishes here inspired by the animated movie. They’re all linear holographic bases with larger gold flakes all throughout. These are available now for a limited time on the Glam Polish website. You can buy the whole collection for $75 or each individual polish for $12.50.
As always, my spiel that even though these were gifted to me, I always still review honestly and the same way I would with any polish I purchased myself. I just love being able to show you all even more brands and polishes that I normally wouldn’t be able to because of budgeting! You would easily be able to see in the live swatches if I was trying to hype up a terrible formula. Your trust in me will always be the thing I value most!
We’re rounding out the last of the Winter 2021 collections, right before we dive deep into Spring collections! Crazy to think about, but it’s the TIME (after this post).
Anyways, today we’re looking at the final winter collection I have to swatch up! This is the ‘Dazzle’ collection for Zoya for Winter 2021. I grabbed this up in a bundle, with the 5 polish shades, as well as a Hot Lips – Zoya’s brand of lipgloss, and 5 wide brushes (really any bundle with wide brushes I snatch up, Zoya please make them the default already). This bundle is still available on the Zoya website now, and does save you a little bit of money if you’re looking to add on the wide brushes. Otherwise, each shade is available individually for $12.
This collection is 5 shades with a jelly base with tons of glitter and sparkle within. Most of the bases are opaque in 2-3 coats with one being more of a sheer look.
Feel free to use the tags above to skip to certain finishes and polish groups!
If I was ever at all worried that we weren’t getting new Sinful Colors release, this one certainly soothed me for the next months. Sinful Colors put a finger to my lips, said shhhh child, and then deposited TWENTY new polishes into my hands. THAT’S RIGHT, 20 POLISHES TO LOOK AT TODAY. As you can imagine, this post is an absolute tome of a post, collecting together all 20 shades, with swatches, live swatches and notes on formulas for all, so I’ll keep this intro as short as possible.
This is the ‘Candy Wonderland’ collection from Sinful Colors for Winter 2021. This is a release of 20 polishes (have I mentioned it’s 20 yet) divided into 4 sub-collections, with different finishes. These are Target exclusives, and you can find them in store as well as on Target’s website. They all retail for $2.99 each, always affordable Sinful Colors, and GREAT for someone like me who’s insane and buying all 20 shades. Like I said we have 4 different categories of finishes – they’re described more under each heading, so I won’t take the time here, let’s just get into it! ONTO THE NOVEL.
Does it not feel like winter or Christmas-time to any of you? Maybe it’s the 60 degree weather we’re about to get in December or the absolute LACK OF SNOW, absolutely unheard of here in Chicago. But I’m not feeling the true holiday mood.
And well if you’re looking for some untraditional holiday colors, well look no further! Today we’re looking at the Essie Winter collection for 2021. This features 6 shades as always, with 4 creams and 2 metallics. And we have some BRIGHT cream shades to look at, with a coral read, a peachy orange and a warm pink. Like I said, untraditional here, but if y’all want to wear orange in the winter, who am I to ever stop you.
I grabbed these from my local Ulta – I can no longer find them on my love Polishpick.com, as I believe they’ve changed up their distribution. Curse you Essie and making me pay full price. IT’S FINE. Anyways, why don’t we get on into the swatches, eh?
We have a new-to-me brand on the blog today! Glam Polish was so kind to reach out and see if I wanted to try out some of their polishes and I said yes! PR is great as it allows me to try out brands that might not have originally been on my radar – mainly due to budgeting. I can’t buy every single polish myself (and I already buy so many), so I fully appreciate being sent some shades to test out and give my thoughts on.
And as always, I give my same PR spiel to these brands before accepting – just because I was gifted these, I had no obligations to post, and I never promise positive reviews. I review them just the same as I would if I had bought them myself and to the same standards. It’s always my honest thoughts, and I would never give that up for you all!
Alright spiel over – let’s talk about these shades! These are from their collection inspired by the show Charmed. There are 10 shades total, and I have 5 of them here to show. You can purchase them off the Glam Polish website for $12.50 each.
Now I’ll admit, I’ve never watched Charmed (please forgive me) so I won’t know the full references of the names or how well they “fit”. But I can always just saw how they perform and how they look to me. Let’s get into the polishes!
It’s time to look at MORE WINTER RELEASES, Y’ALL. More SPARKLE, more SHIMMER, more GLITTER, my FAVORITE THINGS.
Okay I’ll stop now.
Anyways, trying to get better at updating my blog more regularly. As I always say I post these polishes and swatches first on Instagram so I definitely recommend following there to see things! But I’ll always get the accompanying blog posts up so you can reference them whenever. Now let’s get the rest of these winter polishes reviews up shall we!
Today we’re looking at the China Glaze release. This is the ‘Jewels Royale’ collection for Winter 2021. They describe this collection as “Sparkle like a jewel. Lavish yourself with mesmerizing holiday hues that capture the brilliance of the most luxurious gems.” And I have to agree. We have a lot of rich jewel tones here and no end to the sparkle.
This is an 8 bottle release – I would say that’s becoming the norm for them, but the summer and fall collections were 6 polishes, so I know nothing. BUT what I do know is that I always buy China Glaze from my absolute favorite polishpick.com. Always the best prices on their polishes and incredibly fast shipping! I’ve talked about them 17 million times in other posts, so clearly I trust them and use them regularly.
We’re continuing right along with the holiday collections here, we’re DEEP into winter polishes now and there’s no going back.
Today we’re looking at the Orly release! This is the ‘Momentary Wonders’ collection and it features 6 super shimmery and sparkly shades. I got this with my Orly Color Pass which I’ve talked about a million times before. But if you’re new here, the Color Pass is a deal where you pay a full cost up front (or they recently added where you can pay for each box separately as well! Exciting!), and then throughout the year, the 4 seasonal Orly collections get shipper to you. Each box also always contains extra goodies as well – this box came with a nice sturdy hair clip and an extra polish!
Normally I always say these boxes are fantastic if you’re like me and looking to purchase all of the polishes anyways – it’s a great deal for that. But now especially that you can order one box at a time, that’s even better and you can try it out and see how you like it without the commitment!
Alright, that’s out of the way, let’s get into the swatches!