Swatch/Review: Defy & Inspire – Fall Shades

My mother’s work (she works in a doctor’s office) spoils me entirely too much, and they send me packages each year for Halloween filled with all sorts of spooky things, including mounds of peanut butter cups that I promptly eat within 10 minutes, and then of course, gift cards.

There were beautiful Target gift cards in this package, so one day when I felt I deserved it (I probably didn’t), I took my happy self to Target and browsed. I knew this gift card was going to nail polish. I didn’t even pretend that I would buy anything else. So I immediately went to the nail polish.

I saw a display of this brand called Defy & Inspire, and I had seen others discuss it before so I was curious for sure. There was half a display of normal shades, and then their recent fall collection as well. They normally sell for $7.49, but the fall shades had the magical clearance stickers on them, so of course I snatched them up. They’re down to $5.24 for each. There were 3 left of the fall collection, so I got them.

Defy & Inspire is a brand exclusive to Target. They’re 5 free and contain 0.5 FL oz, same as the other mainstream nail polishes. Their fall collection was called ‘Rock and Roll’ and contained 6 polishes. I picked up the 3 left in the display.

Let’s get onto the swatches! Hopefully you’ll see this and see a new brand of nail polish to try that you can find the next time you’re in Target (because we all spend too much time in Target).

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Comparison: ‘Pearl Jammin’ vs. ‘Oh My Majesty’

I have a comparison post today! Spoiler alert: it’s clear right away that these two polishes are not a dupe for each other at all. But they had the same red flash of shimmers that at first quick glance made me put them both next to each other.

Today I’m comparing China Glaze’s ‘Pearl Jammin” from their Rebel Fall 2016 collection and OPI’s ‘Oh My Majesty’ from their Alice Through the Looking Glass collection.

After all of my fruitless searching for ‘Pearl Jammin” I finally saw it on Amazon and jumped at it, as I knew I had to have it in my grabby hands. And I finally have it painted on my grabby hands, and I’m never taking it off. This shade is so beautiful, buy it immediately if you see it.

Anyways, onto the comparison! ‘Pearl Jammin” is on my pointer and ring fingers, and ‘Oh My Majesty’ is on my middle and pinky fingers!

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As you can see, ‘Pearl Jammin” is much more blue-toned while ‘Oh My Majesty’ is obviously more of a white pearly color. But as you can see they both have that beautiful red-orange flash in them. It’s a little more pronounced in ‘Pearl Jammin” but still stunning in both.

So obviously not dupes, or not even as close as I thought they would be on first glance. But just a comparison for reference!

Do you have either shade?

Swatch/Review: Essie Fall 2016 FULL COLLECTION

I was to apologize for the nice hot minute it’s been since I’ve posted. I’m right in the middle of my senior year of college (dear god I have to be an adult soon) and that’s terrifying. I just finished a big project (today!) so that’s why this post has just been waiting in the background and it’s been so long since you’ve heard from me. But don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere!

Now, it’s no secret that OPI is my one great love in the nail polish world. And that’s right, I was an OPI snob. Before this blog, I owned about 8 Essie shades in total, compared to the 30-something of OPI I had collected over the years. I don’t know why, I just didn’t lean towards Essie that much.

But I’m working to even the gap! I am a polish-opportunist. Any and all brands are open to my trial, and it starts now.

Essie put out a beautiful fall collection out now, and as I began to see photos of it, I knew I had to have them all (and of course I knew I had to swatch them for you guys). I picked them up from TransDesign.

This collection is based on Japan, and there are 6 colors in this collection. (Spoiler: I love them all).

Let’s get into the swatches. And at the very end, after them all, I have comparisons on a couple colors as well!

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Swatch/Review: OPI ‘Washington D.C.’ Fall 2016 Collection – 4 colors

I know I haven’t posted in a hot second – with school in full swing, it’s going to get harder for me to post as regularly as I did when I started. But I’m going to try my best to get as many posts out there as I can.

As you’ll be able to see in my photos, I got a new daylight bulb! So that means I’m no longer having to rely on there being enough daylight in my room. This means I could take photos in the dead of night. UNSTOPPABLE. This also hopefully means my photos will be more consistent. I hope everyone can see the difference!

Alright, I picked up 4 colors from the new OPI fall collection. I would love to pick up more from this collection but you know – rent. If I pick up more, I’ll be sure to update this post.

Overall, I’m so in love with the 4 colors I picked up. Sure, I love a good bargain nail polish, but I will always come back to OPI and their beautiful formulas. All of these colors have great formulas and I can’t recommend them enough.

Let’s get into the swatches.

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Review/Swatch: Sinful Colors ‘Fashion Flash’ FULL COLLECTION

I have the next newest collection from Sinful Colors! This one is called ‘Fashion Flash’. It has 8 polishes, and all of them have the ‘Luxe Fragments’ sticker on their cap. They’re all $2 each. I found these all at Walgreens.

I found all of these have the same formula really. They’re all a jelly base with differently colored shimmers, glitters and flakes, or “luxe fragments” throughout. They all take 2-3 coats to get opaque depending on how thick of coats you use. And because it’s a jelly formula, I’ve found that it will take a little longer to dry than normal creams, especially if you put on a thicker layer. The flakes distribute evenly without having to place them, and they don’t stick up really. Because there are flakes, it doesn’t dry textured, but it is bumpy. I also found that these dry semi-matte, so you’ll need a top coat to really bring out the shine and dimension. Removal isn’t as terrible as a normal glitter, but because you do have those flakes, they can take a little scrubbing, and I did get glitter everywhere after removal. Something to keep in mind.

Now onto the individual shades!

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Review/Swatches: Pure Ice ‘All Class’ Collection

YAHHH! I FINALLY FOUND A PURE ICE COLLECTION IN MY WALMART.

For those of you who don’t know, Pure Ice is a brand exclusive to Walmart. They retail for $2 each.

As you can tell, this never happens. Being up here in the UP, we don’t seem to keep up on the latest nail collections in our Walmart. I missed out on the Demi-matte summer collection (which looked SO beautiful) because I just never could find it my Walmart. However, this time I got lucky. I was looking for face wash, and of course, had to see if anything was being clearanced out in the makeup, and BEHOLD an entire section of Pure Ice polishes. It was weird because these all had clearance stickers on them (but were only $1.97 instead of $2 what a steal) and the fall collection was mixed in with other colors. So it wasn’t on its own display. So I guess if you can’t find these at all, look for the hidden gems. Like a treasure hunt.

Anywho, enough about my triumphs. Let’s just get into this collection.

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Swatch/Review: China Glaze ‘Rebel’ Collection – Fall 2016

Hey-o, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but this is my first post with actual nail swatches! Look at me pretending to be a grown-up blogger.

BRING ON FALL, I SAY.

I’m fully ready to not be sweating constantly with every activity I do. Is that too much to ask.

Anywho, to at least pretend that fall is fully upon us, I have 8 of the 12 shades from the China Glaze ‘Rebel’ Fall 2016 collection!

I’m not going to lie, before this, I only had 1 other China Glaze polish. So far I had really just stuck to OPI. I’m sorry that I have sinned, as I have seen why I was wrong.

This was also my first time ordering polish from TransDesign. Each bottle was only $3.25 for the full size! And everything came in tact, and very well packed, so I’m definitely going to be ordering from them again for sure!

Alright, let’s get into the collection.

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NOTD: OPI ‘Pale to the Chief’

Holy fall nail polish is upon us.

All of the fall nail collections have suddenly dropped into our lives and I am so dang excited. I love fall, SO BRING IT ON.

Today, I have only one shade from the new OPI ‘CIA = Color is Awesome’ Washington, DC. fall collection. As soon as I saw swatches of this, I knew I had to have it – even at full price.

This is ‘Pale to the Chief’. It’s a light, pale nude with a soft pearl finish to it. It’s the perfect “mannequin hands” shade for me – the shade that perfectly matches your skin tone, like a mannequin. But because of the pearl shimmer, it keeps me from having dead hands. It’s so pretty. I love it.

Pale to the Chief

This did take 3 coats to get rid of any streaky. This is a thicker formula, and I found that if you work with it too much, or don’t have enough on your brush, it can be a little difficult to smooth out. So don’t wipe off your brush too much – but it’s still a great formula.

I hope to pick up more shades from this collection!