Monday, April 28, 2014

Blue Monday: Orly Boho Bonnet

I love when Sally Beauty Supply has one of their red tag sales, where they mark down anything with a red label an additional 50% off. If you also happen to have a Sally Beauty Card and one of their 15% off coupons on top of that, you can practically walk out with them owing you money! Recently I scooped up a couple of polishes from Orly's Spring 2013 Hope and Freedom collection, the blue and the green, of course. I'll show you the blue today, the very stunning Boho Bonnet.
Orly Boho Bonnet, two coats plus topcoat
Can you believe this gorgeous shade of blue? Gasp! I die! I read in another blog that it's possibly a dupe for Zoya Kristen but I'm not sure that it is. I remember sending Kristen down to Anna because it was too harsh against my skintone and gave me lobster hands, but this blue is perfection on me. I wore it for days!

The formula was easy to apply and covered well, but I did notice some tip wear after the first day but nothing really objectionable. Loved this bargain!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Urban Outfitters Undercover

While checking out random gray polishes online (What? You think I might have enough already?) I saw on I Heart Pretty Polish that there was a polish line I was unfamiliar with. I've heard of Urban Outfitters, of course, but was unaware that they had a line of polishes. Unfortunately, the only UO around here is in Boston and since I no longer work in town, I chose the easy way out and ordered a bottle online. I'm so lazy. What an odd square bottle with no label!
Urban Outfitters Undercover, two coats plus topcoat
I was a bit surprised after reading Essie Rae's glowing review because I found the formula to be a bit thick and the brush difficult to maneuver. The color was great, but since it's a dupe for L'Oreal Eiffel For You and I prefer the L'Oreal formula and application, I think this one will go in the swap pile. But now I know to check out what polishes they may have in Urban Outfitters next time I go to Newbury Street!

I'm flying down to Maryland for Anna's wedding tomorrow and it will be so exciting! Even though we text each other all the time, I haven't seen Anna or Erin in person for a couple of years, I think, and a face-to-face is long overdue!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

L'Oreal Collection Privée

Nudes appear to be all the rage again and L'Oreal has entered the ring with their Collection Privée selection of nudes that tie in to various celebrities. I tried three of the six available at my local CVS (Canada got a different selection of colors and I would have loved to try the chocolate brown creme that they got for Freida's Nude instead of the bronzy metallic we got here in the states.) I'll confess that I have no idea who some of these celebrities are so I don't know how the colors relate to the woman. Skin tone, maybe? Some of the caps had "Collection Privée" on them and some just had the plain gold cap — they were all part of the same display so I don't know if there was any reasoning behind that. Perhaps some will become part of their core colors? Two of these were dupes of colors from the Zoya Naturel collection and the other has several dupes. Let's check them out...

Doutzen's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
Doutzen's Nude is a pale, warm pink and it makes an excellent mannequin hand polish for most skin tones. Application was thin and streaky but it did cover in two coats.

Jennifer's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
OK, I know who JLo is and this gorgeous gray is similar to the fabulous transparent Chanel gown she scandalized the Oscars with back in 2001. Again, the formula was thin and streaky but covered in two coats.
Liya's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
Liya's Nude is your basic mushroomy taupe that has been everywhere and which every polish line makes some variation of. (Why do I keep buying these???) The formula was just the tiniest bit better than the other two but still not great.

So how do these compare to the competition? Let's see…

As you can see, Doutzen's Nude is nearly identical to Zoya Rue, but the formula for Rue is miles away better. The application on Rue was much easier and the finish was flawless. Jennifer's Nude is a total dupe for Essie Miss Fancy Pants and the Essie winds hands down for application and finish. Two strikes against L'Oreal!

As I said, everyone and his brother is making a mushroom taupe so it's no surprise that there are several dupes for Liya's Nude. It's an exact match for Sephora by OPI Metro Chic so if you never managed to get a bottle of that before Sephora and OPI parted ways, here's your chance, although it's also quite close to Zoya Normani and Sally Hansen Commander In Chic. Of these, I'd say Normani was my favorite in formula but I do prefer the slightly cooler Commander In Chic.

Overall I'd say this particular collection was a disappointment, both in color choices and, more importantly, application. We all know I have no problem with getting a variety of grays that only differ by degrees but if the application isn't worth it, all I can say is that I'm glad my CVS has a liberal return policy.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Discount Discovery: Ulta Mud Pie

Normally I'm not a big fan of the Ulta brand nail polishes because the formula is usually too thin for my liking, but occasionally I'll find a color that I just have to have or else it's one of the free items with an Ulta reward. In this case, it was both the color and the price; I love these murky, deep taupes and it was on their clearance shelf for only $2.99!
Ulta Mud Pie, two coats plus topcoat
Surprisingly, the formula on this one was just right, maybe even a touch thick for a change, and the application was easy, leveling well with no pulling, with full coverage in two coats. Once it was on it struck me as being similar to Essie Power Clutch so I decided to do a comparison.
Ulta Mud Pie and Essie Power Clutch, two coats each plus topcoat
As you can see, Power Clutch is a bit darker and grayer. The formulas were fine on both and I really can't find a reason to prefer one over the other! I'm surprised that we haven't done a review of Power Clutch here yet since I think all three of us have it, so I'll have to take care of that soon.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Discount Discovery: Revlon Mocha

Lately I've been obsessing about Chanel Particulière, even though I probably already have at least a half-dozen dupes. I have some credits at Amazon and nearly buckled to buy the real thing when I saw this lone bottle of Revlon Mocha at Ocean State Job Lots. It was marked at $2 but rang up for $1.48, so even better! I decided to get it because it matched a photo of Particulière that appealed to me — I've learned that sometimes the real polish isn't actually like a photo that caught my eye and I now look for a polish that matches the photo. Does that make sense? I'll still look for the real thing if I ever find a Chanel counter that has it, though!
Revlon Mocha, two coats plus topcoat
I think this may have ended my craving for Particulière because 1. I've only had it on for a day and I'm already bored with it, and 2. I've come to the realization that even if I did have the genuine article, wearing it with my Old Navy jeans and Target t-shirts everyone would assume it was some cheap discount polish anyway, right? (But what do I care what anyone else thinks? I think my nails look fabulous even with a $1.48 polish!) Don't get me wrong —it's a beautiful shade of brown that I'm sure I'll love with just the right outfit but there just wasn't anything that made me keep staring at my nails the way some of my other taupe/browns do. I like the brush and application was problem-free, coverage in two coats, but against my skin tone the color was just one big meh. Or maybe after this endless winter I'm just craving brighter colors? So sad.

Now if only Big Lots and Job Lots would start to get in some couture clothes for cheap!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Discount Discovery: Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down

I'll confess. I got so many polishes at Big Lots when they had the Sephora by OPIs that you'll be seeing a lot of them, but I want you to be able to have a chance at getting them while they're still available if you're lucky enough to have a Big Lots near you. Today I've got another great military green, Caught With My Khakis Down.
Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down, two coats plus topcoat
I don't know why but I have been drawn to these dusty olive greens lately (I have a few more coming up, too.) This one has the faintest, slightest shimmer to it, barely noticeable but enough to add a nice glow to the color. Application was a breeze and it was opaque in two coats. Love this one!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fancy Friday: Sephora by OPI Already Famous and Come To Pappa-Razzi

OK, so it's also another Discount Discovery so, technically, it doesn't qualify for Fancy Friday status but it's just so fancy! Look at this eye-popper! I present to you… Already Famous.
Sephora by OPI Already Famous and Come To Pappa-Razzi
I'm not really a fan of glitters but this gold foil with gold micro glitters is perfect for a special occasion, all shimmery and magical. Adding an accent nail of Come To Pappa-Razzi, with its copper, gold, and black glitters in varying sizes just sends it over the top. Fancyfancyfancy.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Discount Discovery: Sephora by OPI Neutral Beauty

Here's another of the Sephora by OPI polishes I grabbed when Big Lots had that huge bin of them, Neutral Beauty. I wasn't sure how it would look with my skin tone but it was only $1.80 so I took a chance. What do you think?
Sephora by OPI Neutral Beauty, two coats plus topcoat
Personally, I think it's a little too gray-yellow for me, like a dijon mustard color, so I can't see me wearing it a lot but it would team up well with another color for nail art and it would be très chic with the right outfit. The formula was a bit thin on this one but with a third coat, or a second topcoat, it would give a smoother finish. Coverage was fine with two coats.

Are you lucky enough to have a Big Lots in your area?