Saturday, April 30, 2016

Orly Mini Swatch Spam No. 3 (Wir lackieren...)

Hey everyone,

Squeezing another one in at the tail end of April here. I didn't manage to swatch all my Orly polishes for this month, but after that March madness (pun intended), I can't be mad or disappointed, really.

You're Blushing

While I do like the shade, I needed three coats; it's quite runny, and if I had known that prior to application, I might only have needed two coats. Top coat on top, as per usual.

Sunglasses At Night (over You're Blushing)

I couldn't get a good shot of this, unfortunately. In any case, though, this has a black-tinted base, so that's something to keep in mind if you want to layer it over a light color. You'll need to manipulate it a bit. I used top coat as well.


Two coats and top coat, no complaints here at all. A real beauty.


This dries matte "naturally", and the second picture shows it with top coat. It needs three coats as it's a bit sheer, which is probably due to the fact that it's more or less neon.

Sashay My Way (over Saturated)

Very easy to apply, this glitter. I added top coat, as (nearly) always.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

essie "haute in the heat" - ruffles & feathers (with Maybelline "Acid Wash" - Mint-Acid-Ittude; Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hello everyone,

Now that we've got that incredibly long title out of the way, let's talk about how old both of these polishes and collections are: They came out in summer 2014! Can you believe that was almost two years ago? Good thing I (unintentionally) preserved this mani to use this week for middle green.

While ruffles & feathers should give good coverage in two coats, Mint-Acid-Ittude is definitely very sheer and also, because of the glitter, can be hard to apply evenly. I used top coat as most of the time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Orly Mini Swatch Spam No. 2 (Wir lackieren...)

Hi everyone,

I'm sure you guessed from the title of the first post like this: There's more in the series. So here we go with the second edition of my April Catch-Up Swatch Spam.

Velvet Rope

Having tried this before and not liking it at all, I was a bit apprehensive about swatching it (again). I needed three coats, but as usual this will depend on your application; two might be sufficient. As nearly always, I added top coat. Oh, and did I like it better this time? Kind of. I'm still on the fence.

Lavish Bash (over Velvet Rope)

This glitter is very dense and only needs one coat over a base, or probably about three to get mostly opaque by itself (I haven't tried to get it there, though). Top coat is pretty important here in my opinion, both to make the glitter shine and to smooth out the surface, so I applied some, of course.

Sparkling Garbage (by itself and over black)

Just like with Miss Conduct, the hype around this polish was quite real, though not quite as huge as around its sister, I think. I would recommend layering this over something, even though it will make the green tint mostly disappear, at least if your base is dark, like mine. Over the black it really mostly looks like any scattered holo top coat, however I used four coats for the "by itself" portion of the photos, so take your pick, I suppose. Yes, I used top coat.

Hot Tropics

At three coats, I could still make out a bit of visible nail line, but I thought it was still good enough and added top coat. I'm not sure it would get much better with more coats either. I feel like the name is very fitting for this polish for some reason.

It's Electric (over Hot Tropics and that blobbicure I can't seem to shut up about)

This topper requires some fishing and also is quite base-heavy. However, this also helps spreading it out as spreading out dense glitters can sometimes be challenging, to me at least. Doesn't the glitter over the blobbicure remind you of water sparkling in the sunlight? As (nearly) always I put top coat over everything.