Fashionably late (just not too late yet) I present to you: My first ever swatch spam! It's pretty darn big, so start preparing yourselves while I blather on for a while longer here.
This is my participation in a new series that Lotte and Tine started this year. The goal is basically to get through your untrieds, brand by brand. Every month, a new brand (or more than one!) is chosen.
This month, it's Anny, and while I don't have a ton of their polishes, it did take me a diddly-dang long time to swatch them all. Since I'm so late I have to squeeze them all into one humongous post - are you done preparing? As usual, all polishes (except for those with a special finish like textured or satin) are shown with top coat.
I always need three to four coats of this before it stops being patchy - my usual problem with pastels. For a long time, this was considered the next best thing to get if you didn't have the chance to grab essie's fiji before it sold out. I would say it is indeed very close to the first edition of fiji (there are four by now, and that's only counting those that came out in Germany). In any case I do very much like the way it looks.
life is love
Another one of those pastel-like polishes that I need about three coats of to make it look good. It's a bit more beige and "dirty"-looking than naked venus. Lovely shade.
the answer is love
Another highly-coveted one here. This got so popular a few years back that for once, US nail polish lovers were openly envious of us Germans and other Europeans! But just as we here have our ways of getting our hands on polishes from lord knows where in the world, they also found ways to acquire this. And why not? It's gorgeous. There is a similar polish, though, that is probably a lot easier to get for US peeps.
This is without top coat, as it has a satin finish. It seems to glow from within, and the next photo will show that gorgeous shimmer even better. It will need between two and three coats.
And here it is with top coat. Isn't it simply marvelous?
party is starting
Another pretty red with shimmer, another one that needs two or three coats. The tiny brush (this is a mini) doesn't really help application, either.
my name is red
This one here is also a mini, and it was part of a Valentine's Day duo (the glitter topper that came with it can be found a little further down). It's very pigmented, and althought the small brush is, once again, a bit fiddly, it works out fine with two coats. It looks too orange here, because it's quite a bright red and my camera just noped out.
top of emotion
Like so many other people's, mine has turned into a murky green shade. I'm sure it could be considered an "ugly pretty" shade now, but I much preferred it in its original state. Too bad, really.
This mini covers in two coats, and I quite like it for its silver flake-like shimmer.
present for you
The light blue base doesn't have great coverage, but I called it good at two coats anyway as there's lots of glitter going on and I found it was enough for me. I really like the combination of gold, pink and blue glitters here.
dress like a star
I needed three coats here, since the black base is rather sheer and it just didn't seem right before that third coat. Once again I do appreciate the glitter combination used here. I haven't tested this theory, but I suspect that p2 "go dangerous!" is a dupe for this.
A bit of an unusual glitter blend here, and I can't decide whether I like it or not. Either way, it's a three-coater and completely unique to my collection.
shake it take it
Now this one I have to love, even though it also needs three coats to get to what you see in this photo. But hey, it's pretty anyway!
look of love
I have to say this gave me a bit of a headache. I do like it, but the base is very sheer again and I would recommend applying three to four coats.
timeless love (pointer and middle finger)
While this does get semi-opaque by itself in three to four coats, I think it makes more sense to use it as a topper. I think it's gorgeous, too - so better to preserve as much of it as I can, since it's another mini.
follow me (ring and pinky finger)
While I applied four coats of some other polishes in this post and didn't call them toppers (although, of course, you could use them as such!), I would definitely say that this is best used as a glitter top coat. It just still doesn't really look nice to me, even at four freaking coats. And with a gloopy formula and mini brush, I prefer layering it over a base.
golden dress (over project fame)
Okay, so I don't really know what got into me when I bought this, but I guess it's just me being my weird self. I don't even like bar glitter all that much! At least this one is easy to use - you get lots of glitter on the brush and if you're a bit diligent, you won't have the glitter sticking out over your free edge...
timeless love (over black surprise)
Yep, definitely looks pretty darn good as a top coat as well!
follow me (over naked venus)
And this one definitely is much better as a topper.
kisses for you (over my name is red)
Here's the second mini from the Valentine's Day duo. It's made up of red and white small, as well as white heart glitters. I would recommend layering it over black rather than red, so that you'll be able to make out the small red glitter more easily - because while they seem quite apparent here you have to keep in mind that this is an extreme close-up.
And we're kicking off the part with all the textured polishes with a three- to four-coater. It's probably the sheerest textured polish I've ever seen. Nevertheless, I do like it quite a bit. And I've done a sort of weird layering with it before that I thought looked quite kick-ass.
highway to heaven
From here on out, it's two-coaters all the way. There are a million polishes out there that look the exact same as this one, but well, it IS pretty!
get your kicks
Again, not unique, but pretty.
rock your nails
One of my favorite textured polish blends, and one that I have from at least one other brand.
after dinner show
I'm running out of things to say, to be honest. It's pretty, but not unique, and I have others exactly like it.
Now this one is a bit more special again - I don't think I have a dupe of this. In the bottle it even has a purple duochrome to it (best seen at the left-hand edge and more obvious in person) that unfortunately does not at all translate to the nail - at least I haven't noticed it shifting anymore once it's been applied.
While not incredibly unique I at least haven't seen this combination done a million times by a myriad of brands. I like the combo of the fiery orange-y red with the gold.
I also did my first ever blobbicure with naked venus and the answer is love! I think it turned out pretty well.
And finally, a bit of silliness... A beauty blogger on the hunt for originality.
Phew, that was a lot! It took me about an hour to write this thing, so I hope y'all appreciate it. Truly a swatch spam, don't you agree?