Archive for April, 2008

Neon Nail Polish is It This Summer

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

China Glaze did it first with the Ink Collection. Nubar has the Get Hot collection, Color Club has the Flower Power collection, even Essie ventured away from nudes and pinks to do a mini collection, Neon Shorts, this summer.

Neon is definitely not in everyone’s nail polish comfort zone. If you want to ease yourself into this trend, try wearing a neon orange or red similar to the one Rihanna is wearing in this picture. (look for Color Club – Sexsea or China Glaze – Japanese Koi)

Those of you who want to go all out neon, like Rihanna’s nails in picture below, try China Glaze – Celtic Sun.

If having neon nails is something you want to look into but you aren’t sure whether you’ll like it, don’t pour tons of money into it by purchasing expensive brands. Instead, take a trip to your local drug store. This trend has already been picked up by the less expensive brands. Sinful Colors, a mainstay at Walgreens and a very excellent inexpensive brand, has just released their neon collection. If you have a Claire’s Icing at your local mall, go pick up their recently released neon five pack.

I love neon. Were it not for my summer internship with the State Attorney’s Office, I would never take these colors off – but I know it’s not for everyone. What do you guys think about it, are you going to rock the neon this summer? If yes, what are your favorite colors?

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Blue Comparison Swatches (OPI – Dating a Royal Mod Brights Collection)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

It’s no surprise that OPI is late to the party yet again. Blues were the thing last season, but for those of us who don’t care about strictly following seasonal trends, OPI Dating a Royal from the new Mod Brights Collection is pretty amazing.

Originally, I was going to compare all of these colors but once I got the bottles together it was pretty clear that the only real contenders for comparison were Lippmann Collection – Rehab and Rescue Beauty Lounge – Dead Calm. China Glaze – Shower Together (twin of China Glaze – Aqua Baby), L.A. Girl Flare – Twinkling, and OPI Just Groovy don’t look anything like Dating a Royal, or each other for that matter. There was some concern arising on the nail board that all these colors might be too similar to justify owning all of them, but as you can see from the bottle picture, that’s not the case.

2 Coats Rescue Beauty Lounge – Dead Clam, 3 Coats OPI – Dating a Royal, and a whopping 4 coats for Lippmann Collection – Rehab

I apologize for the quality of this image. For some reason I just could not get these colors to photograph well. This was the clearest image of the bunch, but even with the lack of focus, this image is an accurate depiction of what these colors look like in person. The online teaser images of Dating a Royal made it seem like it would be more dupish to the aqua blues. As it turns out, it’s a much darker blue, but not as dark as the blues that were popular last season. Its comparative lightness makes it more relevant to the trends of this spring and summer but since it’s not technically a light blue it will be wearable in the fall. I’ll give everyone the skinny on the application and wear when I do the full swatches.

If there are any colors you guys want compared drop me an email or comment with your request. : )

In other news, I am now a member of Alltop.com. Yeay! Alltop condenses the best blogs on the net by category so you can read about your favorite topics all in one place. Their beauty section is pretty comprehensive, you guys should check them out if you haven’t already.

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Pic Spam… I Mean Swatches

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I hate to say this because I think the idea of an 18 dollar nail polish is absolutely ridiculous, but I’m a fan of Rescue Beauty Lounge. Their application and wear is amazing but more importantly, at least to me, they have really unique colors. I’m not a shimmer girl. In a world where most unique colors have shimmer, finding unique cremes is an almost impossible task… then I found Rescue Beauty Lounge and to this day my wallet and bank account quietly sob in unison.

First, the *MOST* prized of the Rescue Beauty Bunch:

Rescue Beauty Lounge – Recycle

Ooooh, I obsessed over whether to buy this one or not for weeks. I was still recovering from the psychological trauma of having neglected to buy Zulu, so I said to hell with being frugal and took the plunge. I felt really guilty about it for a while because it was so expensive ($18 + Ridiculous Shipping Charges = Guilt). I got over it, I just loved the color so much. It’s the perfect true green. Recycle was the gateway that facilitated my future RBL purchases.

My second Rescue Beauty Lounge splurge was for Dead Calm:

I wanted a true blue creme so badly. My first brush with blue cremes was Lippmann Rehab. It’s a great polish, the only problem is that it has a jelly finish and requires 4 coats to achieve a pretty navy color. It also took forever to dry, sometimes it didn’t dry at all. I would end up with horrendous sheet marks (back then I had yet to discover the gloriousness that is Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat). Dead Calm is opaque in one coat, amazing wear and application. It’s also really unique, not quite like anything else on the market. So at least for me, Dead Calm was definitely worth the money. As a side note, ‘Dead Calm’ is an awesome name for a polish.

I got Purple Haze, Stormy, and Concrete Jungle all in one haul – the day I lost my mind.

Purple Haze is a beautiful color but I didn’t love it on myself. Again, it is undoubtedly a unique color. As you can see from my purple comparison swatches there is nothing else quite like it in my collection.

I mauled over getting Stormy and Concrete Jungle for a long time.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy is probably not worth the money unless you really really *really* want it. I developed my obsession for this polish back when no other company had a gray polish on the market. That’s not the case anymore, every brand has their own version of a chic gray. If you want to go gray without denting your funds try OPI Moon Over Mumbai, Essie Body Language, Carolyn New York Handball Courts or Hangin’ on the Stoop, China Glaze Recycle or frankening your own gray instead. If, in the end, you are so inclined to spend the money, rest assured it’s an excellent polish.

Finally, Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle:

This is my current NOTD. It’s a great color. I had a little trouble with the application when I used Barielle Nail Camouflage. For some reason, it made the polish really thick and difficult to apply. I switched to a non-ridge filling base coat and the application problems disappeared. Like with Stormy, Concrete Jungle, color-wise, is probably not worth the cold hard cash.

My nail polish philosophy is that expensive brands are only worth it if either a.) the color is really unique and there is nothing else anywhere that is like it, or b.) you just can’t help yourself and splurging will make you happy. You won’t see me buying a pink or a red from Chanel or RBL. Do you guys feel the same way? What’s your philosophy on expensive polish?

*Disclaimer* The Polish Addict is in not liable for any lemmings this post may have created.

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This Week’s Wrap Up

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

In the end, I couldn’t pick between Zoya – Yummy and OPI – Just Groovy. Surprisingly, both had excellent wear. I removed them after five days of wear with no chips or tip pull. (However, I’m starting to wonder whether it’s something that I’m doing differently to make my polish stay on for so long.) In any case, I love them both, so I decided to keep them even though they look exactly the same.

I now officially hate Zoya a little less, my love for OPI remains true.

Coming up next week:

+ A swatch review of the Color Club Flower Power Neon Collection, courtesy of Color Club.

+ A Rescue Beauty Lounge pic spam with swatches of Dead Calm, Recycle, Concrete Jungle, Stormy, and Purple Haze.

+ A swatch review of 3 colors from the new OPI Mod Brights Collection: Dating a Royal, The ‘It’ Color, and Green -wich Village.

+ Comparison swatches of the most recent blues including OPI Dating a Royal, China Glaze Shower Together and Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm.

+ The cure for nothavingzuluitis – recipes for Zulu frankens (making your own Zulu).

+ My attempt at using China Glaze Ink to make my nails look like prison tats . . .

My favorite Links this week:

Ballz and Thinner debunks myths about nail polish and tells InStyle to get with it.

Casual Lavish gives us some at home remedies for whiter nails.

Scrangie swatches the new limited edition (*rolls eyes*) Nars Orgasm.

All Lacquered Up goes green and breaks down the chemical components in nail polish by brand .

Blogdorf Goodman gives a sneakpeek at Mac Naughty Nauticals and more importantly their two new polishes.

A Touch of Blusher teases us with a preview of the beautiful new Jill Stuart collection, exclusive to Japan (of course).

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This Week’s Wrap Up

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

In the end, I couldn’t pick between Zoya – Yummy and OPI – Just Groovy. Surprisingly, both had excellent wear. I removed them after five days of wear with no chips or tip pull. (However, I’m starting to wonder whether it’s something that I’m doing differently to make my polish stay on for so long.) In any case, I love them both, so I decided to keep them even though they look exactly the same.

I now officially hate Zoya a little less, my love for OPI remains true.

Coming up next week:

+ A swatch review of the Color Club Flower Power Neon Collection, courtesy of Color Club.

+ A Rescue Beauty Lounge pic spam with swatches of Dead Calm, Recycle, Concrete Jungle, Stormy, and Purple Haze.

+ A swatch review of 3 colors from the new OPI Mod Brights Collection: Dating a Royal, The ‘It’ Color, and Green -wich Village.

+ Comparison swatches of the most recent blues including OPI Dating a Royal, China Glaze Shower Together and Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm.

+ The cure for nothavingzuluitis – recipes for Zulu frankens (making your own Zulu).

+ My attempt at using China Glaze Ink to make my nails look like prison tats . . .

My favorite Links this week:

Ballz and Thinner debunks myths about nail polish and tells InStyle to get with it.

Casual Lavish gives us some at home remedies for whiter nails.

Scrangie swatches the new limited edition (*rolls eyes*) Nars Orgasm.

All Lacquered Up goes green and breaks down the chemical components in nail polish by brand .

Blogdorf Goodman gives a sneakpeek at Mac Naughty Nauticals and more importantly their two new polishes.

A Touch of Blusher teases us with a preview of the beautiful new Jill Stuart collection, exclusive to Japan (of course).

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Nail Polish and Capitalism: The Nars Zulu Dilemma

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

My obsession with Zulu started when I saw it in Sephora’s catalog ad last Fall. Nars, like many nail polish companies, decided to switch their formula to Big-3 free. In doing so, they discontinued several polishes from their line, one of which was Zulu. A frenzy ensued. Immediately after Zulu was discontinued, the ebay scalping began. Zulu was selling for $70.00 to $80.00. Nearly a year later, it is still consistently scalped on ebay for $50.00 or more.

My question is, why would a corporation, that by definition is an entity that operates solely for the purpose of producing profit and accumulating capital, discontinue a product that clearly still has a viable market? Zulu is one of the 3 most sought after rare nail polishes, the others being Clarins 230 and OPI Jasper Jade. The same is true for Clarins and OPI as well, why would any corporation allow a third party to profit so greatly and unconscionably from its work product and loyal consumers. Why don’t these companies nix the nail polish black market by simply re-releasing these colors? It’s not that it can’t be done, Essie picked up the ball by re-releasing their two biggie hard-to-finds, Viva La Vespa and Starry Starry Night. Why won’t Nars, OPI, and Clarins do the same?

I asked Nars. Shockingly, I got back a real answer instead of the typical form answer I usually get when I send berating emails to nail polish companies (I berate nail polish companies fairly often so I’ve gotten plenty of really useless replies – I applaud Nars for their excellent customer service in that regard). Kym Davis, Senior Marketing Manager at Nars, says that the issue of re-releasing discontinued highly sought after nail polishes has been coming up a lot lately. She explained that they are considering re-releasing Zulu and a few others but at the moment there are no set plans to do so.

She also said that she would continue to forward consumer feedback about discontinued colors to the big-wigs. There are a ton of people out there that missed the Zulu train (and now suffer from ‘Nothavingzuluitis’, more on that at a later date) but don’t want to blow an exorbitant amount of money buying Zulu from an evilbay scalper.

I present this solution: Email Nars and tell them that they should re-release the colors you want. If it’s really true that Nars is considering re-releasing Zulu, then maybe a few hundred emails will convince them that they should.

Email Nars at customerservice@narscosmetics.com, ask that they forward your email to Kym Davis.

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