Archive for the ‘Mauve’ Category

Seriously Underrated: China Glaze Whimsical

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

To kick things off with the new “work apropos” theme, I looked through my stash trying to find a color that was both unique and subtle. There were about 10 choices, all duo-chromes/multi-chromes or shifters. In the end, I settled on China Glaze Whimsical for two reasons. Of all the colors, it popped out as particularly office friendly. It also happens to be one of the older polishes in my collection. With my faded memories, I’m not sure where this one came from. It looks like it’s been used a few times, so it was most likely from a swap or a RAOK. However, it might also be the result of a dusty hunt. I went through a period where I kept finding these older silver capped China Glazes at nail salons.

China Glaze Whimsical, circa 2001, was released as a part of the Platinum Collection. [1. I got this info from the China Glaze Wiki - what an awesome resource!!!] Other memorable colors from this collection include Orchid Shadow and Grape Crush – both of which I hope to review soon. An old friend, the blogger at A Stroke of Color, posted a long time ago about a polish in her stash from China Glaze also called Whimsical – hers was a really cool shimmery dusty green. I scoured the net – I found a lot of photos of polishes that looked like my version and none that looked like hers. That leads me to believe that hers, sadly, was a mislabeled franken.

The best word to describe this color is ethereal. The base color is a peach-toned light mauve or a sort-of rose-toned taupe. The microshimmer, an iridescent green, causes this color to glow and creates a chameleon-like effect on the base shade. I wouldn’t call it a duo-chrome because the shimmer itself doesn’t shift shades. It’s always green but the shimmer casts over the color, creating the illusion of different shades. The shimmer is really fine, so the overall finish looks slightly frosted – complete with very subtle brushstrokes. The photo above doesn’t do this color justice and is a little inaccurate – the color is lighter in person. Whimsical probably wasn’t the best choice for this first post because I’m still working the kinks out of my lighting system. So I did the next best thing…

In this sun light photo, the base shade is more accurate and the shimmer is more evident. Still though, I’m not sure any camera or organization of lights could ever truly capture this color. It’s definitely a chameleon – sometimes it looks pink, sometimes taupe, sometimes mauve, and sometimes the green causes the illusion of a gold cast, sometimes just a faint green flash. And since the shimmer is only a delicate glow in indoor lighting, it’s totally appropriate for work, even in more conservative offices. It’s really nothing short of lovely.

Whimsical is my current NOTD – this is 3 coats of color with Sally Hansen Nail Quencher (sadly discontinued but awesome nonetheless) as the basecoat and Seche Vite as the top coat. I didn’t have any major application issues despite the presumed age of the color. Although it’s an older polish and probably could be considered hard to find – it’s not sought after, so if you poke around online you can find it for reasonable prices. I’ll definitely search the stash for dupes but none immediately come to mind.

With all that said – I was so surprised and pleased by the all the positive comments on the last post. Thank you so much everyone for the love and support! I walked around with a smile all day – it’s so great to know that so many people not only remember my site, but are also happy that I’ve returned. : ) I would like to impose on everyone for some help getting up to speed. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Also, I would love to know your thoughts regarding recent releases. I’ve been slowly picking up new colors that I like – there are SO many – what colors do you think are must have/die without – also what are your favorite blogs? I would like to update my stash and blog roll with your help!

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Spring 2009: China Glaze Romantique Collection Part I – The Cool Set

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

For a few seasons now, China Glaze has released thematic, well balanced collections. Their main seasonal collections have consistently included something for every taste. So, golf clap to China Glaze – their design department knows what’s up.

Like seasonal collections in the past, Romantique consists of two sets, one cool, the other warm. Most of these colors apply perfectly in one coat. One Coat. People have been saying that for a while but I dismissed it thinking that one coat meant one massive-absurdly-thick coat but no, really, opaque bottle color coverage in one normal coat. The theme in this collection is a frosty metallic finish. When I first saw the promotional images I thought these were going to be chrome, they aren’t. Instead the finish is shimmery, nearly foil like. These colors, with their amazing pigmentation and viscosity, are going to be perfect for use with the Konad. All these swatches are 1 coat of color over 1 coat of base coat.

A note on the color accuracy of these images: These colors, due to the finish, are really difficult to capture accurately with my lighting set up. Most of the colors are deeper in real life. Additionally, the finish is not uniformly reflective like it appears to be in some of these photos. These colors have  a lot of frosty sparkle. I really recommend looking at Scrangie’s swatches which were taken in sunlight, in my opinion her images are a better depiction of these colors.

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China Glaze Awaken is described as a platinum silver, I think it’s more like a silvery charcoal. This color is grunge-y. To me it has a steampunk feel to it. This swatch is one coat of color, no top coat.

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China Glaze Cherish is a metallic-y moss green. I couldn’t capture the color correctly, it’s much more green toned in real life. This swatch is one coat, no top coat.

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Adore is a metallic-y turquoise. This one is a standout for me. I’m going to go nuts using this color with Konad over black. 1 coat color, 1 coat base.

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Devotion is a metallic-y lavender. This is my second favorite from this set. It may just be me but I feel like this shade of lavender was made to be worn with this finish. 1 coat of color, 1 coat of base.

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Harmony is metallic-y purple. My third favorite, I feel like this color flattered my skin tone the most – I consider myself a warm tone even though I’ve never really understood all that jazz about cool tones and warm tones. 1 coat of color, 1 coat of base.

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Joy is a metallic-y purple toned mauve. This is 1 coat of color, 1 coat of base.

I’ll report back with my Konading experiments at a future date.

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Disclosure: This collection was sent to me for review by China Glaze.


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Spring of Yesteryear: Zoya Blissful Collection

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Soon we’re all going to be bombarded with the spring collections so I figured I would kick off Spring ’09 with a collection from Spring ’08. Zoya Blissful is a pretty, light and demure collection. All the colors in this collection are subtle and work appropriate. It’s definitely not exciting, but I like it.

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Zoya Felicity is rose with subtle pink and gold sparkly shimmer. It’s work appropriate with a kick. This swatch is 3 coats.

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Zoya Laurie is jelly-like sheer pale baby pink cream. It’s opaque at 4 coats but can be worn at varying levels of sheerness with less coats.  Laurie is more cute than it is professional, I probably wouldn’t wear this one in really conservative officers.

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Zoya Lulu, a jelly-like sheer light peach, is one my favorites from this collection. It reminds me of Rescue Beauty Lounge Starfish Patrick but it’s not a dupe. Lulu is not as bright, however, I think this would be a good substitute for anyone who hasn’t taken the RBL plunge yet. Lulu takes 4 coats for opacity but can be worn with fewer like Laurie.

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Zoya Miley, a jelly-like sheer pale lilac cream, has been one of my favorite Zoyas for a really long time. I’ve been on a mission to spread my love for it since I first tried it on. It was one of my choices for the Zoya Mini-Collection promotion last year and I also ROAK’d  it to Dami of Perfectly Polish Tips. She raved about it as well. Like Lulu and Laurie this is a 4 coater if you want bottle color but it can be worn with fewer coats.

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Zoya Penelope, a dusty mauve cream, is a Mom color. It’s chic and professional.  This swatch was 3 coats.

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Zoya Zanna is a muted dusty rose cream. As many of you know, I have a thing for dusty versions of traditional colors so I’m really digging Zanna. This swatch was 3 coats.

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Disclosure: This collection was sent to me for review by Zoya.

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Super Underrated: Misa Runway Collection Swatches

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Misa Runway Collection was released several seasons ago but its awesomeness goes mostly unappreciated. I love collections that have themes that relate the colors to each other in some way. Runway is composed of chic dusty shades, very reminiscent of haute couture, that look as though they were meant to be together. Despite being an older collection, it’s surprisingly relevant as far as this fall’s newest trends. It’s almost as if Misa had some insight into the future with this one. All these colors have excellent application (except where noted.)

Misa Runway Diva is a dusty rose. Excellent application, this is two coats. Love it.

Misa Fashionista is a dusty purplish mauve. Again, excellent application, this is two coats. *Love it.*

Misa High Waist Hue is a dusty pink. It’s actually a pinker version of OPI Ticke My France-y, which I passionately love. It also has really subtle, practically nonexistent blue shimmer. I only noticed it under my photography lighting. This is 3 coats but the application was good.

Misa Moody Model is a milk chocolate creme. Ah, this is that elusive and rare wearable brown. 2 coats. And again, great application.

Misa Passion 4 Fashion is a dark chocolate creme. Everyone has been wondering how this stacks up against Lippmann Maneater. Lippmann is a much darker ‘almost black’. Passion 4 Fashion is as dark as chocolate can get without looking ‘almost black’. This is 2 coats, also great application.

Misa Hot Couture is a dusty honey mustard creme. I wore this one was a mani earlier this week. I really *really* wanted to love this one because it’s so unique and chic looking in the bottle. Sadly, it didn’t flatter my skin tone at all. Maybe when I get a tan again? I’m sort of a pasty yellow color right now. : P This is 2 coats. My bottle was a little on the thick side so I used 3 drops of thinner and it was fine.

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Disclosure: This collection was sent to me for review by Misa.

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Professional with a Twist: Zoya Deidra

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Generally, I tend to associate work apropriate polishes with creme finishes, but every once in a while I encounter a good shimmery polish that can pass for work appropriate. Zoya Deidra is exactly that – a gorgeous mauve with glowing fine gold shimmer. I’m calling it a shimmer but the finish is probably more akin to a frost. This mani is 1 coat of Zoya Anchor, 2 coats of Deidra, 1 coat of seche. I had no application issues and it wore very well.

What I particularly love about this color is that it’s stunningly chic despite the fact that’s it’s fairly subtle. It’s refreshing when I find colors like this in my stash. It helps to stave off the plague of the work appropriate polish purgatory.

This picture is an accurate depiction of the color but there’s a good bit more shimmer in real life. In the shade, it’s sort of a borderline grayed out mauve but in the sunlight it just gleams gold. This color is probably too much for really really consversative offices but I think it would be a great color to wear just about every where else.

P.S. I recently had a bad break so this is one of the last long nail pictures we’ll have here on the Polish Addict for a while. Boooo.

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Disclosure: I think Deidra was sent to me as a part of a collection for review by Zoya.

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