Saturday, 23 December 2017

picture polish voodoo (classic shades)

voodoo is a quite old picture polish shade, back in 2009, and belongs to their classic shades range.

voodoo's tagline is "see the darkness, fell the magic". it is gorgeous. in real life, it definitely isn't as brown as in promo bottle and it is mainly a burgundy sort of shade, with gold, rich glass flecks.  very vampy and pretty.

formula is also flawless. i see it as a less purple, more brown version of nopi shoot for maroon.

Friday, 22 December 2017

opi russian navy matte (suede)

opi came up with their matte collection in 2009, when they took some of their popular polishes and made matte version. in the end, since the original and the mattified one had little in common, it created a bit of confusion, but it didn't stop me from owning a couple. i am shoving russian navy matte today.

russian navy matte is your simple navy blue matte polish. no shimmer, no nothing. it might seem flat and boring, but it's a good one to have in collection as it truly is one coater, has minimal striking problems, and the formula is still great even though we are approaching year 10. i usually wear it simple and bear for a day, and add a topper the next.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

new in: 2017

2017 was another reasonable year. i got 29 polishes in total, out of that, 21 picture polish, 7 ysl and 1 zoya. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

new in: 2016

2016 was modest, not just in polish addict sense, but in any sense. i got only 24 polishes, but they are all awesome.

Monday, 18 December 2017

dance legend velvet 648

today, i am showing a polish from dance legend's velvet collection (or Бархат in russian), number 648.

lately, my love for matte finishes reemerged. i know i know, you can mattify anything, but i still like polishes that have the effect to begin with.

648 (i wish it had a name) is really gorgeous. colour is very rich, a mix of dark grey and blue, with rich shimmer and amazing velvet finish. the formula is good, no streaking and difficulties. just gorgeous.

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new in: 2014

after 2013, where i ended up with 146 new polishes, the fact that i accidentally (and just!) stayed under 100, seems like a huge success!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

new in: 2013

2013 was definitely my heavy purchase year, with 146 polishes in total. insane, i know!

Monday, 11 December 2017

picture polish copper field (collaboration shade)

copper field is yet another picture polish collaboration shade, this time from 2016 and made together with laura vgp.

well, the name really says it all. the shade is copper, and with the name-play (the magician david copperfield), it truly is magical.

it is a duochrome metalic, predominantly copper with shifts to gold and ping. add scatter holo particles, and you get a concoction that is never too much. i love it, especially in these gloomy days.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

a england encore margot (ballerina)

a england polishes keep amazing me. especially awesome collection called ballerina  consists of four beautiful but elegant holos, and today's star is encore margot.

named after dame margot fonteyn, classical english ballerina, encore margot is a true ice queen shade.  in a england words, it is  it is "a standout icy blue prismatic hue, destined for curtain calls". it is a strong, silver linear holo polish that looks metallic. even though the effect is strong, the base color stil makes it elegant and soft.

i don't think that anyone makes holos with such an amazing formula as a england, it really flows like butter. 

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opi can't let go (mariah carey)

i loved the four textured polishes from opi's mariah carey collection, and i regret getting only mini versions.

for some reason, can't let go was the first one i wanted to try. imagine it a bit more purple and a bit less blue, a true medium purple, with an occasional purple hexagonal glitter. i must say, i am a fan of the liquid sand finish. it takes about 15 minutes to dry completely, and i was pleasantly surprised with the formula, even though it' s a mini, it was very easy to apply it. 

i wore it over china glaze grape pop, just to save it.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

chanel blue rebel (les jeans)

les jeans  is ancient but awesome chanel collection from back in 2011, and it's time i showed blue rebel. other two polishes were equally awesome coco blue and blue boy.

this collection was supposed to be jeans inspired, and this polish emulates your basic dark, slightly washed out pair beautifully. it is the darkest blue out of the trio, but still too light to be called navy. more like a deep denim shade. it is awesome, well pigmented and with good formula.

i am sure that by now there are plenty of dupes out there, but i am simply happy i have this one.

opi tomorrow never dies (skyfall)

skyfall was probably the last collection from opi that blew me away.  maybe it's because i didn't own billion polishes at that point so it provided me with a lot of interesting shades. one of those was the gorgeous tomorrow never dies.

and tomorrow never dies truly is special. the shade is blurple/indigo, with that gorgeous blue and pink "powdered" shimmer that almost gives that "lit from within" kind of look.

the formula is slightly on the thick side, but good to work with and even though it looks like a stainer, that doesn't happen.


catrice rusty but sexy (core 2012)

catrice rusty but sexy 560 is my type of orange shimmery polish!

rusty but sexy is a rusty, burnt orange  metallic polish. it has golden sparkles when it's under direct light.

it is in the group of those "almost one-coaters" and it tends to leave visible brushstrokes while applying it, but the formula is self-leveling so it's all nice and even after a few seconds.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

picture polish mermaid (collaboration shade)

for today, i chose one of the newest picture polish collaboration shades, mermaid. it was made together with hungarian online shope,

when a polish is called mermaid, it has to be awesome! mermaid is a blue jelly base filled with hex glitter and scattering holo effect. it is very very pretty. dries a bit gritty, but one layer of a top coat was enough for a smooth finish.

fun lacquer fashion show (new year 2016)

it's about time i showed yet another fun lacquer awesomeness, this time fashion show from the new year 2016 collection!

fashion show is such a complex polish and a complete chameleon. it is part purple, part blue and part grey and the side it shows heavily depends on the light. i took the direct sun pictures, that turn blue, got inside, it was more greyish, i went outside again and concluded that both indoors and outdoor pictures are faithful.

on top of the shade versatility, we have this dense golden holo glitter. simply awesome! formula is also great, it takes a tiny bit more effort to take it off but it's worth it.

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picture polish lime light (neon shades)

i am not so much into neons, but i have a soft spot for greens, so i had to take picture polish lime light from their revamped neon shades collection.

lime lite originally appeared in 2013, but got a rebirth in 2016. and i am happy for that! it is an awesome, bright green. formula is very decent for this type of polish, the first coat is a bit sheer but it builds up nicely. there are no bold spots or visible brushstrokes. 

it is such a great summer/beach polish and i got it just in time, before the summer ends!

chanel vertigo (les essentials de chanel)

it's about time i showed chanel vertigo, a part of chanel's fall 2012 trio, together with frenzy and suspicios (hitchcock, anyone?)  

 it is a very complicated shade. it is dark, plummy brownish and greyish at the same time, i am pretty sure it looks different on different skin tones. in addition, it has that typical chanel hidden shimmer, when there is just enough of it for it not to be a creme. it is an elegant shade that i actually wore to my phd defense almost 4 years ago.

formula is decent. i am not a fan of chanel brush, it's too thin for my taste so i kind of stopped buying them lately because of this, but if you are happy with it, it's great. 

dance legend melange 276

dance legend melange 276 appeared when i was out of pure black creme polish for a while. i decided to choose something from dance legend, since i was always happy with their brush and formula.

i ended getting number 276 from their melange collection, not completely black but one of those off blacks that takes an expert eyes to see that it's actually not. as usual, formula is flawless and it's a perfect choice for layering.

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opi honey ryder (bond girls)

i am still on board of the textured polishes bandwagon, and i really love opi's honey ryder from their bond girls collection.

honey ryder, named after the epitomic bond girl played by ursula andress, is a champagne gold shade. it has gold glitter in it, dries superfast and is a definite one coater. i would call it a festive shade, but i love to wear it when i'm in a (typical) all black outfit. 

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