Monday, October 20, 2014

FingerPaints Film Noir Collection Swatches & Review

FingerPaints is Sally Beauty's in-house brand of nail polish and I used to buy them all the time when I used to live by the stores. But since I've moved to a much smaller town, where the most exciting store is CVS :( , I haven't bought as many as I used to. So when I got the chance to try some of their recent collections for review, I was quite happy! This collection came out during the middle/end of the summer so they might still be in stores. It's called the Film Noir collection and it's made up of four polishes that all dry to a matte finish.

First is Petal Obsession, a pale baby pink. This had a quite finicky formula, it dries very quickly so it was hard to apply without big streaks. On the first coat, some areas even shrunk up like crackle polish does! After three coats though I was able to make it look even and nice looking. It dried very matte, not satiny.
FingerPaints Petal Obsession

Next is Beautiful Mystery, a pale baby blue. Same formula as the pink above, this is also three coats. I love this color!
FingerPaints Beautiful Mystery

This is Film Noir, a deep burgundy purple. It dries a few shades darker than it looks in the bottle. Same formula, maybe dried a tad slower than the others, so application was a little easier. Three coats.
FingerPaints Film Noir

And this is Hollywood Decadence, a pale milky base with a glitter mix of washed out blue, pink and gold hexes. Application was fairly easy, the glitter is quite dense. I don't really like the look of this and I have similar polishes that are prettier imho. After I did these swatches I saw some people used Hollywood over the other colors in the collection, and that looked much better than it did on its own. I used two thick coats here.
FingerPaints Hollywood Decadence

I like the look of matte polish but the application usually turns me off to buying them. I'd rather use regular polish and just apply a matte top coat. That said, there are some pretty colors in this collection if you don't mind the matte formula. Look for FingerPaints in your local Sally Beauty stores or online, they are around $5.50 per bottle. What do you think of this polish quartet? Would you wear any of them? How do you feel about mattes?

See ya next time :)

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foxy Paws Starring Role and Diamandis Swatches & Review

Happy Friday friends! Today I wanted to show off two awesome indie polishes I recently got as a gift from my friend rijaH! She is also a blogger and lives in Denmark. We've been buddies since forever and I just love her! (Be sure to check out her blog!) A while ago she sent me some gorgeous polishes as a gift from a new-to-me indie brand from Denmark called Foxy Paws! I really adore them so I had to share!

First is Starring Role, a medium royal purple holographic shade. It has a linear holo base and also holographic flakes. It's from their Diamond collection, named for the band Marina and The Diamonds, who I love too! I used two coats here with top coat as it dries a bit matte.
Foxy Paws Starring Role purple holographic nail polish

And this guy is Diamandis, a silver glitter bomb! It's got tons of different holographic glitters in it. It was more dense than I expected it to be, you'd probably be able to get it opaque on it's own easily. It dries kind of textured so use a top coat if that bothers you. I put one coat over Starring Role. I really love this combo!
Foxy Paws Diamandis purple nail polish

You can purchase Foxy Paws polish from their website Foxy Fingertips. They are based in Denmark, so be aware of shipping charges if you're not in Europe. What do you think of this pretty duo? Have you tried Foxy Paws?

Thanks for stopping by today!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were given to me as a gift.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Illamasqua Facet and Melange Swatches & Review

Hi friends! Today I have a real treat for the eyes, two gorgeous Illamasqua polishes! I had to get creative to get my hands on these, as Illamasqua recently stopped being sold at Sephora. :( They are sold on their UK based website, but they would've cost mucho bucks with the included shipping. But lucky me, my lovely friend in Singapore offered to pick them up in her local stores and send them to me, so the price went down significantly! I am so happy I was able to purchase them, as these are two super stunning lacquers.

Facet is from the Sacred Hour collection from last year. I must've been snoozing when it came out because I had no idea I needed it until it popped up on Vampy Varnish's blog not too long ago. It's a grey taupey brown with gallons of gold and copper sparkle and shimmer. This had a great formula, creamy and smooth with great shimmer distribution. Opaque in two coats and dried shiny.
Illamasqua Facet nail polish Sacred Hour collection

Melange came out most recently in the Once... collection for this fall. It's a stunning "dirty" green teal with bronzey copper and gold flecks and gold sparkle. I was scared that there wouldn't be that much sparkle pay off when I put it on, because a lot of the gold was stuck to the sides of the bottle when it arrived. I needn't have worried though because there was no shortage of shimmer! Applied effortlessly. Two coats here, but it was opaque in one! I love this color!
Illamasqua Melange Once... collection green nail polish

Also, I have to tell you that I had virtually no clean up on these swatches because the Illamasqua brush is SO GOOD! I don't know if I just haven't noticed until now, but it's fab. These are both so smooth and so self-leveling that I didn't even use top coat in these swatches! The folks over at Illamasqua say that Melange should dry matte, but honestly I didn't think it did for me, maybe a bit of a satin?

You can purchase these from the Illamasqua website or if you have a Bloomingdales near you they might be in stores *EDITED* I have just heard that Bloomingdales stopped selling the brand as well. I think Illamasqua is a really underrated polish brand and I'm sad they are not as readily available as they used to be. What do you think of these? Aren't they just heavenly? Let me know :)

❤ Kellie