Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday Random Swatchfest: 5/22/2014

Hey everybody!  How's your weekend going?  It's a long holiday weekend and I bet a lot of you have fun plans.  It got real hot here and now it's cooled back down so we are just enjoying it because it's going to be a very sunny Summer.  I am back with my random swatchfest and let's get right into it and get you back to your play day.  Comin' right at you we have your ten random polishes from my swatched folder that haven't made an appearance here on my blog yet:
Essence Me and My Lover is a raspberry textured polish I found at Ulta a while ago.  I didn't see any other textures besides this one, but these cute little Colour & Go bottles are so cost-friendly I just had to give their take on textures a try.  They call their textures "sparkle and sand effect."  Here is a look at two coats of this little baby.  Honestly, it's not my favorite take on textured polishes, and you know how much I love them so I've tried pretty much everyone's offering.  However, for just a couple bucks at Ulta, you might want to give it a try if you like textured polish as much as I do :)  B+

OPI Hey Baby is your basic pink that leans just a tad warm.  The thing that isn't basic about it is that the formula is impeccable.  I don't wear pink creams all that often, but this lady is now my go-to pink because of how evenly and easily it applies.  This is two coats and while I didn't pick it up when it originally released, I'm glad I snagged it when it when on clearance because the formula is effortless.  A

Sephora by OPI I'm Wired was a little treasure I found clearanced at Big Lots.  This is the perfect Summer Coral shade, and I really didn't anticipate it to have the creamy goodness it did.  This was two easy coats, and I had zero issues with application.  Totes recommend this one to you.  A

Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass is the bright yellow cream from Revlon's scented line of polishes.  These bottles have super cute packaging and after I figured out that only the fruity scents were hard for me to stomach, I picked up a few of the floral ones and I really liked them.  As far as this yellow goes, I was fairly impressed with the formula's consistency for a yellow.  Usually you can count on yellow polishes to be a hassle to get a nice even application.  This one wasn't perfect, but it wasn't terrible.  If you like yellow polishes, I think you'll like this one too.  Revlon is always putting out coupons so you are likely to be able to pick these up for just a couple bucks.  A-

Avon Chilling Teal was released in a whole collection of shimmering/shifting polishes and among other shades in this release that were fabulous, this one was a bit disappointing.  You're looking at three coats, and still, you can see so much vnl.  It's really too bad that it's so sheer, because since this polish isn't opaque, the color is just really kind of blah.  I don't hate this polish like I do ones that are sticky they become a mess, but I definitely don't recommend it.  C

Zoya Natty is a blue gray that doesn't go overly deep.  You can still appreciate the blue in this polish and yet it's still very conservative in my opinion.  Against another gray/blue from Zoya, Sailor, this actually leans a little green, so maybe this is more of a deep teal/gray.  You're looking at two coats, but it was nearly a one-coater.  As usual, I loved the formula of this Zoya cream.  This polish comes from the 2012 Designer collection.  A

Julep Paulette came to me from my May Julep box and the color is just gorgeous.  I mean, it made it even harder that I loved the May box so much to be ending my subscription service with them, but all things come to an end ;) and it was time for me to part ways.  This is two coats of this gorgeous orchid with rose/gold shimmer running throughout.  Just love it and it's right up my alley.  A

Color Club Fondue for Two is from the Spring 2014 Paris in Love collection.  It's supposed to be a chocolate brown cream and I think it really looks accurate.  It's just a little bit grayed out, which is important for a brown to keep it from looking too fecal if you know what I mean...Sorry for mentioning that, but seriously that's the most important thing about a brown is that it stays away from that place.  This is two coats, and it was creamy and easy.  I give it an A.

Orly Black Hole comes from the Galaxy FX collection released earlier this year.  The collection has 6 really interesting glitters and I just couldn't help myself from picking them up when they went on sale.  This lovely lady has silver, red, and blue glitters in an almost-black jelly base.  You're looking at two thick coats on it's own.  I didn't swatch it over anything because I wanted to see if it could become opaque on its own, and it isn't completely, but it does pretty good.  If you wanted to, you could definitely wear this over a black polish and it would look great.  As with most glitter polishes, its a pain to clean up, but its so interesting I think its worth the effort.  A

OPI I Sao Paulo Over There is my A+ polish of the week.  The Sally Beauty Supply near me has put the Brazil collection on BOGO until they're gone and I picked this little baby up which I hadn't really thought much about before....For regular price I just really wasn't ready to bring Sao Paulo home with me. However, wow this lady is a one-coater and such a calm and soothing color.  I had originally picked up the lighter two taupes which both had just an ok formula.  But this darkest taupe/gray(there is a darker raisin-taupe that I may still grab) has such a lovely application.  I was super impressed and I knew right then that I was going to feature it on Saturday.  This might be my new favorite of the Brazil collection thus far(I've only tried 5).

If you want to see a little chit chat about each of these polishes and live application of each then you can find that here:

And there you have it.  We've wrapped up another Saturday Swatchfest!  I'm glad these are such a big hit. Over all the kinds of posts I do each week, these are without a doubt the most viewed.  I started doing them consistently because I saw the Polishaholic do something similar on her blog and I loved them and wished she did them on more of a regular.  Btw, if you love nail polish and you don't read the Polishaholic, where have you been??  Anyway, I'm thinking of making this a regular feature on my youtube channel as well.  Let me know what you think about that.

I hope you're having a great weekend and I'll see you back tomorrow!  Much love to you :)

Song of the Day: Lana Del Rey- Young and Beautiful

Over and out


  1. I have the Avon Chilling Teal and it works really well if you put a thin coat of white under it and then put like two coats of that on it and its really pretty.