Friday, November 28, 2014

Chanel Coco Blue is a cool-toned shimmery blue

Happy Black Friday!

With the URL change, I noticed that my blogroll disappeared.  I managed to restore it, but I know that there were more.  If your blog was there or if you simply want to be added to my blogroll, please let me know, just e-mail me at sparklyvernis@yahoo.com with your link.  I know that Instagram is huge now for nails, and if there's enough interest, I can do a new tab for an IG Blogroll, what do you guys think?

Ok, on to this nail polish.  The shimmer reminded me of those OPI holiday lacquers that I posted a while back.  It is very subtle, almost pearl finish.  I like this color a lot for Wintery days, although I think it was marketed for the Summer, a long time ago.  I had bought the Nubar dupe first (comparison below), and then when I saw that the color went well with my skin tone, I splurged on the Chanel.  The only big difference between the two, is that the Chanel is slightly more blue and brighter, but it's impossible to tell in pictures.







Layering Order:
3 coats Chanel Coco Blue
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
3 coats Chanel Coco Blue (pinky and middle)
3 coats Nubar Faded Jeans (ring and index)
Dior Gel Coat

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Different Dimension Sexy and I Snow It is a bright holographic light gold glitter

When my friend Robyn sent me a video of this beauty, I was all over it.  I know I have other gold glitters, but for this season, I can not get enough of gold or holo.  This color is so easy to wear for me, and it can dress up my nails in an instant, even when I am not sure what to wear.

The formula was really good, it covered the nails nicely at two coats.  The glitter is very gritty, but the sparkles are amazing, and well worth it.  I was telling my friend that this felt like it was coming at you.  It was hard to explain the shine.  The bling reminded me a little bit of Lumina Soleil, but this one is another shade of gold, less yellow.  I have included a comparison below.

If you are in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!







Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Different Dimension Sexy and I Snow It
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed

BONUS PICTURE - Different Dimension Sexy and I Snow
compared to Lumina Lacquer Soleil







Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Different Dimension Sexy and I Snow It (pinky and middle)
2 coats Lumina Lacquer Soleil (ring and index)
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SV by Sparkly Vernis Frosted Sweets Collection - Winter 2014

It is really hard for me to write this post and be completely unbiased.  Which is why I have enlisted a couple of Bloggers and Instagramers to post this collection.  Click here for @erinspolishplayground swatches, here for Robyn's swatches, here for @atlcatsmeow, and here for Amandalandish.  I will try my best to blog about this, as I would with any other brand.  I will comment about my own experience about making each of them as well.

Mint Frosting is a green that I would probably wear year round.  I don't know know why, but it felt Wintery to me.  This award winning photo might explain it better.  When I made it, I didn't want it to be the dark forest green that we see every single Holiday, I wanted something different.  If you've read this blog for a while, you know that I rarely wear green, so I wanted to make something that I would actually wear, and it had to have a slight blue tint to it, and this fit the expectations.  I will not sugar coat it (no pun intended), this was a pain in the neck to make.  I had to adjust the formula a million times, and in the end, I was still unhappy with a few aspects.  The first one is that, there is not enough shimmer for me.  I wanted more, but I learned that shimmer and holographic pigments clash with each other.  One has to find the right balance, and more often than not, the sacrifice is made for less shimmer.

On the other hand, Gilded Lemon Drops, was the easiest one to make.  The difficult part for me was to find the right amount of yellow.  I love it that there is no green undertones in this one, because green with gold is a deal-breaker for me.  I like the way that this looks on my nails, but I find that the formula is really thin and it sometimes shows my nail's imperfections.  I think it has to do with the pigments used, or perhaps the base.  I have more research to do for sure.  I found that adding an extra coat or applying basecoat helped a great deal.  I'm happy with the color and the shimmer in this one.  Drying time was really fast.  The first time that I applied it, I thought it was too sheer, then I learned that I just needed to pick up a bit more nail polish with the brush, for the second coat.

Blurple Ice Cubes went through a few transformations.  First it was too pink, then too dark, then too blue for me.  I finally settled with this shade and I am really sure that I can call it a 'blurple'.  These type of undefined, in-between shades are very hard to make.  I was happy to find that I had no close dupes in my stash of blurple holographics.  If I move my hand in different angles, it changes from blue to purple.  The shift is very subtle, so I'm not calling it a duo-chrome.  I had to make the purple one so perfect, since it is my favorite color.  It was quite a journey.  I predict that there will probably be a purple in every upcoming collection, since I have so many ideas, and so many different hues in mind, that I want to make for this color.  A quick note about this and Periwinkle Sprinkles, on some monitors, they will look similar to each other, but they are totally different.  I have posted some comps here.

The first nail polish that I made 'from scratch' was Cotton Candy Sugar.  At the time, I was thinking of a perfect girly holo that would be a staple for the Winter.  This is the one that started it all, and the one that determined the frosted theme for all the others.  The iciness of it, transported me back to my days in Minnesota.  I wanted the other colors to have this same look, and that is basically how this collection was born.  The final formula for this one was a bit watery, but none of my test subjects seemed to mind.  I made it a bit thicker and I didn't like it myself.  For some reason it worked, and I left it at that.  Same as with Gilded Lemon Drops, if I pick up a bigger drop of nail polish for the second coat, I get a perfect coverage.  Some will prefer to do 3 coats for it, so it really depends on the user.  This turned out to be a cool-toned pink with lilac undertones, and I love the color and the shimmer.

The last one that I made was Periwinkle Sprinkles.  This one has the best coverage of the whole set.  It was a perfect two-coater.  I like the fact that it is a bit icy, but not too metallic in the shade.  This one has a really strong holographic flame, and can shift a bit to lavender in certain lights.  The rainbow effect with the shimmer is really special.  Blues are infamous for staining nails, and I can happily report that this pigment is all-natural, and does not stain your nails upon removal; even if you don't use basecoat.  However, it has a really weird smell.  I am not sure if I will discontinue it for this reason, because it can be a bit annoying at first.  I have a feeling that for blue lovers, they will find that the color is totally worth it.

Overall, I love the holographic effect on all of these.  Although they are mostly matte, I am ok with this, because I always wear topcoat.  I want to change the base, to a glossy one, but this one dries so fast, which is important to me.  For high gloss, I use OPI DS Topcoat (reviewed here) or Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Topcoat (reviewed here).  They are the best ones for holographics, and I find that they both work well with SV.  The Sally Hansen will dry faster, but the OPI will be glossier.  I really like these bottles, I 'settled for these' and I'm glad I did.  However, I noticed that the brush is on the stiff side, and it takes a bit to get used to it, especially for that second coat.

I know that this review was rather lengthy, but I tend to be really hard on myself, so I saw this coming.  If you made it this far, I want to let you know about my giveaway to this collection, click here.  Also launch info is here.







Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Mint Frosting
OPI DS Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Gilded Lemon Drops
OPI DS Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Blurple Ice Cubes
OPI DS Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Cotton Candy Sugar
OPI DS Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Periwinkle Sprinkles
OPI DS Topcoat

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cupcake Polish Emerald Aisle is a gorgeous holographic green

Since I don't collect too many green holographics, this is very unique in my stash.  I got from the November box.  I had mentioned before, how I was loving these Cupcake Polish boxes, because their lacquers are always amazing.  This one did not disappoint, it is the best one so far.  It has a wonderful blue by Darling Diva Polish, and that vibrant cherry holo that I posted from Different Dimension.

This green reminded me a bit of Literary Lacquers ATCT, but this one is a bit darker and lacks the glitters.  I liked the formula and the color payoff on this one, but the LL holds a special place in my heart.  I think Emerald Aisle will be a staple for me around Xmas time.  This will go well with a red accent nail, or maybe some candy cane decals.

A note that I wanted to make about the owner of Cupcake Polish.  She is awesome.  A couple of weeks ago, I had an order arrive with broken nail polish.  Not her fault, probably USPS, bad handling, etc.  She fixed it right away.  No hassle, and kept great communication.  I highly recommend.






Layering Order:
2 coats Cupcake Polish Emerald Aisle
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SV Frosted Sweets Collection Giveaway (Closed)

Last Sunday I posted about my new brand.  If you are reading this, then you probably already know that the blog URL has officially changed to blog.sparklyvernis.com and you can update your bookmarks :)  Although, you can still access the blog through the main website by clicking on the B icon.

The official launch details are here.

Thank you so much for being awesome readers and followers.  I would love to give one of you a set from this collection.  As usual, you don't need to do anything to enter (but I would love it if you shared), simply fill out the form below, and I will use random.org to pick the winner by December 1st.





Friday, November 21, 2014

Barielle Jetsetter Collection for Fall/Winter 2014

Barielle has another collection for this Fall, I posted the previous one here.  I wasn't sure about this one, since it had two greens in it and a beige.  However, Rain in Spain made it all worth while.  This color is amazing IRL.  It is bright, but not neon.  A lilac that doesn't lean periwinkle and it compliments my skin tone.  I am wearing it on my toes, I took it to the salon, and thought that this shade is perfect for this cold weather.

The formula on these was very consistent, except for Midnight in Paris which pooled a little bit, and it required more clean up.  It didn't stain my nails, so that is always good news for dark blues.  If I had to choose one of the Fall Collections, I would choose the Me Couture, but I would also add Rain In Spain to my shopping cart.






Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Autumn In Seoul
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Kiss Me Kate
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Rain In Spain
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Gondola Ride
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Midnight in Paris
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Irish Eyes
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures