Picture it…Sicily, 1922….
Sophia’s stories about Sicily sure do hit different in 2021, vs. 1986. Of course, I’m just assuming that the name of this polish is a nod to Golden Girls. It’s Belle en Argent “Picturing Sicily”. I suppose the polish could just be about remembering a vacation on the Mediterranean island…no way! This polish is from my March ipsy bag.
This polish is streaky as HELL. There was little I could do to get a completely smooth finish. I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. This is two coats of “Picturing Sicily”, topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, except for my matte pinky – I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.
Fun fact…this polish is the exact same color as my phone!
Why yes, I did paint my nails to match my kitchen.
After deciding on a shade of pinkish purple for my kitchen – “Lover’s Knot” – I picked a similar shade of purple for my nails. This is Sinful Colors “Low-Key Lavender” from the Essenchills Collections. It’s a light lavender polish with a striking ultraviolet shimmer. The lavender scent is very light and faded quickly, which I was thankful for – lavender gives me a major headache.
This is two coats of “Low-Key Lavender” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I was surprised at how well this polish lasted without a top coat – I wore it for 8 days, with just a bit of edge wear on my right hand.
Chance of Rainbows
I know I am supposed to be sampling all of my new Sinful Colors polishes, but this little Color Club beauty was SCREAMING at me from the clearance aisle at Walmart. For just $3.75, she came home with me.
This is Color Club “Chance of Rainbows” is gold glitter floating in a clear base with hidden blue shimmer – there’s a lot going on! The polish is PACKED with glitter – I got 75% coverage in two coats. This is two coats of “Chance of Rainbows” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ringer finger and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest. I think I like the way the matte nails look better.
I was disappointed at how quickly this polish chipped, but I don’t think it was the polish’s fault. I feel like the Mani Me decals really damaged my nails. I cleaned my nails with rubbing alcohol, but I still felt like the top layer of my nails was pitted and stripped from the adhesive. I also got the majority of the chips while unpacking some boxes from my garage. The newspapers the junk was wrapped in was from July 2006 – that stuff made it through fifteen years and three moves! My poor nails…they need some TLC.
January’s Allure Beauty Box included a $30 code to try out Mani Me – a site that sells custom-printed nail gels. No joke – you submit pictures of your fingernails and they 3D print a set of nail gels just for you.
I was skeptical, but these really are the best fitting nail decals I’ve tried. The thumbs were a bit on the small side, but other than that, each nail fit great. To be fair, the only other brands I’ve tried are Jamberry and Color Street – Mani Me Gels are like a cross between the two. They are thicker than Color Street, but not as thick as Jamberry and they don’t require a heater.
The one mistake I made was using a file to remove the excess from the tips instead of cutting with nail scissors. The file made the edges rip unevenly, which made them peel up more than they normally would have.
There were some really cute designs, but I was limited to picking out a specific Mani Me x Allure Set. Each set runs from $15 – $25, which is inline with Color Street on the low end. Even so, I cannot imagine spending $25 on a single set…unless they were AMAZING.
Oh! I forgot to mention that my order came with a free bottle of Mani Me Shimmer Top Coat, which is meant to add a shimmer to the matte designs. I used it on my pinkies, and to be honest – I couldn’t even see it. I also didn’t notice a difference in how long the decals lasted on my nails. After a full week, the edges were peeling up enough that I had to rip them off. I cannot imagine them lasting two full weeks like the website claims.
I am not even gonna lie – this is one of the lamest nail polish names I’ve ever come across. I give you…Sinful Colors “Turnt-quoise”.
We gonna get turnt!
Is that right? Is that how you use it?
Even though the name is ridiculous, the polish itself is a winner. It’s a very sheer turquoise, with just a hint of shimmer. I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, with one coat on my index finger, two coats on my middle finger and three coats on the rest. I topped all of my nail (except the pinky), with Sinful Colors Demi Matte Top Coat. My pinky got Glisten & Glow Top Coat, and it’s SO much shinier than the rest of them.
This is my favorite Tulle Temptation so far.
Sinful Colors “Coffee Drip” does indeed smell like coffee…but there’s an underlying creamy sweetness that’s more like a latte than a straight cup of joe. It’s part of the new Essenchills Collection.
This is two coats of “Coffee Drip” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I was surprised at how long this polish lasted without a top coat – it only started to chip after a long bout of dishes when my son was sick.
I also did my toes, but topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. No one will be sniffing my feet, so I don’t need coffee scented toes.
Hot & Hazy
Sinful Colors “Hot & Hazy” is the first up for sampling from the Sheer Matte “Tulle Temptations” Collection. It’s a light neon orange, but it also reminds me a bit of watermelon juice?
I totally copied Melissa (accio_nails) for my swatches. After a nice coat of Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, I did one coat on my index finger, two coats on my middle finger, and three coats on my ring finger, pinky and thumb. I used the new Sinful Colors Demi Matte Top Coat on all my fingers, EXCEPT my pinky. My pinky got Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I really like the touch of shimmer in these polishes – I’m looking forward to trying the rest!
So Matcha Better
Sinful Colors “So Matcha Better” is my first pick from the Essenchills Collection!
I don’t know why this color called out to me – it certainly wasn’t the scent. I am not a big green tea/Matcha drinker. The scent was delicate and not offensive. It did not last very long – it faded by the next morning. The color reminds me of swamp mud…imagine Shrek, sitting on my muddy fingernails, farting away…
This is two coats of “So Matcha Better” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. No top coat, so I could let the scent breathe.
I absolutely LOVED this nail polish. I’m usually more ambivalent about sheer polishes, but this one was so squishy.
I’ve been sitting on Sinful Colors Quick Bliss “Sweet Cheeks (Sheer)” for a bit. The formula has a great consistency and although sheer, gives smooth, self-levelling coverage.
This is two coats of “Sweet Cheeks (Sheer)” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I went shiny with Glisten & Glow Top Coat and the finished look reminds me of a gummy bear!
The Roaring 20s
The 20s aren’t roaring yet…but I still have hope.
My sister-in-law was in town a few weeks ago and I picked up a few full sheets of Color Street Nail Decals. There were some really cool sets! My favorite is “Drop the Ball” – black and gold chevrons – very 20s Art Deco.
I wanted to mix polish and decals, so I applied the decals to 6 of my fingers – I was able to cover two fingers per decal, by using a thumb size on my thumb and sideways on my pinky (thanks for the idea, Becca). My middle fingernails are always pretty short, so it was easy to cover two nails with one medium decal. These decals lasted a week and looked perfect! The nail polish chipped before the decals.
For the polish, I couldn’t decide on shimmer or glitter, so why not both? The glitter on my index finger is Butter London “Tart with a Heart” and the shimmer on my ring finger is Nicole by OPI “On a Gilt Trip”. This is two coats of each over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I wanted them to be matte to match the Color Street, so I topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.
Instead of holding a bottle of polish, I decided to showcase a member of my daughter’s Octopi Army – she made it herself!