Well, OF COURSE, the first polish I chose from The Pride Collection would be Sinful Colors “Drag Queen”. Duh, Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is wrapping up – Team Brooklyn Hites – and this polish is perfect.
“Drag Queen” is a glossy dark purple, with flaky glitters. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat. I knew she deserved to be glossy, so I topped it with Glisten & Glow Top Coat EXCEPT for my pinky. I had to see it mattified, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on just my pinky.
I am loving the formula of the Pride Collection so far – “Drag Queen” is full coverage in just two coats and it lasted a good long while. IO’m looking forward to trying them all…except maybe that yellow one. I don’t know how I feel about yellow glitter.
It was nice to get a new nail polish in last month’s ipsy bag, even if it was a brand I’d never heard of. I got “Purrrrplicious” by Law Beauty Essentials. Yup, 4 Rs – I counted.
For a 100% vegan nail polish, it had a very funky, chemical smell. It was super strong and unappealing. This is two streaky coats, over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. This polish was so streaky that I almost threw in the towel. The edges also ended up jagged and crispy – why do polishes do that? I got a single air bubble in my thumb. too. Rude.
“Purrrrplicious” appeared baby pink in some light, pastel purple in others. It reminded me of purple cotton candy.
Sinful Colors “Lit-Terally” was my first pick to try from the Neon Collection. It’s a bright kelly green, leprechaun green, grass green, the greenest of the green!
I am impressed that I was able to get this bright of a finish without starting with a layer of white first. This is just two coats of “Lit-Terally” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. I wanted to see matte and glossy, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on the index, middle and pinky – and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the thumb and ring fingers. Please do not ask me which one I like better – I cannot decide.
I was really impressed by the longevity of the polish – my nails looked flawless for 5+ days. I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Neon polishes!
I’ve been so distracted by bright Spring colors – I’ve been neglecting my “Naughty Nudes”.
This beauty is Sinful Colors “Tease”, a sheer nude polish with a lot of shimmer – it reminds me of those shimmer tights that you wear for dance recitals. It’s very sophisticated – like lingerie for your fingers.
This is two thin coats of “Tease” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger and I used regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest of my fingers.
“Tease” reminds me of “You Just Wait” , except without shifting green.
Frightmare Nails, Version 2
This year’s Frightmare Nails didn’t turn out quite like I expected. I was going for bloody bathtub, a la Psycho, but they just look kinda pink.
These Transforming Top Coats are finicky! After Sinful Colors Base Coat, I painted one coat of Sinful Colors “Snow Me White” on each nail and immediately topped with Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat in “Redrum”. I decided to top with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat, to give it a different look. It turned out nice, but maybe a glossy top coat would’ve been spookier?
I had totally forgotten that I also used “Redrum” for last year’s Frightmare Nails. The white was more of a contrast than the gray – but maybe I need to try white on top next time? I just didn’t want to ruin the white polish with streaks of red, but maybe I can use a different brush?
Upon my friend Angie’s advice, I decided to try a few different L.A. Colors polishes. I must say, I may have hit the mermaid jackpot.
I picked up a bottle of L.A. Colors Mermaid Magic in “Mermaid” a few weeks ago. At $1.98 at Walmart, how can you go wrong? “Mermaid” is an iridescent blue green with a gold shimmer. It is PERFECT.
This is two coats of “Mermaid” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I think it would be outstanding mattified as well.
I used it on my toes, to – I am rather impressed with the staying power.
Even though the Julep Maven program ended months ago, I still have a dozen…or maybe more…Julep polishes that I haven’t tried yet. Who knows – you could be still seeing “new” Julep polishes years from now.
This beautiful honey gold polish is Julep “Tranqil Taurus” from the Zodiac Collection. I’m not a Taurus, but my little sister is. I’m bummed that “Adventurous Aquarius” wasn’t an option when I picked my last box, but oh well.
This is two coats of “Tranquil Taurus” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. This was sadly the last use out of the Ridge Filling Base Coat – I like it more than the regular Glisten & Glow Base Coat and I will add some to my next order.
I tried to make delicate dotting tool flowers for Easter…but I ended up with Easter Eggs. Fried eggs.
The base of my manicure is one of my new Big Lots finds – Sinful Colors “Sassy Lassie”. It’s a metallic chartreuse. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat.
For my “flowers”, I used Sinful Colors “Tokyo Pearl” for the white ones, Sinful Colors “Starfish” for the pink ones and Sinful Colors “Spellbound” for the purple ones. For the centers, I used Sinful Colors “Yellow Spotted”. I finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.
I couldn’t find anything “Easter-y” to hold, all I could find was the lotion in my purse. It coordinates though? “Rose Quartz” is one of my new favorite scents from Bath & Body Works.
Sinful Colors SinfulShine “Poison Apple” may just have snuck itself into my shopping cart during a recent trip to HEB…Shhhhhhh…
While just as shiny as her sister “Shine Annie”, “Poison Apple” is different type of finish – more of a shimmer than a jelly with flakies. “Poison Apple” is also more of an apple color – a bit cooler than “Shine Annie”, which has a hint of orange and reminds me of Julep “Jacqueline”.
This is two coats of “Poison Apple” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
Which SinfulShine should I get next?
I consider myself a connoisseur of cheap nail polish, but somehow – I’ve never tried L.A. Colors. Very odd, because I know my daughter has some L.A. Colors sets from the grocery store.
I decided to check out Daiso, a Japanese dollar store that my fellow natural nail enthusiast, Angie, told me about. Technically, I guess it is a $1.50 store, since most things there are $1.50. Inflation, I guess? Anyway, I about died of cuteness overload – all the stationary and art supplies had me dying. I definitely need to bring the kids by here to stock up for the summer.
In addition to some cards and a shit-ton of Pocky, I came home with L.A. Colors Unicorn Sparkle “Flurry Shine”. It was $2, instead of $1.50 – fancy.
It took three thick coats of “Flurry Shine” to barely get full coverage. The polish was very, very thin – but I don’t know if that is true of all L.A. Colors, or just the Unicorn Sparkle collection. I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat and topped with Glisten and Glow Top Coat – a nice thick layer.
It also did not wear as well as I am used to – I got major edge wear and chips after just two days. I am not impressed by this $2 polish. If I am gonna spend $2 on polish, it is gonna be Sinful Colors.