I couldn’t wait to get Sinful Colors “Dark Romance” on my fingers!
“Dark Romance” is from the Bebe Rexha/”Velvet Obsession” Collection. It is a brownish burgundy matte shimmer. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat, with NO top coat. The first layer was very, VERY streaky. The polish dries very quickly, which is great…but that also make the polish prone to cracking. I had to be very careful with the second coat – I think I filled in all the cracks. I suspect that the base coat didn’t smooth the surface of my nails enough, so next time I’ll use the Ridge Filling Top Coat.
Like all matte polishes, the lack of top coat means that the polish chips quickly, I feel like this one chipped even more quickly than usual, but it may just have been so obvious because it is a dark polish.
At first, I thought this might be a dupe for Sinful Colors “Haute Koffee” from Kylie’s Collection, but it’s not very similar at all. The base colors are similar, I guess – and they are both matte, but “Dark Romance” has a bold silver shimmer that is very prominent.
So, I’m still working on my National Nail Polish Day haul…
This is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Matte in “Rose Flush”. “Rose Flush” is a peachy rose gold polish, with a matte finish. It reminds me of NARS “Orgasm”.
I started with Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat and then two coats of “Rose Flush”…and NO top coat! The polish lasted just fine without the top coat, but since it was generally neutral, the chips blended in.
Punk the Town
I wanted some fun purple nails on Labor Day, so I decided to play with Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat “Punk the Town”. I’ve had it over two years and have never played with it! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it do anything with any of the polishes I chose.
I’m not sure if the fact that I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat contributed to the top coat not transforming….hmmm.
The first thing I tried was mixing with a glitter on my thumb – Sinful Colors “Drag Queen”. No luck – it barely changed the polish at all. Then, I thought a super light polish would work – I chose a pastel blue for my index finger, Sinful Colors “Under the Inbluence” – nope, it barely mixed. I even tried another purple on my middle finger – Sinful Colors “Amazon Woman”. Nada.
I tried reversing the orders of the polish on my ring finger and pinky – still nothing. I declare that “Punk the Town” is a dud.
I do like the way my nails turned out, however, after topping with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. Matte forever!
Blame it on my Juiced
It’s September…Summer is supposed to be in its last gasps…yeah right, this is Texas. It was over 100 degrees today. So instead of a pumpkin, this bright, juicy orange is just an orange.
This juicy orange is Sinful Colors “Juiced” from the matte Neon Collection. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat (ooooh, I’m running low). I painted two coats of “Juiced”. There were a few streaks remaining in the second coat, but not enough for me to risk a third coat and a goopy mess. I finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat for extra matte protection.
I took pictures in my kitchen and on my back porch, in varying levels of light. It doesn’t even look like the same polish from picture to picture!
You cannot see it in the pictures, but the thing I love about this matte collection is the faint touch of a shimmer in the polishes.
I LOVE being surprised by a polish! I had no idea that Formula X “Astrolady” was a textured polish!
I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat and painted a single coat. The first coat was a bit streaky – it reminded me of crackle polish. The second coat smoothed it out, but it wasn’t until I started to apply Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat to my pinky that I noticed that it was a sandy texture. I was planning on using a glossy top coat on the other nails, but decided to skip it.
I LOVE “Astrolady” – it might be my favorite textured polish ever. I want to try it with the Zoya Leopard Print Topper!
Palm to Palm
I did not wear “Weekend Superpowers” very long – I did not feel glamorous wearing it.
I was happy to move on to July’s ipsy polish – Color Club “Palm to Palm”. A vibrant crelly, I was surprised that it dried so sheer – you can see my nail line. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I ended up with a lot of extra polish in the edges of my nails – the brush was all fucked up. It looked like a rooster’s tail…after a tussle with a weedeater. So, I am wondering if the brush being all fucked up was a fluke thing or if lower quality bottles were intentionally off-loaded on ipsy…hmmmm…Regardless, it is a lovely color and I’ll use it again.
OH! And it also stained a bit when I took it off – be careful with this polish!
Nails on a Chalkboard
…or is it a chalkboard on my nails?
Honestly, that didn’t even cross my mind with this polish at first – I just kept thinking of of army/camo green. It wasn’t until I tested the matte top coat of my pinky that I saw it – it’s just like an old fashioned, dark green chalkboard.
This is Nails, Inc. “Weekend Superpowers” from this month’s ipsy bag. I groaned audibly when I saw the color – it’s just so…dull. It doesn’t make sense at all for summer – it is more of a fall/winter polish. A friend mentioned that she received a peach polish, so I guess not everyone received this funky color. Or maybe it makes sense, in a “Back to School” sorta way?
This is two coats of “Weekend Superpowers” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat, except for the pinky with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.
The Spice Must Flow…
There are really so many different spice references I could have made – Pumpkin Spice, The Spice Girls, Sugar & Spice…but I decided to go with the obvious Dune reference, because this polish is a sandy rose gold, perfect for any sandworm to glide through!
I had to finish off my my trio of Sinful Shines – this is two coats of Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Spice”. I used Sinful Colors Base Coat to start and finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest.
I checked HEB today to see if the 3/$5 coupon was still there, but it was gone. So, so sad!
My husband has an odd way of judging nail polish. He judges my nail polish by how it would look on a car. I bring it up, because this polish literally reminds me of a friend’s car, back in college. He had this sparkly, blue Mustang 5.0 – Stacy named it ‘Crystal Blue Smurf’ – and it was this exact shade of sparkly blue. I wonder whatever happened to the ‘Crystal Blue Smurf’?
This smurfy shade is Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Shimmarine”. I painted two coats, over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Again, I got a few bubbles, but less than with “Magic Dragon”.
I googled “Shimmarine” and the only results were related to this fingernail polish – it’s a made up word, in case you were wondering.
Puff the Magic Dragon
That song irritates the fuck out of me. Stupid hippies.
ANYWAY, this is the magical Sinful Colors Sinful Shine “Magic Dragon”. It’s teal shimmer/holo – I cannot tell which. The formula is great – full coverage in two coats, with no streaks. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I did get a few bubbles – I don’t know if it was because I layered the coats too fast, or if the top coat doesn’t like the Sinful Shine formula.
I also put it on my toes – it’s the perfect summer polish.