Monday, April 21, 2014

Belladonna Spellbound Nail Lacquer by Liberty Republic

This polish was featured in my March Wantable subscription beauty box. This is Spellbound Nail Lacquer by Liberty Republic's Belladonna. Unfortunately, this was a collaboration between Wantable and Jordan Liberty of Liberty Republic, and so the lacquers were only available here, from what I recall, but the box with all seven shades is discontinued now. You can try your hand at subscribing to Wantable to get a lacquer. You have to make sure that your quiz is checked for receiving nail polishes, but receiving one of Spellbound is somewhat random, I think.
I would have liked to try the other shades, but even I was late to that party.

You get a square shaped top and bottle. I have seen some blogs feature the lid and brush handle as separate pieces, but mine was a simple all-in-one twist brush that worked with no problems. The brush is of a simple standard make; it's not overall large or small, but application does require more dipping. You get 14.8 ml (0.50 oz) of polish in this bottle.
Now this is a lovely shade to start off with the Spring. It is a light, strawberry milk colour. I found that with two thin coats applied on the nails, there is still a bit of streakiness happening. With three coats, it definitely looks more solid.

While opacity is a little bit of an issue, the formula, even with three coats, does not feel heavy on the nails. I find it a very comfortable formula. A lot of polishes tend to vary in density, and this one I find comparable to essie's polishes. With such a luxurious quality to it, I am very curious to try more of Liberty Republic's polishes now. Too bad I may not be able to anymore.

I do also like Liberty Republic's logo. Very fitting, simple, and tasteful. =)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Brazil: Beach Sandies by OPI

Beach Sandies featuring liquid sand mini nail lacquers from the Brazil Collection by OPI. I think these liquid sands polishes are only available in the minis for the Brazil Collection. I'm not entirely sound on that one. The box has only four mini lacquers of 3.75mL(1/8 FL Oz.) each. I would say this box ranges from $12 to $19 (CAD). I purchased it for $14 myself at a salon, but I have seen them go up to $18 something, which is super expensive!
First, from left to right, we have Samba-dy Loves Purple, which is a vivid magenta violet. I'm Brazil Nuts Over You is the neon pink shade. Next, is What's a Little Rain Forest? which is a vibrant sky blue colour. And lastly, your highly pigmented sunshine yellow; You're So Flippy Floppy.
Now these textured nail polishes are as fun as the names they were given! These are featured with two coats on my nails, and which the box implies for "optimum textured finish." They are all so highly vivid, with the exception of the yellow sandie being a tiny bit more translucent. I figure you will need at least 3-4 coats to really cover your nail bed.

They all have tiny accommodating glitter particles that shine nicely. The finish is textured, but not too heavy on the nails. I tend to find a lot of these textured polishes feel heavier than regular polishes when applied, but these mini sandies actually feel a lot more comfortable. When dried, the sparkle lasts, and the textures are consistently a lot more smooth than expected. I would definitely say these are more wearable for casual and fun looks. 

These polishes really hit their mark. Whatever OPI has done with the liquid sands formula for these minis, I don't care; I want more!

Thanks for checking in with these swatches. If you liked it, please share. Did you grab these too??