Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Lost Swatches - Part 1

 purchased by me 

Remember spring?  I don't!  I slept through a large portion of it, and was a hazy, sneezy mess the rest of the time.  A lot of swatching started, but very little got finished.  Do I finish swatching the rest of my picks from these collections and post with drastically different lengths?  Scrap them and re-swatch?  Life is still getting in my way, so re-swatching isn't gonna happen...and I'm already so late with these that I figured spam was the way to go.  Here's some of what I blearily did a few months ago, but never posted on PGS...

China Glaze Licence & Registration Pls is a sky blue cream.

This is from a big post that never was.  I bought six from China Glaze's Road Trip collection, but only ever swatched two of them.  L&R was the base color I used under Sinful Colors Flight To See...which means this photo is from February.  Look how comparitively tiny my nails were!  I love the color, but the formula is somehow thick and watery at the same time.  It tries to be streaky and dried with pinprick bubbles.  Phooey.  This is two coats.

China Glaze My Way Or The Highway is a bright teal cream.

The other one from Road Trip, I like it way more!  The color is fantastic and application is much better than L&R, though I did get a little pinprick bubbling again.  This is two coats and I used it as the base for Sinful Colors Sheer Flight.

Sephora by OPI Neutral Beauty is a camel cream.

When I went through to edit some of my backlog, I was a little baffled as to why I'd worn this one again.  Then I remembered that it was the base for my pi/pie nail art in March.  This is two coats and the formula's quite good.

Sally Hansen Sheer Force is a sheer bone white.

It kills me that I never finished swatching my picks from Sally Hansen's latest spring Designer Collection.  The color selection was stunning and I wound up with about half of the collection, but it's mostly gone from stores now, so I'm not sure if I'll be swatching the ones I didn't do yet.  If I don't, I'll probably sneak them in here and there as bases for layering or nail art...or just wear them for the hell of it.  Great collection, especially if you're not into traditional spring colors.  Sheer Force's formula could be better, but sheers are known to be trouble.  This is four coats, to even out the streaks.

Funky Fingers Broken Sea Glass has a mix of baby blue, pale pink, white, lilac, and lime green glitter in a clear base.

over Sheer Force

Dunno if anyone remembers me posting an accent of this combo on Instagram and joking that I felt like I'd borrowed someone else's mani.  It's so very not me, because it's so cute, but cute is right for some.  As glitter toppers go, its application is so-so.  It takes a little fishing to get the larger pieces out, but the base holds everything fairly well.

Milani Sardinia has a ton of gold and pearlescent white flakes in a clear base.

over Sheer Force

Wow is this stuff dense!  Thick too!  It's easy to overload the brush, even if you scrape one side in the neck of the bottle.  As a topper you can do several nails with one brush-load.  I didn't try it on its own, but I'd be surprised if 2-3 coats doesn't give complete coverage.  The sparkle is phenominal!  It's like fish scales, so the name is perfect.  I felt like a mermaid or something.

over Sheer Force

With matte topcoat it's softer, almost snowy.

over Sheer Force, with OPI Matte Top Coat

I've got a bunch more of these to show you guys...and the timing works out pretty well, because my right index finger is in a splint right now.  No clue what I did to it, but it suddenly started hurting when I bent it.  It's the problem child in so many ways.  Crooked, wonky nail, skin issues, and now this.  I'm hoping that a few days rest will fix it back up...because I wanna swatch, dammit!

 all products in this post were purchased by me 

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