How many of you get caught up in the newest releases from some of the bigger manufacturers? I think China Glaze, OPI, Nubar, Essie and the like, conspire against us by releasing collections at the same time, knowing we will want them all! Or how about spending $15.00 or more for one bottle of polish (which I think I've regretted almost every time, except for my beloved Chanels!)? I sometimes get caught up in the madness and feel the need to have the entire collection of a manufacturer after seeing posts on Makeup Alley or some of the bigger blogs, but lately, I've been enjoying some of the more unheard of polishes in my collection. Mind you, that's not to say I have never caved to these collections, sadly, I have, more than I'd like to admit. By unheard of, I mean perhaps less expensive and/or ones that have little or no marketing behind them. While there is something to be said for the quality of the more popular brands, there are plenty of other brands that wear just as well and sometimes even better. For the most part, just about any polish will give you good application and wear when combined with a decent base and top coat. Yes, there are exceptions to that rule, but I have some higher end brands that I have had issues with as well. So if you don't have access, either financially or geographically, to a new collection or a craze (think Nfu!) you come across, go to a local beauty supply, Sally's, or even a drug store and see what you can find to satisfy that desire. Do a Google search for beauty supply stores and you'll find brands such as Adoree', Duri, Ruby Kisses and many, many more. I find my Ruby Kisses brand polishes at a local asian-owned beauty supply for .99 each. I can spend $10.00 and come away feeling satisfied...that is, until China Glaze unveils their latest collection! I'd love to hear some of your recommendations for brands and specific colors that may not be the voted 'most popular' by the mainstream, but still manage to impress you.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Hidden Treasures: "Other" Brands of Nail Polish
Some of the 'others'~ Top L-R: Nina Ultra Pro (Sally's) Mermaid, Pure Ice (Walmart) Rosebud, New York Summer (Transdesign.com) Fire Red Glitter, Savvy (Sally's) Chocolate, Bed Head (various online hair supply stores) Dumb Blonde, MK (various nail salons and beauty supply stores) Jamaica Reggae. Bottom L-R: NYX Girls (various beauty supplies, Rite-Aid) Show Girl, Wild and Crazy (various beauty supplies, dollar stores) Wasabi, G-1 (various beauty supplies) #105, Ruby Kisses (various beauty supplies) Twinkling Mauve, Tropez (Rite Aid, Walgreen's) Luau Lilac, Sation (Transdesign.com) Suede Shoes.