Thursday, March 31, 2011

Coming Soon From Essie: Resort & Braziliant

Above: Essie Resort 2011. This 4 piece collection will be available May 1 and includes 4 shades: Fair Game, Your Hut or Mine, Lion Around, Da Bush.

Essie Summer 2011: Braziliant. This 6 piece collection is available June 1 and includes 6 shades: Braziliant, Meet Me at Sunset, Smooth Sailing, Super Bossa Nova, Absolutely Shore, Too Too Hot.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Orly Precious Collection: Spring 2011

We finally had a sunny day! The ground wasn't covered with snow or an inch of rain, so even though it was cold, it was very nice to get outside for some swatch photos. I'm way behind on swatching Spring collections, so I randomly selected Orly's Precious Collection. This 6-piece set contains 4 cremes and 2 shimmers, of which one is a duo chrome. I used 2 coats in all of the photos.

Below: Sapphire Silk is a teal creme that applied very nicely. I'm certain that it's similar to other teal cremes, but if you're looking for a teal that's not too dark, this is a nice one. It was streak-free on the first coat and dried to a high gloss finish.

Below: Ancient Jade was a little on the thick side, but it didn't hinder the application. This rich green hue is a little darker than a traditional mint green and I think the name Ancient Jade is a perfect name for it. Again, there is likely something very similar to this shade already out there.
Below: Fancy Fuchsia is a near-neon pink with a semi-gloss finish. I was surprised at how fluorescent this shade was on the nail, because it didn't appear to be that bright in the bottle. Nothing too unique about this shade, but I have no complaints about it.

Below: Pure Porcelain is an interesting shade that I don't believe I've seen too much of before, if ever. This neutral light beige shade has the slightest touch of pink, but not so much that it alters the shade to a pink tone. In darker lighting, it resembles a very light taupe. This shade was quite thick, but it applied well.

Below: Gilded Coral is a micro shimmer that while not a duo chrome, does flash a couple of colors. The peach and gold tones are prominent, but it can also be viewed as a sandy pink tone in lower lighting. A pretty shade, but I think it will look better when I have a bit of a tan.

Below: Royal Velvet is a duo chrome that flashes from a bright navy blue to purple/violet. This micro shimmer actually look like velvet to me--very rich, with a plush texture.

This is a nice collection for Spring and the shades are not necessarily season-specific. The clear winner in this set for me is Royal Velvet, but I also am quite fond of Gilded Coral and Pure Porcelain. The remaining three shades I was happy with performance-wise and color-wise, but they just aren't unique enough to win me over.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

OPI Fall 2011 ~ Touring America

I'm a little late posting these, but hey--it's only March, so I'm not that late! While I'm not on board with Fall colors as yet, there are some shades in this collection I know I'll love. My favorite based on the promo pictures is the wonderfully drab Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window. Any shade of olive is always welcome in my collection.

These pictures were sent to me individually, so I wanted to put them altogether in sort of a "by shade" order to see the similarities a little easier. Even though I'm so looking forward to Spring and Summer, that bottom row has me thinking of cool crisp nights and soft cozy sweaters! I'm curious to see just how similar the two light grey shades are (5 & 6), because they look almost identical in the promo pictures. Overall, I'm looking forward to this collection. I love the "America" theme and the inspirations behind all of the shades.

1. Color to Diner For I’ll take the rosy-red with a side of “awesome.”

2. My Address is "Hollywood" We put this pretty rose-pink on the map.

3. I Eat Mainely Lobster We “clawed” through crowds to catch this coral for you.

4. Are We There Yet? Don’t make me reach back there and take that perfect melon shade!

5. French Quarter for Your Thoughts Want beads? Then show us your sexy gray nails!

6. Suzi Takes the Wheel Buckle up—she’s not stopping until she gets to gray!

7. Road House Blues In this case…R&B stands for “Really Blue.”

8. Honk if You Love OPI Don’t let this gorgeous dark grape pass you by.

9. Uh-oh Roll Down the Window You’re gonna wanna pull over for this “unexpected” olive green.

10. A-taupe the Space Needle You’ll climb to new heights with this creamy-rich taupe.

11. Get in the Expresso Lane An amped-up dark brown that’ll never letcha down!

12. I Brake for Manicures This gorgeous eggplant-plum has our full attention.

OPI Launches Touring America Collection for Fall/Winter 2011 OPI hits the open road with a new take on classic style in the Touring America Collection for Fall/Winter 2011. Inspired by Americana and cities with rich cultural heritage, the collection’s twelve shades offer comfortable glamour and wearable elegance for nails and toes. “My recent road trip across the country sparked the creation of the Touring America Collection,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Autumn is a time for reinvention, and these shades revive classic, iconic colors for fall, from cool heather, khaki and chocolate to warm rose, peach and red.”

The season’s go-to shades of taupe and pearl grey appear in variations from dark to light – A-taupe the Space Needle, Get in the Expresso Lane, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, and Suzi Takes the Wheel. Lush urban neutrals in deep sapphire (Road House Blues), rich raisin (Honk If You Love OPI), chic olive (Uh-oh Roll Down the Window), and coffee brown (I Brake for Manicures) merge with iconic red (Color to Diner For), vivid rose (My Address is “Hollywood”), and luminous coral and orange (I Eat Mainely Lobster, Are We There Yet?) for an expansive color landscape. “This collection will take women around the world on the ultimate tour across the USA, with stops in Baltimore, Clarksdale, Hollywood, Jackson Hole, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tucson,” explains Suzi. “Together, the locales that inspired Touring America make up a rich palette of color complementing trends from the runway, where we saw a mix of feminine details and dramatic menswear touches.”

Touring America Nail Lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Touring America by OPI will be available August 3, 2011, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Old School! Cover Girl NailSlicks Orange Glow & Orange Crush

Last month I picked up a Cover Girl NailSlicks lot on eBay 10/$10. I didn't recognize most of the names, but for $10 I thought there might be something worthwhile in the lot. You know when you open up a bottle and see that translucent jelly look, you've got a winner! You also notice that the bottle openings all need a good cleaning. Above & Below: Orange Glow is a vivid orange shade with a high gloss jelly finish. This only required 2 coats and it applied perfectly.

Below: This shade was the main reason I wanted the lot, Orange Slush. I was never able to find this IceSlick to add to my others, so another $1 well spent! Of course, they showed up at my Dollar Tree a week later!

Below: Orange Crush works much better over dark shades, or if you can spare it, as a Franken additive.

I'll admit, I often pass on the lots of shades on eBay because I'm too lazy to read everything they include, or they sometimes don't even list the specific colors and you can't really tell from the photo what's included. I'm glad I took the time to read through this lot because there were some other pretty shades included. Nothing beats the 10/$10 lot of Rimmel's I bought a few years back--no color names were listed, so it was a total surprise when they arrived. There were 9 bottles that were nothing spectacular, but the 10th bottle was totally worth $1...Zeitgeist!

Now if I could just find a 10/$10 lot that included Clarins 230 or OPI La Boheme, that would totally make my day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Reminder: Contests Ending Tomorrow!

A reminder that I've got two contests ending tomorrow at midnight! The Essie Night Cap Giveaway can be found here, and the OPI Femme De Cirque Giveaway can be found here. The winners will be announced on Monday.

Friday, March 25, 2011

MAC Collections (and polishes!) I'm Looking Forward To

I haven't been terribly excited by any of MAC's collections since Venomous Villains, but I'm definitely excited about two of their upcoming collections! Normally, if I love the polishes, for some reason I love the entire collection. That's the case with both the Quite Cute Spring Collection (April 7 release) and the Surf Baby Summer Collection (May 26 release).

Above: The polishes from the Surf Baby Collection. The entire collection can be viewed here.

Below: The Quite Cute Collection, with more information here.

Both of these collections contain the perfect shades for Spring and Summer, and I know I need to start working now to narrow down my picks. At this point, I want them both in their entirety, but I'm going to try to be reasonable...we'll see how well that works out!

What do you think about these color palettes? Do you see anything you like from these collections?

Photo Source:

Recent Beauty Business Acquisitions

There are a couple of recent developments in the beauty biz world--I have no idea what impact either of them may have, but they're worth noting. Walgreens has announced plans to acquire and its other sites including, and This acquisition is sure to strengthen Walgreens position as the largest drugstore chain in the U.S. The acquisition will cost Walgreens $429 million.

A more surprising development is Revlon's announcement that they are purchasing Mirage Cosmetics, the manufacturer of one of our favorite drugstore brands, Sinful. They also manufacture the Wild and Crazy nail polish line. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In The Mood Spring Mood Polishes

In the Mood is introducing 3 new shades to their color-changing nail polish line for Spring. From the press release: In the Mood nail polishes change color based on your body temperature, your mood, the heat (or chill, depending on which way you lean!) of your morning coffee! And they will continue changing back and forth as long as you wear them. Chilly walk to work? Warm subway ride? Frigid trip through the dairy aisle? Stress-induced hot flashes? Amuse yourself by guessing what shade your delightfully bi-polar nail polish will be at any given moment!

Below: All of these shades have a nice formula that's easy to work with and opaque in 2 coats. The finish reminds me very much of OPI's Suede or Zoya's Matte Velvet polishes. They have a more satin than matte finish, and they are shimmers.

Above: Guilty is a blurple shade that photographed a little more blue that it is in reality. It changes to a bright turquoise shade with warmer temperatures. All of these have a mid-range of color that's not shown, but when wearing them each for a day, I definitely noticed additional hues that were in between the colors I'm showing you.

Above: Ditsy is the only one that I photographed with a clear top coat because I wanted to see if the color change would be effected with a top coat. The In the Mood web site states that top coats can be used, and I didn't notice any negative effects from it. This shade is a bright berry or fuchsia tone with hidden shimmer, and it changes to a bubble gum pink shade when warmed up. Disty has much more of a creme finish that the other two shades.

Below: Naughty is a juicy orange shade that converts to a medium yellow tone. This one may work better using 3 coats because while it looks fine when orange, the yellow shows some lighter areas. The shimmer on this shade is more like the shimmer on Guilty.

Below: Macro color comparisons.

My nails aren't long enough to tell if the tips would remain one color while the bed of the nail changes, but it would stand to reason that this polish could have that ability. I always enjoy mood polishes for the fun factor! They change color instantly under warm or cold water, and I noticed them changing all day long depending on what I was doing and where I was temperature-wise. I didn't experience them changing with my mood necessarily, but then again, any polish would have trouble changing as much as my moods do!

In the Mood offers six additional color-changing polishes and they're available on their site for $8.00 each.

*Products featured were furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm for review.

Blissmo: Organic Cosmetics/Products Discount Site

I recently became aware of a site that seems to be like Groupon, only it's strictly for organic and eco-friendly type products. blissmo offers daily deals that are up to 70% off of beauty products, clothing, food/beverages, and various other lifestyle categories. Naturally, I'm interested in the beauty/cosmetics category, and today's deal is 50% off of Alima Pure products, one of my favorite mineral cosmetic lines.

The way today's deal works, is that you purchase a $30.00 voucher for $15.00 to be used on Alima Pure's web site for any products you want. There is a limit of 2 vouchers per person, so you could essentially purchase $60.00 worth of products and pay just $30.00. The voucher expires in one year, and they are not applicable toward tax and shipping.

In talking to a representative from blissmo, I learned that they are a fairly new site and growing quickly. They recently began offering daily deals as opposed to twice-weekly deals. If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, you can add the code "trybliss" in the Reference Code box to the left of the checkout page on blissmo's website. It's for an additional 5% off a blissmo voucher, so you'd receive 55% off rather than 50%.

I am a big fan of organic bath & body care, facial skin care, and cosmetics, so I signed up for their newsletter to insure that I'll be notified of upcoming product offers. There's another offer coming up on Monday the 28th for a company I'm not familiar with, called Dropwise. They offer natural body care, candles, aromotherapy, and that sort of thing, which I have a serious weakness for. The voucher/coupon they're offering will be $14 for a $35 voucher.

I'm looking forward to seeing what other brands and products they'll be featuring, particularly in the health and beauty category. If you're a fan of organic/green products, what do you think about this concept? Are there any brands you'd like to see offered? I'd be thrilled to see Korres and Tarte, and I'm sure I'll discover some new to me brands also. My wallet probably won't appreciate the discovery of blissmo, but the savvy shopper in me will be thankful!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Old School! Essie Night Cap & A Mini Giveaway!

I'm back to purging some of my polishes and trying to slowly get them added to my "shoppe" page, and I realized that I have two bottles of Essie Night Cap--rather than sell one, I'm giving it away! This type of formula may not be everyone's favorite, but they are unique and versatile in their own way. These remind me of the Maybelline Water polishes, and any discontinued Essie without the "e" on the cap, is something that makes me very happy.

The formula is thin and definitely takes many coats to build up. I used 3 coats in these photos and if I recall correctly, it takes about 5 to achieve an opaque look. I use this type of polish generally as a topcoat over glitter shades. It softens the looks somewhat and seems to slightly meld the glitter together. The Essie tinted polishes also have a super high-gloss finish.

Above & Below: Night Cap is a cadet blue that leans toward teal in brighter lighting (above) and appears to have more of a grey/blue hue in lower lighting (below). I don't know how many of these tinted shades Essie has made, but I do have a purple/burgundy one called Grape Crush that I bought years ago at the same time I bought Night Cap. I also have a red one in my collection, although the name escapes me and I don't even remember buying it!

Below: You can see by this bottle picture how thin the formula is and the deep blue tinted color.

Below: Here's my look for the day--it's dark, cloudy, raining and very gloomy today, so I applied a coat of China Glaze Cracked Concrete over Essie Night Cap. I think it reflects today's weather pretty well!

If you're a fan of old school Essie and particularly the older tinted water-type polishes, I'm going to offer my extra bottle of Night Cap to one follower by using Just leave your eMail below in the comments. I'll leave the entry period open until midnight Sunday, March 27. The winner will be announced on Monday in my Come Monday weekly newsletter.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

OPI: 3 New Blue Shatters!

OPI Launches Bestselling Shatter Coat in
Three Blue-Hued Shades

OPI expands its Shatter line with the addition of three new trendsetting shades: Blue, Navy and Turquoise. With nautical hues of cobalt, indigo and sapphire, these blues provide the perfect look for summer nails in one simple step. Inspired by graffiti art, Shatter leaves behind a crackled, two-texture finish when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.

“Black Shatter was received with great fanfare, showing that women are looking for new ways to express themselves and are excited to try different textures on their nails,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “By adding a variety of colors to the line, there are more options for every woman, whether she is looking for a funky aquamarine or elegant deep blue. Unlike traditional nail art which can be complicated and difficult to replicate, Shatter is easy to use and allows everyone to experiment with this new trend.”

In addition to the original Black Shatter, the line also features the Shatter coat in White, Red and Silver. All Shatter retail displays now feature Quick Response (QR) code, a two-dimensional barcode readable by smart phones and mobile phones with cameras and Internet capability. A quick scan of the display’s QR code will directly link to a demonstrational video – making application foolproof.

All Shatter products contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Blue Shatter, Navy Shatter, and Turquoise Shatter will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Shatter coat.

OPI Grand Slam! France Collection

OPI announces the Serena Williams Grand Slam! France Collection! From the press release:

OPI captures Serena Williams’ winning spirit with four additions to the Glam Slam! collection, including two new shades of the fashionable, must-have Shatter – Red and White. Launching in conjunction with the French Open, Glam Slam! France celebrates with two duo-packs for four unbeatable looks.

The first Lacquer set includes Spark de Triomphe (a monumentally marvelous silver glitter), paired with White Shatter. Once applied over completely dried Nail Lacquer, Shatter begins to crackle, leaving behind a two-texture pattern on each nail. The second Lacquer set features Rally Pretty Pink (rise to the occasion with this shimmering sunset-pink), paired with Red Shatter.

“We are very excited to continue working with tennis superstar Serena Williams to launch the next Glam Slam! shades,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “France is a country with a rich history in fashion and setting trends. These four new color options are ideal for showcasing your own personal style, à la Serena, whether worn alone or overlaid with Shatter for instant nail art.”

“Whether I’m on or off the court, style is important,” explains Serena Williams. “In addition to watching the runways for the latest trends, I think it’s important to add my own unique elements. With the new White and Red Shatter, I can customize my nails for a high-fashion take on the classically elegant silver and sunset shades in the Glam Slam! France collection.”

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list. Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.

New shades in the Glam Slam! collection will be introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, beginning with the Australian Open in January 2011, followed by launches in May 2011 for the French Open, June 2011 for Wimbledon and August 2011 for the US Open. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, the Glam Slam! collection contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Glam Slam! France will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack.

New Sinful Polka Dots Display

I had a craving for a Russell Stover Marshmallow Egg, so I ran into Walgreens for my fix and spotted a new Sinful display. I think this is new, but then again, small town life that I lead...maybe not! The display is called Polka Dots, and while there may be some re-promotes in there, I picked up a trio of shades that I hadn't seen before.

Below: I did some quick nail wheel swatches and used 2 coats on Hazard and Nirvana, and 3 coats on Unicorn. These are cremes, but I will add that Hazard has very secret shimmer. I thought I saw the slightest hint of shimmer, but I actually had to get out a magnifying glass to confirm that, so it's top secret shimmer! Hazard is a vivid coral shade, Nirvana is a deep taupe creme that darkens quite a bit with a second coat, and Unicorn is a pale butter yellow creme.

Below: I believe the SC embossing on the cap is a new design element. Not terribly exciting, but it may be a way to determine their age/release time frame in the future.

Have you seen this out and about yet? Maybe someone else can confirm for us if these are indeed new shades!

OPI Katy Perry Collection

Today I decided to swatch the OPI Katy Perry Collection, minus Black Shatter. I've shattered so many other shades, I just wanted to take a break from the crack!

Below: Not Like the Movies is a pale violet/moss green duo chrome that is also graced with silver glitter. At first, it really looked like nothing more than a grey shimmer, but once I started moving around into various lighting, this polish becomes much more chameleon-like. Hints of pinks, purples, greens and greys are all on display, depending on your lighting.

Below: I used one coat of Last Friday Night over Not Like the Movies for this look. It dims the duo chrome of Not Like the Movies and the base color becomes more grey in lower lighting and more of a grey/blue in brighter lighting. Last Friday Night is a glitter explosion of iridescent blue, green and silver in a clear tinted light blue base.

Below: The One That Got Away is a vivid berry shade with tiny foil glitter. The glitter is just a step lighter that the base, and that contrast creates a warm glowing effect to this shade.

Below: I used Teenage Dream as a top coat over The One That Got Away for this look. Teenage Dream is a dusty pink/salmon shade in a tinted, almost clear base. It's filled with tiny silver glitter and larger iridescent multi colored glitter.

All in all, this is a powerful collection of shades and finishes--with just five shades including Black Shatter, you have a range that includes glitters that work on their own or as a top coat, a shimmer with foil glitter, a duo chrome, and a shatter. I have a number of other full collections made up of 12 polishes, and most of them don't manage to come anywhere near this level of creativity, even with 12 chances!

The two glitter top coat shades do build up enough color to wear them alone (3 coats I find works well), particularly Teenage Dream. My preference is to use them as a top coat though, simply because I hate removing glitter and they remove easier over a base color. The hint of color in their base doesn't do a dramatic change on whatever base color you use, but the iridescent glitter adds a nice touch of sparkle to just about any shade.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Zoya Sunshine & Summertime - Summer 2011 Collections

Zoya Nail Polish presents two new collections with six new metallics and six new creams for summer 2011.

Sunshine and Summertime...everything should be this good!

Summer 2011 color so perfect that it could only come from the nail polish experts at Zoya...Zoya is the New Color of Fashion!


Reva (ZP546) - A cool toned strawberry red with glowing golden metallic sparkle. A very rich and luxurious looking gilded red.

Kimmy (ZP547) - Gleaming metallic candy apple red brightened by gold sparkle. Not your usual red shimmer- this one has a fiery attitude.

Apple (ZP548) - Luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle. A dimensional green that's clean and bright.

Tanzy (ZP549) - Light, bright tangerine orange with yellow gold metallic sparkle. A sunny orange that's easy to wear year-round.

Rica (ZP550) - Warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle. An alternative to flat corals for when you want to shine.

Faye (ZP551) - A bronzed mauve with purple and brown undertones flooded with right gold sparkle. A unique gilded shade that will work in any season.


Sooki (ZP552) - Bright, clean, crisp cool cherry red cream with a subtle jelly finish. For an irresistible, attention-grabbing red nail.

Tamsen (ZP553) - Medium warm brick red with strong orange tones with an opaque cream finish. A special red that is both enticing and mysterious.

Areej (ZP554) - Pink with an opaque cream finish. A pink for when you want a bold pop of color but not something neon-bright.

Kieko (ZP555) - Warm, red toned dusty light purple with berry tones with an opaque cream finish. A nice alternative to pure pink or berry, especially flattering on warm skin tones.

Mira (ZP556) - Blue toned medium purple with dusty lavender tones and an opaque cream finish. For a muted yet colorful purple that isn't too dark.

Breezi (ZP557) - Soft, dusty, medium cerulean blue with an opaque cream finish. A super chic high-fashion denim look for nails.

Sunshine and Summertime by Zoya, available March 21, 2011 at

modmattes LE ~ New from Zoya!

modmattes LE

all of the color - none of the shine!

Zoya is the new color of fashion... The ZOYA color experts have done it again! Introducing three new LIMITED EDITION (LE), exclusive modmattes LE* shades for summer 2011...

The incredible Zoya modmattes LE* shade collection has been expanded with three new LIMITED EDITION beauties. Get all of the color, none of shine with modmattes LE*, Zoya’s exclusive blend resulting in utterly wearable and truly stylish matte nail polish. Zoya Nail Polishes are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya modmattes LE* as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women. modmattes LE* by Zoya, available March 21, 2011.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Body & Soul Monthly Contest!

Two winners will each receive the 4 piece OPI Femme De Cirque Soft Shades Collection! You know the rules!

~Followers only, please

~To enter, send me an eMail ( with the word "CIRQUE" as the subject line. Please include your name in the body of the eMail (at least your first name and last name initial). Tell me if you're afraid of clowns! I'm kidding, you don't have to do that :)

~Entries will be accepted through 3/27/11. Winners will be announced 3/28/11 in my Come Monday weekly newsletter.

New To Me: Mode Nail Enamel

I was shopping on line a few months back and stumbled upon a "new to me" brand called Mode Cosmetics. They carry a range of cosmetics including eye, lip, nail, skin care, face and beauty tools in addition to their nail polish. Based in New York City and reasonably priced ($3.50 for each polish), I thought I'd order four polishes from their Glitter range.

The swatch circles on their site are a little bit off, but now I know! These polishes all have a nice formula, but I didn't care too much for the frosty base on some of them. I used 2 coats on these and found that they applied well and dried in a reasonable amount of time. The bottle size is the standard 0.5 fl. oz.

Above & Below: Mode is one of those companies that chooses to number their polishes rather than name them (boo to that!), and this is #168. I would call this a medium cranberry frost that leans more purple in brighter lighting (above). It's filled with tiny multi colored glitter.

Above & Below: #169 is a lighter violet frost with tiny multi colored glitter, although the silver glitter seems to be more abundant.

Above & Below: #157 is too frosty for my preference, while the first two above are probably within my "acceptable" range of frost. This is a pale ice blue with tiny silver glitter.

Below: #166 is a completely different formula--it's got a base that's basically a light tinted blue, almost clear with foil glitter. The base reminds me of the old Maybelline Waters polishes, and it's really too sheer to wear on its own. This is two coats over the "too frosty" #157 above. I do think this is a rather unique formula though, and it would likely works beautifully over some darker shades as a glitter top coat.

Below: This shows you what it look like alone, using three coats. It reminds me of blue glass--very sheer, but glossy and pretty. I was surprised and intrigued by the different colors of glitter in this shade, because in the bottle it looks like it contains straight turquoise glitter. The glitter doesn't necessarily appear to be iridescent, but it definitely shifts colors quite dramatically.

I don't think I made the best color selections, but I am happy with the quality of these polishes and the pricing. They have several other finish ranges in addition to the Glitters, so it's quite possible I'll order some more of this brand in the future to see what their other finishes are all about. Have you ever tried Mode Cosmetics?