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Essie: Bouncer It’s Me

Long time no see!  I hope that everyone has been enjoying their summer.  I am sad to say that I think summer has left the building, well at least the one I’m living in.  The days spent basking in the radiation of the sun clad in half a bottle of sunscreen and floating around the old swimmin hole are long gone.  Quite frankly I’m more than a little bitter, I’m in fact really pissed.  Our summer got such a later start and it was so short-lived.  I mean I finally get a tan and I have to cover it up before anyone even gets to see my healthy glow.  CRAPTASTIC!  So if you’re somewhere that is blessed with better weather don’t take it for granted and please soak up some more of that summer goodness on my behalf.  Now onto the review.

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Essie

Collection:  Neon Summer 2013

Finish:  Semi-Matte

3 Free:  Yes

Formula:  Poor

Application:  Poor

Durability:  (I hated it so much I didn’t even wear it long.)

Coats:  3

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Matte About You Top Coat

Price: $8 USD, $7.95 CAD, €7,95 EUR, £5 GBP

Availability:  One of my favorite bloggers and cosmetic hoarding gal pal, Product Hoochie was actually kind enough to pick this up for me.  I kind of panicked when I didn’t see the Neon’s making their appearance here in Germany, and asked her to pick this one up for me.  However, the collection did finally release, albeit a bit later, in Germany at DM Drogerie stores.  Now I am sure they are sold out though.  You can also  find this color along with the rest of the Neon’s, if you are so inclined, at sites like Zappos, Nail Polish Direct, Beauty Bay, 6 pm, and Nail Polish Canada.

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My Two Cents:   First I feel the need to say that generally I love most things Essie and I would never be so nasty as to just outright trash a company or product but in all honestly this was a total “Loathe It” for me.  First of all, I would not personally classify “Bouncer It’s Me” as a neon.  Secondly this sucker was so dang streaky and uneven once applied that I could not even stand it on my fingers for more than a day.

Although I did not post a review of it, I had even worse problems with “Shake Your $$ Maker,” which I put over a base of Essie Blanc as was suggested.  On a side note I did see some swatches from other girls who seemed to have made this work but now I find myself wondering just what sorcery they used to achieve the lovely finishes I saw.  Sorry Essie, but all relationships have their ups and downs and luckily this is only the second horror show we’ve gone to together, so I think it’s safe to say I still have much love for you!

Tips:    If this is on your wish list I would pass this one up and look for a similar color from a different brand.

Something Similar:  Nails Inc. – Baker Street, Sinful Colors – Endless Blue.

As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Kiko Milano: 401 Peacock Green

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Kiko Make Up Milano

Collection:   

Finish:  Holographic

3 Free:  Yes

Animal Tested:  No

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Average

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat

Price: $2.00 USD, €1,50 EUR, £1.50 GBP

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Availability:  You can order directly from the Kiko or in store.  I typically get my Kiko products from their store in Nürnberg however they have numerous locations throughout Europe which you can find more information about by clicking here and choosing your country.  I believe this was a limited edition item, but at the time I posted this review Peacock Green and the other three holographic colors were still available on the Kiko website at the discounted price (They usually are €3,90 – €4,90).

My Two Cents:   In all honesty I did not have high expectations initially but I was pleasantly surprised.  Peacock Green turned out to be really beautiful and applied rather nicely.  As with all holographic nail polishes you run the risk of streaking or “bald” spots, but that can be remedied with different application techniques or by adding another coat.  I wore this quite a while back, but I do remember that the wear time was pretty average before I experienced any chipping.

I quite like Kiko products and while I find their products to be a bit hit or miss, I have definitely found a few things that I really do love, this polish included.  Peacock Green is only my second go at their nail products, although I have another holographic shade in my stock pile, but you just can’t beat the price.  Not only are Kiko nail lacquers affordable, but they have such a huge color range and continually put out new limited edition colors.

Tips:  You definitely need a base coat for holographic colors and if you have uneven nails with ridges then a ridge filling base coat can help achieve a more smooth perfect finish.  Also, be sure to not be stingy when applying this by making sure you have a good amount of product on the brush and do long even strokes.  Seal with a high shine top coat to really bring out the holographic effect.

Something Similar:  Pupa – 32 Holographic Emerald, Depend – 2036 Ocean Green, Layla – Mermaid Spell.

I really wish that some other more affordable brands like Wet n Wild, and Essence will eventually come out with some holographic nail colors as it seems that most of the ones on the market at the moment are on the pricier side.  If you’re looking to jump on the holo band wagon then check out brands like A England, Catherine Arley, Color Club, China Glaze, Glitter Gal, Gosh, Hits, Jade, Layla, and Pupa, just to name a few.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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OPI: Goldeneye

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  OPI

Collection:  Skyfall Holiday 2012

Finish:  Glitter / Shimmer

3 Free:  Yes

Cruelty Free:  Yes

Animal Tested:  No

Vegan Friendly:  Yes

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat

Price: $5.59 – $13.76 USD, $11 – $13.76 CAD, €12,95 – €16,00 EUR, £5.50 – £11 GBP

 

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Availability:   Amazon, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Nail Polish Canada, Beauty Bay, and John and Ginger.  I know that Ulta carried the Skyfall collection and that some Galleria department stores also carried the collection here in Germany as well.

My Two Cents:  This is a beautiful opaque, shimmery, glittery, gold nail polish.  I can definitely see why there has been so much hype surrounding Goldeneye.  It looks super rich and flashy, you’ll feel as though Midas gave each of your fingernails his golden touch.  I think this looks great on its own but I think that you could also use it for layering to achieve different effects.

I only did two coats but I feel that three coats would have been wise since I tend to do thinner coats.  Also, even though this is rather opaque for a glitter, you may find that you will end up with some slightly more sparse areas.

Tips:  Use a good base & top coat and be sure to go for a third coat if you’re like me and tend to do thinner coats.

Something Similar:  Orly – Glitz & Glamour, Sally Hansen – Gilded Lily, and L’Oréal – Amazon Flash.

I am glad that OPI seems to be doing some more exciting things recently as I found myself falling out of like with them for a while. So I’m interested to see what they do in the year to come.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Chanel: Malice 637

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Channel

Collection:  Holiday 2012

Finish:  Shimmer

3 Free:  Yes (They even claim to be 5 Free!)

Cruelty Free: ?

Animal Tested:  It’s not on the “do test” or the “don’t test” list oddly enough.

Vegan:  ?

Formula:  Excellent

Application:  Excellent

Durability:  Excellent

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat

Price: $27.00 USD, $27.00 CAD (approx.), €21 EUR, £18.00 GBP

 

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Availability:  I had a really difficult time trying to find it here in Germany and never did come across it here to be honest.  However, Captain Canada’s cousin was kind enough to track it down for me in Toronto. So big thanks to cousin Meredith for tracking it down and sending it my way.

Please be aware that Malice is limited edition, so once it’s gone, it’s gone.  I have checked and you can still order it directly from Channel at the moment.  You might also have some luck in your local retailers, but I feel that’s doubtful, and then there is always Ebay.

My Two Cents:   I wanted to begin by saying that I am sorry for not being able to provide you with certain information with regards to animal testing, whether Chanel is vegan friendly or cruelty free, but I honestly could not find legitimate concrete information attesting to any of these matters.  So please use your best judgement where this is concerned and if by chance you know something I don’t, let me know by commenting down below.

Aside from the obvious, being the price, there wasn’t anything I could find fault with.  Malice is a deep, rich, gorgeous, vampy shade of red.  It is shimmery, but not overtly so, and I feel as though it would compliment just about any skin tone.  Malice stayed on me for ages before only the smallest chips began to appear at the outer edges of my nails which is where I typically experience wear.  I was truly bummed when it came time to remove it and nearly put it right back on, but alas, there are other bottles awaiting my attention and review.  When it came to removal I was pleasantly surprised by how easily it was to remove and I did not experience any staining at all.

I know it’s crazy expensive for a nail polish, but for me, it was truly worth each and every penny.  Malice is officially my very favorite red and I will be wearing it over and over again until my bottle goes dry or something more exciting comes my way.  You may say I’m fickle, but I just say that all is fair in love of nail polish!

Tips:  Use a good base coat and top coat.

Something Similar:  Tom Ford – Burnished Rouge, Deborah Lippmann – Through the Fire, Deborah Lippmann – Bitches Brew, OPI – Glove You So Much, OPI – Germanicure, OPI – Royal Rajah Ruby, Sinful Colors – Rich In Heart, and China Glaze – Heart of Africa.

As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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