Category Archives: Green

Quick Tuesday Post – SOPI Happy Earth-Day To Me

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Since the line is being discontinued, the prices on Sephora by OPI just keep dropping! I’ve gotten quite a few SOPIs, and I’ve had pretty good results with the ones I’ve tried, although that’s not a universal opinion in the nail polish world. (As if there was such a thing!) I’ve found SOPIs to have a good formula, good coverage, and REALLY good resistance to chipping – probably the best I’ve seen (with Orly Bonder underneath and Seche Vite as a topper). So in general, I’m a fan!

It’s therefore surprising that I’m a bit less than enthusiastic about SOPI Happy Earth Day To Me. I’d read excellent things about the color, but it was a bit darker than the glowing olive green I expected. It’s still a pretty, rich color though! The formula was on the thick side, although I tried to keep the coats as thin as possible. The initial coat is very streaky, but 2-3 coats offers fair coverage. Coverage was a bit uneven around my side nail edges because I was having trouble working with the wide brush. Again, this is weird, because I’ve never had trouble with a SOPI brush – they’re narrower than regular OPI brushes! Maybe I’m having an off day, or maybe the dark color shows my painting technique’s shortcomings, lol!

This IS a nice addition for anyone who would like an olive/army green. The picture below is 2-3 coats with Seche Vite on top:

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My verdict: if you can get it cheap (from the Sephora site or in Sephora stores) pick up this addition to your polish collection. If not, there’s no need to search the earth to find Earth Day!

What do you think?

Sephora by OPI Nifty Shades of Grey…OH MY!!!!!

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When I made a sojourn to Chicago in January, I couldn’t help but notice that my hotel was close to a Sephora.   Let’s just say, a bit of wallet damage was done.  (What was I supposed to do?  There isn’t one where I live!  It was a sign!)

Since I’m a sucker for all things multichrome, when I got in the store, I started salivating over some of the multichrome Sephora by OPI shades, including Nifty Shades of Grey.  What a great late winter/early spring shade!  In my neck of the woods, right now everything is definitely a shade of grey.  It reminds me of the Lewis Black monologue about how gray February is.  (NOTE: that link is probably not safe for work!  There’s a bit of profanity, among other things.)

Formula: I’ve tried Sephora by OPIs before, and I’ve always thought the formulas were great.  This one is no exception!  It was thin, but three coats made it fairly opaque.  One small negative thing: for some reason, the rounded shape of the bottle top seems to make application a tad tricky for me because I have a hard time gripping the brush, but that’s me and the way I grip it, and it’s not a big deal.

As for the multichrome effect, this one has about a billion different personalities, and it was almost impossible to capture them all.  When I used my regular camera setup, I got this:

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Here it looks pretty, but just OK.  It could be Zoya Adina, for instance – nothing we haven’t seen.

(Note: I have Elixir Lacquers Powder Keg on my ring finger as a topper.  You’ll also see Vivid Lacquer Theoretical Rockstar on my thumb in the subsequent pictures.)

However, I decided to take a few mediocre phone pictures outside, in the grey yucky yuck outside.  There wasn’t even any sun – just cloudy grey light.  And what happened?  WHOA.

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Do I see a bit of purple?

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Is that another personality, perhaps greeny-grey?  (Also, I love the way Vivid Lacquer Theoretical Rockstar looks on my thumb in this pic.)

And finally:

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WHAT THE EVERLOVING PURPLE PEOPLE EATER IS *THAT*??  See what I mean?  And I wasn’t even able to capture all the green and grey shades that showed up, depending on the angle of my nails.

Bottom line: this shade is perfect for the February doldrums, if you have them.  I think it’s lovely!  It’s also great with a number of glitter toppers.

You can buy Sephora by OPI Nifty Shades of Grey in a full size bottle as I did, or as part of the Metro Chic mini-bottle set (which was pretty tempting).  It’s available in Sephora stores or online at their website, as well as Amazon.com.

A England Beauty Never Fails

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I was so happy when A England had their recent sale…and SO SAD when the UK mailing restrictions kept them from sending out the nail polish we polish addicts crave!  Luckily in the US, Llarowe stepped in and got the polishes distributed as fast as humanly possible.  I can’t say enough good things about both companies at this point – they really did their best to make sure we had our polish fix!

When I got the order, I knew I had ordered both of the Holy Grails (the old version and the revamped version), and I was definitely anticipating them.  But because it took so long to finally get to me, I forgot that I had also ordered Beauty Never Fails.  And boy am I glad I did!  I thought I would immediately do a mani with one of the Holy Grails, but Beauty Never Fails caught my eye.  And it didn’t disappoint.

Beauty Never Fails is a “blackened pine base, hypnotically brimming with emerald, gold, olive-green and bronze ultra-fine shimmer,” according to the official description.  I’d say that’s spot on.  The formula was very manageable, not super-thin but not thick either.   (Some of the A Englands I have purchased in the past are a bit thick, including Tristam – still love them, though!)   Also, and this is rare for me – it’s a one-coater.  I almost always put on two coats no matter what polish I’m using, but because of the excellent coverage, plus the fact that it’s dark and I didn’t want to make a mistake, I kept it to one coat.  I topped with Seche Vite, too.

SO pretty in the bottle!

SO pretty in the bottle!

 

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Close-up - look at that shimmer!

Close-up – look at that shimmer!

Verdict: thumbs up!  I can’t wait to try my Holy Grails, but I’m glad I got a chance to try this one first.  It’s simply delicious.

If you want A England polishes, due to continuing shipping restrictions, unfortunately it’s a bit dicey to order from the A England website unless you live in the UK.  If you’re in the US, you can get A England polishes from Llarowe.  (And again, kudos to both of them for their excellent customer service and for overcoming the pretty impossible shipping restrictions!  Let’s hope the UK can find a reasonable solution soon!)

Maisie Shine – Dragon Scales

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Wow!  I’m back from the dead!  (Otherwise known as the busy season at work.)  No worries, though.  In my “spare time,” I’ve been busy checking out various holiday-season specials and restocks.  There were SO many great deals out there.  I hope you were able to take advantage of a few, or at least convince someone to buy something for you for the holidays.

Whilst shopping, I was able to find one of my biggest lemmings, Dragon Scales from Maisie Shine.  You know when you get a polish and you immediately start cradling it and stroking it and calling it “My Preciousssss”?  (Maybe that’s just me and Gollum.)  In any event, I anticipated this would be one of those.  And yeah, it’s one of those.

Dragon Scales is “a green polish with hints of blue and is littered with gold glitters,” according to the description.  It’s shiny / metallic, although I didn’t have any streaky weird stuff going on like lots of metallics might have.  And the gold glitters…oh my gosh, they’re like nothing else I’ve seen when combined with the green.  It’s a great color combo!

The polish in my bottle was a bit thick, but not as thick as it could have been, given all the goodness that’s packed in there.  Bottom line, I was very satisfied with the application of both the underlying polish and the glitter (no fishing for glitter as far as I’m concerned).

Pictures below are three coats with Seche Vite on top.  Sorry they are no sun photos – in December here, it’s lucky that we see any sun at all!  (Plus for some reason when I think of dragons, I think of a bleak, cloudy, Celtic landscape, so maybe it’s fitting.)

Here's a shot in the "sun," such as it is.

Here’s a shot in the “sun,” such as it is.

 

Somewhat less sun.

Somewhat less sun.

A bottle shot of MY PRECIOUSSSSS!!!

A bottle shot of MY PRECIOUSSSSS!!!

You can find Maisie Shine on Etsy.  I have multiple polishes by her, and I love them all!