Showing posts with label Sheer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sheer. Show all posts

March 20, 2013

Sation Love At First Byte

This is two coats of Sation Love At First Byte from their Miss Antoinette Spring 2013 collection. Superb formula that applies streak free even at one coat so it could be worn more sheer. It's a peachy beige that will work great for french manicures, half moons, & other nail art. Another winner from Sation just for the outstanding formula alone!
 
 
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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Sation! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

December 12, 2012

Sation Under The Miss-tletoe

Sation Under The Miss-tletoe is from their 2012 Holiday Golightly Collection. It's a pretty pearlescent pine green shimmer. The formula is a bit tricky on this one, a bit too thin & streaky. Shown here at three coats but I could have used a fourth. I'm going to pass this one along.

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Sation! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

November 27, 2012

Zoya Paloma

Here we have Zoya Paloma from their NYFW 2012 Gloss Collection, a sheer deep fuchsia-berry with a buildable jelly gloss finish. All of the polishes from this set work better with thick coats. The formula is a bit streaky & sticky but using thick coats made it much easier to use. I only used 2 coats for these photos. I think it's lovely!
 
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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

November 26, 2012

Zoya Frida

This is the beautiful Zoya Frida from their NYFW 2012 Gloss Collection, a sheer, dark, warm-toned teal blue with a buildable jelly gloss finish. all of the polishes from this set work better with thick coats. The formula is a bit streaky & sticky but it's so unique & gorgeous that I think it's worth a bit of extra fuss. Shown here at 3 thin coats before I figured out that thick coats were easier.
 
 
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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

September 6, 2011

French Tip Dip Riviera Moon

 
I won a French Tip Dip Kit a while back and ended up really liking their white polish and their topcoat. I contacted them to see if they might be interested in sending me some of their other polish colors to try out and French Tip Dip Riviera Moon is the second one I tried.

I'm not really a big sheer fan, but I love this one even more than yesterday's Cannes! Once again, the formula was terrific and you can get this look with just 2 coats. Hard to capture this one! Riviera Moon is an excellent name for this lovely polish. It's a bit frosty and has more of an off white tinted base as opposed to the clear base in Cannes. Both Cannes & Riviera Moon are polishes that really shine in low light. Constantly flashing a subtle glow of color.
My boyfriend Will loves this one too. Who would have thought that I would love 2 sheers in a row! This is why I love to get samples and win prizes in giveaways. I end up trying things I would never purchase & end up broadening my horizons!

Tomorrow I'll show both Cannes & Riviera Moon layered over a few colors.

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by French Tip Dip! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

September 5, 2011

French Tip Dip Cannes

I won a French Tip Dip Kit a while back and ended up really liking their white polish and their topcoat. I contacted them to see if they might be interested in sending me some of their other polish colors to try out and French Tip Dip Cannes is the first one I tried. 
I'm not really a big sheer fan, but I love this one. The formula was terrific and you can get this look with just 2 coats. I took pictures in all kinds of lighting to try and capture it's loveliness. My boyfriend Will loves this one too! Nice change of pace from my usual tastes.
 
 
 
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April


This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by French Tip Dip! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

March 30, 2011

Maybelline Blue Water & My Favorite French Manicure


I know many of you hate this polish & understandably so, but I couldn't resist buying it when I found it at the Dollar Tree. I gave it to Ashley, since my nails are a slightly stained. Blue Water is pictured on her nails with 2 coats. It's so sheer! You're thinking "Aaghhh! Why would anyone want such a polish?"

But wait! I know Blue Water is pretty scary by itself, but Ashley transformed it into one of my new favorite manicures! She added french tips in Icing My Blue Heaven and now I think it's gorgeous!

Such a lovely effect! So if you picked up the Water polishes, don't despair! Great job Ashley!

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April

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January 6, 2011

Sally Hansen Myst You


Here are a ton of pictures of Sally Hansen Myst You taken in lots of different lighting settings. Such a strange polish! Myst You has an incredibly nice formula and this is 3 coats. It's a beige with a pink sheen only visible at certain angles. I had a hard time capturing the pink. Will says, "Ew. Fleshy.". I think this would look lovely on dark skintones but not on me. Blech! This one is going into my "to be frankened" bag.

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April

June 8, 2010

Essie Adore-a-ball


I won Essie Adore-a-ball from the Lacquer Lady's giveaway. This is 4 streaky coats. It looks great from a distance but streaky up close. Sheer, soft, just barely pink. The picture below was taken in strong sunlight.

I love this color and even the visible nail line though! So pretty!

Can anyone recommend a similar, just barely pink polish that isn't streaky?

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April

May 16, 2010

Zoya Underrated Beauties Giveaway! Ends 6/1. (Closed)

I asked Zoya if their staff had any favorite polishes that often get overlooked. They have over 300 colors and I felt sure that there were some gorgeous colors that hadn't gotten much attention. They sent me six colors to show you & I'm also including Pasha and Gaia which I purchased myself. So here we go, eight lovely Zoyas that you don't see very often. Lots of pictures!

First we have Zoya Bailey, shown here with four coats, but it would have been fine with three.

Zoya describes this color perfectly.
Light neutral pink sheer base with cool pink duochrome shimmer and sparkling silver microglitter.
The silver microglitter reminds me of lightly sprinkled sugar. This one looked pretty sheer, so I asked my sister Alisa to swatch it too, since my nails are lightly stained. Here's her photo. Thanks Alisa! Alisa used just two coats.

I ended up liking Zoya Bailey a lot more than I thought I would. It's a nice color, not really my style, but it works GREAT as a layering polish! I'll show it over Zoya Coco later in this post and will show it over other colors soon.


Next up is Zoya Brizia, shown with three coats. I love this one!


Zoya Brizia is a taupey lavender metallic with a silvery blue duochrome effect! I've never seen anything else quite like it and it goes with nicely with most of my wardrobe.


Zoya Coco is one of those colors I would never pick up, since I'm not really drawn to anything in the red family but I ended up really liking this one.

It's a dusty burgundy creme that looks like a dusty reddish brown in low lights. Beautiful color and easy application. This is two coats. Here's Zoya Coco and my dog Wally with some very silly looking fur. What happened that day Wally?


Zoya Flowie is my least favorite because I don't find it very flattering with my skin tone. This is 3 coats.

I would call this a light, peachy brown creme. Easy application. This will probably look great on ladies with much paler or much darker skin tones than mine.


From my least favorite we go to my all time favorite, #1 nail polish, Zoya Gaia! You can read my full post on this beauty here. This is the polish I would keep if I could only have one for the rest of time. Soft white with gold microshimer. This is 4 coats and yes it's totally worth it!


Zoya Pasha is another favorite. You can read my full post about it here. This is 2 coats. I think it looks like iced coffee.


Zoya Raine is another sheer that works as an AMAZING layering polish. This is 4 coats.

This is another one that I thought might be too sheer for my nails. Here it is on my sister Alisa with just 2 coats. Thanks again Alisa!

Zoya Raine is a pink/purple duochrome. You can see Raine layered over Coco later in this post. I tried it later in the week over a green creme and it looked INCREDIBLE!


Last but certainly not least, we have Zoya Sasha. This is another color that I would never pick up but I love it!

Zoya Sasha is a cool toned, blood red creme.

This is 3 coats. I tried it with 4 coats but couldn't tell a difference.


Golly, that was a lot of pictures. This is the longest post I've ever done! Here's a couple of bonus pictures.
This is Brizia with a little Konad. I used Zoya Coco on my pinky and middle fingers and Zoya Sasha on my ring and pointer.


And this is Zoya Coco with one coat of Zoya Raine on the left & one coat of Zoya Bailey on the right. So cool!!! You can really see how lovely both Raine and Bailey are once they are layered over other colors! I'll be showing them over more colors in the next couple of weeks. See what I mean about Bailey's lightly sprinkled sugar effect?


So we have eight lovely, underrated beauties from Zoya! Zoya has kindly offered one lucky winner their choice of any three of these polishes!! You have Bailey, Brizia, Coco, Flowie, Gaia, Pasha, Raine & Sasha to choose from. This prize can only be shipped within the continental US shipping, no P.O. boxes.

RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.
  • You must be a follower of our Concrete and Nail Polish blog. If you have a question on how to become a follower contact April at lirpaskoorb@gmail.com.
  • This prize can only be shipped within the continental US shipping, no P.O. boxes.
  • This giveaway starts today, May 16th, and will end Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 at 11:59PM Central Time.
  • We'll select the winner with random.org's random number generator and notify the winner by email on Wednesday, June 2nd.
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't reply within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected via random.org.
HOW TO ENTER:
Each person is allowed to enter up to three (3) times as follows:
  • Be a follower of our blog and tell me which of the underrated Zoya polishes you would like to win. No entries will count unless this first entry is completed.
  • You can earn an optional second entry by posting about this giveaway on your blog. You can do this in a post (it doesn't have to be it's own separate post) or by posting in your sidebar. Just make sure you leave the link in your entry.
  • You can earn an optional second entry by tweeting about this giveaway. Leave the link to your twitter status update in your entry.
  • You only need to fill out the form once. This works MUCH better than comments, so I've turned them off for this post to avoid confusion.


I received six polishes from Zoya that I reviewed above. Gaia & Pasha were purchased by me at an earlier date. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

Thanks for reading!
April