Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nail polish collective mini-haul

When the seasons "officially" transition, it doesn't always feel right away like the season it's supposed to be—not to me, anyway (thanks, global warming!). However, with the sudden onslaught of fall (and I do mean that I've very suddenly felt assaulted by autumn winds on my morning walks to class), I've been lemming for some more fall-appropriate shades to add to my polish collection.

Here are the ones I've picked up recently:

L-R: butter LONDON Scoundrel, Revlon Top Speed Lily,
L'Oréal Colour Riche Red Tote, L'Oréal Colour Riche Charmed I'm Sure,
Essie Sole Mate
Unless you're completely color blind, you've probably noticed that one of these things is not like the other. I wouldn't exactly consider Revlon Lily a fall shade, but a polish I've seriously had my eye on for ages (ages) is Barry M. Berry Ice Cream. I'm trying to squash that lemming, I accumulated O.P.I. Lucky Lucky Lavender, which is GORGEOUS but also not exactly how I imagine the color. I am in no way insinuating that Lily and Berry Ice Cream are all too similar, either, but where Lucky Lucky Lavender pulls very pink, Lily is such a blue-toned lilac that it's nearly periwinkle. I suppose that Berry Ice Cream falls somewhere between those two shades, and until I'm magically transported to the U.K. and Barry M. cosmetics become available to me or I work up the guts to pay combined product and shipping costs of nearly $15 for a drugstore polish, these two will have to suit my lavender/lilac fancy!

L-R: O.P.I. Lucky Lucky Lavender, Revlon Top Speed Lily
Barry M. Berry Ice Cream, Source: Dr. Frankenpolish
Scoundrel is my first polish from butter LONDON. I've worn it once, and, so far, I'm impressed with the application, but I didn't find it to be superior to other brands, in general, in regards to chipping. If I had a do-over, I might have gone with butter LONDON Toff instead of Scoundrel. Toff is more of a dusty purple, while Scoundrel is just a deep purple. Toff seems like a good fall shade and, perhaps, a tad more neutral, although, all the same, Scoundrel may work for me across more seasons.

butter LONDON Scoundrel on my nails (2 coats, no top coat)
butter LONDON Toff (2 coats), Source: Amarixe
As for the L'Oréal polishes, I'm highly impressed with the formulation. The application and wear aren't bad at all for drugstore polishes. Red Tote is probably my favorite of the tested and recently purchased polishes in my collection. Charmed, I'm Sure, however, was a minor disappointment. It's not a unique shade--a metallic rose gold--but, unlike many others I've seen swatched, is very, very frosty in any lighting, which affects the color too much for my taste. On the nails, it's even lighter than it is in the bottle, so if you're considering this shade,'ve been forewarned.
L-R: L'Oréal Colour Riche Red Tote, L'Oréal Colour Riche Charmed I'm Sure
I haven't yet tried Essie Sole Mate, but I'm generally quite a fan of Essie, and I've been lemming for a plum/burgandy polish for quite some time, so I'm definitely looking forward to trying this one out! Perhaps, I'll post some swatches once I've done that.

What are your recent polish purchases? What are your favorite shades for fall?


  1. ooh wow ice cream is really pretty reminds me of Essie's playdate
    I wish we had Barry m in the US
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    1. I've seen Play Date in the bottle, and I've seen Berry Ice Cream on the nails in YouTube videos/nail swatches. From what I can tell, Play Date is several shades darker. It's difficult to say whether it's more blue or more pink without my own bottles to compare, because I've seen Berry Ice Cream look really pink, and I've seen it look a bit more periwinkle! ...It intrigues me, to say the least! I hear time and again that it's incredibly "dupeable," but I think it's just one of those things I've got stuck in my head! haha

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