Flormar – M01 Matte White

Right, only passing through, why is everything so crazy!  Anyway, I have a lovely polish for you today.

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This is one of the matte polishes from Flomar.  I know, why buy a matte polish when you can make any polish matte with the top coat?  This is why.

Two coats of matte perfection.  No streaks.  No bumps. No bubbles.  Perfect.  It might look a bit uneven in these pictures, but let me assure you, it wasn’t.

And then I went and stuck glitter over it! (come back next week to see that!)


Catrice – Reggaeton

Another European polish for you today.  This is Reggeaton by Catrice from the Cubaca Limited Edition Line.  Its a chocolate brown with an unusual pale green shimmer rippling through the polish – quite unusual.

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Like many of the Catrice polishes, the formula on this is good.  Its not too runny just on the right side of that.  What you see above is three thin coats as I was trying to build up the shimmer.

Sadly, like many polishes, the shimmer doesn’t translate that well onto the nail.  In direct and/or strong light you can see it, but I was unable to capture it in my images.  Its very unusual and for that reason I am very happy to have this in my stash.  I base coated with Essie all-in-one base polish and top coated with Seche Vite to provide a shine.  I think next time I will see if the shimmer is more apparent without the top coat.

Catrice is readily available in Europe, sadly not in the UK, but with lovely polish pals, I can get my fix.  I shall be on my annual holiday to Tenerife in March, so I will be stocking up.  There are some great forthcoming ranges which you can see here on their website and you can follow the brand on Facebook.

Catrice – No Snow Petrol


I have another little beauty for your viewing pleasure today, although have you noticed the date??  Its nearly Xmas!! How exciting.  What are you planning on wearing on your nails over the festive season?  Do share in the comments below.

So, back to the polish today.  This one came from my lovely swap package from Lindz behind Girl in the Glasses (go visit if you haven’t already!) and you can see what lovelies I sent her by clicking here.

If you are interested in swapping there are two ways to go about it, firstly if you are on Facebook you can join a swapping group.  By doing a couple of low value swaps you develop your reputation for swapping and then you may be approached by more regular swappers.  But do no ever swaplift – this is where you get people to send you packages and you don’t post your end.  The Nail Polish Community is quite tight knit and rallies around.  Secondly, you can join something like Make Up Alley and earn swap tokens.  This is much wider than just polish as the name implies.  You can also stalk blogs and ask people to swap with you, although do not be offended if people say no.  I’m often engaged in a couple of swaps at a time and so have to say no for the sake of my wallet and in the attempt to keep my stash down to a manageable size!  Feel free to suggest groups etc in the comment for other readers.

Anyway, moving on to the polish from my swap with Lindz (where I did my best to get her some awesome stuff of the list she provided, but bizarrely Bourjois was quite hard to come by in the the specific colours she was after!).  I love Catrice Cosmetics.  They do some great lines, have regular limited edition lines and the price point is awesome.  Only drawback?  They are not available in the UK.  Like Essence.

This is one of the newer colours from the changes to the permanent line up in Fall 2012.  Several were retired and there were some reissues, including No Snow Petrol, which I am about to show you now.

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Wow, this is an awesome polish.  Its a light turquoise with a pale blue shimmer.  In the sun the shimmer is very apparent and obvious.  In the shade it is much more subtle.  Formula was lovely.  Almost a one coater, but the second coat does provide depth of colour and perfect coverage.  I used Essie All in One to base and then top coated with Seche Vite.  Drying time for No Snow Petrol was excellent, I was based coated, painted and top coated within 20 mins.

What do you think?  What other new Catrice Polishes should I check out?

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Catrice – Khaki Perry

A bit of an odd duck.  That is what this polish is.  An odd duck.  I have stolen this phrase from my wonderful Polish Twin, Adina, who oversees the fabulous stule/life/writing blog Blue Collar, Red Lipstick.  I can think of no better explanation.

This is a Catrice polish, from Europe, and its an odd odd colour.  Its not quite green, its not quite khaki and its not quite gold.  To be honest, I think I love the name of this (and I do love how catrice name their polishes) but not so sold on the colour.

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That said, the formula on this one was pretty good, I was a bit concerned because it does lean a bit to a frost, but worry not.  Three thin coats make sure no brush strokes are evident.  Drying time is excellent and I do like these wider Catrice brushes. They are quite similar in nature to the Dior wide flat brush and if you can’t get all your paint on in one stroke, you will with two.  Whilst Khaki might not be the best description, its akin in colour to a lightly colour moss, a kind of pale metalised silver green.

Catrice is only available in Mainland Europe and Ireland, nor can you buy then online.  Still puzzled as to why this is the case, because they have a super range and fantastic pricing.  I hope that one day soon we will

Catrice – Pimp My Shrimp

Who doesn’t love a nice bit of Catrice nail polish?  I know I do, but its frustrating that you cannot buy such loveliness in the UK.  Its readily available all over mainland Europe and in Ireland.  I keep my fingers crossed that eventually we will see it in stores here, or at the very least, be able to purchase it online for a reasonable non-eBay fee.

The other thing I adore about Catrice, is the clever naming they come up with.  Its not quite a cutesy as those you might find adorning a bottle of OPI polish, but clever nevertheless.  I also have a bottle of the wonderfully named Khaki Perry that I will be sharing with you very soon, but other naming delighted include ACid/DC, Salmon & Garfunkel and Dulce & Havanna.

Pimp My Shrimp is a shrimp coral orange, perfect for the summer, for toes or fingers.  There was something about the name that struck me and then the colour became so desirable that I had a friend pick it up for me on a trip to visit her family in Ireland (to be fair, they enjoyed hunting out the polishes I had asked for and now I get one or two every trip – lucky me!!)  Anyway, here are the pictures….

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The formula was a little bit on the thin side for me, meaning that what you see here is four thin coats.  However it does dry quickly and because they are so thin, I don’t think its much extra effort because the colour is BANG on trend.  Its probably not as pink as shrimp but I’m not going to pick holes here.  It has a nice creme finish to it and a bit of top coat gives it a nice shiny finish.  Wear was also good as I had four days before I just had to change my colour.  It was also nice to be able to take pictures outside to give you more of a sense of the actual colour.  If you do try to do thicker coats then you will experience some considerable pooling of the polish along the sides and cuticles of your nails.

What shrimp colours are you currently rocking  (or not) on your nails?

New Things I have Spotted #24 – Free Nail Polish in August Cosmopolitan Magazine and ArtDeco Cosmetics

So, another month of magazines, another free nail polish.  This time its the August 2012 edition of Cosmopolitan giving away one of three shades of Missguided nail polish. EDIT – you can see what these look like with the LOVELY 74 Days of Polish


Also Spotted this weekend was a concession I had given no time to in my local Debenhams.  ArtDeco appears to be German brand.  They have some nice looking polishes and what appears to be a series of limited edition editions which I have pictures of below.



Essence – 91 Glamorous Life

Here is one of the Essence polishes I received from my lovely friend in Holland.  Glamorous Life is a red glass flecked polish with strong pink undertones.  Like all the Colour and Go Essence Polishes, its a lovely little bottle holding 5ml of product, and is an absolute bargain for the price.

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The formula on this one was a little bit on the runny side – careful application needed.  However, after three thin and careful coats, you can see the results above.  I used Essie Billionails as the undercoat and then used Seche Vite on top.  Its very shiny when it dries anyway, but a top coat just helps to bring the best of the flecks out.

I’ll be honest here, wear was not like the other Essence Polishes I have.  It was chipped within 24 hours.  I may need to retry this with a different base coat and top coat as I did experience significant shrinkage and that may have contributed to the reduced wear time.  The colour is FANTASTIC, I could not have asked for a better summer colour and I am definitely going to wear it again.

If you are interested in the different types of nail polishes, you can check out the HUGE range on this brilliant guide on Lacquerized. I often use this guide to ensure consistency when writing and tagging posts.

Do you have any of the Colour and Go polishes?

Barielle Berry Blue & Essence Blue Addicted

You may remember my recent European Swap where I scored some new Essence polishes, including the very lovely Blue Addicted, which you are going to see below.

As Blue Addicted is only a small bottle by polish standards, I decided to use a blue polish as underwear for the lovely glitter goodness.  Barielle Berry Blue is a very dark blue, not indigo or purple, but a very dark blue.  Its the perfect underwear for this polish.  Berry Blue has a great formula with a good drying time.  Its easily applied and went where I put it.  The images below show two coats of Berry Blue.

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Now, here comes the magic.  I put one coat of Blue Addicted over the Berry Blue.  And KA-POW!  Glitter joy joy.  Blue Addicted is said to be a good dupe for one of the Deborah Lippman polishes, and my goodness, what a great polish she is.  It has green and blue mid sized glitters with small turquoise blue glitters as well all suspended in a dark blue polish base.  Magic.

I used a good coat of Seche Vite to finish off the manicure.  As you can see, one coat is plenty.  I think two might push it into overkill territory but I liked to too much to try that.  These Essence polishes are fantastic value for money, they retail about the 2€ mark across mainland Europe and Ireland.  But not the UK.  Boo!  Another great polish brand not available in the UK, unless you go on holiday or swap.

Anyway, what do you think?  Do you have any Essence in your stash?

Catrice – Be Pool

Be Pool is one of the Nympheila Collection by Catrice. I picked it up on my recent trip to the Spanish Islands. Catrice, as we polish heads know, is a European mainland brand, that isn’t readily available in the UK or online (unless you count eBay).

Nymphelia was the only Ltd Ed collection I saw on my trip and I wasn’t blown away by the colours to be honest. I did buy one the eye shadow quads (and at €5 can you blame me?) and I was almost tempted with a mascara. Be Pool is a teal green, with a subtle shimmer that is only visible in the bottle under artificial light. I was super disappointed once I was outside in the natural light.

In terms of formula, it too was OK and I wasn’t blown away with this like I was with Dirty Berry. I wonder if the 40 regular colours have better quality formulas? I have one more to try so we will see. The polish dragged very easily and if you cannot polish in one stroke you might struggle here. I did three thin-ish coats and the colour did build up well.

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I’m not convinced here, can you tell? The wear was pretty shocking within 16 hours I had two major chips even with Sally Hansen Mega Shine on. I wanted to love this one so much…… perhaps I need to try with another base and top coat and not do it in the middle of the night….