Maybelline Color Show Veils – Teal Beam

I pulled this out from the stash, as it dawned on me that I hadnt yet shared this lovey Maybelline Color Show Veils polish with you all.  I grabbed this as a running out the door purchase when we were in the US in November.  I didn’t think, I just grabbed.  When I got home, I realised it was more of a topper (yes yes I know the name should have given that away!) as it is a glitter in blue and green in a clear base.  Anyway, enough rambling, here come the pics!

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I’ve used two thin coats of Teal Beam over a base of Essie Mojito Madness (my go to green creme) and then topped with Nails Inc 45 Second Top Coat.   I love how this brings a bit of sparkle interest to the nail, and its subtle.  Not in our face hard core glitter either.  And it doesn’t bubble like other glitter toppers can.

What do you think?  Are you a US reader and picked up any of the Veils range?  Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Spotted! Rebel Bouquet Collection by Maybelline Color Show

I knew it, I KNEW IT!!  A new Maybelline Color Show collection for Winter/Spring 2015.   This is Rebel Bouquet – an understated collection of five polishes, understated bearing in mind the Be Brilliant and Crystallize Collections!  Anyway, enough yakking – here are the pics!

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As you can see above, what we are fundamentally talking about is four creme shades and a glitter topper. Now look at the glitter topper in the image, to me it looks white, with green and blue in? Yes? Possibly even SHAPED blue glitter?

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From the left (426) Peach Bloom, (427) Fuchsia Petal, (428) Vivid Rose, (429) Orchid Violet and (430) Top Coat Bouquet. As we saw in this post here, Bouquet is actually a mix of white and pinky red. No blue nor green. Not sure what is going on there, seems a bit odd.

2015/01/img_7276.jpgJust so you know I’m not going crackers, here is the image for Bouquet from the Superdrug website – see?  its not what it looks like above.

I am quite gutted about that, a white, green and blue spring like topper would have been awesome!  From what I can tell, the white/green topper is a Europe edition.  I found this on Amazon.Fr showing the other topper.  Nothing on Gemey Maybelline France yet. Clearly the marketing team in the UK got the wrong image.  *sigh* don’t forget this wouldn’t be the first time this has happened, remember the Europe only changes to both the Acid Wash effects AND the Nail Vinyl collection.

Finally, in the US, Rebel Bloom is a collection of lipsticks as seen here on Nouveau Cheap, wonder if we might see them in coming weeks??

Anyway, first of the new collections from the high street.  Lots of 3 for 2 offers on, so if this catches your eye, get on out there.  Did you pick these up?  Let me know in the comments.

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Maybelline Color Show – Plum As You Are

Back to the polishes I picked up in the US. This is one from a Maybelline release from late Summer 2014, as part of the Fashion  Rocks collection, so I was quite surprised to see an almost full stand with several of the limited edition items. This is Plum As You Are – love the name!

Lets check out the pics.

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So this is a dark plum shade, shot through with a lighter plum shimmer.  You can see the shimmer in the bottle really clearly and there is a *hint* of it on the nail.  Formula for good, this is two coats cover a base of Nailtiques 2 and topped with Essence Better Than Gel Nails.

Shades like this are always lovey, dark, vampy and sultry.  The shimmer, although it is barely there, gives it extra points.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant – Skyline Blue

I’ve taken a quick break from the few polishes I bought in the US to share with you the Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant polishes that I’ve been wearing.  I previously posted about Spotting these here and here – so do check those posts out too. These are glitter toppers, meaning that they are clear or lightly tinted in the base and packed with glitter.  This is the first one I got on my nails, this is the blue from the set, called Skyline Blue.

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I popped Skyline Blue over a base of Wet N Wild Echo Dark (previously seen here) and it works fabulously!  The dark blue really makes the glitters pop and shine, and then when locked in with a shiny top coat, the effect it quite eye catching.

Its a mix of blue, purple and smaller silver pieces.  There is some light blue in there too!  I have one issue with these, and that is the application and formula.  They are quite gloopy, so I’d suggest you check the bottle before you bring it home.  I opened several of the bottles as when I picked them up there were large air pockets at the side and when I rolled the polish it didn’t move.  That was a bit of a warning sign so I opened it and it was exceptionally gloopy.  I picked up a second and it was better but still gloopy.  I checked all the bottles and others I have seen to ensure that it wasn’t just mine.

That said, it is quite easy one the glitter is on the brush to get it onto the nail.  This is one or two passes with the brush so coverage is variable.

I was surprised not to have too many blue/purple glitters in the stash, so this was a welcome addition.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Maybelline Color Show Vinyl – Grey Beats

You may recall my recent trip to Vienna.  There I was minding my own business in a drugstore, checking out the polishes and the shower gels (who doesn’t love a good shower gel!) and my eye kept being drawn back to the Maybelline Color Show Vinyl stands.  Now I couldn’t figure out why, but in three more stores, that happened.  And then it twigged.  There were four shades, but only three were the same as the UK release.  You can see what I mean here. In Europe, there was no pink, but there was this one.  Grey Beats!

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Anyway, so I had to have it.  We’ve seen this with both the Vintage Leather, Crystallise and Acid Wash polishes where in Europe there is either more to the set, sometimes five or six colours, whilst in the UK we only have four.  Curious huh?  Its not the like the UK market is that odd is it?!?!

So, onto the polish.  This is two coats over a base of Nailtiques 2.  Formula was OK, a little but draggy in places so care is needed.  But its quite the chalk grey isn’t it!  It is quite pale, but I was ready for a bit of a palette cleanser at this point, plus I think it might be a great base for some nail stamping in orange, black and darker silver…….

Not sure if you might be able to find this in the UK, perhaps eBay, but the four UK edition shades are available now in your usual Maybelline stockists.  Did you pick up any of the Vinyl collection?

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Maybelline Vintage Leather – Gilded Emerald

I am a naughty blogger – I went away and forgot to programme any content for you all.  It was all a bit last minute and apologies to those of you who wondered where I had gone.  Not far, I’d gone to Vienna but I am back now and I have some new lovelies to share with you.

That said, this one I’m am about to share I picked up this summer in France.  This was part of the Vintage Leather effect polishes that came out in Autumn 2013 in the UK but some of the shades are still available in Europe.  This is one that was seen the in the US collection but not the set of four (red, tan, grey and turqoise) released in the UK. Anyway, here we go, this is Gilded Emerald.

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The last couple of pictures are done with a top coat.  Now this is quite pretty, it has paler colour flakes embedded into the polish and when it dries to its matte finish, you can see these every so often in the light.  Its a dark, brown green shade, nothing like the name implies of emerald, but I guess if you gilded it…

Anyway, formula was lovely.  This is two coats over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu!  Drying time was fast.  Finish is a matte effect and so wear is noticable reduced because its a matte finish.  The glossy top coat does bring the flakies out a bit more and prolongs wear.  I literally could not get through the morning without it chipping.

This is a massive shame because it cute, seriously cute.

Anyway, not sure if you can get this anywhere, perhaps eBay.  But let me know what you think and what are you favourite ways to matte shades – do you buy matte polish or just a mate top coat!

Maybelline Color Show Vinyl – Teal The Deal

Final polish in the new limited edition Maybelline Color Show Vinyl polishes to share with you today.  Out of the four, this is my least favourite, but its actually quite a good shade for autumn.  Bright and yet not neon.  Lets look at some pics of Teal the Deal!

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As with the other three shdaes, this is two coats over a base of Essence Anti Nail Split Sealer.  On a side note, I have noticed that my nails are peeling again, so its back out with the Nailtiques 2 and I may even go polish free for a couple of days just to kick start the treatment.

Anyway, formula is OK.  I will be honest, out of all four, this one is the worst.  It does drag and it dries very quick, making it easier to crate drag.  But it does well with two coats and it does cling to your nail bed.  Look at that colour, a tealy blue shade, that is quite lively but not too in your face.  Its a good autumn colour for when you aren’t quite ready to quit the brightness for vampy colours!

Have you seen these out and about in polish land?  They should be on a shelf near you now!

Maybelline Color Show Vinyl – Pink Punk

I am really quite into these new Maybelline Color Show Vinyl shades – there is something simple yet stylish about them.  Clearly I am open to influence and I have fallen under their spell!  This is the third shade in the range I have to share with you, this one is called Pink Punk.

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What you see above is two coats over a base of Essence Anti Nail Split Sealer.  I noticed that this shade did cling to my nails and any imperfections can be seen on close inspection.  However, despite having pink in the name, I do like this shade.  Its just on the right side of raspberry for me.   It is a shade pinker than my pictures show it, so if you are unsure, don’t rely on these as colour accurate but more of a gauge.

Formula was good, again care needed not to create too much dragging as the polish dries, because boy does it dry fast on the nail.  Two coats is super quick, but they time you are on finger ten, its time to repeat.

As before, these are now popping up on shelves everywhere.  They are limited edition so if you fancy them you need to get them sooner rather than later.  There are a number of offers in the high street for cosmetics, notably at Boots and Superdrug, so do shop around for the best one to get bargains.

Have you seen these on your travels?  Are you tempted to pick them up?  Let me know in the comments

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Maybelline Color Show Vinyl – Record Red

This is the second of the Maybelline Color Show Vinyl polishes I picked up earlier this week, this one is Record Red.  A hot tomato red with the vinyl finish similar to Black to the Basics.

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Like the previous polish, this one dries to a matte vinyl style polish.  What you see above its two coats over a base of Essence Anti Nail Split sealer.  Formula is good, its runny without being floody (if that makes sense) and coverage is good.  Two coats does provide more even coverage than just one, hence two coats .  It dries quickly and if you do happen to dink it, you can patch it up quickly.

Wear, as you might expect if a none topped coated polish, isn’t great.  You can get a good day before wear starts to show and if you end up doing lots of jobs and house work, be warned – its going to chip.

That said I do like this, I love the effect it gives.  Even with a matte top coat over a red polish, the effect is not as waxy looking.

These should be out on a shelf near you, if they aren’t already.  G over at Nouveaus Cheap thinks these look similar to the new Wet N Wild Matte shades that are out for fall in the US.  She has a good eye so she is probably right.

Let me know what you think in the comments!  Have you seen these out where you are yet?

Maybelline Color Show Vinyl – Black to the Basics

As you may have seen, Maybelline have yet another limited edition collection of four out in the UK.  This is the first one to grace my nails and is called Black to the Basics.  Here come the pics!

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What you see above is two coats over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu!.  Drying time is very quick, as matte-er shades tend to be.  Formula was good and care is needed as the Maybelline brush isn’t tapered.  It dries quite matte and is between a proper matte shade and a leather effect formula from what I can tell.

I think it looks good and you can never have to many black polishes in your stash!

These are readily available in Boots and Superdrug, plus with a number of offers on buying multiples products, so if you fancy them now is the time!

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