Maybelline Color Show Crystallize – Light Up


Moving onto the second of my new Maybelline Color Show Crystallize polishes – this one is called Light Up and is a true silver colour.

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Wow, sparkly huh?  I just adore this.  In my ever growing stash of textures, a pure silver shade is one that I have definitely been missing!  This is a pure, bright silver shade.  The larger glitter pieces are the exact shame shade as the leading colour – leading to super sparkly nails!

Formula for this one is excellent, I could almost get away with one coat, but I did two for opacity of a base of G&G Stuck on Blu! base coat.  Drying time was faster than I had expected and I was done with two coats in the minimum amount of time.

Maybelline Color Show polishes retail for £3.99 each in most drug stores and supermarkets.  There are a number of cosmetic multibuys available at the moment, so I do recommend you check these out asap if they catch your eye.  They are limited edition and we’ve seen the Polka Dots, Brocades, Vintage Leather and Street Art shades fly off the shelves.

Which one has YOUR name on it?  Let me know in the comments.


L’Oreal – Too Dimensional?

I just can’t help myself – I am suckered completely into this textured trend.  And texture and glitter – its a given winner!  I have a polish brought to me from a friend who was in the US, this is from the Revlon Gold dust collection, a range of 9 glitter textured polishes of which we have already seen I Like It Chunky and Hidden Gems, plus can see all shades on this post at Nouveau Cheap.

This one is Too Dimensional? A purple and silver combo.  Lets look at some pictures!

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Gosh, isn’t this pretty?  Such a great shade of purple, almost lilac, with hints of silver and a smattering of gold.  Formula was good, what you see above is two average coats.  Drying time was longer than average, you do need to leave time between coats so that you don’t ding them and take chunks out of the polish. But you only have to prep your base – here is G&G Stuck on Blu, my trusty base.  I find a textured polish is easy to touch up however, if you do crack a bit off or catch it before its perfectly dry.

At the moment, I can’t see any plans for L’Oreal to release these into the UK market – huge shame as the whole range is full of stunners!  Your best bet for these is currently eBay where you can score some or hope they pop up on blog sales.

Let me know what you think in the comments – what is YOUR favourite texture colour at the moment?

New Things I Have Spotted #78 – Rimmel Sweetie Crush Texture Polishes

Another quick spot for you today – these I noticed in my local revamped Tesco beauty department.  I hear that some also have a HUGE Barry M counter.  Not in mine!  But look!  New textured shades from Rimmel London.  All with Sweetie sounding names!


You can see the names here, but form the left – Sherbert Sweetheart (yellow) candyfloss Cutie (pink) Fizzy Applelicious (green) Violet Swizzle (violet) and Blueberry Whizz (blue)

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So what do you think?  A hit or a miss?  Sweetie  Crush polishes are listed on the main Rimmel UK website. They are probably too pale for me and so I left them on the shelf.  Let me know if you pick these up – I’d love to hear what they are like!

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Maybelline Color Show Crystallize – Red Excess

So after all the excitement of finding yet ANOTHER limited edition range from Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish, I snapped up all four in a buy one get one half price deal (seems rude not to!) and I shared my new findings on Twitter.  You may have noticed, I popped up on Nouveau Cheap (exciting!) and so have picked up a few new readers – so hello if you are new to my blog and welcome to my world!


This was the one from the range that had me smitten first, and I knew I would have it on my nails before the night was out.  And I did!  This is Red Excess.

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Right, I know what you are thinking – that looks just like Countess from Barry M or Stay the Night Liquid Sand.  I did initially too!  However, this is a dark brown with COPPER glitter accents.  Not red as in Stay the Night or in the same shade as the base colour in Countess.  No no.  This is just GORGEOUS!  No idea why they have used Red in the title because frankly its a bit misleading.  Towards the end of the slideshow you will see comparisons with a nail stick with Countess on.  It has a different base colour, so its not a dupe, but it is close than any others I have found.

Anyway, formula was good.  Drying time was longer than some other textured shades I have – care needed if you do two coats close together as you can ding the underlying layer.  Occupational hazard however. Once dry, its a bit like cooled sugar.  Slightly rough to the touch, but not exceptionally bumpy.  Bit of a pain to remove as that copper glitter welds itself onto your nail bed.

What do you think of the Crystallize Polish range – are you over texture yet because I am so not! Let me know what you think in the comments

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EDIT – I did some Googling, these are other shades in the range according the Maybelline French website here, other shades include Silver Touch (pale lavender silver akin to P2 Strict) and Green Depth (looks a lot like L’Oreal Hidden Gems or a glittered up Rimmel Space Dust in  Total Eclipse).

New Things I Have Spotted #77 – Color Show Crystallize, Rita Ora for Rimmel, Barry M Aquarium Nails & Revlon Rio Rush Spring/Summer ’14

Oh my goodness!  Color Show by Maybelline are at it again!  Another new range – this one appears to be texture polishes.  four shades in total as per all Ltd Ed Color Show releases in Europe.  One of them looks distinctly duochrome-ish, like a textured Downtown Brown….20140313-172657.jpg

From the left,  Nearly Black, Light Up, Red Excess & Rose Chic.  Here you can see what the US might be getting, this includes on that looks very much like Rimmel Space Dust Total Eclipse (a green/blue duochrome)20140313-172703.jpg

Then LOTS of Rita Ora for Rimmel all over the place… stand after stand after stand…


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After stand….so many shades I can’t be bothered to name them all.  Plus there is NOTHING on the Rimmel website which I think is a bit poor for a HUGE release like this.


Also new on shelves, Barry M Aquarium Nails.  Each ‘set’ is three polishes, two duochromes (a bit like Sally Hansen Lustre Shine polishes ) and one glitter.  Shades are a blue set or a red set.


As you can see, shiny!  From the left, (blue glitter) 1. Mermaid. 2. Treasure Chest. 3.Caspian. 4. Mediterranean. 5.Arabian. 6 Pacific.  Clever naming Barry M, clever naming!


Finally for todays Spotted!  The new Rio Rush Revlon Spring/Summer ’14 insert.  The wrong polishes are in it, but the first one is correct…20140313-172743.jpg

The only correct shade in the stand is Beautiful on the left.


So there we have it, LOTS of new things.  What catches your eye?  Let me know in the comments!

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Seventeen – Deconstructed Suede

If you have been into Boots recently, you may have noticed a HUGE amount of nail polish on sale for between £1 and £2 depending on the shade.  It seems to be mainly older 17 (now Seventeen) polishes, but there were a few things of interest.  Like this one.  This is part of a limited edition set that came out, along with some nail studs and a new mascara.  I also got some nail studs.

So this, for want of a better name, is Deconstructed Suede.

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As you can see above, its a textured finish polish, it dries to imitate a suede finish.  In fact, in person the effect is super pretty.  Formula was pretty fast drying, in fact, if you don’t have enough polish on your brush then best to leave it to dry and then come back!  I used two coats for the pictures above.

Its a metallic gray with a hint of pewter and in some lights brown in it.  It does dry darker than in the bottle, which is quite common with the suede shades I have from other ranges.  I do like it.  I’ve not put on a top coat but I did base with G&G HK Girl but you can still see a few of my nail ridges so if you have prominent ridges you might want to use something like a ridge filler before hand.

Anyway, well worth the bargain price!  Did you pick anything up from the Boots Nail Sale??  Let me know in the comment.

L’Oreal – I Like It Chunky

We are slowly coming to the end of all those lovelies I bought in the US, I’m not quite sure what to get onto swatch wise after that, but I am sure I will find lots of great things to share with you.  This is another of the textured L’Oreal polishes and it has the most ridiculous name!!

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This is one coat of I like it Chunky over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu! Just the one coat, its a great shade.  Orange but not neon.  Orange but not bland.  The added glitter really help make the shade pop on the nail just a little bit.  it is quite subtle.  I wore this for 5 straight days in NYC but here it started to chip after I spent all morning on my PC at work.  Thankfully, these are easy to patch up!

I think my preference is for textured polishes to have glitter in them, the cremes look a bit off to my eye.  That is probably why I love my P2 Sands and why I have my eye on the forthcoming Catrice shades (all of them, how could I pick a favourite??)

Anyway, let me know what textured polishes you love in the comments!

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L’Oreal – Hidden Gems

Still with the polishes I bought in the US, bear with me and next week I’ll try and mix it up a bit.  This one is from the Gold Dust Texture Collection by L’Oreal.  I do prefer the US bottles, they are larger and their bigger square base means that they don’t fall over.  You can see the whole collection here on Nouveau Cheap.

Anyway, lets hit up the pictures.

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As you can see, in the bottle there is a duochrome which isn’t so obvious on the nail.  It dries well and quickly, like most textured polishes.  Its a lovely deep green with silver accents and does look great on the nail.  I would imagine its very similar to Rimmel Space Dust, as it also has that black/green combination.

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments 🙂

Things I bought in the US

As promised, here are my purchases from my recent trip to the US.  We had a wonderful time, lots of things to see and do and I got to visit my first Harmon’s – very exciting! First up, some pics of the ranges I was hoping to see.  First up, Revlon Parfumerie.  I just love these. 20131214-121934.jpg Then, more Revlon.  With the new Matte effects and Sun Candy ranges. 20131214-121949.jpg Followed by new Wet N Wild megarocks! 20131214-121959.jpg And now my purchases…..I’m going to add links to other blogs, in particular Nouveau Cheap, so that you can see the full range.  These are all US polishes and for Europe/UK ladies, you either need a trip to the US, a swap buddy or a look on eBay to get your hands on these.

These are the Color Shows I picked up, from the top Beaming Blue, Crushed Crimson and Amethyst Couture from the larger US Brocades range, beneath them Styled Out from the Denim Range and Dotty from the US Polka Dots range. 20131214-103256.jpg Here we have my first new Covergirl polish in 315 Timless Rubies, Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer in Cinny Sweet (see the Fall 2013 range here), Wet N Wild megarocks in Slap the Bass and Milani Neon in Awesome Orange.20131214-103313.jpg No judging… I’m still not done…  L’Oreal in Hidden Gems and I Like it Chunky from the Gold Dust collection. 20131214-103306.jpg More Sally Hansen goodies now, from the top right Fa-La-La-Lavender (Holiday 2013), Satin Glam in Silk Onyx and Sun Sheen (rest of the range here), Insta-Dry in Chop Chop Copper (Fall 2013).  Beneath them Twinkle Toes-ty (Holiday 2013) and Xtreme Wear in Rosey Shooter, Sea-ly String, Frazzle Dazzle and Green Rocket from the Fall 2013 range (see more info here) 20131214-103233.jpg I’m very excited to try out these two from the new Sephora X collection.  This is Spark and Bombshell. 20131214-103248.jpg And then, finally…. more Revlon.  Parfumerie in Autumn Spice and Winter Mint, Revlon Elusive, Revlon Sun Candy in Lava Flame and some spider nail art stencils that I think are Halloween 2012 or 2013 (sale item). 20131214-103242.jpg So there you have it.  My addiction laid bare.  Anything catch your eye and what you would like to see first??  Hit me up in the comments!

New Things I Have Spotted #65 – House of Holland, Seventeen De:constructed, Miss Sporty, Bourjois, No7 and Christmas 213 Chanel

A whole host of new nail products have snuck their way onto shelves in the last week or so, lets just straight in.  First up, in Boots, I noticed that the House of Holland falsies are now out. There are several nail offers in Boots, so if you fancy these, it worth checking that out.20131118-085148.jpg

Also in Boots, a new range within a range on the Seventeen stands.  This is called De:Constructed and includes nails, nail studs and mascara.  Its all limited edition so if you fancy it, get it now.



Oh My Gems! on the Miss Sporty stand. Three new shades, purple, red and orange.  Price point is £1.99



Then, you will all recall my love of all things textured – Bourjois has jumped onto the textured trend.  A lovely, pure silver.  Love this stand where you can feel the textured.  Lovely.


Then, I noticed a whole load of new polish items in the No7 area.  Including this lovely looking flakie nail polish – which is part of their Christmas 2013 collection.





Finally, limited edition Christmas 2013 Chanel – *sigh* love this, Rouge Rubis is on the left hand side.


Let me know what catches your eye?  I have mine on that limited edition Chanel polish…..