Speedy Swatches – Maybelline Color Show Crystallize Collection

OK, here we go.  I didn’t have much time and I have literally just swatched these onto sticks so you can see them.  After my first thought that one was a bit like Downtown Brown or even Total Eclipse, I can say that I was not right.

First up – Red Excess – dark red/brown with red accents.  Reminded me of Stay the Night from the OPI Liquid Sand Mariah Carey collection or a red (instead of plum) version Countess by Barry M

Rose Chic – a pink with different glitter sizes.  Not girly pink, kind of a purple leaning pink but not lilac or lavender.

Light Up – a pure silver texture polish

Nearly Black – this is black with accents of blue and pink, its like a textured Butter London The Black Knight.

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Let me know what you think in the comments!

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New Things I Have Spotted #75 – Nail polish in M&S

Recently, the beauty departments in your local Marks and Spencer have been undergoing a bit of a transformation. Everytime I go into one of our larger stores, something has changed.  They have been introducing all kinds of lines and branded M&S products – including all these nail polish items I Spotted!  this weekend.

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Limited Collection double ended nail polishes – one base and one glitter top coat. Designed by Holly Sharpe, currently on 3 for 2 online here. £7.50 each however…..20140224-173532.jpgA range of eight textured polishes – all seen here on the M&S website, £4 each.

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Followed by a range of eight glitter or metallic shades, again £4 each, see the website for more.20140224-173545.jpgCertainlny worth checking out the website or your local store if you get a chance – lots of these limited edition shades don’t hang about for long!

Anything catch your eye?  Let me know in the comments

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Seventeen Rock Hard Couture – Celestial Pearl

More textured polishes for you today!  You may remember seeing these in a recent Spotted! post – but I finally took the plunge and picked up one of the Seventeen Rock Hard Couture range.

Let’s go straight to the pictures

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This is the delightful Celestial Pearl, a just off white pearlised colour.  What you see above is two coats over a base coat of Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu!  The formula is a little bit gloopy but careful application soon sorts that out.  Two coats is perfect coverage.  I don’t think the formula is a good as the Zoya Pixie Dusts, or my beloved P2 Sand Styles, but its certainly average.  The brush is pretty average, its not tapered and is quite easy to use.  Its only ever so slightly rougher than other textured polishes I have.

What I think is great, in particular about this, is the price point.  It retails about £3.99, you can pick them up from most Boots stores or online.  Plus there are often offers, such as buy one get one half price.

Have you picked up any of this range?  What did you think?

Zoya Pixie Dust – Vespa

A quick post today with the second Pixie Dust polish to show you, yesterday we saw Nyx, the sparkly periwinkle of the collection.

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Vespa is a very pale green, colour does get more intense as you add the layers.  What you see above is two coats of polish with no top coat.  Zoya’s descrption of the colour?  ‘Mint Green with a Sugared Kiss’.  It is super pretty and does look like sugared gum drops on your nails!

The Zoya page says not to use top or base coat but I used Seche Clear as a base coat regardless.  If you have time, it might be an idea to let each layer dry before applying another.  And then remember that you haven’t put a fast drying top coat on and messing about might cause it to punch up and need redoing.  The texture isn’t too rough, it is even which is a bonus, its akin to slightly rough sandpaper.  Its quick relaxing running your fingers over it!

Zoya is available through resellers such as Amazon and eBay, Zoya does not ship outside the US or Canada.  US retail point is around $9, outside the US prices will vary.

What other polish trends are you itching to try?