Nail Files - Some More Pales & The Earth Day Exchange
First of all, I've been meaning to try out the new Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish (on sale this week at Target for $6.49, btw). Per their website, it has all the steps of a professional manicure in the bottle. Translation for us laymen - you don't need base or top coat. I tried Pink Slip, a very pretty and clean looking pale pink. I've heard raves from some about this polish but I just didn't get it. I used 3 thin coats, and there were still streaks. I would take it off tonight, but I'm just too tired to re-do the nails.
Then again, the streakiness happens a lot with Essie's pale cremes, too, like Ballet Slippers. (Hmmmm, pink slip and ballet slippers....are we supposed to divine a resemblance????)
Bottom line...like the color, but oh, how I wish I could return it...I don't think I'll even use this on my toes because it's so streaky! Maybe the mid-tone or dark colors work better. Would love to hear from those of you who have tried it.
Next up...Chanel Vernis in Trapeze. From the Holiday 2009 Collection, it's described as a "silver beige". Now the story on this is that I've shied away from Chanel polish lately. I just so strongly prefer the OPI formula and brush, and the Chanel polishes don't always stand up to the use that OPI does. Availability in store is limited since it is, after all, a limited edition shade. As of now, Nordstrom still has it online.
I saw the Trapeze polish at Bloomingdales at White Flint back in February when snaphappy and I were on a "get the kids out of the house before we lose our minds because of the blizzard" outing. And I've been pondering it ever since. So a few weeks ago, when snaphappy and I were again bopping through White Flint (sans bebes this time), I hit the Chanel counter at Bloomies, and sure enough, there were still 3 or 4 bottles sitting there. It was a sign, and it came home with me.
And I love it. Although, I admit to being a bit perplexed about its inclusion in a holiday collection, especially if that collection was inspired by the plumage of exotic birds (not making this up here). But I will say it would stand out in a sea of vampy manis & pedis over the holiday season...including mine, hehe.
I think it's a great spring color - reminds me of a pale metallic khaki. Much better than the Sephora OPI Under My Trenchcoat, which was ghastly on me when I tried it last fall. I also think it would be a perfect summer color...on toes buried in the sand.... Ok, pretty much, it could work year round. This one is a definite keeper.
So I cleaned out my polish bins yesterday. And separated out E's polish. Ah I love cleaning out. It's a good think to do when you can't sleep at 3 am. And I think I may even send the old polishes into Zoya. I read about this on my usual sources for important nail news, All Lacquered Up. The 2010 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange, in honor of Earth Day. From now until June 30, you can send them a minimum of 6 bottles (no max) and for $3.50 each to cover shipping & processing, they will send you however many colors your request (I think that you are maxed out to the number of polishes you are sending in). So good for the environment, as you aren't supposed to throw old polish in the trash, and you are trying out Zoya polish for half price. How cool is that? btw, USPS will not ship nail polish, but UPS & FedEx will.
I have not tried Zoya polish before, but I am going to send in a bunch of my old polish and try out a few of their colors. Will post as I do, of course. The one bit of important Zoya wisdom that I picked up (from All Lacquered Up, natch) is that you can't use fast-dry top coats with this polish because it affects the wear. Good to know.
Anything new in the polish world for you all? Me, I'm waiting for the OPI Shrek Forever collection release.
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