Rimmel – Velvet Matte & Glitter Bomb Swatches + Giveaway

I have a big swatch post to share with you today featuring two new Rimmel London collections, and a giveaway at the end! I have the new Velvet Matte collection which features five gorgeous matte shades and the Glitter Bomb collection which has five sparkly glitter toppers. Let’s take a look!

Rimmel London – Matte-itude: First up is the Velvet Matte collection. This is a true matte black. Great for nail art or just on its own if you like the matte look. This was two coats.

Rimmel London – Velvet Touch: Next up is a grey matte. It’s fairly dark but still really beautiful. I liked this one a lot! This was two coats.

Rimmel London – Midnight Kiss: Next is Midnight Kiss which is a deep royal blue matte. This one looks amazing with top coat too! I used two coats.

Rimmel London – Purple Opulence: There’s also a deep purple matte in this collection. I think this might be my favourite out of the set! Very pretty. I used two coats.

Rimmel London – Sumptuous Red: Finally the last shade in this collection is unlike the name suggests a deep raspberry. I’d say this is the most unique shade out of the collection. This was two coats.

I really loved the Velvet Matte collection. They dry to a true matte finish and cover nicely. I do have to add that I use China Glaze Ridge Filler base coat for every single swatch. Mattes tend to highlight the imperfections of your nail plate so for a flawless finish, use a ridge filler base coat. They come with a wide rounded brush which I’m not a huge fan of but I know many people do like them! Now on to the Glitter Bomb collection!

Rimmel London – Midnight Mistletoe

Rimmel London – Midnight Mistletoe: First up is this red/green glitter topper. Well this one just screams Christmas doesn’t it? There’s a few sizes of hex glitters as well as some holographic hex glitter for added sparkle. I layered one coat over Rimmel Matte-itude and added top coat.

Rimmel London – Disco Fever

Rimmel London – Disco Fever: Secondly is Disco Fever which is a square holographic glitter topper. This one is quite versatile as it will look great over different base colours. They are well suspended and easy to apply. I used one coat over Rimmel Velvet Touch and added top coat.

Rimmel London – Bling Thing

Rimmel London – Bling Thing: Next is Bling Thing which is a gold hex glitter topper. There’s also some sparse holographic stars in it! Very cute! I layered one coat over Rimmel Midnight Kiss and added top coat. (mine seems to be missing a label on the front haha!)

Rimmel London – Bedazzle 

Rimmel London – Bedazzle: Next we have Bedazzle which features pink, periwinkle and turquoise glitter. It’s a cheeky dupe for OPI Polka.com. This one is a little sparser than the OPI counterpart but apart from that it’s a perfect match. I layered one coat over Rimmel Purple Opulence and added top coat.

Rimmel London – Disco Diva

Rimmel London – Disco Diva: Finally we have Disco Diva which has light pink hex glitter as well as fine holographic glitter. It’s super sparkly! The holo effect of the fine glitter is so amazing. Really loved this one! I layered one coat over Rimmel Sumptuous Red and added top coat.

These glitters are definitely fun and they work perfectly with the Velvet Matte polishes as a base. They were easy to apply, had a nice distribution of glitter and most of them feature holographic glitter which adds a lot of sparkle. Perfect for the Holiday season!


7th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 78 Comments

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You Swatches

When I first saw swatches of China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You I knew I had to have it! I recently saw my chance and added it into my cart when I was buying the Kaleidoscope polishes from Hypnotic Polish. It seems like my friend Deborah from Love Varnish had the same idea! She’s sharing swatches of this beauty on her blog today as well as I asked her to team up with me and link our posts. She’s one of my favourite swatchers, her photos are just impeccable. Make sure to check out her swatch!

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You

It’s near impossible to describe this shade! It’s a real chameleon. In the bottle it looks more purple-blue based but on the nail you get a dark taupe with rich colour shifting shimmer. The shimmer is pretty much exactly like Clarins 230 or Max Factor Fantasy Fire. It shifts from a red to gold and bright green. It’s a jelly formula but it covered nicely. You could get away with two thicker coats but I prefer to use thinner coats so I used three.

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You

China Glaze – Choo-Choo Choose You

In the second close-up you can see it shifts to a bright green. It’s very beautiful though overall it’s quite a muted shade. It didn’t blow me away as much as I was hoping but I don’t regret buying it. I had to get it for the name alone (a Simpsons reference)! Did you pick up this shade? Let me know in the comments what you think! And be sure to check out Deborah from Love Varnish’ swatches of this polish.

6th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 23 Comments

Zoya – Ignite Swatches

I have two Zoya swatches to share with you today! Zoya is a brand that I absolutely love but sadly don’t own many polishes of. It’s not that easy to get ahold of here in Europe, especially not at their amazing sale prices. However Pretty Polish, who is based in The Netherlands, offers Zoya on her website. She has the latest Fall collections Entice & Ignite in stock. I have my two favourite shades from the Ignite collection to share with you! Let’s take a look.

Zoya – Remy

Zoya – Remy

Zoya – Remy: First up is Zoya Remy which is a beautiful bright but dark blue jelly with colour shifting shimmer and gold flecks. It’s really gorgeous and truly spectacular. It looks a bit more dramatic in the bottle because the shimmer and flakes get sandwiched in a jelly layer on the nail. However it didn’t disappoint me. Formula was flawless and covered in two coats. I also added top coat.

Zoya – Yuna

Zoya – Yuna

Zoya – Yuna: The Second shade I picked is Yuna which really surprised me. I just love this one! It’s a dark grey with gold irregular flakes and shimmer. Zoya really ticks all the boxes for me. Unique colours, beautiful bottles, great brush and flawless formula. You just can’t go wrong! This was two easy coats and top coat.

You can purchase Zoya from the official website if you live in the US. If you live in Europe like me you can get them from PrettyPolish.nl.  Zoya polishes are €12,50 – €13 a piece. Petra also stocks other brands such as piCture pOlish, China Glaze, A England and many more. I’ve linked the Dutch site (not the .com) since there are certain restrictions in place that allow Zoya only to be sold from the .nl site. You can use Google Translate so you can navigate in English or your preferred language! 

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4th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 41 Comments

Kaleidoscope – Dreams About Spring Swatches

I’m sharing some recent purchases today! I was sent one of the Kaleidoscope Dreams About Spring collection polishes recently by Maria from Hypnotic Polish. You may have seen my swatch! I fell in love with it so much that I had to buy more. Since they are so affordable it was a no-brainer! Let’s take a look.

Kaleidoscope – Blooming Time

Kaleidoscope – Blooming Time

Kaleidoscope – Blooming Time: If you recall my first swatch from the Dreams About Spring collection, these all contain blue microglitter. El Corazon describes it as shimmer but it’s honestly neither shimmer nor glitter. Super unique! This is a blue-based pink with blue microglitter. The formula is smooth and buttery and levels itself out. I used two coats.

Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope Of Love

Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope Of Love

Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope Of Love: Next is this nude/taupe shade with blue microglitter. I think this one is the most unique shade out of the collection. It’s gorgeous! What I love about these is that the formula is almost like a ridge filler and completely smoothes out your nails. I wish all polishes did that! This was two easy coats and no top coat.

Kaleidoscope – Dreams… Bouquet of Violets

Kaleidoscope – Dreams… Bouquet of Violets

Kaleidoscope – Dreams… Bouquet of Violets: Next is the one which I had on my wishlist the longest, a beautiful bright pastel lavender with blue microglitter. It’s one of those neither blue nor purple shades that I love so much. It didn’t disappoint! This one seemed to have slightly less dense blue microglitter. I used two coats.

Kaleidoscope – First Snowdrop

Kaleidoscope – First Snowdrop

Kaleidoscope – First Snowdrop: And finally the pale blue one that I swatched recently. I added it into this post again for comparison but I have a full post dedicated to it if you want to check it out. I used two coats for this swatch.

You can purchase the entire Kaleidoscope Dreams About Spring collection from Hypnotic Polish in the Netherlands. She has worldwide shipping and stocks some amazing indie brands! Make sure to take a look!

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31st October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 32 Comments

China Glaze – The Giver Collection Swatches

I’m super excited to share my swatches of the China Glaze The Giver collection today. It’s one of my favourite China Glaze collections to date, it features mainly creme polishes and muted colours which are right up my alley. I was sent these by the lovely Petra of Pretty Polish who is one of the stockists here in Europe. She has all the latest China Glaze collections, as well as brands such as piCture pOlish, Cirque Colors, Zoya and more. Let’s take a look!

China Glaze – The Outer Edge

China Glaze – The Outer Edge: The Giver collection contains two glitters so I’ll start and end wiht a glitter! First up is The Outer Edge which is a fine white glitter in a clear base. It contains tiny hex white glitter as well as even tinier holographic glitter, similar to Fairy Dust. This is a snow globe in a bottle! Formula was good. I layered one coat over Intelligence, Integrity & Courage, and added top coat.

China Glaze – Friends Forever, Right?: Next up is this pale pink. It’s white with a tiny hint of pink, very feminine and sweet. It’s less stark than pure white so I found it to be very flattering. I also love this as a base for nail art! The coverage was okay, there was still some VNL after three coats but it didn’t bother me too much.

China Glaze – Five Rules: Next is Five Rules which is a fairly strange colour. It’s beige-y but has a hint of grey to it as well. I think it’s gorgeous! Reminded me of OPI My Vampire Is Buff but darker. I used three thin coats.

China Glaze – Intelligence, Integrity & Courage: Next is a pretty grey which a slightly blue undertone. I think the blue undertone makes it a little easier to wear. I used three coats.

China Glaze – New Birth: This shade is an almost-white like Friends Forever, Right?, only this one is blue toned. I fell in love with this when I saw swatches of it but I found the formula quite problematic. It’s a jelly so it’s tricky to apply and three coats didn’t give me the perfect coverage I was hoping for. Maybe my application is at fault because it seems to look great on other people’s swatches. I wanted to love this one, I really did… I used three coats.

China Glaze – Capacity To See Beyond: Next we have this gorgeous bright turquoise. I feel like it’s a bit of an oddball in a collection of mainly muted shades, this one is anything but muted. It is truly stunning though! I used three thin coats.

China Glaze – History Of The World: This is a true blurple – blue and purple mix. I love this one a lot! The formula was absolutely flawless. I used two coats.

China Glaze – Release: Next is this pretty taupe shade. It’s very unique and I found it quite flattering. This sounds strange but the word that came to mind when I was swatching this was comforting. Possibly because I have a fleece blanket in this colour, haha! I used two coats.

China Glaze – Givers Theme: Do I even need words to describe this? Oh man. I’m in love! This is a beautiful orchid with brilliant coverage. I used two coats.

China Glaze – Seeing Red: This collection includes a red, and usually I cast the reds aside without looking at them again but this one is very very interesting. It has a raspberry jelly base (you can see this around the rim of the bottle) but the red itself is almost like a muted orange. Unlike any reds I own! The formula was great, I used easy two coats.

China Glaze – Community: Next we have Community which is a chocolate brown. It has a muted quality which makes it a little more interesting. I don’t tend to wear browns in their own though, something about them I find hard to get used to. I do think this would look killer for a brown leopard print! Two easy coats.

China Glaze – Boundary Of Memory

China Glaze – Boundary Of Memory: And finally, the second glitter in this collection. It’s a microglitter with silver, black and brown colours. It’s super sparkly! I liked this but mine was a little on the thick side. I used two coats and added top coat since it dries matte.

Here’s an overview of the entire China Glaze The Giver collection. The formulas on most of these was really great, and I truly loved every single one of the colours. My favourites are Givers Theme, Five Rules and Capacity To See Beyond. What are yours? Let me know in the comments!

You can purchase the China Glaze The Giver collection from Pretty Polish. Petra’s shop is based in The Netherlands and she has all the new collections in stock including All Aboard and Twinkle (coming very soon). She offers worldwide shipping!

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29th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 44 Comments

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