March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty Six: One Blue Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Ah, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Possibly my favourite movie-set-in-a-psych ward of all time, with Girl Interrupted nipping at its coat-tails in second place. Anyway, the reason I’m thinking of this film is because today’s polish is a sort of eggshell blue, hence birds eggs, hence cuckoos, hence favourite-movies-set-in-psych-wards-of-all-time comparisons. So yeah, eh, nail polish!

This is Revlon Nail Enamel in 044 Blue Lagoon. I love Revlon nail polish; it’s a little pricier than your typical pharmacy lacquer, almost on a par with salon brands like Essie and OPI – but, the quality is great, and their formulae and brushes are usually excellent, making for easy application and a salon-finish manicure.

This colour was part of last year’s summer range, now on special offer in Cara Pharmacy (also 20% off all cosmetics this weekend, woohoo). I think it’s a gorgeous Easter colour.

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I have no complaints about this polish, at all. It took three coats to reach opacity and really bring out the microshimmer (extremely subtle silver, blue and purple).

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Can you see the shimmer in the bottle? Kind of.

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It’s a beautiful pastel blue that I’ll definitely be including in a Skittle manicure or two.

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Gorgeous! Grab it while it’s still available…

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty Five: PinkedIn

Here comes another untitled polish from Leticia Well, a Spanish brand my friend bought me on her holliers!

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I did one coat and took a picture, so you can get an idea of the formula. It’s semi-jelly, semi-creme, all pretty.

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Then I added a second, to even it out.

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And, finally, a third! It was necessary, because there were little bare patches and streaks even after 2.

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The brush with this was slightly ridiculous – there were bristles standing out at all angles that I had to rip out before even attempting to use it. Apart from that, application was fine and it dried very quickly.

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I absolutely love this colour, baby pink seems to suit my skin tone well and it’s a staple colour in my nail polish box of treasure. Another spring-appropriate, Easter-y colour!

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty Four: OPI Super Bass Shatter

Ta-dah! Another new OPI polish, also from the Nicki Minaj collection – the very pretty Super Bass Shatter.

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SBS is a shatter polish in a pink-toned purple with microshimmer throughout. I used one medium-thick coat per nail. As with any shatter polish, the thinner the coat, the finer the shatter will be.

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It looks beautiful in the bottle, but on the nail it loses some of its lustre. The polish becomes semi-matte and the microshimmer is dulled practically to the point of non-existence. Could a top-coat bring out the shine again? Perhaps, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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A lot of blog swatches of SBS have been done over fellow Nicki Minaj polish Pink Friday, a baby pink creme. I did mine over the nearest colour I could get, which was another unnamed polish by Leticia Well, pictured below.

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All in all, SBS is an unusual polish and a nice take on the shatter craze. Its colour limits what it can be painted over, however. It might look good over opaque white, or taupe maybe… Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be getting a lot of mileage out of this one. Oh well! More pics!

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Tomorrow – the anonymous pink!

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty Three: Paisean Faisean

Hello April! So, um, I didn’t quite hit my target of 31 manicures in 31 days. I do, however, have several undocumented manicures to show you, so I might as well press on, eh?

This is a brand new shade from Essence in their Colour & Go range, 87 Passion for Fashion (the post title contains the Irish translation, and a reference to the erstwhile tacky but eminently watchable TG4 dating show of the same name).

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Passion for Fashion is a gorgeous, royal purple. In the photos it looks like more of a blue, or a blurple (heehee, “blurple”) but it’s actually pure purple in real life.

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Sigh. Silly, colour-inaccurate phone. Let me grab a photo online to show you what it should look like.

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Right, there you go, straight from essence.eu. Also found that even the lovely Nihrida had trouble photographing this little bugger (see here) which makes me feel a bit better.

And then I took a bottle photo among a nest of Easter chicks just for the hell of it.

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The formula is creme, so coverage is even in two coats. Dried easily and lasted well. Another solid offering from Colour & Go!

Tomorrow, another new OPI… *quivers with excitement*

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty Two: Penny Apples

Today I’m wearing a beautiful, but sadly untitled, polish from Leticia Well, a Spanish cosmetic brand. A friend got it for me while on holiday last year, and it’s a perfect colour for the first proper week of Spring, I think.

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It’s a gorgeous, pale, granny-smith-green. The formula is creamy but easy to apply, and was opaque in two coats (although a third wouldn’t have gone astray). It has a slightly dull finish, so perhaps a slick of top coat to finish it off. I adore the colour – perfect for Spring and Easter. I love this time of year!

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty One: Forget-Me-Not

Forget-me-nots – pretty purple flowers with a bittersweet name. This polish is named after the flower, but that’s really where the resemblance ends. Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 380 Forget-Me-Not is a deep purple, packed with purple and silver micro shimmer.

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Finally, a flash photo to give you an idea of the feedback this polish creates with the right light.

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Application was smooth, and it was opaque in 2 coats. Absolutely no complaints here – Catrice’s Ultimate Nail Lacquer range is consistently high quality.

PS – yay, it’s Spring! Hello bright evenings…

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty: French Matticure

Today, a shade from a colour family that is supposedly all the rage for spring/summer 2012 – neutral.

*retches*

Sorry, I’m not the biggest fan of neutral nail colours, or the whole mannequin-hand effect. This polish caught my eye because it was half-price (shameless, I know) and because it has a matte finish. So here we have Essence French Matt 4 Pretty Matt…

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Okay, it’s kind of cute. I concede defeat. It’s supposed to be the base for a full French manicure, white tips and all, but eff that shiz. I did three coats. Took a century to dry, and ruined three of my nails in the process. Oops!

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It has a sort of royal icing type effect that I quite liked. I think I would wear this again. I think. I do like the colour, a very pale peachy-white.

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So yah, slightly on the fence, but I wouldn’t kick it out of the bed for eating crisps.

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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