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.


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).


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


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



Gorgeous! Grab it while it’s still available…


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!


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.


Then I added a second, to even it out.


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


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.




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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!




Tomorrow – the anonymous pink!


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).


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.




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


Right, there you go, straight from 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.


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*


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.







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!


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.




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


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…


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.


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…


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!


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.




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


Nua Eabhrac

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