Obviously, I don't need any more nail polish. But I want more, which explains this rather huge haul... at last count, I have slightly over 200 bottles in my 4 drawers, and after I store these away, I really doubt I have space for any more. But it's a transdesign spree (which we ordered with Gwen), and in a spree, you don't just order 2 or 3 bottles, ok? Hehe.. but that just me, I guess. Also, I want to try out other brands, which explains for the CND colors you see in this entry. There is also a lone bottle of MAC, but that's another story for another time.
And I swear some of us here have way more nail polish and a greater variety of colors which I have seen at nail salons (usually they just have the safe colors like the OPI reds and nudes)! Yay! That prolly explains why I have not had a proper mani and pedi in ages... and I prolly should book appointments real soon.
And shock horror news: these 17 bottles of nail polish, are cheaper than the 4 bottles of Illamasqua ones which I got hold of a couple of weeks back.
And perhaps not so shocking, when Amy, Kas and I were playing around with these colors yesterday, we were able to just eyeball the colors and call out names of other colors which we already own as comparisons and dupes. I quickly threw together a bunch of similar colors, but I am not going to 'dupe' them in detail in this massive picture heavy entry. There are several more colors which I left out even as I am typing these words.
Halfway through the spree, the China Glaze vintage vixen collection was released and available on the site. I wasn't intending to get any, but after seeing the colors (and MORE SO the names) I caved and got a bunch. These are colors which my sister would go ga-ga over... so she would find these very useful for her indeed.
Let's start with the CND colours. In the midst of swatching these colors, I am really impressed by the brush, it is super smooth, and of a good size (which to me, is a rather big one, not skinny ones like the Sephora by OPI types). The colors are also super glosssssssy!
Desert Suede reminds me of OPI's Tickle my France-y which I also have.
And Electric Purple doesn't quite look so electric, huh?
Edit: Eclectic Purple!!!! Geesh,what's wrong with my eyes! This color reminds me of OPI's Funkey Donkey.
Scarlet Letter - Love the name! And a very nice flattering true red on me.
Tropic Coral reminds me of Chanel's Orange Fizz. The picture doesn't quite capture the salmony pink-orange shade. It is also a very flattering color for me. And I think this color stuck in my mind eversince I saw it in Pixiwoo (Sam)'s tutorial from sometime back.
Guava immediately reminds me of a few other colors, which I think you can guess too! Argh. But this is a lot prettier on my hands... and easier to apply too.
Cases in point:
Essie's Haute as Hello, and Van D'Go Not exactly dupes, but you don't need all if you have any one of these.
Next, we have the China Glaze colors. Something about black and gold will always have a place in my MU subconsciousness. I am always drawn to black liners with gold bits, eyeshadows, etc etc you name it. And when it comes to nail polish, I think Wagon Trail is the perfect example! I am pretty sure Scrangie raved about this color. This is from the fall 2008 collection (called Rodeo Diva collection).
And the rest of the China Glaze colors are from the fall 2010 Vintage Vixen collection. It is a very 1920s inspired collection, with rich frosty metallic shades, and I like how they name the colors. Very Jazz Age --- think F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby - love that novel!
And the inevitable comparison to OPI's Cuckoo for this Color. I must say, they are almost perfect dupes. But China Glaze wins hands down, because the texture and pigmentation is a lot better.
Ingrid. Taupe with gold shimmer. Sold!!
And finally, we have the Color Club colors. I got mainly the colors from the Andy Warhol collection (again, the names sucked me in). In my last transdesign haul, I got mainly the holographic colors, and here, they are mainly some pop candy cream shades. Lotsa dupes and similar shades which I already own. Also some of the shades apply very sheer! Something which I did not expect.
I have different colors on my nails here! The first and second are four leaf clover, and the other two I have on Edie.
Very very similar, but Edie is softer and brighter, and just a tiny bit lighter.
Neon Light Pink!
This color is showing a lot pinker on camera. In real life it is neon magenta. Loves!
And last but not least, Velvet Rope, and just like velvet, it has very subtle shimmer/ sheen.
That's all, for this epic entry.
It was cool meeting up the other girls yesterday too!!
If you have any requests for comparisons and dupes, do leave them in the comments below.