There are nine in the collection. I have six of them and have already shown you Reign of Studs and Diamond in the Rough as well as Too Dimensional?, all three of which are basically purple shades. As you can see from the above picture, Sexy in Sequins is also a purple based but when I first picked it up, I thought it was black, the purple is so dark. What a nice surprise when I put it on a nail wheel.
But first, let's take a look at Hidden Gems. Despite the fact that the base color is teal, this is my favorite because the teal duo-chromes to, guess what? Purple! Now that was a surprise to me but it is pretty hard to capture on camera. I did try though. Thus all the photos of this one. The teal base is chock full of purple and teal glitter along with larger round, silver glitter. Lots of sparkle to this one.
flash brought out the teal
no flash captured the purple - well, blurple is what this looks like, isn't it?
you can kind of see the purple here.
close, very close
even looks different sideways
Next is I Like It Chunky. Funny name for a very pretty polish. Kind of a sparkly pumpkin pie color that will be a good fall mani. This one is full of gold and red glitter. All of these were with camera flash because without it, the color looked really dull.
camera freaked out with all the sparkle.
And last but certainly not least, Sexy In Sequins. Inside the dark purple base is a lot of purple, red and gold glitters. Lots of flash going on here.
Ok, so maybe this one is tied with Hidden Gems as my favorite of the three. Just can't pass up a good purple sparkler. And wouldn't you know it, the sun decided to make an appearance much later, long after I'd already taken the photos and removed the polishes. Just really bad timing, that.
Doing the swatches was also my first opportunity to use a new brush for clean up. I had been using a flat, nail art brush that I had cut to an angle but had been having problems keeping the brush from accidentally wiping off polish that I really wanted to remain on the nail. Then I read on Polished Cousins about the Elf concealer brush and how it was a good one for doing clean up.
Unless you have a really steady hand, it's inevitable that some polish will end up on your skin and cuticles. There are many ways to clean up those kinds of mistakes: cotton swabs - they even make pointy ones just for this purpose; cotton wrapped around an orangewood stick - this is an old but still somewhat effective method. Then there's the pens you can buy to do the job. I had one of those in the beginning and found that they don't work quite as well as I'd like. Some people are good at using a orangewood stick to clean up as they go. I've never been one of those.
In looking for the best, most efficient way of cleaning up polish mistakes, I came across the method that I use today - a dish of acetone and a small brush. There are plenty of tutorials out there on on how to do this. The one I watched and learned from is by Colette of My Simple Little Pleasures. You can find her tutorial here. And while you're there, check out her water marbles. I've learned a lot from her tutorials and she was the first blogger I ever followed.
So, my clean up kit looks like this:
a dapping dish and brush
The tiny dapping dish came from Sally's and you can find the brushes at Target for $1 - yeah, I was surprised, too. Picked up five of them because acetone does tend to do damage to the brush over time. This brush does a real good job of getting right into that crease between the nail and the skin and removing what shouldn't be there while leaving the polish on the nail alone. This is also a good way to create that nice 'smile line' at the cuticle.
Just fill the dish with acetone, dip in the brush - I give it a light tap on a paper towel after dipping - then wipe away any errant polish and you'll have a professional looking manicure when you're done. Takes some practice but it's so worth the effort.
Long post but hopefully informative. I've got a lot more swatches to come - the next from the new Sally Hansen Satin Glam line. It's one of the reasons I decided to put all three of these polishes into a single post.
At some point in the hopefully near future, I'll also have my six choices from the current soon to expire Zoya 3 Free promo - if you haven't taken advantage of that, now's the time. Tomorrow is the last day for it. If you do like I did and buy six, they'll wave the $12 shipping. A really good deal for Zoya's. Most of the Zoya's I own are from promo's like this.
So until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned.