28 November 2013

OPI Green-wich Village Nail Polish Swatch & Review

Hello everyone ! Today I have my very first (and only, sadly) OPI polish for you !
My dad bought this for me a little more than a year ago, when we were on holiday. I walked into a Sephora and spent a looong time looking at nail polishes with my sister, and he wanted to get out of there, so he just said "Take one of those nail paints". Little did he know that we'd then have to think about what color to get, ha ! My sister got Sparrow Me The Drama, from the Pirates of the Carribean collection, and I got Green-wich Village, because I didn't have any green in my stash at the time.
Green-wich Village is a beautiful green (I know, shocker, considering the name) creme. It's not an in-your-face green, which means it's not too bright, but it's not a dark-almost-black green. It's perfect for Spring and Autumn.

It applied perfectly. The polish actually self-levels on the nails, so there's no part that's thicker than the other. What you see on the picture is four thin coats. I applied at night but didn't wait long enough for it to dry and set before going to bed, so I woke up with sheet marks (that you can see in the picture) and I had to put more polish on to hide them.Green-wich Village lasted about 4 to 5 days without chipping, and that was without top coat. Amazing wear time !
I am honestly in love with this polish, and I don't regret picking this one to be my first OPI (without seeing swatches first, can you believe it ?)
What's your first OPI polish ? And if you don't have one, which one would you like to get ?

20 November 2013

Kiko 356 (Melon) Nail Polish Swatch & Review

I remember back in 2009 when all I could think about was "Man, I wish I could find some orange polish". I ended up finding one in Sephora, a Bourjois 1 Seconde (in Pamplemousse), a sheer orange based glitter, but it wasn't enough. I finally find an orange creme in Claire's, and those are the only two orange polishes I owned until Melon came along. I was really excited about this one, but when I started applying it, I was a bit disappointed. It was very streaky, and it took 3 coats (the last one being a thick coat) to hide the streaks and bald spots from the first two coats. Ugh

Unlike the other Kiko lacquers, this one had big chips the next day, and as it peeled off my nails, I noticed that it had stained my nails. Now, I mentionned the fact that I don't wear a base coat, and that's because in all my years of polishing, I'd never felt the need to apply one. This was the first time my nails were stained. So Melon disappointed me. I am keeping it, but I will only try it again once I have a base coat (2 months later, my nails are still a bit stained). As for drying time, it took a little longer than other Kiko lacquers, probably because of the thick coat.

What about you, have you ever been disappointed by a nail polish you were really excited about ?

05 November 2013

Kiko 428 (Limited Edition Sun Pearl Nail Lacquer in River Green) Swatch & Review

Ah, green polish, my love. I actually don't own a lot of green polishes. I have OPI Green-wich Village, and maybe two or three other that aren't from "big brand names". But when I saw this one it was love at first sight. This polish is gorgeous, and this picture (that was taken in a hurry so please excuse it) doesn't do it justice, really.

Kiko released River Green with their Limited Edition Sun Pearl Nail Lacquers, as part of their Fierce Spirit collection. It's a shimmer polish, and it is beautiful. It's a dark green base, filled with gold (which you can't really see in the picture) and lighter green shimmer that reflect the light. The first coat was opaque, but I did apply a second one. Just like other Kiko lacquers, it lasted about 2/3 days without big chips and dried really fast.
Unfortunately, it seems it's no longer available online. If you can find it on eBay, or even if they still have one in store, get your hands on it ! I had a coupon and I can't remember how much I paid exactly for it, but it was 4,90€ online.