Review- e.l.f Essential 10-Piece Nail Polish Set

Hi all!

Today I have a limited edition e.l.f nail polish set I picked up at Target today! e.l.f also has a 14-piece nail cube for sale as well, but that wasn’t available at my Target location. This set came in two different versions: one had lots of darker, metallic colors, while the other had bright, bold cremes. I decided to get the creme set because my stash is very shimmer heavy. The collection I bought does include two fantastic glitters to satisfy my shimmer craving.  Its packaging is so cute; here’s a picture!

Packaging!

Packaging!

And did I mention it’s only $10?! So inexpensive! So without further ado, let’s get to reviewing the polishes!

Mango Madness is a bright, in-your-face coral color that leans more towards orange. It’s bright and applies like a dream; not too thick and not too thin! It’s very similar to Essie Tart Deco, which I’ve previously reviewed. Below is two coats of Mango Madness, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Flirty Fuchsia is a bright, bubble gum pink creme. Consistency is good, and is opaque in two coats. It’s not the most exciting pink in the world, but the formula is good. Pictures below are two coats of Flirty Fuchsia, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Electric Fuchsia is Flirty Fuchsia’s darker, more raspberry cousin. It’s a very similar color to Love and Beauty Red, but without the glass flecks, and a little more on the cooler side. It’s a very rich creme. While the pictures make it look somewhat like a crelly (creme-jelly), it’s definitely not. Pictures below are two coats of Electric Fuchsia, no topcoat.

Sunlight

Sunlight

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Smokin Hot is your basic, red creme. It leans more brick red (blue-based) than an orange based red. Almost opaque in one coat, but it really needs two to even it out. Pictures below are two coats of Smokin Hot, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Sunflower is a bright yellow. Stop the presses, folks, this might be the ideal yellow. It has a slight shimmer to it that’s only really noticeable in the sun, but it helps build opacity. Depending on how thickly you like your coats, 2-3 should get this bright yellow in your face. It reminds me of cheese, lol. Pictures below are 2 coats of Sunflower, no topcoat.

Natural indoor light

Natural indoor light

Sunlight

Sunlight

Mint Cream reminds me a lot of Wet n’ Wild Megalast I Need a Refresh-mint. Its e.l.f counterpart is a little more on the green side. It’s a nice, basic pastel seafoam green creme. Pictures below are 2 coats, no topcoat.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Skinny Jeans is a bright, basic blue creme. Surprisingly, I have nothing like this in my stash right now. When I buy blue polishes, I tend to gravitate to the shimmery and glitter blue colors. But this is going to be a great nail art staple. It’s very opaque- it’s almost a one-coater, but not quite. Pictures below are two coats of Skinny Jeans, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Lavender Mist is easily my favorite creme color out of this collection. It’s a rich, periwinkle blue, and I’ve never seen a color quite like this before. It definitely leans purple, but I think it’s more blue based, especially when it’s on the nails. This is probably the most sheer of all the colors in this set, but evens out in 2-3 coats without a major issue. Pictures below are 2 coats of Lavender Mist, no topcoat. Yes, they do look that different in the sun and indoors.

Indoor, natural lighting

Indoor, natural lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

We’re on to the glitters! Dream Maker is a combo of tiny silver hex glitters and larger, holographic silver hex glitters in a clear base. It’s a total disco ball polish, it’s great! I like to wear silvery colors like this over a cool-colored based, and Lavender Mist was perfect for it! It’s the silver version of Love and Beauty Gold. The glitter hardly needed any placement on the nail, just a little bit for the larger pieces if you’re picky (like me, lol). Pictures below are 1 coat of Dream Maker over Lavender Mist. Sorry for the yellow looking fingers in the indoor picture, I altered the colors in the picture to do the polishes more justice to their actual colors.

Sunlight

Sunlight

Indoor, natural lighting

Indoor, natural lighting

And, of course, you always have to save the best for last. And Fairy Dust does not disappoint! Fairy Dust is a semi-flaky polish. It has some flakes, as well as small, iridescent hex glitters to give it a more interesting look, all in a clear base. The glitters flash red and orange when the light hits them, similar to Essie’s Hidden Treasure. In no way are the two polishes dupes, but if you’re having a hard time finding the Essie, this e.l.f polish might satisfy your craving. I prefer flaky polishes like this over dark colors, but the beauty of the polish is it looks slightly different over every different color you try! I used 2 coats of Fairy Dust over Skinny Jeans in the photos below!

Sunlight

Sunlight

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Overall, I really like this set. Some of the colors aren’t really super unique, however, there are a lot of great staple polishes here for anyone just starting a collection. My favorites are Fairy Dust, Lavender Mist, and Electric Fuchsia.

So, what do you think of this stunning set? Will you be picking it up?

The polishes in this set are 0.203 fl. oz., meaning that they’re minis (but much large than OPI minis) and are 3 free. e.l.f also has the added bonus of being cruelty free- they never test on animals. The set retails for $10 and can be bought at Target stores, as well as the e.l.f website, here.

~Beth~

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Review- Wet n’ Wild Fastdry: 2 Nail Colors

Hi all!

A while ago while I was out shopping at RiteAid, I came across Wet n’ Wild’s line of “Fastdry” nail polishes. This brand is a line released by Wet n’ Wild, very similar to Sally Hansen’s Rapid Dry color line. I picked up two colors to try out. I got a shimmery, foil-like orange, and a frosty blue. Both polishes are packaged in a cylindrical bottle with flattened sides, and a black cap, and retail for $1.99 (a better bargain than the Sally Hansen polishes, which sell for about $4.99 a piece). So without further ado, let’s get started on the polishes!

9.0.2.1.Orange

9.0.2.1.Orange

“9.0.2.1.Orange” is an orange based foil polish with gold shimmer running through it. Application-wise, this polish is a gem. It’s very fluid and applies evenly, and self-levels so that there is virtually no patchiness. It is on the sheer side, so you’ll have to build it up if you want to hide the VNL. The pictures below are 3 coats of 9.0.2.1.Orange, with no topcoat.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

 

Saved by the Blue

Saved by the Blue

 

“Saved by the Blue” is a deep, vibrant cobalt blue. It’s a bit frosty, so brushstrokes are somewhat of an issue, but really aren’t too bad. I had some issue with the polish pulling away from my tips as it dries, so beware of that. Application-wise, it was thicker than 9.0.2.1.Orange, but not unmanageable. I’ve actually used this color in my Blue Gradient nails and my water marble with my mom. It’s an all around good blue to have. The pictures below have 2 coats of Saved by the Blue, no topcoat. I’m not really sure why the pictures turned out so yellow, but the polish color is fairly accurate. It’s just a smidge brighter in real life.

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect...

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect…

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect...

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect…

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with these colors. The blue was definitely a faster-dry polish than the orange. Saved by the Blue was dry to the touch in about 2-3 minutes, while it took 5-6 for 9.0.2.1.Orange.  The website claims that one coat of these polishes dries in 60 seconds, and that didn’t hold true. I’m pretty patient with my manicures, though, so it doesn’t bother me too much. For the price, I’ll definitely take it! Wet n’ Wild Fastdry polishes are sold at most drugstores, like Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid, and can be found on their website, here.

So what do you think of these polishes? Will you be picking them up? And do you think I should review more Wet n’ Wild polishes from this line in the future?

~Beth~

 

 

 

 

 

MOTD- Pink Ice by Rue 21 in Color 031

Hi everyone!

Happy birthday to the new royal baby! I’ve been more than a little obsessed with following the updates of the royal baby frenzy online recently, so it’s cool that it’s finally happened!

In other news, today I have for you a fun nail polish I picked up at the mall this weekend. This polish is a sub-brand of the store Rue 21, which is a Forever 21-esque store that sells clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories, make up, nail polish, all sorts of great things! The brand is called Pink Ice (not to be confused with Pure Ice, the Walmart nail polish brand), and has pretty awesome glitter and creme polishes. At my Rue 21 location, they just expanded the line, and this color I’m showing you today is part of it. I also have another amazing glitter mix from them that I’ll share at another time.

Color 031 (this brand doesn’t have names, unfortunately) is a minty green pastel base, with tiny black hex glitters in it. I think this is very reminiscent of mint chocolate chip ice cream, or a pastel kiwi fruit! I’m absolutely in love. The formula of this polish was on the thick side, but not unworkable, and the glitter was evenly distributed throughout the bottle. It took about 2-3 coats, depending on how thickly you paint them on, to become opaque. Without topcoat, the polish is a bit rough to the touch when dry because of the density of glitter, but 1-2 layers of a good topcoat smoothes it right out. 1 coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” did the trick for me! Below are pictures in indoor, artificial lighting, on my right hand (which may explain the awkward angles in some of the pictures, because I’m right handed and had to take pictures with my left!). 3 coats of 031.

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Packaging-wise, this polish is a total win. The bottle is uniquely square shaped, somewhat similar to old Rimmel packaging (I think I got that brand right…). My only gripe about this polish is that the brush on this particular bottle is terrible. It’s bristles are hard to control and just poorly shaped. I didn’t have that issue on the other Pink Ice polish I have, so maybe it’s an oddity.

I also saw a striking similarity in this polish to Deborah Lippman’s “Rockin’ Robin” (picture below). While I don’t own Rockin’ Robin to compare the two, they look fairly similar just in the bottles, with Rockin’ Robin potentially being slightly lighter in color than 031. If you’re looking for a cheaper dupe of Deborah Lippman, this would probably be the way to go!

Image Rockin’ Robin

So what do you think of this minty fun polish? Are you a fan of black glitter? Will this be getting added to your nail polish stash in the near future?

~Beth~