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The ALU Archives – Pop Beauty Ocean and Mandarin

By on August 13, 2009
in Blue, Orange, Pop Beauty, The ALU Archives

The ALU Archives focuses on older, beloved shades from the All Lacquered Up stash.

First of all, thank you to everyone who messaged, commented, tweeted me about my overly obvious absence. You’re so sweet to worry about me. I’ve been out the past three days due to a pinched nerve. It’s a recurring issue I’ve been dealing with for the past twelve years or so and when it flares up I just have to rest the pain away. I’m not 100% but I’m well enough to sit up for short periods of time. So while I’m feeling up to it, I thought I’d share a couple polishes from the Archives.

A while back I told you that is now carrying Pop Beauty Nail Glams and I ordered a few but never posted them. Check out Ocean and Mandarin after the jump!

Pop Beauty Nail Glams are 3 Free (including Formaldehyde Resin) though it seems that at some point the formula and packaging changed a bit as one bottle lists Camphor as an ingredient and the other doesn’t. So if Camphor is an issue for you, make sure you check the bottle. The formula on these were spot on; well pigmented, smooth and fairly thin in spite of its 3 Free status. Normally I show polishes with no top coat but because Mandarin is a neon, which dries matte, I threw on a glossy top coat.

Ocean is a vibrant ultramarine hue. The metallic shimmer does leave minor brush strokes but they’re not overly distracting. I ended up applying three thin coats but you could get away with two medium coats.

Mandarin is like a greased pig, VERY hard to capture. Imagine a radioactive slightly underripe orange and you get close to what this neon orange-yellow creme looks like in person. There are a lot of neons on the market and I HATE most of them for two very good reasons. 1. They are eye searingly painful to look at. 2. They apply terribly; thick, streaky nonsense. Mandarin is in its own class. If you’ve yet to find the perfect neon, try this!

Pop Beauty Nail Glams retail for $14 on

Which of you have Nail Glams in your stash? What are your favorite colors? Do your bottles list Camphor as an ingredient and when did you buy it? Did I inspire any of you to snag some bottles for yourself? Share!

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  1. Csarah718 says:

    I love Nail Glams, i have 5 but want more. They came out with new colors including a glitter!! I notice that you have the old bottle print. For some reason they changed it and i like the old bottle better. Thanks for posting. Hope you feel better!!

  2. Concertina says:

    $14 is way more than I have ever spent on a nail polish in my life…I don't think I can resist that orange though! It's so gorgeous!!!

  3. OooLala says:

    love the yellow! thanks for posting thru the pain, there was a serious chasm in my blogs b/c of your absence! but be sure to rest rest rest!! thanks again!

  4. Shojo Flash says:

    I know it really hasn't got anything to do with this post specifically, but I was wondering if you'd be doing swatches of any of the new fall OPI colours, such as Espana, Halloween, or Holidays.

  5. Danica says:

    These colors are so gorgeous! I love them both!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I only have Violetta, I love it! I was eying Mandarin too, but only needed one to get my order to the free ship category ( I can't resist nail polish, but I'm preaching to the choir ). The application and take off is nice and easy

  7. Selina says:

    Greased pigs and a radioactive slightly underripe orange – you have a way with words my dear!

    I've never seen Nail Glams available in New Zealand, and I can't justify the cost of ordering them from overseas. Shame though because they have some seriously gorgeous colours.