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The ALU Archives – OPI Designer Series Glamour

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

It’s the last day of April and therefore it’s time for the last Rainy Day Blue. Since it’s been a mix of sunlight and rain the past few days, I thought it was apropos to get the best of both worlds by wearing a holographic polish. I chose OPI Designer Series Glamour so my “April showers” colored tips can sparkle in the sun.


For the life of me, I can’t figure out why OPI discontinued this shade. If someone can solve that riddle, could you let me know? Glamour was part of the 3rd Designer Series release in January ’07. It was the blue holo I’d been waiting for. A gorgeous cornflower hue with a hint of amethyst, Glamour still reigns supreme over all the Designer Series shades I own.

And the formula… WOW to the formula. OPI’s exclusive diamond dust formula is highly pigmented and glides on like buttah. It’s a damn shame the new perm DS polishes aren’t filled with holo goodness like this baby.
With a little hunting you can still find Glamour online. The Designer Series polishes retail for $12.50 but you can find them for less on the web.

Color Club Glitter Vixen for Fall 2008

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Now you kids know I loves me some outrageous and sparkly nail colors but these are a bit much. Don’t get me wrong, they’re totally fun and for a special occasion I’ll be rocking the green (that’s a no brainer), blue and holo but the formula is what’s putting me off.

We all know that glitter polishes are a pain. They dry bumpy and are a b*tch to remove but these ones take the cake for me. Usually in a glitter polish, the base is pigmented so it doesn’t have to be as glitter packed but these are allllllll glittah! It took two coats of Seche Vite to get the surface smooth and removing the green was such a PITA (even using felt instead of cotton rounds) that I used a nail wheel for the rest of the swatches. The scratching was just too hard on my nails, sorry girls. So I’m showing the collection in both sunlight and artificial light on fake tips. All swatches use three coats of polish (two on my nails) and no top coat. Enjoy!

Sex Symbol

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Magic Attraction

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Sultry

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Art of Seduction

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Sexy Siren

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Object of Envy

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Tru Passion

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The Color Club Glitter Vixen collection retails for $1.99 each and is on sale now at 8ty8Beauty.com and coming soon to Head2ToeBeauty.com.

So what do you think gals? Too blingy or is there no such thing? What has you drooling?

China Glaze Spring 2008 – OMG! 2BHOT

And now for you warm toned gals, the China Glaze OMG! 2BHOT Collection. I keep trying to convince myself that I’m neutral because I love warm and cool colors equally but I think it’s clear that the 2BKEWL colors work better on me. What do you all think?

Since the formulas are the same for both sets in this collection, you can check out the 2BKEWL for my review.

The 2BHOT set includes:

QT - berry toned pink that looks like a mix of OPI DS Divine & Exclusive

TMI - A corally red

TTYL - A nude peach

FYI - A taupe nude

GR8 - An intense yellow gold

L8RG8R - A yellow green

Comparison images are in the works. I just have to find my bottle of OPI Day At The Peach.

In the meantime, which set is your favorite? Will you cave on just one or both?

China Glaze OMG 2BKEWL Comparisons

I don’t own every holographic polish out there but I did sift through the ones I have to give you some 2BKEWL comparisons. I hope these are helpful in your purchase decisions.

Sally Hansen Magicals Blue, China Glaze DV8, China Glaze 2NITE, OPI DS Glamour

Sally Hansen Magicals Purple Potion, China Glaze LOL, OPI DS Glamour

China Glaze Tickle My Triangle, China Glaze BFF, OPI DS Elegance, OPI DS Divine

OPI Sanderella, China Glaze IDK, OPI DS Original

China Glaze Let’s Do It In 3-D, China Glaze OMG, OPI DS Shimmer

China Glaze Spring 2008 – OMG! 2BKEWL

It’s rare that a nail polish collection comes out with so much pre-sale buzz as this OMG! Collection from China Glaze. Now I don’t know if it was part of their marketing scheme but a few lucky MUA members were able to find these beauties prior to release and it certainly drummed up a lot of excitement.

Just as I’m not a sheer girl, I know not everyone is a holo lover. It’s a lot of sparkle and shimmer to pull off and not necessarily appropriate for all occasions. Not that it stops me from wearing them. I can’t help but be mesmerized by my rainbow nails when ever the light hits them. So when I laid my eyes on these colors, I swooned a bit.

The OMG! collection lacquers are all very pigmented and opaque with two coats. They dry to a smooth matte finish so you really need a top coat to make them glossy. Though considering how many people are looking for a matte top coat, you might like these on their own. The images below are without a top coat and to be honest, they are a good but not great color representation. The shades are a bit bolder in person but I think the finish prevented me from capturing that.

Normally I would do individual reviews but I feel the pics speak for themselves. The formula and application is consistent through all the colors; a bit on the thick side but still even. I did end up with a bit of cuticle dragging from OMG but that issue could have been due to rushing between coats.

DV8

LOL

BFF

IDK

2NITE

OMG


The OMG! collection has just started shipping out so look for them at your favorite China Glaze retailer. Stay tuned for 2BHOT Collection swatches tomorrow.

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