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Summer 2010

Essie Summer 2010 Preview

essie summer 2010 nail polish collection Ever since I first laid my eyes on a pic of Dominica Green on the MUA Nail Board many years ago, I’ve been dying for Essie to bring us another fabulous green and I know I’m not alone.  Well our wishes have been heard.  The Essie Summer 2010 Collection includes what looks to be a stunning vivid green.

Summer is special. Aside from the wonderful outdoor activities that we wait for all year, we also revel in the opportunity to now wear lighter, brighter and more playful clothing. Finally, we can shed the wool and mohair for cotton and linen. The keyword for summer is: fun! So shed those boring, drab clothes and at last, indulge in seriously sensational color! Don’t be shy — make it the time to play with bold, playful color combinations.

Check out full size bottle images and color descriptions after the jump!

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SpaRitual Kaleidoscope Collection Swatches, Review & Comparisons

By on April 28, 2010
in SpaRitual, Summer 2010 with 21 Comments
sparitual kaleidoscope collection nail polish bottles SpaRitual is unleashing a rainbow of color on us with their upcoming release, the Kaleidoscope Collection.  A set of twelve hot shades that include everything from bright white to neon pink and dark purple in a range of finishes.

As much as I’ve been digging the blue, green and yellow pastels that have come out recently I’m really happy to see a collection that is pastel-free.  This entire collection is filled with bold hues which seems a bit unusual for SpaRitual. They tend to mix more conservative, serene colors with their unique creations but this collection is anything but safe.

I have six of the twelve shades to show you so check them out after the jump!

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OPI Shrek Forever After Collection Swatches, Review and Comparisons

By on April 15, 2010
in Blue, Green, Lilac, OPI, Purple, Summer 2010, Yellow with 126 Comments
opi shrek forever after collection swatches opi brights 2010 You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain’t never seen a donkey fly.

Fanatics, can you please join me in a standing ovation for OPI and Suzi Weiss-Fischmann for creating a collection with NO REDS OR PINKS!! It took a big, smelly ogre to make this magical moment happen but I’m not complaining.  The Shrek Forever After Collection is OPIs addition to their ongoing Summer Brights series and I’m totally into it.

Surely, OPI could have found a reason to include a red or pink in this collection but I applaud them for not playing it safe.  A swampy, ogre green isn’t exactly conservative and I love that.  In fact, looking at the colors it’s like they were designed to be mani/pedi combinations.  The lilac & purple, sky & cyan blue and yellow & green.  They’re just meant to be together.

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Chanel Gold Lamé, Illusion D’or & Black Velvet Swatches, Review and Comparisons

By on April 13, 2010
in Black, Chanel, Glitter, Gold, Matte, Summer 2010 with 63 Comments
chanel noir et or paris-shanghai collection le vernis Pulled straight from the runway, Chanel’s Noir Et Or Paris-Shanghai Collection is a black and gold extravaganza that would make Cleopatra proud.  Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, was inspired by the “glamorous fantasy of Shanghai in the 30’s and 40’s” when he created this limited collection consisting of three new nail colors and an eye shadow/liner palette.

Like most of you, my brow wrinkled when I heard that Chanel was jumping on the matte bandwagon so late in the game but I was intrigued by the idea of a gold glitter.  After missing out on the gorgeous Tokyo Happening glitters, I hoped this would fill that lemming and it more than surpassed my expectations.  Check out my swatches and full review after the jump!

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Illamasqua Body Electrics Nail Varnish Preview

The Illamasqua Blog has been hinting about the upcoming Body Electrics collection for Summer 2010 for a while now and I’ve been very anxious to see what a collection with such a high voltage name would bring to us in terms of nail color.


They finally released images and info on the polishes today and I’m VERY happy to see a shockingly fun blue headed our way.  Check out the promo pics and color descriptions for Prism, Force and Jo’Mina after the jump!
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