Arcane Lacquer Erudite Charm swatches and review

Arcane Lacquer is a relatively obscure Australian indie brand, created by the blogger behind Nail Gun XS. I’ve been eyeing these polishes for a while, as I find her choice of colours and glitters quite interesting. So I finally took the plunge and purchased a couple, and the first one I’ve tried was Erudite Charm – you’ll find more swatches of it after the jump!

Arcane Lacquer Erudite Charm is a dusty blue crelly filled with tiny glitters in black and light blue, as well as a good dose of pink shimmer. It applies quite well – the glitter doesn’t get in the way and the formula is just right, not runny or thick.

My swatches show 2 coats of Erudite Charm and 1 coat of topcoat. It doesn’t need any real “smoothing”, although it does look much more “finished” when topcoated. These swatches were made in direct sunlight to capture the lovely shimmer, so bear in mind that this polish will look a bit darker in the shade.

So what do you think of this polish? I loved the combination of base & shimmer. Have you tried anything from Arcane Lacquer yet?

Femme Fatale Snapvine swatches and review

Today I have one more of the colourful polishes released by Femme Fatale this summer to show you. I already featured the purple Sea Pony on the blog and today I finally pulled out the teal Snapvine out of my huge untrieds pile. For swatches and my thoughts please go under the jump.

Femme Fatale Snapvine is a deep teal-green crelly with blue tones and a scattering of neon pink and green hexes of various size as well as some holographic green glitters.

The base is more like a thin creme than a jelly, it’s just not as viscous, doesn’t have that jelly “depth”. I’m having a hard time explaining this, but let me just say it’s quite opaque and goes on in a very thin layer.

My swatches show two layers of Femme Fatale Snapvine, but although the neon glitters are thin, the base dries even thinner and you will need a good amount of topcoat to smooth it out.

Because of the shade and its good pigmentation, I feel like I should mention that this polish can potentially stain, as teal cremes do. So double up on basecoat! I used a coat of regular basecoat on top of my peel-off one and experienced no staining.

Despite application not being the easiest, I liked this shade, it looks fun on the nails – sort of like a tropical jungle %) How do you like it? Do you own any shades from this colourful collection by Femme Fatale (pssst – Color4Nails have most of them in stock and on clearance!)

Nail Pattern Boldness Inner Beauty Is For Amateurs swatches and review

Nail Pattern Boldness Inner Beauty Is For Amateurs is a very unique nail polish. It’s a red jelly stuffed with different kinds and sizes of shade-shifting shimmer. The texture is quite unusual – it goes on thick but very pliable, and the swatches show just one (!!) coat of NPB Inner Beauty Is For Amateurs. It dries quite gritty though, and you may need two coats of topcoat. Removal isn’t hard and it doesn’t stain. First off, let’s look at the bottle and all that shimmmmah….

More after the jump!

I even broke out my macro rings for this one since there’s so much going on…

Sadly, I only had the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat on hand, and it goes on quite thin and didn’t give me the glassy look I wanted.

The name “Inner Beauty Is For Amateurs” made me chuckle =)

Overall I liked how Nail Pattern Boldness Inner Beauty Is For Amateurs looks on the nail, I must try it again with some thicker topcoat)

Etude House Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nails Apricot swatches and a jelly sandwich!

Etude House is a Korean makeup company, which has produced great nail polishes in the past, and this spring they presented a limited edition collection called Sweet Recipe full of cute food-related packaging. There were several nail polishes in it – both solid colors and glitters, all packed in “ice-cream cone” bottles. I have the cute and delicate Etude House Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nails Apricot today to show you, so on to the swatches!

Etude House Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nails Apricot is a sheer nude jelly with beige undertones, full of multicolored one-size glitter hexes. It’s buildable on its own or it can be used as a top coat or in glitter sandwiches. And that’s exactly what I did, pairing it with an equally sheer nude jelly, OPI Bubble Bath.

Both polishes apply equally well with no streaking or dragging. The glitter load is medium, you can easily vary it according to the desired effect. The swatches show one layer of Etude House Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nails Apricot between two layers of OPI Bubble Bath.