My opinion on Red Velvet, this red shimmer polish by Sally Hansen Diamond Strength, did a complete one-eighty. Red Velvet went on smooth as butter, barely needed a second coat, and was just a gorgeous warm red that seemed to glow. I loved it. But either I got tired of it fast or something about it changed slightly, because I didn’t love it nearly as much after a day or two. It just seemed to lack that fresh, glowy luster it originally had. And then when I removed it, it stained quite badly, even though I was wearing a base coat underneath. I went from wanting to sing this polish’s praises, to wanting to warn people off of it.
Feel The Breeze by China Glaze is a light pink creme polish that’s fairly matte and slightly on the coralish side. The color is great for summer, playful yet cool, but the formula was incredibly thick, gloopy, and just plain difficult. However, I may just have got a bad bottle; other reviews of this polish don’t describe it as being nearly so difficult to work with.
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Two coats of Pool Party by China Glaze (neon; much brighter than it looks)
Two thick coats of Kendall on the Katwalk by Nicole
Daubs of Dazzle Me by Pure Ice
Daubs of Gold Glitter by Joe Fresh
Daubs of Hamptons Peach by NYC
Two coats of Violets Are Blue by Sinful Colors
Top coat of Grand Central Station by NYC
Two coats of Lav-Endure by Covergirl Outlast
One coat of Ski Slope Sweetie by OPI
Top coat of Grand Central Station by NYC
Lav-Endure - a lavender creme polish - wasn’t bad, but it bubbled a fair bit and tended towards goopiness. I didn’t find it nearly as good as the red polish from this same collection. Ski Slope Sweetie is a white shimmer in a clear base, and I like it a lot, mostly because I have a feeling it’ll look good over just about everything.
Two coats of Listen to Your Momager by Nicole
The only thing I don’t like about this cobalt blue shimmer polish is its name. It was surprisingly liquid in its application, yet not overly watery or transparent - just really smooth (no danger of goopiness here). Plus I picked it up for a cool $1.90 at my local Dollarama. Nice!
Two coats of Sea Dust by Urban Outfitters
This polish is great! It’s a silver shimmer with a greenish aqua base and small blue glitter. It also has a slightly foil-ish look to it. It’s a fun color, but not totally unsophisticated, and it’s incredibly easy to apply; I didn’t need a cotton swab once during application. The only downside to Sea Dust is that it was a real pain in the ass to take off.
Two coats of Black Diamond by Sally Hansen Diamond Strength
One coat of Ringo by Urban Outfitters (on ring finger) atop white base coat
Two coats of Ever Reddy by Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant (on thumb)
Top Coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
This mani was a bit random, color-wise, so I ended up changing it to a simple red & black after a couple of days. Black Diamond is a black polish with dense silver shimmer. The combination of bright gleam and dark base in this polish keeps it looking quite sharp. You could wear it with a black evening dress if you wanted to; it’s not at all grunge. I also like the formula: two coats, no flooding, durable as hell, and no shinkage at all.
Much as I like Black Diamond, it was upstaged by Ever Reddy, a bright red creme polish with a finish so shiny it genuinely doesn’t need a top coat. This polish was love at first swipe. Its formula is perfection - smooth as butter, no bubbles, no streaks, no dragging. And the color! This red is so intense I can’t stop staring at my own nails. (It did shrink a bit, but I probably could’ve been more meticulous about wrapping my tips to prevent that.)
Two thick coats of Pink Voltage by China Glaze
Two thick coats of Frostbite by China Glaze
Top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
Pink Voltage is a pink neon with a satin finish and a slight blue sheen. I absolutely love the color, which will be great for summer and is a hotter pink than it looks here. However, the formula is a bit of a nightmare. It’s uneven, it drags, it bubbles, and it dries so fast there’s barely any time to smooth it out without making a goopy mess. I also had major peeling and warping problems with it.
Frostbite is as slick and shiny as Pink Voltage is matte and draggy. I really like this one, both for its intense blue shimmer, which is a great combination of dark yet bright, and for its smooth, gleaming formula. For the record, while Frostbite did bubble a little, that one big dent in my middle finger wasn’t a bubble. I just wacked my hand on something.