Tag: Spring 2014

OPI Brazil Collection Spring/Summer 2014

OPI Brazil Collection Spring/Summer 2014


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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been patiently waiting to get my hands on the OPI Brazil Collection ever since I started seeing promo pictures and random swatches online. When the box of polish joy showed up, I was bursting with excitement when I realized this collection is mostly cremes. Don’t gorgeous cremes make you ridiculously happy? Am I the only one whose mouth waters just looking a beautiful and buttery cremes? Ok, I guess I’m just weird, but it’s the truth.This 12 piece collection also includes a collection of mini Liquid Sands, Beach Sandies, that really are like the cherry on top of this luscious grouping. Let’s start by taking a look at the 4 Beach Sandies.

OPI What's A Little Rain Forest 1aOPI What's A Little Rain Forest 2aOPI What’s A Little Rain Forest?OPI You're So Flippy Floppy 1aOPI You're So Flippy Floppy 2aOPI You’re So Flippy Floppy

OPI Samba-dy Loves Purple 1aOPI Samba-dy Loves Purple 2aOPI Samba-dy Loves Purple

OPI I'm Brazil Nuts Over You 1aOPI I'm Brazil Nuts Over You 2aOPI I’m Brazil Nuts Over You

These 4 textured polishes all apply beautifully. They all need two coats for full opacity and dry lightning fast. If you are not a lover of textured polishes because of the rough feeling, these are surprisingly smooth. Obviously they still have a textured feeling, but they feel very fine and definitely not chunky at all. These are super shimmery and just look fantastic out in sunlight. You know what my beef with these is? They only come in mini-size!!! WHAAAAAAAAATTTT???? I would kill for a full size of these–especially that blue–so I’m feeling kinda sad about that. Now let’s move on to the main collection so get ready for some awesomeness.

OPI Where Did Suzi's Man-go 1aOPI Where Did Suzi's Man-go 2a OPI Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try 1aOPI Toucan Do It If You Try 2aOPI Toucan Do It If You Try

OPI Live. Love. Carnaval 1aOPI Live. Love. Carnaval 2aOPI Live. Love. Carnaval

OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian 1aOPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian 2aOPI Kiss Me I’m Brazilian

OPI Red Hot Rio 1aOPI Red Hot Rio 2aOPI Red Hot Rio

OPI Scores A Goal 1aOPI Scores A Goal 2aOPI Scores A Goal

OPI Next Stop...The Bikini Zone 1aOPI Next Stop...The Bikini Zone 2aOPI Next Stop…The Bikini Zone

OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around 1aOPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around 2aOPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around

OPI Taupe-less Beach 1aOPI Taupe-less Beach 2aOPI Taupe-less Beach

OPI I Sao Paulo Over There 1aOPI I Sao Paulo Over There 2aOPI I Sao Paulo Over There

OPI Amazon...Amazoff 1aOPI Amazon...Amazoff 2aOPI Amazon…Amazoff

OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana 1aOPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana 2aOPI I Just Can’t Cope-acabana

I didn’t get into describing each polish individually because the formula on all of them is nearly identical: they are luscious cremes, highly pigmented, smooth, buttery and glossy. Application on all of them was flawless. and they were all perfect with two coats. In fact, many of these could be one coaters if you’re careful with your application. The most surprising polish was the yellow as this too, is almost a one-coater!!! I found the variety of brights and neutrals in one collection pretty refreshing. I am so happy with this collection and loved every single polish. What do you think of this collection? Is it what you were expecting?

Brazil by OPI will be available in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas beginning February 5, 2014. Nail lacquers will retail for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) each at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com. Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini pack will retail for $12.95 ($14.95 CAN). For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

China Glaze City Flourish Collection Spring 2014 – Pollen In Love

China Glaze City Flourish Collection Spring 2014 – Pollen In Love




Pollen in Love? I find this second half of the collection pretty ironic right now because I’m basically dying over allergies right now. It could be a combination of allergies and a cold because they seem to be overlapping somehow. I am grateful that I don’t have a cough because once that happens, I know I’m a goner. So yesterday I showed you the first half of the China Glaze City Flourish Collection which you can check out here. Are these just as disappointing? I know you’re on pins and needles, so let’s take a look at the swatches, and I will discuss them at the end.

China Glaze What A Pansy 1aChina Glaze What A Pansy 2aChina Glaze What A Pansy

China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely 1aChina Glaze Thistle Do Nicely 2aChina Glaze Thistle Do Nicely

China Glaze Strike A Rose 1aChina Glaze Strike A Rose 2aChina Glaze Strike A Rose

China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin 1aChina Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin 2aChina Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin

China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener 1aChina Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener 2aChina Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener

China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn 1aChina Glaze Don't Honk You Thorn 2aChina Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn

Well, sadly these are pretty disappointing as well…3 of them, at least. Strike A Rose, What A Pansy and Don’t Honk Your Thorn are not weird creme mattes–they are more like traditional cremes and apply infinitely more easily. I only needed 2 coats for these three and I found them very nice, actually. I love the purple color of What A Pansy but strangely, my favorite one is Don’t Honk Your Thorn. You may think it’s a boring choice, but it’s actually really stunning in real life. It has a gorgeous silver shimmer that gives it a glowy quality. It looks very classy and work appropriate but not boring. My favorite combination! The other three polishes: Thistle Do Nicely, Grass Is Lime Greener and Metro Pollen-tin had the same thin, streaky and goopy formula that I hated so much in yesterday’s polishes. It’s really quite a shame because Grass Is Lime Greener is my favorite color from this whole collection, but the formula just made it a pain to use. From this 12 piece collection, Metro Pollen-Tin had the absolute worst formula. It was the streakiest thing ever! Now, let’s get into my overall thoughts: I don’t have time for streaky ass polishes. A lot of people recommend applying a coat of white polish underneath these. While I understand this and know of the technique, I am not going to baby a polish that much. These are not traditional jelly neons where they are going to really pop over a white base: these are creme brights that should not require a white base. Also, it’s not that they aren’t heavily pigmented…the formula is just impossible to work with. The polish doesn’t self-level at all so even when you think it looks good, you can clearly see the uneveness of the polish all over your nails. Even after I applied a thick coat of Seche Vite which helped a lot, you can still see how uneven the polish is. I give up! I know that there are people out there who don’t mind difficult formulas if the polishes are pretty enough, but these aren’t super original. As someone who does a lot of swatching, this collection took 3 times the normal time to swatch because I had to fiddle with my application so much…nope, not worth it for me. Let this collection be banished from my presence along with most of the 2013 Summer Neons, The Tranzitions and the Chrinkled Chromes. I have so much love for China Glaze because when my polish obsession first began, I turned to China Glaze for beautiful and affordable polishes so it really pains me to write a crappy review. However, I owe it to all of you to be honest and I hope that it is appreciated. Please, China Glaze–come back to me! Make me happy and giddy again with your superb collections. I am always willing to forgive and forget so I’ll be here just waiting for you to remind me why I fell in love with you to begin with.

This doesn’t have to be said, but I’ve also put up these polishes up on my blog sale in case you’re interested in trying them out. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today, and I hope that you let me know what you think. If you’ve tried any of these, what are  your thoughts? Do you let bloggers influence your shopping or would you rather try things out for yourself? Have a wonderful day, and I will talk to you soon!

P.S. Have you entered my current giveaway for a bottle of China Glaze BFF? No?! Go enter here! 😉

China Glaze City Flourish Collection Spring 2014 – Peonies & Park Ave

China Glaze City Flourish Collection Spring 2014 – Peonies & Park Ave




It’s that time of the year again! Spring collections are plentiful and I am always ALWAYS excited to see what China Glaze has to offer. When I saw the display for these polishes, I nearly expired because I wasn’t expecting them to be available just yet, especially because I still haven’t been able to find the Sea Goddess Collection…but that’s whole other story! As usual, this collection is a 12 piece collection made up of two sets so I will be swatching each set in a separate post. Since the formula and my application was exactly the same for every polish, I will show you the colors first and then I will share my thoughts. Let’s take a look at the China Glaze City Flourish Collection, shall we?

China Glaze At Vase Value 1aChina Glaze At Vase Value 2aChina Glaze At Vase Value

China Glaze In A Lily Bit 1aChina Glaze In A Lily Bit 2aChina Glaze In A Lily Bit

China Glaze Lotus Begin 1aChina Glaze Lotus Begin 2aChina Glaze Lotus Begin

China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave 1aChina Glaze Peonies & Park Ave 2aChina Glaze Peonies & Park Ave

China Glaze Petal To The Metal 1aChina Glaze Petal To The Metal 2aChina Glaze Petal To The Metal

China Glaze Spring In My Step 1aChina Glaze Spring In My Step 2aChina Glaze Spring In My Step

Ahhh….where to start with this collection? The colors are absolutely gorgeous and very Spring appropriate, but the formula. There are no words. These are definite application beasts. Like full on Satan urine in a bottle. Do you remember how horrible the formula of the neon collection from last year was? (You can read my review here.) Well, this is like round 2 of that collection. I had hoped that these polishes were straight cremes, but they are more like satin/mattes because the don’t dry shiny and tend to dry really quickly. Because of how quickly they dry, if you overwork them, they will get goopy and stringy. All of these polishes were streaky nightmares so I decided to take the same approach with all of them: 2 thin coats and a third thicker coat to smooth them out. Despite my best efforts, they were still uneven and gross-looking so I applied a thick coat of Seche Vite to try to smooth everything out. While they did even out, do you really want to baby a polish this much? As I recall, some people seemed to not have that many issues with last year’s polishes (uhm, yeah…), so maybe once again it’s just me who can’t get these to work. You may say that my swatches don’t necessarily speak to the problems I had with the formula, but trust me…they are pretty freaking difficult. I just wish they weren’t so damn pretty! Damn you, China Glaze!

wish_i_could_quit_youI am still waiting for that next China Glaze collection that will blow my socks off like the On Safari Collection. Sadly, I think I will have to keep waiting. If you’re not phased by my review, you can purchase these polishes on my blog sale so check them out. Tomorrow I hope to have the other half of this collection done, and I am really hoping against hope that they are better but I won’t hold my breath. Don’t forget to let me know what you think of these polishes. Will you be picking these up? Thanks so much for stopping by today!