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OPI Reds Comparison

I’ve wanted to compare a few of my polishes for a while, and I figured, what better place to start than with some OPI reds?!

Here I’ll be comparing:

OPI Como Se Llama (Peru Collection)

OPI I Love You Just Be-Cusco (Peru Collection)

OPI First Date At The Golden Gate (San Francisco Collection)

One coat of all three polishes
Two- three coats of all three polishes
Bottle shot comparison
Bottle shot comparison

Something interesting to keep in mind is most OPI polishes dry down darker than they look in the bottle, so even if the bottle shots look similar, the polish might be completely different!

So my verdict here is… no dupes!!!

What are you thoughts on these? Are they dupes? Leave your next comparison requests down below!

I’ll see you all in my next post.

– Soph 💖

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Emily de Molly: January 2021 Collection – Swatch & Review (PR)

I’m back with another gorgeous Emily de Molly collection!

There are eight polishes in this collection; four crellies, two foils, one pearlised metallic and one holographic micro-glitter. Super fun!!

For my Australian followers: The collection launches in January on Wednesday the 20th at 10am AEDT at www.emilydemolly.com.au

For my US/ International followers:
The collection launches in January on Tuesday the 19th at 6pm EST at www.emilydemolly.com

Let’s get onto the swatches!

Hold Me Close

This polish is described as a periwinkle jelly base with silver holographic micro glitters and pink / orange / green shifting aurora shimmer. This was one of my absolute favourite Shades in the collection, I LOVE this one!

$12 USD / $14 AUD

feat. Alfie

It Never Ends

This polish is described as a dark purple jelly base with pink / orange / green iridescent flakes. This is probably my other absolute favourite in the collection – it’s a deep, vampy red with bright flakies, totally my scene!

$10 USD / $12 AUD

Raise the Stakes

This polish is described as a dark blurple jelly base with assorted iridescent flakes in blue, red and green. It’s dark and mysterious and completely gorgeous!

$10 USD / $12 AUD

feat. Casper

Ancient Dwellings

This polish is described as a pale chocolate brown crelly with copper / gold / green iridescent flakes. Super pretty!!

$10 USD / $12 AUD

Win Me Over

This polish is described as a pale cornflower blue crelly base with copper / gold / green iridescent flakes. Very dainty and soft!!

$10 USD / $12 AUD

Tech Phrases

This polish is described as a teal base with a strong blue shimmer that shifts through to purple. I’ve also included comparisons to One Look from Emily de Molly’s December 2020 Release!

$11 USD / $13 AUD

One Look is on my pinky and ring finger and Tech Phrases is on my middle finger, index finger and thumb.

One Look has a foiled finish, whereas Tech Phrases has a pearlised metallic finish.

From top to bottom: One Look, Tech Phrases. Tech Phrases is seen on my thumb.

Steadfast

This polish is described as a pink jelly base with gold to blue shifting foil type shimmer. This feels like a total princess polish!

$9 USD / $11 AUD

feat. Alfie

Ugly Mood

This polish is described as a pale rose gold jelly base with blue / purple / pink shifting foil type shimmer flakes. The blue shift is super striking, so gorgeous!!

$11 USD / $13 AUD

feat. Alfie

Alright! Those are all the new shades, and I’m totally in love. What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments down below 🙂

As always, I’ll see you in my next post!

– Soph 💗✨

*the polishes in this post were sent to me for free in exchange for swatches and an honest review. If you want to find in depth swatch photos, check out my Instagram @thepolishblog

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Emily De Molly December 2020 Collection – Swatch & Review (PR)

Emily De Molly is about to drop a new collection, and let me tell you… it is gorgeous!

It’s an 8 piece collection; with two circle-glitter crellies, five shifty flakies and one foil finish.

Spoiler alert: they’re all phenomenal! Each polish has a great formula and super pretty finish!!

For my Australian followers, it will launch on December, Friday the 4th at 10am AEDT www.emilydemolly.com.au

And for my American/ International followers, it will launch on December, Thursday the 3rd at 6pm EST www.emilydemolly.com

Before I Forget

A light turquoise blue crelly with metallic copper glitters. A perfect, Robins Egg blue. This one was one of the biggest standouts for me! It applied really easily, and specific glitter placement isn’t necessary, the polish does all the work for you!

$9 USD / $11 AUD

Blur the Line

A bright orchid purple base with blue and red iridescent flakes. This is possibly the most photogenic polish I’ve ever tried! It’s got a deep purple/ fuchsia base and is packed full of vibrant flakies. STUNNING!! Again, formula is amazing on this one and applies like a dream.

$10 USD / $12 AUD

Feat. Casper the Samoyed 🐶

Double Cross

A black jelly base with copper / gold / green iridescent flakes. This one is the perfect dark, shifty polish! It looks pretty green under direct light, and during the rest of the day it looks pretty close to black with a strong copper/ red shift.

$10 USD / $12 AUD

Fall Back

A murky green jelly with silver metallic flakes. This one gave me such “magical fairy garden” and Katniss Everdeen kinda vibes! I had so much fun wearing it and it really surprised me with how much I loved it. Again, formula is A+.

$10 USD / $12 AUD

Final Answer

A dark emerald green jelly base with assorted iridescent flakes. This one is a straight up mermaid polish 🧜‍♀️ it doesn’t get more “enchanted, magical underwater city” than this!! Love, love, love! Not to sound repetitive, but this one also has that easy to apply formula.

$10 USD / $12 AUD

One Look

A dark blue base with blue to purple shifting foil type shimmer. This one was the first one I tried from the collection, and let me tell you right now – it is hands down, the best metallic blue I’ve ever used. And that’s a big statement, considering I own a completely unreasonable amount of metallic blues (alright, I probably own 10+ metallic blues, what can I say, they’re my weakness hah!)

It is soooo sparkly and foiled, it really is on another level of magic. And formula wise, you could really get away with one coat and no problems, it’s THAT good!

$9 USD / $11 AUD

Shakedown

A mustard yellow with metallic pewter glitters. If this doesn’t scream Autumn/ Fall, then I don’t know what does. It’s got the same formula as Before I Forget, and the finished manicure reminded me a lot of a ripe banana, yum!

$9 USD / $11 AUD

Something Special

A very pale pink crelly with silver holographic micro flakes and iridescent flakes. This one is so dainty and feminine, a really soft, classy shade! And the shimmer is unreal, it shifts from gold, to red, to lime! It really reminded me of unicorns 🦄

$10 USD / $12 AUD

Alright! So that’s a wrap on the upcoming Emily De Molly December 2020 Collection. I’ve gotta say, this is a really, really great release!! The formulas are impeccable and the shades are so fun and unique.

What are your thoughts on this collection? Which ones really stood out to you, and are you going to pick any up? Let me know down in the comments!

As always, I’ll see you all in my next post!

– Soph 💗✨

*the polishes in this post were sent to me for free in exchange for swatches and an honest review. If you want to find in depth swatch photos, check out my Instagram @thepolishblog

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Essie Gel Couture Top Coat Review & Wear Test

So I recently finished my bottle of my beloved Essie Gel Setter top coat and when I went back to buy another bottle, I was told it had been discontinued.

So I decided to try a new top coat, hoping it will be even better than my Essie Gel Setter! The Essie Gel Couture top coat was on sale so I decided to give it a go.

Essie Gel Setter (left), Essie Gel Couture (right)
Essie Gel Setter
Essie Gel Couture

Typically, I can get a two week manicure out of my Essie Gel Setter, with only minimal tip wear. And the manicure will still be super glossy by the end of those two weeks. And when applying the Gel Setter, it dries in under a minute. I also use this top coat with any brand of polish and get the same results. Hence why the Essie Gel Setter is my go-to!

So I have pretty high expectations for the Essie Gel Couture top coat. Ideally I’m looking for:

  • Fast drying
  • A super glossy finish
  • Long wear time

So that will be what I’m basing this review on. Alright, let’s get into it!

I’ll be wearing OPI O Suzi Mio on my nails, along with the Essie Gel Couture top coat.

Day 1

As you can see, my manicure is looking fresh and glossy! I’ve wrapped my tips with both the colour and top coat to help prolong the manicure, which is something I do every time I paint my nails.

Let’s talk about dry time.

This top coat is relatively fast drying. By the time I’d finished top coating all my nails, the first few had already dried, which is a good start! Although, it’s definitely no where near as fast drying as the Essie Gel Setter is, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Now let’s talk about shine and glossy-ness.

Again, this top coat is super glossy and shiny. However, it’s not as glossy as the Essie Gel Setter. I think this is because the Essie Gel Setter has a very thick formula which makes the nail look glossy and squishy, which I LOVE! However, the Essie Gel Couture has a much thinner formula, almost like water. It’s not so thin that it completely floods your cuticle, but it’s thin enough that the nail doesn’t look as squishy once it’s applied. Again, that’s something to keep in mind.

I also want to mention that the Essie Gel Setter does start to thicken up a lot once you’ve used about 2/3 of it and you also need to be careful with bubbles on the nail. Both of these things are due to the thicker formula. In comparison, I didn’t have any problems with bubbles appearing on the nail when using the Essie Gel Couture top coat, which is a bonus!

Day 5

By day 5, I was ready to change my manicure. Usually I go at least a week before changing my manicure, but the Essie Gel Couture didn’t hold up for that long.

As you can see on my middle finger, I’d gotten a large chip on the tip, and this happened around day 3. That nail is pretty prone to peeling so I didn’t want to leave the corner exposed for much longer.

Let’s start with shine and glossy-ness.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how long this manicure stayed glossy for. You’ll probably notice areas of the nail that have indented lines or scratches on them, dulling the shine a little. This isn’t something I’ve experienced with the Essie Gel Setter, so I’m not super happy about that. However, by day 5, it still had a relatively shiny look to it, so that’s a tick from me!

Now let’s talk about wear time.

Personally I expect a top coat to give me a weeks worth of wear, which this top coat couldn’t do. I have partially visible tip wear and a few minor chips. It’s nothing major, however, it’s not ideal either.

You’ll also notice some shrinkage around my cuticle area, where the top coat has visibly shrunk and this happened on almost every single one of my nails. I made sure to cover the entire nail with top coat when I applied it, and even painted beyond where the colour ended in order to avoid shrinkage. So that’s one downside to this top coat.

Final Thoughts

So overall, I’ll continue to use this top coat because it works pretty well – dry time is decent, the shine is decent and wear time isn’t bad.

However, I would still opt to use the Essie Gel Setter if it was available in stores, so that top coat still continues to be my first preference.

I hope this review and wear test has helped some of you to make up your mind about whether or not it’s worth purchasing this top coat! And let me know down below what your go-to top coat is.

I’ll see you all in my next post!

– Soph 💖

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10 Nail Polishes for Fall

I’m so excited to be starting this blog and share my love for nail polish with you all. Welcome to my very first blog post!

I’m not a serious seasonal wearer, but my favourite season for nail polish is by far Fall/ Autumn. I love all the dark and muted shades!

So I thought I’d make a list of some of my favourite shades that are Fall/ Autumn appropriate.

OPI It’s a Piazza Cake

You can’t have a list of Autumn nail polish and not include this one. It’s a Piazza Cake is a burnt orange that just screams Fall. And I love it!

Shown here in two coats

OPI First Date at the Golden Gate

This orange-brown brick red is another Autumn must-have. Any deep red is Fall appropriate but I particularly love this darkened red!

Shown here in 3 coats

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm?

I love purples all year round, and Fall is no exception! This is a super unique polish and before I got my hands on it, I tried desperately to dupe it but failed miserably. It’s almost a dark neon, if that’s even possible. This one is a perfect Autumn shade too!

Shown here in two coats

OPI Purple Palazzo Pants

This polish is the other end of the purple spectrum. It’s dusty and muted, whilst almost being pastel. Definitely another great shade!

Shown here in two coats

OPI My Solar Clock Is Ticking

This is another polish that just screams Fall. I’d describe it as a rosey, terracotta/ clay shade. This is one of my all-time favourites!

Shown here in 2 coats

OPI Squeaker Of The House

Another Autumn staple are browns. I love a good chocolately brown, and this is a great one! If you want get your hands on it but can’t find it, OPI You Don’t Know Jacques is very similar.

Shown here in two coats

OPI Expresso Your Style

This deep, chocolately brown metallic is another Fall must-have. It’s got so much depth and dimension, I love it!

Shown here in two coats

OPI I Cannoli Wear OPI

If you prefer lighter, neutral shades all year round, here’s a good one for Fall! This off-white, minty grey is a super fun take on Autumn.

Shown here in 3 coats

China Glaze Don’t Make Me Wine

This is one of my favourite China Glaze polishes, it is so insanely metallic, it’s unreal! The China Glaze metallic formula is unmatched. Definitely a perfect Autumn shade!!

Shown here in 2 coats

OPI A Great Opera-Tunity

And finally, another orange for the list. This is a muted, pink/coral toned orange. It pulls a little bit melon, and is super fun in Fall!

Shown here in 3 coats

Let me know what your Fall must-haves are!

I’ll see you all in my next post.

– Soph 💖

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