Index to pinky are: Color Club Blue Light, Orly Snowcone, China Glaze Secret Periwinkle, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue
Color Club Blue Light - This isn't periwinkle at all, it's a straight-up bright pastel blue, but I thought some might want comparison of it.
Orly Snowcone - This is a sweet, slightly-purple toned blue. I'd definitely put it in the periwinkle family. It's super opaque, and two coats are shown here.
China Glaze Secret Periwinkle - Is pretty sheer, and quite purple-leaning when put up next to Snowcone. on it's own, it's such a perfect example of periwinkle that it's not even funny. I love this one.
Sally Hansen Pacific Blue - Is a bit darker and brighter than the others but it has that gorgeous purple tone to it. I'd call this more a cornflower.
Index to pinkie these are: Barielle U-Concrete-Me, Pure Ice Kiss Me Here, China Glaze Recycle, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Wet Cement
Barielle U-Concrete-Me - This and the Pure Ice are about the same depth but is more blue-toned than any of the others. Three coats are perfect coverage and glossy even without a topcoat.
Pure Ice Kiss Me Here - This is a slightly-deeper-than-midtone grey that is quite neutral. It's slightly less pigmented than the Barielle and the Sally Hansen. It's a great inexpensive grey!
China Glaze Recycle - Recycle is midtoned and sort of on the warm side when put up next to these other shades. I think it's quite flattering for all skintones and might be the great choice for a warm-toned person.
Sally Hansen Wet Cement - This is obviously quite a bit lighter than any of the other shades, it's also pretty neutral in tone, neither too cool nor too warm.
Index to pinky are: Orly Gumdrop, Essie Mint Candy Apple, China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, OPI Hey Get in Lime
Orly Gumdrop - this looks like mint till you get it near other mints, then it looks blue. Check below for a comparison to China Glaze For Audrey, they're very similar.
Essie Mint Candy Apple - the application on this is quite opaque just like Gumdrop, but it's much more green and drastically lighter.
China Glaze Re-fresh Mint - This is about the same depth as the Essie but it's a bit more yellow. This is probably the mintiest of all the mints here.
OPI Hey Get in Lime - this is so sheer, and it's the only jelly-based shade here. It's got the most yellow of all as well. It's my least favorite of all of these. To be honest, I'm not incredibly fond of it.
Click for the For Audrey comparison
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes will run you between $2-3 and you can find them at just about any drugstore or mass merchandiser. I found mine at Walgreen's.
Going Green is a true Kelly green, in my opinion. This photo was taken with flash, so the matching green shimmer is really evident, but in most lighting situations, you're really getting more of a creme. Again, the ambivalent-about-green-nail-polish poster child has bought another green polish, but there are so many amazing ones to be found right now, and this is one. I am a big fan of this particular Sally Hansen formula, though as usual the too-long wand and brush and tall, skinny bottle annoy the living crap out of me. This shade applied amazingly in two coats, and it's wonderfully even and pigmented.
What do you think of this green polish? Are you a green nail polish fan?
Physician's Formula CreamLiner is available at most drugstores for around $11
Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye-Enhancing Gel CreamLiner for Green Eyes, (say that 5 times fast!), is a new drugstore selection of gel/cream eye liners and there are four color schemes to choose from. Since my eyes are green I started with this set, though the others all look so cute!
To begin with these liners are stackable, and click gently together and apart. I like that you can choose to take one with you and leave the others behind, and I like the fact that you can click them together and they're easily identifiable and easy to pull out of my drawer. Instead of rifling through all the MAC and Bobbi Brown pots, I know what this is and I can grab it easily. Another thing that I like is that they are color-coded which would come in handy if you buy more than one set. You can click any color from any of these sets together, which is really convenient as well! This set doesn't include a brown, but a couple others do, so you could click your black and brown together for travelling.
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Prepare for a ton of photos of this one because this Milani is amazing! AND it's a part of the permanent core line. For under $5 at CVS you can find this cool-toned jellied purple stunner that is packed with golden-undertoned pink shimmer. There is a bit of a duochrome appearance in the bottle but I can't figure out if it's the shimmer or the base that has that tendency. At first glance this polish reminded me of Sally Hansen Purple Pizzazz, but Totally Cool has a deeper and more vibrant base, and the shimmer is a bit darker and there is a heck of a lot more of it. This is around 4 coats as it does start a bit sheer, however the depth is amazing and it's worth the extra effort. It builds gorgeously without picking up the layers you've already applied.
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$8.50 at Ulta and Trade Secret, also available online at transdesign.com and 8ty8beauty.com for around $5
Suzi Says Feng Shui is one of two polishes that jumped out at me from the new Hong Kong collection for Spring/Summer 2010. I'm always interested in any new blue and this one doesn't disappoint me. It's got a slightly washed out dusky quality and a hint of green as well. I don't have any other polish in my massive collection of blues quite like it. I wish that my camera was capable of capturing that hint of dusty green, but it's just a hard shade to capture. I think that if you're a fan of blues and/or the dusty, slightly off shades you're going to love this one. The application was pretty easy, especially with OPI's ProWide brush. The formula is slightly thick and streaky, but it self-levels into perfection in a couple coats. I used three coats here, as is my customary technique, and then I used a coat of Seche Vite topcoat. It wore well for a couple days until my daughter's bowling party at which I chipped 3 nails. Booooo! I will say that they were getting a smidge long and needed a bit of a filing anyway.
Essie Lilacism from the Art of Spring collection. I purchased mine for $4 from transdesign.com, but if you need it right now you can get it for $8 at your local Trade Secret or beauty supply store.
This photo is a bit out of focus, but it's the best one to represent the actual color. Lilacism is a milky lavender jelly. There are no pink tones that say "lilac" to me, but it's just a name. The application of this one is decent, not the best but better than a lot of Essie I've tried in my day. The color is definitely pastel but there is a nice punch of soft purple that develops after a couple coats and I really dig this.
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Too Violet is one of the new mini polishes available on transdesign.com right now. The bottles are .25oz and are $1.49. This is a straight-up glitter polish with loads of beautiful violet and holographic glitter. This was two coats as it gives surprisingly good coverage, but it cures quite gritty. Usually I can get a glassy finish with some Orly Glosser topped with Seche Vite, but I needed an extra coat of Seche Vite a bit later to get the glitter to really start to shine again. In most lights this is a midtone shade, and I don't usually like midtones as they don't provide enough contrast to my skin for my taste, but the glitter is quite something and I really like the way it looks.
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Light as Air, from the China Glaze Up & Away collection (view the rest of my swatches here) is one of the ones I didn't originally buy, but I couldn't resist it. I felt it might be too much like China Glaze Agent Lavender, but that was just my denial talking. Light as Air is a dusty, putty-toned lilac, and if you're into the taupes and dusky, slightly-off shades, you will love this. Additionally, if you're a fan of opaque pastels, you'll adore this. I happen to love both dusky and pastel shades, so I'm thrilled with this polish. This is hands-down the best application I've ever encountered for a pastel polish. I just couldn't be happier with this purchase.
Click to see comparisons with Essie Lilacism and China Glaze Agent Lavender