Orly It's Not Rocket Science - about $8 at Sally Beauty and Ulta
It's Not Rocket Science is the third and final Cosmic FX from my Transdesign order a couple weeks ago. I have previously reviewed Space Cadet and Galaxy Girl, so check those out! This polish is another crazy foil finish duochrome like the other two. The flash of electric turquoise is very faint, though, and only visible in some lights, but it's there. The main draw for this polish for me was the color. True, these types of yellowy green never look good on my skin, but I was willing to overlook that because it's just so pretty. It's got a mucky green jelly base with light golden olive foil and that illusive turquoise flash. You can also see a more golden aspect to this polish in some lights. It's super shiny and metallic and it's just gorgeous, in this girl's opinion. I think it's similar to SpaRitual Optical Illusion, but I haven't got that one. Yet! ;P I think it's also similar to one of the new China Glaze Halloween polishes, but I won't be able to tell you that till Monday, apparently; my order won't be here till then. Overall this is such a cool color and it's available now and in many of your local stores, so it's a great alternative to other similar polishes, of which there are admittedly few. The Orly Cosmic FX collection is a real WIN for me so far, though I don't know if I'll be purchasing the other three. Only time, and other bloggers swatches, will tell!
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P2 Nail Polish in Glory - www.p2.com
Here's another polish from my swap with Michelle from The Lacquer Files. P2 is a German brand, so I don't know a whole bunch about it, like what stores it's available at or how much it costs. Before this swap I had tried only one of their shades, but since Michelle sent me three, I've been able to form more of an opinion on the brand. P2 bears a bit of resemblance to a long-gone Sally Hansen favorite of mine, Beyond Perfect. This older range from SH was in a similar bottle, and boasted the same claim of a gel-formula that Beyond Perfect did. Those things alone are enough to get my attention. Aside from that, the colors I've tried are quite beautiful and apply and wear wonderfully. These go on in two coats, and are super glossy. This particular color is a antiqued golden, and it's pretty heavy on the green tones. I personally love golden olive shades and since they're tough to come by, this is a gem. Have you guys tried P2? What's your favorite P2 shade?
Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Polish in Olive Green - $5 at avon.com
Don't adjust your monitor, and don't curse me for bad photography... This is a gorgeous dusty green that has knocked my socks off. One of Avon's two new green shades, Olive Green, reminds me of the slightly washed out OPI Jade is the New Black. But it if JITNB is a washed out jeweltone, this one is a washed out earth tone. I've not seen another nail polish even close to this shade before. The application is flawless; one thick coat will give you complete buttery-smooth coverage. I used two thin coats and got amazingly even coverage. The color is rich but dusty at the same time. What's better is that right now you can get two Avon Nailwear Pro polishes for $5.99! The other of the two new shades is Jade, which I'll be posting in the next couple days so check that out. As far as Olive Green, buy it! If you like JITNB, greens, dusky shades... you need it! EDIT: Steph from Steph's Closet, just brought this to my attention on twitter: Avon Olive green and Rescue Beauty Lounge Orbis Non Sufficit are twins! Cheap dupe alert!
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Finger Paints - Tough Art to Follow - $5 at Sally Beauty
You may have noticed recently that your local Sally Beauty reduced the prices on a lot of their Finger Paints brand of polishes. So many went to clearance that I started to get a little scared, but then I stopped in and saw a bunch of new colors! Tough Art to Follow is one of the most interesting of the new selections, in my opinion. It's a lovely earthy olive creme and I am infatuated with it. For those of you who liked Illamasqua Rampage, you'll like this. It doesn't have as flawless of an application, but it's a rich green jelly with a dusty twist that I haven't seen before. Olive polishes seem to be hard to come by, so check this one out. The first coat is very sheer, and pretty streaky, and it requires careful application of three coats for opacity. I would normally not recommend a polish so highly that has this sort of texture, but the color is so interesting and pretty that I am definitely recommending it. If anyone has any recommendations for a similar polish with better application, TELL ME! Click for more photos...
You know, I can't really say where to find these. Perhaps eBay? The only Ruby Kisses polishes I've ever gotten were in swaps or gifts, so I don't know. I think they're random salon and/or beauty supply store finds. I've never seen them for sale in person, but the RK polishes I have are some of the most unique colors and finishes I've seen in a brand. It's a shame they're not easier to find. If you have any tips on finding them, and you don't mind sharing the info, I'd love to know!
Anyway, Khaki is actually a deep olive green. It's shimmer finish is ever-so-subtle in all but the brightest of lights. It appears most times like an almost creamy deep army drab green. In bright lights the golden-olive shimmer comes through and it's unbelievably gorgeous. I'm not sure this flatters my skintone, but I love it. It's such an interesting and beautiful color and it actually applies wonderfully for a little-known and HTF brand!
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