a tiny bit obsessed with nail polish

Gosh — Black Passion & Gasoline

Gosh is a Danish brand that is sold at some Shoppers Drug Marts here in Canada. I recently picked up two of their polishes to try. I actually had bought one years ago, Purple something, I think, but I haven’t swatched it yet! (As an aside, I visited Copenhagen for the first time earlier this year. It’s a beautiful city and I loved the people and the food! But I didn’t see any nail polish! I wonder where these are sold in their home country. Next time I go, I’ll have to check out the makeup and Legoland.)

Black Passion is a super opaque black with silvery charcoal shimmer. Two coats was all that was needed.

Gosh - Black Passion

Gasoline looks really good in the bottle: purple with blue and pink shimmer. On the nail, however, it’s pretty sheer and is better as a top coat. It took three coats to get it to this level of semi-opaque pink shimmer in the photo. The shimmer is very pretty, though!

Gosh - Gasoline

At $7 CA, these little polishes are well worth picking up if you spot a color you like. The formula is nice and applies well. I really like the little cylindrical bottles, too. A minor drawback is that they only contain 8 mL of product (a more standard nail polish size is 13-15 mL).

Gosh Nail Lacquer (English site), 0.3 fl. oz. / 8 mL. MSRP 59.95 DKK / $7 CA. Gosh nail lacquers are formaldehyde free and made in the EU • Denmark.

Misa — Flutter & Feather

Collection: 2013, Blink of an Eye (Fall)

Rose gold is probably my favorite metallic shade to wear (I especially love it on handbag hardware), and Flutter & Feather is definitely one of the nicest rose gold polishes I’ve seen. I love that it isn’t a chrome, since I kind of despise the streakiness and mirror shine of that type of finish. Flutter & Feather is a monochromatic rose gold packed with glitter of assorted sizes, stopping just short of large confetti-sized chunks. It’s stunning, and I think it’d be a fantastic choice for a festive party this holiday season.

As is typical of Misa, the formula is superb. Two coats provided opaque coverage. The glitter even removed quite easily with non-acetone remover. Brilliant!

Also, I have noticed that Misa’s brush has changed to a slightly wide one. Not my favorite brush style, but it is still workable for my smaller nails.

Misa - Flutter & Feather

Misa Nail Lacquer, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP $7.50 US. Misa nail lacquers are vegan, cruelty-free, and do not contain dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene or formaldehyde. They are final-assembled in the USA.

Sinful Colors – Innocent and Cloud 9

Sinful Colors recently showed up at my local grocery, so I picked up two shades, Innocent and Cloud 9. They conveniently happen to work well for Halloween, so I’ve swatched them now.

I just want to say that I really have no idea what the thinking is behind Sinful’s naming, here. Innocent is a bright wasabi green creme. Cloud 9 is a bright orange sheer shimmer. I guess I can kind of see innocence being linked with spring green and rebirth, and bliss being linked with a happy orange…haha!

Innocent is a fantastic wasabi green cream, and it applied beautifully in two coats. For $1.99, I am super pleased!

Sinful Colors (Nail Polish) - Innocent

Cloud 9 is a sheer shimmer, and it required 4 coats for decent, even coverage. It works better as a top coat (and just for kicks, I tried it over Innocent for a rather disgusting look, which I guess is all right for Halloween!).

Sinful Colors (Nail Polish) - Cloud 9

Eeeek! Cloud 9 over Innocent
Sinful Colors (Nail Polish) - Cloud 9 over Innocent

Happy Halloween!!!

Sinful Colors Nail Polish, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP $1.99 US/CA. These are made in the USA and are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

China Glaze — Life Preserver

Collection: 2011, Anchors Away (Spring)

If Papaya Punch is like the inside of a persimmon, China Glaze Life Preserver is a bit like the outside of one. I guess there are some life preservers that are a dull reddish-orange (perhaps faded by the sun), but I usually associate them with bright red or bright orange, so I’m more inclined to describe this polish color as terracotta.

I don’t think I have another shade like this, as I usually shy away from them. They always seem a little musty, don’t they? I think it’s the greyed tone that seems off in a red-orange. I must say, though, that China Glaze has done a great job with this terracotta cream. It’s surprisingly flattering and I don’t think it looks old fashioned at all. It’s a keeper for me! Application was very nice with this color: two coats was perfect.

And, as tomorrow is Halloween, I’d say this is a nice, conservative option if pumpkin oranges aren’t really your thing.

China Glaze (Nail Lacquer) - Life Preserver

China Glaze Nail Lacquer, 0.5 fl. oz. / 14 mL. MSRP $7.50 US. China Glaze nail lacquers are free of dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze — Papaya Punch

Collection: 2011, Island Escape (Summer)

Here’s a fun orange from China Glaze.

Papaya Punch is maybe a little less like the inside of a papaya, and more like the inside of a persimmon. It’s a light carrot orange cream with a touch of pastel about it. It’s bright, happy and one of the cuter oranges I have. However, application was a little tricky (the way pastels have a tendency to be streaky) and it required three coats for full, even coverage.

China Glaze (Nail Lacquer) - Papaya Punch

China Glaze Nail Lacquer, 0.5 fl. oz. / 14 mL. MSRP $7.50 US. China Glaze nail lacquers are free of dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and added formaldehyde.


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