a tiny bit obsessed with nail polish

Pacifica (7 Free Nail Color) – Red Red Wine

Collection: 2014, 7 Free Nail Color Launch (Fall)

I recently signed up for a beauty subscription box, just to try one out, and I conveniently received another Pacifica nail polish, after having just tried out their new polish line last month. Hey, it’s a red one, which is totally my cup of coffee!

Red Red Wine is a gorgeous deep red cream that stops short of being a vampy polish. It’s exactly the kind of red I love, especially now that cool weather is just around the corner.

Pacifica - Red Red Wine

I was surprised to see that Red Red Wine has a flat brush à la OPI’s Pro-Wide (which I don’t like because it is too big for me). It isn’t quite as large and cumbersome, though, so I am OK with it. The other Pacifica polish I tried, Abalone, doesn’t have a wide brush. Red Red Wine applied pretty nicely, with no bubbles or streaks. It is a thinner formula, however, and after two coats, you can see in the picture that it is still not fully opaque. I personally like my red creams with a luscious consistency on the nail, so I am not thrilled with this. Three coats is better, but let’s be honest, that’s kind of a pain!

The color, on the other hand, is fantastic. It’s like black cherry juice. Love! I can’t see this not working for most skintones due to the deepness of the color.

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color, 0.45 fl. oz. / 13.3 mL. MSRP $9 US/CA (I do appreciate the price not being jacked up in Canada! Yay!). Pacifica nail polish is vegan and cruelty-free. It does not contain parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, and resin.

Pacifica (7 Free Nail Color) – Abalone

Collection: 2014, 7 Free Nail Color Launch (Fall)

I found Pacifica cosmetics on sale recently, and was pleased to find that they have a new line of nail polish, 7 Free Nail Color. I’ve tried and liked Pacifica perfumes, body products, and candles before, so I didn’t hesitate to pick up an eyeshadow palette (which I will review later) and a nail polish.

Abalone seemed like the most unique shade, so that’s what I chose. In the bottle, it’s a medium-toned greenish Tahitian pearl-grey with a fairly strong olive green and amethyst purple iridescence. I feel like we see a lot of green and amethyst iridescent polishes, but this is the first time I think I’ve seen it in a grey base, and that is actually what makes it look very much like its namesake, the interior of an abalone shell.

Pacifica - Abalone

The polish itself is a little on the sheer side, which I was initially disappointed with, but on the other hand, the sheerness does lend itself well to layering over other colors, which is always cool to do with iridescent polishes. The polish built up well, and at two coats I felt like it was enough coverage. The polish did not apply perfectly evenly: even though the iridescence masks a lot of flaws, if you look carefully you can indeed see small streaky areas. Staying power is average (no base coat, Color Club top coat): I have very minor tipwear by Day 3. I don’t think I’d buy another Pacifica polish unless the color was especially unique, as the overall performance is just so-so. I do like the Abalone color very much, though!

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color, 0.45 fl. oz. / 13.3 mL. MSRP $9 US/CA (I do appreciate the price not being jacked up in Canada! Yay!). Pacifica nail polish is vegan and cruelty-free. It does not contain parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, and resin.

Illamasqua (Nail Varnish) – Alarm

As I was picking out my first Illamasqua nail polish, I was pretty torn between their wide selection of colors. Their palette has a very edgy vibe: plenty of purples, blues, greens, vampies, screaming pinks. And yet, I went for the typical fivezero color: Alarm, a vibrant red cream with an underlying tone of traffic pylon red-orange. For some time now, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement for my all-time favorite screamy red, Maybelline Wet Shine in Juicy Tomato. Alarm just about fits the bill, though Juicy Tomato is more of a jelly and Alarm is super pigmented. I suspect that if Alarm was diluted with a clear polish, it’d be very close to Juicy Tomato. The other polish I have that appear similar in the bottle is Zoya Maura (which is less orange-toned). I’ll have to do a comparison for all three!

Anyway, as I was trying Illamasqua for the first time, I was delighted to find that the formula is really superb. It applies so evenly! And, as I mentioned before, the pigmentation is very strong. You can nearly get away with one coat, but I preferred two just to get perfect coverage. Wear time, however, was not exceptional, and I had chipping within two to three days. I will add that I did not use a base coat nor my favorite top coat (I have a bottle of Color Club’s top coat to use up), and I am pretty hard on my hands these days. I won’t hold the wear time against Illamasqua, for now. Overall, this polish is a big yay and I hope to try more soon.

Illamasqua - Alarm

Illamasqua Nail Varnish, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP £14.50 UK, $17 CA. It does not contain toluene, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), formaldehyde gas, and added formalin (liquid formaldehyde).

Zoya Entice & Ignite Collection Wallpapers

I really feel that companies should make wallpapers more often! I really dig the macro shots of Yuna and Teigen polishes. They have sizes up for desktops, tablets and phones.
Link: Zoya Entice & Ignite Collection Wallpapers

Peanut Butter (No) Jelly Time

It’s been a long and wonderful journey outside of fivezero.ca! Now that everything has settled down with our new little peanut, and I no longer have to live off peanut butter on super-high fiber bread, I hope to get back to working full speed ahead on the database website. In the meantime, I have splurged a little on some goodies (you know, the kind that fit even when you need to lose a whole dress size!), and I’ll post pics in the coming weeks.

Here are some very recent acquisitions…

The local department store appears to be clearing out Illamasqua, which I’d never tried before save a couple of powder blushes earlier this year. I took the opportunity to try out their nail polish (of course!).

Photo: Illamasqua Powder Blushers (Beg, Tweak, Naked Rose, with Hussy and Lover, both of which I already had and love) and Nail Varnish (Alarm)

I also spotted some new-to-me Pacifica makeup online, so I picked up an eyeshadow palette and another nail polish

Photo: Pacifica Shadow Palette (Charmed) and 7 Free Nail Color (Abalone)

Finally, most randomly, I was in the pharmacy aisle of the grocery and noticed a lone package of Playtex that came with a free Revlon nail polish. How could I pass that up, right?! Sales are nice, but free is fantastic!

Photo: Revlon Nail Enamel (Impulse 240)

Thanks for reading!

—fz


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