Tagged: varnish

YSL La Laque Couture Spicy Spring Collection 2014

YSL La Laque Couture Spicy Spring Collection 2014

Spotted in my local Boots yesterday. Nice – if slightly 80s – colours. Probably a pass for me. Apols for wonky photo. Husband took it under duress!


Review – A-England Galahad Nail Polish

An oldie but a goodie.  This has been sat in my stash for about 11 months since the last wear.  I don’t know why I forgot about it as the colour is beautiful.  I think it’s my favourite tealy-blue that I’ve owned, and matches my favourite Vivienne Westwood handbag perfectly.  (Mine is bigger than this… and better, ha ha!)

A-England polishes are fab and apply like a dream, and last for about a week on me.  These pics are with two coats and a top-coat.  


My only complaint is that there is no mixing ball in the bottles.  After 11 months without being touched, they had separated a little and it was a slight PITA to shake them back together.  This picture of the bottle on its side shows you what I mean.  I’m going to try to track down some ball bearings and pop them into the bottle.Nails3

A-England polishes are £9 each within the UK from Adina’s site, and can also be bought worldwide.

I would definitely re-purchase this as it is such a gorgeous colour that lasts so well.

Have you tried any A-England polishes?  What’s your favourite shade?

Love, SnailPolish x

Review – Chanel Le Vernis Alchimie No. 591

Long time no post!  Sorry about that – it’s a very busy time of year at work and I always forget how draining the past/next couple of weeks are.  That, coupled with the damp grey days and early nights, are a recipe for misery, lol!

Anyway.   Chanel’s Alchime.  Part of its 2013 A/W Superstition collection, which I purchased along with Mysterious on the week of its release.  I’d not got around to using it until last week, mainly because I was too tired to devote the necessary brain power required for a focused, brush-free application.  (Foils and brush strokes are par for the course, and don’t bother me too much.  As long as they are straight.)

I finally got round to using this, and was looking forward to seeing its golden-olive tones on my tips.  I mean, what a fab colour.


Isn’t it?


Not on my nails.


On my nails it is green.  Definitely green.Nails4

It does something strange in the transition from bottle to nail.  And it is not simply the lighting.  This photo clearly shows the difference between the colour in the bottle and the colour on the nail.

So disappointing.

Now, on the plus side, it applied ok in two coats and wasn’t too brushy.  It chipped a bit easily (this mani here is four days old) but I find that with all frosts.  I think the metallic particles make it less flexible to knocks and stresses than creme glosses.

But it IS green (on me).

Would I repurchase?  No.  It’s green, ffs!*

Have you ever had a chameleon-esque polish, and was it for better or worse?

* – I like green polish.  When I have chosen green.  Not when I have chosen golden olive

Review – Illamasqua Facet Nail Polish

I really love Illamasqua nail polishes, although I have neglected them in my recent high-end gluttony.  However, I just could resist their new shade – Facet – which is part of the Sacred Hour collection.

Illamasqua describe Facet as ‘grey crystal’, which is somewhat obtuse if you’re looking to purchase without seeing it in the flesh!  The base of this nail colour is a smokey, taupe-leaning grey that is flecked with warm copper micro glitter.  Despite the glitter, this is not too in-you-face blingy as the muted base calms everything down.  I normally have an aversion to glitter polish, but to me this is more shimmery that sparkly, although this does come alive in direct sunlight.



All of the photos have been taken with a flash.  It’s so gloomy today, and I felt that flash photos captured the polish more honestly.


I’ve had this polish on for two days and it is immaculate, despite doing some heavy-duty chores.  I’ve used it with my regular Illamasqua base, and the combo feels exceptionally robust.  As an experiment, I am not taking this off until it is knackered, so I will update you on its longevity.

Overall, I am really pleased with this, and would repurchase (hypothetically, of course.  Who has ever actually finished a nail varnish?).  This retails for £14.50, and I was pleased to save 10% at a recent Debenhams event.

Will you be exploring the many dimensions of Facet?

Review – Dior Vernis No. 382 Destin


Yum yum yum.  I’m a little in love with Dior’s Autumn-Winter Metallics Collection.  I have bought the Bonne Etoile palette, and used it, but like a div I forgot to swatch it.  I’ll make up for that shortly!

Today I want to show you the fab nail polish that is Destin.  I would describe this as a metallic lavender that has a discernible warm-leaning mauve/beige cast in certain lights.Nails2

This is slightly frosty, and if you are not careful, you will get visible brush strokes.  However, as frosts go, I think the brush strokes are minimal, undoubtedly due to the flat tapered brush.


Application was a breeze – one coat nearly does it, and two is nice and plush.


The photos today are after 5 days wear – the light is beginning to get pretty crappy and today was the first day bright enough to capture it.  So, as you can see, it wears well.  Apart from on the corner of my thumbnail that always chips.  Gah.

As I mentioned in my last post, this is selling out fast.  Two counters that I visited had already sold out, despite them only hitting the shops in the UK last week.


Are you tempted by Destin?  Or do you have fear of the frost?


Love, SnailPolish x

Review – YSL La Laque Couture No. 36 Vert D’Orient

I’m currently making the most of the last of the summer light (I swear I can now smell autumn in the air), and so am also making the most of wearing vibrant summer hues before they look all discombobulating and plain ole wrong!

Last week* I wore YSL’s Vert D’Orient on my nails, which I think is limited for Summer 2013.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  A bright, yet simultaneously muted, jade green.



I love YSL’s packaging.  It has such a luxe feel with the fab metal cap and its satisfying *click*.


And here it is on the nails.  I used a flash here, but have corrected it to a pretty true likeness.  (Like I say, the light is changing – soon we’re going to be plunged into darkness!)Nails3

Yum.  Stellar formula and YSL’s flat brush makes application a breeze.

I’m kind of mourning the imminent end of summer.  This has been the first where I have not felt too hot and bothered because (TMI) I have lost so much weight from my chest, he he.  I’ve enjoyed the warmth on my arms, wearing little summer dresses (i.e. my usual black or grey dresses sans tights) and having brightly coloured nails.  Chanel Lilis in particular.

What will you miss from this summer’s fashion and beauty trends?

Love, SnailPolish x


* I wanted to post this sooner, but I managed to delete  my entire iPhoto library, and had to endure the hell of a shopping centre today – on a Bank Holiday weekend – to get my iMac (yup, the whole massive thing) to the Apple store to be fixed.  Shudder.  It was bloody awful!

Chanel Superstition Collection Le Vernis – Mysterious and Alchimie

I got to see the Chanel Superstition Collection in full on its release date in the Coven Garden Chanel store, and was thrilled!  Sadly, my husband was less than thrilled with my intention to fritter so much money, so I had to pass it by…

…Until today, ha ha!  I’ve ummed and ahhed about what to get.  I really liked the eyeliner, but just cannot justify dropping £19 for around 4cm of product (seriously, twist one up fully next time you are at the counter and prepare to have your flabber ghasted!); and whilst Gri Gri is a gorgeous shade of eyeshadow, £23 seems a lot for a single that has received a relatively poor review from the oracle that is Temptalia.

So, I settled for two of the nail colours instead – Mysterious and Alchemie.  Aren’t they just fabulous?


They complement each other so well!IMG_2551

I cannot wait to try them, and just *know* that they will look fab with some of my recent autumn purchases, such as this Whistles dress and this NW3 dress.

Yum yum.  One more shot for the road?  Ok!

IMG_2552Swatches to follow 🙂

Love, SnailPolish x