Swatch It Out: Random Polish Swatches #1

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


I'm excited to bring y'all a new series that I am doing both here and on my Youtube Channel called:  Swatch It Out.  (Video will be embedded at the bottom of this post once live as well.)

For each one of these segments, I'll be picking 7 random polishes from my collection, which ranges from $1 retail polishes to salon and indie brands, and doing still photo and live swatches. 

I had been wanting to do something similar to this for a long time, but I hadn't had the time nor set up to properly do it.  I've run across a lot of the popular nail polish vloggers doing live swatches, and I just thought it was so neat.  Though, I could watch someone paint their nails all day long.  Haha!

Another purpose of me doing these is to go through my polishes.  I must confess that a lot of my collection sits un-worn and un-swatched.   So, I really need to go through them and destash where necessary.  So, I thought this was a great way to do that in a fun way.  (And a slow way since it will be hard to part with any.  Haha!)   I hope to do these at least once a month.  :D

Each time, I'll also pick my favorite of the 7 and my least favorite and tell if I am letting go of any.  Just because.  Why not?

Enough of that!  Let's get to the swatches!




Sephora by OPI - Looks Like Rain, Dear

I originally picked this up at Big Lots for $1.80.

I have been enamoured with this polish since I swatched it on my swatch stick for my a polish haul (post here.)  It was opaque in one medium to thick coat on the stick.  It was like a super glitter hiding in a regular disguise.  Haha!

It did very well on the natural nail as well.  It was opaque in 2 thin to medium coats with no undie.  I absolutely love it.  I just wish I would have picked up another to share.  


Revlon ColorStay - Wild Strawberry

I purchased this one at Big Lots for $1.50.

I am completely in love with this one, and it is my favorite pick of this set of 7.  Which is odd, because I don't usually wear pinks like this and hate metallic-like finishes.  But...it's so good!

It seriously went on like a dream.  It was so easy to control the polish, and I never worried that I might flood my cuticle.  It was very smooth, shiny, and opaque in 2 medium coats.  I just couldn't get it out of my head after I swatched it at all.

The only downside of this one that I could see is that it isn't the fastest to dry.  It does take 3 minutes or so between coats.


Covergirl Outlast - Midnight Magic

I originally picked this up at Kroger on clearance for around $1.

I was very surprised with this one, because the first coat went on so sheer and streaky.  It completely transformed on the 2nd coat to what you see above.  I was so happy.

The formula is very nice, but I hate the clunky, square bottle-tops.  It makes it very hard to hold and maneuver.  Other than that, I think it was fabulous and dried quickly between coats.  Next time, I think I am going to try one coat over a dark blue or black.  I think it would look very nice like that as well. 


Revlon Top Speed - Cloud

I got this lovely in a friend mail package from one of my amazing subscribers on Youtube.  (Thank you, Rachel!)  These can be found at Dollar Tree, Big Lots, and various places on clearance for around $1 now.

I just love the color of this one!  I am always hesitant with fast dry polishes, because they don't ever seem to agree with my body chemistry.

This one did fine, though.  It was opaque in 3 coats and dried fairly quickly.  It went on pretty well, but it was a little uneven and streaky in a few places.  With a top coat, it completely evens out.  I have worn this one many times, and I get at least 3 days wear time out of it.  That's amazing for a quick dry polish on my nails. 


Milani - Lavender
(over Revlon Top Speed Cloud)

I got this in a friend mail package from a great friend of mine: Katie.  (Thank you!)  I believe she found it at the Dollar Tree for $1.

This one was probably the most disappointing of the bunch.

You did get a lot of glitter without fishing in application, but it was only the small glitters as you can see above.  I was lucky to get 5 of the larger pieces per nail after 2 coats.

The base was also a little goopy, and I had to be careful not to flood my cuticle.  It did dry fairly fast, and it had a great and shiny finish.  I had a hard time minimizing my glare to take the shot it was so shiny.

Overall, it was a decent glitter.  Nothing bad about it, but it is the least favorite of mine out of the seven today.


NYC - Rule the City

I picked this up at Kmart a couple months ago for $1.99 or so, and I used a $1 off coupon that was attached to the display.

This is the first NYC polish that I have ever worn or swatched.  Can you believe it?  I have a couple others in my collection, but I just haven't gotten to them yet.  They are also really hard to find in my area.

This polish was great, and it was completely opaque in 2 coats.  I went on smoothly, dried very fast, and didn't have any streakiness.  I have a couple others from this same collection that I am going to have to break out soon, because this was just fabulous.


LA Colors Color Craze - Candy Sprinkles

I picked this one up last summer for $1 at the Dollar Tree after seeing it on one of the youtuber's channels that I watch (ChaChaCakes.)

I am really surprised at this one! It was great.  It went on pretty well, especially for a glitter of this type.  It also dried really fast.  I didn't have to fish at all for any glitter.  It was just smooth sailing, easy peasy, and well...you get the idea.

The only cons I would say is that the formula may seem thick to some people, and the brush handle is really short.  I am not a fan of the bottle tops and brushes of these polishes, anyway, and it can make it hard to manipulate the polish to go where and how you want it.

Overall I am very pleased with it, and I'll probably be sporting this quite a bit in the spring this year. 

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Thoughts on this Set:

Least Favorite:

I think that all of these polishes are pretty good.  There is no clear dud.  None are unwearable.  If I had to pick one, I would say the Milani Lavender glitter.  I say that mainly because I have much better glitters on my collection.  So, I wouldn't be that sad to see it go.  I'm going to place it in my maybe pile. 

Favorite:

I am still surprised that I liked the Revlon ColorStay in Wild Strawberry the best.  I just couldn't get it out of my head for a long time after I swatched it.  It just made me so dang happy to look at it.  The formula was just amazing as well.  Eeee!

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Thank y'all so much for reading!  I hope you enjoyed this first installment into more swatching to come from yours truly.  Love and great polish bargain finds to all.  <3

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Video With Live Swatches!




Again, thank you everyone for indulging me in my nail nerdiness!  :D

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