Swatch It Out: Random Polishes #7

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


It's that time once again where I scour through my polish collection for 7 random polishes to swatch for y'all.  I got a pretty diverse mix today ranging in price from $1 to about $12, as well as, a mix of drug store and high end.

Can y'all believe we are on #7 already?! Wow!




Revlon Brilliant Strength - Entice

The swatch picture shows 2 coats without a top coat under a daylight bulb.

I picked this one up at CVS during one of there semi annual beauty mark down sales.  I have seen people finding these at Big Lots and Dollar Tree, too.

I was pleasantly surprised by this polish.  I didn't have high hopes, because I didn't have much luck with another polish in this collection awhile back.

This one was great, though.  The formula was very nice, not too thick or thin.  It went on the nail and stayed where I wanted it.  The finish is also quite nice even without a top coat.


Luxe Lacquers - Siena

The swatch picture shows 3 coats without a top coat under a daylight bulb.

I got this one in the Luxe Lacquers subscription box which is no longer active.as far as I know.  I did do a blog post with still swatches back when I got the box.  You can check that post out HERE.

I do like the way this one looks next to my skin tone which is rare for a yellow.  I feel like that they usually look better on darker skin tones, but this one seems to work for a wider variety.

The formula was pretty good.  It was just a hair on the thin side if I'm being extra picky, but it was very manageable and not difficult to work with at all.

I wasn't too fond of the fact that I needed 3 coats to reach opacity.  I wasn't surprised since this is a yellow polish, and they are notorious for having bad formulas.  For a yellow, this one did very well.


Julep - Shari

The swatch picture above shows 2 coats without a top coat.

I received this polish in a prize mail from a giveaway on Niecy Parham's channel on youtube.  You can check her out HERE.  She does all kinds of videos, and I just love her channel.

I didn't know what to expect since this was my first Julep polish.  I had always wondered about them since so many people get their subscription box.

The formula was really good.  The formula was beyond fantastic if we take into account how light of a polish it is.  I swear it's easier to find a gold nugget in a mud hole than a super light polish that isn't streaky as everything.

The only thing I wasn't too fond of was the bottle, wand, handle, and brush itself.  The wand is super long, and the handle is super short.  So, it was a bit difficult for me to manage.  I think if I used more Julep polishes that it wouldn't be an issue, but it was awkward for me this first time.  The bottle is also super tall and skinny, and I kept knocking it over.  Haha!

I really loved how the polish looked like on the nail.  This may be my new job interview polish.  Yes!


Sally Hansen Sugar Coat - Razzleberry

The picture above shows 2 coats without a top coat under a daylight bulb.

I picked this one up either at Kmart on clearance or Big Lots for $1.  A lot of people have been finding these on sale at drug stores as well.

When I was going through polishes to see which one I could donate, I decided to keep this one after swatching it on a swatch stick.  I'm not the biggest fan of textured polishes, but I just like this one for some reason.

The formula is great.  It went on like a dream.  It was also almost opaque in one coat.

The only bad thing that I can say about it is that it is prone to staining.  So, do be aware of that if you go to wear this one.  It almost stained my nails through 2 layers of yellow stopper.


Sephora By OPI - It's All About Me

The picture above shows 3 coats without a top coat under daylight bulb.

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

The formula on this one is pretty nice and easier to manage.  It is a bit on the sheer side.  Even after 3 coats, you can still see my nail line a bit.  I may try this one in a "jelly sandwich" manicure or something later to see how it does.

I'm also not the biggest fan of the brushes from this line.  They are square, large, and fan out.  It makes it a little difficult if you have sad, short, and stubby nail beds like me.  Haha!


Covergirl - Salt Water Taffy

The above picture shows 2 coats without a top coat.

I picked this one up at Kroger in the manager's special bin for around $1.

This one has a really nice formula.  It isn't too thick or thin, and it's easy to manage.  There was just a couple very minor streaks after the 2 coats, but I feel like they would be remedied by a top coat.

The only thing I don't like about this polish is the cap.  (This is a day of packaging complaints, isn't it? Haha!)

The wand is really short, and the handle is so bulky this it makes it can make it difficult to apply the polish on the nail.


LA Colors Color Craze - Cocktail

The picture above shows 1 coat without a top coat over a clear base coat.

I picked this one up at Dollar Tree for $1.

The formula on this one is not too bad.  It is slightly on the thicker side but not to the point of being goopy.  I've had some glitters that are like trying to get half dried school glue up out the bottle, y'all.  Ugh.

Anyway...

The formula on this one is manageable, and the glitter pay off is quite nice for a topper.  I didn't do any fishing, angling, putting the bottle upside down beforehand, whispering soft encouraging words to it, or anything like that.  I got that much glitter by just giving it a quick shake before I started and just placing the brush in there.

In the video with live swatches below, you can see what it looks like over Salt Water Taffy

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Final Thoughts:  

There were no clear stand outs to me this week.  None of them made me want to run around squealing like a dolphin and forgo all adult responsibilities for a few hours to slap them back on my nails.  (This may or may not have happened last week with Power Periwinkle.  Just saying.)

None of these were really bad duds either, thankfully.

If I had to pick a winner, I'd pick Entice with Shari and Salt Water Taffy as honorable mentions.

I was disappointed that I needed 3 coats of It's All About Me and Siena.  So, I am still on the fence as to whether I am going to pass those along to someone or retire them as craft paints for me to use.  I really like the way Siena looks on my nails.  The polish struggle persists!

I'm also just not sure if I love or hate textured polishes.  I forever go back and forth.  :)

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Video with Live Swatches



Or watch on youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OIja3tRaHs

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*Not sponsored.  If I was, I might have enough money to buy a new camera or at least one made after 2010.  Haha! ;)

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