Swatch It Out: Random Polish #11

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


It's time to swatch seven random polishes from my collection once again to see if they are worth keeping or would be better suited for a craft project.




Revlon ColorStay - Vintage Rose

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

I picked this polish up last year from Big Lots for $1.50, but these have been showing up for $1 at other discount retailers lately.

This is one of my absolute favorite polishes to wear in the colder months. I usually get at least a week of wear out of it with a base and top coat.

The formula is pretty good, and the finish is nice even without a top coat.  I'm still forever baffled as to why they discontinued this awesome line of polishes in favor of the Gel Envy line.


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Somber Bliss

The picture above shows 2 coats without a top coat under a daylight bulb.  The color is slightly warmer and darker in person than in the picture.

I picked this one up on clearance at Kmart for around a dollar.  These usually retail for around $7, but they can be found on clearance or at discount stores for much less pretty often.

The formula on this one is an absolute dream.  It went on so easily and very smoothly. I also like the salon brush that comes with this line.  It's wider than normal ones but not ridiculously so.

I actually am wearing this one as I type this and have had it on for over a week (with a base and top coat added.)  I have a little tip wear and one minor chip on the corner of my peeling nail on my ring finger.  I have been really rough on my nails this week, too.  I was even in the hospital for some tests and the whole bit. (Nurses said my polish was gorgeous.  Oh yes, I was styling on the table y'all!)


Broadway Nails - Gunmetal

The picture above shows one coat over top of Sally Hansen Somber Bliss under a daylight bulb.

I picked this polish up at Dollar General for $1 which is the everyday price.

I couldn't resist the rainbow holographic glitter, y'all.  It had to come home with me.

The formula is a great consistency, but the glitters are a pain in the butt.  They sink right to the bottom of the bottle and are a bear and a half to get on the brush.

If I try this one again, I'm definitely going to set the bottle upside down for awhile before I go to use it.


Broadway Nails Gel Strong - Chalice

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

I picked this polish up for $2 at Dollar General which is the everyday price.

The formula on this one is pretty good.  I was actually surprised at how well it covered on the 2nd coat, because it was sheer as everything after the first coat.

I haven't road tested these yet.  So, I am curious.  I really like the formula but I have heard mixed reviews as to how well they wear.  It seems to be glorious or disastrous for people on that front.

I will say that these don't have those toxic death fumes that the regular Broadway polishes seems to have.  Haha!


Kiss New York - Mermaid

The picture above shows 2 coats without a top coat under a daylight bulb. The polish is slightly darker and warmer toned in person than in the picture.

I picked this one up at Kmart for around $4.

Wow!  This polish literally shows every flaw and bump in my pitiful nails.  It wasn't as noticeable in person, but it is brutal in the picture.  Haha!

The formula on this one is pretty good.  The problem, for me, lies with the brush.  It is freaking huge!  It's the biggest brush I've ever seen on a polish. It made it difficult to work at times since I have short pitiful nails beds.


Milani - Fuchsia Fierce

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

I picked this one up a little while back at Dollar Tree for $1.

The formula on this one is a hair on the thin side but pretty good overall.  I forever love a one coat polish.  The problems I could see with this one is potential staining and wear time.

Milani polishes, in my experience, are usually hit and miss with the wear time.  You either get a bulletproof manicure or one that doesn't last a full day.

It is definitely beautiful, vibrant, and fierce in the swatch.  Oh yes!


LA Colors Gel Extreme - Risque

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

I picked this one up at Big Lots for $2 which is the everyday price.

This is one that looks much better in person and in the picture than it did during the live swatch (video below.)  It really has a nice finish.

The formula is okay.  It is manageable but a little on the thick side.  I also don't like the brushes and short wands on this line.  The soft brush coupled with the thicker formula can make it be a bit of a pain especially when you are working with a dark color like this one.

I really do like the finish look and will be keeping my eye out for other polishes from this line.

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Final Thoughts:  

Winner of the Week: Milani Fuchsia Fierce

That fact that is was an easily manageable one coater earned it the title.  Also, it's hot pink.  Oh yes.

My Personal Favorite: Sally Hansen Somber Bliss, Revlon Vintage Rose

These are my personal favorites that I would bite the arm of a person trying to take them away from me clean off.  (I got some big rabbit teeth in the front, too.)

Retiring Polish: Broadway Nail Gunmetal

This adds a nice effect to the polish, but I have other glitters with a similar finish that aren't as difficult to use.  I am not about fishing for glitter.  I also have a couple craft projects in mind for later for which this would do quite nicely.

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Video (With Live Swatches)



Or Watch On Youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH9v1lhXSMM

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*Not sponsored.  I bought all these polishes myself.

*My first impressions and opinions are based on my experience with these particular bottle of polish.

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