Swatch It Out: Random Polishes #15 | Nail Polish Swatches

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


It's time once again for another Swatch It Out.  Oh yeah!

If you aren't familiar with this series, I take seven random nail polishes from my collection and swatch them for y'all.  I also talk about the formula and wear time and whatnot where applicable.  I post this series every other Tuesday on here and on my youtube channel.

Enough of that crap, let's swatch it out!




Pure Ice - Moonlight

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

I bought this polish from Walmart for the full retail price of $1.97.

The formula was nice.  It went on very easily without any trouble.

I am bummed that the pretty shimmer that is so apparent in the bottle doesn't translate to the nail.  The shimmer really made it special.


Revlon Colorstay - Fall Mood

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

I bought this polish at Big Lots for $1.50 last year.

The formula on this polish is amazing!  It just glides on the nail smoothly.  If I had a shorter nail line or done a slightly thicker coat, I could have gotten away with one coat.

I have worn this one a few times as a manicure, and I always get the better part of a week out of it with a top coat.


Milani - Juno

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

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

I absolutely love these pale pink colors.  Unfortunately the formula was pretty bad.  It was just thin, runny, and hard to manage.  It also showed any imperfections, like the peels on my middle finger, really badly.

If I have any similar colors in my collection, I may retire this one despite loving the shade. 


Pop-Arazzi - Sparkle-Fetti

The picture above shows 1 coat without a top coat over Milani Juno under a daylight bulb.

I picked this polish up at CVS a while back during a sale.

The formula is pretty good.  It's not too thick, and fishing isn't required for glitter.  I am really underwhelmed by it, though.  It looks so gorgeous in the bottle and quite lackluster on the nail.

This one also has that strong chemical paint like KleanColor and Broadway Nail have.

I may use this one as a craft paint despite it having a good formula, because I feel like I could better utilize the awesome glitter in such an application.


Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy - Ace Spades

The picture above shows 3 coats without a top coat under a daylight bulb.  It is also showing a blue tint in the picture which isn't how it looks in person.  It's a dark charcoal gray in person.

I picked this polish up at CVS during an extra care buck promotion.

The formula is very thick and takes forever to dry.  Despite being really thick, I needed 3 coats to reach opacity.  It was very streaky.  The shimmer in the bottle didn't translate to the nail much at all.

For a newer polish that retails for $7 or so, that's just unacceptable to me.  (Also, I may still be bitter about them discontinuing the old and amazing Colorstay line.)

I've tried to wear this as a manicure twice without success.  Even hours after application, I get major dents.  It's even worse with the Gel Envy top coat.

To be fair, I haven't had any luck with these "Gel-like" polish lines yet.


Essie - Mink Muffs

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

I picked this polish up at Kmart over a year ago on clearance.

The formula is decent.  It is one of the best Essie formula I've come across so far.  I don't have much luck with them.  It goes on fairly smooth without much trouble.

I've worn it a few times and get decent wear: usually around 4-5 days with a top coat.

This is one of the first Essie polishes I ever owned.  So, it makes me happy to even see it.


Barielle - Elle's Spell

The picture above shows 1 coat without a top coat over Essie Mink Muffs.

I picked this polish up directly from the company website during one of their many promotions.

The formula is good, and it transforms any polish in just one coat.  I've used this several times to refresh my manicure, cover up mistakes, and just add something magical to my fingers.  I always get compliments on it every time I wear it (even if it's over a botched manicure.)

I've never come across another polish like it.  It's definitely one of my favorites in my entire collection.

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Final Thoughts: 

Winners:  Fall Mood, Elle's Spell

Fall Mood had the best formula.  I will forever be obsessed with Elle's Spell as well.

Polishes to Retire:  Sparkle-Fetti, Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades' color is not unique enough for me to justify 3 coats, and it take forever to dry.  I also feel that I can use Sparkle-Fetti better in a craft application.  It also just underwhelmed on the nail.

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*Not sponsored in any way.  I bought all these with my own money.

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