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Anna Sui Nail Color N 904

25 Jan

I’ve found that when packaging is especially adorable, the contents can disappoint. So far I haven’t found that to be true with Anna Sui products, and I’m happy to show you all a new one – Nail Color N 904! How did this one hold up to the test? Read on and find out!

Anna Sui Nail Color N 904

Anna Sui Nail Color N 904 - so cute!!!

This was a gift from a friend and I squealed with delight upon opening the box – wouldn’t you? A polish bottle in the shape of a dress form?! Not to mention it’s a gorgeous shade of green. I often don’t buy greens myself – I only have one or two that I really like and I’ve managed to pick others that were very unflattering – so I was happy to receive such a pretty one.

Anna Sui Nail Color N 904

Anna Sui Nail Color N 904

When I started painting my nails, I found that the shape of the brush was very easy to work with – like a firmer OPI. The polish fumes were also far less noxious than usual, and I realized that this is because the lacquer is scented with roses. (Can you believe I’ve had two surprise scented polishes in the span of about a month?) It dried insanely fast. And the best part was that it looked flawless with only two coats! It was a really quick manicure – maybe fifteen minutes tops. I had a great time applying this polish.

Until I messed it up.

To be fair, it wasn’t my fault. The culprit, to my great disappointment?

Seche Vite!

The only thing that I felt this lacquer lacked was serious shine upon application, which is common in quick-dry colors, so I was excited to slap a layer of topcoat on top. Unfortunately, this formula didn’t react well with Seche Vite, causing polish shrinkage – a major bummer. You can see it on the tips and the sides. HOWEVER! This will not keep me from wearing this polish – I’ll just have to get Anna Sui’s topcoat! I’m sure that this wouldn’t happen with their own formula – or I’ll experiment with other topcoats of mine.

And for those of you who don’t use topcoat, this issue won’t even bother you!

Anna Sui Nail Color N 904

Anna Sui Nail Color N 904

So, to recap:

Pros: Awesome brush, won’t choke you to death with its scent (in fact, I could smell the roses days later), very fast drying, perfectly opaque in two coats.

Cons: Doesn’t play well with Seche Vite. The brush was a little unwieldy, but I got over that pretty easily – I’ve used worse.

Want to try it for yourself? Find a location here on Anna Sui’s website, or call to order from the NYC store (212-941-8406). Ask for Monique or Shari!

What do you think, readers? Definitely pretty, don’t you think? Have you ever experienced shrinkage?

Orly Luxe and Color Club Orna-Minted

15 Dec

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, gang! I know I said that Warm and Fozzie was a great choice for all your winter social events, but I’ve got to show you this baby. After all, it’s one of my favorite nail polishes of all time. With an intro like that, how can you resist?

Orly Luxe nail polish

Orly Luxe nail polish

Meet Orly Luxe! You may remember that I wrote about her rose gold sister, Rage, a little while back. Along with their third sister, silver Shine, they are all totally stunning – and my (not-so-secret) easy way to jazz up an outfit. Just like your jewelry, these shades go with everything. Like greige, they’re the perfect neutral polish, but way more fab. They’re equally amazing with jeans and a blazer as they are with your holiday Little Black Dress. Plus, unless you work in finance or something equally suffocating (sorry?), I can see you getting away with these bad boys in the workplace.

Orly Luxe nail polish

Orly Luxe nail polish

I try not to pick favorites, but Luxe is actually my go-to of the three shades. Surprising, as I never wear gold jewelry – but the polish looks so clean and bright, does it not? It doesn’t even need a topcoat, and in fact, I prefer the finish without one – it gives more of a realistic “brushed metal” jewelry effect.

But I kind of wanted to take it to the next level.

I had a holiday party to attend last weekend and was in a crazy rush to get out of the house. And by that, I mean I had twenty minutes to get dressed, put on my makeup, switch purses, and leave. Oh, and I wanted to add a glitter topcoat to my nails. Color Club Orna-Minted handled the pressure well – and added a little surprise to the frenzy before the festivities.

Color Club Orna-Minted nail polish

Color Club Orna-Minted nail polish

As I applied a liberal coat of Orna-Minted glitter topcoat to my ring fingers, I smelled something. And it wasn’t nail polish. It was like Orbit Sweet Mint chewing gum…which has never happened to me while applying nail polish before. I was kind of afraid that I was having an olfactory hallucination, but I didn’t have time to worry about it. I did keep sniffing my nails like a weirdo. FOR TWO DAYS. (By then, I had checked and found out that Orna-Minted is a part of Color Club‘s Scent-suous Collection for this holiday season.) The scent was very strong – in a pleasant way – and lasted even under a thick coat of Seche Vite! I was impressed. The glitter is not typical, which is what drew me to purchasing it at all (I have enough silver glitter topcoats by now). The glitter shapes alternate between small glitter and large, emerald cut pieces – it looks like a bottle of diamonds!

Pros: This is, to be blunt, a bad ass manicure. Yeah, I said it. They’re total Beyoncé nails. They’re also pretty much like Kryptonite in terms of lasting power. Orly Luxe is opaque in two coats. If you’re into scented nail polish, Color Club Orna-Minted is a great one! Not only is the polish itself durable, it lasts a long time scent-wise, with a very pleasant smell to boot. Oh yeah, and this combo is super festive!

Cons: Not the most convenient removal process. Foils are definitely easier to remove than glitters, but I still use the glitter removal technique shown in this post to cut the time I’m chilling with the acetone. The glitter polish was not great to remove, especially the larger pieces. Still – worth it!

Interested in picking up Orly Luxe? You can find it here on Ulta‘s website. I got my bottle of Color Club Orna-Minted at Sally Beauty.

What do you think, readers? Is this not a great alternative to plain red or (shudder) a French manicure for the holidays? It’d look great holding a Champagne flute! Am I right?

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