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Virago’s Hollywood Glamour collection and swatches!

When I chatted with indie polish brand Virago Varnish‘s owner/creator, Adrienne about her upcoming collection, I kept getting more and more excited. One, because her formulas and colors are awesome. Two, I knew ahead of time the glitters in this set would be beyond belief. I was right! I will add to that and echo her excitement that one of the glitters in the set came with an honor every indie polish maker dreams about. She says, “Virago is excited to announce this stunning lacquer Radiance. It will be gifted at GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge honoring the 2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters!” How cool is that?! I will start there after I show you the bottles! 🙂

4 fab glitter polishes. On top is Radiance and from L-R: Stellar, Allure and Glamorous.

4 fab glitter polishes. On top is Radiance and from L-R: Stellar, Allure and Glamorous.

Radiance!

I shot all the glitter polishes in full sun (and thank you Sun for appearing yesterday when I shot these!). Just for fun I did a gradient over a pale blue on the accent nail. This baby sure shines!

I shot all the glitter polishes in full sun (and thank you Sun for appearing yesterday when I shot these!). Just for fun I did a gradient over a pale blue on the accent nail. This baby sure shines!

I LOVE Radiance! It glows on your nail is sun or regular lighting. Radiance is described as, "Radiance couldn't be a better fitting name for this lacquer. The holographic effect is so compelling that you'll be staring at your nails all day. The holographic glitter in this lacquer is nostalgic of a 1960’s jacquard dinner dress."

I LOVE Radiance! It glows on your nail is sun or regular lighting. Radiance is described as, “Radiance couldn’t be a better fitting name for this lacquer. The holographic effect is so compelling that you’ll be staring at your nails all day. The holographic glitter in this lacquer is nostalgic of a 1960’s jacquard dinner dress.”

Allure!

Who can resist a polish like Allure? Seriously smooth, like Glamorous and although no topcoat is require over these two coats, you could use that if you're wanting to do stamping over this GORGEOUS holo glitter. I didn't want to take it off!

Who can resist a polish like Allure? Seriously smooth, like Glamorous and although no topcoat is require over these two coats, you could use that if you’re wanting to do stamping over this GORGEOUS holo glitter. I didn’t want to take it off!

Allure is one of those holos you don't want to take off. Did I mention it's smooth as a baby's "you-know-what"? Allure is described as, "Inspired by 1940s Old Hollywood, Allure does not disappoint. It’s like having a vintage sliver sequenced chiffon dress in a bottle. The holo in this lacquer is so intense that all eyes will be on your nails." Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Allure is one of those holos you don’t want to take off. Did I mention it’s smooth as a baby’s “you-know-what”? Allure is described as, “Inspired by 1940s Old Hollywood, Allure does not disappoint. It’s like having a vintage sliver sequenced chiffon dress in a bottle. The holo in this lacquer is so intense that all eyes will be on your nails.”
Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Glamorous!

Ok, as I painted this one on I was seriously and immediately in love. Then it dried smooth and I was like, "whaaaa?" All that glitzyness and smooth as silk. I did a gradient over Majestic.

Ok, as I painted this one on I was seriously and immediately in love. Then it dried smooth and I was like, “whaaaa?” All that glitzyness and smooth as silk. I did a gradient over Majestic.

Glamorous, all I can say is "WOW"! Also super smooth! Glamorous is described as, "Like a vintage 1950s black tulle Chantilly lace dress. Glamorous is a classy holographic micro-glitter lacquer in a black jelly base. The holo effect in this lacquer is mesmerizing." Finish: Semi Matte, Micro-Glitter Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Glamorous, all I can say is “WOW”! Also super smooth! Glamorous is described as, “Like a vintage 1950s black tulle Chantilly lace dress. Glamorous is a classy holographic micro-glitter lacquer in a black jelly base. The holo effect in this lacquer is mesmerizing.”
Finish: Semi Matte, Micro-Glitter
Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Stellar!

Stellar is right! And look at her over black, wow! It's like holographic blue sugar!

Stellar is right! And look at her over black, wow! It’s like holographic blue sugar!

Stellar is such a gorgeous glitter and I love those little hints of purple. Stellar is described as, "Inspired by a 1950s flocked Chiffon dress, Stellar is a dazzling lacquer with various holographic micro-glitters in a clear base. As with all glitter lacquers from the Hollywood Glamour collection, Stellar also possesses intense holographic display." Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Stellar is such a gorgeous glitter and I love those little hints of purple. Stellar is described as, “Inspired by a 1950s flocked Chiffon dress, Stellar is a dazzling lacquer with various holographic micro-glitters in a clear base. As with all glitter lacquers from the Hollywood Glamour collection, Stellar also possesses intense holographic display.”
Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Now on to the rest of the Hollywood Glamour collection with the other five elegant polishes. Each one destined to be award winning!

Five glorious formulas, from left: Elegance, Luxurious, Charisma, Majestic and Exclusive (which is a limited quantity you want to get your hands on!)

Five glorious formulas, from left: Elegance, Luxurious, Charisma, Majestic and Exclusive (which is a limited quantity you want to get your hands on!)

I will start with one that is very limited so you’re going to want to get your hands on this stunner Exclusive (maybe two?) before they are gone.

Well, Exclusive is named this for a reason. It's a LTD polish, so you may want to order a couple!

Well, Exclusive is named this for a reason. It’s a LTD polish, so you may want to order a couple!

Exclusive is, oh my gosh, perfection! I can see why it's name that. ONE COATER! Totally! Exclusive is described as, "Reminiscent of a 1940s champagne evening gown worn by old Hollywood’s best, Exclusive is a beautiful pearlescent lacquer. Only limited quantities of this lacquer are available. This lacquer will not be restocked." Finish: Pearlescent, Semi-matte Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Exclusive is, oh my gosh, perfection! I can see why it’s name that. ONE COATER! Totally! Exclusive is described as, “Reminiscent of a 1940s champagne evening gown worn by old Hollywood’s best, Exclusive is a beautiful pearlescent lacquer. Only limited quantities of this lacquer are available. This lacquer will not be restocked.”
Finish: Pearlescent, Semi-matte
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Charisma!

1-coater Charisma is satiny blue that is so classy. Pretty darn amazing!

1-coater Charisma is satiny blue that is so classy. Pretty darn amazing!

One of my faves of the bunch. Amazing on my nails! Charisma is described as, "If a vintage navy blue mesh silk chiffon dress was poured into a bottle it would be Charisma. Charisma is a gorgeous deep-navy blue nail lacquer that has glamour written all over it." Finish: Metallic, Semi-matte Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

One of my faves of the bunch. Amazing on my nails! Charisma is described as, “If a vintage navy blue mesh silk chiffon dress was poured into a bottle it would be Charisma. Charisma is a gorgeous deep-navy blue nail lacquer that has glamour written all over it.”
Finish: Metallic, Semi-matte
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Majestic!

Majestic is a shimmery metallic eggplant and opaque in 2 thin coats. It's sure to be your next lemming!

Majestic is a shimmery metallic eggplant and opaque in 2 thin coats. It’s sure to be your next lemming!

Majestic is a classic eggplant with a fab formula! Majestic is described as, "1939 has been known as Hollywood’s majestic year. Some of the most successful known films of all time were released in 1939. Majestic is an eggplant color nail lacquer inspired for a time when Hollywood was at its best. Majestic has a slight blue, pink, and light purple shimmer." Finish: Metallic, Shimmer Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Majestic is a classic eggplant with a fab formula! Majestic is described as, “1939 has been known as Hollywood’s majestic year. Some of the most successful known films of all time were released in 1939. Majestic is an eggplant color nail lacquer inspired for a time when Hollywood was at its best. Majestic has a slight blue, pink, and light purple shimmer.”
Finish: Metallic, Shimmer
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Elegance!

What a gorgeous transitional plum. Great for any season. This metallic only took 2 coats for me.

What a gorgeous transitional plum. Great for any season. This metallic only took 2 coats for me.

Elegance in a bottle, oh yes, yes it is! Elegance is described as, "Inspired by the 1950s A-line swing dresses, Elegance is vivid plum colored lacquer that is graceful yet tantalizing." Finish: Metallic Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Elegance in a bottle, oh yes, yes it is! Elegance is described as, “Inspired by the 1950s A-line swing dresses, Elegance is vivid plum colored lacquer that is graceful yet tantalizing.”
Finish: Metallic
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Luxurious!

Aptly named, Luxurious is also a 1-coater! This type of gold is a must have.

Aptly named, Luxurious is also a 1-coater! This type of gold is a must have.

And for that feel of the Golden Age of Luxurious living, this is not to be missed. Luxurious is described as, "Seeing that one gold satin dress on the red carpet screams luxury. Luxurious is a stunning metallic gold-bronze lacquer with a hint of sliver shimmer that is truly captivating." Finish: Metallic, Shimmer Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

And for that feel of the Golden Age of Luxurious living, this is not to be missed. Luxurious is described as, “Seeing that one gold satin dress on the red carpet screams luxury. Luxurious is a stunning metallic gold-bronze lacquer with a hint of sliver shimmer that is truly captivating.”
Finish: Metallic, Shimmer
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

The Hollywood Glamour collection will be released on March 6, 2015, just a few days away, so go start picking out your faves! Virago should be proud of this amazing collection.

I’d also add that the .45 oz bottles are great to display in their square bottles with matte caps. Easy to handle and the brushes are just perfect!

Deets on shipping and stuff! Shipping: US: $2.68 for the first bottle and $.75 for each bottle thereafter.

Canada: (USD) $5.00 for the first bottle and $1.00 for each bottle thereafter.

Australia and UK: $5.00 for the first bottle and $2.50 for each bottle thereafter.

*FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $50! Use code 50FREESHIP

“5-Free Product” – Does not contain camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde resins.

Find Virago here!

http://www.viragovarnish.com
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*These products were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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Super Nails Birthstone Collection Pt. 1

This is my first experience swatching for Super Nails. I’m no stranger to glitter toppers. I’ve reviewed plenty. Although I have swatched my share of minis, I truthfully admit I hate trying to hold these lil stinkers with one hand and holding my big ole DSLR camera in the other. It’s tough! No, it’s sometimes painful. But owner KC said most of her sales are her minis and that’s what she likes to advertise. Far be it from me to change her business model. I am telling you, whether you pick up full size or minis, you will love the quality of her polishes.

Prepare yourself and grab some coffee or tea…tons of photos coming right up. I will be reviewing 6 birthstone polishes from,the collection. Three in this post and three in the next. In between I’ll delight you with a gorgeous custom KC created for me for which I’m over the moon about! First up is April Diamond.

April Diamond is spelled BLING!

April Diamond is spelled BLING!


Great even if you weren't born in April!

Great even if you weren’t born in April!

KC describes April Diamond as “Clear polish base with dense silver metallic glitters of all sizes. Would be a great glitter topper for use in a glitter gradient manicure, or simply on top of any color.”

Diamonds really are a girl's best friend!

Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!


This glitter topper is loaded, seriously loaded! And it goes on smooth, never clumpy or stringy.

This glitter topper is loaded, seriously loaded! And it goes on smooth, never clumpy or stringy.

Next is June Pearl. So soft and delicate. This will be a great topper for some Christmas mani because it reminds me of snow!

June Pearl is so elegant.

June Pearl is so elegant.


Pearls may be old school but that's what makes them so special.

Pearls may be old school but that’s what makes them so special.

Again, the formula was quite pleasing. Not quite as densely packed as Diamond, but I found it perfect for dispersion because I’m planning a great lil winter scene when it turns cold again!

Gorgeous placed over any base shade.

Gorgeous placed over any base shade.


As you can see in this macro shot, the delicate matte pearl glitters are so soft looking. A great glitter if you want to wear it to the office without blinding your boss!
Macro on the nail.

Macro on the nail.

KC describes June Pearl as “Clear polish base with dense pearly white glitters of all sizes. Would be a great glitter topper for use in a glitter gradient manicure, or simply on top of any color.”

Bottle macro.

Bottle macro.

And the last of the three for today’s post, July Ruby! Remember to come back in a couple of days for the follow up with the other three I’m reviewing: August Peridot, September Sapphire and October Opal.

July Ruby is a true Ruby red. A perfect red!

July Ruby is a true Ruby red. A perfect red!

Makes me wish I was born in July, but I was born in January (Garnet). Close!

Makes me wish I was born in July, but I was born in January (Garnet). Close and I can’t wait to see what my birthstone polish will look like!

There were so many ways I could have swatched this beauty for you. Even with the mini size bottle, the size of the glitters were not difficult to apply. I decided on this holo filled blue, sort of patriotic, called Dream, by Zoya for my base coat.

This will be great to use for your holiday nail art as well!

This will be great to use for your holiday nail art as well!

KC describes July Ruby as “Clear polish base with holographic and metallic red glitters, and tiny hexes.”

July Ruby is simply gorgeous. Imagine it in a jelly sandwich!

July Ruby is simply gorgeous. Imagine it in a jelly sandwich!

Here are a couple macro shots of Ruby…

Macro shot on the nail. One coat over red undies.

Macro shot on the nail. One coat over red undies.


July Ruby in the bottle.

July Ruby in the bottle.

That’s it for today. I should have the other toppers swatched in a couple of days.

I’ve found that using little squares of felt does an amazing job and way better than cotton balls. I had no problem removing any of these glitters at all. But, back to Super Nails!

Here is the backstory KC sent me about why she chose to produce birthstone polishes! “Birthstone polishes! I used to manage a bead and jewelry shop, so birthstones were a very common material for me to work with. I wanted to put both of my hobbies (of making jewelry and making nail polish) together, by creating gemstone inspired nail polishes. I began with the basic and most popular gemstones, because everyone has a birthday!”

Makes sense to me. 🙂 One would think you’d see more birthstone polishes out there dedicated to the gem of your month. This is a great idea and would make great birthday gifts for those polish lovin’ gals in your life.

Find Supernails at
Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuperNails
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Super1Nails
Instagram: @kseagale
Blog: http://www.super1nails.blogspot.com

These products were provided to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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The Great White, Ruby White Tips that is.

RubyWhiteTips

RubyWhiteTips

On February 5 I posted here my love of Ruby White Tips indie polish. At that time I had only swatched P Wagon and to tell you the truth, I hated to take it off. It is such a beautiful neutral but of course, I swatch and review nearly every day. So today I decided to give you more insight in a quick review of the other three polishes I have from RWT. I love every single one!

Cleptomaniac

Cleptomaniac


Here we have the shimmery purple, Cleptomaniac. It’s a foil shimmer with undercurrents of pink shimmer and it’s a sultry one that will surely steal your heart. The formula is nearly a one coater but I did two here.
Clutzy

Clutzy


Next we have my favorite in Clutzy. I’ll admit it now. After these swatches I painted this one on every finger! The nearly mirror shine of this color shifting foil goes from pale blue to silver to lavender. And in the sun you can see the spectraflair-like sparkle that will amaze you. Again, the formula is a dream to work with, great brush, and I used two coats.
Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul


Last but not least, we have Better Call Saul and it’s the most sheer of the bunch. I used her here in three but if you painted it over another shade of the same bunch, or any neutral cream, you could get away with two. Same high quality formula and smooth and easy to work with. Just in a sheer version. With healthy nails, you could pull this off in one coat as a sheer whisper of color. It seems like a white, but it’s more like an ever-so-pale platinum with a hint of greenish and blush shimmer. Really unique. Here are a couple shots of Clutzy in the sun and shade just to show you how the micro holographic glitters shine.
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Clutzy in the shade

Clutzy in the shade


I’m looking forward to getting more of the gorgeous shades from Ruby White tips. They are really beautiful! Remember to visit Laura Toff’s store here at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RubyWhiteTips and tell her I sent you.
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