Monday, September 19, 2011

Nail Polish Swatches

Hey guys. Sorry for being MIA for the past week. I should have planned ahead but unfortunately that did not happen and despite having great internet access on vacation I just didn't get around to posting anything. Apologies.

While on my way to my favorite vacation spot I love to stop in at Ulta. I have to drive right by and without an Ulta in my area I thought that it would be a good excuse to check out some new stuff. I mostly only picked up a few odds and ends which I will be reviewing later but I also took the time to swatch a few nail polishes. I always feel so weird swatching polishes but even though I doubt you're technically allowed to I see people (well, women) doing it all the time. To me swatching is the only way to get an accurate picture of the color you're choosing. I also picked up a couple other polishes at Rite Aid and unfortunately two have to go back because I ran out of fingers to swatch on. Of course, being the blogger that I am, I will let you see swatches before I do my returns. I'm stealthy like that.

Here are some new swatches for you with a rundown of the colors to follow.

On the thumb is Essie's Smooth Sailing. I love this blue/purple shade with tone on tone shimmer. It perfectly matches one of my favorite Old Navy Tees so you know I'm loving that color. This isn't the best picture of it but if you're looking for more check out Ashley's review of the color here. Since I happened to hit up her post while I was waiting for blogger to upload my image I only thought it was appropriate to share it with you as well.

The pointer finger is Essie Coat Azure a color I'd been looking into for a while. It's very similar in color to Smooth Sailing but slightly blue-er and without the shimmer. For me this color just wasn't doing it. It was a little too toned down for my wild tastes but I think it would be perfect if the occasion called for something slightly muted but still fun. This shade would be perfect for work.

My middle finger is sporting Essie Borrowed and Blue. Are you seeing a theme here? I've always told you that I love blue nail polishes and these are no exception. This is a perfect pastel blue. In this picture it took on a greener quality but it's significantly less green in real life. This one has no shimmer at all. I could definitely see this as a wedding pedi color.

The ring finger (perhaps my favorite of the day) is Orly Frisky. I love this color. It's very similar to China Glaze For Audrey but perhaps a little brighter and a little greener. I would wear this one for sure. It's so pretty. No sparkles here either. I've seen swatches of it online and it appears to be a bright robin's egg blue color but in my opinion there is a lot more green in real life especially swatched next to bluer shades.

Lastly, on my pinkie finger, is Orly Frolic. It's a pinkish leaning purple. In every day conversation I would not call this a purple but for polish it definitely is, if that makes sense. It's bright and clean with no shimmer and PERFECTLY matched the leggings I was wearing under my dress on swatch day. I found that so amusing! I'm not one to match my polish to my clothes (don't have time for that) but I love that I could if I wore those leggings out of the house more often. I usually wear these babies for sleeping and working out but I decided to pop them on under my black dress to add a little color and comfort to my traveling wardrobe.

Here's another picture so you get the whole idea.

Which one is your favorite? Do tell in the comments.

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