14 June 2015

My Downsized Lacquer Collection

There was a time where my lacquer collection once filled three decent sized boxes to the brim, but come my move abroad, makeup stepped up as the priority when it came to packing as much as possible and gloopy nail shades were binned or the untouched were passed on to family and friends. My most-used made the move and are now housed in one healthy-sized recycled Charlotte Tilbury Look-in-a-Box, box that was far to pretty to throw away. It’s starting to sound a little like I’m proud of my achievements, but I’ve got a feeling my lacquer lot won’t stay so minimal for long, a pretty array of nail shades is one thing you just can’t have too much of…

Of course, there’s the before and afters in the form of two nail strengtheners, OPI’s Nail Envy and Dr Lewinn’s Renunail which both double-up as base coat and work wonders for turning around breaking, flaking tips then two topcoats, OPI’s Top Coat and Nails Inc. Caviar Top Coat, each prolonging wear for days and adding a whole other layer of shine.

Drugstore lacquers make up a good third of the colours with five shades of Essie as spoken about in this post, a Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy pick in Roulette Rush, a hot pink with a purple iridescent sheen that shows in the bottle but not so much on the nails, it lasts long-time and is a breeze to brush on. Formula wise, the best of the bunch has to go to Rimmel’s Salon Pro polishes and there’s two hues in Summer Orange and Hip Hop, one from Barry M Nail Paint line in the shade Raspberry stays true to its name and steps in as the perfect AW shade. There’s one from Butter London in Trout Pout, a pale-pink coral and four shades of OPI, one being my all time Cajun Shrimp favourite, a glitter-heavy number The Living Daylights which steps in for accent ring finger paint jobs, a winter favourite deep purple in Siberian Nights and reserved for the summer climates is Toucan Do It If You Try, a bright orange-cream. Chanel’s definition of greige that is Frenzy is my only polish purchase from the brand, the formula isn’t the best I’ve come across and its a nail-chipping nightmare but this shade is just makes me want to stare at my hands day-long.  The majority as it stands comes from Nail Inc. as a strong ten-man band and includes two Baker Streets (can you tell I love it?), Fleet Street, a creamy-beige with a leather effect finish, Optic Wave, a pale mint blue, Slone Avenue, a neon coral, Notting Hill Gate, a vibrant, hot pink, one that I have to brave up for, Notting Hill Carnival, a pastel yellow and then a deep plum purple titled St Martin’s Lane. The final two are a Galaxy glitter with gold, red and blue sparkles named Knightsbridge Road and Chester, a feather effect with pastel flecks is another perfect accent finger polish pick.

I believe I’ve got some catching up to do since the latter mentioned lacquers are all old-style that have since been upgraded to more of a rectangular look. Let’s just say I’m going to need another box…

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