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Essie- Neon Too Taboo Swatches

Essie- Neon Too Taboo Swatches 0

Introducing Essie's latest collection "Neon 2014".  Comprised of 6 new bright fun colors, these will definitely get one in the mood for warm summer weather that's upon us.  Unlike conventional neon polishes, these do not require a white base coat;  they pop beautifully on their own!  According to the folks at Essie, they "added white pigments... for better reflection and a bright opacity.  Because the neon pigments dry matte, be sure to finish the look with a top coat to add shine."

The collection includes:

Too Taboo: a bright fuchsia.

Chills & Thrills: a cobalt blue with purple undertones.

I'm Addicted: a bright aqua blue.

Vices Versa: a neon lime green.

Serial Shopper: a bright traffic cone orange, with coral undertones. 

Sittin' Pretty: a bright lavender.  Reminds me a lot of Essie's "Play Date".

All swatches shown here are 2 coats for full opacity with a top coat.

Overall I am quite pleased with this collection.  The formula was really great, with zero streaking, and a smooth and easy application. I really appreciate that the colors are so vivid, and highly pigmented.  My personal favorites are: I'm Addicted, Serial Shopper, and Vices Versa.  

For more inforamtion on Essie, or to purchase, check them out here: http://www.essie.com/

Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer 0

I am proud to introduce to my readers- Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer by Marc Jacobs.

The famed American Fashion House came out with a cosmetics line last summer, and it's been making quite the splash.

Each nail lacquer comes beautifully packaged in a small cardboard box, typical of most high end cosmetics. The bottles are highly unique, and come in a sideways ovular shape, which is said to be reminiscent of a smile. There is also a removable domed lid atop each bottle.   The polish itself is 0.43 fl oz (13ml), is made in the UK, & retails for $18 a bottle, and at the moment comes in approximately 25 shades inspired by Marc Jacobs latest fashion collections.  They are sold exclusively at Marc Jacobs boutiques, online, and at Sephora stores.

The colors displayed and swatched here include:

OUI!: a metallic high shine magenta.  I usually find metallic polishes to be very streaky in formula, but this one was so smooth and delightful to work with.  As evident in the pics, there are absolutely NO brush strokes or streaks in the swatch.

SNAP!: a bright traffic cone orange. One of the hottest and most in demand nail colors for this summer season.

ULTRAVIOLET: a deep bright violet purple.

LUX: a true chartreuse yellow cream.  My personal favorite color out of these four reviewed.  Also, chartreuse tends to be a very difficult color to come by in the nail polish world, so if you've been searching for one high and low, no need to look any further!

(each swatch shown here was 2 coats for full opacity, and a top coat).

Whether you own a salon, are passionate about painting your own nails, or are a huge fashionista,  I highly recommend you check out Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquers for yourself.  The formula is quite excellent, very smooth application, and easy to control, and the bottles are so unique and beautiful, and will definitely stand out and impress others in your polish collection.

For more information or to purchase, check Marc Jacobs cosmetics out here, : http://www.marcjacobs.com/beauty/lips-and-nails/

Gelish- “Colors of Paradise” Summer 2014 Collection

Gelish- “Colors of Paradise” Summer 2014 Collection 0

Introducing the latest collection of Gelish gel polish for Summer 2014, the "Colors of Paradise".  I personally love and adore how vibrant the colors are.  They are very topical and remind me of beaches far away on remote islands when one is on vacation.  I highly recommend you pick up this collection! 

The 6 piece collection includes:

Pacific Sunset: a hot neon pink.

Tahiti Hottie: a bright neon magenta purple.

Rub me the Sarong Way: a gorgeous bright teal.

Mail-Blue me Away: a rich cobalt blue.

Rockin' the Reef: a hot neon coral.

Lime all the Time: a hot neon lime green. My personal favorite color in the colleciton, and a very difficult color to come by in the gel polish realm.

(each swatch shown here is 2 coats, cured each for 30 seconds in an LED light.)

For more information on Gelish, check them out at: http://gelish.com/

CND Shellac “Paradise Collection” Summer 2014

CND Shellac “Paradise Collection” Summer 2014 0

For Summer 2014, the creative minds at CND have concocted a beautiful array of Shellac hues perfect to embrace those scorching sunny summer days.  According to co-founder Jan Arnold, "lush tropical hues capture the beauty of a faraway island... the exotic exploration of bold gorgeous colors transports you to a world of fantasy and hedonism." 

This exotic and bright 6 piece collection includes:

Electric Orange: a bright creamy summer orange.  This is a majorly hot on trend color for the summer season!!

Cerulean Sea: a bright cerulean aqua blue.

Tango Passsion: a shimmering magenta purple.

Sultry Sunset: a bright and shiny magenta pink, with purple undertones.

Bicycle Yellow: a sunshine yellow.

Lush Tropics: a bright green. This shade totally brings me back to the 90's and I Love it!!

(Each shades is 2 coats, cured each for 2 mins in a UV light).

For more information on CND or Shellac, check them out here: http://www.cnd.com/

 

CND Vinylux- Summer 2014 “Paradise” Collection

CND Vinylux- Summer 2014 “Paradise” Collection 0

         

I would describe CND’s latest summer 2014 "Paradise" Collection as Bold, bright & beautiful.  The 7 day wearing, chip free, fast drying Vinylux line created by the master minds at CND, have done it again with yet another fabulous collection.

What I love most about the Vinylux collection, besides the week long wear, is the no need for a base coat, saving tons of time when performing manicures, and saving on unnecessary product, it’s a win win.

The Paradise Collection includes:

Sultry Sunset: a metallic shimmering magenta.

Cerulean Sea:a creamy aqua blue.

Bicycle Yellow: a shimmering streak-free sunny yellow.  Usually I find yellows difficult to work with, but this was smooth sailing, streak free, and a pleasure to paint with.

Lush Tropics: a bright green. Reminds me of my childhood in the 90’s.

Tango Passion:a shimmering pink purple.

Electric Orange: a bright creamy orange.

(each shade shown here was 2 coats for full opacity, with the Vinylux weekly Top Coat.)

For more information on CND and their products, check them out here: http://www.cnd.com/

CND Additives Summer 2014 “Paradise” Collection

CND Additives Summer 2014 “Paradise” Collection 0

As you all my now know I am a huge fan of CND’s Additives, and for summer 2014 they have introduced 5 brand spanking new limited edition shades that definitely set the summer sun ablaze. I personally love how creative one can truly be with the Additives, the possibilities are endless.

The “Paradise” collection of Additives includes not only the 5 new shades, but 2 awesome art implements- a Spatula for mixing (I personally love mine to custom mix glitters for gel manicures) and an Amazing Thumb Palette (which I Love and use all the time, and previously wrote a blog post on: http://merricures.com/post/75734708266/introducing-the-thumb-palette-from-lavaque-i-was

The 5 limited edition pigment shades in the Paradise collection are:

Tropic Sunrise: a sultry hot neon yellow.

Island Heat: a shimmering gold kissed hot orange.

Pink Lotus: a bright neon hot pink.

Midnight Tide: a metallic shimmering deep ocean blue.  My personal favorite in this collection!

Sizzling Sand: an iridescent sparkling white.

As per usual, this CND Additives kit is limited edition, so pick up yours fast before they’re all gone!

For more information on CND, check them out: http://www.cnd.com/