I managed to snag one of these Gold Dust nail polishes at the Cosmetics Market. I would have liked to obtain Hidden Gems, but there was one lone bottle of TROS, and I had to grab what I could.
The Reign of Studs is a shimmering amethyst purple with bluish tones. It borders on violet. It has a textured. “crushed jewels” finish.
The final look on my nails is GORGEOUS, but it doesn’t last too long without chipping. I got perhaps a day of wear before I saw chipping at the edges of my nail tips.
With a top coat, it fares better. If you spot this and have $7 to burn, buy it.
Condition: Swatched once.
Asking for $40.
Shipping: US is $3.50; International is $6
Payment: Paypal only
This “adorable newbie green” is like a deeper, more grassy green version of pastel mint green.
I don’t know if I will ever tire of mint green nail polish. I love it more than I love mint chocolate bars.
It’s sacrilege to say that in the eyes of some chocoholics, but I bet those snobs have never painted their nails with First Timer.
This will be so fine for the spring season when I want a lighter green.
I bought Cherrylicious and Violet Pop during my massive Rimmel haul.
L-R: Latino, Violet Pop, Cherrylicious
Swatches in natural light:
L-R: Cherrylicious, Violet Pop, Latino.
Violet Pop is a little darker in person.
I expected Cherrylicious to be a deeper color when worn, but it’s actually deceptively sheer.
I like the colors, but the quality of these wasn’t great enough to persuade me to repurchase them or try other Moisture Renew lipsticks. Violet Pop applied fine at first, but faded quickly and rather unevenly. Both VP and Cherrylicious are not as opaque as I thought they would be. Latino is a nice shade (kind of an odd name for a lipstick?) and I think the color would be good for those who are NC35 (olive skintone) or lighter.
There is also a strange, unpleasant smell emanating from these. It’s not vanilla-like or faint like MAC or Revlon. It’s a downright yucky smell.
If the smell alone was a problem, I would repurchase. But I cannot let slide the poor performance of these lip products. Rapid fading, uneven application and lack of opacity makes me feel like these aren’t worth buying.
That was my experience. How about you? Have you tried the Moisture Renew line? Do you disagree with my findings? What are your thoughts?
I feel really good about this haul. I got 5 nail polishes for $3.89. The total would have been $15.51 without all my coupons and taking advantage of a sale. The fifth polish is Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Snow Bunny. Here are the four Spoiled polishes I bought:
The Parking Meteor Expired
It’s a deep jewel-toned greenish blue. It’s sort of like a blackened teal with shimmer.
My index finger wears two coats here. It’s prettier in the bottle, but on the nails it’s a very sheer layering nail polish. Nothing too remarkable. I was hoping it would be more glittery.
I Got So Plastered
I would like to go on record saying I dislike the name. I know they were trying to be cool, but….this just rubs me the wrong way.
It’s a sweet rose shimmer with yellow tones. It looks kinda like sherbet to me (always with the food references!) I’m curious to see how this would look mattified. I think it would better suit me.
In the bottle, FM is kinda silver-lavender. On my nails it’s more pewter silver. You can see visible nail line with this one. Still, it’s a pretty shade.
For the most part, application with these was fairly good. The best one to work with is The Parking Meteor Expired. I Got So Plastered is decent too, but the color just doesn’t wow me. If you’re lighter than I am you may like it.
Here is a bright magenta shimmer for you all to gaze at in awe.
It IS awe-invoking. It’s one of the most intense magenta nail polishes I’ve ever seen.
It’s going to be a nice “POW!” shade for summer pedicures.
Application was good. I’m wearing two coats in the photos.
Yay or nay?
I picked up three of the Milani glitter polishes: Gold Glitz, Purple Gleam and Silver Dazzle.
This is kind of what I wanted from China Glaze Put A Bow On It.
A bright, goldmine gold that really shines in direct sunlight.
A charcoal grey rather than a bright silver.
I really like Gold Glitz and Purple Gleam. What are your faves? Are there any you own that you’d recommend?
I found these two on Ebay for about $4 a pop.
The Temptress’s Gaze is on top, and The Mystic’s Gaze is on the bottom.
Swatches of The Temptress’s Gaze:
I liked this quad much better than TMG. And not just because I like neutrals in generals. I got better pigmentation from this one. The green and dark brown shades were a little too sheer, however.
Swatches of The Mystic’s Gaze:
The Mystic’s Gaze was terribly disappointing. I know this is a drugstore brand, but considering how fabulous the old HIP line was….I expected better. The pigmentation was poor, poor, poor. Too sheer, too much effort required to pack on the color, and difficulty in applying and blending.
The Temptress’s Gaze wore for about 4-5 hours on me with a primer. I don’t think it’s a must-have item, but if you see it in the clearance bin and are looking for earthy tones all in one quad, this could work for you. As for The Mystic’s Gaze, she can gaze on outta here and take her eyeshadows with her! I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. You’re better off hunting down HIP duos on Ebay.