Hearts Nail Art – Stamping #2

So here is my 2nd attempt at stamping nail art. Like the previous post, this nail art also features Hearts since Valentine’s is around the corner. See more Valentine’s day nail art HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red nailpolish – Sephora Color Hit nail polish in shade ‘High Speed

Accent nail base color – Kiko Power Pro nail lacquer in shade 26 ‘Pink Beige’

Stamping plate – Konad m101

Stamping polish – Born Pretty

Stamp – Born Pretty Clear Jelly Stamper

Top coat – Born Pretty top coat

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer – 530 Pearly Blue Peacock: Review & Swatch

 

Kiko is now my favorite nailpolish brand available in India. The quality of Kiko Milano nail polish is top notch and the shade selection is huge. If you enter Kiko Milano store you will definitely find the color you’re looking for. Besides nailpolish, Kiko also has a vast makeup section. I have the Kiko Milano Velvet Passion Matte lipstick (reviewed HERE), which is one of my fav matte formulations. You can check the other products I picked  in my Haul Post HERE.

In this post I’m reviewing Kiko nail lacquer in shade 530 (Pearly Blue Peacock), which my absolute fav color and if I had to pick one nailpolish for life, this color would be it.

 

Price: Rs 290 for 11 ml

Expiry: 3 years

 

Kiko Nail Lacquer 530 Pearly Blue Peacock Review

  • Kiko Milano nail lacquer comes in cuboidal packaging with long black  cap.
  • Shade number is written at the back on the peel off sticker booklet. Kiko doesnot write shade names, but only numbers on their products. I picked the shade name for this nailpolish from their official website.
  • The brush is long and decent, not very thin not thick. It picks enough nailpolish for one coat application.
  • Kiko Nail lacquer 530 Pearly Blue Peacock is  gorgeous peacock blue color with gold and green shimmer. The shimmer reflects the light beautifully in direct light/ flash, and the swatches do not do justice to the beauty.
  • Consistency of this nail lacquer is neither thick, nor runny and pigmentation is decent, goes opaque in 2-3 coats.
  • Kiko nail polishes are quick drying and you dont have to wait much before applying coats (if you apply thin coats)
  • Shade 530 Pearly Blue Peacock is a one its kind color and you will probably not find exact shade in other brands. The shade reminds of water and mermaids. Some other mermaid-y blue shades I have reviewed are : Kiko Milano nail lacquer 521Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel Mystical Mermaid
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping, which is impressive.
  • Pricewise the nail lacquer is not expensive and the quantity is big. However, availability might be an issue as Indian stores donot stock this range now.
  • If you love blue nails, definitely DEFINITELY check this shade if you can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Arabian Nights Collection : Golden Green 75 ~ Review & Swatch

 

Sugar cosmetics launched Arabian Nights collection in its Tip Tac Toe Pro nailpolish range a few months back and I immediately purchased two shades from this range. I have already reviewed the shade Beauty with Bronze (stunning bronze color) and in this post I am reviewing a gorgeous shade Golden Green.

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Golden Green Review

  • Sugar cosmetics Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer comes in their signature cuboidal bottle with square cap. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which contain all the necessary manufacturing and other details.
  • The brand name is printed at the front of the bottle cap and brand logo at the top. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the polish. I had some issue with the cap of another nailpolish by Sugar (read about it HERE) and thankfully this nailpolish bottle is fine.
  • Sugar Cosmetics has such fun names for their shades– be it nailpolish or lipsticks. But the name ‘Golden Green’ for this gorgeous nailpolish is rather boring.
  • I am not very impressed with the brush of Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquers. The straight ended brush always makes a mess  around the nail bed during application.
  • Golden Green is a gorgeous moss green color with heavy green, olive-gold and bronze shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and reflects the light so beautifully. The shift in color is towards olive tones.
  • It dries to a smooth, glossy finish and doesnot have gritty or sandy texture (like THIS nailpolish). All the shades in this range have a black jelly base color with different colored shimmers. It looks almost foil like in direct light which takes the beauty of this shade to whole another level.
  • The consistency is just right and pigmentation is decent. Being a jelly base it is slightly translucent in first coat, but gives full coverage in 2 coats.
  • This nailpolish dries fast so you don’t have to wait much between application of multiple coats.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer claim to be non-toxic with Nine-free formula, i.e., no parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.
  • Sadly, it didn’t last that long as I wanted it to. I could see tip wear by the end of 2nd day and chipping after 4 days. The glossiness starts to fade after 2-3 days.

I have a similar shade in Revlon Nail Enamel (swatched HERE)- golden green glitter in black jelly base. The Revlon one has chunkier glitter and Sugar’s Golden Green has fine shimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Sugar Tip Tap Toe Nail Lacquer Matte : Carpe Creme ~ Review & Swatch

I got this nailpolish in one of the Fab Bags sometime back and honestly I wasn’t too excited at the shade I got. I have always been biased towards bright and lively colors and I seldom purchase subtle shades. But when I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful the color looks on nails. So ladies, in this post I am reviewing this gorgeous shade from Sugar Cosmetics Tip Tac Toe Matte Nail lacquer – Carpe Creme.

I have already reviewed two other Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquers: Beauty with Bronze (Arabian nights collection) and Deep Down Diopside (metallic range).

 

Price: Rs 249 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Sugar Tip Tap Toe Nail Lacquer Matte Carpe Creme Review

  • Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquers come in their standard glass cuboidal packaging with square cap. This nailpolish being matte, the glass bottle is frosted which looks attractive. Shade name is stickered at bottom of polish. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which has all the details. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker on the cardboard packaging which makes it difficult to sort.
  • The brush is short and straight ended which makes application messy around the cuticles if you are not careful. I prefer round edged brushes like THIS.
  • All Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer are insanely pigmented and gives full opacity in single coat. I like to wear two coats just to be safe and to get an even finish.
  • Matte nailpolish (like THESE) tends to get streaky during application but this nailpolish self-levels to some extent making the overall finish look even.
  • Carpe Creme is a beautiful dirty mauve color with grey tones which looks subtle and is work appropriate. The matte effect looks stunning on this color.
  •  Tip Tac Toe Matte nail lacquer looks quick-drying, but give it some time to set as it appears to have dried but is still prone to get dents/ fabric marks.
  •  This is surprisingly long lasting for a matte finish. Tip wear is after 4-5 days which is impressive for a matte nailpolish.
  • The matte finish starts to get dull after 2-3 days giving it a suede matte finish (shown on nails in THIS post) which also looks good on nails.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail polish have Nine-free formula: No parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.
  • This is a gorgeous work-appropriate and subtle color and will suit fair to medium skintones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel : Wild Card ~ Review & Swatch

 

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy range is one of the few nailpolish range which I fell head over heels in love with. I have already reviewed a beautiful coral pink color ‘Lady LuckHERE, and in this post I am reviewing the shade ‘Wild Card‘ which is my most fav blue color.

 

Price: Rs 460 for 11.7 ml

 

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel Wild Card Review

  • Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear range comes in a sturdy cylindrical glass bottle with long black cap (similar to its Colorstay range which now is discontinued). The shade name is stickered on top of the cap.
  •  The brush is amazing and helps in hassle free application. The brush is long, flat and double-barrel with tapered corners which helps in mess-free application especially around edges and cuticles.
  • Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel are very richly pigmented and gives full color in single swipe.
  • The consistency is creamy and slightly thick than usual nailpolish which makes it longer to dry.
  • The shade Wild Card is a gorgeous cobalt blue color. This is quite a vibrant and bright color which make the nails pop, and it is hard not to notice such a vivid color on someone. I myself saw this color on SA, after which I couldn’t resist buying it.
  • It has a glossy finish which starts to fade after 2-3 days.
  • This is not a quick drying nailpolish and takes quite a while to dry completely. Even after it has ‘set’ you can end up with fabric marks. I was able to put a dent in it with my nail even after 2 days (This could also be because my nailpolish is bit old now).
  • Coming to the Longwear claim, it stayed put for 2-3 days after which it started to chip, especially on my dominant hand.
  • It is quite pricey but the quantity is more and the formula is different from average nailpolish. Also, this is mostly on discount on some or the other e-commerce platform.
  • I have never had a proper gel manicure in a salon, but compared to any other drugstore faux-line of gel polish I have tried, these win hands down! These are highly glossy when freshly applied.
  • Being a vibrant and bright color, the shade Wild Card will suit fair to medium skin tones.
  • This is an unusual and super gorgeous shade of blue, and if you are a blue nailpolish fan like me, do check this one out. I am sure you too will end up buying it  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

 

 

Kiko Power Pro Special Nail Lacquer : 94 Mermaid Pink ~ Review & Swatch

 

Kiko has an amazing nail polish collection and it keeps launching new limited edition makeup range every now and then. So after the Glitter Metal range and Holographic range of nailpolish, I am reviewing the recently launched Power Pro Special Nail lacquer collection in the shade 94 Mermaid Pink. Only two colors were launched in the ‘Special’ range and the other one is 95 Mermaid Violet.

 

Price: Rs 550 for 11 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

 Kiko Power Pro Special Nail Lacquer 94 Mermaid Pink Review

  • Kiko Milano Power Pro nail lacquer comes in rounded cuboidal glass packaging with double cap. The outer rounded square cap removes to reveal an easy grip striated brush cap. Kiko Milano logo is engraved on top of both the caps.
  • Shade number is written at the back on the peel off sticker booklet. Kiko doesnot write shade names, but only numbers on their products.
  • The brush is amazing. It is larger than normal ones, densely packed with rounded edge and follows the shape of nails without staining the skin. The brush helps a lot in fast and mess-free application.
  • Consistency of Power Pro Special nail lacquer is neither thick, nor runny and pigmentation is slightly sheer. The normal Power Pro nail polish, however, has slightly creamy texture and insanely rich pigmentation. The ‘Special’ nailpolish being slightly sheer, it takes 2-3 coats for full opacity.
  • Like almost all Kiko Milano nailpolish, Power Pro nail lacquer dries really fast.
  • The shade Mermaid Pink 94 is a beautiful light peach-pink color with two toned pearlescent effect, similar to the effect of mother of pearl. There is a slight shift in color to purple which looks beautiful.
  • I don’t think the shade is VERY extraordinary (unlike THIS shade by Kiko), and an Indian dupe I could think of is shade ‘Pink Pony’ from Nykaa’s Unicorn Potion collection.  Maybelline Colorshow also has a faintly similar color (sans the pearl effect)- Pink Voltage. Both these dupe shades are cool toned, whereas Mermaid Pink by Kiko Milano is bit warm toned. Also, Kiko one has a unique pearlescent effect.
  • Wear time is 4-5 days without chipping, which is impressive.
  • This is bit expensive but the quantity is big.
  • The shade Mermaid Pink 94 has a unique elegance and can be carried off by women of all age groups. It will suit fair to medium skintones.

In the swatches below, I have worn it in 3 coats without any base color. In one of the pics I have used it as top coat over different base colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with flash

 

Base colors used (Left- Right): Kiko Power Pro 26, no base color, Kiko Power Pro 12, Kiko Power Pro11.

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Arabian Nights Collection : Beauty with Bronze 74 ~ Review & Swatch

So Sugar cosmetics launched Arabian Nights collection in its Tip Tac Toe Pro nailpolish range in June and I must admit, when I saw the new launch alert in my mail I literally exclaimed ‘Wow! What gorgeous shades’. I love love such glittery bright shades (my most fav Glitter nailpolish was THIS, which sadly was a limited edition) and I immediately ordered 2 shades from this range. In this post I am reviewing a gorgeous brown shimmery shade- Beauty with Bronze 74

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Beauty with Bronze Review

Sugar cosmetics Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer comes in its signature cuboidal bottle with square cap. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which contain all the necessary manufacturing and other details. The cardboard packaging is blue-black in color with attractive art. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker along the side of the cardboard packaging, so it is difficult to sort if you stash the polish along with its outer packing. The nailpolish bottle itself is glass packaging with matte black cap. The brand name is printed at the front and brand logo at the top of the cap. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the polish. I had some issue with the cap of another nailpolish by Sugar (read about it HERE) and thankfully the problem is sorted with this one. However, I do wish Sugar cosmetics improved its nailpolish brush. The straight ended brush always makes a mess  around the nail bed during application.

Beauty with Bronze is a gorgeous coffee bean brown color with heavy golden, bronze and copper shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and reflects the light so beautifully. The main shift in color is bronze. It dries to a smooth, glossy finish and doesnot have gritty or sandy texture. All the shades in this range have a black jelly base color with different colored shimmers. It looks almost foil like in direct light which takes the beauty of this shade to whole another level. The brown color with bronze shimmer effects somehow reminds me of autumn.

The consistency is just right and pigmentation is decent. Being a jelly base it is slightly translucent in first coat, but gives full coverage in 2 coats. This nailpolish dries fast so you don’t have to wait much between application of multiple coats.

Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer claim to be non-toxic with Nine-free formula, i.e., no parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.

Sadly, it didn’t last that long as I was expecting it to be. I could see tip wear by the end of 2nd day and chipping after 4 days. The glossiness starts to fade after 2-3 days.

I have a Kiko nailpolish mini nail lacquer in shade Pearly Chocolate 38 which is slightly similar to this. Is it a dupe or not, you be the judge.  The base color of both the polish is brown but Kiko one doesnot have shimmer and is slightly warm and more coppery than Sugar one.

Another similar color I can think of is Maybelline Colorshow ‘Wine and Dine’. But that also is more copper-ey than bronze with less shimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquer Pro comes in cuboidal glass bottle with cuboidal black cap. The brush is short and straight which makes the application messy. Arabian Nights collection has 5 gorgeous shades with black jelly base and different colored reflective shimmer.The shade Beauty with Bronze is a gorgeous coffee bean color with tons of bronze, gold and copper shimmer. The shimmer is highly reflective and looks foil like in direct light. The pigmentation is decent and gives full coverage in two coats. It dries super quickly but starts to chip after 3-4 days. All the shades in Arabian Nights collection have black jelly base with different colored shimmer. I love such heavy shimmer and will probably purchase more shades from this range.

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂