Swatches of Ciaté Haute House mini collection

Hi everyone! My mother gave this cute little set to me for Christmas, and since I regrettably couldn’t get my hands on the Ciaté advent calendar this year, the Haute House set was a perfect little replacement. Overall, I’m very pleased with these polishes, the formulas are very nice, two of them are one coaters …

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Swatch of China Glaze – Atlantis

Hey everyone! This here was my number one unicorn for quite some time; Atlantis. I had a period when I loved everything green and blue, but then I must have grown out of it because I went back to reds and purples before long. However, regardless of your color preference, Atlantis is absolutely stunning. It’s …

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Swatch of H&M – Moonlight

Moonlight is a wonderfully dark teal shimmer polish with a very strong duochromatic effect in the bottle. It’s significantly weaker on the nails but in the right lighting you can definitely see the shift from green to blue. It has a sheer charcoal grey base, and needs three coats to reach full opacity. And, as …

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Swatch of Gina Tricot Beauty – 182 Turquoise Dust

Turquoise Dust is a very sheer, golden teal foil polish with a couple of blue small hexagon glitter particles and slightly larger (and fewer) holographic hexagons. This is four coats, and I still think I could have done better with a fifth, and no topcoat. The drying time is however very good, so the many …

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Swatch of H&M – Mermaid

Okay, hold on to your socks because this polish might just knock you out of them! Mermaid is a stunning teal glitter polish, blue and green tiny hexagons in a clear base. This is two coats on a black cream with one coat of Seche Vite. The glitter payoff is fantastic, and it dries only …

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Swatch of Gina Tricot Beauty – 173 Green Mint

Green Mint is a dusty pastel green crelly polish, slightly warmer in tone than its sister Pool from last year. Green Mint isn’t a true jelly though, like Pool is, so you can get it opaque with three coats no problem. This color is also so classic for spring, and the kind of color I …

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Swatch of IsaDora – 748 Peacock

Peacock is an azure blue frost polish with a slight duochromatic effect in the bottle, a hint of purple, that doesn’t show at all once applied. The formula was rather good, but slightly on the runny side, and ends up a bit streaky. This is two coats without topcoat that dried rather fast. Cleanup and …

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Swathes of China Glaze – Sunsational collection part 1: The Creams

I’ve had these polishes since this summer, and this post has been sitting around ever since. I swatched them quite soon after I received them, but I just didn’t have the time or energy to write about them until now. You have probably seen thousands of swatches of these polishes around the nail blog universe, …

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Swatch of Color Club – 846 Sexy Siren

Sexy Siren is a teal glitter polish with a clear base. The glitter particles are all the same size, sort of the standard size, and needs at least one generous coat of topcoat to get smooth. On the photos I’m wearing one coat of Sexy Siren over China Glaze Sunday Funday from the Avant Garden …

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Frankenpolish: Homemade Fan-Blade One-Man Submarine Ride

Homemade Fan-Blade One-Man Submarine Ride is another franken polish I made a few weeks back. The base is sheer teal with a bunch of different blue and opalescent glitters. The name comes from yet another John Mayer song, ‘Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967′, and it was the first song I fell in love with …

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Swatch of Gina Tricot Beauty – 130 Shimmer Mint

Shimmer Mint is a pastel teal with a pale gold/opalescent shimmer. Now, it looks absolutely fabulous in the the bottle, which is, obviously, why I bought it. But on the nails the shimmer dies completely. The base is so thick it doesn’t let the shimmer through, but it’s so milky that you need two thick …

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Swatch of Max Factor Max Effect Mini – 44 Graffiti

Graffiti is a greenish teal shimmer polish with large shimmer particles, and is somewhat a sister of Odyssey Blue. It lacks the same depth, but is absolutely divine in its own way. I think it would get the same depth as Odyssey Blue if it was layered over a darker green underwear or even on …

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