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August 24th, 2011

Maybelline Cool Couture

The very first nail polish my mother allowed me to get, when I was 7 years old and begging her in the grocery store, was a bright candy pink Maybelline.  (It was lots of fun until I spilled it all over my bedroom floor.  Oopsie!)  Tangents about childhood aside, I haven’t bought any Maybellines since because they seem to stick with pinks and reds – a color range I find snooze-worthy.  Cool Couture is an exception!  This is a limited edition shade from the Express Finish line.  I find it hard to describe this chic fall color.  The best I can do is call it a dark slate grey – appearing as an almost-black teal in low light – with a fine, hidden, yet electric turquoise shimmer.  I couldn’t wait to see if that shimmer translated onto the nail!

The shimmer certainly visible in strong light.  I took the picture above in direct sunlight.

In weaker light you can see how it seems more slate grey – and that turquoise shimmer is much more subdued.

Now, the bottle proclaims this a “50 second” nail polish.  I beg to differ.  When I brushed it on a teeeeensy bit too thin it dragged horribly and started drying right away.  Then the slightly thicker coats took several minutes to dry.  A few minutes isn’t bad, but it’s not 50 seconds.  This lacquer easily migrated into my cuticles so cleanup was not too successful, as you can see.  I used 2 coats here which ended up providing good coverage.  I got a small chip on my tip after 1 day.

Methinks I will definitely hold on to Cool Couture and give it another try, because I think it’s too interesting of a color to give up.  Can you think of any dupes?  I’m at a loss…

Have you had any luck with any of the Maybelline polishes?


~ Allison ~


August 14th, 2011

OPI – My Private Jet (newer formula)

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I ended up buying OPI’s My Private Jet the other day.  When I first picked up this bottle in Ricky’s, I thought it looked dusty and I was trying to wipe it off.  Turns out that “dust” was the scattered silver shimmer inside.  Ha!  Well, this is the new, non-holographic, and therefore not as fun formula of MPJ.  Still, I think it’s a nice color.

In natural light it looks like a charcoal grey with silver shimmer.

With flash, it resembles more of a warm brown.  You can see the very weak scattered holo glitter.

What you see here is two thin coats.  It applied very smoothly and dried exceptionally fast.  MPJ is different from anything I have in my collection, and I can see myself wearing it a lot this fall.  Bonus points for the fact that it’s an office-friendly color.

This is probably a long shot, but does anyone know if the old holographic formula of MPJ is still available anywhere?


~ Allison ~