NPP Day 31 – I’m done!!

It’s a momentous day. I’ve finally gone through ALL of my nail polish! All I really need to do now is make one final sweep for dupes/sub-par polishes, and then my task will be complete! And just in time to pack it all up in a box and move it to my new apartment, too.

Onto the polishes.

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NPP Days 26-29: One giant mega-post

ALRIGHT, so I’ve been absent a few days. We’re moving in exactly one week and I’ve been in a constant state of freakout for an entire week. I want to pack, but we’re not getting boxes until thursday (sidenote, if you’re looking for an alternative to cardboard moving boxes, try bungo box if they’re available in your city).

Anyway, I took a look at how many untested polishes were still in my box and decided there was no way I was gonna get that all done in time before they needed to be packed up to move to my new place. So I’ve been testing an ABSURD amount of polish. At this rate, I’ll be done Monday, just in time to make one final pass for dupes (more on that later) and then pack everything up into a nice, safe cardboard box for the harrowing 17 minute drive to my new place.

As usual, the testing of polishes is easy. Getting it up on this blog? Not so easy. Here are a bunch of polishes that I’ve tested over the past few days.

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NPP Day 25: An assortment of nudes

A quick post today, because the lighting in my apartment was a pile of garbage

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From left to right: Sephora by OPI in Three Way Mirror, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Twiggy, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance? and Choco-Latte

Three Way Mirror: Super weird name, but this is a great polish. It’s a deep, pink-leaning-nude with great coverage and wear time. This is one of my favorites.

Twiggy: This is a weird color choice for me. It’s the color of a coffee that you’ve put WAY too much milk in, and it’s not something I normally reach for, but it’s truly a great formula. It took one coat for full opacity (though I usually do two). I’m keeping this.

Shell We Dance?: This is basically just another nude pink french polish, but I’m a sucker for the brush and the formula, so I’ll be keeping this.

Choco-Latte: This polish is apretty close match to the color of my skin (though it doesn’t show it in my horribly-lit photos), so it’s the true definition of a nude. I’ve repeatedly said I love this formulation of polish, so I don’t need to say it again. This is a keeper.

And here’s the look that I had to heavily adjust in photoshop because it’s hella dark out, and even then, the tone looks a little more orange than it really is in person:

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And what a surprise. Four more keepers.

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NPP Day 16: Sheer fun

I’ve been getting a little ambitious with the stamping lately. Today’s look is definitely one of my favorites, and I’ll probably be replicating it as soon as this nail polish experiment is over.

Let’s talk polish:

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plum’s the Word

I love this color. I love this formula. I love everything about this. As a stamping polish, it worked like a dream. This is a total keeper.

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Essie in Pinkadelic

Everyone needs a sheer polish. This is it for me. The formula’s good (though, not the best) and it’s sheer but not too sheer. Unless a better sheer polish pops up in my collection, I’ll be keeping this.

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Sally Hansen Gem Crush in Razzle Dazzler

As far as glitter polishes go, this applies fairly opaque and heavily. I gravitate toward these pinky-plum colors, so this makes for a great accent nail. I’ll be keeping this.

And now, the look:

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I’m really pleased with how this came out. The sheer polish was a great backdrop for the plum stamps. They stamped super smoothly (with the help of my new stamper!) and I think the whole thing looked great 🙂

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NPP Day 12: Hella Orange

Today was, uh, not the most imaginative mani I’ve ever done. It also didn’t really show off one of the colors, but let’s get on with it.

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Pleasure

Look, a polish that hasn’t been completely discontinued! This particular color isn’t available anymore, but I love this formula a lot. Unfortunately, I did an extra bad job of making it show up on camera, but the polish is lovely and I’ll be keeping it.

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KL Polish in Snickerdoodle

I love kathleenlights, and I love nail polish, so naturally I picked up some of her polishes when they were available for pre-order. The formula and brush actually remind me a lot of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, which is a good thing. This color is a lovely “I just accidentally put too much cream in my coffee” shade, and would be super great for work or going out.  Also, my initals are KLP so I kind of love it. Total keeper.

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Sephora polish in Torrid Shimmer

Aaand another Sephora brand polish. These don’t even exist anymore. I was very pleasantly surprised by how opaque and streak-free one coat was. It was also super glittery without being chunky. This is also going in the keep pile.

Here’s the look. I tried doing an ombre from the KL Polish to the Sally Hansen polish, but it turns out Gilty Pleasure is just a glittery version of Snickerdoodle, so it really doesn’t show up on camera.

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Yep. I’m super bad at getting rid of things.

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NPP Day 10

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Sally Hansen in Fuchsia Bling

This color is great. This formula is great. This is a keeper. In general, Sally Hansen polishes have never failed me. This is probably going to be a trend.

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Forever 21 Polish in Dusty Lavender

I figured this was going to be a garbage polish, but I was actually stunned by how beautiful this was. It only needs one coat for full opacity, it wasn’t patchy, and the color is to die for. Definitely keeping this.

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Mood Struck Polish in Teal to Turquoise

This really did nothing for me. First off, I couldn’t see a visible change in the color when I applied heat or cold, but maybe that’s because the colors are so similar. This also dried very matte, and not in the cute way. More in the shitty nail polish from the dollar store way. I’ll be tossing this.

And the look:

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The lighting wasn’t working in my favor, but see how GORGEOUS that lavender polish is?? The teal didn’t woo me, but I really like this look otherwise.

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