Saturday, January 14, 2012

Essie Splash of Grenadine + Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell

This is two coats of Essie Splash of Grenadine (pre clean-up). I was lucky to find this shade at Ross for $3. This is a bright pink creme. It reminds me of Barbie. It's appropriate for spring time, but I never wear polishes when they are supposed to be in season. I wear dark vampy colors in spring/summer also. This had excellent application and it dried to a smooth finish.

I then added two coats of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell. It is in a sheer blue jelly base with duochrome glitter that shifts colors from yellow to green to orange to red. It's very similar to most flakies. This looks so vibrant on top of Splash of Grenadine, but once I added the Seche Vite, I ran into some issues. In my experience with Kleancolor polishes, they take FOREVER to dry, even with Seche Vite. I dented my nails a couple times even an hour after application. I attempted to smooth out the dents but it never went back to being completely smooth. Eventually (after several hours) it finally dried. The Seche Vite also shrunk the polish at the tips making it look like I have worn the polish for several days. I have heard that Seche Vite does this, but I never experienced it before. It must be some kind of reaction with the Kleancolor formula. Kleancolor has some fantastic and unique shades, but I cannot stand the smell! This is coming from somebody who actually likes the smell of most nail lacquers.

Here is a picture without the flash.

This picture isn't very good, but I took it to show how the colors in the duochrome glitter change. You can also see the tipwear (after less than 24 hours) in this picture. It looks very jelly-like.

Next, I have some recent haul pictures!

I recently ordered some Zoya because they had a promotion to get two free polishes and just pay shipping! What a steal! I chose Noel from the holiday Gems and Jewels collection because it will probably discontinued and it is gorgeous. I also picked Kristen from the Feel collection. It is a pale sky blue creme and I own nothing like it.

I stopped by Walgreens and saw some Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polishes for sale. First in the top row, I have Glass Slipper. I paid full price for this because it has FLAKIES!!! Also, the bottle is shaped like a cut of a diamond and I was very intrigued by that. The three that I got on sale were Pink Proposal, Lavender Marquis, and Must-Have Iris.

I picked up two of the Wet n Wild Color Icon nail polishes. I got Believe Me, It's Real which looks to be a densely-packed blue micro glitter with larger chunks of purple glitter in it. The blue looks so vibrant; even more so than OPI's Absolutely Alice, so I may test it to find out! The second one I purchased was Diamond in the Rough. It has tiny pieces of charcoal-colored glitter with larger pieces of holographic glitter. The display said that these were $3.99, so I only bought two, but when I looked at the receipt later, I paid $1.50 for each of them! It looks like I'll be taking another trip to Walgreens to pick up the others! :)


  1. I kept hearing about SH Glass Slipper...the first one I got off eBay and had DC on it that said it was delivered to me, but I never got it...then I found it finally. After all that, it's not my fav in that new group. I really like the one called Diamonds best...but the flakie in GS does make it look like you just dipped your hand into a snow bank and pulled it out which is kind of nice. Diamond is still by far my fav in that group.

    I like the combo of Essie Splash of Grenadine with the Kleancolor Bluebell...both of which I have. I have to use this one - thanks for the suggestion. I have a lot of fun with Bluebell and it's hard to come by now.

  2. I can't wait to try Glass Slipper! The flakies definitely sold me. Splash of Grenadine and Bluebell worked well together. It just took FOREVER to dry. If you go to they have all of the Kleancolors for $1.75 you just have to pay shipping. I'll probably get more of the chunky holos eventually.

  3. i got a # of the chunky holos from them. Thanks for the clue where to get Kleancolor. There is one lady who has worked with me on eBay getting them to me for about the same price and cuts me a deal for whatever it costs her to mail them to me. I'd like to see a site that carries them with a short description - that would be nice.

  4. I've always had difficulty finding swatches of some kleancolors on google images. It would be nice if the stores had more accurate descriptions and maybe some pictures of swatches.

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