Because of my long kept frustration that YSL’s Jade Imperial shade (ever since I spottedbit on Xiao’s Messy Wands blog) is a beautiful wearable shade of green but is a luxury polish unavailable here, something had to be done. YSL’s Jade Imperial costs about $25.00. I hesitate in buying many luxury nail polishes though I wouldn’t mind landing money on a few more Essie bottles. I perused the aisles of local department stores and spotted Caress’s Sea Green polish (Php23.75) which was about 2-3 shades darker (aptly a “Frankenstenish” hue) but the perfect green tone. I also already had Bobbie premium polish in Pure White (Php33.00++). I knew something could be done I decided to “franken” (custom mix) my own bottle of Jade Imperial using cheaper polishes. Behold the birthchild of my resolve.
YSL’s Jade Imperial is not a mint green if you see it here in Xiao’s post, it’s got more grey or grunge to it. It’s similar to Essie’s Sew Psyched…kind of like a pastel army hue. Because the Caress polish is runny and too dark by bout 3 shades I married about half a teaspoon of Bobbie Pure White into it straight from the bottle and gave it a good strong shake (about 3-4x). You may need to pour out a little afterwards if there is overflow. If ever my mix was a little off it’s only slightly not as cool as Jade Imperial because of the tone of Sea Green, but as a result this matches my less cool skin better. So my total first frankening attempt cost me Php58.00 in total. When my mom first spotted my nails this morning at breakfast with no clue about the YSL polish, frankening, or my plan put together she suddenly said as if on cue “It looks like Jade…”. I beamed with success and said “Exactly…”
Last year women abroad pulled Essie’s Mint Candy apple off shelves in droves. There is evidently something mesmeric about pastel, macaron-inspired shades. It’s almost like…given how perfect the shades are, you can almost taste what you see. These women (you included?) all just went mad for either mint or coral pink that season. The thing about Essie’s cool mint shade last year is that it was delightfully sweet looking on fingertips…fair slash pale fingertips that is. One look at Mint Candy Apple and I knew it was too pasty light a mint green for my medium oriental undertone hands to wear with grace…it was also too (groans) what’s the word…green (lol). This similar (but in no way a dupe) shade by Estee Lauder is better on me.
With no voluntary search a better suited, on the nose Tiffany, robin’s egg mint blue shade entered my life when Estee Lauder invited me last time to a nail pampering session. Estee Lauder polishes might be high end and not commonly on your luxe nail brands to try list…but people should try these more because they have an AMAZING chip resist formula. It’s a thick formula but lasts longer than others and whatever shade it might be holds that lovely finish well beneath any light all the time. Lo and behold, Dilettante, this slightly deeper bluish mint came home with me in a random loot bag. This color will be available from Estee Lauder counters beginning April 2013, right smack in the middle of summer. See the sun?
Mom brought home these cute, dinky size nail polishes by CANMAKE in Japan. The lot of them don’t fail in spreading that bit of holiday glitz and cheer and make great stocking fillers. A few are sheer but build up well when layered but others like my sparkly blue jeans shade (yes, mine I say) are opaque from the first stroke. They’re from what I know pretty inexpensive, convert from ¥378 each (Php converts to approx. half the amount).
Mom got these from an IICOT outlet at a train station in Osaka but CANMAKE cosmetics is also available at Matsumoto Kiyoshi which is the Japanese equivalent of Watsons to us or Sasa and Bourjois in Hong Kong. She said you’ll find Matsumoto Kiyoshi, that familiar blue and yellow store, probably like after every 50 to a 100 steps and at almost every urban corner in Japan. More goodies from the land of the rising sun coming up, and soon, also fresh from Japan…the unveiling of my current holy grail foundation for 2012!
Exactly one week ago I posted how my nails looked with the lovely nearly naked shade, 025 Desert Sand of Max Factor’s Glossfinity nail polish range. I did that precisely because I needed to test the 7-Day gloss claim of the product. You know what, I must say, I’m pretty impressed. See for yourself.
Do my eyes deceive me or did I just take a better photo for the after shot? Seriously speaking…there is a negligible bit of nail wear near the edges of the nail and movement away from the cuticle (a given) but no nicks or chips are to be found on this hand after 7 days of packing, exercising, and whatever else I did. My right hand has a nick/chip that took place towards the end of the event when the polish was applied so that doesn’t really count because my nails were still “wet” when that happened. The wear on my left hand however has remained practically immaculate save for minor lines and scratches visible only to myself on the top coat.
The verdict is Glossfinity nail polish as well as the topcoat are of great value for longevity at the regular price of Php245 a bottle and are currently on promo. Spend Php450 for a purchase of two bottles from the Glossfinity range. I still have to test the Cobalt Blue shade I was given WITHOUT a topcoat so watch out for that :). Nails like new for this long? Someone suddenly wants more nail shades…follow MaxFactor Philippines on Facebook here.
I attended Max Factor’s relaunch of their nail polish range and was blessed with a free mani-pedi service @ Beauty & Butter, Megamall, where it was held. I chose to test the longevity of the Max Factor Glossfinity formula which claims to retain the newly applied “gloss” effect for up to 7 days.
I chose the no-brainer medium warm nude shade 025 Desert Sand which is a head on match for a medium fair girl like me. This shade is great for brides or girls who prefer to keep it clean. I’m still missing my milky bit of Funny Bunny though (last NOTD). The reason why I chose a simple shade to test is I really wanted to be able to observe the longevity of the gloss and with a more neutral shade it’s easier to stay eagle-eyed. NOTE: I forgot to tell the B&B lady not to apply Glossfinity top coat on Desert Sand.
I’ll do another review with no top coat using 140 Cobalt blue which was given to me as a press sample. I was also given 26 Cappuccino from the Mini Nails range which looks like a milky mushroom taupe with a hint of lavender. Glossfinity polishes retail for Php245 each and the Max Effect Mini Nail polishes retail for Php175 at leading department stores that carry Max Factor nationwide. There’s an ongoing promo for the Glossfinity range, get 2 for only Php450 for the whole month of September or at least while stocks last.