Posts Tagged I Brake for Manicures
Yet another shade picked up in my polishpalooza last month…good God I can’t wait to have these all worn/swatched already!! There are some shades from last year I’m actually dying to wear again, and I’m starting to get oversaturated with all these new shades Even though I change my polish every few days, I can’t seem to get through them all! Sheesh. I think I’ve got four more to go – I caved and picked up Essie’s ‘Power Clutch’ this week because I didn’t want to miss out on it, and suspected they’d be gone before I knew it – and I’m starting to see all the Holiday collections soon to be released, and I simply CANNOT justify buying anything else until these are all done. So let’s plow forward, shall we?
I Brake for Manicures (cute name) is a nice, glossy, vampy yet dusty eggplant creme. It’s a pretty shade, but somewhat boring. A great standby though that goes with pretty much everything. In some lights it gets pretty close to black, but because it’s got that dusty quality, it manages to duck out from under that category. Check it out:In other lighting, the plumminess is more prominent, as seen in the shots below:I used butter London’s Foundation base coat, and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri top coat. Strangely, I had to use three coats of polish because I could see some patchiness – but I think that may have been due to doing my nails in a darkened room and having a tricky time properly seeing what I was doing LOL. But, the formulation is on the slightly sheer side. I advise waiting a bit longer than normal between coats, as it seemed to dry a bit slower.
Overall, I like this shade but am not wowed by it. I feel like that’s my mantra lately, nothing seems to do it for me anymore. Again with the oversaturation. Although I was (am) pretty enamoured with Peridot and Poco a Poco, of the recent shades I’ve picked up. So I guess I’m just a more discerning consumer now!
The OPI ‘Touring’ collection can be found at Chatters salons across Canada, each polish retailing for $9.95.
I noticed a lot of people searching for swatches of this shade online – what about it makes it stand out to you? Do you feel its more original due to the smoky quality of it? Are vampy shades your go-to in the cooler months?
I’m headed away today with my mother for a five-day surprise getaway (surprise as in, I have no idea where we’re going – she won’t tell me!), and it’s unlikely I’ll be posting again till Wednesday, so I’m leaving you with a little teaser of swatches of all the Fall polish shades I’ve picked up (but have yet to wear!). The last of my haul, four shades from Zoya and two from RBL, came in on Thursday, so I’m super-stoked. BTW: I made my Nail Polish Canada order on Friday, August 26th, they were mailed the same day, and I received them 4 business days later. Color me impressed!!
I’ve made a few quick comparisons for those shades that are similar to colors I already own and for the most part have swatched on the blog, for your reference. I hope you enjoy!!My new Fall polishes in all their glory
Poco a Poco – A bit darker than Essie Muchi Muchi, with orangey-pink micro-shimmer. Three coats.Piu Mosso – Dupe of Joe Fresh Navy Marine but with firey-orange micro-shimmer. Two coats.Cynthia – Nothing like it! Deep dark indigo creme. Leans teal. Three coats but probably could have two (I wasn’t waiting much for them to dry before painting on the next coat).Neeka – Same base shade as Chanel Paradoxal. Has gold and green shimmer. Two coats.Anja – Nothing like it in my stash. Deep wine creme. Two coats.Yara – Same base shade as OPI’s Uh Oh but slightly darker. Has gold and green shimmer. Two coats.
Uh Oh Roll Down the Window – Nothing like it in my stash. Muted army green. Three coats (again, swatching too quickly before they dried).I Brake for Manicures – Nothing like it in my stash. Dark and dusty eggplant. Two coats.Graphite – Nothing like it. Pewter foil with silver and gold shimmer-glitter. Two coats (but I might like three).Peridot – Somewhat similar to CG’s Peace on Earth, but lighter and duochrome. Green-tinged gold with blue duochrome. Two coats.Trendsetter – Nothing like it. Green-leaning mustard yellow with gold, green and pink microshimmer. Two coats.Midtown Magic – NOTHING LIKE IT!!! Deep purple-brown base with gold, bronze and green shimmer. SUPER lit-from-within glow. Two coats.Pictures did not do any of these polishes justice, so just trust me when I say you need to OWN THEM ALL. Seriously. They are all more than lemming worthy. The only shades I’m not totally sold on are Poco a Poco and Trendsetter, and I’m hoping to chalk that up to being too tanned right now – I’m sure when I’m all washed out again later in the season, I’ll be rocking them out (if not, up for swap they go! Keep your eyes peeled ).
Did I just hear everyone’s wallets explode??
Have a fantastic long weekend!!!!!