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Celestial Cosmetics Avenge the Earth Collection swatches and review

*Press sample

Hiya! Tonight I bring you a massive post, but believe me, it is totally worth it. I was sent a collaboration collection by Celestial Cosmetics and Loki’s Lacquer called Avenge the Earth, which is inspired by the latest Avengers movie (Avengers: Age of Ultron). I totally see the inspiration throughout this whole collection and as a lover of Avengers and Marvel I really do think this collection has done the latest film justice. Let’s check it out!

NEVER MISS A SHOT

Celestial Cosmetics Never Miss A Shot by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Never Miss A Shot by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Never Miss A Shot by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Never Miss A Shot by Dry, Dammit!

So I figured I would start with my favourite: Never Miss A Shot. Wowza. This is a gorgeous deep navy linear holo that is striking in person. Inspired by Hawkeye, what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche. It is meant to lean more of a blackened purple, but for me it was definitely navy all the way. However, I could see the purple tint in the bottle as I was applying it so maybe it depends on your skintone? It had a sightly thick consistency, but nothing careful application couldn’t fix. This is just beautiful to me.

SMASH

Celestial Cosmetics Smash by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Smash by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Smash by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Smash by Dry, Dammit!

You guys! It’s a creme. By an indie. I am so happy this was included, it really has broken the whole collection up and taken it to an everyday wearable level. What you see is two easy, buttery coats with a top coat of Seche. Inspired by (you guessed it) the Incredible Hulk, this I think is best described as an acid/army green creme. Whatever you think, I can see a lot of nail art with it though! A totally non-offensive green anyone can wear (and I’m not a green polish fan).

YOU’RE ALL PUPPETS

Celestial Cosmetics You're All Puppets by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics You're All Puppets by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics You're All Puppets by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics You're All Puppets by Dry, Dammit!

This is a gorgeous delicate polish inspired by the villan Ultron. This had a slightly watery formula but it built up nicely in two coats (topped with Seche). I would describe this as a silver shimmer with red and iridescent glitter highlights. Up close, you can see some slight brush strokes, but nothing offensive to the eye.

ON YOUR LEFT

Celestial Cosmetics On Your Left by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics On Your Left by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics On Your Left by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics On Your Left by Dry, Dammit!

Everyone I showed this to instantly saw it was inspired by Captain America. A bright blue linear holo, this has a stronger holo effect than what my pictures show. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. This had a better consistency than Never Miss A Shot.

MJOLNIR

Celestial Cosmetics Mjolnir by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Mjolnir by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Mjolnir by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Mjolnir by Dry, Dammit!

Mjolnir is an impressive glitter topper with an excellent glitter payoff. In my swatches above, what you see is one coat over (from my thumb) Never Miss A Shot, my natural nail, Smash, You’re All Puppets and On Your Left (topped with Seche). It’s full of red, blue and silver glitters in different sizes, with some silver shards that I think are a great touch. I just applied one coat and I thought that had great coverage, but if you’re looking for more coverage you could use the dab and spread method. This is inspired by Thor, which I think is perfect.

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

Celestial Cosmetics Nothing Lasts Forever by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Nothing Lasts Forever by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Nothing Lasts Forever by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Nothing Lasts Forever by Dry, Dammit!

This is a dramatic polish inspired by the character Black Widow. It’s a black jelly base filled with sparkly red glitter. I’ve applied three coats with Seche as top coat. I found before I added top coat it dried gritty so you will need a good thick top coat to smooth it out. While it’s a sheer polish it really does build up to a nice depth relatively easy.

LIGHTNING FAST

Celestial Cosmetics Lightning Fast by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Lightning Fast by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Lightning Fast by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Lightning Fast by Dry, Dammit!

Lightning Fast applies very easy and is very wearable. Inspired by the character Quicksilver, what you see is two coats plus a top coat of Seche. I would describe this as a blue-ish grey crelly with blue, navy and silver glitter, as well as silver shimmer. I can’t believe just two coats produce this effect!

Β HULK BUSTER

Celestial Cosmetics Hulk Buster by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Hulk Buster by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Hulk Buster by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Hulk Buster by Dry, Dammit!

Hulk Buster is better on the nail than in the bottle I think. Inspired by Iron Man, this is a deep orange with a hint of gold (you may call it a duochrome but the effect is only subtle). It has gold microglitter, which adds to its depth. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. If you applied this neatly, I reckon it could be a one-coater, but I had to do two coats just in case. I found there were some visible brush strokes, but like You’re All Puppets it was nothing offensive. Overall, this has some lovely pink undertones that I’m totally loving.

KNEEL

Celestial Cosmetics Kneel by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kneel by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kneel by Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics Kneel by Dry, Dammit!

Finally, we have Kneel. Inspired by the character Loki, this is a lovely deep green linear holo with gold flakies and gold dot glitter. I applied two coats with a top coat of Seche with no problem. I’ve never tried a holo with glitter before, and I was a bit worried whether the glitter would lay flat, but on the nail I found it to be very smooth and no fishing for glitter required (phew!). It looks like there is a lot of glitter in the bottle, but it’s not overwhelming on the nail when you apply it. Kneel is free when the whole Avenge the Earth Collection is purchased. How’s that for a deal?

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Celestial Cosmetics
  • Cost: Individual polishes range from AU$9 to AU$12
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See the individual polish descriptions above

The Avenge The Earth Collection will be available from May 1. During its first week the collection will be available for AU$76.50 (a discount of 10%) and after its first week the collection will be available at its normal price of AU$85. Kneel is free when you purchase the whole collection, but you can buy polishes individually. EDIT: Kneel is now free if you purchase four polishes from the collection! How awesome is that? (While stocks last).

Phew! That was a lot but I think you’ll agree it was worth it. What do you think of this collection? What is your favourite? Thanks for reading!


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Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend

*Nothing to disclose

Evening! Tonight I bring you a beautiful polish from Enchanted Polish. It’s my one and only Enchanted Polish and I’m so lucky I got it in a giant grab bag I bought from a nail polish sales group I’m in on Facebook. It’s called Time to Pretend and it’s from the 2013 Collection of the same name; Time to Pretend. I haven’t been able to find out much information about the collection but the photos are jaw-dropping so let’s see them!

Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend by Dry, Dammit!

Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can tell Time to Pretend is a purple linear holographic polish with a striking holo effect. But it’s also a duochrome polish, which shifts from purple to copper / gold. It’s a beautiful polish and while I was lucky to capture the holo effect, I didn’t get the duochrome effect that well, sorry! Application was two exceptionally easy coats with a top coat of Seche. I was so surprised by how easy this polish was to apply. I’ve read so much about how great Enchanted Polish is in application, but until now I didn’t 100% believe it!

Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend by Dry, Dammit!

Enchanted Polish Time to Pretend by Dry, Dammit!

I unfortunately think this polish is discontinued now. I tried to look for it on Enchanted Polish’s website but no luck. So unless you stumble upon a bottle, you’ll just have to gawk at my photos, ha ha. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!


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piCture pOlish Grace

*Nothing to disclose

Hello! Tonight I’m bringing you piCture pOlish Grace, a lovely polish I’ve been eyeing off for ages and one I finally bought at the beginning of the year. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!Inside with flash.

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!Outside blurry.

Grace is a lovely blush pink scattered holographic polish. It’s very light and delicate ad I’m wearing three coats here with Seche as top coat. Application was a bit of a poo. Even though I waited a good few minutes for the base to dry, when I applied my second coat it still dragged the first coat. So this is a polish you’re going to have to be patient with when applying. Also, in my first time wearing this polish it chipped a lot but then in my second go it lasted for ages… so I’m not sure what went on there? Perhaps it just needs a good coating of top coat to protect it. I found the holo finish difficult to photograph because it is so subtle, even the outdoor blurry shot couldn’t catch it properly! Definitely a polish to see in real life.

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Grace by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: piCture pOlish
  • Cost: AU$13
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

Do you like subtle holos? Or would you prefer something with more bang? I think I like both kinds, each have their place. Thanks for reading!


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Sinful Colors Dazzle

*Nothing to disclose

Hello hello! First thing’s first. I want to let you know I have updated my blog sale page. So if there is anything you’ve had your eye on, go take another look as now I have also reduced prices and am happy to do a deal if you buy a lot of polishes. Check it out, you know you want to!

Today I bring you Sinful Colors Dazzle from the 2012 Holiday Shimmers Collection. You know when you’re at Chemist Warehouse waiting for a script to be filled and you just start looking at all the random reduced items? Yeah, that’s what I did. And I’m so happy with this find! There were a few other polishes I wouldn’t have minded taking home with me but I was using cash and could only pick one. But I think I picked right – take a look.

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Dazzle is a bright raspberry with pink and gold shimmer, which you can see best in the bottle shot in the pic above. It looks better on the nails than in the photos, I think. What you see is two coats with a top coat of Seche. Application was super easy and I had no issues with cleaning up afterward. Sometimes with these little shimmer flecks they go everywhere – but not this time.

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

Sinful Colors Dazzle by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I’ve never seen a Sinful Colors stand in Chemist Warehouse so I’m not actually not sure if these are available everywhere. I’ve only ever seen them reduced and some of them have the older barcodes on them. Still, worth checking out if you can. Thanks for reading!


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Pink blobbicure nail art

*Nothing to disclose

Hello! Ever since I saw Pshiiit’s blobbicure nail art I have wanted to try it myself. I’m not sure if Camille is the creator of the look, but whoever it is I am very thankful they thought of it! I think it looks so fun and spontaneous.

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

For my blobbicure I’ve gone a bit fluro and used MODE Love Me as the base and Peita’s Polish Pink Blitz from the June 2014 What’s In-die Box? as the blobs. Pink Blitz “blobbed” really well and while I stuffed up a few fingers and had to retry, I got there in the end. I found the trick was not to put on a heavy base polish, otherwise the top polish is too runny and pools together, rather than in blobs.

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Pink blobbicure nail art by Dry, Dammit!

I really want to try this look again soon! Believe it or not it’s very quick to do, so if you’re stuck for time but want to try something different for nail art, give it a go. Thanks for reading!


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Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb from the Red Carpet Collection

*Nothing to disclose

Hello! I’m bringing you a new love tonight – Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb from the Red Carpet Collection. I really like this collection, but so far this is the only polish I have bought from it. Hopefully the pictures convince you to buy it, too!

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

Glitter Bomb is a beautiful gold shimmer base with lilac hexes. It looks so nice in the sun! I’ve teamed one coat with two coats of Ciate Sugar Plum and a top coat of Seche *swoon*. I like how this all seems to just work. Glitter Bomb has a very nice payoff, with one stroke providing great coverage without fishing. You could build this up to be opaque – probably three dabbed coats to get it two what it looks like in the bottle – but I think it works well with a base. I’ve seen other blogs try it with a darker base and that has worked nicely as well.

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

Sally Hansen Glitter Bomb by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$9.95 (on special at Priceline)
  • Volume: 14.7ml
  • Coats to opacity: Glitter top coat, so use an undie! Otherwise probably three dabbed coats

So what do you think about Glitter Bomb? While I do like the name, I feel it doesn’t “go” with the polish, like it needed something more regal. But that’s just me. Thanks for reading!