19 June, 2020

NEW OPALLAC GEL POLISH NUDE PALETTE - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Opallac is the Australian gel nail innovation promising glamorous salon quality gel nail colour; designed to last up to 14 days. The unique Opallac Gel formula glides on like normal nail polish and sets instantly like gel when cured by the revolutionary Opallac LED nail lamp. 

NO dry time! NO chipping! NO smudges! It's easy, AND it can be done at home! Opallac is also proudly Vegan, Cruelty free and 10-free!!


Indulge in the perfect neutral palette of gel polish shades, designed to suit and compliment all skin tones with the new dreamy Opallac nudes!

I have the four-pack Nude Palette to review for you today :)



 SMOKE & MIRRORS 
Smoke & Mirrors is a chocolate brown gel polish shade.
I don't usually like brown nails, but I genuinely like this one.
Such a pretty and wearable shade of brown. 


 MAUVE ASIDE 
Mauve Aside is a deep nude gel polish shade.
I wouldn't necessarily call it a mauve, but each to their own.
This is giving me serious Soy Capp vibes (which I'm not mad about, it's one of my favourite Opallac shades!), it's just a tad deeper in colour. I love it! 


 OVER THE TAUPE 
Over The Taupe is a rosy nude gel polish shade. 
This reminds me of one of my favourite polishes of life OPI "My Very First Knockwurst" - I have wanted a gel equivalent forever and I think I have finally found it! It's the best! I just love it so much! 


 TRUTH OR BARE 
Truth or Bare is a light taupe gel polish shade.
Elegant and fresh. A crowd pleaser for sure! So so beautiful!
I think this would make a lovely pedicure colour too! 


*  *  * 


As per usual, Opallac have absolutely nailed it - I've come to expect nothing less!

These new nudes are stunning and right up my alley!
The formulas are simply perfection! I love how smooth and evenly Opallac polishes apply as well as how easily opaque they are - you would think that these kinds of lighter shades would be difficult to apply / require multiple coats, but they all apply beautifully in one - two easy coats, and cure perfectly under the Opallac LED nail lamp.

Let's be honest, not all nude shades tend to suit every skin tone. But I can guarantee you that at least one of these new neutral shades will suite you - and if for some bizarre reason these particular shades don't tickle your fancy / suite you, Opallac have a massive range of other neutral shade options available. It's time to release the nudes!

As always, I highly recommend trying out Opallac!
A fantastic option if you're looking for a quick and easy salon-quality DIY gel manicure you can do at home - literally no skills required for application or removal!

Pick your new nude, grab a drink, and give yourself that Opallac mani you deserve!

For more information on Opallac, I have an honest and detailed Blog Post reviewing the Gel System, along with some of my tips and tricks to achieving the perfect gel manicure at home, linked here.

*  *  * 

RRP: $58 for the set (AUD)

Opallac products are exclusively available for purchase online at www.opallac.com and www.priceline.com.au, as well Selected Priceline stores nationally (Australia).

ORDER THE PALETTE ON THE OPALLAC WEBSITE AND RECEIVE A CUTE PRINTED DRAWSTRING BAG 

*  *  * 

*Disclaimer: Opallac kindly sent me the products mentioned in this Blog Post for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine based on what I have experienced through trialling these products.


Thank you for taking the time to read this review!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day,
Doni x


Follow me on Instagram for more swatches & nail art - @donsnailobsession

29 February, 2020

JESSICA COSMETICS CALIFORNIA GIRL SUMMER COLLECTION 2019 - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Feel flirty and cool this Summer with the refreshing new JESSICA Cosmetics California Girl collection.

I have all 6 polishes from the Summer 2019 California Girl collection to review for you today :)



OCEAN WAVES 
Ocean Waves is a teal green nail polish shade.
I love this tone of green! So fun!

The formula is PERFECT! It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels nicely. 

It's SUPER vibrant and pigmented*, covers amazingly well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one thin coat!
*It's so pigmented I would definitely recommend wearing a couple of coats of base coat to avoid green staining. For the record, it didn't stain my nails, but I would still wear base coat just to be safe (no one likes Smurf hands!)


VALLEY GIRL
Valley Girl is a taffy pink nail polish shade. 
I'm a sucker for pink! This is a good one!

The formula is FANTASTIC! It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels nicely. 

It's vibrant, covers amazingly well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two thin coats.


COOL IN THE POOL
Cool in the Pool is a pastel mint blue-green nail polish shade.
A crowd pleaser for sure! So pretty!

The formula is FANTASTIC! It applies slightly patchy but is still easy to work with and self-levels nicely. 

It's pigmented, covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two thin coats.


MALIBU BARBIE
Malibu Barbie is a shimmery pink nail polish shade with fine pink and gold shimmers scattered throughout it.
STUN-NING!

The formula is very sheer, but buildable (don't be deceived by the first coat!) The colour builds up really nice and easily.

I guess this one comes down to personal preference and nail length, as to how many coats will give you your desired effect / matches what you see in the bottle. My swatch shows two thin coats (which is how I'd personally wear it), but I also like the delicate shimmery effect in just one coat. 

This one would also be sheer enough to layer over another colour as a shimmer effect top coat - I think it would look SUPER cool over black.


DESERT SUNSET
Desert Sunset is a lemonade pink nail polish shade.
Oh, I like this one a lot!

The formula is good! It applies slightly patchy but is still easy to work with and self-levels nicely. 

It covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two - three thin coats. 
(My swatch shows two coats).


POPSICLE KISSES
Popsicle Kisses is a watermelon pink nail polish shade.
It's lovely! I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did. 
Would look spectacular with a tan! 

The formula is FANTASTIC! It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels nicely. 

It's vibrant and pigmented, covers amazingly well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one - two thin coats, depending on personal preference.



*  *  * 

As per usual, JESSICA Cosmetics have nailed this collection! The colour selection is absolutely PERFECT for Summer and the warmer weather at the beach or down by the pool.

It's hard to choose a favourite from this collection, but my personal picks (right now) are; Ocean Waves, Valley Girl & Desert Sunset. I am sure if you were to ask me tomorrow, my picks would be different...they are all just such pretty colours! 
JESSICA gets an A++ for the colour selection!

I love that JESSICA nail colours are Cruelty Free, Vegan and 7-Free which means they are free from nasty chemicals like Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Xylene and Ethyl Tosylamide - so they are gentle on you and the environment!

JESSICA polishes are available in classic and trend-setting shades with a huge variety of finishes including; creme, matte, metallic, glitter, opalescent, sheer and frost.
I cannot wait to try out some more! Definitely recommend! 


*  *  * 

RRP: $19.95 each (AUD)

JESSICA Cosmetics are available for purchase at www.jessicacosmetics.com.au (Australia). 

*  *  * 

*Disclaimer: JESSICA Cosmetics Australia kindly sent me these products for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this Blog post are mine based on my personal experiences through trialling these products.


Thanks for taking the time to read this review!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day, 
Doni x 




Follow me on Instagram for more swatches & nail art - @donsnailobsession

13 February, 2020

SALLY HANSEN INSTA DRI X JELLY BELLY COLLECTION - SWATCHES & REVIEW

Delicious and memorable, Jelly Belly jellybeans are the perfect inspiration for the stunningly sweet limited-edition Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly Insta Dri collection; delivering craveable colour to your fingertips, sweet enough to eat!

First Crayola, now Jelly Belly?! 
I am seriously loving these collaborations!

Today I will be reviewing the 8 limited-edition Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly polishes that were released in Australia (there were 11 shades in total released in the US). 



COCONUT
Coconut is a stark white nail polish shade.
I love how clean and manicured my nails look with this on. 
It would look amazing with a tan!

The formula is good! It applies SLIGHTLY patchy (as do most white nail polishes) but it effortlessly glides onto the nail.

It's SUPER pigmented, covers well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in two - three thin coats, depending on application and personal preference. 
My swatch shows two coats.


VERY CHERRY
Very Cherry is a bright red nail polish shade.
Eye-searingly bright! You'll need sunglasses with this one!

The formula is perfection!!! The polish basically applies itself. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's SUPER SUPER SUPER pigmented, covers REALLY well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in ONE THIN COAT! No question about it! One coat is all you need!


PEACH
Peach is a peachy-orange nail polish shade with red metallic glitter (medium, small and micro sized) scattered throughout it.
I surprisingly like this one! I'll admit, it kind of reminds me of vomit, but I'll still wear it, AND enjoy it!

This one has a crelly formula, meaning the base colour is bordering on sheer / jelly-like (intentionally), so the amazing glitters can peek through. Multiple coats gives it a really cool layered glitter effect.

This one is the most opaque of the crelly glitters in this collection. It applies nicely, and the glitter-to-base ratio is good. My swatch shows two coats, but I also like the way it looks in one coat.


BUTTERED POPCORN
Buttered Popcorn is a pastel yellow nail polish shade with gold metallic glitter (medium, small and micro sized) scattered throughout it.
Looks exactly like the jellybean! Very cool!

This one also has a crelly formula. It applies nicely, and the glitter-to-base ratio is good. Again, multiple coats gives it a really cool layered glitter effect. It also doesn't look too thick on the nail when layered, which I appreciate. 

My swatch shows two coats.


TUTTI-FRUITTI
Tutti-Fruitti is a pink nail polish shade with gold, silver, pink, orange, red, blue and green metallic glitter (medium, small and micro sized) scattered throughout it.
I was most excited for this one in the collection! SO COOL!
I wear a polish similar to this on my Birthday every year, might switch to this one instead. It looks just like a party on your nails!

This one, again, has a crelly formula. It applies nicely, and the glitter-to-base ratio is good. Multiple coats gives it a really cool layered glitter effect. It also doesn't look too thick on the nail when layered, which I appreciate. 

My swatch shows two coats, but I also like the way it looks in just one coat. So fun!


ISLAND PUNCH
Island Punch is a greyed-out purple nail polish shade.
I. LOVE. THIS. ONE! I AM SO OBSESSED!

The formula is literally PERFECT!!! The polish basically applies itself. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's vibrant, covers amazingly well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in ONE THIN COAT! No question about it! 


BERRY BLUE
Berry Blue is a bright blue nail polish shade.
B-E-A-U-TIFUL!

The formula, again, is literally perfection!!! The polish basically applies itself. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's SUPER pigmented*, covers AMAZINGLY well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in one thin coat! ONE COAT!
*It's so pigmented I would definitely recommend wearing a couple of coats of base coat to avoid blue staining. For the record, it didn't stain my nails, but I would still wear base coat just to be safe (no one likes Smurf hands!) 

I sound like a broken record, but these creme polishes are SERIOUSLY AMAZING!



GREEN APPLE
Green Apple is a grass green nail polish shade.
I hardly ever wear green, but I really like this one!

The formula (surprise, surprise) is perfect! The polish basically applies itself. It isn't streaky or patchy and it self-levels well.

It's SUPER pigmented*, covers AMAZINGLY well and builds up to full opacity nice and easily in ONE THIN COAT! No question about it! 
*Again, It's so pigmented I would definitely recommend wearing a couple of coats of base coat to avoid green staining. It didn't stain my nails, but I would still wear base coat just to be safe.

*  *  * 

I love that Sally Hansen have collaborated with Jelly Belly and that these polishes exist! 
This collection is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, without the added calories...sorry I just had to ;D

The polishes in the collection PERFECTLY match the Jelly Belly Jellybeans we all know and love. It would have been so cool if these polishes were scented...even though scented polishes tend to give me a headache, but in theory, I would have loved it.

I really like every shade in this collection, but my personal favourites are; PeachTutti-Fruitti, Island Punch & Berry Blue.

As per usual, I need to sing praise to the great quality, fast-drying formulas of the Insta Dri range, as well as the amazing wide brush which perfectly contours to the nail for smooth and easy application, in a single swipe! The bottles and printed caps are also super cute! I am obsessed!

Have you tried the Insta Dri range yet?
What are your thoughts?
Leave a comment below - 


*  *  *

RRP: $8.95 each (AUD)

The Sally Hansen Insta Dri range is available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and Select Pharmacies nationally (Australia). 
For details on retail stockists please call 1800 812 663.


*  *  * 


*Disclaimer: I purchased these products from Priceline with my own money. All opinions expressed in this Blog post are mine based on what I have experienced through trialling these products.


Thank you for taking the time to read this review!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask :)
Doni x


Follow me on Instagram for more swatches & nail art - @donsnailobsession 

12 January, 2020

SALLY HANSEN INSTA DRI MATTE METALLIC COLLECTION - SWATCHES & REVEIW

Sally Hansen have added to the Insta Dri range with some new shimmery metallic shades that dry to a cool matte finish.

I have the 7 new Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte Metallics, that were released in Australia, to review for you today :)



GOLD RUSH 
Gold Rush is a metallic yellow gold nail polish shade with ultra fine pink and green shimmers scattered throughout it.


ROSE FLUSH
Rose Flush is a metallic peachy nude nail polish shade with ultra fine pink and gold shimmers scattered throughout it.


SMOKEY SILVER
Smokey Silver is a metallic silver nail polish shade with ultra fine silver, teal and purple shimmers scattered throughout it.


SMOLDERING TEAL
Smoldering Teal is a metallic teal nail polish shade with ultra fine blue and green shimmers scattered throughout it.


VIOLET VELVET
Violet Velvet is a metallic blurple nail polish shade with ultra fine pink and purple shimmers scattered throughout it.


BURNISHED WINE
Burnished Wine is a metallic brown nail polish shade with a red-gold shimmery flash, and ultra fine holographic particles scattered throughout it.


MOLTEN MAUVE
Molten Mauve is a metallic red nail polish shade with a brighter red shimmer scattered throughout it.



*  *  * 

Sally Hansen have these Insta Dri polishes labelled as 
"1 stroke. 1 coat. [And] Dry in 60 seconds."

Although the formulas are good, I disagree that they are all opaque in one coat - I mean most of them are definitely shimmery and pigmented enough for a quick and easy out-the-door mani, but I think they all need at least two coats (as seen in my swatches) to really bring out the gorgeous shimmer and for a nice and flawless manicure.

As with all matte polishes, these dry super fast, so it is important to work quickly when applying them. The amazing wide brush these Insta Dri polishes have, perfectly contours to the nail for smooth and easy application, in a single swipe; which makes application super quick, and prevents the appearance of brush strokes. 
I also definitely recommend wearing a coat of base coat (especially if you have ridges / textured nails), just to ensure the polish looks nice and smooth when it dries down to the matte finish.


*  *  * 

As much as I enjoy the cool velvet matte effect the polishes in this collection have, I just had to see how these would look with a coat of shiny top coat...








Wow! Look at that shimmer!
I have to say, I think I personally prefer the way the gorgeous shimmers in these polishes are enhanced with shiny top coat! So pretty!!

Do you prefer these polishes with or without top coat?
Leave a comment below -


*  *  *

RRP: $8.95 each (AUD)

The Sally Hansen Insta Dri range is available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and Select Pharmacies nationally (Australia). 
For details on retail stockists please call 1800 812 663.


*  *  * 



*Disclaimer: I purchased these products from Chemist Warehouse with my own money. All opinions expressed in this Blog post are mine based on what I have experienced through trialling these products.


Thank you for taking the time to read this review!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask :)
Have a fabulous day,
Doni x


Follow me on Instagram for more swatches & nail art - @donsnailobsession