Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold NOTD!

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Pushing autumn a little bit with this one, but I love darker reddish shades no matter what time of year. Today’s stamping experiment is with Sally Hansen Go For Gold atop Essie Shearling Darling.

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Shearling Darling applied nicely, and I like it a bit more than Essie Carry On which is a pretty close counterpart (but not a dupe.) I like using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri for stamping, however one caveat with Go For Gold – when you apply a top coat – or at least when I apply my HG top coat NYC Grand Central – it fades the gold considerably. So to get around this, as I still like the effect of the gold, is to put it over top the top coat. Not ideal, but it’s an ok workaround.  Go For Gold is a paler gold, it even looks like it’s got some silver shimmer to it. Shearling Darling is a brown leaning autumnal burgundy. I used a floral stamp print, I think they might be poppies.

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

 

I’d like to try this or a similar combination again soon with one of the leaf/leaves stamp plates I have, think it would be nice for fall.

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LA Colors Transformer NOTD Swatch & Review!

LA Colors Transformer

LA Colors Transformer

Why does it seem so difficult to find the perfect burgundy or wine coloured nail polish? It’s a matter of finding, for my skin tone, the perfect blend of red, purple, brown and depth of colour. Just about everything I find is either too red, too purple, or too brown. As LA Colors has a proven track record of not disappointing me, I thought I would give this shade, Transformer, a go. They are so cheap that even if it wasn’t right for me, I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I wasn’t disappointed!

LA Colors Transformer Label

LA Colors Transformer Label

LA Colors Transformer is a gorgeous deep red/wine shade in a jelly formula. It builds perfectly, and is opaque enough at two coats, but I used three for the swatches to make sure I captured as much of the depth of shade as possible. with three coats and a top coat, I had only minor chips and tip wear going into the fourth day where it was time for a change, so performance is more than satisfactory!

I had some troubles getting these swatches to show at their true deep cherry shade. My camera tends to make reds brighter and more orange if I’m not careful, especially with flash. I think most of these pictures are without flash. Keep in mind these are a smidge darker and more wine like in person. It also seems to go on darker than the bottle colour, which I am perfectly ok with!

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

I can find LA Colors for a dollar or two, and the wear is fantastic. The shade is almost perfect, it’s blue enough based to look fine against my skin. My only issue with this polish is that it’s hard to photograph properly, which of course won’t stop me from wearing it! I will still hunt for the perfect burgundy. If you like deep cool tones reds and wine shades, definitely pick this one up!