Swatch and Review: IsaDora Chrome Nails SS17

12 april 2017 av Ellinor Engström
Nails, Press Releases, Reviews, Tutorials

Welcome back!

You guys know how chrome nails have been a trend for quite some while now? First came the chrome-like polishes that where either too streaky or too glittery. After that came the chrome powders, but it only worked for gel nails… Until now!

IsaDora has released a new chrome powder together with a top coat that is designed to work without ruining the chrome effect. In other words, no gel och lights needed!

Start with checking out my tutorial and you will understand just how to use it and also how simple the application is:

Before I guide you through the swatches, I though I would share my opinion of the powder and the collection. The collection comes with five different colored nail polishes, the chrome nails top coat and the powder. The point is to use the same powder but achieve different effects using different colored base polishes.

Like you could see in my tutorial, it really only takes a couple of minutes to achieve this chrome effect. The top coat also does the job perfectly and doesn’t ruin the chrome effect at all! I do however at times struggle to get the powder to stick around my cuticles and at the edge of my nails. After practicing a couple of times I did get the hang of it. The key is to apply the powder as soon the polish is dry enough to rub it. If you wait even a couple of seconds to long, the polish will be to dry. That’s why you need to paint your hands one at a time.

Over all, this is a great collection and I am so glad that I can finally wear gorgeous chrome nails. And I love the idea of switching the base color to achieve different looks.

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The amazing chrome effect, duh! Quick and easy to apply. The face that you can change base color for different effects.

It takes a little bit of practice. Short time frame where the powder applies perfectly.

Score:

4/5

IsaDora Chrome Nails using 757 Scuba Blue

Above: IsaDora Chrome Nails using 757 Scuba Blue as the base color

IsaDora Chrome Nails using 715 Pink Lemonade

Above: IsaDora Chrome Nails using 715 Pink Lemonade as the base color

saDora Chrome Nails using 191 Black Lacquer

Above: IsaDora Chrome Nails using 191 Black Lacquer as the base color

IsaDora Chrome Nails using 649 Glamour White

Above: IsaDora Chrome Nails using 649 Glamour White as the base color

IsaDora Chrome Nails using 528 Papaya

Above: IsaDora Chrome Nails using 528 Papaya as the base color

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IsaDora Cool Matt Collection SS17

24 mars 2017 av Ellinor Engström
Beauty, Nails, Press Releases

Today I have a major post for you guys, and I really mean MAJOR. I almost filled my memory card with only swatches and product pics from this collection. It’s just so pretty!

So what collection am I hyping? It’s IsaDora’s spring collection Cool Matt.

IsaDora Cool Matt SS17

First up is their new Cover Up foundation – in a stick!

Isadora Cover up Stick n Brush Foundation

As you can see it also includes a brush. The brush is really smooth and I like it. But I do however prefer to blend the foundation with my beautyblender.

Isadora Cover up Stick n Brush Foundation

I like the formula and that it is matte. It dries down quite quickly though and that is probably the reason I prefer blending it out with my beautyblender instead of the brush. I have oily skin so I do have to set the foundation with powder and touch up at the end of the day. It is a full coverage foundation but it doesn’t feel heavy or get cakey.

Isadora Cover up Stick n Brush Foundation

IsaDora also release a new eye shadow palette – the IsaDora Sculptor Bar. I have it in the color 20 Nude.

Isadora Sculptor Bar 20 Nude

This palette is amazing. The colors are beautiful and creamy. The pigmentation is good. I also love, love, love that the white/beige shade is twice the size of the other shades. It’s probably just me, but I like to prime my entire lids with a white/beige shade before I proceed with the rest of my eye shadows, so my base shades in every palette always run out. Problem solved with this palette!

Isadora Sculptor Bar 20 Nude

Next up are three out of IsaDora’s new Ultra Matt Liquid Lipstick.

IsaDora Ultra Matt Liquid Lipstick Nude Attitude Vintage Pink Cool Mauve

From left to right: 01 Nude Attitude, 09 Vintage Pink, 11 Cool Mauve.

IsaDora Ultra Matt Liquid Lipstick Nude Attitude Vintage Pink Cool Mauve

I love the formula because it feels almost like a mousse. The applicator feels lovely on the lip, very smooth, and I really like the shape. I feel it helps to distribute the formula evenly and it fits the shape of my lips.

IsaDora Ultra Matt Liquid Lipstick Nude Attitude Vintage Pink Cool Mauve

I love all three shades, but Cool Mauve can be a little tricky to apply. I almost need to apply two layers to get an even result. The lipstick wears nicely and dries down completely matte.

IsaDora Ultra Matt Liquid Lipstick Nude Attitude

Above: 01 Nude Attitude

IsaDora Ultra Matt Liquid Lipstick Vintage Pink

Above: 09 Vintage Pink

IsaDora Ultra Matt Liquid Lipstick Cool Mauve

Above: 11 Cool Mauve

IsaDora also release new Precision Brow Pens. I have the shades 72 Medium Brown and 74 Taupe.

Isadora Precision Brow Pen 72 Medium Brown 74 Taupe

The tips are really tiny, as you can see from the pics below.

Isadora Precision Brow Pen 72 Medium Brown 74 Taupe

The pigmentation is nice, but I would have liked the formula to be a bit more creamy. Maybe I’ve just been using brow pomade for too long, I don’t know! :) I think these work really nicely if you want a more natural result and just want to give your natural brows an extra something.

Isadora Precision Brow Pen 72 Medium Brown 74 Taupe

You can’t launch a spring collection without a nice blush, right? :) This is IsaDora’s Perfect Blush in the shade 53 Coral Glow.

Isadora Perfect Blush 53 Coral Glow

The glow is very subtle so it isn’t shimmery or glittery, which I like! The formula is a creamy powder and it’s really pigmented.

Isadora Perfect Blush 53 Coral Glow

Next up are the three now Wonder Nail shades in 544 Nude Attitude, 545 Dolce Rose and 546 Cool Mauve.

Isadora Wonder Nail Cool Matt 544 Nude Attitude 545 Dolce Rose 546 Cool Mauve

All three shades are perfectly pigmented and have a nice and creamy formula. I will definitely be wearing all of these beauties this spring.

(Psst… head on over to my Instagram @newlypolished to see some nail art with these babies!)

Isadora Wonder Nail Cool Matt 544 Nude Attitude

Above: 544 Nude Attitude

Isadora Wonder Nail Cool Matt 545 Dolce Rose

Above: 545 Dolce Rose

Isadora Wonder Nail Cool Matt 546 Cool Mauve

Above: 546 Cool Mauve

Here are som full face pics using all of the products above.

Isadora Cool Matt Collection SS17

Isadora Cool Matt Collection SS17

Isadora Cool Matt Collection SS17

Isadora Cool Matt Collection SS17 Ultra matt liquid lipstick Vintage Pink

Wearing liquid lipstick in the shade Vintage Pink.

Isadora Cool Matt Collection SS17 Ultra matt liquid lipstick Cool Mauve

Wearing liquid lipstick in the shade Cool Mauve. 

Isadora Cool Matt Collection SS17

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you feel inspired and psyched for spring. I know that I am!

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Swatch and review: OPI Fiji Spring Collection 2017

27 februari 2017 av Ellinor Engström
Nails, Press Releases, Reviews

I think this is my favorite time of year. The celebration of Christmas and the new year is over since a couple of months. The weather is grey, it’s raining, it’s snowing and spring feels so very far away. BUT then… The spring press releases show up in your mailbox and you finally start to feel some hope that summer isn’t that far away. So today I will be sharing my thoughts and swatches of this year’s spring collection from OPI – Fiji!

OPI Fiji collection 2017 Swatch and review

The collection consists of 12 shades that incorporate the vibrant hues of the islands’ flora, from the exotic flowers to the colors of the sea and from the blue lagoons to the coral reefs.

OPI Getting nadi on my honeymoon Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

First up is Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon (above). I am a sucker for these pale pinks but the formula almost always disappoints me. I am sad to say that GNOMH has some opportunities for improvement as well. The formula is tricky to  even with three coats it is a bit streaky. However, the shade is gorgeous and I will probably still be wearing this, I’ll just squint my eyes so I can’t see the streaks.

OPI Polly want a Lacquer Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

Polly Want A Lacquer? (above) is a pale lavender shade and is perfect for spring. The formula is better than GNOMH but it is still a bit thin for my liking.

OPI Suzi with a paddle Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

Suzi With A Paddle (above) is a pastel baby blue shade. This is two coats and top coat and I really like the shade but this formula is a bit thin.

OPI Coconuts over OPI Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

I feel that Coconuts Over OPI (above) is one of the more unique shades of the collection. The shade is very flattering and feels modern and cool. This formula is perfect. Two easy coats for full coverage.

OPI I can never hut up Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

This elephant grey polish with turquoise shimmer is called I Can Never Hut Up (above). The formula is good and I really like the shade. However, I would’ve liked to experience the shimmer more when the polish is applied to the nails and not just shown in the bottle.

OPI Two-timing the zones Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

Two-Timing The Zones (above) is the signature shade for this collection and I see why. It is perfect. The formula is great and the shade is absolutely stunning.

OPI Exotic Birds Don't Tweet Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

Next up is Exotic Birds Don’t Tweet (above) is a bright yellow that is not too orange and not too orange-y. However, the formula is a bit see-through and you need three thick coats for full coverage. When applied and with top coat, I do like the shade and I think I will use this during the summer when I am not pale as snow.

OPI No Tan Lines Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

This bright orange shade is called No Tan Lines (above). This is also a go-to shade for me this summer. The formula is nice and you need two coats for full coverage.

OPI Living on the Bula-vard Fiji collection 2017 Swatch

Living On The Bula-Vard (above) is one of my favorites of the collection. The formula is amazzzzing and so is the shade. Love it!

OPI Is that a spear in your pocket? Swatch Fiji 2017

Let’s head on over to the blues. Is That A Spear In Your Pocket? (above) is a gorgeous green… blue……. TEAL? I don’t know how to describe this shade so I’ll just let the picture speak for its. Let me just say you need this shade in your life.

OPI Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic Swatch Fiji 2017

Okay… Deep breath. This is Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic (above). Aaand exhale. Wow, that name really is a tongue twister. It’s a lovely blue shade that reminds me of the ocean and the formula is outstanding.

OPI Do you sea what I sea? Swatch Fiji 2017

I have to admit. I’m a little tired of these shimmery blue metallics. This is Do You Sea What I Sea? (above) is however a pretty shade and you can get full coverage with three thin coats. Probably looks good matte as well, but I kind of feel that I have seen this before.

Overall, I think this is a wonderful collection that works both for spring, summer and also in the early fall. Most shades have a great formula and are full coverage but there are some shades that could’ve been better.

What are your thoughts on the collection?

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