[Chanel] Rouge Noir (#18) (2016 formula)

Happy Halloween! Hope you are having fun out there. I’m not doing anything special today; we were just watching a DVD (The Piano Forest, a Japanese Anime and not Halloween-themed) and gave out treats. 🙂 I thought Rouge Noir would fit All Hallows’ Eve – dark vampy red. This is the re-formulated version of 2016.

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Application was two coats. Still one of my favourites.

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Artificial light.

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Here’s the previous version of Rouge Noir, and I also like Free Bear Hugs by China Glaze, which is similar, if you are not looking for Chanel.

 

[Essence] Relax Rosy

Due to a severe storm in the North of Germany we were advised to stay home, for safety reasons. So I swatched some nail varnishes and watched Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD. This one is another matte. Relax Rosy is pink with a hint of rosewood.

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Two coats applied.

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Close-up (please excuse the uneven application; I didn’t use base coat).

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[Manhattan] Midnight Sparkle

I guess you won’t be surprised to hear that I have a ton of nail varnishes in my stash which I have not worn, nor swatched yet. There are many pretty colours among them, such as Midnight Sparkle. This is denim blue with small silver and blue glassflecks.

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Moreover, but it does not say so on the bottle, it dries semi-matte. Shown below is two coats.

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Macro photo.

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[Essence] Mirror, Mirror on the Nail (nail powder)

So here’s another nail powder, Mirror, Mirror on the Nail. The name says it, I hoped to see my own reflection in this and was therefore eager to try this powder.

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The following two photos was taken directly after applying the water-based topcoat, and you will notice some of the fine powder around my cuticles.

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Unfortunately, it’s not visible from the photos but the mirror effect is amazing! I should probably have gone for a little bit more powder to get a less scattered mirror image but the effect was stunning.

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After cleaning up.

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Daylight. I love these powders and will get more colours; there’s an iridescent shade too. 😎

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Close-up.

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[Dior] Grenat (#745)

Seems that I saved the best for last, regarding Dior’s Precious Rocks nail polishes. Here’s Grenat – red with a hint of berry.

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Two coats shown below. Again please excuse the bad lighting.

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“Natural” light, haha … rather meaning: cloudy skies in the morning. But Grenat really stands out. 🙂

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[Dior] Ruby (#673)

Ruby is indeed ruby red, coming with a shimmer finish.

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Two coats applied. Artificial light – I am genuinely sorry for these rather bad pictures. Inside (at my mother’s) it was too dark and outside wasn’t better because it had been raining almost all the time with the usual dark clouds.

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Maybe the photos aren’t that bad …

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This is outside and with a tiny raindrop on the bottle. Tried so hard. I might wear Ruby again because it’s also a pretty shade for Christmas.

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Close-up.

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[Dior] Amethyst (#998)

I don’t know why but Amethyst puts me in the mood for Christmas. Maybe it’s the plum colour (in addition to the bauble-shaped bottle).

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I had not been wearing plum or purple for a while and this is really beautiful. Two coats applied.

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Artificial light.

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