[Ciaté] Power Dressing

I’m keeping the Ciaté minis (from their advent calendars) at my mother’s house (outsourcing 😉 ) and when I was in the mood for dark blue some days ago, I remembered Power Dressing. This is a dark blue jelly.

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Shown below is two coats. I had expexted Power Dressing to stain upon removal – but no such thing, thus: great plus!

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Anyway, this is the reason why you haven’t seen Ciaté in this blog for quite a while. This (kind of) “alternative” stash comes handy; normally, when I am away for some days, I pick my nail colours in advance, but sometimes change my mind (I try matching my nails with bags or clothes) – andam happy about “replacement” shades.

[Essence] Talk To the Hand

So I kind of caught my daughter with Talk To the Hand, which she had bought after school at the drugstore opposite our place … and already applied: for the first time ever! I was wondering about the slight paint smell in her room but thought it came from the building site next door. Haha, she’s 12 now and loves to wear nail varnish too (who wonders :mrgreen: ) and believe me how surprised I was upon noticing her flawless application, no cleanup necessary 😯 (she said it was difficult and took her ages). Maybe she should do my nails too. 😉

Talk To the Hand is a dark, denim blue with shimmer particles. It’s supposed to be “metallic” (as for the label), however, it has a matte finish, making it the more interesting.

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I “snatched” the bottle and wanted to see for myself … two coats applied, no top coat.

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Tried to do a close-up view.

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[Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend] Дрёма (Drema)

Although Drema (Дрёма) was released for Halloween, it’s perfect for Christmas too, or even New Year’s Eve because of its sparkles. While I love applying bold colour throughout the year, Christmastime means, in addition, glitter – and Drema is packed with it. The base is a very dark, blackened blue with the glitter being silver and resulting in an overall slightly holographic effect.

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Two coats applied (sealed with top coat).

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Close-up picture.

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[A England] Queen of Scots

Queen of Scots. I had this on my nails at the beginning of this week when I was in the mood for a darker colour. Queen of Scots is da dark blue with a shimmer finish.

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Shown below is two coats. To be honest, application was somewhat tricky, although I don’t really know why. Probably the formula was a bit too thick-ish and I struggled a bit, i.e. I had to clean up more thoroughly. Nevertheless I liked the result, but Blue Satin and Phallic remain my favourite dark blues.

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Close-up view.

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[p2] No Matter

Here’s another p2 nail varnish, No Matter, definitely a favourite. White hexagonal glitter in a jelly dark blue base. In its bottle, it reminds me of a snow dome. 🙂

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Two coats shown below (make a snowy sky on the nails). Beautiful!

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Close-up view.

[Yves Saint Laurent] Bleu Galuchat (52)

So – Bleu Galuchat. This is a dark blue with a hint of teal, also containing glitter particles.

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And having a leather effect finish (which you won’t notice from looking at the bottle though).

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Honest opinion – although I (still) like most sand finish polishes and all of my YSL nail varnishes, I wasn’t really convinced by Bleu Galuchat. Maybe because the glitter can rarely be noticed after application; I had hoped for Bleu Galuchat being more sparkly. For the first time, regarding sand finishes, I also tried a topcoat, but it looks quite disastrous. :mrgreen: In the end, I grabbed the nail polish remover and did another mani … 🙄 Nevertheless, Bleu Galuchat deserves a second chance (I really like this colour) sometime.

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Close-up view.

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