My daughter is off from school today, and she just returned from a weekend away on her band trip. So … it doesn’t feel at all like a Monday to me. It feels like a Sunday or even a Saturday. I was sitting at my computer, pulling some new swatch pictures off of my iPhoto, when it hit me: Hello! It’s Monday!! It’s time to swatch my stash! I realized I needed to get off my duff and get busy here. (Incidentally, I also put some laundry in to wash. But that’s boring, so we won’t speak of it. Much.)
Today, I’m heading into difficult and dangerous territory for me: The Blues. You guys know I made a resolution to cut my Sinful Colors stash by at least half. Preferably more, but I felt I would be happy with half. I made up my mind that I would be ruthless in this purge. Ruthless!! So far, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that. But these blues are going to test my resolve. Because I LOVE BLUE!! I love blue everything. My favorite clothing color is blue. The walls in my office are blue. The walls in my bedroom are blue. Blue is the dominant color in my desktop screen saver. My hair is blue! I think you’re starting to get the idea, right? If I’m going to go all wishy-washy over any color family in my Sinful Colors stash, it’s going to be the blues.
I started out with 23 blues. I destashed 3 of those in my first round of swatching, which leaves me with 20 beautiful blues for this post. I decided to break this color down into two posts of 10 polishes each. And now I’m just babbling to stall for time. But let’s jump in! Both feet forward! Wish me luck, guys!!
Before I head into the blues for this post, I wanted to do a quick destash update from last week’s post. Last week, I mentioned I was going to keep Angelik, which was one of the soft and pretty whites with delicate gold shimmer. Angelik has a bit of a beige or brown undertone, but it’s still a soft white to my eye. Anyhow, in hindsight, I’ve decided to destash it. I realized I have a few beautifully soft and delicate whites in indie brands, and I like them more.
OK. Now … on with the …
BLUE POLISH: (eep! I’m still scared! *deep breath*)
Mist-erious is a slightly dusty sky blue with silver shimmer. The shimmer is apparent on the nail, although I find it subtle. You can see it, but it doesn’t jump out and grab you by the eyeballs. The formula for this polish is … difficult. I really don’t want to say that, because I love the color. But I have to be truthful. It is a little on the thick side, although that could be my bottle, which is rather old. At the same time, it still streaks and needs 3 coats to level everything out. If it didn’t streak, I think it would be opaque in 2.
So I have 2 bottles of this polish. This wasn’t intentional on my part. I forgot I had this one in my stash, and I ran across it on a random Sinful Colors browse one day. I mentioned how much I love this color, right? Um … yeah. I really do. I got home and realized I already had it. My original bottle is older. I’m not sure if it was one of the first Sinful Colors I purchased when I got back into polish hoarding, but it was one of the earliest ones to come into my stash. I do love it. I think it’s super pretty and delicate on the nail, and this shade of blue makes my heart sing. I love the shimmer, too. Although it doesn’t stand out as much as I would like, it gives the polish a delicate final look. But there is that difficult formula. So, since my first bottle is old, I am going to keep that one. And destash the second. I don’t need 2 bottles of this, for sure.
You know what? Scratch that. As I’ve gotten farther into my post, I’ve changed my mind. Although my bottle of this polish is older, I think I’m going to destash it. It’s similar enough to Kiss Goodnight that I don’t feel I need both of them. And I remember liking the formula on Kiss Goodnight more.
Kiss Goodnight is from the 2017 Kandee Johnson Collection. It is a whited-out baby blue with pink or purple shimmer. It’s hard for me to tell. The shimmer looks pink to me in certain lights and purple in others. Maybe it’s an iridescent shimmer? The formula is pretty good, especially for a pastel. It is somewhat streaky on the first coat, but it evens out nicely and is opaque for me in 2 coats.
I love this shade of blue. And I love that the formula is fairly easy to work with, which is not always the case with pastel shades. This shade seems very close in color to Mist-erious, although I think Mist-erious is somewhat darker. I enjoy the shimmer in this polish, although, again, it is subtle on the nail. This seems to be something of a theme with Sinful Colors polishes. Even so, this is such a pretty blue that I want to keep it. I told you guys I’m weak when it comes to the blues! Weak, I tell ‘ya!!!
Blue La-La is from the Summer 2014 Chill Out Collection. It is a slightly dusty periwinkle blue creme. I feel like this leans more toward the blue end of periwinkle than to the purple end, and it is brighter on the nail than it looks like it would be when you see it in the bottle. The formula is good. It feels slightly thin, but the color saturation in this polish is fantastic. It is opaque in 2 easy coats.
I love this polish. I love the color tone and shade. I enjoy the formula. And I am impressed as heck that a polish selling for about $2 could be this darn good. This reminds me of the “Pacific Blue” types of colors, such as Jessie’s Girl, Mediterranean or Julie G., Cabana Boy. But I compared them in the bottle, and they are brighter and less dusty than Blue La La. The same is true when comparing the three polishes on the nail. Blue La La is a keeper for me.
Cinderella is an oldie but a goodie in my stash. This was probably the first Sinful Colors I purchased when I started to get back into my polish hoarding ways. It is a pale, almost gray-toned, pastel blue with pinkish-orange shimmer running throughout. The formula for this polish is terrible. I can’t lie. It is thin, and it streaks. I typically need 3-4 coats for decent opacity with this polish.
Guys, I should absolutely destash this polish. The formula is so terrible that it irritates me to no end. At the same time, I remember being completely OBSESSED with this polish when I purchased it. I fell in love with it immediately upon seeing it in the Sinful Colors display. I took it home and put it on my nails right away. And it was just like Cinderella’s dress to me, with that light, icy blue color and all the sparkles. I remember running into my daughter’s room to show her my nails. “Look!” I said, thrusting my nails out for her to see, “They’re shimmering pink! Now they’re shimmering blue!” Um … yeah. My daughter was not as impressed as I was. Anyhow, since this is one of my oldest polishes and also one of my most-used polishes … and it’s sentimental, too …
So, yeah. I’m going to keep this one. Once I use up my current bottle, I don’t think I will repurchase it. I mean, sentimentality is one thing. But it can’t overcome a terrible formula forever.
Flip Tease is from the 2017 Kandee Johnson Vintage Anime Collection. It is a light, powdery turquoise with pink shimmer. The formula is okay. It’s not terrible, but also not perfect. I had some streaking with it, and I think I ended up using 3 coats to get everything to even out for full opacity.
I enjoyed the heck out of this polish when I wore it in a full manicure. I love this shade of turquoise. I think it skates right at the edge of “institutional / old school building” minty blue without heading into that territory. The pink shimmer, again, is subtle. As is the case with most Sinful Colors, I found the shimmer doesn’t jump out at me. But it’s beautiful against this base color. I also got a lot of compliments on my nails when I wore this. It’s a keeper!
Kurtain Kall is from the 2016 Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection. It is an aqua or medium-toned turquoise with gold shimmer. This polish has a great formula. It is opaque in 2 easy coats, and nearly opaque in 1 coat. This polish dries matte, although I always use a glossy top coat over it.
I know I’m saying this a LOT in this post, but … I love this color! I like the combination of the gold shimmer with this beautiful, slightly muted or dusty turquoise. This is a keeper.
GoGo Boy is from the 2016 Pride Collection. I mostly saw it described as a baby blue online. I’m not sure if it’s exactly a baby blue or somewhere between a baby blue and a cerulean blue. But, whatever the case, it’s a pretty color. This polish has a great formula that is opaque in 2 easy coats.
This is such a pretty color, topped off by a great formula. I’m really tempted to keep it. At the same time, it reminded me of something else. I couldn’t quite place it. After rummaging through my stash a little bit, I realized it is very similar to China Glaze, Sunday Funday. I compared them on the nail, and GoGo Boy is slightly lighter in color tone. But they are close enough that I don’t feel the need to keep both. So I’m going to destash this one.
Tealing Power is from the Spring 2017 Desert Divas / Stoned Crystal Shimmer Collection. It is a teal with silvery shimmering flakes. It has a good formula that is opaque in 2 coats.
I don’t always love teal, but I like this one. There is a nice balance of blue mixed in with the green, which gives it a bright and vibrant look on the nail. And I love the silvery shimmers. They look beautiful next to the darker, stronger base color. I have 2 of these in my stash. This wasn’t accidental. I think my first bottle might have been a gift from my nail bestie. And then, I decided to purchase a second bottle when the collection unexpectedly popped up in my local Walgreens. Now, I feel I don’t really need 2 bottles of this, and every bottle that comes out of my stash means more storage space. So I am going to keep one and destash one.
Rise & Shine is a vibrant teal with aqua or turquoise shimmer. The formula for this polish is great. It is practically opaque in 1 coat, and it was fully opaque for me in 2.
This color is GORGEOUS. And the formula is beyond fantastic. I’ve seen online swatches that show this polish as much more green, but my bottle is definitely a blue-leaning teal. This was also a gift from my sweet nail bestie. I love the color, and I enjoy seeing it on my nails. Plus, I feel like I should keep it because it was a gift. At the same time, I realized today that it stains my nails and the skin around my nails. Which makes me want to destash it. (eek! Sorry, Jenn! *cyberhugs*)
Blue Bayou is from the Summer 2017 Bayou Babes Collection. It is a bright, slightly light blue with blue shimmer. The formula is okay. It is sheer, and needs 2-3 coats for full opacity.
This is yet another pretty, pretty blue. I love how bright it is on the nail, and the shimmer stands out beautifully. It is stunning on the nail, especially when I consider the price point. At the same time, it is very similar in appearance to Zoya, River and Pretty Serious, My Immortal. Blue Bayou is lighter in color than both of those, so they are not exact dupes. But the shimmer makes all three seem similar to my eye. And I know I would reach for River or My Immortal every time. So I am going to destash this one.
Whew! You guys, that was so hard. It’s ridiculous, but I feel so much anxiety over trying to decide which blues to destash. I feel like I’m trying to balance my love for all things blue with my desire to be much more responsible in my polish hoarding. Plus, there is this desire for more empty space for new polish, especially new indies. Argh! It’s too much!! What’s a polish loving gal to do? I think I need a drink, but I’ll settle for a nice glass of iced tea.
Overall, I think I did okay with this destash. Out of the 10 blues in this post, I destashed 5. Or, perhaps I should say I destashed 4.5, since I had two bottles of Tealing Power and only destashed one of them. At any rate, I did better than I expected. I halfway expected to find myself saying, “Keep it!” to every single blue.
Next week, I will have my last post of blues. After that, I just have purples to do, which will bring us to the end of my Sinful Colors stash. This one is going by quickly!