Swatch My Stash! Sinful Colors #4: Blues

Here we are … Tuesday! Which usually means a Topic Tuesday post from me. But I decided to sit out the topic this week. Instead, I’m coming at you with the last of my Sinful Colors blues today. I have the last 10 to share in this post. Last week, I didn’t do a great job of destashing. I managed to send half of the polishes in last week’s post to the destash pile, which looks great on paper. In reality, one or maybe two of those was a backup that I decided to let go. Still, I think any blue destashing is a pretty great accomplishment for me. I am a gal who loves her blues, after all!

So, we shall see how it goes today. I would love to destash half of the ten polishes that are on deck for this post. But I am not going to set any hard goals for myself this time. With that said … on with the polish!!

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Love Thyself is from the 2016 Pride Collection. It is a blurple creme. The formula for my bottle is good. It is opaque for me in 2 easy coats.

This polish is yummy and oh-so-creamy on the nail. It really looks delicious. I love the color. My stash is not short on blurples, but I don’t think I have many that are this vibrant. Most of them tend to be more pastel. Plus, I love the name of this polish. It is a keeper for me.

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Kommotion is from the 2016 Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection. It is a periwinkle base with shimmer running throughout. I’m not sure of the shimmer color. It looks gold to me in some lights, silver in others, and even seems to have hints of blue at times. This polish has a great formula that is generally opaque for me in 2 easy coats. It dries to a rubbery-matte finish on the nail.

In general, I don’t like matte polishes. I know I’ve mentioned my magpie tendencies before, and my inner magpie likes her nails to be shiny as heck. So the whole matte thing is kind of lost on me. I really enjoy this polish, though. Even with a glossy top coat over it, it retains its rubbery finish. I like the combination of this base color and shimmer. This one is a keeper.

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Purple Kraze is from the 2016 Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection. It is a blurple that leans way purple, with just a hint of blue within it. This has a great formula that is opaque for me in 2 easy coats. I think this polish has a slight shimmer to it, although it didn’t show on the nail for me. It is a matte polish that dries to a rubbery sort of texture on the nail.

Soooooo … This polish probably should have gone with my purples. But I had it in my head that it was a blurple or periwinkle. And so, here it is. With the blues. Even though it looks quite purple. Whatever. It’s not an exact science — ha, ha!

I like this polish. I like the rubbery finish, which remains even under a glossy top coat. It’s a lovely and easily wearable color, too. I wish the shimmer was more prominent on the nail, but, overall, I think this one is a keeper.

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Opal Essence is from the 2016 Faceted Illusions Collection. It is a teal with silver and blue/teal shimmer. This polish has a nice formula that is opaque in 2 easy coats. It is nearly opaque in 1, but I needed 2 to even out low spots on a couple of nails. I might have been okay at 1 if I had used a thicker first coat.

This is such a pretty polish. It’s beautiful on the nail and really easy to apply. I like the shimmers, which are delicate and pretty. They are subtle, but they show nicely on the nail once the polish dries. A glossy top coat makes them pop out even more. I don’t recall this polish being a stainer, either, which is amazing when you consider how pigmented it is. At the same time, I’m not sure this is a polish I will wear much. I have found I am usually not a fan of teals on my nails. If I wear them, I want them to be more blue-toned, and this polish is more green. I think I am going to destash it.

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Kustom Fit is from the 2016 Kylie Denim & Bling Collection. It is a blue-green textured polish. In some lights, I want to call this polish teal. In others, it really doesn’t seem teal. It seems more of a blue-green that is much heavier on the blue. Maybe it falls into the area of a turquoise? It has silver and, I think, darker blue glitters. It also has a great formula. It is pretty much opaque in 1 coat. I might have used 2 for my swatch pictures, but I don’t remember.

This is another really pretty polish. It is super pigmented, and I love the color. I am not usually a fan of teals, but I like how this polish leans more toward the turquoise side of things. Sadly, this one stained my nails. And it’s textured, too. So I’m going to destash it.

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Super Star is a blue/turquoise jelly base with shimmer and purple glitter. This polish has a very sheer formula. It needs 3 coats to even come close to opacity on its own, although I can still see VNL after 3 coats. I think this one could be a topper — maybe. But the combination of blue base and purple glitter seems like it would limit the colors you could use underneath it.

This polish is really pretty. I like this tone of blue, and I love the shimmer. I enjoy the contrast of purple glitter against the blue base. But, after wearing this polish in a manicure once, I can’t see myself reaching for it again. It’s not the kind of polish I enjoy as a topper, and the overall formula is too sheer for me. I don’t mind seeing VNL, but I don’t like when I can see the white part of my nail at the cuticle line (lunula) through the polish. This one is a destash.

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Why Not? is a vibrant blue. I would consider this a cerulean blue. It has a great creme formula that is nearly opaque in 1 coat. I used 2 coats for full opacity.

This color is va-va-va-VOOM!! It is right up my alley as a blue-loving gal, and I love it. I don’t remember this one being a stainer, even though it is very pigmented. This polish reminds me of OPI, Ogre the Top Blue and China Glaze, Sunday Funday. I want to compare it with those polishes to see how it matches up. If it is close to either of those, I will probably end up destashing it in the future. But it’s a keeper for now.

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Kobalt is from the 2016 Kylie Denim & Bling Collection. It is a medium to bright blue with silver, teal, and blue glitters. This is a textured polish, but it has a great formula. It is opaque in 1 coat, although I used 2 for my swatch photo.

This is a pretty polish. I love the base color, which looks just like slightly worn denim to me. I also like the mix of glitters in here. I think they are a pretty complement to the base color. But I don’t love that this is a textured polish. Textured polishes are pretty much lost on me, because I always top them off with a glossy top coat. I’ve learned over time that I like my nails smooth and glassy. So I am going to destash this one.

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Blueberry Hotrod is from the 2017 Kandee Johnson Vintage Anime Collection. It is a blue and fuchsia iridescent shimmer. It has a decent formula. I can’t say it is fabulous, but it is also not terrible. It’s easy to apply over the nail, but it is sheer. I generally need 3 coats to get to the level of opacity I like.

This polish is so pretty. I love the shimmer in here. I love the blue and fuchsia tones, and how they flash and glimmer through different colors of lighting. This is a polish that makes me happy when I see it on my nails. You guys know how I love a good shimmer — and even more so when it is blue! But, in spite of all of this, I had in mind that I would destash this polish when I started this post. Yes, I love a good blue shimmer. But I have several already. In particular, Zoya River and Pretty Serious, My Immortal both spring to mind. So I thought I might not need this shimmer, too. Now that I’m sitting here looking at my swatch picture, I find I have changed my mind. This one feels different to me because of the pink tones running throughout it. So this one is a keeper.

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Liquid Iris is from the 2016 Faceted Illusions Collection. It is a dark blue with purple undertones in the base color, and it has silver and bright blue shimmer running throughout. This polish has a good formula that is opaque in 2 easy coats.

This is such a pretty color. It is beautifully rich, deep, and elegant. It feels special and luxurious on my nails. I love the contrasting shimmers. They aren’t all POW! IN YOUR FACE! shimmers, but you can see them easily on the nail. I think they give the polish a delicate and pretty look. This one is a keeper.

THE WRAP-UP:

Whew! It’s such a relief to be all the way through my Sinful Colors blues. I know it sounds silly, but blues are stressful to me. Especially when I am in a destashing mood. No matter how much I want to destash, I love my blue polishes! Argh!! What’s a blue-loving polish hoarder to do?

I ended up destashing 4 polishes in this round. I think I did pretty well with it, overall. I also discovered a couple of polishes that I had kind of forgotten. I may need to try and get these onto my nails sometime soon, particularly because they are nice colors for Spring and Summer.

Next week, I will swatch through my Sinful Colors purples. I have about 9 or 10 of them, and I think that will bring me to the end of my Sinful Colors stash.

 

 

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