Swatch My Stash! Bitzy, Nails Inc., Pop-arazzi, Jessie’s Girl, & Julie G.

I have a bit of a hodgepodge swatch-a-palooza today. But I am wrapping up a few mainstream stragglers that will allow me to finish up one whole mini Moleskine notebook of swatch notes. It has been a long slog getting to this point, and I’m pretty darn excited about it.

BITZY:

I first purchased Bitzy polishes on a total whim. They are teeny, mini bottles of polish, and I found them on a random Sally’s browse. I had been in the store gazillions of times, but never before noticed there was a whole rack of these cute little polishes by the register. But, one day, they were on sale. For less than a dollar each. You have, no doubt, already realized this caused the polish addicted fanatic in me to stand to attention and take notice right away. I bought a few that first time. Then, I went back when the sale was still in progress and bought a few more. I started out with 8 Bitzy polishes, although I had multiple bottles of a couple. I previously destashed 1 of them, so I have seven to share today.

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Peppermint is a white crelly with red metallic glitter. The glitters look like hexes of different sizes, with most of them being small. This polish has a good formula. It is easy to apply and levels out well on its own. I still needed 3 coats for full opacity.

I love crellies. And this is a particularly nice one. I like the color combination a lot, and I feel like this polish is especially nice for the holidays. This one is a keeper.

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Garden Gnome is an eye-searing, neon pink crelly with bright blue matte glitters. The glitters are a combination of small dots or hexes, lager hexes, and bar glitters. This polish has a good formula. It is a little sheer on the first coat, but it’s not too bad. It dries quickly, to a slightly textured matte finish. I used 2-3 coats (2 coats on most nails, 3 on a couple) for full opacity.

This polish is CrAZy!! Both the base and glitter colors are rather aggressively bright. They kind of reach out and grab you by the eyeballs to say, “HEY! LOOK AT ME!!” But there is something about this one I like. I haven’t tried it in a full manicure yet, so I want to hang on to it for now. I want to try it and see if I like it. Plus, it’s such a tiny bottle that it shouldn’t take much effort to use up the whole thing.

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Perky is a lemony-yellow base packed with iridescent glitters. The formula is pretty good. It isn’t base-heavy, but it is super sheer. I was able to get it mostly opaque at 4 coats on its own, but it also looks beautiful as a topper over a darker color. I tried it over a black, and the colors in the iridescent glitters popped beautifully.

I like this polish. A lot. I like the airy, light, and delicate look it has on its own. But I love it over a dark base color. I have a serious love affair with iridescent glitters in pretty much everything. This is a keeper for me.

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Jolt is a sea green base with brighter green or turquoise glitters. This has a good formula. It is not base-heavy, but it is very sheer. I was able to get it opaque on its own in 3 coats, and it worked well at 1 coat as a topper over a darker color.

This is a pretty and sparkly polish. I like how light and airy it looks on its own. It’s like a kiss of color and sparkle on the nail. It is pretty as a topper, although I don’t think I would ever really wear it like that. As much as I like this one, I think I am going to destash it. I have a China Glaze and an Orly that are similar. They aren’t exactly like this one, but they are close enough for me.

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Tip-Toeing is an emerald green metallic. This has a good formula. It goes onto the nail beautifully, and it doesn’t leave many brush strokes behind. It was opaque for me in 2 easy coats.

This is suuuuuch a pretty green. I feel like I don’t buy greens often, although I have had more come into my collection over the last year or year and a half. I have some emerald greens and some forest greens in my stash already. But this one is a little brighter in color tone. I like its vibrancy. This beauty is a keeper.

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April Showers is a shimmery light aqua blue. It has a good formula that is opaque in 2-3 easy coats.

You guys know I’m a sucker for a good blue. And this is a GOOOOOD blue. I have a couple of Zoya polishes that are similar in color tone to this one. I feel I should destash it. And yet, look at it! I can’t get over the pretty. Also, I’ve mentioned how teeny these bottles are, right? The teeny-ness makes me feel less guilty. I’m going to keep this one.

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Fountain of Youth is a navy blue shimmer. It has a good formula that is opaque in 2 easy coats.

Again, with the blues. And my madness for the blues. And the shimmers. You guys already know I’m keeping this one, right? *ahem*

NAILS, INC.:

I don’t know anything about Nails, Inc. as a brand. I only have 1 from this brand, and it was a total impulse purchase. I spied it when I was waiting in line to check out at Ulta. Darn you, overly long checkout line! You spied my weakness and swooped right in. Well played, Ulta. Well played.

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Richmond Gardens is a clear base with blue, white, and light green matte glitters. The glitters are hexes of different sizes. And there might be white flower-shaped glitters, too. I don’t remember, and you can see I didn’t get anything like that on my nails in my swatch picture. This has a pretty good formula for a topper. There is a good glitter to base ratio, and I didn’t have any trouble getting a mix of glitter colors out onto my nails. I think I did 1 coat in my swatch picture.

This is a pretty topper. I like matte glitters, and these have an almost pearly look to them, which I find very pretty. I like this color combination, too. It is nicely airy and has a “spring” feeling to it. Even though I like this one, I am going to destash it because I don’t think I will wear it.

POP-ARAZZI:

This is another brand about which I know very little. I think it is sold at CVS and, maybe, Rite-Aid. I’ve seen it on various drug store runs, but it’s not a brand I follow or purchase with any frequency. I have 1 polish from this brand in my stash.

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Short but Sweet is a melon-toned coral creme. This polish has an okay formula. It is buttery and creamy going onto the nail, but it is slightly thicker than I would like. It was opaque for me in 2 coats, and nearly opaque in 1.

This polish has a pretty color. I don’t wear a lot of coral tones, but this is a nice one. I like it on my skin tone. This polish is also sentimental to me because it was a gift from my sweet godson. He was so sweet to think of me, and to go to the store to pick out a polish just for me. It gives me the warm-fuzzy feels just thinking about it. Needless to say, this is a keeper.

JESSIE’S GIRL & JULIE G.:

Jessie’s Girl and Julie G. are both fairly well-known drugstore brands. I look at them every time I go to my local Rite-Aid. But I don’t purchase much drugstore polish at all. I generally save my money for my favorite “big-name” mainstream brands and indies. I have 1 polish from each of these brands.

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Jessie’s Girl, Mediterranean is a cobalt blue with a slight hint of dustiness. It is a lovely creme with a great formula that is opaque in 2 easy coats. It was almost a 1-coater for me, but I ended up feeling happier with 2.

This polish was a gift from my sweet nail bestie, @jenniferwallenfels. I think this is one of the polishes that is supposed to be a dupe or a kissing cousin for the old formula Pacific Blue. I don’t know how close they are, because I don’t own Pacific Blue. But I can tell you this is a really pretty color. I like this tone of blue, both for my fingernails and on my toes. And I love it all year round. Top that off with a great formula, and this one is a keeper.

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Julie G., Cabana Boy is another old-school Pacific Blue-esque polish. It is a slightly dusty cobalt blue creme with a great formula. This was opaque for me in 2 easy coats and nearly opaque in 1.

Just like the Jessie’s Girl shown above, this was a gift from my awesome-sweet nail bestie! I love this beautiful blue. It’s also a keeper.

THE WRAP-UP:

I didn’t do too well with my destash today. Out of 11 polishes, I only destashed 2. In my defense, most of today’s post was Bitzy polishes, and those bottles are tiny. I store them with my mini polishes, which means they don’t take up room in my regular polish storage drawers. I’m not sure if that makes for a good excuse or not … but … That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! Rawr.

Tomorrow is Tuesday, which means it’s Topic Tuesday day. I read over the topics this morning, and I felt a little lukewarm about them. I’m not sure if I will participate this month or not. I hope to have a Quixotic post and review up this week. And I want to do a water marble tutorial post, too. So, we shall see what the week brings. That’s kinda scary. Yikes!

 

 

 

 

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