One of the fun things about nail polish, and about the change of seasons, is the chance to change up your cosmetics color schemes. Nail polish is one of those things you can spend a lot on, or a little. If you spend a lot, the tendency is to purchase “investment” colors that you an wear for several seasons. But at less than $2.00 per polish for Sinful Colors, you can try something fun, and not worry if you don’t like it, or shelve it for another time.
Recently, I discovered Sinful Colors, a brand of cosmetics that has over 75 shades of nail polish, plus a base coat, nail hardener, top shine, quick dry, etc. They have several seasonal collections of nail color, and they’re just $1.99/each for color polish, and $3.99 for the ancillary products. These polishes have a DBP, toluene and formaldehyde free, formula, and they’ve created quite a cult following. They have, for example, a collection of Fall colors that scream: “We’re for Halloween.” What’s nice about this collection is that while the colors are “seasonal,” you can mix and match them with their coordinating nail art polishes for all sorts of variety on the Halloween and Thanksgiving, themes. Here’s the collection:
“Courtney Orange” is a semi-sheer, slightly shimmery, nearly neon, orange. A fine-tipped nail art polish in the same color is called “Sunset.”
“Black on Black” is an opaque, inky black so shiny it looks almost like elegant, black lacquer. A fine-tipped nail art polish in the same black is called “Time Off.”
“Irish Green” looks bold and opaque in the bottle, but on nails, it’s a sheer, clear, bright and nearly neon green. Pair it with orange or black nail art for Halloween nails that get noticed.
There is also a very sheer wash of bright purple (my sample was simply called “214” so I don’t know if it has another name, or not). This polish looks like a deep, rich, opaque purple with shimmer, in the bottle, but no number of coats made it really deep. One or two coats gives nails a lilac-y wash of color.
What’s a French Manicure without white tips? “Bad Chick” is the color of a pure, opaque, white Nail Art with fine-tipped brush that makes decoration, easy.
Also for Fall, but with more of a cold weather sensibility, is a collection called “Colors of Darkness.” These colors also look very deep and bold in their bottles, but they’re semi-opaque. If you want to approximate the color you see in the bottle, use at least two coats, maybe three. These also appear to have a lot of shimmers, and some have glitter, but on nails, the look is more subtle-sparkling than a gaudy glow. Here’s the collection:
“Rich in Heart” is a “not quite” color. It’s not quite black, not quite red, not quite brown. It’s a bit “goth” but there’s a hint of warm-ness in the mix, making this a nearly-black color that changes a bit in different lights.
“See You Soon” is a glittery aqua that is deeply teal on hands, but the tiny bits of aqua glitter add a fairy-like glint in bright lights. It’s modern, and pretty.
“Hot Spot” is billed as navy, but it’s really a deep, sea blue with lots of blue shimmer. If you’re a fan of blue polish, this will be a must-have in your collection as it’s not too blackened, nor is it too “girly.”
“Mercury Rising” is a dark, burgundy red with lots of red shimmers. If you’re looking for a new way to wear red, this deeper, shimmered version, is not only elegant, it is right on trend.
“Sugar Sugar” is a rich, velvet red with shimmer that to me, is the perfect shade for fingers and toes for a party, and certainly, a holiday party later on this year. You can dress this one up with white tips (use the white Nail Art polish “Bad Chic” from the other collection, above) and be “Nail Santa,” or show your dark side with black tips using the Nail Art “Time Off” from the other collection., above).
“Secret Admirer is black with a hint of silver sparkle. It is semi-opaque and if you can apply it smoothly, it’s like a sexy, dark sky full of stars. If you want a bold, black, starry effect, try a few coats.
“Daddys Girl,” like the purple in the other collection, is very sheer. It is a rich violet with iridescent bits of shimmer and it actually reminds me more of a Spring color than a Fall or Winter one, But I like it as a base for nail art, and perhaps, a few, silvery stars, snowflakes or other decals that would make it Holiday part, perfect.
Somehow I didn’t get “What’s Your Name” (jet black) but you can see it in the photo, above. I’m guessing that What’s Your Name is opaque black.
As you can see, there is a lot to choose from, and while not all of these colors will take you through four seasons, they’re just right, for now. There are some holiday collections coming up as well. And the price, is right, too! Sinful Colors is available at mass market & drug stores nationwide and online at www.Walgreen’s.com, or by calling 1-800-448-0763