Ah, Zoya… definitely a favorite in the beauty community. I don’t know if they still do this, but once yearly they used to have this crazy sale, where you could get 3 polishes for free, just pay shipping. Any brand that’s willing to give discounts like that, I’m a fan of. But the main selling point for me is their huge selection of colors and finishes. I picked these three shades off the website, not having seen them in person, but I ended up being happy with all three. CONTINUE READING…
The second of my Inglot Nail Enamels is 718, also from the Matte Collection. Feel free to check out my post on Inglot Nail Enamel 715 for more about the Matte Collection formula.
718: a mid-tone bubblegum peach-pink. It’s similar in color to Essie’s Van D’Go, but I find application much easier with Inglot’s formula. It’s darker and the slightest bit more pink than Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Paparazzi Don’t Preach.
The photos are with two coats and no base/top coat.
Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Inglot Nail Polish 715
Ever since I discovered it about a year ago, Inglot has quickly become one of my favorite cosmetic brands. I’m most interested in their face and eye products, but they do have great nail polish. There are multiple polish types – the two I own are from the Matte Collection. The finish of the Matte Collection polishes is actually more like semi-matte. I like the finish – I think it looks modern without being completely flat. If you like the color but prefer more shine, adding a top coat makes the finish more like a standard creme.
The formula is easy to apply and lasts well. It dries faster than any other nail polish I’ve tried. And their shade range… calling it extensive feels like an understatement.
715: an opaque taupe-pink. It’s similar to Essie Topless & Barefoot and Zoya Melodie (without the shimmer). It’s a little like OPI Tickle My France-y but lighter and less brown.
Have you tried any Inglot polishes? What did you think?
As you may have heard, Urban Decay has changed its mind and will NOT be selling in China.
This is an amazing success and it absolutely shows the power that we have as consumers. The choices we make matter!
To read Urban Decay’s full statement: Urban Decay Decides Not to Sell in China
Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: LA Splash Nail Polish in Sparkling Jellyfish
It’s glitter nails without the hassle.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nail polish quite like Sparkling Jellyfish.
The base is a pink jelly formula, with lots of fine glitter. The sparkles totally change color depending on the light, but they appear mostly silver, light blue, light green, and pinkish red. They almost have a sort of ultra-violet glow. They’re like tiny electric crystals.
Despite the glitter, the formula is really smooth, which makes application easy. The brush is on the wider side (more like OPI’s than Essie’s) which I like. It takes fewer strokes to cover the nail evenly. If you have very small nails, you may not like it as much.
It can be worn on its own or layered over other polishes. It works over creme finishes and those with fine glitter or shimmer. For some reason, I got the idea that it might be glow-in-the-dark (it’s not…) It looks like it could be. It actually does have a transluscent jellyfish-style glow.
The best part about this nail polish is that, even though it’s glitter-filled, it’s extremely easy to remove. It didn’t leave any traces of glitter stuck to my nails, which has happened with other glitter polish formulas. I think I did one extra swipe with a cotton square and nail polish remover, but otherwise it came off the same as a regular polish.
Sparkling Jellyfish is the only LA Splash product I own. Judging from the LA Splash website, they have a large selection of unique shades and textures (seems like glitter is kind of their thing). Have you tried LA Splash? Any color or product recommendations?
Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Nail Polish
I used to wear nail polish non-stop for years. I remember I was so used to having it on that when I didn’t, my hands would look weird to me! Last year, my schedule got super busy, and I consciously decided to stop wearing nail polish on my fingers, because I really just didn’t have time to deal with keeping it up. I’d still always paint my toes though (why does polish last triple as long on toes?). Anyway, I’m just starting to get back into wearing it on my fingers regularly. But, because I’d been out of the polish-loop, I wasn’t up-to-date on brands’ testing policies. When I checked into two major brands, OPI and Essie, I found disappointing news.
Up until a year or two ago, both Essie and OPI were cruelty-free, but both have since been bought by parent companies that do test on animals. While I don’t necessarily write off a brand for that reason (I actually want to write a post on that topic), I do err on the side of caution. So until I hear definitive confirmation that OPI and Essie will maintain their no animal testing practices, I won’t be purchasing from them.
Frankly, with brands like Inglot and Zoya as cruelty-free alternatives, I’m definitely not sacrificing quality or selection.
So, here are six of my cruelty-free nail polish favorites! I’ll warn you, I’m definitely partial to certain colors for nails. Light pinks, taupe-y neutrals and nude tones, occasionally red. As much as I love seeing everyone else’s blues and greens, I personally tend to keep it pretty basic.
As with my 7 Top Foundations post (clearly I’m not so great at sticking to the “top 5″ format), reviews are coming soon. I’ll link to them once they’re posted.
1. Inglot Nail Enamel #715
2. Inglot Nail Enamel #718
3. Zoya Gia
4. Zoya Melodie
5. Zoya Ava
6. LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish
L-R: LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish, Zoya Ava, Zoya Melodie, Zoya Gia, Inglot #715, Inglot #718
UPDATE 7/6/12: Urban Decay will NOT sell in China, which means they remain cruelty-free!
Mac, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Avon,
Urban Decay… in the past six months, we’ve lost a lot of previously cruelty-free brands. If you’re like me, you’re left needing to find some good replacements.
So I’m going to highlight some of my favorite makeup that’s still cruelty-free. I’m thinking this will end up being multiple posts, as there’s a lot of ground to cover!