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Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series
This week’s Bionic Asks… Do you ever match your nail polish to your dress?
This weekend I am attending a semi-fancy dinner reception. Since most of my dresses were either formal, or had a Spring season feel (pale yellows or bright polka dots), I decided to take an older dress and alter it to suit the occasion. This dress is a dark, dark navy blue topped with semi-matte sequins. The toned-down sequins make it easier to wear and less blingy for this not-so-formal event.

Bionic Beauty's sequined dress for an upcoming event

A nail polish adventure in Bionic-land: I attempt to match my pedicure to my matte sequined dress.

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It’s always fun for me to look at other people’s Top-Rated or Best-of lists whether they are beauty related or not. Maybe it’s one of my odd quirks, but I enjoy comparing what I think should have made the list, and what items make me go “hmmm”. Total Beauty recently indulged my quirkiness by releasing their “Top-Rated Nail Polish” list…

TotalBeauty.com
Top-Rated Nail Polishes

Total Beauty readers’ ratings make up this list of top-rated nail lacquers.

Top-Rated Nail Polishes

This is a TotalBeauty.com nails article

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I really have to disagree with some of their mentions. I like most all nail polish brands well-enough, especially if they have a unique color. However, Revlon coming in at seven was just bizarre to me. I always want to love their polish but every bottle I buy is too thick, and takes forever to dry… and yes, even if I apply a fast-dry topcoat it still takes forever and a day. I have tried thinning it too, but I really think nail polish formulas should come out ready-to-apply. I shouldn’t have to fiddle with a formula to make it work.
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Putting CND nail polish to the test

by Bionic Beauty on 23.May.2010 · 8 comments

CND (Creative Nail Design) recently sent me a few of their newest nail polish colors and “special effects” top coats for consideration on Bionic Beauty. Since I’m all about being open and honest, below you’ll find swatches of each color along with my thoughts…

Asphalt (#542) – A true dark gray creme polish with no shimmer. This looks amazing with both gloss and matte top coats. I did have some problems with getting it to apply evenly and it took three coats to achieve a uniform color; but it’s my favorite color of this collection!
Bionic Beauty swatch and review - CND nail polish in Asphalt
Marshmallow Rose (#508) – This is your standard “barely-there” almost nude polish. It has a hint of pink making it great for cool-toned women. It would be a good choice for a French Manicure look.

Bionic Beauty swatch and review - CND nail polish in Marshmallow Rose
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Fall’s big manicure trend is matte nail polish. And it seems like new matte polishes and top coats are being released every few days. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but there are a ton of options for gals looking to try this trend. And it can all be more than a bit overwhelming.

To take some of the guesswork out of your wealth of options, I tested a variety of top coats and reviewed them in true Bionic Beauty fashion.

Matte Nail Polish top coat swatches and comparisons

Bionic Beauty compares the popular brands of matte polish top coats.

All the top coats are shown over Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Mismas (from the new “Blogger” collection – a medium purple cream).

Five fingers, 5 different top coats…

  • Rescue Beauty Lounge “Matte Top Coat” – This top coat is the best I’ve tried. It provides a true matte finish that is exceptionally long lasting.

I know this brand is very pricey and I never thought I would spend $18 on a nail polish, but they are worth saving up for a few special colors (or put a few on your wish list for the holidays!). Their nail polish lasts without peeling or chipping. Typically I can’t get through 24 hours without chips and peeling, but with RBL that doesn’t happen. Their colors are super pigmented – the purple Mismas polish I’m wearing is only ONE coat! I usually do three coats with most brands. So I’m using a third less polish.
Anyhow, the RBL matte finisher is my favorite of this bunch. It’s long lasting, protects the polish underneath, and you can lightly buff any lotion or oils off (use a soft shirt or towel) to get your matte finish back. It applies smoothly- no ridges, clumping or bubbling. $18 at RescueBeauty.com.

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