Forever 21: A New Nude Palette

Even a ‘no-buy’ limitation on myself doesn’t stop me from wanting ALL THE EYESHADOW PALETTES!!! I had to yell because, well, it’s seriously true.

Two things go into breaking this rule: 1) The price is soooo good, 2) experience has shown that this brand was good in the past, and 3) no will power. OK, that’s three so, let’s not count that last one, shall we?

Here’s a new Forever 21 eyeshadow palette…

nail swatches Gosh 026 nail swatches Gosh 029 And, it is a NUDE palette to boot! Why, every makeup blogger knows you have to have at least one nude shadow palette on the vanity. I want to make totally sure that I’m covered. I mean, what would happen if I would accidentally drop one? Or, someone would break into my house and raid the vanity! Gasp!!! Maybe I’d misplace one and be frantic until I found the backup. (Not that any of these, save for dropping one, are remotely going to happen. But, you never know…)

What a heavenly lineup…

nail swatches Gosh 036 nail swatches Gosh 034 nail swatches Gosh 033The sunlight washes a few of these shades out. So, none of the shades are identical. But, they all compliment each other.

The Forever 21 store that I found this at had not been gentle with these palettes and, even some other styles, as well. It was my duty to provide a warm and loving home/vanity to a special palette. Actually, this one was the one with the least broken shadows…

nail swatches Gosh 032It didn’t hurt to ask the sales associate if I could get a discount because it was blemished and all the other ones were much more damaged. At first I was told a 10% discount. I said that it would be better if it was 25%. The store manager was brought in and she said that 15% was the highest she could go. Well, the palette was only $5.80, so I agreed.

And, I still got some great photos that I can use in future business cards…

nail swatches Gosh 031Oh, and this isn’t the last you’ll see of this palette. There is a bit more to the story, along with some swatches, coming up very, very soon!

Do you have a favorite nude palette?

A Dual Of Two Forever 21 Glitter Polishes

Why have my nail swatches been MIA? They have been sent to rehab. I’ll post more on that later this week. However, I have to admit (that’s the first step, isn’t it?) that I’m still buying nail polish, just not as much. Seriously, I have gotten picky. My next collection I’m up for is the new Cult Nails that is due to be released in September. I’ll be sharing that as soon as I can along with some fun news about it.

And with that preface, this is a manicure that I did better than a month ago. I wanted to swatch two different glitters from Forever 21′s love and beauty…

And since they are sheer, I picked Milani’s ‘A Rose Mylady’ as a base case.

Of course, these gliters from Forever 21 jumped out at me. They are glitter nirvana…

The first glitter polish is ‘Faded Rose/Multi’. This polish has a dark, rosy base color. The glitters are micro and large and they are iridescent that flash from magenta to pink. I like the consistency of this polish as it wasn’t too thick or too thin. After shaking the bottle up, I didn’t have to fish out the glitter.

The other glitter I couldn’t resist…

Simply named ‘Pink’ I think it looks like Pink Fire. It glows. The clear base is more of a purple-ish pink than ‘Faded Rose’. ‘Pink’ has super-micro and micro glitter in it. It also has shards. And, all of these glitters are iridescent flashing orange and lavender. Both of these glitters are what I call ‘busy’; there is a lot going on in those bottles!

I chose Milani’s ‘A Rose Mylady’ because I wanted a nude polish that would be very similar to my own nail beds. Knowing that the glitter polishes were going to be sheer, I wanted a polish that could create an opaque base to hide any visible nail lines…

On my left hand, I used ‘Faded Rose’ as the top coat. I have on two coats. This glitter went on like we wish all glitters would. There was no drag, the formula didn’t get goopy and it dried in a reasonable amount of time. I only used one coat of Milani on my ring and pinky to see if I could get away with just one coat.

This is my right hand swatched with ‘Pink’…

I only used one coat of ‘A Rose Mylady’ on my ring and pinky finger just to see how sheer ‘Pink’ would be. The other fingers have 2 coats. And, I used two coats of ‘Pink’ as it tended to not pick up the glitter every time.

‘Pink’ and ‘A Rose Mylady’ create a dusty glitter manicure. I am sad that the glowing look of ‘Pink’ is tamed down too much. I like that Pink Fire look. And, the shimmer of the shards and glitter are less obvious as well. I need to try ‘Pink’ with a different base coat to see if I can keep that glow.

Which do you like better: ‘Faded Rose’ or ‘Pink’? I am very partial to ‘Pink’. Especially if I can get it to glow more.