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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sinful Colors - Desert Divas Collection


       Sinful colors will be releasing 3 collections for spring and they are starting to pop up in stores now. Bayou Babes is part of the Sinful Shine line, Chic Chicas is full of fun pastels perfect for the season and the collection I'll be sharing with you today, The Desert Divas Collection. This collection consists of 9 muted earth tone shades packed with shimmering flakes. In fact, Sinful has labeled these as Stoned Crystal Shimmers and are available for a limited time. I think you'll find that that description is perfect for this collection. 

     Sadly 1 color from this collection seems to be releasing later than the others and has yet to be spotted in stores. It's a green called Super Cooper but not to worry I'm on the hunt for it so you'll be able to see that one as well. For now here's the bottle shot from the Sinful Colors web page.



      Warning, This post is going to be picture heavy. I really wanted to capture the depth of each polish. Also, all photo were taking in a light box with daylight light bulbs. Now let's get to the polish, shall we?

Namaste the Night

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     Color: Muted deep plum with iridescent flakies that flash from magenta to pink to gold with hints of blue depending on the angle and lighting.

     Formula: Namaste the night is an extremely opaque polish that could possibly be a 1 coater if applied with a slightly thicker coat. The polish flows evenly and smoothly onto the nail with each layer being packed with flakies. Shown here is 2 coats plus a glossy top coat

     Finish: Dries to a satin finish but the shimmer from the flakies makes it appear to have a hint of gloss. Every single flake lays completely flat giving a totally smooth finish.

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      Of course, I had to see what each polish would look like with a matte top coat. As you can see I wasn't disappointed. I like that this color is a bit darker than the rest of the collection but still seems cohesive with the other colors.

Tealing Power

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     Color: A Shimmery shade of teal with iridescent flakes that flash from silver to powder blue and hints of pink depending on the angle and lighting. 

     Formula: Smooth even coverage, but not quite as opaque as Namaste the Night. Shown here is 2 coats plus a glossy top coat.

     Finish: Smooth finish somewhere between a semi-gloss and a satin. In fact, it's exactly like Namaste the Night with a satin finish that has hints of gloss from the flakies.

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     With the addition of the matte top coat, you can see the hints of pink that the flakies give off. This is the one color in the collection that seems to be a little out of place with it's bolder shade, but it was also one of my favorites.

Thera-Pewter

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     Color: Sinful describes this as a shimmery slate grey polish. On me, it looked like a light grey with a slight lavender undertone and flakies that flash from silver to blue with hints of purple depending on angle and lighting.

     Formula: Again the application was smooth and easy but Thera-Pewter was a little on the sheer side. There was definite VNL after 1 coat and full opacity reached after 2. Shown here is 2 coats plus a glossy top coat.

     Finish: Smoothly finish somewhere between a semi-gloss and a satin.

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     The addition of matte top coat helped bring out the depth of Thera-pewter and made me like it a lot more. I feel this is one of those colors that needs to grow on you. It's pretty blah at first and then you start to see all the detail and can start to appreciate it.

Clay Me

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     Color: Rich terra cotta with iridescent flakes that flash from gold to green to orange.

     Formula: Smooth even coverage with a nice full opacity. Each layer is packed with flakes. Shown 2 coats plus glossy top coat.

     Finish: Dries to a smooth satin finish with a hint of gloss from the flakies. 

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     Clay Me is the one polish from this collection that I liked better with a glossy finish rather than the matte. While you can still see the depth this polish has it just seemed to lose some of its pizzazz.

Just Deserts

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     Colors: Neutral tan leaning pink with iridescent flakes that flash from silver to pale pink depending on angle and lighting.

     Formula: Just Deserts also has a smooth even application but like the other lighter shades in this collection goes on a bit sheer. It does build up nicely ti full opacity after 2. Shown here is 2 coats plus a glossy top coat.

     Finish: Smooth satin finish with a hint of gloss from the flakes.   

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     Just Deserts is a very neutral polish that seems to deaden with the addition of a matte top coat. I felt like I had mannequin hands while wearing it. And interestingly enough my mom said that this was the kind of shade people use to wear when they wanted their nails to appear longer. Sadly I didn't see the illusion of my nubbins looking any longer.

Desert Reign

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     Color: Soft rose polish with iridescent flakies that flash from silver to gold to pink with subtle hints of blue depending on angle and lighting.

     Formula: Smooth even coverage but this one seemed slightly thinner that the rest of the collection. Even with the thinner formula this polish is highly pigmented and had a nice opacity. Shown here is 2 coats plus a glossy top coat.

     Finish: Dries to a smooth satin finish with hints of gloss from the flakes.

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     Desert Reign is probably my second favorite polish in this collection. I like the muted shade. It seems to qualify as a neutral but also has some character to it. I can see myself wearing this on both my fingers and toes.

Better Sedona-Ed

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     Color: Pale blue with iridescent flakes that flash from silver to purple to powder blue.

     Formula: The sheerest of the collection Better Sedona-ed has a nice even application. Some slight VNL can be seen even after 2 coats depending on the angle of your nail. Shown here is 2 coats plus a glossy top coat.

     Finish: Dries to a smooth satin finish with hints of gloss from the flakes.

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     Better Sedona-Ed is such a pale shade of blue that the addition of a matte top coat doesn't do it any favors. Sure you can see all the flakies and some depth to the polish but I feel it almost washes it out. You will get a stronger silver flash however with saves this polish from being my absolute least favorite from the collection.

Gotta Terra Cotta

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     Color: Mauve polish with iridescent flakes that flash from blue to green to purple to gold depending on the angle and lighting.

     Formula: Smooth even application with a high opacity. This is another polish in the collection that could possibly be a 1 coater. Shown here is 2 coats plus a glossy top coat.

     Finish: Smooth satin finish with a hint of gloss from the flakes.

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     With a name like Gotta Terra Cotta, I expected this color to be on the orange or coral side so I don't feel like the name fits but I do love the color. The flakies in this one seemed to have to most color shift. I also like that it's not so dark I'd consider it a vampy shade but it's still a darker shade that looks grat on shorter nails.

 

     And just in case you were wondering, yes this collection will water marble. Sadly they become very sheer and you end up with an almost pastel looking marble. Which is still pretty but I was hoping for something a bit bolder.

     Sinful Colors Nail Polishes are 3-free, made in the U.S.A and can be purchased at the following retailers: AFFES, Albertsons, Bartell Drug, Bed Bath & Beyond, Big Lots, Fred Meyer, Hannaford, Harmon Face Values, Harris Teeter, HEB, Hi-School Pharmacy, Hy-Vee, Ingles Markets, Kroger, Meijer, Pricemart, Safeway, Save Mart, Spartan Nash, SuperValu, Target, Tops, Wakefern, Walgreens and Wegmans. They retail between $1.99 to $2.99.

     Overall thoughts on this collection are pretty positive. Each polish applied with ease and was self-leveling if you got a heavy hand during application. I expected to have a little texture once the polished dried because they are so packed with flakes. Every single flake laid completely flat on the nail giving a smooth finish. Desert Reign has a slightly thinner formula but was still easy to work with and I had no worries about flooding my cuticles. My Favorites from this collection are Namaste the Night, Tealing Power, Thera-Pewter and Gotta Terra Cotta. Not to take anything away from the other color because they are nice neutrals that will make great backgrounds for nail art, but they are a bit blah for my taste. Which ones are you favorite and will you be picking up any from this collection? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

   


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