Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jessica Tourmaline and Quirius Sand Castle: two polishes I didn't know I'd like

This isn't really a themed post. The only thing these two polishes have in common is that I thought I'd hate them but I actually was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed them.

Jessica Tourmaline
This cool lavender pink falls between foil and frost for me. It doesn't have the sort of full-foil effect that a lot of foils I'm used to have... but it's not as ugly as most frosts. It looks like it's just a lavender pink creme with a lot of fine silver glitter thrown in. It's not particularly elegant or pretty but somehow, it really appealed to me when I put it on. Three coats, if I recall correctly.

Quirius Sand Castle
Quirius sent me this one a long time ago, right before their half-year closing of their website. Since they weren't going to be available for purchase for half a year, it didn't make sense to review it then. So I forgot about those polishes until my recent collection reorganization... and found this. I kinda groaned when I saw it: frosty non-color. But then when I swatched it, I realized that 1. it doesn't quite give me mannequin hands but it's sort of a complementary color and didn't look so bad and 2. I actually like the frostiness. Why? I'm not sure. I certainly am not a huge fan of the brushstrokes but otherwise, it applied very nicely in two coats. I forget how easy I find Quirius polishes to apply, especially given that they are a fairly inexpensive brand.

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~Lisa said...

Really pretty! The first one looks like it will be a pain to remove >.<


Jackie S. said...

The Jessica color is really pretty on your hands!

Sandi said...

Dammit Janet. I really like the Tourmaline (although that would put a few of my friends into shock), but apparently there is no Jessica available in my area and it's no longer listed on the site.

tasha~ said...

The Jessica one looks amazing on you! Very pretty!

flinty said...

@lisa: it's actually not really thick glitter so it comes off pretty easily.

@jackie: thanks! I was surprised it worked out so well.

@sandi: Huh! I think I got it as an extra in a swap so I have no idea when that Jessica would have been in circulation.

@tasha: thanks!

Lucy said...

Love the Tourmaline, it's fantastic! The other I'm not to crazy about.

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