Saturday, January 3, 2015

Weekend Shopping: Cirque Colors' "Mirror Mirror" Restock, MAC's New Studio Nail Lacquers, Zoya Satins, and More!

a scene from Tiffany's 5th Ave holiday windows

Happy January 2015! I hope the new year is off to a fantastic start for you. There are sales and new things happening all over the place, so let's get right to it :)

Cirque Colors' hit silver foil nail polish Mirror Mirror is back in stock! While you're on the site, definitely check out the sale page.

MAC's new Studio Nail Lacquers for 2015 look intriguing - even if one of the polishes is named Kale Salad.

I found China Glaze's holiday 2014 Twinkle collection marked down (I think it was 50% off...) at Harmon Face Values in Chelsea.

Coming January 15th... the "next generation of Zoya Naturel": Zoya Satins! The skeptical side of me is saying "can't you just throw a matte top coat over nude polish", but knowing Zoya, I'm thinking these will have a little something else to them :)

If you're into grey polish, be on the lookout for OPI's Fifty Shades Of Grey collection.

Save an additional 40% off sale items from J Crew with code STYLE2015.

Even more sales... Racked NY shares with us 100+ sales to kick off 2015.

I'm also loving...

Every week, this hairstylist hits the streets of NYC and gives free haircuts to the homeless (insert clapping hands Emoji).

Time + color

Also for color lovers - here is a complete listing of colors in the L.L. Bean Home Fall 2014 Catalogue.

This neat visual representation of how many photos are uploaded to Instagram (spoiler alert: it's a lot).

What are you shopping for this weekend?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favorite Nail Polishes of 2014

With the exception of Dance Legend Top Prismatic and ILNP Masquerade, the products in this post were provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Wow where did 2014 go?! With 2015 just hours away, I can't believe it's New Year's Eve... and time for another annual "best of" post! Unlike years past when I've had to create NCAA bracket-like devices to narrow down my favorite annual polishes, 2014 was a different story. Outside my clear favorites, there were a lot of OK nail polishes (ex: the OPI Brazil collection), but it's not like there were dozens of colors fighting to claim a top spot.

Let's get to it - here are my favorite polishes of 2014 presented in order alphabetically by brand:


Cirque Colors "Cerrillos"


In April, Cirque Colors released a colorful seven piece holographic collection with formulas the applied like high quality cream nail polishes. My favorite color in the Heritage collection and one of my favorite polishes of 2014 is the vivid bluish turquoise Cerrillos. Full review and more pictures here.




Cirque Colors "Kontiki Collection"


In August, Cirque Colors blew my mind with three limited edition vivid nail polishes packed with color-shifting shimmer: Dear Dahlia, Thicker Than Water, and Midsummer Night. Of the three, I could not pick a clear favorite and decided the entire Kontiki Collection deserves to be on my favorites list. Full review and swatches here.



Cirque Colors "NYFW"


In September, Cirque Colors began releasing one to two cream colors each month and is slowly building a rainbow of cream nail polishes. The debut color in this endeavor, entitled the Metropolis Collection, was a brilliant blue called NYFW. What a way to kick off a collection! NYFW glows like the blue screen of death and applies perfectly, putting it at the top of my favorites list this year. Full review and more pictures here.



Dance Legend "Top Prismatic"


Dance Legend Top Prismatic sounds too good to be true - take any nail polish, add one or two coats of Top Prismatic, and you'll have a holo version of whatever polish you layered it over. I'm happy to report that yes it really does "holo-ify" any color! I love the way pastel holos look in particular - pastel holos for 2015, anyone? I fell in love with this magical polish the moment I saw it reviewed on Nihrida's blog and after checking the Llarowe website a few times, finally landed on it one day it was in stock. Check out Nihrida's beautiful swatches here. HOLO ALL THE THINGZ!!!

layered over Zoya Blu


ILNP "Masquerade"


One of my first ILNP nail polishes also became one of my favorite polishes of 2014... now I just need to properly swatch it for you :) From the summer 2014 collection, this is the strangely beautiful color shifting nail polish Masquerade. You've probably seen this one by now, but if not (or even if you have!), head over to Very Emily's blog for a full review.



Zoya "India"


From Zoya's fall 2014 Ignite collection, India lit up my nails. The internet went crazy for Sansa but this rich reddish purple nail polish with a ton of complex shimmer was one of my favorites this year. Full review and more pictures here.



Zoya "Remy"

Another gorgeous polish from Zoya's Ignite collection, wearing Remy is like looking into a bottomless & mysteriously crystal clear water cave. Full review and more pictures here.



Zoya "Yuna"


Also from Zoya's fall 2014 Ignite collection, Yuna is the cool greenish-grey nail polish with gold flecks of shimmer. It's so strange and awesome, I just had to include it. Full review and more pictures here.


Notable in 2014 was the slow but inevitable demise of the textured nail polish trend. The life cycle of this trend wasn't as dramatic as the crackle top coat trend, which seemed to crash and burn as fast as it rose in popularity, but instead, textured nail polish had a nice run and is slowly fizzling out. Also unlike the crackle trend - where did I put that bottle of Black Shatter? - I'll keep wearing textured polishes (Zoya Chyna and Tomoko come to mind). In its place, I'm sure another trend will come along - what will it be? I've got a feeling it might be the satin finish...

I'd love to know what your favorite polishes of 2014 are :) Thank you for reading Gotham Polish. I wish you a fantastic 2015!

With the exception of Dance Legend Top Prismatic and ILNP Masquerade, the products in this post were provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Incoco's "Holiday Cheer" Holiday 2014 Nail Polish Appliqués

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The holidays are a great time to show off your amazing nail art skills and bust out all those red and green glitters you bought at some point this year because they would be perfect for Christmas. But between wrapping, cooking, and packing, my nails are taking a beating and while I'd love to paint cute little snowmen, reindeer, or strings of Christmas lights on my digits, not only would I ruin them in a few hours, I feel like I don't have time to let even a single coat of nail polish dry.

The folks at Incoco were kind enough to send me their Holiday Cheer nail polish appliqués. These self-stick strips are made of 100% nail polish and are just what you need if you want festive nails but don't have time to paint your own intricate designs :) The hardest part will be choosing which one to wear!



These last two have a metallic duochrome finish and shift from green to blue:


Read about my experience with application and wear time here.

Incoco products can be purchased online: http://www.incoco.com. The designs in the Holiday Cheer collection retail for $7.99 - $8.99 each. For the latest, follow Incoco on Twitter and Facebook.

I wish you all the happiest of holidays :)

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cirque Colors: The Metropolis Collection "The Devil Wears Cirque" and "Tavern on the Teal"

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New for December 2014 from Brooklyn-based indie nail polish brand Cirque Colors are two new cream nail polishes released as part of The Metropolis Collection: The Devil Wears Cirque and Tavern on the Teal.


The Devil Wears Cirque


The Devil Wears Cirque is a gorgeous "fancy" red. I struggle with finding the words to describe reds, but it's medium toned red that falls between fire engine red and brick red. The formula is lovely and applied ever so slightly like a jelly. One coat covers beautifully but I wore two (I saw a slight translucency with one coat). But, that slight translucency adds a brightness that makes The Devil Wears Cirque glow from within. I'm wearing two and love the glossy finish.



Compared to Zoya Rekha and Livingston, The Devil Wears Cirque is slightly darker.


Tavern on the Teal


Tavern on the Teal is a dark bluish green (almost evergreen) cream nail polish. When I picture the color teal, the lighter Windows 95 desktop background comes to mind but a quick Google image search reminded me that dark teal is a thing. Tavern on the Teal is a touch greener than a true teal, but regardless, it's the kind of color that is impossible to show you without some color editing wizardry :) Like The Devil Wears Cirque, the formula of Tavern on the Teal is also a bit jelly-ish with a touch of translucency. I'm wearing two coats. Heads up: this color will stain when you remove it.



Compared to Color Club Gossip Column, Tavern on the Teal is a touch greener.

The Devil Wears Cirque and Tavern on the Teal are wonderful additions to Cirque Colors' line up. The formulas are so pigmented and easy to control and will make you forget this is a hand-made brand!

The Devil Wears Cirque and Tavern on the Teal retail for $13 each and are available now online at CirqueColors.com. Refer to the Stockists page for participating retailers.


About
Cirque Colors™ is line of hand-blended nail lacquers based in New York. The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Founder/Creative Director, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. All nail lacquers are 3-free, which means they do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). They are also scented with a blend essential oils that leave a light floral aroma after the polish dries. Made in the USA. For more information, please email info@cirquecolors.com.

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Zoya Entice Fall 2014 Nail Polish Collection - Swatches & Reviews


Zoya Ignite collection provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

For fall 2014, Zoya released twelve new nail polishes in two collections: Ignite & Entice. The six nail polishes in the Ignite collection (reviewed here) are delightfully shimmery while the Entice polishes all have cream finishes. Let's take a look at the Entice collection!


Nyssa


Nyssa is a creamy milk chocolate brown cream nail polish. Brown really is the "it" color of fall 2014, isn't it? Nyssa has a hint of dustiness to it - it's more dusty than OPI Icebergers and Fries but not as dusty as a polish like Milani Teddy Bare. The formula was on the thin side and just "meh". I'm wearing two coats and top coat.



Geneviev


Geneviev is a dark cool stormy grey. The formula was surprisingly thin for such a dark polish but the second coat covered up the first thin coat decently well. I'm wearing two coats and top coat.



Margo


Margo is a rich reddish plum cream nail polish. The formula was great - hooray! It's nicely pigmented and easy to apply. I'm wearing two coats and top coat.



Veronica


Veronica is a rich berry cream that's redder in color than Margo. It's like a berry version of a brick red (brick berry?). There was no top coat needed for this glossy smooth finish! The formula is AMAZING - it's super pigmented and very easy to control. This formula is everything I hoped for in Nyssa and Geneviev (*hopes Zoya fairies are listening*)



Claire


Claire is a dark oxblood cream nail polish, because fall. The formula was thin and not fantastically pigmented. The second coat was thick and almost syrupy :/ On a positive note, the finish was super glossy. Claire is such a gorgeous color - if the formula were as stellar as Veronica, this would have been a contender for one of my top polishes of the year. I'm wearing two coats.



Ryan


Ryan is a vivid and deep navy blue. The formula was super pigmented and easy to apply (like Veronica). Bonus: Ryan didn't have that strange smell dark blue nail polishes often have! But before you run out to buy Ryan - and by run out, I mean open up a new tab in your browser - Ryan is really close to Sailor. Sailor is a touch lighter and Ryan is a little more saturated, but they are close enough that you may not need both.


The colors of the Entice polishes are fantastic but I would have loved this collection even more if all six polishes had great formulas.

Zoya nail polishes retail for $9.00 and the Entice collection is available online. In New York City, Zoya can be purchased at several locations including Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St) and Ulta in the Rego Park Center. See the full list of retailers here.

Zoya Entice collection provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cirque Colors: The Metropolis Collection "Knickerbocker"

Cirque Colors Knickerbocker

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If November was a color, it would be probably be brown. Turkey, fallen leaves, and leather boots... brown. It's fitting that for November 2014, the latest cream color released in Cirque Colors' The Metropolis Collection is a super dark/just shy of black espresso brown named Knickerbocker.

Knickerbocker is so richly pigmented that it's almost a one coat brown. The formula isn't too thick, but I did find that it thickened slightly on the brush as I painted my last few nails. I'm wearing two coats. Knickerbocker dries with a nice shine but I added a coat of Cirque's Liquid Laminate top coat for a super glossy and smooth finish.

Cirque Colors Knickerbocker

Cirque Colors Knickerbocker

Knickerbocker is very similar to Zoya Angelina and Essie Little Brown Dress.

I can picture Knickerbocker going so well with many of Cirque's glitter nail polishes (especially the rose gold glitter Stella and the brown/orange/black glitter French Roast)! I'm also picturing a neat gradient using the brown holo, Mink.

Knickerbocker is another great addition to Cirque's growing line up of cream colors. I wonder what new color December will bring!

Knickerbocker retails for $13 each and is available now online at CirqueColors.com. Refer to the Stockists page for participating retailers.


About
Cirque Colors™ is line of hand-blended nail lacquers based in New York. The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Founder/Creative Director, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. All nail lacquers are 3-free, which means they do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). They are also scented with a blend essential oils that leave a light floral aroma after the polish dries. Made in the USA. For more information, please email info@cirquecolors.com.

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Peanuts by OPI: Swatches & Reviews

Peanuts by OPI: Swatches & Reviews
Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

New from OPI for Halloween 2014 is a four piece collection inspired by the classic Charlie Brown cartoon "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown":

Peanuts by OPI brings to life Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip characters for Halloween 2014. Inspired by “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the four new limited edition nail lacquer shades include seasonal yellow and black crèmes, as well as two black-based glitter hues.
“‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ is a classic, beloved film,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “Peanuts by OPI celebrates the fun, youthful nature of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy with four limited edition nail lacquer shades designed to capture the spirit of Halloween. With two crème and two glitter options, you can switch between a cheery yellow or chic black look, or try adding a layer of glitter for a unique finish.” [from the press release]

Let's take a look!


Good Grief!


Good Grief! is a dandelion yellow cream nail polish inspired by Charlie Brown's signature yellow shirt. It's not as highlighter yellow as it decided to photograph :) While the first coat gave me some trouble by being a bit patchy, the second evened things out nicely. This kind of yellow nail polish isn't really my jam, but I appreciate the inspiration behind the color. I'm wearing two coats. Oh, and in case you have it - Zoya Darcy is a very similar shade of yellow.



Who Are You Calling Bossy?!?


Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? is a jet black cream nail polish inspired by the color of Lucy's hair. The formula is thin but strongly pigmented. It's almost a one coat black but because the formula was thin, it was a touch patchy. If you want a solid black finish, go with two. TL, DR: ...Bossy?!? is an average black nail polish that isn't great but at the same time isn't awful.



To Be Or Not To Beagle and Where's My Blanket???



To Be Or Not To Beagle (pointer & pinky fingers) is a satin glitter made up of colorful hexagonal glitter, smaller black glitter, and black bar glitter in a clear base. Here's a nice example of bar glitter that isn't too offensive :) I was quite pleased with the amount of glitter I was able to pull from the bottle and deposit on my nails - I didn't have to fish for any shapes, either. I'm wearing one coat on my pointer and pinky fingers over Good Grief!

Where's My Blanket??? (middle & ring fingers) is a satin glitter made up of black, yellow, and orange hexagonal glitter, small black glitter, and even smaller black glitter in a clear base. The glitter was more sparse than ...Beagle. I'm wearing one coat on my middle and ring fingers over Good Grief!

The cream nail polishes in The Peanuts by OPI collection are somewhat forgettable but the satin glitters ...Beagle... and ...Blanket??? are worth taking a look at. I guess we will have to wait another Halloween to hope for an appearance by "The Great Pumpkin" orange nail polish ;)

OPI nail polish retails for $9.50. In New York City, my favorite places to shop for OPI include Ricky's (various locations), Harmon Face Values (675 6th Ave), and Duane Reade (various locations).

Peanuts by OPI: Swatches & Reviews

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