Friday, May 30, 2014

Sinful Colors Summer 2014 swatches (and exciting news)

Before I get into my little swatch-fest, a few Sinful Colors tidbits for you:

  • Starting THIS SUNDAY, June 1st, and running through June 7th, all Sinful Colors nail colors will be on sale again at Walgreens for $0.99 each (regularly $1.99). No coupon required. This will be an excellent time to pick up some of the Summer 2014 Collections polishes (more on that in a moment)!

  • Do Sinful Colors nail polishes perform better than Chanel nail polishes? According to Consumer Reports'  recent findings, the answer is YES. (I think many of us already believe this to be true, but it's nice to see that others agree!) Thanks so much to reader March for sharing that link with me today!


Now for the swatch-fest! Today I'm going to show you the remaining six polishes that I purchased from the Sinful Colors Summer 2014 Collections (click here to see the Summer 2014 mega-display that's now at Walgreens stores across the nation). I already showed you my swatches of a few other shades from the Summer Collections (click here to see my swatches of Curry Up, Ruby Glisten and Lively in Lilac) but I went back for more after that initial purchase--I just couldn't help myself! So let's take a look...

1444 Peppered Amazon
Two coats, no top coat

Peppered Amazon is a gorgeous Shamrock green with tons of silver micro-shimmer (the shimmer looks a bit like glass flecks in person). This shade is similar to the permanent shade Mint Apple but definitely not a dupe. Mint Apple is a lighter, more mint-colored green and the shimmer in Mint Apple is gold, not silver. Peppered Amazon was almost a one-coater with excellent opacity after just one coat (but of course I always apply two). The formula was a tiny bit thick, but not difficult to work with. Dry time was average for both coats. 

1443 Mint Tropics
Three coats, no top coat

I feel like we've seen this color (or similar colors) a few times from Sinful over the years, but it's still a color I tend to gravitate toward. Unfortunately, I've encountered way better formulas when it comes to mint greens--this one was super finicky. Even after three coats there were still some obvious streaks, and this polish did not want to level (which you can clearly see above). Super streaky + no self-leveling is bad enough, but this one also took a long time to dry. I'm afraid I would give this shade a pass. 

1433 Blue La La
Two coats, no top coat

Alright, alright...I caved. I said I wasn't going to buy any more blues from Sinful for a while (I have an ungodly amount already) but so many of you have been loving this one that I decided to pick it up to see if it wowed me when I got it on my nails. And yes, it wowed me. It's beautiful, just as you said it would be. It's lighter and more purple-leaning than Essie Butler Please and Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, but it is nowhere near as purple as OPI You're Such a Budapest. It's kind of right on the line between blue and periwinkle. And in case you missed my previous post, this is NOT a dupe for Sinful Colors Sail La Vie/Hip to be Square/Alfresco.  I required two coats for great opacity and the only issue I had was with leveling (which you can see above). But of course you can fix that with a good top coat. If you don't already have Blue La La, you kind of "need" it. 

1432 Embers Only
Two coats + top coat

When I saw this in the store, I was hoping it wouldn't be too similar to Ruby Glisten (also part of the Summer 2014 Collections--you can see my swatches of Ruby Glisten here). And I'm happy to say that it's completely different. While Ruby Glisten is a red jelly with tiny red hex glitters, Embers Only has a lot more going with it. The base color is a pinkish-red jelly and there are small metallic gold hex glitters in this one, as well as tiny iridescent flakes. My swatch above doesn't do this one justice--here are some macros:



Even though this is a jelly, it only required two coats for the opacity you see in these pics. It's a beautiful formula to work with and no issues with drying. This one really surprised me--it's stunning in person. I just have to show you one more macro because, well, look:

I love this!

Next up, I have two of the three Opalescent Toppers that are Walgreens-exclusives (again, these can be found in the Summer 2014 mega-display). Since Sinful Colors is calling these Opalescent Toppers, I decided to try them over another Sinful shade (NOT new):

Sinful Colors Mesmerize
(NOT new--I'm just showing the base color I chose for these toppers)

So here we go:


These are NOT toppers. The first nail on the left is Bring It Sheer (green Opalescent Topper) and the other two nails are From Sheer to Eternity (blue Opalescent Topper). I applied one coat to each nail and it was a hot mess from beginning to end. These are way too opaque to be toppers, yet they're not opaque enough to be regular polishes. Here are swatches of them on their own:

1438 From Sheer to Eternity
four coats, no top coat

Yep, four coats and this one's still streaky/patchy. And it's one of those "stringy" polishes that's thick and doesn't want to come off the brush. Also, it never dried after four coats. On the plus side, I love the green and pink flecks in this polish (you can see them a tiny bit better in the pick below). For those of you who may be thinking this is a dupe for Sinful Colors Cinderella, NOPE. Cinderella, while sheer as well, is more opaque than this one. Also, Cinderella is a warmer blue, and the flecks in that polish are gold and pink. 


1436 Bring It Sheer
Three coats, no top coat

Bring It Sheer was a tiny bit better, application-wise, than From Sheer to Eternity, but you can see that it's still pretty streaky after three coats. Also, it took a very long time to dry. It's quite pretty, but I feel like it's just not worth the hassle. Although I do love the pink and green shimmer running through this one:


Again, ALL Sinful Colors polishes will be on sale at Walgreens for $0.99 each starting SUNDAY, June 1st through June 7th. That includes the polishes featured above, which are part of this mega-display that's now at Walgreens stores across the nation. If you'd like to see my swatches of three other shades from the Summer 2014 mega-display, CLICK HERE.

Do you own any polishes from the Summer 2014 Collections? Are you plotting a haul for next week?

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.
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  1. I have mesmerize, but I can't wait until Sunday I'm hitting sallys beauty and walgreens.

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  2. OMG! Embers only is gorgeous!!! Why do I have to be on a no buy!!!! Bad timing for me... :-(

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    1. Lol it really is beautiful. :)

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  3. Mesmerize reminds me of cult Nails Doppleganger. It's supposed to be a top coat, but I find it's too opaque unless you put a REALLY thin coat.

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  4. I just took off Embers Only (which I loved) and put on Lively in Lilac, which is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the info about the sale. Yes I am planning a haul. I did not get Blue La La nor the toppers. I think the toppers will be nice over a similar color. It'll make a cream polish shimmery. For $.99 you can't go wrong! Also need the textured ones and the jelly ones...

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    1. I thought about trying those over a white or similar shade, but I was so frustrated with them after the multiple coats that I just didn't even want to play with them anymore. Lol! Maybe I'll try that down the road! :)

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  5. Bummer... I just picked up Bring it Here tonight, it caught my eye as I was walking by. Maybe it will do better over a pale cream finish polish.. I have a mint one around here somewhere....

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    1. Please let me know how that works for you!! :)

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  6. My ad says the Sinful sale is a limit of three. I don't know if they mean per card or per purchase though. I hope they get in the new displays where I live before the sale is over. I really want those sheers.
    I wonder if you got a bad bottle/batch of Mint Tropics? Mine is great in two coats, no streaks, and dries fast. I don't have any colors like it in my massive collection.

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    1. I've found that, depending on the store, they're usually very lax with that limit. At the most, it should be three per purchase... I'm usually able to buy more than three in a single purchase and still get the discount.

      I'm SO glad your bottle of Mint Tropics is much better than mine!! Sounds like I definitely got a bad one. :/

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  7. Is Sinful Colors are good nail brand? They only just come out in Australia and priced quite affordably. i know revlon owns them but don't know much else....

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    1. Take a look at the second bullet point at the top of this post! :)

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    2. Body chemistry plays a part on how nail polish wears on people, so no one brand works well on everyone. I know some people who don´t wear Sinful Colors because it doesn´t work for them. However, it works great for me and many of the other readers of this blog, so I would recommend that you try a couple of colors to check them out, then proceed to buy more if they are a good match for you! (Also, read my comment below to see my thoughts on the colors you might have problems with.)

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  8. I made one haul when display first popped up and I am hoping that Wags won't be putting throw display away during the sale so I can buy a few more! I still don't have Peppered Amazon. Also I really like from Sheer to Eternity and think a coat of white under it may be pretty and help avoid 4 coats. I just hope that the display doesn't disappear! !

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    1. I would love to know if you have better luck with a white base color first, R.! I was just so over these after so many coats and the bad dry time that I didn't even want to play with them anymore. :/

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    2. I would try a similar color base coat, not too thick and let the coats dry in between.

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  9. I had blue la la in my cart at Walmart yesterday glad I put it back because now I'll get it at wags

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    1. It was a sign!! You were meant to have it a better price! Lol! ;)

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  10. Woooo I hope I can find Peppered Amazon!!

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    1. Nope! No staining with any of these! :)

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  12. I hope this sale is valid in NY. I think the last one wasn't.

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  13. Peppered Amazon is calling my name but yes, I'm also hoping the sale is valid in NY. *fingers, toes and cats' paws crossed*

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    1. Fingers crossed for you too!!

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  14. I don't know what I'm doing wrong! I own three sinful colors shades and I am unhappy with each of them. They are alls streaky and very sheer - on one shade (cinderella) to get opaque colour I am having to use 6 or 7 coats! Takes so long to dry and is so messy I never use them anymore!

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    1. I feel the same way. I love how cheap they are but the quality just hasn't been there for me. Even with a good base and top coat most of mine have chipped like crazy after a day or two.

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    2. I doubt you´re doing anything wrong. I think you may have just stumbled onto some of the more sheer colors in the SC line. I know for sure that many people complain about Cinderella, that polish just has a sheer formula. I recommend layering it over a similar pastel blue instead. Also, white based colors tend to be very problematic, so I wouldn´t be surprised if you´ve had problems with colors like Unicorn and Easy Going. Other colors, like Glass Pink and Nail Junkie, are better layered than worn on their own. I hope you give Sinful another chance and get some great, opaque colors during the sale.

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    3. A great, inexpensive creme that will work well with Cinderella is NYC Skyline Blue.

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    4. NYC skyline blue is one of my fave colors. It was one of the polishes that led me down the polish path.

      Early on I said "no sinful colors for me", but Walgreen's has such good sales I can't help myself... now I have 104 of them as of this morning. This week I will add more... how can you resist 99 cents.

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  15. Oh La La- I need Blue La La :) And Mesmerize is gorgeous, too! I hope I remember to pick these up haha

    Thanks for the great review! (as per usual hehe)

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  16. - Thankss Sooo Much For Posting This & For Everything Else You Post Its Really Helpful *

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  17. I picked up the Peppered Amazon and Mint Tropics the other day along with 3 others. Now I'm bummed to hear that Mint Tropics has a crappy formula. :( I think Blue La La may be a dupe for Milani Power Periwinkle, which is a dupe for Illamasqua Cameo.

    Also, I just KNEW that right after I bought those, there would be a sale. I should've listened to my gut and waited. Lol.

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  18. I want Mint & Blue La!! Thanks for the swatches.

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  19. Time to check out some Walgreens for SC polishes!!!

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  20. Can´t wait to take advantage of this sale! FYI, Mint Tropics reminded me of Essie Mojito Madness, so I brought a nail wheel to the store and compared the 2. Mint Tropics is a shade lighter than Mojito Madness. You probably don´t need both unless you´re a nail junkie like me!

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  21. OH MY GOSH! 99cents??? I am so gonna try and go to Walgreens tomorrow!

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  22. Embers Only is gorgeous but I haven't bought it but might now. I have Peppered Amazon, though, and love it. Seeing your swatches, I'm glad I didn't get the toppers!

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  23. Just bought Embers Only for 99 cents! I love pinky reds. Thanks for the beautiful swatches

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  24. Just went to Walgreens and also noticed that they nail tattoos that go along with the summer collection are also 99 cents!

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  25. are the sinful shine nail polishes included in the sale?

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  26. Why is it that walgreens is the only store that fuels our sinful colors fire with 99 cent sales? We rarely see this at rite aid and never at CVS.all I can say is.. I'm so thankful for the 4 walgreens in my general area. I will hit them all this week!

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  27. Too funny...the day before I read this I had one bottle in my hand and put it back. Then I read this article and the Consumer Reports comparison and went right out a bought my first two bottles (Snow Me White and Amethyst) the next day. I'm currently wearing SMW and so far so good. My only observation so far is that both of the polishes are thicker than I expected, but I have a feeling this can be corrected with polish thinner. Depending on my wear time experience this week, I may pick up a couple more bottles. because they have some great colors.

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  28. Happy days are filled with new bottles of nail polish. And after reading this blog post I went out and bought lots more of my favorite stuff.

    Thanks for the pics. I'm going to try out that mint one soon.

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  29. I found some of these colors at KMart today, so I got Peppered Amazon. Thanks for the swatches!

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  30. My peppered amazon is darker than yours. I am. Bummed , i like yours better.

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    1. I know this is old and you may not see this but one thing I noticed about this colour is it photographs lighter then it actually looks. My polish looks darker on but photographs like this. And I noticed a lot of other bloggers photos look like this as well.

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