Anyway... no one is here to hear about my life, just to see some pics of nails. Usually Sunday is my swatching day, but the sun isn't out very much, so I'm not getting a chance to do much. After the stress of last week, I am happy to say I am on vacation for most of this week, so hopefully I can get out and swatch a little more... I have a TON of new things I want to show you!! :D
Today I'm going to combine a few colors together, since you had to read my entire rant above. They are similar enough that they should go together anyway... so here we go!
Sinful Colors has a small collection of "Diamond" colors - I have Coco, Velvet, Purple and Rose. Today I'm going to show Coco and Velvet. I had tried to find pics before I bought, but no such luck. I wish I had... these aren't for me.
Coco Diamond is probably my favorite of all the Diamonds, it doesn't look too terrible against my skintone. In the bottle, it seems a taupe-ish pink, but once on the nail, it became a nice neutral pink with TONS of sparkly shimmer. In the sun it flashes almost every color - not holographic, but kinda iridescent.
And here is Velvet Diamond. In the bottle, it's a swirl of medium pink and a darker purpley pink, along with the same sparkly shimmer as Coco Diamond. It's a cheerful light pink that looks girlish, but fun.
The colors are nice and even though I'm not one for pinks, I like them. Here's the kicker though - this is SEVEN... yes SEVEN coats of each. Still lots of VNL. Impossible to dry, as you can see by the horrid-ness of my pinky and ring finger in the Velvet Diamond shot. This was after 2 coats of quick-dry top coat and 30 minutes and they still smudged at the slightest touch.
I'm not one to give up though, so I decided to layer these over a darker color - less coats and I still will get that beautiful sparkly shimmer! Here they are (plus an extra!) over black.
As you can see, Coco Diamond is more opaque than Velvet Diamond, but color-wise, they look about the same. I threw in NYC Love Letters because it is a pretty similar polish, and honestly, it looks the best layered.
I tried wearing these over an off white (NYC Little Italy), but it only made it look worse. I couldn't stomach taking pictures, let alone posting them here for others to see. I'm wondering if I had a ridge filler or something that was the color of my nails if it would help cut down on the number of coats needed to get any color... I'll have to find one and try that sometime.
My thought on these is that if you like really sheer colors and don't mind VNL, you might love these. The shimmer in all the Diamonds is really beautiful, but I just can't handle non-nude sheers. If you're into pinks, you could easily put a layer of these on top and get the best of both worlds...but I don't really do pinks either. If I could figure out a good way to wear Coco Diamond, I would do it - it would be great for work. Until I do, this is going into the bottom drawer of my melmer with all my "to swap" items.
Coco Diamond and Velvet Diamond retail for $2.00 each and are both widely available.
Number of coats: 7
Basecoat: Instant Artificials
Topcoat: Revlon Extra Life + Seche Vite