So my in-laws recently got back from a trip to China and Hong Kong, and they returned with gifts that they gave to Dan and I last night, including a pretty purple satin bag embroidered with dragonflies, filled with magical goodies, to be specific three bottles of nail polish from Bonjour in Hong Kong. I have no idea why Asian countries have such awesome polish compared to the US, but they really do. I kept the Bonjour store stickers on the bottles, even though it seems messy and awkward, just because it's so special and I'll likely never have polish from Hong Kong again (unless I order it online, but that's not as special.)
L-R is Estilo-103, Lajour-49, and Needme-57
Here is Estilo-103. When I swatched it on my wheel it reminded me of Nina Ultra Pro-Purple Xing, but with more sparkle, a slightly lighter purple, and a far less gritty texture. In the bottle it's a mesmerizing explosion of holo glitter.
This is Needme-57. While I think the bottle is adorable (cute pearlized white embossed cap, designs imprinted into the glass, all propped up on a little pedestal, so cute) I wasn't blown away by the polish when I first saw it, a frosted shimmery mid toned cross between a mint green and a teal, this looked like it would be similar to a bunch of polishes I already own. Then I swatched it and it literally glows on the wheel like it's lit from within. So yes, I very much like this polish. And the bottle.
(this is greener in real life, my camera seems to hate blues and blue toned greens)
I saved the best for last, Lajour-49 is a teal/blue/purple shimmery multichrome that reminds me of RBL-Scrangie (based on photos, alas I don't have any RBL yet.) The bottle is nice heavy glass too. I LOVE this nail polish.
I was pleasantly surprised by the smell of these polishes, from what I've read on nail blogs Asian nail polish can sometimes have really strong unpleasant odors. The Estilo smells 3-free (and it doesn't have a camphor smell either,) and the Needme and Lajour both just smell like old big-3 polishes, nothing exceptionally offensive.
Now for a nice anticlimactic ending, my current manicure, yet again today is day three, I don't know why but I lack all motivation lately, I think it's because summer still triggers lazy in my brain after all those years with summer breaks from school. After I post this I might take a nap.
Sinful Colors-Happy Ending, a happy apple green with a really subtle gold shimmer. I saw this on blogs and knew I had to have it, and I'm glad I followed that lust. My nails are getting really long, for me at least, and I keep just poking the tips into the pads of my fingers to feel how long they are, I'm a bit obsessed.