Hello! Just in warning, the next few posts are going to come fast and rather randomly. I want to show you (right now) what I got in the Rite Aid Nail Art Kit for finalists in the Rite Aid Nail Art Extravaganza contest (voting for the finalists begins Monday!!). I also want to swatch some of them for you, including the full Essie summer 2013 polish collection (I’ll try to swatch AND post the photos today. It might get a bit hairy, since I’ve never really done swatches of collections). At some point I’ll swatch L’oreal, although after seeing Essie its less interesting (spoiler: they are the SAME COLOR). I then want to show you art that I’ve made using the polishes I was given, including (hopefully on Monday) my finalists entry for the art competition (and then ask you guys to vote for it).
Anyway. Right now, I’d like to share with you the massive box of goodies I received from Rite Aid for being a finalist (top 20 most votes) in the nail art extravaganza!
Here is everything I received, except two “gel nail” kits (Revlon) which were just too big to fit into the picture. They are red and pink, and I have no idea what to do with them! In addition to the essie and l’oreal summer collections, I got three Julie G frosted gumdrops colors, three sinful colors (all three were Dream On…I don’t know what Sinful Colors was thinking!), two Revlons (both a shimmery pink called Allure…again, why?), a Fergie with lots of stars in it, a deep red Covergirl polish, a teal Wet n’ Wild polish, Sally Hansen base + top coat, a file, a black velvet flocking kit, a pink nail gradiation kit, gel perfect polish in nude, and three Maybellines. I was also given two white Sally Hansen nail art pens. Again, I don’t know why they were both white, but they are AWESOME.
As I mentioned, the Essie and L’oreal swatches might be a bit…redundant. I get that these are the “in” colors, but they are almost identical. Even Maybelline, who did NOT send a whole collection, sent the same darn colors! It made it difficult to create nail art. The main difference between Essie and L’oreal is that all of the L’oreal polishes are creme finish, while all of the Essie’s (except the green one) are slight shimmers. The neon green in both collections appears (at least to my eye) to be identical.
I already own the teal Wet n’ Wild I was sent (along with the frosted gumdrops), but oddly, the color was different! My old one (which I am keeping) is on the right. Its more of a creme blue with a bit of green. The newer ones is on the left. It leans much more teal/green! I didn’t swatch it (I want to use it in a giveaway, along with all of the other duplicates I was given), so I don’t know if the colors are actually as noticeably different as they are in a bottle shot.
And here are all the polishes (except the Julie G…I already put those away as I knew I wouldn’t be using them. My initial submission was almost entirely Julie G frosted gumdrop polishes, and I wanted to do something different). So, a nice assortment of brands, but a bit lacking in color!
Have any of you guys used the Revlon gel kits? I’m a bit weary of using something that is supposed to stay on for two weeks, and needs to be removed by soaking my nails in acetone for 20 minutes. That just does not seem like a good idea!