Nails by Asami: May 2010
I have a bundle of nail polish swatches for you guys today!
This is three coats of Eyeko’s “Lilac Polish.”
If you haven’t heard of Eyeko yet, they are a London-based brand, but if I didn’t know that I would totally think they were Japanese; the style and packaging is very kawaii and definitely appeals to me.
They have a full-line of makeup products and their polishes are toluene, formaldehyde, DBP and camphor free. Each bottle costs $5.50 at Eyeko’s website.
My favorite thing about this brand is that each label has its own theme and font based on the “look” each particular polish color is aimed at. I think that’s awesome. This lilac creme is “for lovely nails” for example.
The first coat went on fine but then the formula became a bit thick so I added a few drops of my favorite nail polish thinner, Nail Tek’s “Extend” and then it went on smoothly. The first two ingredients of Eyeko nail polish matched the ingredients in Nail Tek’s “Extend,” so I knew it would not negatively affect the polish’s composition or alter my impression of the overall formula.
I think it’s a very sweet spring pastel and I really enjoyed wearing it for a few days.
This is Eyeko’s “Petite Polish” which is for French manicures. When I wear French nails I usually choose a bright creme color for my tips, but I wore white this time so you could get a clear impression of the tint that “Petite Polish” gives.
For my white tips I used Nailene’s “White French Tip Pen.” In general, I recommend their French manicure guideline stickers over this pen because with the stickers you can wear any tip color you like, but if you purchase this pen instead then you are limited to one color. I’ve also noticed that this pen tends to chip faster than white nail polish. That said, the pen does go on a crisp, bright white and is intuitive to operate. Pictured is two coats.
I applied one coat over my tips as is recommended for French manicure polishes. (If you apply more than one coat, your tip color will be altered and you want the nude part of your nail to remain sheer.)
I really like “Petite Polish” because it gives the nude part of my nails a healthy pink tint without overly affecting tip color. My tips remained a bright white and the rest of my nails looked well and fresh. I will definitely be using this polish again soon, but over colored tips next time.
Pictured is two coats of “Tea Rose Polish.” This one was actually opaque in one coat! I put on two however because I needed to even-out the edges near my cuticles. If you can establish your polish application in one go though, you could definitely get away with one coat with this color.
When I saw that this style was “for country nails” I didn’t think I would like it, but it ended up surprising me. While not the most exciting shade in the world, I think it is extremely flattering on and work-appropriate as well. “Tea Rose Polish” is pictured without topcoat here, but topcoat would certainly give it a more lustrous shine.
Next is three coats of Eyeko’s “Nude Polish.” I had to add a bit of nail polish thinner to this as well because the formula was a bit thick for my tastes. I thought it looked quite like an orange Creamsicle in the bottle and hardly nude at all, but once I had it on I was surprised yet again.
I am Asian so that may or may not be a contributing factor in the overall “mannequin hands” look I achieved with this polish. Whether or not this would look “nude” on you has absolutely everything to do with your particular skintone, so keep that in mind.
I quite liked this on. I’ve never worn a nude creme before and it was a nice break from the more obvious colors I’m used to wearing. “Nude Polish” contains a bit of extremely delicate shimmer to blur imperfections on your nail-beds and that helps aid the “for perfect nails” tagline.
I hope you guys don’t mind a toesies picture! This is two coats of Eyeko’s “Coral Polish.” When I saw how bright this “for resort nails” color was I thought it would make for a great pedicure.
“Coral Polish” is an extremely pigmented jelly in what I would describe as bold vermilion. If you Google search “red coral” you can easily find real-life underwater shots that illustrate the inspiration behind this polish.
I saved the best for last; three coats of “Vintage Polish.”
Absolutely gorgeous. Halfway between a jelly and a creme, this one also required a bit of nail polish thinner to ease application. I would unquestionably pay $5.50 for this one; I even like it more than Chanel’s “Jade” because theirs contains a fine shimmer and I prefer this look without, (not to mention that this is obviously a lot more affordable.)
Without a doubt, “Vintage Polish” is my favorite of the bunch.
I’d like to thank Eyeko for generously sending me these polishes; I’m thrilled to add them to my personal collection. Though several required a bit of nail polish thinner, the overall product is nice and I will definitely be wearing them again.
Which one is your favorite?