I’m sorry for not posting last week. Technical problems, a busy schedule and my messy house kind of gobbled up my time. I did go to the Tokyo Nail Expo today and it was AWESOME, both in the surfer-dude meaning of the word and the literal one. It was mayhem- like the wedding dress sale at Filenes in Boston, or perhaps like people trying to escape a burning building. All the Western brands like OPI, Spa Ritual, Zoya, etc. were there as well as TiNS and some other Japanese brands. I also got interviewed on TV! But that’s another post for another day- I have LOTS of photos that I want to show you later. I also got a mega glitter haul as well as some exciting new polishes.
For now, let’s talk Hong Kong nail polish. The good news: they have an amazing range of colors available- plus they love glitter almost as much as I do. Glitterbombtacular! Bad: Ingredients? Is this polish going to make my nails fall off? I’m almost sure it’s not safety tested at all, so I’m not as worried about animal testing as I would normally be. I wouldn’t be surprised if they just dumped glitter in nuclear waste and bottled it up.
So, let’s take a look at the first part of the haul, from safest to sketchiest. (Swatches at the end).
SasaTinnies. Sasa is a big drugstore chain in Asia, but none in Japan. I bought four of their house brand polishes. They had flakies and all kinds of shimmers and cost about $3.50 US each.
All in all, not bad polishes. The bottles are pretty small, I think it’s about 9ML, compared to OPI or Essie which are 15ML. The unusual colors are nice but sheer (4 coats to be opaque) and definitely need a topcoat to have any shine.
Moving on, here are two bottles of Needme. The gold looks like a party- gold and silver microglitter with larger rainbow glitter. The pink is a duochrome glitter, opaque in two coats. I don’t care if this makes my nails fall off, the colors are fabulous. This was around $1 US.
Clatty Brand. Periwinkle purple shimmer, opaque in two coats. Another one that I’ll risk wearing due to the fantastic color. I think it was about $1.
No name or brand, but it’s a khaki/black base with antique gold shimmer that flashes khaki. Yes please! About 75 cents.
Now we’re headed into the sketchy zone:
Eleanor. Not bad quality, but a smell that could knock over an elephant. They had some very unusual colors- I have never seen a yellow quite like that. The silver with pink and red glitter is so festive and fun, too. These were around $1.
Me Me Me brand polish. These can be used in place of teargas- in fact, I think I saw the Marines around the US Embassy with these polishes strapped to their belts. This polish actually made my eyes water when I opened them. Perfect for the girl who wants to be fashionable and needs a serious defensive weapon at the same time. Chemical warfare at its glitteriest! All kidding aside, they applied well, but the periwinkle shimmer had funny clumps. These are not going on my natural nails.
And the award for “Toxic Glamour” goes to Docile brand nail polish. Rich, opaque cobalt blue that I’d bet is made with either ultramarine or cobalt pigment. I can tell by the shade of blue and the stain it left when I removed it from my toe. This would stain your nails until they grew out unless it poisoned you first. Too bad-it’s a great color and was opaque in one coat!
Top left to right: Me Me Me periwinkle, Me Me Me aqua glitter, Sasa Tinnie gray, Sasa Tinnie purple.
Bottom row: Needme pink shimmer, Me Me Me pink glitter, Sasa blue, Sasa blue with flakies
Top row, left to right: Eleanor silver glitter, Eleanor forest green, Clatty blurple, no-name khaki/blue shimmer, Me Me Me periwinkle glitter
Bottom row, left to right: Eleanor yellow, Eleanor pink foil, Docile Blue, Needme metallic shimmer with rainbow glitter, Needme pink shimmer
The best part of the haul is yet to come, but I thought this was enough for one day. I also have some Christmas nail art for you, as well as all the details from the Tokyo Nail Art Expo!