Wow, I've gotten really behind :( I've been meaning to post this for a week! Better late than never, I suppose!
These polishes are all from Diamond Cosmetics, a brand I'm familiar with from some of their private label polishes (Like those really cool Nite Lights Glow In The Dark polishes that come out at Halloween) but I was unaware that they actually had their own line of polishes.
I'm really happy to know that not only do they have a ton of great colors, they're only $2. Yes, two dollars. That's the regular price. How cool is that?!
Here's their Summer 2009 Collection.
#325 Cotton Candy. A medium pink with invisible shimmer. You can see the shimmer in the bottle, but you can only see it on the nail if you're looking for it. You wouldn't really notice it otherwise. Not exactly the pink I think of when I hear 'cotton candy', but it is definitely candy-like.
#326 Don't Teal My Heart Away. A rich teal creme. This is a really hard color to photograph as my camera keeps turning it blue, but it is actually teal. Awesome color, but that's not even the best part of it. $0.25 from every sale of this polish is donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. What I like the most about this polish for a cause is that there's an actual number there. Twenty-five cents. No vague or misleading statements which lead you to believe things that may not be true like some other polishes which mention charities or causes.
#324 Fiery Coral. Hot red coral with shimmer. This is a really deep orangey-red coral and the shimmer in it seems to be a mix of red and pink particles. This gives the effect of a pink flash when you look at the polish in the sun.
#327 Hot Summer Pink. Deep neon pink with metallic flake shimmer. Neons are hard to capture, so I've taken pictures in two different types of lighting to try to capture the glow and brightness of this color. This is a darker shade of neon pink and it's absolutely gorgeous. It has this really cool metallic shimmer, like there's little metal flakes in it. It also has a slight blue flash. Excellent color. Perfect for summer.
#328 Oh, Tiff! A baby blue with hidden shimmer. From the name alone I want to call this a Tiffany Blue, but since I've never seen Tiffany Blue in real life, I'm not sure if that's accurate. So I'll call it a soft baby blue. Slightly faded looking. Same invisible silver shimmer as Cotton Candy. Super beautiful.
#323 Pink Passion. Dark pink creme. That pretty much sums up this color. I don't have a whole lot to say about it, sorry pink lovers! This is my least favorite of the collection, nothing about this color stands out to me and I find somewhat bland. It's not bright or neon like Hot Summer Pink, but it's not really faded looking, either. It's right in between. Not bright, not muted. It's definitely more on the warm side, so this will probably look a lot better on someone with a warm skintone than it does on me.
The formula on these is thick. Not uncontrollable, but not thin and runny either. Thick and smooth. They all applied pretty well, no major issues. They're on the opaque side, but I used three coats for all these pictures just because I was curious. They really only needed two. Diamond Cosmetics Polishes are all big three free, which means no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.
Overall, I'm really digging this brand! My favorites from this collection are Hot Summer Pink, Don't Teal My Heart Away and Oh, Tiff!. I can see myself wearing them regularly. And for only $2 each, I can afford to experiment with them. Great Frankenpolish bases, for sure!
Like I mentioned, they have a ton of really great colors, so if you're not into pinks and blues don't worry. They have some truly excellent foils and metallics, duochromes, vampies and all kinds of good stuff. And did I mention that it's $2?? There's definitely something for everyone, and don't let the low price fool you, they're great quality.
Here's a little preview of some of the other great colors they have:
Diamond Cosmetics polishes can be purchased directly from their website and retail for $2. Don't forget that $0.25 from each sale of Don't Teal My Heart Away are donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.