Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Anise Grape Is The Word and Jewelry Optional

While I'm waiting for my broken nail to grow out enough to finish swatching the spring/summer nail collections I was working on, I've been browsing through some old, un-posted swatches and these caught my eye. I almost forgot about these awesome polishes I found at DSW a couple years ago!

The brand is Anise and I know nothing about them except that the company headquarters are in Florida and the polishes are (were?) sold at DSW. They have a website showing some of their recent collections, but you can't purchase from it, nor can you order them online through DSW.

Anyway, the two colors I have are:

Anise Grape Is The Word. This is a super-rich dark purple shimmer. It's comparable to other bold, dark purple shimmers like NARS Purple Rain or Illamasqua Baptiste. It has visible red and blue particles and a velvety-glowy looking smooth shimmer finish.


Anise Jewelry Optional. This color flashes between orangey-gold and golden olive with a slight amount of red-orange duochrome. Like Grape Is The Word, it's very rich looking. Lots of color, very luxurious and velvety looking finish. Reminds me of a green version of Sally Hansen Bronze Ablaze.

It's been a long time since I've worn either of these, but I remember the formula being good. Not too thick, not too runny, very opaque.

Now I'm kinda wishing that I had picked up more of these because I don't remember seeing them the last time I was in DSW. Or maybe the reason I bought just these two is because they were the only good ones? Hm. Anyone have any of these? Do they still sell them?

18 comments:

  1. Anise is absolutely outstanding! Their spring & summer lines just came out and you have to try them! They do still sell them at DSW and are always BOGO 50% off! :)

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  2. Ooh, I really like Jewelry Optional! No surprise, since I snatched up Bronze Ablaze... I've seen these at DSW but never tried them, thanks for the swatches!

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  3. Ooo jewellery optional is super pretty! X

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  4. Oh my gosh, I love Grape is the Word. So rich and deep and gorgeous <3

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  5. They still do I just picked up a bunch at DSW about 2 weeks ago from their S/S 2012 and F/W 2012 collections....awesome colors!

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  6. Grape is the Word makes me want another purple in my already full of purple nail polish stash.

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  7. Have you seen this? I would love to see your review of it! Is caviar the new crackle?

    http://www.sephora.com/ciate-caviar-manicure-tm-P311207

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  9. These are lovely colors! My DSW doesn't sell the polish :-( Boo!

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    1. Least you have a DSW...I don't even think there is one for 500 miles around me!

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  10. I love that Grape is the Word! Very dark and purply, well, that's what I call it, lol. Thanks for the photos.

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  11. i wish i could find them for sale!!! they are beautiful! :)

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  12. Wow, these are amazing and so rich! Totally adding both to my wishlist!

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  13. DSW definitely still sells them I just picked up two last week!! Really pretty bright spring/summer colors too!

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  14. They definitely still sell them I just picked up two last week! And they have some really bright pretty spring/summer colors too!

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  15. wow these are gorgeous shades. I still see DSW sell these polishes but I don't know about these colors though. I have a couple of Anise polishes and the formula is pretty good IMO.

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  16. I love Anise polishes too! I have a bunch of them. In my experience, only select DSW stores carry them (maybe 30-40% of the stores), but I just saw them in one as recently as a few weeks ago, so I believe they do still sell them!

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