Wow. TFIF. What a week.
I’ve been flat out like a lizard drinking since 9am Monday morning, I’ve had very little sleep at home each night due to my sick Guinea Pig Balki crying (he’s medicated and getting better, but it’s a slow process), then once 6am hits it’s up and at em again. I’m really looking forward to this weekend for a whole lot of swatching, writing and wandering around my house tidying things up (It’s relaxing. Yes I am weird, you should know that). Unfortunately my nails have been naked all week as I keep telling myself that I am going to swatch once I get home. That hasn’t happened all week. But I’ll be damned if I ain’t going to get through at least 20 this weekend. But never fear – here’s some swatches I prepared earlier.
Saffron #15 might have the most boring name on the planet, but it’s one of the most beautiful greens ever. In fact, it deserves a name. Let’s call it Toxic Crusader. Saffron Toxic Crusader was an impulse buy that I got rather cheap from eBay UK. I’m not too familiar with the Saffron brand, and I didn’t see them sold anywhere when I was over there so I have no idea what the story is. I think they might be made in China to be honest, so I have no idea what the “Saffron London” nonsense is all about. They have a few other interesting shades and cool glitters that I might end up giving a try at a later date, but my first purchase just had to be this gorgeous, slightly gold toned Emerald green. This swatch is three coats – the first couple of coats go on kind of sheer. It builds well though and I think that the sheerness of the polish helps give it that glowy look when built up to opacity. I wouldn’t have been more than £2.00, and I am so happy with it. It’s not an Essie Dominica Green dupe – DG is darker, but it’s a worthy substitute.
I decided to get a bit artsy and creative, so I layered Saffron Toxic Crusader with Dare 2 Wear White Cloud 2 Night Sky. I’m not sure how old this polish is, or when exactly the colour change stopped working, but it’s never worked since I have owned it. I love it though. The base has turned a transluscent murky green colour (I’m assuming it was once white that changed to charcoal – that would have been wicked), and it is filled with little glitter specks of red, blue, green and gold. I think it worked really well over the Saffron base. Excuse the fuzz on the bottle.
Revlon Pink Twinkle, Jungle Zing, Gold Zing, Rock
So this week’s obsession has been Revlon Zing colours. I’ve been trying to track down as many as is humanly possible. I’d love to know what kinds of shades are out there. As far as I can tell from this article that I found on BNet, Revlon launched this line in 2000.
According to a company spokeswoman, Revlon, which remains the No. 1 brand in nail color despite its recent declines, plans to drive nail color category sales by introducing promotional nail color collections featuring “multi-dimensional and textured” nail polishes. These include Revlon’s current Thunder & Light fall/winter promotion; the holiday collection, Crystal Reflections, and Color Zing, a multi-dimensional textured collection that will hit counters in January.
Source: Marketing Planned to Boost Nail Sales in 1999, Oct 11, 1999, Drugstore News
So they are ten years old now. And as you would all know that just makes me even more determined to find them all. I’ve discovered the following – the ones I own or that are pending swap are in bold:
|Citrus Zing||Cherry Zing||Gold Zing||Khaki Zing|
|Jungle Zing||Kiwi Zing||Mango Zing||Night Zing|
|Peach Zing||Really Zing||Rose Zing||Violet Zing|
Rose Zing is probably the yawniest of the lot, and is still easy to find – it was re-released as part of the core line a few years back (no idea if it still is core though). So readers and people who stumbled on to my blog – Do you know of any Zings missing from my list?