Monday, March 19, 2012

New from Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel - swatch central!

This May, Avon are launching their reformulated Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel with 13 shades to choose from.  They contain real diamond dust (well it is a girl's best friend), calcium and keratin to help keep the nails strong and with an advanced acrylic strength formula.

I met up with Jackie Tyson, Avon's Celebrity Make-up Artist last week to have the chats about the nail polishes and what else she was up to.  Let me just say that I need learn how to control myself sometimes.  I'd had my chats with Jackie and was getting my nails done while she was talking to the next person.  Of course, I was having a listen and when Jackie said she was doing the make up for Steps, my head swiveled around like I was yer woman in The Exorcist, I was wide eyed and gasped "Oh my God I'm going to see them in concert next month"!  That made my day even better.

Here's me getting my nails done...  This was prior to me having my Exorcist moment...

Photographer: Aoife Murtagh.  Art Direction: Claire Moran.

Now, we were given the 13 shades to show you so here goes ladies!  I tried to pair them nicely to complement each other.  

First up is Coral Reef (left) and Real Red (right).
Coral Reef is a beautiful salmon pink coral shade that is exactly the type of shade Joanne and I love in the summer.  Real Red is a stunning true red polish that Joanne fell in love with after I applied it on her.  For swatching purposes, we applied one shade on each hand.  The photos above are Joanne's hands and she went out on St Patrick's day with two different polishes on her nails, she couldn't choose between the two!


Next up is the pearly two.  On the left is Star and on the right is Romance.  
As with all pearl finishes, you'll always see the brush strokes.  Star was opaque after two coats giving you a mother of pearl colour on your nails.  Romance was a big surprise to me when I applied it.  It's a soft lilac shade with pink undertones and to be honest, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do and that was down to the fact that when it went on the nails, it gave an even coverage with no brush marks.  It had an almost metallic finish rather than the expected pearl.  I like this a lot folks!


Next we're on to the pastel shades.  On the left is Lemon Sugar and on the right is Sea Breeze.
These two shades were the ones I picked for my manicure last week.  I had Sea Breeze on all of my nails apart from the ring finger, where I had Lemon Sugar.  Oh lads, do you remember when yellow nails were all the rage last summer?  I searched high and low for one that was nice and ended up wearing one from OPI that made me look like I'd smoker's fingernails.  Ugh.  Lemon Sugar however, is gorgeous!  It's a bright pale yellow that is opaque in three coats and is Spring time all over.  Sea breeze is a pale mint green polish that just makes me happy and seemed to be the popular choice for those who got their nails done that day at Avon!


On to the metallics now.  On the left is Cosmic Blue and on the right is Decadence.
For the life of me, I couldn't get Cosmic Blue to show up it's true colour in the photos.  Ladies, it's absolutely gorgeous.  In real life it's slightly darker than the photo and is so vibrant and intense.  It may be my early favourite from the collection.  Decadence is a deep purple shade with shimmer running through it.  I'm a huge fan of purple polishes and this is electric when the sun shines on it.  Beautiful.


Time for the pinks now.  On the left is Pastel Pink and on the right is Viva Pink.
Pastel pink is the palest baby pink polish in my collection but the difference compared to any other pale pink polish I have is just how opaque and non streaky it is.  Like the other pale polishes in the collection, it needs three coats and that's how many I'd usually do for a cream polish anyway.  Shimmery or glittery polishes are usually fine with two coats.  Anyway, I love Pastel Pink and here's a hint, if you want to look like you've a tan or want to make your fake tan stand out a bit more, apply a pale polish like this and just see what it does.  Viva Pink is a blue toned pink polish that screams summer time!  It's office friendly (for me anyway) and is a staple for any nail polish collection.


Finally we have Licorice on the left and Starry Sky on the right.
Licorice is a simple black polish but look at the shine on it in the photos!  And that's without a top coat.  Starry Sky is a fabulously shimmery silver polish that makes you keep admiring your nails and seeing how much you can get them to sparkle in the sun!  The final polish is a clear one but I didn't think you'd want to see that and besides, I went through so much nail polish remover swatching these!

As I mentioned above, these will launch in May and will retail at €8, but keep an eye out for offers that Avon always have going on.  Click here to take a look at an ebrochure or find your local Avon representative here.

Do we like ladies?  Are there any of the polishes above that you'd like to see up close and personal in a separate post? 
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23 comments

  1. I love the pastels they are so pretty .... We should go to a school where they make you control yourself in a publ environment

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    1. I think you're right Mags, we'll be first in line eh! The pastels are gorgeous, not watery like other pastel polishes in my stash

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  2. Wow the bottom shade is really gorgeous, great pics!

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  3. That is some fab swatching you did in this post Karen, I imagine your cuticles must be in bits after that!

    Fab post though!

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    1. I know, sure it had to be done :)

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  4. Heehee The Exorcist moment made me lol...they are gorge, I gave the hot pink to a friend cos I have so many pinks...amn't I a saint!?? X

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    1. I have to remember that people can hear me when I go mental hehe You're just too kind Dee :)

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  5. starry sky looks AMAZING! I want them all!

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  6. Gorgeous colours - love Coral Reef! :)

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    1. Me too, I think that'll be my next manicure ;)

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  7. My favorites are the Coral Reef, the silver one, and Sea Breeze.

    Wida
    Missing Amsie Blog

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  8. Amazing post Karen, that's one helluva lot of swatching! Xo

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    1. Thanks Emma, long weekends are good for productivity!

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  9. Some lovely colours there must have taken you ages to do all that swatching, such a dedicated blogger, love it :) x

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  10. Red Reef and Sea Breeze win! Loved this post :) xx

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  11. Starry Night and Decadence are gorgeous.

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  12. Wow your experience using this nail varnish was totally different to mine! I've just blogged about how bad I found this enamel. The colour was patchy and streaky, it took FOREVER to dry and started peeling off by the end of the day. I was gutted because the colours were absolutely gorgeous!

    Hayley

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  13. i love decadence and licorice

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  14. Great post, really helped me decide which shades to order! I'm going for Coral Reef and Stary night.

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  15. I don't usually like nail varnish, but I LOVE Starry Sky after my daughter had painted my nails with it. x

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