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June 4, 2012
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It’s been a long, long while since I’ve done straight polish swatches — I really should do them more often (if for no other reason than that it doesn’t take all night to do!). As part of the BlogHer network, I was given some free full-size samples of Sonia Kashuk brand nail polish through Target to test out, and I was happy with the color selections when I opened the mailbox. Instead of a handful of pinks, there were three lovely, bright colors, in shades of gold, orange, and green.

The polish itself is a "3-free" (no Dibutyl Phthalate (BDP), Formaldehyde, or Toluene), and the product said it would be fully opaque in two coats. After the first, I was a little dubious; the first layer went on a bit like the polish-I-will-not-mention that has had me working out four coats before — and y’all know I don’t have the patience to wait for paint to dry like that anymore. But they weren’t kidding: it really did work out just fine after two coats. I was tempted to go a little heavy-handed with the application to ensure itíd be opaque; DON’T do this. It WILL bubble and you’ll have to start over. Just believe in the power of polish, apply it evenly, and you’re golden.

Here are some pics of each of the colors (and try not to get distracted by my middle finger; there’s a patch job going on under there from a split nail below the nail bed, so the shape isn’t quite what it normally is):

Sonia Kashuk Tango Mango

I am a straight-up sucker for these bright oranges, and this one didn’t disappoint. Bright and joyful, I had this one on for a couple of days and definitely got remarks from strangers about how pretty it was. Agreed!

Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess

At first blush (and in an ill-lit room) it reads like a ‘standard’ seafoam green, but when you get it out in the light youíll see it pick up a lovely blue shimmer undertone. Which, yes, is a little sea-ish, but made me like this one more than I thought I would.

Sonia Kashuk Golden Ticket

Saved my favorite for last. Look. At. That. Gold. I’m a little bummed that the sun wasn’t out in full-force the day I wore this polish, but maybe that’s a good thing: full Southern sunlight might have blown up my camera lens. These were shot on a sunny but slightly overcast day, and the color still shone like mad. And I guess maybe what I like about it most is that it’s not really brassy or yellow; it’s a sort of cool-colored gold shimmer that looked fabulous from any angle. I normally would have gone for a third coat (I’m a little nuts when it comes to a visible nail line), but wanted to keep all of these two-coaters for a fair shake.

Want to try some of these out for yourself? Just leave a comment below and tell me about whatever new nail polish trend you’re interested in and youíll be entered in a sweepstakes for a $100 Target GiftCard from BlogHer! Each comment posted automatically generates an entry into the sweeps, which runs from June 4 to June 30.


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95 Responses

  1. Nicole M says:

    Hm, do I really have to pick just one trend? I love them all (almost)! If I *had* to choose, I’d have to say gradients.

  2. Christina D says:

    I am loving the linear holographic trend and hope more brands jump on the rainbow bandwagon.

  3. https://twitter.com/normalpersona/status/209658291729608704

    My favorite nail trend right now is the tape manicure :)
    Love your blog, awesome swatches!

  4. Amanda says:

    I love neons-perfect for summer!

  5. aithne says:

    I love half moon manis and all their variations

  6. Katt says:

    I’m loving the new duochrome/multichrome polishes (like the upcoming China Glaze collection)!

  7. Gina Willis says:

    I’m really loving the intricate tribal-patterned nails, even though it always takes a long time to do! Haven’t perfected it, yet.

  8. Millie V. says:


    One trend is a bit hard but at the moment, I’m loving ruffian manicures. (:

  9. Stephanie says:

    I’m a huge fan of nail art

  10. Hannah says:

    Water marble and gradient. Haven’t quite gotten painting gradient down yet though…

  11. The trend that I’m loving right now is the ring finger accent nail! It’s a great way to spice up a manicure! :)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  12. Mami2jcn says:

    I love bold nail polish colors…right now my toenails are painted blue!

  13. Ashley says:

    I love water marbling :) it always looks so pretty.


  14. Mami2jcn says:


  15. Elena says:

    I love neons!

  16. Nicole says:

    I just got into stamping and love it. I really wish linear holos were easier to find so I could jump on those too!

  17. Jammies says:

    I love gradients, mostly because I can’t do them, lol!

  18. courtney b says:

    i like bright neon gels – especially yellow!

  19. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I’m not sure what its called but I love when girls paint their nails a solid color and then do a shimmery glitter thing over the bottom of the nail
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  20. Calli says:

    I’m interested in stamping nail art this summer!

  21. Melissa says:

    I’m really into neons and striping tape manicures right now :)

  22. Nadine B says:

    I am loving all of the foils out there.

  23. eRiN says:

    FLAKIES!!! Every single company seems to be making them now, I’ve got a few absolute stunners from HITS and now Revlon is making some gorgeous ones as well :D

  24. Christine says:

    My niece has been bugging me to do a tribal on her, but I’ve been dying to do some variations of the half moon mani (like a triangle shape instead of a curve)

  25. gottwinkies says:

    I’m game! I love that rich neon Orange the best…..just a yummy color!

  26. Amy Tong says:

    I really love that gorgeous red on you. I’m interested in the metallic Golden Ticket nail polish trend; I can use a little glamour any time.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  27. Amy Tong says:

    tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/209884193281425408

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  28. Judy B. says:

    Love the oranges

  29. Lisa Brown says:

    I am interested in the reverse French manicure trend.
    email: jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  30. Lisa Brown says:

    tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/210033061960753152
    email: jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  31. MerelyMarie says:

    I’m not a major trend follower, but I’m loving Sonia Kashuk’s “a powerful punch” nail colour set!

  32. Raechelle W says:

    I’m really in to doing the DIY newspaper print i’t looks amazing!

  33. Michelle J. says:

    I fell in love with the gradient technique!

  34. Amy Perrone says:

    Any intricate nail art and accent nails always rock :)

  35. anash says:

    i like the nail designs that incorporate artistry! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  36. Kim D. says:

    I don’t wear nail polish often, but when I do it has to be a light color. Thank you for the giveaway!

  37. Azar says:

    I’ve been loving sponge gradients lately!

  38. cw says:

    I love the polishes with the glitter however they don’t seem to last as long

  39. Candice says:

    I really love the gradient manicures that have suddenly gotten so popular. Also pointer and middle fingers as accents are so adorable!

  40. the nerd says:

    So many fun ideas, I love it! Thanks for sharing everybody — and good luck!!!! :D

  41. Betsy Zepeda says:

    Really love water marbling and I have yet to try the gradient effects. Don’t want to mess it up!!!

  42. steph says:

    mint colored nailpolish!

  43. Erin Walsh says:

    I love the matte polish with the shiny tip idea.

  44. Jessie C. says:

    I like bold colors, in orange, green, yellow and blue.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  45. Denise L says:

    I love the gradient nail trend.

  46. I’m not completely up with the times on new trends with nail polish, but i do like the french tip with colors instead of white!
    Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  47. Alicia says:

    I am in love with the matte trend. It’s simply understated elegance.

  48. jennifer horn says:

    I love all the colors that are out now.

  49. Erika says:

    The fairy princess is cute!


  50. Rochelle says:

    I like the stencil art designs on nails now. I have seen some pretty flower designs. Thanks!

  51. Shannon Schulte says:


  52. Janice says:

    I like the pretty pinks and reds

  53. Amy says:

    That gold is AMAZING!

  54. Ashley says:

    the vintage moon manicure!

  55. Katie says:

    I love the colors!

  56. Norma says:

    I like pale pastels in summer

  57. LAMusing says:

    Love the metallics – that gold is gorgeous!

  58. Gina M Maddox says:

    I am into the neon colors that look great with a tan during the summer. Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  59. Gina M Maddox says:


  60. C. says:

    I really like the “green” trend, where companies are producing formaldehyde-free, less chemical versions of polish.

  61. maria cantu says:

    The gold nails look awesome.

  62. Ellie W says:

    Stamping intrigues me right now.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  63. Debra F says:

    I’d like to try one of the new darker colors

  64. Jammie says:

    I like lighter colors, I am not much fr trends, but Ido like nail art. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  65. Julia says:

    I love the stamping and how great it is for kids (I have four nail polishing girls!)

  66. angie lilly says:

    I love love love nail polish. I only paint my toes but still love trying out all the new colors and stuff. I’m not much for layers or patterns though. I love greens, blues, purples, and flame colors…must be frosts! I can’t get the matte finish to not streak! Love the look of the matte pastels but just can’t get it to look right on me!

  67. Tabathia B says:

    sparkle nail polish

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  68. Sarah L says:

    I don’t use polish at all.
    Thanks for the contest.

  69. Victoria R. says:

    My new summer nail trend is neon! I was nervous at first but I love the pop of color!

    e-mail: gildedaged (at) gmail (dot) com

  70. sy says:

    I like nail art, usually I just use pink. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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