Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Adorned Nails: KOH Jewel


I’m warning you, ladies. That KOH Experience Shop is a dangerous place to venture into. It’s funny that I should call it nail polish heaven because, in reality, it’s just a place filled with devilish temptations. You’d have to have a lot of will power to walk away from that place empty-handed. Or you could just leave your wallet at home. Or not go there at all!

I went with the intention of just looking (yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard that line before) and I walked out of there euros poorer, but with a jewel. The name’s KOH Jewel. I’ve had a very hard time capturing its green-ness on camera. I don’t know how it turns out on your screen. Whatever it is, it’s not anywhere near turquoise. Take it from me, it’s very green, not neon but like the very bright green of some jade stones.


So green that it’s almost offensive? Okay, here’re some pastel colours to soothe your eyes for a change:


These are the six new Spring colours that KOH will release next month. As is the trend with every brand, they’re all light, sweet pastels. I didn’t try these on my nails though – I was too distracted by the Wall of Joyful Colours.

Right, let’s continue the green assault.

Now, I know green doesn’t often come out tops as people’s favourite nail polish colour. It’s not quite my favourite colour either. I tried Jewel on one nail some time back, and I wasn’t too excited. I gave it a second look this time around and well, it wasn’t too bad. It’s bright and fresh.....and loud. Jewel is glossy and has very fine specks of shimmer, which are noticeable in the bottle. On the nails, they are drowned out by all that green, unfortunately, and only conspicuous in certain lighting or at certain angles. The nails here are with two coats, except for the nail with stamping, which was with just one coat. I encountered no application problems with this formula.

Not wanting to create too much of a riot on my nails but still eager to do some stamping (haven’t done any of this for a couple of weeks now), I decided to stamp on just the ring finger. A lovely fellow blogger, Beauty Vibes, had suggested that I try using the Catrice 60 Seconds Nail Couture nail polish for stamping and so I did! Thank you! The nail art here was done with Catrice Black Beauty and, of course, my one and only Essence Nail Art Stampy Set: 01 Be Creative (boy, I’m really procrastinating with KONAD, aren’t I?).


You might have noticed that KOH has started issuing cases with a different look: bright colours with a ribbon on the flap. I chose a green case to go with Jewel. So cheesy, I know!

Love it or hate it, I’m sure your views on green nail polish would be polarised!

30 comments:

Evil Angel said...

What a perfect name for a perfect green! I love the box they come in too!

Arie said...

cool post! ^_^

gildedangel said...

That is a gorgeous color!

Thess said...

That is a lovely shade of green!
You've done good! =P

Grace London said...

I *love* it. Koh-envy is only growing here ;)

Brooke said...

That's a beautiful green!! So perfect for March :)

Mz. More said...

That green is gorgeous... I so want it!!! :)

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Carine said...

the stamping is cute :p

Cynthia Zacharica. said...

I LOVE that green! So fab..so 2010...lol ;D. The pastels look nice too esp the first n second one. Oh gosh, I need to go nail polish NOW! N that green box! So cute
♥XX♥

Naoko said...

It could be cheesy, but I love that case!! And the green is unique, very beautiful!

Btw, I laughed a lot reading your comments in my blog. I have to try this translator. The main thing is that it helped you out to understand me and that's great!

Romika said...

Gorgeous color! Koh's are great and beautiful as I may say. It looks so nice on you! And the boxes are awesome. Koh does a good job!

Marce said...

I like green polish, the NOTD you did is lovely!

sunniipinky said...

I actually really like that green! :D Thanks for sharing that with us. ^__^ The simple Konad enhanced the nail coloring~

Danielle said...

I like the green polish on you! It's gorgeous. You are stamping like a pro now :) I am very interested in the pastel shades being promoted for spring! They look lovely <3 xx

Shop N' Chomp said...

I'm not usually a green polish kind of girl but that is one lovely green! =)

twinsouls888 said...

I haven't tried a green nail polish yet, oh wow this is gorgeous ^_^. And the floral design makes it simply perfect ^_^

Have a nice day girl, xoxo ^_^

Dina (XYYan) said...

love the color! it would be hard to not get anything if you're there :D

witoxicity said...

@Evil Angel
Yes, appropriate name indeed! As for the cases, oh, love them! :)

@Arie
Thank you! :)

@gildedangel
I can now say that it's a gorgeous colour but at that time, it wasn't quite love at first sight. :D

@Thess
Dank je wel, Thess! I'm glad you like this. :)

@Grace London
Oh, please! And I've lost count of how many cool brands that you have easy access to in the UK that we don't have here. ;D

@Brooke
The beauty of this particular green grows on you. Yeah, it's a great prelude to spring! :)

@Mz. More
I'm glad you love this colour, my dear! :)

@Makeup By Kim Porter
Why, thank you! And yes, I will check out your blog. :)

@Carine
Heh heh! I love the little flowers on this design too! :D

@Cynthia
So current! :D I can't wait to see your manicure! As for the pastels, I seem to gravitate towards the third one. :)

@Naoko
I thought that since I was doing something that I don't usually do, ie. going for green, I might as well go all the way by choosing a green case too! :D

@Romika
Thanks, Romika! Yeah, KOH's range of colours is amazing! I would never get bored gawking at the colours. As for the pretty cases, I'm trying to find alternative uses for them. :)

@Marce
Aww, thank you! I'm pleased you like this. :)

@sunniipinky
My pleasure. Ha ha, you actually sound like me after having looked at the green for a while: "I actually like this green." :D I'm glad you like this very simple manicure. :)

@Danielle
Thank you! Stamping like a pro? You're waaay too kind, my dear. :) Yeah, the spring colours are just so sweet! I look at them and I think I'd like the third one. And the fifth one. And.....no, better not look at that photo! :D

@Shop N' Chomp
My thoughts exactly! :D

@twinsouls888
Thank you, Ems! You should try green nail polish one day. It takes some getting used to but you will eventually love it. :D

@Dina
I'm pleased that this is to your liking. As for the shop, strong will power could be the answer! :D

bowsnhearts said...

Wow...the green is the greeniest green I have seen!!!

WHY WHY WHY can't we have that brand here in Aussieland!

WHY!

Lavender said...

Hi dear

Thanks for joining my mini giveaway and your lovely comments on my various post.

I like this color. It looks great with the stamping. I think u are good at stamping now. Good job! Look forward to see more.

Mara said...

Oh KOH, I want to go to Holland for you. Really. :)

witoxicity said...

@bowsnhearts
That's what I thought too! It's the greenest green nail polish that I've ever come across so far. :D

@Lavender
Don't mention it. :)

Thanks! It's good to know that you like this.

@Mara
KOH will be waiting for you at Schiphol Airport. Just say when. ;D

KONADomania said...

lovely colour!though I'm not a huge fan of greens:) and great stamping! must try catrice myself:)

Anni said...

This colour is stunning! And guess what, after your article about the KOH flamingo polish, I bought it myself at the local Douglas. I'm so excited about the polish! I'll be trying it tomorrow. :)
Btw, I love your articles!
Groetjes xx

witoxicity said...

@KONADomania
Thanks! I'm not usually into greens either but I keep an open mind. :D

@Anni
Hoi! It's lovely of you to drop by. Oh, I can so understand your excitement about Flamingo. I love how sweet and happy the colour is. Enjoy! :D
Groetjes terug!

Lily nail said...

i love this green !!

witoxicity said...

@Lily nail
Me too! And that actually surprises me! :D

errynshealthandbeauty.com said...

I LOVE GREEN! Im always drawn to green polishes for some odd reason!

witoxicity said...

@errynshealthandbeauty.com
And so this post was certainly made for you, Erryn! :D