Nail Polish: a lovely duochrome from Golden Rose Classics – and a CHANEL Peridot dupe


This is Classics Metallic in 03.

I dug out this polish out of my huge-arse polish drawer. My original intent was to use it, and then give it up, because I just didn’t think I’d like it.

Let me count all the ways in which I was wrong.

Let’s start with the ancient and the superficial – it’s a pretty decent dupe for Chanel’s Peridot. No one cares anymore, but I’m still all about them duochromes.

So yes, the second point is, Golden Rose Classics Metallic in 03 is a duochrome. I’ve never quite got over my obsession with them – I think it’s only got stronger during the last couple of months.

In fact, Oriflame recently came out with a limited edition collection of polishes, and one of them is quite similar to this antique bronze-gold-duochrome thing that’s going on here, so I might just end up buying that one as well. We’ll see.

Applies well. The only downside is it needed three coats, which made it dry slower than I’d like. I ended up with duvet prints – but the upside is that it just looks like a special effect with this polish. Like you’ve applied some foil to your nails.

Held well. Had the tiniest chip on the index finger of my right hand come Friday evening. No top coat of any kind, mind you.

Next time I wear it, I want to try using some matte black on the tips of my nails, see how it looks.

As I kept staring at my hands during the day, I thought that this colour would make a really great eyeshadow. And then I realised that I wasn’t the first one with that idea: INGLOT delivered.


Here’s the INGLOT single in AMC Shine 49, and they’re very similar – as similar as a nail polish and an eyeshadow could be. This INGLOT AMC Shine single shadow deserves a full post of its own. It’s easily my favourite eyeshadow out of my collection.


For the reference: This is the sixth day of wearing this polish, no top coat. Very impressed with the longevity.

If you ever have the chance to try Golden Rose polishes – any of their lines, not just Classics – do give them a go. They are ridiculously cheap and very, very good. The only ones that don’t last 5+ days are the Matte and Matte Velvet ones – but show me a matte polish that stays beyond two days, seriously.

My least favourite line from the brand is probably Paris – I find most of them very sheer and long-drying, and the lighter shades can be very streaky.

With that said, most polishes from the other lines apply really well. The very light ones can be a hit and miss, and the yellow ones take approximately 385 hours to fully dry. Other than that, Golden Rose is my go-to brand for a nail polish fix. Amazing colour selection, a wide variety of effects (matte, metallics, quick dry, glitters, shimmers, classic lustre…), lines, and brushes (from regular to my favourite – very flat and very wide). They also come in mini-sizes.


Giordani Gold Jewel Lipstick in Pink Secret – Review and Dupe

giordani gold pink secret

Giordani Gold is the luxury brand of the Oriflame family. Giordani Gold is the most expensive line the company makes. The colours in the collection are usually classic, as well as the packaging.

giordani gold packaging

The packaging is made in glossy black and gold tones, with minimal design. The Jewel Lipstick line comes in gold tubes, which I do believe are made from metal. They feel heavy and cold to the touch. Gold is not my favourite metal, but I have to admit that this lipstick looks expensive – if just a little too gaudy for my black, black, all black everything everywhere black taste.

The formula of the product is creamy and on the sheer side. It’s difficult to build up colour with this one, but if you try hard enough, then maybe you would reach medium coverage. The colour I have it in – Pink Secret – is very easy to work with. Given its sheerness, it’s as effortless as a balm.

giordani gold pink secret swatch

The colour doesn’t feather but might just get a little outside of the lip line, mostly in the corners. Doesn’t tug on the lips when you apply it.

Although creamy, the lipstick is a little bit drying.

I remember the good old days when Giordani Gold lipsticks were scentless. Oh, how I loved them then. The formula of some old ones was also much more opaque. I remember my mum finding them drying, but I adored them. I’ve kept one of the tubes way past its expiration date. It was this dark cranberry/ wine shade.

OK, enough with the nostalgia lane.

The longevity of these is very moderate. It applies like a balm, and it wears off like one. The good side to that is that it wears off nicely and gradually, leaving the slightest amount of sheen in its wake.

giordani gold pink secret dupe

Top: Giordani Gold Pink Secret. Bottom: Oriflame Pure Colour Soft Coral.

If you’ve been thinking of giving Pink Secret a go, but aren’t sure if the colour would suit you (as effortless as it is, I find that it looks just a touch off with my complexion), then you can easily dupe it… within the Oriflame brand, ironically enough. Their Pure Colour Lipstick line, the least expensive one they offer, has a lipstick in Soft Coral. As you can see from the swatch above, they’re almost identical, with the Pure Colour perhaps being a bit more sheer and a slightest touch cooler.

You can read more about Oriflame Pure Colour Lipstick range here.

(I’m an Oriflame consultant. I received this lipstick as an incentive for good sales. Go me.)

Nail Polish: Oriflame Very Me Eternal Pink

oriflame veryme eternal pink nail polish

This is a polish from a Very Me collection named Spring Tenderness. The collection itself consists of three shades: a mint green, a very light orange, and this one. I tried really hard not to buy the entire collection, only buying the mint green at first, but in the end I just couldn’t resist.

Damn, I’m really bad with this nail polish thing, aren’t I? If I could, I’d just buy entire ranges of everything without even thinking.

Not sorry.

The formula of this was okay, if a little bit on the thick side. An even application of this is difficult, but not impossible. I applied it a little streaky, but due to its colour and finish, it’s almost unnoticeable. The drying time was okay, but could be better. (FYI, anything that takes longer than a minute falls under the ‘could be better’ label in my world. Patience is not my manicure virtue.) The brush was so-so. Better than the former main Oriflame line (now replaced with The One), but still a little wonky. The colour is a pretty tender pink, which goes with just about anything. I love the idea of it, but I don’t think it looks good against my skin tone.