Friday, January 31, 2014

Radiant Orchid Nail Polish - Sally Hansen Royal Romance

Last Friday I insisted that I'd be brief, but then I totally wasn't at all.

Well this time I mean it! I'll be traveling allllll day today to get back to Vancouver from Massachusetts. The time here with my family has been awesome, but the trip back west is going to be grueling. Wish me luck!

Today is the final post in my series of Radiant Orchid inspired nail polishes. This is a darker version of the orchid shade - a Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polish called Royal Romance.

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Royal Romance nail polish

Royal Romance is sort of a plummy-orchid color, filled with super fine grains of silvery shimmer throughout.

Royal Romance by Sally Hansen, a dark Radiant Orchid nail polish

When it settles in the bottle, the shimmer looks like sand art:


The formula on this one was just so-so. It wasn't a nightmare, but I'm not looking forward to using it again.

Here are all of the orchid polishes that I swatched over the last month...

From left to right: Luminous Tulips (Sally Hansen), Orchid (Revlon), Orchid (Love & Beauty), Preamp (ORLY), and Royal Romance (Sally Hansen).


They were all shimmery polishes. I feel like I should get at least ooone matte/non-shimmery orchid polish to add to my stash. Any recommendations?

So since I made you power through 5 weeks' worth of orchid-ish nail polishes, you deserve a prize. I'm going to do a giveaway (open to people in US and Canada) of a bottle of ORLY's Preamp and a bottle of the Revlon Top Speed Orchid. #Sewprize. To enter, use ye olde Rafflecopter below. I'll announce the winner next Friday!

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28 comments:

  1. Oh em gee. I hate that the formula on this was just so-so because I love this color so much. It's totally right up my alley. I'll have to see if our walmart has it (our walmart is totally ghetto and horrible at stocking the shelves with the things i need-like nail polish)! I don't have facebook--but I'm totally entering your giveaway :-D

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  2. Oh. My favorite R&B song from the 90s...Mariah Carey--always be my baby. Yes. I'm that girl.

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  3. My favorite 90s R&B group was Dru Hill, so any of their songs could be favorites :)

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  4. Mary J. Blige's "I'm Going Down". "Waterfall' by TLC. There are so many good ones!

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    1. Ooooh yes, MJB is always an amazing choice. And CrazySexyCool was the first CD I ever bought!!

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    2. You did such a great job featuring those polishes! Yay! In terms of non-shimmery orchids, I LOVE China Glaze's That's Shore Bright. As its name suggests, it's QUITE bright, but since that's the way I roll, are you really surprised? (probably not, ha!)

      And the 90s music scene…I love it all! Or, pretty much all of it, anyway. Ha! The first awesome R&B song that pops into my mind is Crossroads by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Man, was I obsessed with that song! Also, SWV's Weak was on my stereo on repeat, like, forever. Oh how I loved that one! :)

      Thanks for hosting a giveaway! YAY FOR GIVEAWAYS!!

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    1. Ooh, there's one I wouldn't have thought of! Nice pick :)

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  6. Do I have to choose one? All I listen to is 90's music.... It would be Bobby Brown "Every Little Step" I play this song at least 20 times a day

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    1. A girl after my own heart :) 90s music is my happy place. Thanks for sharing your fav!!!

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    1. GIRRRRRRL me too! I could never pick a fav ;) What are a couple of your top picks? I'm seriously loving hearing everyone's!

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  8. 90's R&B, didn't listen to it too much. Does New Kids count? I was into them in the very early 90's.

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    1. GASP! DIDN'T LISTEN TO IT MUCH?! JK, I will let you slide on that this time because I too was a New Kids fan in my youth ;)

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  9. I am liking the Radiant Orchid though I tend to prefer the purpler versions! 90's R&B? Boys to Men for sure!

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    1. There is a shade of Radiant Orchid for everyone it seems :) And I LOVE BoyzIIMen... obvi.

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  10. waterfall by TLC!! im international but i have a po box at miami florida. hope that works. thank you!

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    1. TLC was my first-ever CD - I remember making up a dance routine with my sister to go along with Waterfall :)

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  11. I remember listening to it on the radio, but I can't think of any specific song titles at the moment! TLC of course was awesome, early Destiny's Child :)

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    1. Man some of these comments are making me feel really old haha... The average age of the commenters must be like 21. But I'm glad you liked Destiny's Child and TLC because they're both clearly awesome R&B groups!

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  12. Ace of Base "Dont turn around" :)

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  13. Destiny’s Child – Jumpin’, Jumpin’. Loved me some some Destiny’s Child! :)

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    1. Destiny's Child reminds me of high school dances :) Love them!

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  14. 90's?? There are so many! I would say my fav group was TLC!

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    1. That song is still part of my current rotation of songs ;)

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  16. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway. love the colors.
    Destiny's Child:)

    sara rai
    legendlives12@hotmail.com

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