WithShyan Chameleon Collection Swatches

By Noelle Lim
on August 05, 2016

Dear Naillies, I finally complete the swatches for both Wedding Line and the New Chameleon Collection. Apologies for the delay as my nails were preoccupied with product testing so I had to keep swatches at a later stage to ensure the timeline for my testing was to its optimum for quality check before deciding if these new samples I got are worth putting onto my shelves. So anyway here are the swatches for Chameleon Line. Not the usual Shyan pastels at all but still have that touch of subtle elegance in my opinion. 






















With Shyan Swatches

By Noelle Lim
on July 12, 2016

Hello ladies, I am finally done with a new product testing and at long last ready to swatch. Sorry for the long break. Today, I'll be showing you 2 swatches from WithShyan Wedding Line and 1 from Solid Color Collection. So here we go.


Nail Color: Sanggyeonrye Day from WithShyan Wedding Line
Rings: From Aldo




Nail Color:
Base Color: First Meeting from WithShyan Wedding Line
Glitter Topper: Love from WithShyan Wedding Line
Ring: From Aldo


Nail Color: Moss from WithShyan Solid Color Collection
Ring: From Aldo


Sanggyeonrye Day at 1st glance the color from the bottle looks similar with Incentives from WithShyan's Office Lady Collection. After swatching, it looks more creamy nude peach color whereas Incentives has a tint of pink rather. Generally, WithShyan polishes have very good coverage so I used just 2 coats there. 

Love is made up of chunky gold glitters. It has a transparent base. I used First Meeting as the base color and topped Love over for this look. I prefer it as a topper as the color on it's own gave my nails a yellowish look. When used as a topper over First Meeting, I kinda like the finishing with my chunky ring from Aldo. I used the dabbing technique to apply the glitters on instead of gliding them through so I can get an even spread of the glitters. No fishing of glitters there. You can recreate many variations of this look using different base colors. 

Moss is an opaque green color. 2 coats for the opacity you see in the picture shown. I am not a fan of green nails but I think it did not look too bad overall. I guess it depends on your overall outfit and the accessory you are wearing for the look.

In the Background: If you notice there's this purplish gradient looking and blue tool in the picture, those are my new found love! I've tried and tested them for a month and now inseparable from all my nail art projects. Dumped the ones I had been using. Those 2 are just all I need. Guess what are they?

If you look close enough, it's not too hard to guess haha. I took samples from Europe. They perform and can last 100 times better than any of those cheap China made ones which I had been using all this while. Some of these which you can find from local drug stores are not cheap either and they don't last me more than 2 months. I am going to leave this in the air for now as they will be ready to hit my shop in mid or late July. I will do a detailed writeup on them once they are ready to flash ;)  

Thank you ladies for reading and have fun dressing up your nails.

With Shyan Wedding Line Swatch

By Noelle Lim
on May 12, 2016

Hello ladies, it's almost a month plus since my last swatch as I spent 3 weeks preparing my swatches for the Matte Nail Stickers new arrivals and was busy preparing my 2 boys for their SA1 examinations. It's the final paper today and so I can finally take a breather. I just released Shyan's Wedding Line Collection last week and managed to swatch 2 colors past week. Oh! I did these swatches with my less dominant hand! Hope I did not do too badly. The reason is my nails on my left hand are now pre-occupied with a new product testing so I cannot swatch until my testing benchmark period is over. I took extra caution to prevent polish from getting onto my cuticles otherwise I'll curse and swear with the cleaning up using my less dominant hand. So here they are:


Nail Color: Proposal from WithShyan Wedding Line Collection




Nail Color: Honeymoon from WithShyan Wedding Line Collection


Proposal has a light/nude pinkish purple base color with blue glitters. Looks natural with a light twist of blue glitter bits. I used 2 coats here. No fishing out of glitters using my cheap toothpick trick haha. For those who just joined my mailing list, just so you know, instead of using a dotting tool to pick up glitters from those glitter polishes that are difficult to spread evenly across my nails, I used toothpick because I don't have a dotting tool. I use cosmetic brushes that I hardly use as my clean up tool after painting instead of the professional nail art brushes. My point is, save. You can make do with what you find at home that will do the job just as good.

Honeymoon is a bright red color with fine black glitters. The glitters add some air of sophistication instead of the usual boring red polish. I used 3 coats to get this effect mainly because I was painting with my left hand and that added some difficulty in getting the right amount of polish each coat while trying hard to stabilize my hand when I paint so I don't splurge too much polish at a go resulting in a messy finishing which I will have a hard time touching up. Otherwise, 2 coats should be sufficient because the color looks pretty opaque after 1st coat. 

That's all for today. Thanks for reading and have fun dressing up your nails.

New Arrival Swatches

By Noelle Lim
on April 01, 2016

Hello everyone, here's a continuation of swatches for With Shyan Solid Colors collection.

Nail Color: Dalborde (SOL 2)

Colors Used:


Payday from Shyan (Accent)

Art: VK07 from L'vida Water Decal Collection


Colors Used:

Shyan Sea Breeze - SOL 16 (Base Color)

Modi Glam Mirror Mirror (Accent Art)


With Shyan Swatches

By Noelle Lim
on March 27, 2016

Hello there, I am back for more swatches from With Shyan collection. I can only complete 3 swatches for the past week as it's hard to wait for the right daylight condition to try and get the color as true as possible. So hope you ladies bear with me while I come up with the swatches for the rest of the colors.




Nail Color: Glass Red from WithShyan Office Lady Collection
Art: VK 04 from Lvida Water Decals



Nail Color: Friday from WithShyan Office Lady Collection





Nail Color: Bobbed Hair from WithShyan Solid Colors Collection
Art: VK 14 from Lvida Water Decals


Glass Red looks just like you had a lip tint after 2 coats, except it's on your nails instead. If you want more opacity, you can top it to 3 coats. Nice and simple translucent red nails to me when you are not up for something too opaque for a natural glow. 

Friday is a really pretty purple glitter. The glitters are chunky with various tones. I used 3 coats for to get this effect. Just a reminder, glitter polishes application can be a challenge. If you use the usual painting style from gliding bottom to tip, you will find most of the glitters are concentrated at the tip of your nails. Try using the dabbing technique for glitter polishes. There's lots of tutorials if you run a google search or youtube search. Basically, the dabbing technique involves picking up the glitters with the brush and lightly dab them across your nails. That way, you can spread the glitters around your nails. As to how much glitters to get to your nails, it really depends on personal preference. 

Bobbed Hair is your classic black polish. In my opinion, a classic black and white nail polish are must haves for any nail addict because they are just great for any nail art creation. In case you wonder what's the difference between Bobbed Hair and Lvida Chic Black since both are black polish, Bobbed Hair has a shinier finishing even before topping with top coat and definitely needs 2 coats to get what you see here. Lvida Chic Black formulation is thicker and more concentrated. A clean swipe can usually get the desired opacity but will need the top coat to get it to the perfect shine. 

Removing Glitter Polishes:

For those seasoned nail addicts, this is probably something not new. But please bear with me so to benefit those who just joined my mailing list.

Removing glitters can be a pain but that shouldn't stop you from using glitters because they just look so glam and pretty on nails. If you are using the usual drug store nail polish remover brands, dump those. Have you ever tried using almost one quarter of remover from the large size bottles just to remove glitters from 10 fingers with after effect biting and drying sensation? Gosh I hate those. That is a well known reason for why many are not into glitters other than it's not their thing. There's quite a number of tutorials when you run a search but for me, I like to keep this simple and cost effective rather. 

What do I use? Well, there's just 2 techniques I used primarily when it comes to removing glitters. Use a peel off base coat instead of the regular ones. It will make removing glitters such a walk in the park. Alternatively, if you do not have one, get a better nail polish remover. Dab a good amount (just 3 to 4 drops if you are using an effective remover) onto a cotton pad then wrap it around your nails for 1 minute and wipe off the glitters. Repeat this step again. That pretty much works for me. At the most 3 rounds for the stubborn glitters. Play a no brainier game on your smartphone in between the wait and you will get through this really fast for those with no patience because that's what I do all the time :- P

A good polish remover not just ease the removal process of glitters, it certainly makes a huge difference in cleaning non glitter polishes on your nails too with just 2 to 3 clean swipes. 

That's all for today. Thank you ladies for reading and have fun dressing up your nails.

Nail Art Ideas - Going Natural

By Noelle Lim
on March 14, 2016



Hi everyone, it's been a while since I wrote about nail art ideas. Getting alittle rusty but overall feeling great to be back painting again. By now, most of you had received or seen my newest collection of WithShyan 3-Free Polishes. Unfortunately there isn't much swatch references available and so I decided to do it myself. I am particularly in love with the Office Lady Collection. Thinking back the days when I was an account manager in an MNC where image was really quite a thing. Although one shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but looking professional certainly gain some points and willingness to listen to my presentation in front of my corporate clients which ranges from SMEs, oil majors and government department. So I left my fanciful nails till the weekends instead. Bare nails are not glam, but going simple or nude doesn't have to be boring. It adds a clean and fresh look with an understated elegance to your outfit. You don't have to look like Angelina Jolie to leave an impression. Here's what I had today and hope you ladies like it.

I'll be showing 2 pictures from each color.1 is plain swatch on it's own and the other is coupled with simple nail art.


Nail Color: Payday from WithShyan Office Lady Collection
Art: VK 01 from Lvida Water Decals


Nail Color Thumb, index and Pinky: 
First Day from WithShyan Office Lady Collection

Nail Color Middle and Ring:
Rolling Cloud from Modi Glam Collection



Nail Color: Overtime from WithShyan Office Lady Collection
Art: VK 18 from Lvida Water Decals


Nail Color: Incentives from WithShyan Office Lady Collection
Art: VK 06 from Lvida Water Decals


In general, I used 2 coats for all the above except for Incentives.

Pay Day displays a milky translucent tone after 2 coats. If you want more opacity, you can top it to 3 coats. Personally I like it 2 coats for a natural clean look. 

First Day is pretty much skin color. It is really ideal for the classic french nail. You can paint up to 3 coats if you like but again, I prefer it at 2 coats. It really all depends on how much polish you pick up for the 1st coat and usually, I wouldn't recommend too thin for 1st coat because that will leave negative space when you do the 2nd coat. Neither too much for 1st coat is good because then your 2nd coat will look gloopy. It's very hard to tell you how much is needed because every brand has different formulation and consistency. You've got to trial and error to understand the consistency for your accuracy in judging how much polish you should pick up with each coat. 

Overtime looks really classy and is my favorite among these 4. Very feminine on its own and yet I love the outcome with the Chanel inspired nail decal.

Incentives portrays a youthful look in my opinion. I think it goes very well with that simple gold chain decal on my thumb for some added feminine touch.  I used 3 coats for this because it still look quite translucent after 2 coats and my gut feel tells me this color needs more opacity to look good. But then that's just my preference. 

Must Do:

Remember your usual buffing and cleaning, putting on base coat before painting the color and top with a shiny top coat for a perfect finishing. The base and top coat is a must. Base coat helps the color to glide easily when you paint and helps the color to adhere better on your nails. Top coat not just give your nails a shiny finish but it helps to even out slightest imperfections during your painting process. 

Buffing is equally important to make your nails smooth prior to putting on the base coat. If you had not buff a long time, please do so. I must admit I am guilty as charged. When I was painting the 1st color from this collection, I just didn't feel quite right somehow. I clean off the polish and buff my nails then everything was a breeze when I paint. 

That's all for today. Thank you ladies for reading and I wish you a good weekend ahead.

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