The moment I caught a glimpse of Dragon’s Breath on Facebook, I knew I’d be dying to swatch this flaky beauty. Low and behold, it showed up in my mailbox! Flakies are so wonderfully shiny, color shifting and easy to remove. And this one does not disappoint.
The application was smooth, easy and dried pretty fast. Perfect formula! Dragon’s Breath is described as: “a breathtakingly beautiful nail polish that shifts through pink to lavender to gold, and contains an electrifying platinum colored sparkle. This is not a glitter polish! Dragon’s Breath is colored by chameleon flakes and infused with super-shiny silver covered flakes that give it a shine that will knock your socks off!” The colors range from Pink/Lavender/Gold with platinum/silver sparks.
Dragon’s Breath will dry completely smooth on the nail. And it is totally easy to remove, just like regular nail polish. It gives light coverage in one coat and full coverage in two coats.
Here is a nail macro because, sometimes you have to get close to the dragon to see what it’s made of!
I toyed with the idea of titling this post, “Words I never thought I’d put together in a sentence, “I’m going to wear Gopher Guts for the holidays.” But it was too long. 😉 Here is a fun trio, buy one or buy all, you’ll love these “thought out of the box” polishes inspired by the song, Great Green Globs Of Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts. This collection will be released on Chloe & Bella store on Oct. 1st!
Barbara from Chloe & Bellas says the 2014 Halloween Collection is not for the faint of heart! I asked her about how this fun fall trio came about. She said, “We’ve taken one of our favorite childhood Halloween songs and translated it into nail polishes! Do you remember “Great Green Globs Of Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts”? Well, when I was looking for inspiration for the 2014 Halloween Collection, this song immediately came to mind and I knew that I had to find a way to use it for the inspiration of the Halloween trio. So without further ado, I present to you: Gopher Guts, Monkey Meat, and Birdy Feet! Oh, and the polishes still adhere to the C&B strict “Inspired by Nature” philosophy.”
First up is Gopher Guts, my fave of the trio. I seriously love this type of green and although it’s inspired for a Halloween mani, I am pretty sure it will find its way to my digits around Christmas time! Two coats here.
Monkey Meat. What can I say?! The base of this one reminds me of melted carmel! Two coats here and I tried a matte topcoat on the accent nail/ring finger. I think I like it even more that way.
Monkey Meat Macro!
And lastly, I LOVE this Birdy Feet! You don’t often find sparkly browns so this is a treat. Of course I had to draw some birdy footprints over a mattified brown for the accent nail. Remember, no animails were harmed in any way during the production of these polishes or creation of this post 😉
And a macro of the bottle. This will even be appropriate for Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble!
Just for fun Barbara provided some lyrics to the song she grew up with:
Great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat
Itty bitty birdy feet
French fried eyeballs swimming in a pool of blood
And me without a spoon.
BUT I GOT A STRAW!!!…
…and it goes on 😉
The new trio for fall from indie polish company, Chloe & Bella will be for sale on the website on Oct. 1st. They’re available individually for $6.95 and in a set of three for $18.75, which will include a free bottle of the Crystal Clear Top Coat.
When I heard the description of the newest addition to the indie brand, Chloe & Bella, I was intrigued. Then I saw a sample and Barbara told me shed like me to swatch it and after I picked myself up off the floor, well…read on!
Nothing can really prepare you for this kind of beauty. It’s a perfect name and I’m telling you the formula is astounding. Glides on like a dream, good coverage in one coat or opaque in 2-3 depending iron your technique. You can apply it over your bare nail, or as a topcoat over a color. I just used it alone. Here she is in the bottle.
Titanium is described at “super-sparkly and shiny…you can ALMOST see your reflection in it. This is not a glitter polish. Titanium is infused with super-shiny silver covered flakes that give it a shine that will knock your socks off! Primarily silver with a hint of gold.”
This stunner sells for $11.95. Worth every blingy penny! And I might mention Titanium is not difficult to remove. Here it is up close, so hard to capture so in case you were wondering what it looks like in the sun, go to my Instagram profile (user name @lacqueredlori so add me and browse my photos!) 🙂 and you’ll find a video of it in the sunshine!
You know I like to save the best for last! In this final insertion of my review of Chloe & Bella lacquers I swatched three polishes that give thought to the skies. The same skies we all live under even though we sometimes feel like we are worlds apart. Do any of you remember the song, “Somewhere Out There”, from the 1987 movie An American Tail? Well, that’s what these three polish names, Stormy, Midnight and Starlight, reminded me of! Yeah, I’m weird like that. 😉
Barbara describes Stormy as “a cool gray cream with lots of vibrant violet sparkling highlights. The gray cream reminds me of the clouds on a stormy summer day, with the violet sparks being beautiful lightening. Stormy has medium coverage with one coat, and full coverage with two coats.” I found Stormy to be sheer coverage and three coats should bring it to full coverage. For fun I wanted to see what Stormy would look like over black and it’s a gorgeous topper too. I wanted you to see how cool it looks and the color shifts in the sun.
Next is my fave of the bunch, Midnight. I have nothing else like it in my collection. A very unique shade!
Barbara describes Midnight as “a very dark and mysterious navy blue that’s so dark, in some lighting it may actually look black. And keeping true to the mightnight sky, there is a sprinkling of shimmering silver glitter that you’ll swear look like stars! Midnight has medium coverage with one coat, and full coverage with two coats.” This is my favorite! It is nearly full coverage in one coat and I used two. It sparkles like a midnight sky in shade and really sparkles in the sun. I didn’t use a topcoat but it is recommended.
And finally I have Starlight. The application is smooth and fast drying. I’m on the fence about the amount of holographic triangles here. If there were too many it would take away from the loveliness of the sparkly base. Yet I did have a bit of trouble getting to them for applying the glitters. I think too many on the nail would take away from the look. Yet they are pretty on this shimmery silver. Maybe leave it as is and request a tiny packet of extras? No worries though. It worked out lovely in the end.
Barbara describes Starlight as “a gorgeous silver metallic base, loaded with scatter holo, and then topped off with silver holo triangle glitters. This Starlight’s sparkle will give the night sky a run for its money! Starlight will dry slightly textured on the nail. We recommend using a top coat to create a gorgeous glass-like finish. Starlight is semi-sheer at one coat and fully opaque at three coats.” I found Starlight to be plenty opaque in two coats. I’d like to see more of the triangle glitters in this one because they are so pretty. But like I said, a few extras in a lil packet would be great! I wouldn’t put that many on each nail, but they can be somewhat difficult to get to. All three of the formulas are smooth and easy to apply.
Well, this is the end of this series! Phew, I hope you enjoyed taking a gander at some of Chloe & Bella’s pretties. Now, get shopping!
In this second installment of my 3-part series on Chloe & Bella polishes, I’m pleased to tell you that these three are as the first three I swatched last week. They go on smooth and each of these are completely different in texture. Freesia is what I’d describe as a crelly glitter topcoat. Pink Silk is a holographic, slightly linear in three coats, so shimmery and glossy. And Black Opal is a lovely complex multi-hued opalescent topcoat when applied over a base color, preferably dark.
Freesia is a lovely topcoat.
Barbara describes Freesia like this. “Freesia is a gorgeous blend that includes a soft shimmering purple base, three different bright yellow glitters, four different white glitters, and five different purple glitters of various sizes and shapes. This polish is absolutely PACKED with sparkle! Freesia is semi-sheer at one coat and opaque at three coats. It also makes a beautiful top coat over white, yellow, or any one of your favorite colors.” I’d highly recommend using this beauty as a glitter topcoat.
Pink Silk dries to a very glossy finish. Typically holo packed polishes may pull unless you paint it with a light hand. I was pleased this wasn’t the case. NOTE: Pink Silk will be available soon. It is currently being reformulated to a better version of it’s beautiful self!
Barbara describes Pink Silk this way. “Pink Silk is a warm pink color with a bright linear holographic effect. Pink Silk has medium coverage with one coat, and full coverage with two coats.” It’s very smooth and glossy on the nail and for me to get full coverage I used three coats.
And last we have Black Opal. It really changes any black, or any dark polish that needs a little punch! I used it here over Zoya Storm.
Black Opal is described like this. “Black Opal is a gorgeous multichrome that features flashes of blue, black, purple, red, and copper. Depending on the light source and viewing angle, this polish appears completely different!” I recommend using it as a shade shifting topcoat for the most intense effect, like over black, deep purples and blues.
By the end of the week I’ll be presenting the final three polishes in this series!
Don’t wait for Part III of this series to go shop Chloe & Bella polishes. See below for links and get shopping!
Indie polish makers are an awesome kind of special people. Number one, they are so creative out the wazoo…and number two, they inspire us as nail bloggers and shoppers. I recently discovered Chloe & Bella via some Instagram posts by a phenominal blogger, Kirby, “The Mercurial Magpie”. Kirby is the kind of blogger we all aspire to be. Honest, talented and oh so blessed. When she’s impressed with a polish, my ears perk up!
Barbara is the owner/creator of Chloe & Bella and I received nine polishes to swatch and review. Of course when I open my swatch mail I immediately check my bottles and open each one to make sure they are okay. I could tell these were going to be great formulas even before they went on the nail. The first three I’ll be posting today are:
I love how these three remind me of Christmas! I know, it’s the end of July, but I figured you might want to shop early 😉 Here is a swatch of gorgeous Evergreen. Barbara describes Evergreen like this. “Evergreen is a cool green duochrome with a bright shift between green and silver. Thrown in for good measure is a healthy heaping of shimmering white flakies. The flakies add just a touch of sparkle when hit with direct lighting.” I used one coat over a blackened deep green and it’s stunning! I just wanted to be different, and she suggests using it over black to bring out the strongest flashes of color. Either way, you’ll be impressed with this one. It’s sheer in one coat and suggested to use three coats when used on it’s own with no undies. The formula is smooth and perfect. No flooding.
Next we have Crimson. Such a perfect, classy, true red!
Barbara describes Crimson like this. “Crimson is the classic, romantic, deep red that evokes passion and love…a true red…a semi-sheer at one coat (almost a hot pink) and opaque (deep gorgeous red) at two coats.” I would have to say this glossy sexy red dress red is almost jelly like in texture. Very pigmented for a jelly though! Love this perfect red.
And the last for this post (stay tuned I have six more to go!), Snow. Now, if you live in a part if the country where you’re dreaming of the white stuff, this may cool you off!
Snow may be used alone or a coat over white.
Barbara describes Snow like this. “Snow is a light and feminine, slightly off-white, cream polish. Tons of micro small white, opalescent, and rainbow pearl glitters create that same shimmer that you see in snow on a sunny day.” On my pinky you can see I used three coats on the bare nail, where I used one coat over single white undies for a more pronounced look. It’s medium coverage, a bit thicker than the other two. It’s a slightly off-white shimmery cream. Sort of winter white I’d say!
Grabbing a quote from Barbara’s “about” page on her site, she says this about her inspiration behind the business, “Nail polish is an obsession that started a little later in life for me than it does for most ladies, but that does not make the obsession any less heartfelt or passionate. Glitter (or ANYTHING sparkly) has always been a huge draw for me from the earliest days of childhood. That draw never lessened as life moved along. One day while surfing the internet, I discovered a new-to-me trend: nail art. Wow…this was something that I could really dig into and enjoy!” I think even polish enthusiasts, bloggers and polish hoarders can relate.
Don’t wait for Part II and III of this series to go shop Chloe & Bella polishes! See below for links and get shopping!