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Zoya Urban Grunge swatches are here!

It may still be the dog days of summer in your neck of the woods, well, here too. But these hot temps have us dreaming of cozy fall polish collections, sweaters, and football games. Zoya hits it out of the park with the new Urban Grunge collection for Fall 2016. Twelve polishes in all with six cremes so rich and pigmented you’ll have to pinch yourself. And a mix of six sparklers, including two scattered holos, one linear holo, and three metallics. Be sure to order now, they ship on 8/19/2016. Let’s take a look!

Zoya Urban Grunge collection for Fall 2016 - Metallics and Holos! Center: Ash; from top then clockwise: Finley (scattered holo), Alicia (linear holo with silver and gold micro glitter), Troy (metallic), Britta (metallic), Merida (scattered holo).

Zoya Urban Grunge collection for Fall 2016 – Metallics and Holos! Center: Ash; from top then clockwise: Finley (scattered holo), Alicia (linear holo with silver and gold micro glitter), Troy (metallic), Britta (metallic), Merida (scattered holo).


Zoya's Urban Grunge for fall 2016, cremes. Center: Mallory. From top and clockwise: Wyatt, Noah, Courtney, Tara and August.

Zoya’s Urban Grunge for fall 2016, cremes. Center: Mallory. From top and clockwise: Wyatt, Noah, Courtney, Tara and August.

Here are the swatches, starting with the metallics/holos!

Merida in 2 coats. I LOVE this one! I love them all but I have a soft spot in my heart for scattered holos and have been dreaming of a rich deep green scattered holo by Zoya forever! It is described as a brilliant lush evergreen scattered holo. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

Merida in 2 coats. I LOVE this one! I love them all but I have a soft spot in my heart for scattered holos and have been dreaming of a rich deep green scattered holo by Zoya forever! It is described as a brilliant lush evergreen scattered holo. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

Finley, 2 coats. I'm SO glad Zoya continues their fabulous scattered holos! It is described as a deep royal purple scattered holo. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

Finley, 2 coats. I’m SO glad Zoya continues their fabulous scattered holos! It is described as a deep royal purple scattered holo. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

Alicia, 2 coats. It is described as a linear holo with a touch of gold. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

Alicia, 2 coats. It is described as a linear holo with a touch of gold. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

Britta in 1 coat! It is described as a berry metallic with a red and purple fuchsia flash. Densely pigmented, smooth application.

Britta in 1 coat! It is described as a berry metallic with a red and purple fuchsia flash. Densely pigmented, smooth application.

Troy in 1 coat! It is described as a liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold. Densely pigmented, smooth application.

Troy in 1 coat! It is described as a liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold. Densely pigmented, smooth application.

Ash in 1 coat! It is described as a vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer. Densely pigmented, smooth application.

Ash in 1 coat! It is described as a vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer. Densely pigmented, smooth application.

And the cremes

Courtney in 1 coat! This is beyond perfection! It is described as a deep red beet root shade with a full coverage, and smooth application.

Courtney in 1 coat! This is beyond perfection! It is described as a deep red beet root shade with a full coverage, and smooth application.

Noah in 1 coat. A bit thick but good application, very pigmented for a nude. It is described as a mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey, with a full coverage and smooth application.

Noah in 1 coat. A bit thick but good application, very pigmented for a nude. It is described as a mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey, with a full coverage and smooth application.

Tara in 1 coat. Oh man, love this shade! It is described as a purple plum with a balanced tone between red and purple. Deeply saturated, full coverage, smooth application.

Tara in 1 coat. Oh man, love this shade! It is described as a purple plum with a balanced tone between red and purple. Deeply saturated, full coverage, smooth application.

Wyatt in 1 coat, great formulas these cremes! It is described as a true racing green with a deep pigment, full coverage, and smooth application.

Wyatt in 1 coat, great formulas these cremes! It is described as a true racing green with a deep pigment, full coverage, and smooth application.

Mallory in 1 perfect coat. Ahh, it practically applies itself! It is described as a full-bodied, Prussian blue with deeply saturated color.

Mallory in 1 perfect coat. Ahh, it practically applies itself! It is described as a full bodied, Prussian blue with deeply saturated color.

August in 2 coats, just slightly more sheer than the rest of the cremes in this set. It is described as a full coverage gray like a fine, expensive leather with mid-ranged, balanced tone.

August in 2 coats, just slightly more sheer than the rest of the cremes in this set. It is described as a full coverage gray like a fine, expensive leather with mid-ranged, balanced tone.

CONCLUSION: Every formula was perfect. The thinnest of the thicker cremes was August. My favorite shades of the cremes…a tossup between the deep reds of Tara and Courtney. In regards to the formulas of the metallics and holos, every single one was perfect. My faves were Merida, Finley and Ash. But don’t back me into a corner, I love them all!

Each of these are $10ea or $60 per set of 6.

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* These polishes were sent to me at no cost for review purposes. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated.

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ILNP Spring Collection 2016 is here!

Now that Spring is fully on deck, our nail lacquer lovers are seeking all things shiny and new. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Spring than freshly painted nails. One of my fave indie nail brands, ILNP has two 2016 polish collection you’ll crave. A couple of weeks ago I posted my review on the ILNP Spring Jellies and today I’ll present the Spring Collection. These babies all scream for the sun (which is why I shot most of the photos in the sun!). Let’s take a look!

Available NOW for $72/set or $10ea, except for the one on top left, Mayfield (an Ultra Chrome Flaky!) From top left and down: Mayfield, Daisy Jane, Deja Vu, Apricot Cream, Bulletproof Symphony, Skyscraper and Rolling Hills.

Available NOW for $72/set or $10ea, except for the one on top left, Mayfield (an Ultra Chrome Flaky!) From top left and down: Mayfield, Daisy Jane, Deja Vu, Apricot Cream, Bulletproof Symphony, Skyscraper and Rolling Hills.

Let’s start with a somewhat nude but fully holographic stunner, Apricot Cream.

I just had to photograph most of these in the sun to show you the glorious sparkle! Apricot Cream is described as, "a deliciously unique nail polish with a milky rich finish. Perfectly accented with gold micro-flakes and uniformly fine holographic pigments, this tasty shade is the sophisticated dessert that your nails have been waiting for! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I needed only 2 coats. $10.00

I just had to photograph most of these in the sun to show you the glorious sparkle! Apricot Cream is described as, “a deliciously unique nail polish with a milky rich finish. Perfectly accented with gold micro-flakes and uniformly fine holographic pigments, this tasty shade is the sophisticated dessert that your nails have been waiting for! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I needed only 2 coats. $10.00

Deja Vu is an intense linear holo, the best kind!

Deja Vu is described as, "a beautifully refined linear holographic polish with a sophisticated wisteria violet hue that’s absolutely perfect for the season. Soft, subtle, and complemented with a precise amount of holographic pigment, Deja Vu will surely have you looking twice! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I applied only 2 coats! $10.00

Deja Vu is described as, “a beautifully refined linear holographic polish with a sophisticated wisteria violet hue that’s absolutely perfect for the season. Soft, subtle, and complemented with a precise amount of holographic pigment, Deja Vu will surely have you looking twice! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I applied only 2 coats! $10.00

Rolling Hills, ahh, you can almost smell the dew on fresh-cut grass!

Rolling Hills is described as, "a refreshing, iced mint Ultra Metallic polish laced with an array of holographic micro flakes! Pay close attention and you'll notice a subtle hint blue-to-teal, color traveling shimmer for a finish that’s to die for Rolling Hills is part of ILNP's Ultra Metallics™ class of incredibly vivid metallic finish nail polishes; specifically formulated with various ultra-thin metallic flakes for a blinding sparkle with an undeniably rich finish and super-easy removal! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I used two coats. $10.00

Rolling Hills is described as, “a refreshing, iced mint Ultra Metallic polish laced with an array of holographic micro flakes! Pay close attention and you’ll notice a subtle hint blue-to-teal, color traveling shimmer for a finish that’s to die for Rolling Hills is part of ILNP’s Ultra Metallics™ class of incredibly vivid metallic finish nail polishes; specifically formulated with various ultra-thin metallic flakes for a blinding sparkle with an undeniably rich finish and super-easy removal! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I used two coats. $10.00

Sweet, petite and oh so feminine, Daisy Jane!

Daisy Jane is described as, "a dainty and soft baby pink polish with the perfect holographic sparkle! Daisy Jane’s holographic micro-flakes provide a wonderfully scattered holographic twinkle without compromising its delicate pink hue. Contrasted with a subtle amount of gold flakes and red shimmer, Daisy Jane is a perfect balance of delicate and breathtaking! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I used 3 coats. $10.00

Daisy Jane is described as, “a dainty and soft baby pink polish with the perfect holographic sparkle! Daisy Jane’s holographic micro-flakes provide a wonderfully scattered holographic twinkle without compromising its delicate pink hue. Contrasted with a subtle amount of gold flakes and red shimmer, Daisy Jane is a perfect balance of delicate and breathtaking! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I used 3 coats. $10.00

Major sparkle and long wearing Bulletproof Symphony.

Bulletproof Symphony is described as, "a super unique medium periwinkle Ultra Metallic polish loaded with silver flakes and an arsenal of holographic magic! Look even closer and you'll catch an extra vivid red sparkle that gives this wonderful polish a seriously gorgeous twist! Bulletproof Symphony is part of ILNP's Ultra Metallics™ class of incredibly vivid metallic finish nail polishes; specifically formulated with various ultra-thin metallic flakes for a blinding sparkle with an undeniably rich finish and super-easy removal! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I got it opaque in 2 coats. $10.00

Bulletproof Symphony is described as, “a super unique medium periwinkle Ultra Metallic polish loaded with silver flakes and an arsenal of holographic magic! Look even closer and you’ll catch an extra vivid red sparkle that gives this wonderful polish a seriously gorgeous twist! Bulletproof Symphony is part of ILNP’s Ultra Metallics™ class of incredibly vivid metallic finish nail polishes; specifically formulated with various ultra-thin metallic flakes for a blinding sparkle with an undeniably rich finish and super-easy removal! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I got it opaque in 2 coats. $10.00

Drop dead gorgeous over any nail color or alone, Mayfield.

My sun photo was too intense to show you the gorgeous flakies the way I wanted. So this is in shade. Mayfield is described as, "a stunning combination of color-shifting Ultra Chrome Flakies. Mayfield features a gorgeous array of colors including purple, pink, green, gold, orange and turquoise! Use Mayfield as a topper over your favorite nail polish or brush on a few layers for full coverage. ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies are fully opaque and can be worn alone or over any color without affecting the intense color shifting properties. Full coverage in 3 - 4 coats." $12.50

My sun photo was too intense to show you the gorgeous flakies the way I wanted. So this is in shade. Mayfield is described as, “a stunning combination of color-shifting Ultra Chrome Flakies. Mayfield features a gorgeous array of colors including purple, pink, green, gold, orange and turquoise! Use Mayfield as a topper over your favorite nail polish or brush on a few layers for full coverage. ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies are fully opaque and can be worn alone or over any color without affecting the intense color shifting properties. Full coverage in 3 – 4 coats.” $12.50

Yes, big cities enjoy spring too! Here is Skyscraper.

Skyscraper is described as, "an amazingly tasty light periwinkle Ultra Holo with an insane finish! Step out into the sun and watch how this luxurious stunner sparkles like it's stuffed with diamonds! Skyscraper is part of ILNP's new "Ultra Holo" class of super intense holographic nail polishes; specifically formulated for maximum, in-your-face holographic sparkle! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I only needed two coats. $10.00

Skyscraper is described as, “an amazingly tasty light periwinkle Ultra Holo with an insane finish! Step out into the sun and watch how this luxurious stunner sparkles like it’s stuffed with diamonds! Skyscraper is part of ILNP’s new “Ultra Holo” class of super intense holographic nail polishes; specifically formulated for maximum, in-your-face holographic sparkle! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I only needed two coats. $10.00

Conclusion: Not to sound like a broken record. But I don’t know any more words I can say but this collection is a dream. From formula, to application, great wear and gorgeous shades and sparkle, ILNP Spring Collection is drop dead gorgeous!

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Spell Polish “Charlie Loves Bella” partial collection for Spring 2015

I’m telling you, Spell Polish never ceases to amaze me! Heather continues to create fabulous polishes and I’m so excited to share three of the Charlie Loves Bella collection for Spring 2015 with you…and now available for purchase. These magical polishes are all have different personalities, full of holographic goodness along with shimmer, flakies, duochrome casts and well, they’re magical!

Bianca's Whiskers, Lovely Bunny and Kitty Slippers are 3 of 10 gorgeous polishes now available for purchase from Spell Polish. $17ea or $160 for the whole set of these high quality indie creations.

Bianca’s Whiskers, Lovely Bunny and Kitty Slippers are 3 of 10 gorgeous polishes now available for purchase from Spell Polish. $17ea or $160 for the whole set of these high quality indie creations.

What a wonderful collection to kick start your spring polish collections! Here is Bianca’s Whiskers:

Bianca's Whiskers is a lush strong linear pink/violet polish with a purrrfect formula! Pert near opaque in one coat but 2 coats brings out the holo even more. I took this pic in the sunshine so you could enjoy the full effect. It's fabulous!

Bianca’s Whiskers is a lush strong linear pink/violet polish with a purrrfect formula! Pert near opaque in one coat but 2 coats brings out the holo even more. I took this pic in the sunshine so you could enjoy the full effect. It’s fabulous!


Bianca’s Whiskers ~ is described as a pink-violet with a strong linear holo cast. 15 mL/.5 oz  Finish: Linear holographic  Coverage: 1-2 coats for full opacity. We recommend starting with a thin coat. It is recommended to shake well before applying.

Bianca’s Whiskers ~ is described as a pink-violet with a strong linear holo cast. 15 mL/.5 oz
Finish: Linear holographic
Coverage: 1-2 coats for full opacity. We recommend starting with a thin coat. It is recommended to shake well before applying.

Lovely Bunny certainly is lovely!

Lovely Bunny was the sheerest of these 3 requiring 3 coats for me with my long nails to not see the free edge when in full light. But the effect is a mesmerizing green/blue duochrome shimmer.

Lovely Bunny was the sheerest of these 3 requiring 3 coats for me with my long nails to not see the free edge when in full light. But the effect is a mesmerizing green/blue duochrome shimmer.


Lovely Bunny ~ is described as a soft green-blue duochrome shimmer. 15 mL/.5 oz Finish: Duochrome shimmer Coverage: 2-3 coats for full opacity.

Lovely Bunny ~ is described as a soft green-blue duochrome shimmer. 15 mL/.5 oz Finish: Duochrome shimmer Coverage: 2-3 coats for full opacity.

And a real showstopper, Kitty Slippers!

Kitty Slippers in 2 coats. Not as sheer as Lovely Bunny but just as intoxicatingly beautiful. I should note all these formulas are amazing and easy to work with, great brushes and elegantly packaged. So springy!

Kitty Slippers in 2 coats. Not as sheer as Lovely Bunny but just as intoxicatingly beautiful. I should note all these formulas are amazing and easy to work with, great brushes and elegantly packaged. So springy!


Kitty Slippers ~ is described as a rich, watermelon pink with a cool pink chrome shimmer.  15 mL/.5 oz Finish: Shimmer with subtle duochrome Coverage: 2 coats for full opacity

Kitty Slippers ~ is described as a rich, watermelon pink with a cool pink chrome shimmer.
15 mL/.5 oz Finish: Shimmer with subtle duochrome Coverage: 2 coats for full opacity

I asked Heather to share the inspiration of how Charlie Loves Bella came to be. It’s inspired by a true story and written by Spell Polish owner/creator herself, Heather. She told me, “It’ based on a true story about my cat, Charlie and his love for rabbits.” Heather says that This collection is based on a true story about a cat that falls in love with a rabbit. All polishes come with a corresponding trade card- all 10 cards together tell the whole story of Charlie and Bella.

Here is the story of Charlie Loves Bella:

~Charlie Loves Bella~

Bella was a bunny and Charlie was a cat,
but Charlie didn’t know love doesn’t work like that.

So Charlie donned his slippers and sneaked away at night

looking for his Bella by the goldenrod moonlight.

He thought he’d bring her flowers- a hyacinth or two-

and serenade his Bella with a melody he knew.

When out of her small warren, he saw her whiskers peeking,

he knew he’d finally found the love that he was always seeking.

This was the radiant rabbit he spotted a few days before,
and followed through the woods, right to her bunny door.
Her fur was smooth and silken; her nose a velvet pink.
Her eyes were bright as stars, more lovely with each blink.
But Bella’s mother chided from inside that darkened hole,
and warned her lovely bunny not to stray and not to stroll.
“Cats can be quite dangerous with very dreadful habits,”
she reminded her sweet Bella that kitties aren’t for rabbits.

Who was this singing kitty who courted under the moon,
who made her heartbeat skip, and made her nearly swoon?

So early the next morning, Bella dressed for the affair
and followed Charlie’s footprints back to his secret lair.
She hid behind an oak tree in hopes of a better view,
then spied her star-crossed lover sitting under boughs of yew.
Delightful was his posture and flaxen were his locks.
Charlie was a kitty but he also was a fox!
She hip-hopped to her homestead, with extra bounce in her step.
She had to tell her sister about the kitty she had met.
But Bianca twitched her whiskers and crumpled up her nose,
“Bunnies cannot fall in love with kitties—everyone knows!”

But later that same evening, with daisies in his hat,
Charlie showed Bianca he was not an average cat.
He scampered through the forest, and shimmied up a tree,
courting the whole family by dropping daisies on all three.
Bella’s mom was startled and Bianca was confused
but Bella’s heart was tickled and her spirit was amused.
She loved a cat named Charlie and she didn’t care who knew.
So she blew him bunny kisses and she knew her love was true.
He jumped down from that pine tree and gave his Bella a wink,
then offered her his paw, their arms a furry link.
They took a springtime ramble off into the setting sun,
the story of Charlie and Bella was a tale that had just begun…

Jump on over to Spell Polish today and get your Charlie Loves Bella polishes. I promise you, SP never disappoints!

Spell Polishes are in .50 oz bottles and are 5-free, cruelty-free nail lacquers featuring luxurious formulas of glitters, micas and pigments. They strive to bring you a polish free of toxins—NO Toluene, NO Formaldehyde, NO Camphor, NO Formaldehyde Resin and NO DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate).

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Holy Holo Smackdown! My collection comparison

I have begun to notice that I have a pretty decent collection of holographic topcoats and polishes. Not tons, but a truckload! Reflecting on the brand families on my shelves, I have noticed I have quite a leaning towards the silver holo family. Recently I bought a lovely little number called Masked Affair from the Dark Sides of Grey collection by L’Oreal. I posted swatches yesterday on my Instagram feed. I pulled out all my holos (mainly linear) in the silver family and figured you might be interested in a comparison of the brands I personally own…or not 😉 But just for fun here they are. I might mention, I have linears in greens, gold, lavenders, purples and pinks. At some point I might do a smackdown of those too. First, here are the bottles shot in artificial light. It was cloudy, what can I say?! Then when I was almost done the sun came out but I did a comparison and they all looked the same in both types of light. I did not use my camera’s flash because honestly although it makes for a stunning effect on the nail, it doesn’t always represent a true to life image of what you and others see. We don’t go about using flashes of light to view someone’s polish. And…it makes my skin look like crap! LOL

On the left is Mega by ILNP and on the right, Holo by Mentality.

On the left is Mega by ILNP and on the right, Holo by Mentality.

On the left is Silver by Nabi and on the right is Coachella by Cult Cosmetics.

On the left is Silver by Nabi and on the right is Coachella by Cult Cosmetics.

I went ahead and included ONLY the bottle shot of Shine on Crazy Diamond by Orly. It did not qualify in my book as a buildable holo (although it's a gorgeous top coat, it's too sparse to even attempt a full on layering). Middle is Masked Affair by L'Oreal and on the right is the only NON-linear holo but a gorgeous scattered holo called Holographic Pearls by Revlon.

I went ahead and included ONLY the bottle shot of Shine on Crazy Diamond by Orly. It did not qualify in my book as a buildable holo (although it’s a gorgeous top coat, it’s too sparse to even attempt a full on layering). Middle is Masked Affair by L’Oreal and on the right is the only NON-linear holo but a gorgeous scattered holo called Holographic Pearls by Revlon.

Here are images I took of each polish (except for the Orly topcoat). The description and grading system is in the caption of each image.

Mega by ILNP. In my honest opinion of the six holos I tested, this had the strongest linear rainbow effect. Opacity level 2 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 5. Shine surface medium not full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries fast.

Mega by ILNP. In my honest opinion of the six holos I tested, this had the strongest linear rainbow effect. Opacity level 2 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 5. Shine surface medium not full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries fast.

Holo by Mentality. In my honest opinion of the six holos I tested, this had a nice linear rainbow effect. I'd give it a 4 but it's stronger over a color. Opacity level 3 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 5. Shine surface full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries fast. All of these by the way are easy to remove.

Holo by Mentality. In my honest opinion of the six holos I tested, this had a nice linear rainbow effect. I’d give it a 4 but it’s stronger over a color. Opacity level 3 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 5. Shine surface full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries fast. All of these by the way are easy to remove.

Silver by Nabi. It was my first ever linear holo so it holds a special place in my heart. I have 7 of her sisters! Some of the other shades by Nabi actually have a stronger linear effect. Opacity level 3 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 3. This was the only one that wanted to "pull" so a slow flat steady hand is required. Shine surface medium not full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries fast.

Silver by Nabi. It was my first ever linear holo so it holds a special place in my heart. I have 7 of her sisters! Some of the other shades by Nabi actually have a stronger linear effect. Opacity level 3 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 3. This was the only one that wanted to “pull” so a slow flat steady hand is required. Shine surface medium not full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries fast.

Coachella by Cult Cosmetics. I like the linear effect of this one for a more subtle effect but it really shines over other shades so I'd give it a 4 out of 5. Opacity level 3 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 5. Shine surface full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries medium.

Coachella by Cult Cosmetics. I like the linear effect of this one for a more subtle effect but it really shines over other shades so I’d give it a 4 out of 5. Opacity level 3 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 5. Shine surface full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries medium.

Masked Affair by L'Oreal. This stunner has a very strong linear rainbow effect, nearly as perfect as Mega by ILNP. It has a tad rosier base than Mega's silveriness. Opacity level 2 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 5. Shine surface medium not full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries fast. This beauty is new on the shelves and still a bit hard to find. It's from the Dark Sides of Grey collection.

Masked Affair by L’Oreal. This stunner has a very strong linear rainbow effect, nearly as perfect as Mega by ILNP. It has a tad rosier base than Mega’s silveriness. Opacity level 2 coats. Easy application scale 1-5, 5 being best, a 5. Shine surface medium not full glossy. Regular light, not sun or lamp holo effect 1-5, a 2, slight holo. Dries fast. This beauty is new on the shelves and still a bit hard to find. It’s from the Dark Sides of Grey collection.

Holographic Pearls by Revlon from the Transforming Effects Top Coats collection is NOT linear. But, it's none the less amazing and I decided to include it with the others. It is fully opaque in 4 thin easy to apply coats. Dries fairly smooth and shines like the underbelly of a jewel-hoarding dragon! It's easy to remove and fast drying. Whether you're sitting in a dim livingroom or in full on sunshine, you will attract attention. If you can't find the others, get this! It's a scattered holo wonder.

Holographic Pearls by Revlon from the Transforming Effects Top Coats collection is NOT linear. But, it’s none the less amazing and I decided to include it with the others. It is fully opaque in 4 thin easy to apply coats. Dries fairly smooth and shines like the underbelly of a jewel-hoarding dragon! It’s easy to remove and fast drying. Whether you’re sitting in a dim livingroom or in full on sunshine, you will attract attention. If you can’t find the others, get this! It’s a scattered holo wonder.

I’d love to hear what you think about the holographic explosion. I love them, but I’m not always in love with the application. I’ve been pretty fortunate to find polishes that weren’t that challenging. Believe me, if I was bothered by a couple of them, I wouldn’t have purchased their sister colors. Have you tried any of these and what was your experience? I don’t often do comparison’s…because I’m a bit lazy and I’ll leave that to the more ambitious bloggers! 😉 I’d love to hear from you! In retrospect, to be a great holo, linear or otherwise, does not have to have an “in-yo-face” linear effect. It can be glossy (however it seems some glossy finishes can degrade the effect, some of them do). I like the ones that shout, “I’m here I’m here I’m here!” And I like the more timid ones that say, “Yeah, I’m shiny, so?” I just love the lil twinklers! Oh, and the prop under the finger! I almost forgot this but it’s an amazing nail balm by Sweet Baby. Link is below.

Brands/links mentioned:

ILNP

Mentality

Nabi

Cult Cosmetics

Orly

L’Oreal

Revlon

Sweet Baby

*The ILNP Mega was provided at an earlier date by the company for review. The Mentality and Sweet Baby nail balm were giveaway gifts. All the rest of the polishes mentioned were purchased by me. All opinions are my own from my own findings and I was not compensated in any way.

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KBShimmer Goldie Rocks…rocks!

KBShimmer Goldie Rocks...rocks!

I’m so jazzed that I won blogger Kirby Hartline’s KBShimmer Giveaway. Thank you so much Kirby, aka The Mercurial Magpie. Yay, my first KBShimmer polish by owner Christy Rose! Her indie polishes are a legend.

I tried all week to capture the linear holo via the sunshine, but the weather would not cooperate. I’ll be editing this post at some point, after a ton of upcoming swatching I’m committed to, with an updated sunshiny photo. 😉 I apologize for this poorly lit photo, it doesn’t do it justice using only artificial light.

Goldie Rocks is described as a yellow gold metallic polish that in the sun or strong line has a linear holo sparkle that pops through. In the shade, this shimmery gold offers rich color with coverage in 2-3 coats. Retails for $8.75 and is part of KB Shimmer’s newly released Early Summer 2014 Collection.

This Linear Holographic is strong in the sun, blindingly so! It recommend 2-3 coats but I did fine with 2!

You can find this beauty along with tons of other must-have indie polishes, skin care and bath products at https://www.kbshimmer.com.

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