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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 πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ˜‰ 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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First try at pond mani, it’s a start!

First try at pond mani, it's a start!

SO! My first attempt at pond art. It’s a start yo! 😊I’ve seen so many pretty pond manis and I wanted to give it a shot, albeit modified. 😜 I ended up not having time to do my design with my dotting tool so used nail decals! The green jelly is one I made myself. I used a clear base coat and added a few drops of green food coloring. No worries, it surprisingly doesn’t stain! πŸ™€

On the other nails I used Vertigo, a beautiful white creme by wHet. Then topped it with a layer of Sparkling Garbage by Orly.

I know there are a ton of excellent nail artists out there who have done these or ones like it. Tons of tutorials as well. Since I don’t know them all to list them, I’ll just share the one YouTube tutorial I watched! Here is the link to La Lacquer’s tutorial for Pond Manis. http://youtu.be/cEjioMVzXqw

Check out the beautiful professional nail lacquers by wHet at http://www.whetnails.com.
I LOVES my Orly! See their beautiful collections at http://www.orlybeauty.com.

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A water themed mani to share!

A water themed mani to share!

As you may, or may not know, I’ve been on vacation in Florida. We have a beach condo here. Sadly, we are leaving tomorrow. It gets harder and harder to leave every time. And we bought the place in ’07! I didn’t want you to think I’d dropped off the map so I’m sharing a beachy mani with you. And maybe a couple images from our trip.

About a month ago I took a stab at a watercolor nail thanks to Nicole’s youngwildandpolished YouTube tutorial. Thank you so much! πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• I can’t wait to do more. Polishes used were China Glaze Seahorsin Around for other nails, them for water color I used Square Hue in Beethoven Straat; Wet n Wild for the white base in Whipped Topping; Wet n Wild in Deception; and Elle Cutting Edge Emerald.

Here are a couple of images from our beach trip. And we do rent out our condo. Most of the summer is booked solid, but for future reference if you’re interested, check us out here: http://www.vrbo.com/129539 our booking calendar is always updated.

A sunset beach walk.

A sunset beach walk.

One of many shells I plucked from the ocean. No worries, all were vacant! I collected 2 and 1/2 gallons of shells this week! On my nails is Neon Heat by Orly.

One of many shells I plucked from the ocean. No worries, all were vacant! I collected 2 and 1/2 gallons of shells this week! On my nails is Neon Heat by Orly.

Every day was just like this one. Perfect! This is our view,right behind our building.

Every day was just like this one. Perfect! This is our view,right behind our building.

Every sunset is a keeper!

Every sunset is a keeper!

I love our view!

I love our view!

One day we got to cruise in a friend's boat. Sunset on the Bay.

One day we got to cruise in a friend’s boat. Sunset on the Bay.

Ahoy mateys! First Mate Copper, at your service!

Ahoy mateys! First Mate Copper, at your service!

And I’ll leave you with this. Perfect beach, perfect relaxation. What are your summer plans? 😎🌴🌞

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Orly Miss Conduct…Nice!

Orly Miss Conduct...Nice!

Orly knows how to do scattered holographic lacquers! I’m drawn to holos like a moth to a flame. Linear or scattered, I’m hooked. Miss Conduct is from Orly’s 2012 Naughty or Nice Collection and is the newest addition to my Orly basket. She is best described as a medium magenta base teaming with scattered holographic micro glitters. It isn’t sheer either. I guarantee when you wear it, even strangers will compliment you! You can easily get away with one coat of this stunner. It’s no wonder I had trouble finding this pink wonder. If you love holos as much as I do, you’ll want this in your collection.

My Orly collection is growing and every bottle I’ve tried, never disappoints. This company really thinks outside the box when it comes to color, texture and quality. Let me tell you, other than resorting to buying direct from Orly’s web site, which in my opinion needs some fine tuning. It isn’t very tablet friendly. So finding Miss Conduct had become a mission. Read on…

I first saw live swatches of Miss Conduct on a YouTube channel. Masha Twos-Ruse is all about makeup, lacquers and everything girly. She has so much enthusiasm, and I just love her videos. So thank you Masha for bringing this polish to my attention!

After hunting all our local stores that sell Orly polishes, I finally turned to eBay. I’d even sought this gorgeous paint while on vacation in Florida…no success. Then I found Judy (user name fmrpanamfa and seller since 2000) and she is an amazing EBay seller, enjoying a 100% Feedback rating among her happy buyers. She is simply the greatest communicator of all the sellers I’ve encountered. She is definitely on my list of favorites. http://www.ebay.com/usr/fmrpanamfa Check her out folks πŸ™‚ Thank you Judy!

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Orly, You Rock the World

Orly, You Rock the World

No really! LOL I love Orly and I love finding it on sale. I don’t even care if it’s from last season’s collections. My new bottle shown here and all but my accent finger is called Rock The World, color number 40106. It’s a shimmery, micro glitter metallic of red and gold that glides on like β€œbutta”. I found mine in the singles (not the duo packs) at TJ Maxx for $3.99.

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