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
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.
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.
*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.
Same mani, two looks. Say whaaaa?! 😉 well, this is what happens when you are being snowed in on a stormy mid-March Sunday. Disclaimer: forgive the rough iPhone selfies! I just intended these pics for Instagraming but wanted to share them with you, my loving followers!
Last night I painted my St. Patty’s Day mani using Zoya’s Pixie Dust in Solange on the accent nail, encrusted with fake emeralds. Then I finished her with two coats of the minty wonder, Wintermint by Revlon’s Parfumerie. Pretty huh? Then…
I decided since we weren’t going anywhere anytime soon, I’d test out a recent purchase from http://www.bornprettystore.com. The texture on #05 is ever so slight, so if you’re a texture virgin, this will be pleasing to you, all the glitz of a sparkly texture without the heavy grit. You know, the kind that will scar your cornea if you scratch your eyeball?! Lol now I’m dying to get more. They have many shades to choose from and although it takes a long time to ship, they are worth it. One note. They smell like Kleancolor polishes but this fades as it fully dries. You can always top it with a quick coat of Seche Vite if you can’t take the odor.
Here is my Born Pretty Dsicount code just for my lovelies!