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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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All about the green, Revlon & Born Pretty

All about the green

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…

BK Perfect Crystal Sand in #05 from Bon Pretty store.

BK Perfect Crystal Sand in #05 from Bon Pretty store.


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!

www.bornprettystore.com use LDX31 for 10% off your order!

http://www.bornprettystore.com use LDX31 for 10% off your order!

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I fixed a couple of flops!

I fixed a couple of flops!

I’m not sure where to begin. About a month ago I was shopping the usual polish rack at Rue21. This franchise has some gorgeous in-house lacquers and I have quite a few of them. Most of my Pink Ice by Rue21 stash are glitters or the sandy textured beauties called Glitter Dust. They are amazing and just about the glitziest textures I’ve found. But I digress. Then there’s the pitiful Whimsical by Revlon. Read on about these two abysmal formulas and how I saved them from doom.

The beachy aqua mint you see here really jumped out at me and screamed, “hey beach girl, I’ve got your name written all over me!” Heh, I say, “ney, ney”. No name, as is typical of many of the Pink Ice line…just 031. Sigh. Ok, you ARE gorgeous and I’ve seen this exact shade in our crystal clear waters on the Florida Gulf Coast. SOLD! Today was Day One of our love/hate relationship.

Warning: 031 does not like base coat, lil stinker. She’s highly pigmented, to a fault. Streaky as H.E. Double hockey sticks! Okay, you win, no base coat. I think maybe because she is so pigmented this cream can’t handle anything underneath? What a diva. Even after removing the bc, I still needed to apply two thin coats with a light hand sort of like you have to do with heavily spectraflaired holos. And it’s got a good enough gloss factor but short of adding a third coat, I made up my mind to top her. My, I DO love this shade though. Enough to keep me from pitching her overboard.

Enter, Revlon in Whimsical. Well, well. Aren’t you the little Indie wannabe? Beautiful in the bottle, this crelly has just enough glitters shining through to suck you in quicker than a mermaid in search of a sailor. But super sheer on her own, this sea star can’t deliver…on her own. She’s a pale sea foam green mint as well as I can describe her. And I’ve never seen a waterier formula in my life. But the small hex glitters in pale copper and blue, the tiny fragmented flakies and micro glitters of blue and pink…just…hypnotized…WAKEUP! 😉 Yeah, it’s like that. If there’s such a thing as mermaids, and they cried tears, this is what it would look like. I knew I wouldn’t be able to use it by itself but as a topper she’s a keeper. Seriously, it would take five coats to come anywhere close to opaque. No way I’d even try that. Revlon, what were you thinking? If you want to replicate Indie quality, you’d better step up your game. Still, she topped 031 beautifully!

Being the frugal lacquer collector that I am, I can’t stand the thought of throwing any marginally useful bottle away. So when life hands you flops, you make them into flip flops! LOL I see this mani on my digits for the next trip to our vacation home.

Mini haul weekend

Last night I utilized my newest Ulta coupon, buy two/get one free plus extra 20% off, on three more Zoyas. I was on a mission for a bottle of Aurora, last winter’s gorgeous purple scattered holographic. But as fate would have it, none was to be had 😥 So I may be seeking out another Ulta or I may have to break down and order one online with the next promo. I did come away with a bottle from the newest PIxie Dust collection, Carter. It’s gorgeous! I also brought home Belinda and Faye. Belinda, a regal purple with the tiniest glints of pink and turquoise shimmer, is barely noticeable in the bottle but looks like it will be stunning on the nail. It belongs to the the 2013 Winter collection. Today I’m going to paint my nails with Belinda and use Carter on my accent nails (my ring fingers). I’ll post pics later. 

Faye is an amazing metallic bronzey mauve enhanced by purple, brown and bright gold micro sparkle. I would LOVE a blouse in this color…seriously! A shimmery blouse for the upcoming holidays.

I picked up two more bottles from Revlon Parfumarie. Wintermint is the Deborah Lippmann dupe and looks seriously opaque, at a third of the price. Plus, it smells like mint. Delicious! The other bottle, and these look to be flying off the shelves, was Surf Spray. An electric shimmery blue and to me smells like a fresh men’s cologne. No low tide fishy smell here! Just fresh and breezy. Both of these will be ready for my sniffing pleasure come spring. But I may use the Wintermint as an accent nail. A little mint can go a long way.

I should be receiving my Zoya order (BOGO sale from Oct. 31) this Tuesday. I know my little order will be worth the wait. Loaded with holographic shimmer, last year’s Blaze will be on my nails a lot this coming holiday season. The other bottle, Dream, is a popular favorite in the lacquer addicts’ world. I know I’ve been “dreaming” about it 😉

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Payton…so deep!

Payton...so deep!

This Zoya scattered holo has so much depth, I can’t stop looking at it. One to two coats suffice, but I opted for one coat over a coat of Revlon’s Parfumarie in Wild Violets. I can still smell it even with Payton on top! Since these are in the same color family, Payton’s jelly-like texture topped the deep plummy cream perfectly. My mani reminds me of a blackberry jam with shiny seeds swimming underneath. I used a top coat here out of habit, but it’s so shiny there really is no need. I can’t wait to get more these holos in Dream, Blaze and Aurora. Well done Zoya!

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NOTD Autumn Spice

NOTD Autumn Spice

ONE coat of Revlon Parfumarie Autumn Spice ladies! And you don’t even have to have your nails up to your nose to smell this Autumn fragrance. I tested one coat of Zoya Armor top coat on my pinkie finger and the fragrance is just as strong as the other nails. Cool huh?

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Oops, I did it again

Oops, I did it again

Okay, maybe I was bored, but I spent a good part of the day lacquer shopping. After buying Revlon’s Autumn Spice from the new Parfumerie collection, I began a wish list of bottles I wanted. This is just a start! I’m not terribly interested right now in any of the pastels. Afterall, it IS fall! I’d already posted a photo (without swatch as yet) of the aforementioned color. But I wanted to share with you what I have so far. I bought all of these at Walmart @ $4.97 ea. (they’ve not yet arrived at all WMs). As I wear them I’ll be updating this blog with photos.

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Bordeaux, a mix of berrylicious wine with vanilla notes. At least that’s what my nose tells me. The velvetly deep, cool-toned red is reminiscent of a fine red wine.

Autumn Spice, a blend of spices you might find in pumpkin pie along with warm vanilla, and a hint of woodsiness, like you’d find in men’s cologne. Mmmm! The mix of superfine crushed chromey glitter shimmer in a burgundy/brown base is highly pigmented.

Wild Violets. This one is tough for me describe after only swatching one of my polish journal pages. I think it will smell even more intense on my nails. Side note, I heard on the Internet, “they wouldn’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true!”, lol, that should the parfumes of these fade a bit, a fresh coat of topcoat will reactivate the scents. I guess I don’t know what Violets smell like, let alone wild ones. But it’s a deep, rich floral, almost buttery. I think it’s bound to be one of my faves. The color is a mix of creme and jelly, and a perfectly deep plum for this time of year.

Last but not least, Italian Leather. (Don’t ask me the difference in regional leathers. I think it’s a marketing strategy!) I’ve strayed onto the dark side! I rarely buy browns or mucky greens. But, this one pulled me in with merely the name. Back in the day, oops I’m dating myself here, my dad wore English Leather cologne. So I figured that smell would be sort of sentimental for me. It goes beyond leather though, and it’s not as spicey as EL, but warmer with a hint of chocolate, maybe white chocolate? So then after I got to looking at swatches on Youtube, I was all, “…oh yeah, I’m all about that!” The brownish mossy green has veins of gold shimmer running through it and that alone makes it perfect in my book. I’d never wear this on my toes. I’m just funny about greens or yellows on my toes. I can’t explain it. LOL But, this one just screams November!

I’m predicting my next purchases in this fabulous line will be Wintermint (the Deborah Lippmann color dupe); Surf Spray; and Moonlit Woods…for a start. I’m SO hooked. Have any of you started picking these up?

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