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!
Here are the swatches, starting with the metallics/holos!
And the cremes…
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.
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.