Swatch and Review: Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

I’ve been dying to try out Shleee Polish since I first heard about the brand a couple of months ago.  I just couldn’t resist anymore and bought a couple of polishes from this brand last week.  I don’t know why I waited so long!  They are all gorgeous, and I couldn’t wait to try them.  Of course I chose a green one, Mary Jane Holland, to try first.  This color is from the Shleee Polish Lady Gaga inspired collection.

Mary Jane Holland has a bright, grassy green base that has a prominent yellow gold shimmer.  Added to this is just enough linear holographic sparkle to mesmerize you.  I love all shades of green, but this is one of my favorites.  It’s not a shade that you see every day, especially in nail polish colors, so I’m just loving getting to look at it all day.  It’s truly gorgeous.  I really can’t say enough good things about it.

The application for this one was easy.  The consistency was perfect for me; I didn’t find it too thick or too thin.  It dried quickly and the opacity was quite good even after just one coat.  I used two coats for the photos.  I used an aqua base with this one, and I did not use top coat.

Now…the photos.  I took so many.  I really, really love this polish, so I went a little overboard.  It was so hard to narrow them down, but I did.

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Are you drooling yet? 🙂  I am so in love with this polish!  I can’t get enough.  The others that I purchased are equally amazing.  Shleee Polish is definitely my new favorite polish brand.  I want them all!

I purchased Mary Jane Holland from the Shleee Polish online shop for $11.00.  It was worth every penny!

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Swatch and Review: Glittering Elements Burning Desire

It was a bright, sunny day today, which means I got to try out a new holo!  Yay for me.  I just recently ordered a couple of polishes from an Australian indie brand I hadn’t tried before, Glittering Elements, so I was eager to try one today.  I chose the shade Burning Desire.

Burning Desire is such a beautiful and complex color.  It has a cool-toned medium pink base, and added to that are what appear to be golden and darker pink sparkles.  It also has a tightly scattered holographic flash.  In the sunlight, all of this combines to form a sparkle bomb on my nails.  It really is so gorgeously flashy.

The application for this polish was a dream.  It was the perfect consistency, and it didn’t flood or streak at all.  If applied in thicker coats, it really could be a one-coat polish; most of my nails were fully opaque at one coat (once I realized that it might be possible).  I used two coats for the photos.  I used an aqua base for this mani, and I did not use top coat.

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Isn’t it just gorgeous?  Let me tell you, it looks even better in person.  This is definitely one of my new favorites!

I purchased Burning Desire from the Glittering Elements online shop for around $11.50 USD.

Swatch and Review: Enchanted Polish January 2014

I definitely had a “Get On My Nails” moment when I got my latest Enchanted Polishes, and I was so lucky that the sun was actually out the day after I received them.  Since the weather has been very cold and wintery of late, I decided to try the shade January 2014.

January 2014 has a shimmery blackened teal base with linear holographic sparkle.  This is a decidedly blue-leaning teal, and in some lights it was almost making me question whether it was navy.  Whatever you want to call it, this color is gorgeous and a perfect winter shade.

January 2014 was not difficult to apply for a holographic polish.  It was a touch on the thick side, which could be remedied with a few drops of thinner if the consistency doesn’t suit you.  The advantage of its consistency is that it works as a one-coat polish.  Since I used a very thin coat on the first couple of nails I painted, I ended up using two coats to even everything out, but I was able to achieve full, opaque coverage at one coat once it occurred to me to try (I can be slow sometimes).  I used an aqua base with this to ensure even application, and I did not use top coat for the photos.

Enchanted Polish January 2014

Enchanted Polish January 2014

Enchanted Polish January 2014

Enchanted Polish January 2014

How much do you love this shade?  This was sold as one of her “Mystery” polishes, and it just made me so happy when I saw it.  I’ve been wanting a holographic polish in a deep teal for a few months now, so I’m just thrilled with it!

I purchased this polish from the Enchanted Polish online shop for $16.00.

Swatch and Review: Model City Polish Ghost Stories

I took advantage of the sunny morning we had a couple of days ago to use one of my untried holo polishes.  I got Ghost Stories from Model City Polish as a Christmas present, and I’m thrilled that the weather was finally nice enough for me to give it a try.

Ghost Stories has a charcoal gray base and a TON of holo pigment.  This gives it a bright tightly-scattered holo finish in the sunlight.  The holographic effect is also visible in artificial light, it is just not as vivid.  This one really sings in the sunlight.

Like other polishes with loads of holo pigment, this one was a bit tricky in terms of application.  I used my standard base coat, and there was some balding with the first coats.  Applying each coat with as few brush strokes as possible mitigates this effect.  I ended up using four coats of Ghost Stories to even out any patchiness.  The final effect was a little uneven when examined up close, but in a way that no one but you will ever notice.  The dry time was quick, though, so this mani didn’t take long to do even with four coats of polish.  So the photos are four coats of Ghost Stories over base coat, with no top coat.

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

The holo effect of this one in the sun is pretty spectacular, isn’t it?  I’m glad it was sunny for a while so I could give it a try.

This polish was given to me as a gift; it can be purchased from the Model City Polish online shop for $8.50.

Swatch and Review: butter London All Hail the Queen

I was in the mood for a neutral shade when I was last selecting a polish hue, and I settled on butter London’s All Hail the Queen.  I was lucky in that the sun came out for a little while around the time that I finished painting, so I was able to enjoy the holographic shimmer in this one as well.

All Hail the Queen has a cool-toned, neutral beige base.  This polish is on the deeper end of beige, which makes it a nice choice for winter when it will contrast well with the stark white outdoors.  Added to this base is a sprinkling of scattered holographic sparkle.  In indoor lighting, the shimmer adds a dimension of silver sparkle to the neutral base.  In the sunlight, flashes of color reflect from the shimmer, giving it a subtle holographic look.

The application for this polish was without issue.  It applied easily and was my perfect consistency.  The dry time was a touch longer than some polishes, but nothing terrible.  It is on the sheer side; I used 3 coats for the photos, and the coverage was completely even and opaque at that point.  The staying power of this polish is also fantastic.  I wore this for 3 days without top coat and did not have a single chip or knick in my nails after all that time.  Color me impressed.  I used a base coat and 3 coats of All Hail the Queen for the photos.

butter London All Hail the Queen

butter London All Hail the Queen

butter London All Hail the Queen

butter London All Hail the Queen

Do you like this more subtle, workplace appropriate holo mani?  I really love this color as a beige that doesn’t wash out my skin tone.

I purchased this polish a while ago from the butter London online shop for $9.00 or $10.00.  I only purchase from them when they are having sales, which happens a few times a year.  They are regularly priced at $15.00.

Swatch and Review: Mentality Nail Polish Humility

It’s been extremely cold and snowy here lately, but there have been a few breaks in the hazy cloud cover over the past few days.  There’s nothing quite like the light of a cloudless, sunny day reflecting off of a completely snow-covered landscape.  I enjoyed feeling energized by the light and getting to use an untried holo polish. 🙂

Mentality Nail Polish in Humility has a duochrome base that shifts from a light, minty green to a light aqua blue.  At most angles, the green is prominent, but the blue does peek out from time to time.  In some indoor lighting the colors are not as visible, and it can take on a light grey look at times.  Added to this pale base is a tightly scattered holographic sparkle.

This polish applied easily and dried quickly.  It is relatively translucent at one coat, but the coverage was buildable.  I used 4 coats for the photos, but the VNL was very slight at 3, so one could stop there.  I used my normal base coat for the photos, and did not use a top coat.  I tried to get photos at a few different angles to show the range of color flash in the duochrome base.

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

And one in indoor lighting:

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

What do you think of this very pastel duochrome?  The last picture shows how it can appear almost like a dove grey indoors.  This may be due to the greying effect of holo particles.

I purchased this polish from the Mentality Nail Polish online shop for around $5.00 during a sale.  I’ve ended up with an extra bottle of this shade, so if anyone wants to try it, I can send you this swatched bottle for the cost of shipping.  Mentality really is one of the best bargains in the indie nail polish scene, so I encourage you to check them out!

Swatch and Review: Born Pretty Store Holo No. 4

I took advantage of the sunny morning yesterday to throw on an untried holo:  Born Pretty Store Holo No. 4.  This polish has a sheer, almost cranberry red base.  Holo No. 4 is a vibrant jelly red that has a squishy feel and a linear holographic sparkle.  The holo is visible in indoor lighting, and it becomes quite vibrant in sunlight.  This really is a gorgeous color that I stared at all day.

The application for this polish was good.  The brush was a little on the thick side, which made precise application somewhat difficult.  I did have to do a little more clean up than I would normally do, but otherwise it applied evenly and dried quickly.  I used three coats of Holo No. 4 over an aqua base for the photos.  I did not use top coat.

Born Pretty Store Holo No. 4

Born Pretty Store Holo No. 4

Born Pretty Store Holo No. 4

Born Pretty Store Holo No. 4

Don’t you just love it?  There really isn’t a color I don’t like, but, for some reason, I don’t wear red all that often.  Wearing this polish has made me rethink that.  There really isn’t anything sexier than a bright red nail, is there?

I purchase this polish from Born Pretty Store for $8.99.  They have since lowered the price on these, and you can pick one up for $5.99.  This is a much more reasonable price for what is, in effect, a mini-sized bottle of polish at 6ml.  If you are interested in purchasing from Born Pretty Store, be sure to search online for a coupon code.  There are tons of 10% off coupons floating around online for this store.

Swatch and Review: Femme Fatale Cosmetics Deepstone

The sun was shining early in the day today, so I was excited for the chance to try one of the new holos that has been languishing in my untried pile since the sun never shows its face during a Jersey winter (and I know I mention that every day, but that will stop as soon as I get over it, which shouldn’t take but a few more years).  I decided to go with Deepstone from Femme Fatale Cosmetics, one that I’ve been particularly anxious to try.  Unfortunately, by the time I was done with my mani, clouds had taken over the sky and remained there the rest of the day.  I did dash out to the balcony when, for a brief moment, I thought I saw a thinner layer of clouds and took some photos.  I hope the resulting pics do even a little justice to this beautiful polish.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Deepstone has a medium purple base with a prominent golden shimmer that almost gives it a duochrome effect.  Added to that is linear holographic sparkly goodness.  The golden shimmer is quite visible in all types of light, and it can give the polish a deep mauve look from afar.  At some angles the purple takes over, but most of the time the gold and purple are engaged in a happy little dance on my nails.  The holographic sparkle is somewhat visible indoors, but this is one that really comes to life in the sunlight.  What I love about this polish is that the holographic effect doesn’t at all obscure the gold to purple color shift; instead, these deftly share the sun’s spotlight to a beautiful effect.

Deepstone was easy to apply and dried quickly.  The consistency of this polish was perfectly suited to my taste; it was neither too thin nor too thick.  Because of the chrome finish of the base color and shimmer, there are some visible brush strokes when I look very closely at my nails.  With everything else that’s going on in this polish, these really aren’t noticeable, and a very careful application could probably eliminate some of them if they’re one of your bugaboos.  I used two coats of Deepstone over an aqua base for the photos.  I did not use a top coat.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Deepstone

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Deepstone

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Deepstone

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Deepstone

And here’s one in indoor lighting.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Deepstone

What do you think of this color combination?  I love how the gold-toned shimmer makes the purple look different depending on the lighting.  The linear holographic effect is clearly visible in the photos despite the light outside being less than optimal.  I’m sure it would be all the more dazzling on a bright, sunny day.  I can’t wait to wear this one again in a couple of months when the sun returns to the area.

I purchased Deepstone from Harlow & Co. for $16.00 CAD (around $15.00 USD).

 

Swatch and Review: The Devil Wears Polish Gorgeous Garnet

I asked for and received some holo awesomeness from The Devil Wears Polish for Christmas, and I’ve been impatiently waiting for the sun to show its face around here ever since so I could enjoy one in all its bendy rainbow splendor.  Although it was extremely cold here today, the sun was finally out!!!  Almost all day!!!  I had to take advantage.  I chose Gorgeous Garnet.

Gorgeous Garnet has a chrome base that looks like a rosy pinkish-red in some lights and a deeper purple-leaning red in others.  It also has a duochrome orange flash that peaks out and says “Hello!” at certain angles.  As if that’s not enough, added to this uniquely pretty base is linear holographic sparkle.  Gorgeous Garnet gives such a beautifully rich look on the nail, which is perfect for the season.

The application of this polish was great.  The brand recently switched to a thinner base, which I tend to prefer, so I had no issues at all with application.  The polish dried quickly and applied evenly.  Because of the chrome base, I was expecting to see some brush strokes in the final look, but I didn’t notice any, which is an added plus.  I applied 3 coats of Gorgeous Garnet over an aqua base for the photos.  I did not use top coat.

The Devil Wears Polish Gorgeous Garnet

The Devil Wears Polish Gorgeous Garnet

The Devil Wears Polish Gorgeous Garnet

The Devil Wears Polish Gorgeous Garnet

The Devil Wears Polish Gorgeous Garnet

Do you just love it?!  Me, too.  🙂  You can probably tell from the photo overload.  I just couldn’t stop taking pictures; it’s so pretty!  Pretty enough that I’m posting these photos even though my hands look positively ancient in them. 😛

I received this mini polish as a limited edition gift with purchase during the Black Friday sale at The Devil Wears Polish online shop.  I’m not sure whether this one will become available again, but there’s loads of other pretties available there, so go check it out!  I imagine that in about five minutes this brand will become next to impossible to get, so really, grab one (or two or three) while you still can!

Swatch and Review: I Love Nail Polish Bottle Service

The Fall 2013 collection from I Love Nail Polish was an epic one for holo and multi-chrome lovers, and, as a member of both groups, I was super excited by the brand’s fall offerings.  One of the colors I selected from the collection was Bottle Service, in part because it was not the kind of color I would normally purchase.  As a charter member of the Pale Force, I often shy away from lighter and more neutral shades in fear that they will wash me out.  I’m so glad that I decided to give Bottle Service a try, however.  It is a stunning lighter shade that doesn’t give me corpse hands!

Bottle Service is a metallic silver chrome polish with tightly scattered holographic sparkle.  The color could almost be described as pewter, as it is a cool, muted shade rather than a glittery, sparkly silver color.  The holographic effect in this polish is easily seen in all types of light, but, because of the opacity of the base, it is not an extremely vibrant holo.  That being said, it is definitely visible and adds a beautiful dimension to this polish.

The application of Bottle Service was not difficult.  Because it is a chrome base, it does tend to show brush strokes to a moderate degree.  These are not terribly noticeable IRL, but if you zoom in on the photos you’ll likely be able to make some out.  I used two coats of Bottle Service to reach opacity, and I applied it over my normal base coat.  I did not use top coat for the photos.

I Love Nail Polish Bottle Service

I Love Nail Polish Bottle Service

I Love Nail Polish Bottle Service

I Love Nail Polish Bottle Service

Do you like the holographic effect in a metallic base?  I think this color is just gorgeous!

I purchased Bottle Service from the I Love Nail Polish online shop for $9.00 during the fall collection pre-order.  It is now available for $10.00.  I have several other polishes from this brand and love them all, so I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you’re interested!