Posts Tagged ‘Shimmer’

Gina Tricot – Viva Glam

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

This is my first polish from Gina Tricot, after seeing this one a few blogs I had to try it out myself. I ended up with four coats as I thought it was sheer when I applied it in dim lights, but after seeing it in daylight I’m sure three would have been enough. Anyway, Viva Glam is a cool golden shade that shifts to a more silvery shade in some angles. It’s quite unique in my stash and I really like it! It’s packed with what I think is called micro-glitter, which was a bit of a pain to remove, but it was worth it =)

In this flash photo you can see that some of the glitter particles have a warmer tone, I thought I saw some copper tones and even some green in there.

IsaDora Icy Lilacs and Marzipan

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

This is a manicure from a few weeks ago. I wanted to try both of these polishes from IsaDora’s Pearls of Passion collection, so I decided to go for Icy Lilacs as my main color, and use Marzipan as an accent color on my ring finger nails. Icy Lilacs is way more beautiful in real life, it’s a light purple packed with turquoise shimmer that really makes this polish pop. It was pretty sheer so I applied four coats, but it was worth it. Marzipan was a lot more opaque so I went with my usual three coats. It’s a really pretty light green, I guess you could call it a warm mint green. I don’t think you can see it so well on the photos, but there is some (green?) shimmer in that one that’s more subtle.

If you’re wondering what that dot is on the index finger nail, I think I got a bubble in either the polish or the top coat.

Close up. The turquoise shimmer is more apparent in real life, and it’s gorgeous!

I really liked this manicure, it was light and felt good for Spring.

China Glaze – Gothic Lolita

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

I bought this polish since it’s purple, and I just couldn’t resist it with such a name, I have a little weak spot for all things gothic =) Anyway, this is a medium purple with a discrete shimmer in what I think looks blue/purple. You don’t see much of the shimmer on the nails, but it gives the polish some extra depth. The shade varies a little between a warm and a neutral/cool purple depending on the light. The formula is a little thick, but it was still pretty easy to apply with two coats for full coverage, and as usual I finished it with Seche Vite.

This photo is taken outside without sun.

In the sun it looks warmer (duh..), and you see more of the shimmer here.

I took this one with flash, it’s easier to see the blue shimmer particles in this one.

It’s a very nice purple that I’m sure I’ll use again!

A England – Lady of the Lake

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Just a quick post today with something I found from November last year: the dark holographic purple Lady of the Lake from A England. I don’t really remember how many coats I applied, but probably two or three. It’s really quite beautiful in the sun:

In the shade it mostly looks like a normal purple shimmer:

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

Brite Bird – How Can I Resist You?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

I’m sure most of the Swedish nail bloggers are aware of the new polishes that the talented Sanna has released on Brite Bird, and I picked up two polishes as fast as I could. The first one I will show you is How can I resist you? And the answer is: I can’t! The polish is blue based with what looks like green and gold shimmer. I think it looks like a dark mermaidy color and it’s gorgeous! I applied two-three coats and it was easy to work with, it dries fast to a semi-matte finish, so if you want it glossy I suggest you use a top coat as well. So let’s take a look at this beauty in the sun:

The last photo is taken in indirect lighting:

Here you can see the satin like finish more, and a bit of the golden green shift.

I couldn’t resist this, can you?


A England – Bridal Veil

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Wohoo it’s time for Kertin’s Holo Friday! The next polish I’ve tried from A England’s new Legend collection is the nearly black Bridal Veil, which also has a scattered holographic effect as most of the others in the collection. It was opaque in two coats and then I added Seche Vite on top. I have to say that I really like this polish! Okay, I am a bit weak for black shades, but the holographic particles makes it more special, even if the effect isn’t super strong.

Time for pic spam!

And I also took a photo in the shade:

It looks mostly black with tiny silver shimmer.

I decided to do some comparisons as well with some other polishes in my collection. Say hello to Color Club Revvvolution and Eyeko Cosmic polish:

L-R: Color Club Revvvolution, A England Bridal Veil – Eyeko Cosmic Polish

L-R: Color Club Revvvolution, A England Bridal Veil – Eyeko Cosmic Polish

As you can see Bridal Veil is much darker than Revvvolution, and doesn’t have such a strong holographic effect. The particles also seem to be of a finer grain in BV. Cosmic Polish isn’t really a real holographic polish as it only has holographic glitter in it, but I thought it could be interesting to add as a reference.



China Glaze – Sunshine Pop

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

I was thinking of saving Sunshine Pop for Easter, but I tried it on quickly last weekend since Cactus wanted to see it. I started off with three coats, but then I made a dent on my long finger nail while photographing, so I added another coat but then it got a bit messy.. =) The finish seems to be a shimmer that leans a bit towards frost, so you can get some visible brush strokes if you’re not careful with it. But it was still pretty easy to work with for being a yellow polish, even though the formula is a little thick.

This is taken indoors in natural light:

The next photo is taken with flash:

It’s a fun and bright yellow color (that does not complement my skin tone at all..), and if you just take your time with it and don’t do a sloppy job like mine I think it can look pretty good. But I have to warn you, it will stain your nails with an awful nicotine shade, so I recommend using a base coat with this one.

A England – Dragon

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Sminkan and Annie wanted to see Dragon from A England when I showed my latest hauls, so that’s what I have for you on this Holo Friday. It’s a gorgeous mossy and muted green color, with a pretty decent holographic effect. You can also see a coppery flash to it in certain angles which makes it even more interesting.

Update: I forgot to write how many coats I used! Two coats, and it was a dream to apply! I then topped it off with Seche Vite and it dried pretty quick.

It was a bit cloudy when I started my photo session, but then the sun eventually showed up to reveal the beauty of this Dragon.

The next photo is taken while the sun was hiding a little:

And then I took a couple with flash to show more of the holographic properties:

I love dragons, and I do love this polish as well! I was trying to find a photo of a dragon and I remembered having this one on the site (if you check out the photos link in the top menu). Let me present to you my masterpiece: The Chicken and the Dragon.

Color Club Antiquated

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Yay, I managed to do a post about a non-holographic polish! Here’s Antiquated from Color Club’s Foiled collection, it’s a champagne colored foil. I’m pretty sure I used two coats, and it dried fairly quickly.

The first photo is with the sun shining in through the window:

It has a beautiful shimmer in the sun.

And one in indirect light:

Here it looks more matte, and I like that look as well.

I wasn’t really sure if this color suited me, but I quite liked it anyway. But to be honest I got a bit tired of it after a few days, I want more colors now!

My New Year’s Eve Manicure – OPI Let Me Entertain You

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Can you tell I’m a bit behind on posting? Anyway, my preparations for New Year’s Eve took a little longer than I had planned (as usual) and when the guests came I still hadn’t done my nails, so this manicure was done in a real hurry.

I wanted something pink or purple this year, so I picked out OPI Let Me Entertain You, a gorgeous fuchsia color with small glass flecks, which flash in pink and purple. I did three coats which dried pretty fast even without top coat. To get a bit more bling I added a coat of L. A. Girl Overdose as an accent on the ring fingers (forgot to take a photo of that bottle), it contains glitter in pink/purple, gold and blue. It probably would have looked better with one more coat but it still gave a nice effect I think.

The first photo is taken outside in the shade:

And the last one with flash inside:

I love colors like these, this is a true roxcat manicure!