Today I have two A England polishes to show you, Briarwood and Briar Rose from the Burne-Jones Dream collection. Briarwood is a deep reddish-brown metallic based holo. Its base is more brown, but it has a metallic red shimmer to it. Briar Rose is a similar holo in a fuchsia pink shade. These are pretty much perfect in terms of formula. The photos show just one coat of each, and no top coat. I love these! Not much more to say about perfection so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!
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Orly Smolder is from last fall’s Fired Up collection (these photos were actually also taken last fall, still have a backlog of posts!). It’s a beautiful, dark glowing burgundy wine red shimmer. It’s not so dark that it ever looks black, and there is a hint of an orange flash to it in the bottle, that doesn’t really show up on the nail. Gorgeous colour, though!
This is two coats (plus topcoat), and the formula is great, no complaints at all.
This mani was a couple of days old when I took the photos, so if you click to look at the full size photos you may see a few scratches on the surface and some tip wear, but that’s just my usual wear and tear.
This one is *almost* as awesome as Flicker, my favourite from the Fired Up collection!
One last pic, under my Ott Lite:
Today I have three more swatches to show you in my project to photograph all my Soulstice Spa polishes.
Kiev is a burgundy jelly polish with a hint of a brown tone.
This is three coats, since I found I got a little bit of cuticle drag at two coats (maybe I just didn’t wait long enough between coats).
In low light it can look quite dark:
Then I added one generous coat of Hana overtop of Kiev.
Hana is a very sheer iridescent flake polish, so I didn’t bother swatching it on its own.
The tiny flakes reflect all sorts of colours; here over Kiev the overall effect is a mainly blueish shimmer.
Next I have Berlin, a very dark vampy purple that has a semi-jelly formula. It’s dark enough that it often looks almost black.
The formula was very similar to that of Kiev.
I’m actually not sure whether this swatch was two or three coats; apparently I forgot to write it down.
Lastly, here is a comparison between Berlin, Kleancolor Black (one coat), and Kiev to show the relative depth of the colours.
How about a few random Cult Nails swatches?
Spontaneous, a dusty purple creme with small purple glitter. The formula was a little thinner and runnier than I expected; I used three coats for coverage and to even it out. Shown with Wicked Fast topcoat.
Before topcoat, it dries a little matte and slightly textured:
Blackout. It isn’t black, but a dark charcoal grey. If you look at it from up close in real life, you can see that it’s actually got a sheer jellyish base packed full of tiny little specks of pigment giving it a soft, smoky finish. It does look pretty much black in some lighting situations, although not quite as much as it does here in my photos.
I used two coats although it was still just slightly patchy with its jelly base so I could have used a third.
This photo is more true to colour, where you can tell that it’s grey and not black:
Comparison with a couple of medium-dark greys to show how much darker it is: Kleancolor Concrete (1 thick coat), Blackout (2 coats), Misa Office Polish-tics (3 coats, it was a bit thin). I should have also compared it to a true black, ah well…
Evil Queen, a pink-toned red semi-jelly. I don’t usually like cool toned reds on me, but I really like this one!
It was almost a one-coater, but I did two coats for the photos.
Great formula, shiny and smooth!
Feelin’ Froggy, a cool/neutral green with green shimmer. This one is sheer to let the shimmer shine through and I needed three coats. It’s a little cooler toned in real life; I’d say the first photo is the most colour accurate.
Picture Polish Voodoo is a gorgeous deep plum/burgundy base with golden glass fleck shimmer, giving an overall brownish-burgundy look.
The burgundy base is a little sheer, so that the golden glass flecks shining through it often appear like red sparkles. As you can see in the bottle in the following shot, they’re definitely gold though!
The formula was a little thick but not difficult to work with. These photos show two thick coats of the polish.
I love it!
I did a comparison of Voodoo to China Glaze Midtown Magic, which I previously reviewed here. From top to bottom, the photo shows Midtown Magic, Voodoo, Midtown Magic.
The main difference is that Midtown Magic is darker, more blackened. The shimmer also has more red in Voodoo, due to it shining through its base. My favourite of the two is Voodoo since it’s not as blackened!
I have another Soulstice Spa polish to show you today! This one is called Troy.
It’s a charcoal shimmery polish with a weak scattered holo effect.
It has a quick-drying formula that applies best with a light touch, using somewhat thick coats and not going over the same spot more than once. Using that technique, I didn’t really have any problems with the application (although the photos are showing a bit of a bald spot on the side of my index that I didn’t notice in real life!).
The photos show two coats of Troy. These are true holo particles, not glitter, so it’s smooth even without topcoat.
The next two photos are in the shade.
And this last photo is under the Ott light. Subtle in terms of holo, but a really nice quick-drying charcoal!
Edit: Prompted by the comment from Derya, here’s a comparison of Troy to OPI My Private Jet (most recent version that is still available in stores) and Color Club Revvvolution. 🙂 (Photos taken under my Ott light this morning.)
As you can see My Private Jet, the brownish-charcoal scattered holo version, that is, is darker than Troy and has a reddish-brown shimmer flash to it. Revvvolution is more of a true grey charcoal with none of the brown that the other two have.
These swatches have two coats of each polish. In addition to being the lightest in colour, Troy was also the sheerest of the three. Revvvolution is the most opaque; it’s nearly a one-coater. It’s also different in that its holo is more linear rather than scattered. My Private Jet’s scattered holo is a bit more apparent than Troy’s.
Happy Halloween! These two polishes are from China Glaze’s Halloween collection, Wicked.
This is Cast a Spell, a blackened green with golden shimmer flecks.
It has a great formula; shown are two coats that glided on super-smoothly.
And this is Make a Spectacle, one generous coat over Cast a Spell. Make a Spectacle has a ton of iridescent hex and small glitter as well as golden glass flecks in a clear base.
And here is Make a Spectacle on its own, 3 coats. Pardon the orangey stained nails underneath!
I absolutely love Make a Spectacle; I think I’m going to have to get a back-up bottle, especially considering it’s one of those thick glitter-packed polishes that tends to get used up quickly!
Hope you’re having a great Halloween! 😀