Thursday, June 21, 2018

Serum No. 5 Love in Paris collection swatches & review

Hey! How's it glowing? Today I'm showing you this brand new collection from Serum No. 5 called Love in Paris! There's a variety of finishes, all of which glow in the dark (!!!) with that familiar glamour we love so much. I've had so much fun swatching these for you so let's jump right in!

Let's start with Oh, Crepe! This name made me LAUGH! It's one of those unnameable (believe me, I tried) yellow shades, packed with golden flecks and something iridescent or maybe multichrome flashing through. I used 2 coats with a slightly visible nail line and it dried with a slight texture that I smoothed out with a top coat.

It's Toile Y'all is a uh... dusty salmon? A blush colored polish that covers in one. Single. Coat. I'm not even joking. There's a scattering of tiny holo glitter in there, along with something silvery and shimmery making this polish so much more than it appears at first sight. The color is very classy, it's a shade that I've always associated with my older relatives but now that it's on my nails, it's actually very sweet and caring and I'm going to give it a real try!

S'Il Vous Play seemed to be a one coater at first, but there were some lines and spots I was happy to cover up with a thin 2nd coat. It may look like a Barbie kind of pink at first glance, but there's so much more to this shade, with a wink to the orange family. It's in no way a subtle color, it's definitely very visible. A plain creme, classic in its frillishlessness (is that even a word??) with less texture after drying than the other polishes in this collection, which is surprising because this one is PACKED with glow!

Louvre At First Sight likes to deceive us. It may appear to be a plain creme... but as the bottle turns, a slight purple shimmer appears. Gone as quickly as it came, and you wonder if you even really saw it. It's so elusive, it hides on the nail. The shade is a cross between the softest pink and lilac, like it's not sure what it wants to be but it's perfect in its indecisiveness. In the dark, this one just explodes!!!! SO much glow!!!

Hugs & Quiches is another creme polish, a definite purple this time, and a stunning shade of amethyst. I'm gonna go ahead and call this another one coater because the color is so rich and vibrant, it takes charge in just a single coat! It's also the smoothest in the bunch, going on like butter and drying to a paper thin coat with little bumps from the glow pigment. I definitely recommend using a top coat for this one if you have trouble with a textured finish. Purple glow polishes are notorious for barely showing in the dark. Despite that, it tries its best!

France With Benefits leans a bit towards grey but I'm just calling it a muted periwinkle. In the bottle I can spot a bit of subtle shimmer, but it can't be spotted on the nail. I wore this polish for over a week, asking everyone what color they thought it was, and opinions varied between lilac and light blue. Plus it was fun to show off the glow whenever I could! Two coats were enough to bring it to a lovely smooth finish and THE GLOW YOU GUYS!!!!

So..... let out the breath that I know you've been holding. Exciting, wasn't it! I always get this warm tingly feeling when glow in the dark pictures work out well. This collection is available RIGHT NOW from Serum No. 5 and you can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Wait why are you still here? GOOOOOO!!!!!!

I received all of the polishes in this article as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pink Gellac Vintage Chic collection swatches & review

Howdy-you do and welcome to a new round of 'look at this polish'! Today we have a super sweet spring collection by Pink Gellac, called the Vintage Chic collection. It certainly does know how to set a style and stick to it in the most delicious way! These are all soak-off gel polishes that apply smoothly and evenly, and cure to a rock hard, long lasting finish under the Pink Gellac LED lamp. There's some cremes, a glitter polish, a shimmer... Let's just jump in and you can see for yourself!

First off we have Peachy Nude, a soft pastel skin color that is unobtrusive and classy. It's a little light for my skin color, but I like it because it makes me look so tan! You're looking at two coats and it's very opaque, which is great for a light shade.

Salmon is a slightly darker color, you might even say it's in the same range as Peachy Nude. The two do go together really well, as if they might be sisters. It's also really smooth and provides great coverage in 2 coats, without streaks. It's a very feminine shade, so lovely!

And now for the party girl!!! Diamond Pink is such a fun twist for this collection, it's a sheer pink base with holo glitter. A single coat as shown below is very sheer and would is amazing when layered over another polish.

Three coats of Diamond Pink can be worn as a standalone polish, which gives it a lot of depth and sparkle due to the sheer base. I LOVE THIS! It looks so much like my favorite polish when I was a kid, but sparklier! It was a Création Lamis polish that I finished a whole bottle of and then missed forever and ever. My heart cannot take the feels!!!

We now take a short recess for a behind the scenes picture:

Aaaaaand we're back! Moving on to Pearly Pink, this takes me back to the 90's. It's not so much a shimmer as I'd call it a frost finish, which was very 'hip' back in the day. The one thing that puts it apart from the usual group of frosts is that there are no brush strokes or drag marks and it applies so, oh so smoothly! A single coat was pretty opaque already, I have very visible nail lines so I opted for adding a second coat.

If you've been looking for the purfect pastel purple, look no more because you've found it. Pastel Purple (I wonder how they come up with these names?) is soft, sweet and delicate, and it's easy to apply without patches or streaks.

Paradise Blue is a hint lighter than the perfect blue color of a tropical ocean. It's brighter in real life than you might expect, it's very sweet and happy. It's a bit teal leaning too, just slightly.

And lastly we have Mint Green, which is.... well.... a mint green polish! It goes really well with all of the other shades in the collection, actually all of them are really suited to eachother. This one is another 2 coats of smoothness, no streaks or anything. So pretty!

That's all of 'em! Which is your favorite? The whole collection is so fresh, sweet and happy, like spring itself! These, and sooooo many more shades, are available from Pink Gellac. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to keep up with new releases and cool promotions.

For now, I bid you farewell and sooper thanks for reading!

I received all of the polishes in this article as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.