Saturday, December 3, 2016

Native War Paints Brokelyn 2017 Polish Con Exclusive Swatch & Review

Hi friends, today I have a special polish to share with you, a limited edition shade from Native War Paints created as an exclusive for the nail polish event Polish Con. They are selling it on the convention website starting tomorrow with a limited amount of stock, with a pre-order to follow.

Brokelyn 2017 is a smokey indigo blue filled with glowy copper shimmer. Applies like butter, seriously effortless to polish with. If you use a normal-to-thick coat (like I usually do), it's opaque in one layer. If you're a stickler for thinner coats, you'll probably need two. I used two here because I always do.

It dries a tad dull so you'll want top coat to bring out that copper fire. The polish in the horizontal photo below looks a little lighter because the NWP stark white label seen in the vertical shot above messes with my white balance a little, even though I try to fix the color/exposure the best I can. I think the second photo shows the polish most accurately in full sun lighting.

Brokelyn 2017 will be available on the Polish Convention website tomorrow, Sunday Dec. 3 at 9am EST and will sell for $10. There are only 50 available at this time, then it will go up for pre-order. I wouldn't hesitate to grab this one, especially if you're not able to attend Polish Con in person, which is going to be in New York City for the next round in April 2017. Let me know what you think about this sultry shimmer!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cirque Colors Holiday 2016 Collection Swatches & Review

I've got another holiday collection for ya today, this time from Cirque Colors! They are bringing us four radiant lacquers inspired by the glitz and glam of the holiday season. We have three new shades and one returning favorite.

Halcyon is a highly reflective rose gold made with pure silver-coated micro-flakes. This shade came out a while ago and it was a limited edition, so it's great to see again in case you missed it the first time (which I did). This has excellent coverage and a flawless formula. It was almost completely opaque in one coat but I used one more for good measure.
Cirque Color Halcyon

Idyllic is a highly reflective icy blue made with pure silver-coated micro-flakes. This has the same formula as Halcyon but it might be just a touch less opaque. Equally great formula, two coats.
Cirque Color Idyllic

Ambrosia is an oxblood red holographic. This applied like butter, another almost one coater. I used two here to get the full deepness of color you see in the bottle.
Cirque Color Ambrosia

Winter Bloom is a mint green jelly filled with holographic flakes and a gorgeous blush shimmer flash. This one was a touch sheer, but that better shows off the flakes and shimmer. I used three coats here.
Cirque Color Winter Bloom

These shades are available now on the Cirque Colors website for $13 each. Let me know what you think about this collection! I'm head over heels for them all, believe it or not, but Halcyon has my heart!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Moon Shine Mani Holiday 2016 Elfing Around Collection Swatches & Review

Hi folks! Today I'm excited to show you a new collection from a brand new indie brand, Moon Shine Mani by my friend Phoebe Moon! I've been following Phoebe's YouTube channel for a long time, a few years now maybe? She vlogs about nail polish and does a ton of live application videos, which I am a huge fan of. Her new brand is launching today with a holiday collection inspired by the movie Elf and I'm so pleased to help introduce her exciting endeavor to the blog-o-sphere! My friend Paola and I are posting about this on the same day, so please visit her blog to read her thoughts on the collection. Let's jump in!

Very Purpley is a dusty purple with intense pale gold shimmer. This is a beautiful shade, kind of the exact shade I imagine when I think of Phoebe! Glides on the nail and opaque in almost one coat. I used two here. A shimmer this heavy can be prone to brushstrokes but I don't mind them.
Moon Shine Mani Very Purpley

Swirly Twirly Gumdrops is a mid-tone turquoise holographic. Really nice to apply and covers in almost one coat. I used two here for 100% coverage.
Moon Shine Mani Swirly Twirly Gumdrops

Jovie is a cool toned red-orange holographic. Excellent formula, a little thick but in a good way. This is opaque in one coat but I used two here. This is named for the female love interest in the movie, the inimitable Zooey Deschanel, everyone's favorite manic pixie dreamgirl!
Moon Shine Mani Jovie

Buddy the Elf is a metallic green with gold micro flakes mixed in. This is a mega metallic, the kind that can get a touch goopy if you use too heavy of a coat. I recommend two thin layers. This is really the perfect shade for the character of Buddy!
Moon Shine Mani Buddy the Elf

The Naughty List is a blackened plum with a greyed twist in a holographic finish. This was thinner than the other formulas, and just a touch on the runny side for me. I used two coats for opacity here.
Moon Shine Mani The Naughty List

Smiling's My Favorite is a warm antique gold metallic with added glints of scattered holographic particles. This is crazy, I can't even describe the consistency of this, but to me it looked like micro pigment spheres of gold, melding onto itself to form a velvet network of color. Maybe I'm crazy, but regardless it's pretty neat. This took two coats to be opaque.
Moon Shine Mani Smiling's My Favorite

The bottle shape of these is a little different and I noticed the labels were a little ill fitting, but Phoebe is fixing this by putting the labels on the handles from now on, they were just on the glass part of the bottles for the pr samples. The brush shape is medium-wide and a little flat, very nice for application.

Do you watch Phoebe on YouTube? I'm so excited to see more indie brands being created by fabulous bloggers and vloggers and swatchers! Be sure to check out Phoebe's video introducing her brand and this collection with live application, and please visit my friend Paola's blog Nail Polish Pursuit for her review on the collection, which includes a video as well!

This collection is up for pre-order today on the Moon Shine Mani website. The holos are $12 and the shimmers/metallics are $11. You can get the full collection at a slight discount for $62. Shipping is available domestically and internationally. Let me know what you think of this inaugural collection!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.
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