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August 28th, 2011
August 22nd, 2011
We have been hit with so much rain in New York for the past couple of weeks. So, when the sun emerged yesterday with a forecast of rays all day, I snatched up my camera and polishes and did some swatching for you. Viola – here are the holographic nail polishes I have in my collection.
I’ll kick off this post with the Milani 3D Holographic Collection. It has been available for awhile, but for some reason I couldn’t find these locally til a couple of months ago. Anyway, I’m so glad I scooped up all 6 because they are gorgeous! Unlike some holos, these went on like a dream, with no dragging or splotchiness. I didn’t use any special basecoat – just my usual Essie Millionails. These dry very shiny, as well – you don’t need a topcoat to get that glossy look. On to the swatches!
HD is a bright, clear silver.
3D is a warm golden holo.
Hi-Tech is a crazy gorgeous yellow-green. I love how there are both color particles in this one in addition to the holographic. Since it’s such a chameleon I had a hard time capturing the color with my camera.
Cyberspace is a blue holo that looks baby blue or blue gray, depending on the light. This one is extra spectacular in the sun!
Digital is a cool-toned medium pink.
Hi-Res is a lilac purple with tons of holo goodness. It’s such a stunner that I thought it deserved an extra photo.
All of these are two coats except for HD (the silver), which was not as opaque as the others, for some reason. I’m really glad Milani dipped their toes into the holographic nail polish stream (ooh, that sounds refreshing, can I go?). These manage to be chock-full of chunky holo particles while giving off a linear shine and drying smooth and glossy on the nail. They also look fantastic both in low/indoor light and bright sunlight. My absolute faves are Hi-Res (purple), Cyberspace (blue), and Hi-Tech (green). Get your paws on these polishes for $5.99 apiece at CVS.
How do you think these compare to some of the other holographic nail polishes – OPI DS, Color Club, etc?
Watch for Part II of Holo-Fest, coming soon!
~ Allison ~
July 26th, 2011
I rarely wear pink on my nails but oh, this color just makes me happy! I wish they had come up with a more imaginative name than “cream pink,” though, which is lame-o. It doesn’t come close to capturing the juicy jubilee of this hot shade.
Cream Pink is a bright magenta creme with a fine gold shimmer that reveals itself in sunlight.
In low light:
And indoors it looks like a screaming neon – surprise!
What you see here is two coats topped with Seche Vite. It was really quite opaque; the visible nail line that you can sort of see here is just my horribly stained nails (thanks, Swimsuit… Nailed It!) and it wasn’t so apparent in person. The formula was very good – smooth, self-leveling, and really a pleasure to apply.
I must admit that I’m harboring a bit of an addiction to Sinful Colors! They are so inexpensive and fun. Pick up a few for your collection for only $1.99 a bottle at most drugstores.
~ Allison ~
July 23rd, 2011
When I first spotted this polish in the dimly-lit Prevail section of Duane Reade, I thought I saw a peek of holo in the bottle. Outside in the sunlight it was clear that my premonition was correct! I was excited because I’ve never found a holographic nail polish in a drug store before. Say hello to Concrete Jungle.
Under low light and indoors this polish looks like a dusty lavender/pink. (That helped make it a bit more office-friendly for me.) Although the formula was thin, it was super-smooth and easy to apply without being runny. Here I used 3 coats.
All it needs is a bit of light for the linear holo to really pop! I believe this is called a linear holographic due to the bands of refraction.
I kept this on for several days and couldn’t stop admiring my nails! It was so chameleon-light in different types of light. My only qualm is that it chipped on the first day, even with a top coat. I wonder if layering it on top of another color would help it wear longer?
~ Allison ~
July 12th, 2011
I am so excited! I dropped into Ricky’s today on my lunch break and the first thing I saw was the brand new OPI collection for August – a collaboration with Miss Universe. The girl working there informed me that they had just come in yesterday. Squee! The polishes are sassy and fun, and I ended up taking three of the four home.
And you know that I started swatching immediately. See my #1 polish pick from this collection after the jump.