I’m going to get straight into this because I bought these polishes about a year ago and I am only now getting round to swatching them! This is mainly because any nail polish lovers out there will know how much of a b***h it is to get glitter nail polish off so these swatches were aided by Charming Tale’s Practical Magic as a peel off base! All swatches are 3 coats finished off with Seche Vite topcoat.
Snow White has a clear base and is filled with a variety of sizes of silver holographic hex glitters. I think if you used the sponge method of application you could get a fuller coverage but I quite like it as it is 🙂 Don’t you hate it when your macro shots show unwanted fluff on your nails??
Silver Mist contains the same hex glitters (as do the rest of the collection for that matter) but it has a blue jelly base which I found meant it built up a bit better in 3 coats.
Ariel contains the same 3 hex glitters and has a red jelly base which is quite pigmented and allows full coverage in 3 coats 🙂 I actually really like this and I’m not usually a fan of true reds.
Hermione has a gorgeous golden orange base and 3 sizes of holographic hex glitters. It has a similar coverage to Silver Mist.
Tinker Bell has a gorgeous green jelly base and has good coverage after 3 coats… I feel like this colour will be good for (dare I say it in August..) Christmas!
So there we have it.. I enjoyed swatching these using a liquid latex as a base.. it makes it so much more fun and stress free and saves my nails from continuous exposure to nail polish remover during swatches. I think my favourite from this collection are Tinker Bell and Ariel. 🙂
Today I have the Models Own Festival Collection for you, it’s a set of 5 polishes which includes 4 neon brights and one glitter topper. I didn’t buy these products but I won them in a competition they were running so I can’t wait to share them with you… Bottle shots show without topcoat and the bottom pictures show with for all but the glitter topper which doesn’t have a topcoat 🙂
Green Fields is a bright neon green that needed 3 coats but it dried quickly and is shiny without a topcoat. The brushes in these polishes are quite thin and square which don’t best suit my nails but it works okay.
Blue Skies is a gorgeous bright blue, blue isn’t ever really neon but it’s bright! This applied opaque in 2 thin coats. The only issue I had was that in my particular bottle the brush was warped (pictured above) which made it hard to apply but I might just trim off the bent bristles.. we’ll see.
Purple Bandana is a neon pink toned purple. I think I rushed my application here and my topcoat in the bottom picture must have had blue on the brush 😦 But this is so pigmented that you only need 2 coats and could probably get away with one well applied coat if needs must.
Pink Wellies is a bright neon pink that applied smoothly to opaque in 2 coats once again.
Colour Explosion is a glitter topper that has a clear base containing an array of hex glitters of various sizes in peach, pale yellow, pale green, blue and holographic. I think it goes well with all the colours and you get good coverage with one coat, I don’t think it’s buildable to wear alone though.
So there we have it – a splash of colour before the summer finally escapes us! These are my first Models Own polishes and I’m pretty impressed with the formula so I might have to give some of their other collections a go.
Available to purchase for £4.99 at Superdrug, Models Own Bottle Shops or online.
Today I have something for you from the new brand Charming Tale which is an indie brand run by Leanne from Lea’s Nails and its launching over at charmingtale.co.uk today at 7pm GMT, the 22nd. I have for you one of the six nail polishes being released Merryweather and her amazing liquid latex Practical Magic. I was sent these products to swatch and review and I am giving you my honest opinion 🙂
Merryweather is a gorgeous royal blue creme polish that really does remind me of the fairy from Sleeping Beauty. It applies beautifully in 2 smooth coats to an opaque finish with a great shine. There is no off putting smell which is an added bonus and it dries really quickly too! Don’t mind the flaw on my ing finger that’s just an annoying ridge.
Practical Magic Liquid Latex is another great item. I used it here for sponge glitter application and it worked amazingly. The product has a soft applicator similar to lipgloss and goes on as pink and glittery 🙂 It doesn’t smell terrible either like some liquid latexes out there. Once it dries, which takes about 3-5 minutes (try not to apply it too thickly, even a thing layer works well), it turns clear and you can really see the glitters then. I then sponged on my glitter and peeled of Practical Magic with some tweezers and wah-la it all came off in one go and my fingers were glitter free!
I don’t know exact prices for these products (at time of writing) but I know for a fact that the maximum price for a 10ml bottle is £6.65 and the maximum for a 5ml bottle is £3.50, so they’re reasonably priced for an indie brand 🙂 I definitely recommend you check out this brand. I talk to Leanne on instagram a lot and you are 100% getting the best with her company and her products 🙂
Today I have a new brand (to me) w7. Now i’ve heard of them before and they have been around for years but for some reason I haven’t bought any, maybe because they are renowned for being cheap and i thought maybe the polish wouldn’t be very good quality but I decided to just go for it and I picked up these 2 in my local budget beauty shop for just £1.99 each. They are 15ml bottles that look similar to O.P.I in shape and they have nice wide (unfortunately square) brushes. The smell isn’t great but it’s not so bad that you can’t use them.
First up is Matte Black (no. 55) in their matte finish range and I have to say I’m impressed. The first coat looks thin and like it’ll never build up to opacity in less than 3 or 4 coats but following the second coat it was opaque and smooth and lovely! It’s not very matte and it’s not shiny – more satin effect I think and it obviously comes up lovely and glossy with seche vite.
Lilac Haze (no. 52) is a lovely soft purple/lilac with pink undertones and I don’t own anything like this. It’s actually really nice to apply and come sup super shiny without topcoat which is always a bonus.
I would actually really recommend this brand and I can’t wait to try out more colours – the girl in the store said she had been wearing hers for 2 weeks and showed me her nails to which I saw there was only minimal tip wear! I can’t tell you this for myself as I haven’t had the chance to wear it for that long yet but you can always try it for yourself 😉
Today I have 2 of the newer Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine collection in Cotton and Sugar Plum. Both of which are great.
Sugar Plum reminds me of Rhossili from the Summer Matte collection from 2014, but I would say it is one shade lighter. It’s a gorgeous fuchsia pink that is perfect for summer. You could probably get away with 1 coat of this it’s so pigmented but I used 2 just to smooth everything out. This is their summer 2015 release.
Cotton is the first white Gelly – hurrah. It’s a pure white and is opaque in 2 thin coats – also hurrah! This is perfect alone or for a base for nail art, etc. 🙂 I love that Barry M decided to add this to their collection, I actually think it’s better than their Matte White. This was released alongside Fondant and Sky Blue for Spring 2015. They have strayed from the fruit/food names now! Which I’m kind of sad about.