Cost/Amount: USD$7.00 for 14 ml / .5 fl oz (full retail price may vary up to $2.00 up or down, depending on the store's prices/policies)
Would you purchase again: yes
I remember seeing photographs of these polishes - or some of them, at least - last fall. The individual subsets looked good, but taken all together they didn’t seem to mesh well. You have the carnival-brights from Tracy Reese; Prabal Gurung’s pastels could potentially be their complement. But add in Rodarte’s deep, saturated shades, and things get a little thrown off. This collection was visually divided into three distinct “groups”, though: Dark Diversion, Havana Brights, and Pastel Chic.
The formulas are evenly divided between "pitch perfect" and "little thin" or "little chalky." Batbano Blue is the only non-creme in the collection, and I needed three coats to get even coverage. I should have also used a third coat on Mojito, and possibly Clay. A few of the colors are, in retrospect, not the best choice for me - but that's not the fault of the formula, just the shade.
This collection contained:
A New Hue — bright candied red creme (collaboration with Rodarte)
A Wink of Pink — white-pink creme (collaboration with Prabal Gurung)
At First Blush — medium-light pink creme (collaboration with...unknown. Maybe this was a last-minute substitution?)
Batbano Blue — medium-bright sapphire micro-sparkle (collaboration with Tracy Reese)
Carnevale — near-neon red-orange creme (collaboration with Tracy Reese)
Cinnamon — dark brown creme (collaboration with Rodarte)
Clay — terracotta brown creme (collaboration with Rodarte)
Lady Lavender — medium lavender creme (collaboration with Prabal Gurung)
Mint Condition — pastel green creme (collaboration with Prabal Gurung)
Mojito — light-medium green creme (collaboration with Tracy Reese)
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