I wasn’t sure how this would perform - I’d seen manicures where it was much more “scattered sparkle” and more of an effects layer than anything, and others where it was a fairly opaque base shade with gold, orange, and red sparkle. I can get it to act more like a full-color polish, but it takes three coats. That said…it’s a pretty durable three coats!
This colleciton reminds me a little of Aromaleigh’s Earth Sea Sky collection: most of the colors have a base shade and a complementary effects-shimmer, and most of the colors are in the middle of the hue-range. There are a few deeper shades, but only one in the entire collection that’s a “darker” color by just about any definition. They’re all inspired by the various shades on cacti.
The base color is a very deep rose-pink that I would dearly love as a blush and lip color…but without the strong gold shimmer that’s in this eyeshadow. (It would be a little too sparkly-gold for a blush.) This is very similar to TKB Trading’s Sparkle Rose.
A dark brown base with a silvery pearlesque finish. There’s enough color depth to provide me really good definition, and a little bit of what looks like sootiness without being a charcoal.
I picked this mascara up one day pretty much by chance. I was travelling for work, and had left my mascara at home. I got this from a drugstore because it was waterproof, it was CoverGirl (a brand whose mascara-quality I know and trust), and it was newer, so I wanted to try it out. The wand looked like it might be a bit too long for the tube, because there’s an ever-so-slight bend in the wand-applicator.
Light, cool purple with a faint grey undertone and a fairly decent gold effects-layer finish. The base color is almost a faded purple, some grey tones but not too strong. It’s the slightly deeper, more elegant version of BE’s Trust eyeshadow.
When Color Club’s Halo Chrome collection came out, I wasn’t too sure about it. It looked like another variant of the Halo Hues shades, which I had and loved. The chief difference seemed to be a metallic finish combined with the holographic effects. I got two polishes from this collection, and I think that’s my stopping point. The polishes are great to get if you missed the bulk of the Halo Hues colors (some are still available...
It took me a while to start using these. I first tried them two years after their initial release! I like the matte finish, the thicker-liquid consistency, and the blendability window that (for me) lasts 30 - 60 seconds after application. I’m less fond of the doefoot applicator, but it’s easy enough for me to use my preferred brush to get the product off of the doefoot, and apply it the way I prefer.
One of the highlighter-shadows from Shiro’s summer collection. This is a barely-warm neutral where, if you want it less shimmery and looking less like beach sand under full sun, you can buff down the shimmer and still retain the color.
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