I really had a hard time taking these pictures. My camera didn't like these polishes at all and showed them blue. No matter what I tried, no matter what settings, lighting, background I used, blue. So I tried adjusting the color, but in the end, I hope you just have enough imagination to picture the polishes warmer than shown here.
On my thumb I'm wearing four coats of Girly Bits Boo-berry (Halloween Collection 2012),
"a deep blurple jelly with purple, fuschia, navy blue and black hexes and
squares, and sparse micro glitter."
(Source: Creator's blog
Some of the bigger squares tend to curl a little, but that's the only criticism I have to add. The jelly base is pretty sheer, but I didn't mind using four coats, it dries rather quickly.
On my index finger are four coats of Smitten Polish Lovely Lilacs,
"a plethora of sizes and shades of purple and pink and holo glitter suspended in
a deep purple jelly base."
(Source: Smitten Polish Etsy Shop)
This one sadly is discontinued. It's a pretty warm toned color and due to lots and lots of microglitter very sparkly.
I had no issues whatsoever with application, the formula is great.
On my middle finger I'm wearing two coats of Candeo Colors Sour Grapes (Winter 2012 Collection).
"Sour Grapes has a shimmery vibrant purple base and
is loaded with multiple sizes of lavender, purple and dark purple hex and square
glitter. Small black hex glitter is thrown in for good measure."
(Source: CandeoColors Etsy Shop)
This one was the hardest to catch on camera. In real life, it's not as blue as shown here.
This is the most opaque of the five, I needed only two coats. It also was the hardest to capture on camera. The color is cool toned and really very vibrant and shows really nice glitters (including holographic hexes and pink microglitter).
My ring finger shows three coats of Hare Polish Amethystos (Finder's Keepers Collection).
The base color is visibly lighter than on the three previously showed polishes, is leans to a darker lavender. It's loaded with glitters in different colors, gold, sliver, pink, lavender and blue. Most of them are small round glitter, but there's also some small silver square glitter. I really like this one, but I think I'm going to layer one coat over a similar colored creme or shimmer next time, because there's almost to much glitter in it with three coats.
Finally on my pinkie, four coats of KBShimmer Diva.
"To accent this grape like purple, we added several sizes of holographic sliver glitter along with aqua and pink holographic glitters. Over 10 different colors and glitters ensure that this pretty purple polish packs a punch."
(Source: KBShimmer Shop)
I didn't count the colors and sizes of the glitter, but I don't doubt that it's over 10. The base color is pretty warm toned, and due to all the holographic glitters, this one is really sparkly. Because it's a jelly, it's a little sheer, but buildable to full opacity. I had no problems with the formula.
I finished this mani with one coat of Essie Good to Go.
Candeo Colors are available on Etsy
Girly Bits have their own store
and are sold at Llarowe
, Overall Beauty
, Harlow & Co.
, Mei Mei's Signatures
Hare Polish can be bought on Etsy
and at Llarowe
Smitten Polish, also Etsy
KBShimmer have their own store (US only)
,and are available at Harlow &. Co.