For those of you who have been lurking around your local drugstore like I, this is nothing new; but for those of you, who were looking for swatches before buying them – here you go!
Sorry about the 3-finger-swatches, but my pinkie had a date with the knife and it didn’t end well… But 3 fingers are enough to show a decent representation of the colours!
Technicalities first: The base colour in each “bright” duo stick is a jelly/sorbet, and all of them dry semi-matte, which is something to get used to. I used 3 coats of each jelly but the blue one (2 coats), and one coat of the topcoat. The “nudes” are cremes (two coats) but for one (read on to know which one!). I also included a small picture of my swatch-sticks where you can see the basecolour, the topcoat alone, and the combination of the two (from front to back).
I made all the pictures in my new lightbox, and the colours are surprisingly accurate! How would have thought… Well, before I bore you to death and rob you of the chance to check out those amazing colours, I better shut up. Just remember, you can click the pictures to see them up close!
There are 3 nude and 3 bright colour combinations (season of the extremes –> get it?). Let’s start with the nudes! Here’s “TEAM NUDE”, a orange/brown mannequin hands kind of colour. The pearly topcoat makes this a bit better, but for me this is an absolute no-go. I have seen it on other girls who can rock this shade, but not me.
MY BEST NUDE FRIENDS AND ME. I don’t get the reference. Can anyone help? This is a brown/taupe shade of nude, with some supersubtle shimmer. The topcoat is a pearly pinkish white. It’s nice but not my favourite combination, or, something I’d reach for regularly.
This, on the other hand, is awesome: JUST THE NUDE OF US. The base colour is close to OPIs Skull and Glossbones, or Did you ‘ear about Van Gogh. I’d call it white clay. The topcoat that comes with it reminds me of the CND topcoats; the density of the sparkle is awesome. Oh, and did I mention that this is blue sparkle? Love.
Well, that was the nudes – on to the brightes!
First up a candy pink with a slightly orange sparkly topcoat: BRIGHTSMATES. To be fair, they got me with the pink here – the orange I could leave out, but the pink is genius. As in, all the OPI jellies weren’t.
Second: WE ARE ALL BRIGHT. While I want to dispute that sentence with every last fiber in me (do you say it like that in English?!), especially as I was just riding the Metro, and I can promise you that we are not all bright. Anyhow. The green in this is the least jelly-ish, but still somewhat semi-opaque, which is why I don’t dare to call it a green. The colour on my picture below (the left one) is spot on colour accurate. Yes, this is how green it is. I was a little sceptical as to the combination with the purple topcoat. but I actually like the combination!
And lastly, my absolute favourite of the collection: IT’S TWO BRIGHT which reminds me of “Despicable me”, you know, the movie with the little girl running around screaming “It’s so fluffy”? The polish. That’s why you’re here. Sorry. Well, this is a medium blue, a jelly, yes, lighter than the famous NOPI jelly, very bright, and pretty awesome. The topcoat that comes with it is yellow, but the yellow doesn’t show up on the nail; instead you see something like golden and pink flakes/sparks (the pink is more apparent I’d say). Pretty awesome, right? I absolutely love it!
So, what do you think? Hey! Don’t run away! They won’t be sold outthatfast, right?!
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