Models Own Beetlejuice Collection (swatches & review)
I’m finally getting around to showing you all one of the most anticipated collections that came out in 2011, the Models Own Beetlejuice Collection! I certainly know that I went on their website the very day it was released and bought the collection set as soon as I got home from work that morning! The set I ordered came with all 5 polishes and the 3 in 1 Base Coat/Top Coat/Gloss by Models Own. I used their base coat/top coat combo for all swatches that I’m showing you today.
Unfortunately I did have some major issues with the Models Own website/customer service, but I’ll address that after I show you all the polishes.
Clicking on each picture will enlarge it to the original size (Hint: Pretty Macros!), and this is a VERY picture heavy post.
Golden Green is a beautiful green polish that flashes yellow-gold. This one also has a fine green shimmer. I used 3 coats here, it can be a little brush stroke happy so you have to be a little careful during application. I did my first two strokes on the outer left and right portion of my nail, then the 3rd stroke straight up the middle. I LOVE duo-chromes with this color combination, it’s in the same family as Ozotic 507 and Peridot.
Le macro shot. ♥
Pinky Brown is an orange/dark pink/brown multi-chrome with a glass fleck finish, similar to MAC’s Bad Fairy but it is NOT a dupe for that polish. Jen from The PolishAholic did some amazing comparison swatches for the Beetlejuice Collection that I’ll link you to a bit later. Shown here is 2 coats. I love the glass fleck finish so you know I’m all about this one.
Macro shot of Pinky Brown, sorry about the blurry-ness on this one. I didn’t notice until I was editing my photos.
Emerald Black. Oh man, this one right here… This is LOVE. I know I say that a lot but I’m for real this time! I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I do, it took me totally by surprise. It’s also damn near impossible to capture the multi-chromatic flash, but it’s there. Being all subtle and sexy. She is an inky blackened blue with green and blue shimmer that sparkles like the night sky in certain angles. I can’t get over how much I love this one! I used 2 coats for full coverage.
Just look at this macro and tell me you’re not head over heals for Emerald Black! If you’re still on the fence, enlarge this photo first then make your decision. She’s a vampy polish lovers dream come true. ♥
Purple Blue is a purple/blue/fuchsia multi-chrome and the other glass fleck finish in the collection. I used 3 coats for full coverage. The formula for this one was similar to Pinky Brown (the other glass fleck), sheer yet buildable.
Here’s a macro shot of Purple Blue, it looks like crushed candy to me.
Aqua Violet was another surprise favorite for me, just look at that color shift! It’s a beautiful lagoon blue/violet duo-chrome with a subtle blue shimmer. The third picture above is in shaded lighting, you can really see the violet come out to play. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails when I had this one on. My boyfriend said it looked like an oil slick, I’m going to take that as a good thing. Aqua Violet goes on sheer but built up nicely after 3 coats (make sure to wrap those tips!).
Here’s TWO macro shots of Aqua Violet for you, I just couldn’t narrow it down from these because they’re both so dang beautiful! Enlarge this last one, trust me.
Wow. I love this collection, it’s basically a multi-chrome polish lover’s dream! My favorite out of the bunch are Aqua Violet and Emerald Black, but really all 5 of them are stunners. The formula on each was good. A bit sheer for some but they all built up nicely after 2-3 coats. I’m happy that I didn’t have to layer them over black polish for the color shifts to be noticeable. If you have the means and cash to do so, I would definitely splurge and buy the entire collection. Check out Jen’s Models Own Beetlejuice Collection Comparison Swatches to see other polishes that are similar to the ones in this collection.
The 3 In 1 Base/Top coat that came with my order was also quite nice. The polish adhered well to the base and adding another coat of the 3 in 1 on top did leave me with a nice glossy finish. It takes a little longer than my SV to dry, but the wait time isn’t terrible.
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Now onto the ranty part of my review. While I’m happy with my polishes, the process of ordering them from the Models Own website and subsequently dealing with their customer service department was a nightmare. For one thing, the Models Own website was extremely buggy when I placed my order. I don’t know if it’s always like that or if they were just bogged down with orders since it was release day for that collection. Either way, the profile I created when I placed my order failed to register for one reason or another. I paid via paypal but it took 5 days for the money to be transferred from my account. And in that time I NEVER received an order conformation/receipt from Models Own, so I wasn’t even sure if my order had actually gone through successfully. Which worried me because the full set was already sold out on their site at the time.
I emailed their customer service department to let them know of my issue (thankfully I had made a print-screen of my transaction so I had the order/confirmation number on-hand) and to see if they could confirm my order and also send me a shipping tracking number. I got an email back saying “yes your order went through”. Okay, but I’d also asked for a shipping tracking number. I emailed them again then I waited.. And waited… And waited… And then I sent a reminder email about my tracking number. And 4 days later I STILL had no response to my 3rd email. I reached out on Twitter to see if I could get a response that way, explaining that for some reason my profile I created hadn’t saved. I gave them my order number again and asked for a tracking number for shipping. Their response: oh, you have to make a profile in order for your orders to be saved in our system. It was as if every time I asked about a tracking number for my order that question was being ignored on purpose, I felt like I was getting nowhere.
By this point I was ready to pull out my hair. It’d been 10+ days now with no way to track my package and no real answers from anyone. I sent out a 4th email and another message on twitter, this time a bit more forceful laying out my frustration with the lack of help I’d received so far. And after 14 days I FINALLY received an email with a tracking number, but their rep made sure to chastise me by saying that I needed to be patient since overseas packages can take up to four weeks to arrive. Right. Does is also take 4 weeks to receive a tracking number? Or at least a notification letting me know my package had been shipped?! My package finally arrived 17 days after I’d placed my original order. The whole ordeal left me with a sour taste in my mouth and I almost didn’t even want to bother reviewing the polishes.
I know I wasn’t the only one having issues with their site on the day the Beetlejuice Collection launched. I feel like they should have had better representation for such a huge release, both for technical support and for customer service. I’m not telling you to never buy products from them, I just want you all to be aware of the issue I had. Hopefully you won’t have to experience the same thing I went through.
The Models Own Beetlejuice Collection can be purchased straight from the Models Own website. I know, I know… But even after everything I just said I still want to give you all options. They retail at £5 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish [HERE], or you can buy the entire boxed set for £20, this price also includes the 3 in 1 Base Coat/Top Coat/Gloss. They’re currently running a Buy 3 Save £3/Buy 5 Save £7 deal.
Thankfully (in my case especially) there is another way to get your hands on these polishes. Katie of Harlow & Co. stocks Models Own polishes and she just recently started carrying the Beetlejuice Collection! You can find them [HERE] under the Models Own tab, they retail at $8.00 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish.