Review: Lilacquer Polishes Fifth Element Collection Swatches!!
I’ve got a swatches from an Indie polish brand that’s new to me to share with you all today. We’ll be taking a look at the Lilacquer Polishes Fifth Element collection! When I was first contacted by Lilacquer Polishes and asked if I wanted to review her Fifth Element collection I friggen JUMPED at the chance to get my hands on these babies! For one, I’m a gigantic nerd. And two, The Fifth Element is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time!
So basically if it’s a nail polish and it’s named after a fandom I love, imma need that polish son.
Cathleen, the owner of Lilacquer Polishes, specializes in duochrome polish and top coats. This was another reason I was quite interested in her collection. The Indie/Independent polish world is absolutely flooded with glitter polishes, so I love discovering Indie brands with something different to offer.
The Fifth Element collection is a set of 8 sheer and jelly (!!!) topcoat polishes that can be worn on their own or layered over another polish to enhance the duochrome effect. I’ll be showing you each nail polish on its own and layered over A England Camelot (a black creme).
For the full swatches and review, click the link below. I used Cult Nails Get It On and Wicked Fast base/top coat today.
Cathleen describes Leeloo Multipass as a “neon orange jelly with a bright pink contrasting shimmer that shifts to a complimenting orange.” I’m not sure I would agree with neon, but it’s certainly close! It’s quite sheer though, so I needed 4 coats to reach the level of opacity that I prefer.
To Protect Love
Roo-Bee Rhod!!!!! Ruby Rhod is one of my favorite characters in the movie and this polish is one of my favorites from this collection. ^_^ Roo-Bee Rhod! is a red and burnt orange shimmer that flashes gold and yellow. The duochrome in this one is strong even on its own, I used 3 coats here.
Quiver ladies… Quiver.
The Diva Plavalaguna
Seen here is 3 coats. I totally forgot to get a macro shot of this one. Sorry guys!
Fhlostan Paradise is a bright magenta pink metallic polish with subtle blue shimmer. I kinda feel like Barbie when I have this on. It’s not a color I would normally wear (not a huge pink fan) but it’s definitely pretty! This was the most opaque of the bunch, shown here is 2 coats.
Fifth Element Collection Over Black
Shown here is 2 coats of each polish over 1coat of A England’s Camelot (a black creme). I know that on Lilacquer’s Etsy shop she states that you get the best duochrome effect with one coat over black, but when I swatched on the color wheel one coat just wasn’t enough to get full coverage on my swatching wheel. It’s probably the wheels fault because these nails are super long. :p
I’ll try to get all 8 of these polishes swatched on my actual nails soon to see if there’s a difference between the nail wheel swatches and real nail swatches. When I do that I will make a new post. ^_^
I don’t really see any change from how To Protect Love and Leeloo Multipass looked on their own vs. swatched over black, maybe a little more vibrant. Zorg Industries looks more full bodied layered over the black creme.
Now we’re talkin’! The orange shimmer is Super Green is suddenly visible. Roo-Bee Rhod takes on a gorgeous metallic copper/orange hue, and the pink shimmer in Supreme Being really pops! This was 2 coats of each polish over black, except for Roo-Bee Rhod where I only needed 1 coat over black.
I didn’t really see any extreme shift in color for either Fhlostan Paradise or The Diva Plavalaguna over black, but both polishes were already pretty opaque on their own.
1 coat of each over black.
Overall I quite like this collection of polishes. At first I was getting a little frustrated by their sheerness, but once I realized that they were meant to be top coats I no longer felt the need to rage quit on swatching them. I’ll definitely be playing with my layering possibilities with these in the future!
My top picks from this collection: Roo-Bee Rhod!, The Diva Plavalaguna, Zorg Industries, and Super Green (when layered over black). I’m sure I’ll have more favorites from this collection once I play around with layering combos.
Application can be a little tricky. Since you’re dealing with jelly and sheer/duochrome formulas, you MUST wait a few minutes between coats. And try to limit yourself to 3 strokes of the brush at a maximum per coat (1 down each side-wall of the nail and a straight swipe up the middle). If you’re impatient with these polishes you will most likely wind up with bald spots, which can be frustrating.
The Lilacquer Polishes Fifth Element Collection can be purchased at the Lilacquer Polishes Etsy Shop for $9.00 per 15 mL bottle of polish. I was provided with a mini set for swatching purposes but you will definitely receive full sized polishes when purchased.
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* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.