Posts tagged duochrome
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.
Today I am extremely excited to be able to show you one of my biggest lemmings of the year, Ozotic Pro polishes! Ozotic Pro is an Australian brand that up until recently was only available in Australia or via very expensive international shipping/swapping. Now thanks to Llarowe’s shop you can get your hands on these beauties in the US. ^_^ Today I’ve got Ozotic Pro Multi Chrome 504 to share and it’s magnificent. I’ve heard it called ‘Twilight’ on some forums and blogs but I don’t think any of the Ozitics have actual names (someone correct me if I’m wrong). There are a LOT of photos with this post so you’ve been warned.
I used Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat for these swatches. Click the photos to enlarge them. Trust me, you’ll want to view all of these photos at their maximum size.
Ozotic Pro 504
Ozotic Pro Multi Chrome 504 is hard to describe. On its own it is very sheer and rather blah, but once you layer this polish it really comes to life. The color shifts for this multi-chromatic polish are phenomenal! It shifts from royal blue to purple, purple to maroon, maroon to orange, then finally orange to yellow. I could not stop staring at my nails when I was wearing 504.
This is two coats of 504 over Black Creme by Wet n Wild. Application was a breeze. The polish was thin and spreadable, and the polish brush was long and flexible. I love the hidden shimmer in 504! You can’t see it from the bottle but on the nail is really beautiful.
504 – Outside/Natural Light
The sun finally decided to show its face two days after I put 504 on, so I decided to take advantage of it while I still had the polish on to capture some shots in natural sunlight. I’m glad I did because 504 is even more spectacular in the sunshine! Please excuse the tip wear on a few of my fingers, again this was after I’d been wearing 504 for three days. -_-
More of the purple/maroon shift, just look at the shimmer shining through! *le sigh*
Some shaded shots of the polish, this is when you’ll really see the orange and yellow color shifts most predominately.
No words, just awe and wonder. Quite frankly I never want to take this off.
And last but not least, the macro shot you’ve all come to know and love. I’m so happy that I managed to capture all 504‘s color shifts and the shimmer in one shot. ^_^ Maximize This Picture!
What’s not to love about this polish! Ozotic makes some of the best multi-chromatic polishes I’ve seen in quite a long time, and their formula is superb. They are a little on the expensive side but you get such a unique polish that I feel it’s well worth the money spent. I hope to eventually own all of the available Multi Chromes because they’re wonderful!
Ozotic Pro Multi Chrome 504, and other Ozotic Pro polishes can be purchased from their US stockist, Llarowe. Ozotics retail at $17.50/ea for a 16ml bottle of polish. She does offer worldwide shipping (although Italy is currently excluded). Oztotics are also available through the Australian company Picture Polish for $14 AUD, though international shipping through them varies and can get quite expensive so I would refer to their shipping chart.
*The products in this post were sent to me for reviewing purposes.
Introducing the Models Own Beetlejuice Collection! So, I just about fell out of my chair when I saw the photos of this upcoming collection from Models Own. They are ALL multichrome polishes people!! You best believe I will be all over these when they’re released in November. Which one are you the most excited for?
Via the Models Own Facebook Page:
NEW from Models Own and launching this November – The BEETLEJUICE Collection! Consists of FIVE new multi-tonal shades – GOLDEN GREEN, a fresh energetic acid; PINKY BROWN, a warm rusty pink; PURPLE BLUE, a vibrant punch of fuchsia indigo; AQUA VIOLET, a true sky shimmer; and EMERALD BLACK, a bold-blackened midnight peacock! Each bottle contains four pearlescent colours mixed into one gleaming shade, and the complex colour-shifting, with flashes of vivid tones and ethereal hues, gives a shimmering duo chrome finish. Priced at just £5 each and available early November exclusively at our website.
*image courtesy of Models Own
Today I’ve got three polishes by Pixel, another brand that is new to me, to share with you all. My lovely friend Dana went to Ulta a few weeks ago and had a wee bit of a shopping spree. She called me while she was there to see if I wanted anything since I don’t have an Ulta where I live. Of course I said “hell yes!”, and she grabbed a nice sized haul to send me in the mail. I’ll be swatching the remainder of the Ulta haul throughout the rest of this month
According to the description on the Ulta website, Pixel is a 3-Free brand. This means their polishes do not contain DBP, Toluene or Formaldehyde. They promise a long wearing, no chip salon quality formula and have over 72 colors to choose from. I haven’t done a wear test on these yet so I’ll have to update you on that claim in the future.
All swatches shown today are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.
I really like the name of this one. According to the dictionary, the definition for a humdinger is: ‘One that is extraordinary or remarkable’, and I think I’d have to agree with that assessment! Humdinger is a rich, sapphire blue polish with subtle shimmer.
The first coat was a bit streaky but it quickly evened out after the second coat of polish. Humdinger reminds me a bit of my beloved Indigo Paris by Lancôme, I will have to do a comparison post to see how similar they really are.
Aqua-Escence is a gorgeous teal/aqua green with subtle gold shimmer. This one is definitely my favorite of the three Pixel polishes that I tried. Aqua-Escence has a nice buttery smooth formula, I used three thin coats but probably could have stopped at two.
The gold shimmer in this one is extraordinary! Instead of this being just another teal green polish, the shimmer takes it to another level. Click the macro shot for a super-sized view on this beauty.
Oh Golly Gee!!
Initially I was not thrilled with Oh Golly Gee!! When I applied it to my pointer finger it was so incredibly sheer that I needed five coats before it even remotely came close to resembling the shade in the bottle! Even then, it kinda just made it look like I had a sickly looking fingernail. But then I decided to layer it over black. That’s when the magic happened…
When Oh Golly Gee!! meets black nail polish a beautiful multi-chromatic baby is born! Look at how different this one looks when I layered two coats of Oh Golly Gee!! over black compared to the sad and bland color on my pointer finger (five coats, I mean really…)!
The colors in Oh Golly Gee!! range from a reddish bronze, to a copper, to yellow then sometimes to a brown. It’s rather stunning!
Just take a minute to look at how gorgeous this macro is (click the photo to super-size it). Are you drooling yet? It’s okay, I won’t think any less of you.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Pixel brand. I had seen them on the Ulta website but never really gave it much thought since most of the colors looks pretty standard. The color payoff for Humdinger and Aqua-Escence is fantastic, and to top it off there was a hidden multi-chrome in the mix?! Color me impressed. The bottles are pretty tiny but for less than $3 bucks a piece they would make nice little stocking stuffers. I’m already thinking about Christmas, yeesh!
Pixel nail polish can be purchased at Ulta stores nationwide and on ulta.com. They retail at $2.49/ea for a .17 fl oz bottle.
Moving right along with Black ‘n’ Blue Week I’ve got another vampy black polish to show you all, somewhat similar to the one I shared with you yesterday. This time we have Blues In The Night (BitN) from Nicole by OPI. This one was acquired in a blog sale, at the time I did not realize that BitN was a limited edition polish that was only released in Canada. What are the odds that it would find its way to me in Michigan?!
All swatches today are with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.
Blues In The Night
Blues In The Night is a pretty interesting polish. At first glance it looks like any other black polish with *insert shimmer color here*, but upon a closer look you’ll see that this one is filled with duo-chromatic shimmer! The shimmer changes from a blue/teal to a purple/fuchsia color in certain angles.
This is my first experience with Nicole by OPI so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by a smooth formula and I reached opacity with two coats!
I was a little sad that the purple shimmer was much more shy than the blue when it came to appearing on my nails. The duo-chromatic quality of the polish looks much stronger in the bottle than it did on my digits. If you enlarge this photo to its maximum size you can just see hints of the purple around the edge and sides of my nails.
When it did switch to the purple and fuchsia shimmer it was simply gorgeous! This is another one of those polishes where I could spend ages just moving my fingers around.
Here’s a close-up that gives you a good look at the color changes in Blues In The Night. Looking at the finger that is in range you can definitely see the color shift. It’s hard to imagine that both nails in the shot are painted with the same polish!
Comparison: Barielle – Blackened Bleu vs. Nicole by OPI – Blues In The Night
I wanted to do a quick comparison since I had Blackened Bleu out while I was swatching. Right away you can tell that the shimmer in Blacked Bleu (BB) is much more dense than the shimmer in Blues In The Night (BitN).
They both have the same black sheer base, though I think that BitN is a bit more opaque since I only needed two coats for that one (three needed for BB).
Here you can see the biggest difference in the two polishes right away. BB always has the tightly packed blue and teal shimmer, while BitN will shift to the purple and fuchsia. Both very pretty, definitely not dupes.
When I first applied Blues In The Night I was positive that I had a dupe for my other black w/blue shimmer polishes, but I was quite wrong on that assumption and pleasantly surprised by the duo-chromatic shimmer. I’m a fan of vampy colors so this one is definitely staying in my stash.
As I mentioned earlier, my bottle of Blues In The Night came from a blog sale. It was a limited edition release for Canada so I don’t believe you can get it in the stores anymore. I have seen it on ebay (for good & not-so-good prices) though so if you must have it you can try your luck there. ^_^
I cannot believe it’s August already! Pretty soon the leaves will start to turn and we’ll be in fall mode. I cannot wait!
Today I’ve got the next member of Black ‘n’ Blue Week to share with you all, this time I have Periwinkle by Claire’s. I picked this one up during a blog sale, I’m pretty sure this is the only polish by Claire’s that I own. I could be wrong, I still have a while to go before I swatch all the polishes in my stash. Also, since this polish is a duo-chrome you should prepare yourself for some pic spamming.
All swatches shown today are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.
When I first glanced at Periwinkle I was definitely expecting a strong duo-chromatic polish from the colors that were displayed in the bottle. Once I started to apply the polish I realized that Periwinkle is incredibly sheer, this is four coats! I also realized that the polish itself was a fairly translucent blurple color that built up like a jelly, and that the duo-chromatic component of the polish was actually the multi-toned shimmer.
This one was a bit tricky to photograph, the color shift is quite subtle but you can see around the side of my nails the shift from blue to purple.
This polish reminded me a bit of colorful sand-washed pieces of glass you see at jewelry boutiques. A little worn looking, but in an elegant way.
Here in the close-up you can get a better idea of the duo-chromatic shift. At the bottom edge of my nail you can definitely note the more purple leaning hue and also see tons of blue shimmer. Then at the side closer to the top of the picture you can see the shimmer shifting to the purple color. It’s pretty fascinating.
A few more pictures where the shimmer has definitely shifted to the purple side, while the polish itself remains a deep periwinkle blue.
I’m really quite intrigued by this polish! The multi-dimensional aspect of the color shifts in it leave me staring at my nails and shifting my fingers around in an attempt to notice all of the intricacies that Periwinkle presents. I have plenty of multi/duo-chromatic polishes in my collection, but only a few of them where it’s the shimmer that is the main focus of the polish. I’m quite thrilled that I have this one in my collection.
I don’t believe that Claire’s still carries this color anymore, at least I was not able to find it in their stores or on their website. Unfortunately for this one I’m thinking your best bet is to get lucky on ebay. Or maybe you’ll find it in a blog sale just like I did.
I’m going to apologize now because this post is going to be FULL of pictures, so if you’re on dial-up I would suggest that you go grab some snacks while you’re waiting for all of these glorious pictures to load.
I admit that I was on the fence for a very long time when it came to Peridot. The first swatches I saw of it did not wow me and I figured that I could live without it. Then as time went on my resolve wavered, and then The Swatchaholic posted her glorious pictures and I was done for. I bought it right away.
This was also around the same time that Jellynat introduced me to the glory that is called Missha HGR01. Not a super interesting name, but the polish itself is absolutely stunning! So of course I bought that one as well. What can I say, I’m a sucker for duochromes.
Without further babbling, let’s get down to the pictures. I’ll spam you with Chanel’s Peridot first, then I’ll show you Missha’s HGR01. And then I’ll KO you with the comparison. They are NOT dupes, I’d like to think of them more as BFFs.
Each swatch was done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat. Endless pictures are behind the cut. ^_^ (more…)
I’ve got a few more Wet n Wild Fastdry polishes to show you all. One of the great things about this blog is its ability to help me go through a TON of my untrieds. I’ve had these suckers probably since February and just never got around to trying them out.
Well, onto the polish!
In the bottle, Gray’s Anatomy is a stunner! It looks like an oil slick, throwing a strong multi-chromatic mix of grey, blue and purple all together. On the nail, it’s a bit of a disappointment. The blue disappears entirely and what you’re left with is a quite subtle grey and purple duo-chrome that’s filled with brush strokes. To top it off, this is FOUR COATS. Gray’s Anatomy is ultra sheer. I expect to do 4+ coats from a jelly, not a duo-chrome.
With a close view, you can best see the duo-chromatic nature of Gray’s Anatomy. But from a farther point of view this effect is lost entirely. Gray’s Anatomy is supposed to be a dupe of Wicked Game by Deborah Lippmann, Scrangie has comparison shots at her blog.
Party Of Five Glitters is a clear jelly base filled with red, silver, blue, green, and purple hexagonal glitter in varying sizes. Like most chunky glitters, you have to carefully apply this one in thicker coats and manipulate where you want the glitter to go. This is 2 thick coats on top of Gray’s Anatomy.
And I always come back to orange. 220.127.116.11.Orange is a very intense orange jelly base filled with gold glitter, and my favorite out of the three shown here (surprise, surprise). This was 3 coats.
Well, hands down my favorite of the bunch is 18.104.22.168.Orange. The only reason I’ll even consider hanging onto Gray’s Anatomy is because it looks nice layered with Party Of Five Glitters. I’m not going to write off Gray’s Anatomy completely just yet, maybe if I play around with it a bit more I’ll warm up to it.
Wet n Wild Fastdry polishes retail for $1.99 and can be purchased at drugstores nationwide (CVS, Walgreens, etc).
Is everyone sick of seeing my combinations of OPI’s Movin’ Out with other polishes?
Good, because I’ve got another one for you all. This one is the brainchild of The Swatchoholic, we’ve been on Twitter all day going on and on about our undying love for this layering dynamo. Today I’m showing you Movin’ Out layered over Royal by Revlon. There’s quite a few pictures here. The color of this polish changes so much depending on the angle the light hits it, there was no way I could only post one or two pics!
Well there you have it. If you have requests for another color/polish you’d like me to pair with Movin’ Out, shoot me a comment of an email and I’ll do my best to follow through.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days now but life has been hectic. I’ve been busy with work the past few days and today the boyfriend and I were in the car traveling 11 hours to my hometown (Cleveland!) for Memorial Day weekend and to attend the wedding for one of my childhood friends. Now that we’re settled into the hotel I can finally show you the pictures of another wonderful layering experiment. This time I coupled Movin’ Out by OPI with Black Out by Sally Hansen, using two coats of polish for each color. I used CND Sticky as my base and Seche Vite for the top coat.
Onward to the Pictures! (sorry dial-up users )