Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Swatch & Review - Color Club Halo Hues 2013

 Holos!!! I was so excited to get this collection. These can kind of be considered as my first holographic polish experience. And let me tell you, the experience was amazing! The colours show up strong and are not swallowed or covered by holographic craziness. There are also a couple of unique colours for holos, in my opinion. Warning: picture heavy post! Truth is though...no one can get enough of holo pics.

For the pictures, I put on 2 coats of polish with no base or top coat. Thumb has base coat and top coat (Seche Vite) to observe changes in holographic properties (last pic for each colour).

Cosmic Fate:
Peachy orange metallic foil holo.
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Kismet:
Hybrid of moss and sea foam green metallic foil holo. 
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Beyond:
Black holo. Pictures are of 1 thick coat. Least holographic of the collection, but definitely noticeable (especially in the sun). Top coat does not affect holo much, just as strong under sun. Very fast dry time (surprise!).  
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Eternal Beauty:
Purple holo. Holo effect not as strong indoors, but strong in the sun. Top coat does not affect holo much, just as strong under sun.
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Miss Bliss: 
Dark pink holo (very strong holo). Top coat does not affect holo at all (bonus!). 
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Over The Moon:
Frosty blue holo (very strong holo). Top coat does not affect holo at all (bonus!).
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Specifications:
The colours really show up strong for this collection, which I like. I find a lot of times the color becomes very faded or overpowered by the holographic effect that it just looks like a silver holo.
Dry time: fast, but tad slower than Halo Hues 2012 collection
Formula: easy application, good coverage (2 coats)
Prone to: Nothing (not even brushstrokes, may seem so when applying and wet, but when dry holo covers it all up)
Finish: not shiny, top coat is viable option
Base coat: compatible (special BC not needed), does not affect application or holo (I tried both OPI Nail Envy Matte and OPI Natural Nail Base Coat)
Top coat: smudges/fades out the holo a bit to make it less in our face, but still strong holo. This applies to Cosmic Fate and Kismet. The others' holos are less affected by top coat (read above).
Removal: easy (slightly harder than creams)
Application: Apply fast and try not to go over the same spot more than once to avoid dragging due to fast dry time of these polishes

Edit: This collection is now available on the Color Club Website

This was an amazing collection, I really love it! From what I have read about holographic polishes, seems like they can be a pain, but these were perfect. My favorites of the collection are Beyond, Cosmic Fate and Kismet. These are my favorite mostly for the reason that they are not your usual holographic polish colours. Which of these drool-worthy holos do you like?
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