Some time in June, I managed to order these polishes from ASOS. Usually there's a restriction for nail polishes that says "Ships to UK only" or "Ships to just 19 Countries", most of them being European countries. But on that day, I don't know if it was a coding malfunction or if it was done on purpose, but I was lucky enough to get my order through. The package took quite a while to reach and it made me wonder if it had gotten lost or confiscated by customs. In the end, the bottles reached me safely with no breakage.
As you can see from the group pic, I had some pop beauty, models own and barry m in the box.
Pop Beauty nail polishes can be bought from our local Sephora stores, but I think they retail around S$22 each. These were on sale for £4.25 each. The selection wasn't great, so I chose a bottle of plain black polish (which til that day I didn't have in my stash) and another one called Twinkle which is a multi-coloured glitter.
Swatches aren't so clear here. From L-R: 2 coats of twinkle on its own, black polish, Twinkle over black polish, Twinkle over a purple polish.
Twinkle works great as a top coat to jazz up any base colour. It is quite thick in consistency and I think 2-3 coats are enough if you want to use it as a single colour.
Instagram pic of the same mani that I wore out
Next are some models own polishes. L-R: Becca's Brown, Bluebelle, Scarlet Sparkle, Purple Haze. These were £3.25 each.
Becca's Brown is a lovely brown cream polish. The formula is great and makes application smooth and effortless.
The rest of the models own polishes are glitter polishes.
Scarlet Sparkle was the one I swatched first. It is red glitter suspended in a red jelly polish. Two coats were enough to produce what you see in the pic below.
This is a swatch of Scarlet Sparkle again, but this time on my 4th and 5th finger, I used a red polish as base to make it look more intense. Can you tell the difference?
Next one is Purple Haze. This was almost a nightmare to apply on its own. I was really surprised because unlike the red glitter which came in a red jelly polish, this one came with a clear base. It was so hard to apply because of the uneven finish.
I believe the trick is to apply one coat and let it dry before applying a second layer and a third if necessary. If you apply a second coat while the first hasn't dried yet, the brush will drag the glitter of the first coat off, thus the uneven distribution of glitter. I tried to patch up the bald spots but they could still be seen.
Since the glitter was so sparse, I decided to use a purple polish as base and apply the glitter over like a top coat instead. Here's the result on my last two fingers. Compared to the first two fingers, the polish looks so much nicer, has more depth, and is neater too since there are no bald spots.
Same experience with Bluebelle which also came in a clear base. First two fingers with just glitter polish, last two fingers with a blue polish underneath. It looks so much better, right? And actually very pretty!
Lastly, some Barry M. I want to slap myself for not getting more of them. Oh well, too late!
I bought 3 crackle polish called Barry M Instant Nail Effects in Black Magic, White Frost and Pink Fizz at £3.99 each and a lonely nail paint in Dusky Mauve for £2.99 (the prices are the same as on their website).
Swatch of Barry M Nail Paint Classic Collection in Dusky Mauve. It is said to be a dupe for Chanel Paradoxal at a fraction of the cost. I am so glad to have this. Such an interesting colour! It's so pretty!
Random swatches of the crackle polishes. I need to gush about how they crack so beautifully and so even. I actually went wow while watching them crack. I do not like OPI's or China Glaze's ones as much as these. Plus these don't turn goopy as you use them unlike the OPI ones.
Smaller crackle effect:
Hope you enjoyed the swatches!