Aly’s Dream Polish Sky Blue and Deep Emerald Swatched

This one’s for all of you holo lovers out there. A few weeks ago a friend in a Facebook group started posting holo swatches, in the “which of these colors do you like best that I should make?” kind of way. Another friend said, “well, all of them,” and all of a sudden Aly’s Dream Polish was launching for pre-orders with something like 70 holos. The range is incredible – if you want a light blue, a dark blue, a blue with a little more green to it, but not that much green – it’s all there. My only complaint was that, as a Carolina fan, there was a “Duke Blue” polish, but there was none named Carolina Blue, which, as everyone knows, is a real thing, but Duke Blue is not. When I (mostly jokingly) said something about it, Duke Blue was changed to Duchess Blue. Hee hee, point for me!!

After much back and forth I picked 8 – Sky Blue, and 18 – Dark Emerald. (Disclosure-I purchased these polishes with a blogger discount, but I did pay for the polishes). There were a few limited edition etched bottles, and I opted to get one in the etched bottle and one with the stick on label.

First, Sky Blue #8, this one with the new sticker label. This is two coats, and no problems with application. It went on easily and smoothly.

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And here is Dark Emerald #18, in the etched bottle – equally easy to apply and full coverage in two coats.

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Here are my overall impressions. Both colors were easy to work with, and super smooth – I didn’t use Seche Vite on top of these. I love the range of colors offered; you can pretty much find anything you’re looking for. These are not at holo as some of the super holo colors I’ve tried, like the Urban Outfitters polish, so at $12 a bottle you’re really trading a little less holo power for more color choices. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; I don’t always need an in my face oh my god look at that effect that distracts me while I’m driving, and even without the holo effect, like in indoor lighting, the colors were very pretty. Dark Emerald, especially, is a color that has not been done that much by other companies – holos tend to be pastel-y, so I was very happy to be able to get some deeper shades. The more I look at these pictures in detail, actually, the more I’m in love with the colors. Allergies have made it hard for me to be in love with anything in person this week. In fact, Dark Emerald reminds me of A England Dragon, which is a little bit less expensive, but also comes in an 11 mL bottle instead of a 15 mL bottle. These are definitely worth checking out if you have a particular color you just can’t seem to find in anyone else’s line, or if your favorite shade always seems to be sold out – there may well be a similar color available from Aly’s! Aly’s Dream Polish is available for $12 for a 15 mL bottle here.

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Jade Holografico Magia Negra Swatched

Today I got some new close up filters for my good camera, so I’m trying to make the switch from (what I find to be surprisingly good for most purposes) iPhone photographs to actual grown-up digital SLR pictures. Baby steps!

Last night I decided to break out one of the two Jade Holografico polishes I purchased. These are available from LLaRowe and Ninja Polish for $7 each, but they also come in 8mL bottles instead of a “standard” 15 mL like OPI. Still, these aren’t colors you’d wear every day so that small bottle should last a good while. I believe these are made in Brazil and have some different rules about chemical ingredients so they are not “3-free,” “4-free” etc like most other polishes. Be aware they may have a stronger smell than you’d expect.

This is two coats, with a Seche Vite topcoat that did not dull the holo at all. These are all indoor shots (although one is indoors in the sunlight I could get in through the window) and the holo effect on these is super strong. Although the color is “black” I found it to be more of a grey or brown-black than a true pure dark black – but I still loved this color. It’s relatively easy to find holo silvers and pastels, but dark holos are rarer. (By the way, Jade has made some absolutely beautiful purples, dark pinks, reds, and blues in this line).

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Nailgasm Wormy Swatched

As soon as I got my Shrieking Eels, I placed another order from Nailgasm. I got four colors this time; Wormy, Tardis Blue, Stardust, and Snow Flurious. I ordered minis of all four, but was upgraded to a full size of Tardis Blue (woooot!!). Here’s Wormy:

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I really like this. It’s got a subtle goldish holo effect to it. I used three coats but suspect another might be needed to avoid being able to see through it in the direct sunlight. Compared to some of the bright silver holos (like Urban Outfitters), this one looks like it could easily pass for something more conservative. It’s light but not an “easter egg” pastel kind of color. It seems like it might be fairly close to Butter London Fishwife or Trustafarian, and I’ll probably compare them when I’m ready to take this off, but I’m going to wear it for a couple of days because I really really like it. At $8, this is a more affordable way to scratch that pastel holo itch, and you get 15 mL instead of 11 mL for $14 from Butter. I think I’ll be getting a full size bottle next time I order from Nailgasm. You can get Wormy via Etsy.

The only thing I didn’t love about this color was the brush; it was a little “clumpy” which made it hard to do an even application, as though polish had dried on the brush and stiffened it up. I didn’t have that issue with Shrieking Eels, so it might be the mini bottles, or it might just be a fluke. In no way did it diminish my affection for this color.

Urban Outfitters Holos Back – Online at Least

Out of the blue, it appears that the lovely Urban Outfitters holo polishes are back online – at least in silver and green. Polishes are $10 each; shipping is a bit spendy at a minimum $10 but if you can find something else you want, shipping is free on $50 orders.

Color Club’s “Secret” Holo

I found this on a nail supply expedition a couple of weeks ago. At first I thought this was one of the new Color Club holos and I was excited that maybe the store had the whole collection. Alas, this seems to just be an older color. It’s called Love ‘Em/Leave ‘Em, and it’s an intriguing shade.

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At first this was a kind of glimmery sand color. Very work appropriate, I thought; not likely to draw attention. Not boring but not attention grabbing. But what about the holo effect in the direct light?

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It’s there but it won’t knock you down. You won’t run off the road turning your hands every which way in amazement. If you work in a conservative field, like law, this is a good thing. You could wear this to court and not be held in contempt. It’s kind of like your own little secret, almost like the wisdom that you wear gorgeous frilly underwear because at least you know you look good under your clothes.

If I ever have to get a job that requires me to wear a suit and play grown up lawyer, this might be my go-to color.

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