A Bouquet For Ava. This is a really pretty bright aqua/turquoise/teal creme. It's a little more green than my picture shows- my camera keeps wanting to turn this into a bright sky blue, so this is the closest shot I have. It's not too off though. It reminds me of China Glaze Shower Together/Aqua Baby, to give you an idea of the tone.
Blossom. Soft pinky-peach creme. I think I've mentioned that I don't own many peach polishes, and after seeing how good this one looks on me, I don't know why I don't have more! I know, it's a pretty safe color, but this just looks so... so... cute? It's cute. It's like a kitten nose. Undeniably cute!
Daring Dahlia. This is an extremely red-toned purple (maybe even magenta) and it's half-neon. I say half-neon because it's not super neon bright like its neon cousin Essie Bermuda Shorts, but it is pretty bright and dries matte, so it's at least a little neon. It also has a really nice looking hot pink shimmer that's visible in the bottom of the bottle, but it doesn't seem to transfer to the nail. If anything, it's 'secret shimmer'.
June Bug. Soft slate-blue with electric blue shimmer and red-purple and silver glitter. I like this one in the bottle more than I like it on my nails. It's a cool idea for a polish! The dark colored glitter in a light contrasting base. On my nails it seems more like a flat speckled grey, maybe like a bird's egg or that floor paint with the speckles that people put in their garages. There's a tiny amount of silver glitter that makes it look like white specks or imperfections. The pretty bright blue shimmer doesn't seem to show on the nail. Could just be my skin tone, though.
Urza... um... I mean... Myrza's Meadow. Light mint/jade green with a sprinkling of hologram glitter. This is totally unique. Very fascinating. You would think that the holo glitter would be the focal point of the polish, but it's really not! Once it's on the nails it's a very subtle effect. The overall effect is a very soft mottled jade green with the occasional multi-colored glint coming off the buried glitter. Makes my hands look red but I'm still going to wear it cause it's cool!
Snap Dragon. Chrome green. Maybe not 100% chrome, more in between chrome and pearl. It's pearly and a little brush-strokey like a pearl, but it's very reflective and metallic like a chrome. I like that it's green, but it's a little too frosty for my tastes. I've never seen a frost flatter anyone's hands.
The formula on these was thick, which is par for the course for Barielle. Thick, but not necessarily hard to control. The thickness tends to add opacity, which usually allows for fewer coats. I did two coats of all except Myrza's Meadow where I did three. Drying time is a little on the slow side, but not too bad with a quick-dry topcoat.
The important detail about this collection which must be highlighted: 100% of the proceeds from A Bouquet For Ava, Myrza's Meadow and June Bug go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. One hundred percent. That's AWESOME. You can order them here from the OCRF's website.
I'm proud of you, Barielle. Not only do these polishes help a worthy cause, but 100% of the proceeds!! That's rare. Usually it's a small percentage, or it's not even specified at all how much goes to a cause, but Barielle puts it right out there in plain letters. 100%.
This collection really says 'spring' to me. It reminds me of budding plants and flowers. I guess that was sort of the point... so... woo, spring! I am rather fond of Blossom, it's not even a 'me' color, but it looks so nice and pretty and dare I say.... girly? Despite the fact that it's girly, it's flattering and I like the way it looks on me.
I believe these are available now on Barielle's website (which has a permanent buy two get one free sale).
(These were sent to me for review)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Posted by Scrangie at 9:33 AM