I really wanted to swatch these the minute I got them, but I've been too sick to swatch and it's been TORTURE!! Ahh!! But I was finally feeling well enough to swatch and as usual my impressions of the polishes changed between looking at them in the bottle and wearing them on my nails.
It's a set of minis and it comes in a snazzy looking zip pouch like the last mini set did.
Aquarius. A sparkly near-metallic aqua blue. It has a subtle amount of greenish reflection to it. This one applied a lot more sheer than I thought it would; you can see a little visible nail line on me.
Hashbury. I had originally picked this one out as my favorite. It's actually much more red toned on the nail than it is in the bottle, as you can see in this picture. On the nail it's not as purple as I thought- it's actually more of a dark magenta with blue shimmer. Pretty but unexpected!
Love Light. This turned out to be my real favorite. I know, crazy, right? But I can't help it, it's so pretty. It's a sheer slightly peach-tinted shimmer. The perfect summer nude/neutral for my skintone, but I can see this looking amazing on someone with a tan or someone with a very dark complexion. It's so sparkly. Not boring at all. It reminds me of what I like about OPI Princesses Rule!- yeah, it's a soft shade but it's just too pretty not to love.
Magic Bus. Saturated orange creme. I thought this one would be neon but it's not quite. Indoors it looks like a dark retro orange, outdoors it takes on more brightness but it's still not fluorescent. It is bold and colorful and it reminds me more of summer than fall, which is unusual for orange cause they always remind me of pumpkins.
Psychedelic Sister. Nothing really exciting or unique here- it's your standard summer coral creme. Not ugly, but not too interesting either. It's neither exceptionally bright nor super dramatic, it's a little muted, middle-toned, soft looking.
Shine On. Another typical summer shade that would look great on someone with a tan. It's a light sandy bronze, lots of fine shimmer, borderline frosty but really more metallic than frost.
Woodstock. Neon pink creme. How hot is this? I think it's hot. I love these neon pinks, they're so eye-catching (or is that eye-burning?) and fun.
The formula on these was good! The last set was a little inconsistent in terms of texture, but these are very uniform. They all went on smoothly and didn't give me any difficulty at all. Some of the shimmers were a little on the sheer side but all the cremes were very opaque. I did three coats of everything, but the cremes only needed two. One thing worth mentioning- they have a wide-ish brush. Not Pro Wide wide, but nice and substantial. I was able to get one stroke coverage with it and that's a huge bonus for me. Normally mini polishes tend to have mini brushes that I find hard to use, but these were fantastic. They were all even and just soft enough and they fanned out perfectly. Great brushes.
Overall, I love the idea of this collection. The 'Summer of Love' 60's psychedelic theme. I was not alive in the 60's but all of these colors together in a set do evoke images of 60's-70's fashion in my mind. I'm seeing a lot of long hair, a lot of flowers.
I do love the colors as well, I think they're really fun and flattering, but I can't say that any of them are one-of-a-kind or super unique. I don't have too many colors like Hashbury or Love Light in my collection, so I'd call those the most unique of the set.
But... this does open up lots of possibilities... Urban Decay has now done TWO sets of polish. It wasn't just a one time thing last fall. That gives me hope that maybe... maybe... one day they'll re-release a lot of their classic colors. How awesome would that be? They could do a set- even a mini set if that's what they had to do- of all the good old Urban Decay polish shades... maybe Bruise, Toxin, Id, all the super unique amazing ones that no one has managed to copy yet. Man, I'm getting myself all excited at the idea. I really hope they do something like that. I would freak out.
If you're interested in picking these up (or last fall's Apocalyptic kit), Urban Decay is doing their Friends and Family sale right now so you could get them 30% off. The code is 1SFNF and I believe it's good until the 19th? Next week at least.
(These were sent to me for review)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Posted by Scrangie at 3:12 PM