Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Color Club Starry Temptress Collection Summer 2011 Swatches and Review

Wicked Sweet was part one of Color Club's summer 2011 release, so on to part two: Starry Temptress. Both sets are collections of neon shades and while Wicked Sweet was mostly creme, Starry Temptress is glitter. But really different glitter... You'll see what I mean in a second.


Glitter Envy. The glitter in these... isn't sparkly? Crazy, right? I'll post my thoughts on that at the end. Anyway. Glitter Envy. It's a neon green with un-sparkly holo glitter throughout.


Otherworldly. Ooooh... A bright, rich blue with holographic glitter. Not much sparkle, but the glitter adds depth and an interesting starry sky effect.


Space Case. This one is a bit different from the rest because it has a shimmer base instead of creme. If you enlarge the pictures and look closely (in the bottle especially) you can see that it has a smooth green shimmer to it. Very nice.


Ultra-Astral. Wow, bright. The holographic glitter in this seems to take on a blue tint when it's covered by the thick creme base. Fascinating to look at.




Wink, Wink, Twinkle. This one seems to sparkle more than the others. I don't know if it's because of where the glitter ended up when I applied it, or if the base is less dense than the others, but some of the glitter does shine through on the top layer. Gorgeous color. I love the neon purple base with the speckles of silver in it.



You Got Soul-ar. Creamy bright neon orange with hints of holo sparkle. I love these bright traffic cone oranges.


This set includes a bottle of Starry Temptress topcoat, which is a clear base with some iridescent opal glitter. It adds a lot more sparkle to these shades, observe:


One coat of Starry Temptress topcoat over Wink Wink Twinkle, Otherworldly, Glitter Envy and Ultra-Astral, and a coat of topcoat over all of that. See all the different colors reflecting from the glitter? Mesmerizing.

The formula on these was pretty good. They're a bit thick, but because of that they're really opaque. You could probably get away with one thick coat of these, but I did two thin coats in all these pictures and it was perfect. Drying time is very quick and the glitter is shockingly smooth.

So... glitter that isn't sparkly. I have to admit, I'm liking it. At first I was disappointed because that hologram glitter looks so awesome in the bottle, but after wearing the colors for a while, it grew on me. It makes the colors look speckled, spattered, mottled... And I love that you can see glitter through the base color. Gives it a little depth. It reminds me of some of my favorite things from when I was a kid: Jelly shoes and plastic jewelry. Oh man, I loved jelly shoes. Sure, they made your feet all sweaty and nasty and they kinda hurt to wear, but I didn't care! I wish I had a pair to wear now. And they went well with my neon glittery beads and Lisa Frank accessories.

Another interesting feature of these anti-glitters is that they're smooth. You heard me right. Big chunky glitter that's smooth. It lies totally flat, dries totally smooth and doesn't look gritty or bumpy. It doesn't get that lumpy, oatmealy bubbly look. Must be magic. That doesn't apply to the Starry Temptress topcoat, though. That's gritty as hell and eats topcoat like you wouldn't believe. If you've tried the Color Club Japanese glitters or the Pardon My French ones, you'll know what I'm talking about.

That being said, I can easily say I have nothing like this collection. Speckled neons with a hint of holo. Weird, yes, but new to me, and so far I haven't seen anyone else do something like it this year. I approve. Though, if you're looking forward to the holographic sparkle that you see in the bottle, you'll be disappointed in these.

(These were sent to me for review.)

46 comments:

  1. This seems like an idea that shouldn't work but I'll admit, I'm curious. The base colors are pretty if nothing that exciting but the addition of the sparkle-less glitter is intriguing. Great swatches as always :)

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  2. I really like these! Great swatch.

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  3. I wasn't going to buy these. Now you have me very curious. I like all the bright neon shades. Darn but these are sweet.

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  4. I'm really liking these! They're a great twist on the same neons Color Club does every summer. How are they to remove? Like glitters, or easy like creams?

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  5. Somehow I love these on other people, but hate neons on myself.

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  6. I love these soooooo much! I think I like that the glitter is different. I am definitely getting several of these!

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  7. i am on the fence about all of the color club summer colors. but! i used to love jelly shoes as a kid and (most summers as of late) steve madden has been releasing little jelly flats. a few years ago i bought a clear glitter pair and a black pair. they are adorable!

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  8. As always, great swatches. I know many have purchased polish based on your swatches. I am guilty of that. LOL!!!

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  9. This collection is right up my alley, I've been craving glitter polishes for a while now!

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  10. lindos lindos lindos
    eu quero todos principalmente o roxo!
    tem link da loja onde vende?
    beijos

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  11. Scrangie! I love these neon glitters, but let me tell you they were HELL to remove. Literally, I have never worn a polish that was so hard to come off. So unfortunately, I can't wear them again.

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  12. They're quite lovely and interesting. I loved jelly shoes as a kid as well. They always gave me blisters, but I didn't mind. Also, it was annoying how small bits of gravel would get stuck in the grooves on the heels.

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  13. They remind me of birthday parties, Jellies shoes and speckled jelly beans! Mom says bring Wink, Wink, Twinkle and Otherworldly! :)

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  14. These colours looks neon...woow! Great manis :)

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  15. I like these much much better.
    You've Got Soul-ar (cutest name in the collection!), Glitter Envy, and the topcoat thingy shall be mine!

    And ahh jelly shoes were my life. Mine weren't uncomfortable at all though...the insoles were kind of squishy, so it was like walking on very firm jello.
    But anyway, my baby cousin has a pair...hot pink with silver glitter, and I wish I could wear them. Once I put my toe in it to see how it would look and she got really mad at me.

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  16. I'd like the blue but not being a neon fan at all it's not worth it since it's only easy to get the whole collections at Ross, and since it's only like $7 there if I pay more than like $1 for the polish elsewhere I'll feel like I'm getting ripped off...

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  17. I used to love jelly shoes! But I would hate the way rocks would always get stuck in the bottoms.

    I'm really liking the non-sparkly glitter in these neons. I have so many sparkly glitters that its nice to see something different!

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  18. They totally do remind me of the jelly shoes! These are gorgeous!

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  19. OMG Jelly shoes!! ..
    I remember some red jelly shoes I had that had some glitter that wasn't sparkly it reminds me of this top coat!

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  20. I'm a sucker for obnoxiously bright colors; these may be right up my alley! And the idea of non-sparkly glitter is interesting... kind of like those Easter egg glitter dye kits that never really work but look cool anyway? I'll be keeping an eye out for these! Thanks for the great swatches!

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  21. When I first saw the green, it was like POWWWW! I love how in your face it is! Also really like the purple and blue especially.

    Very interesting how the glitter seems to add the illusion of texture even though it's smooth.
    - Mary

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  22. LOVE. NEED THEM ALL!
    I'm really intrigued by the idea of non-sparkly glitter. It's bling without being...blingy? Either way, it's super cool.

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  23. Huh, strange... None of them are bad, really, but I don't like any of them, either. Though I am glad to see something new and different in the nail polish world. The only thing that irritates me about this collection is the name... Starry Temptress? This collection doesn't say "starry" to me at all, and it definitely doesn't say "temptress" either. :P

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  24. Am I the only one left who has no idea where to buy this brand? Love these colors for summer - where can I find them? Or do I have to go online??

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  25. Absolutely loved the orange and purple!!

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  26. I feel exactly like you do. I was disappointed when I realised the glitter didn't sparkle, but they are still nice.

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  27. Cool beans, I already ordered Wink, Wink, Twinkle and I need Ultra-Astral and the blue and the green one. Awesome collection.

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  28. Wink Wink Twinkle looks amazing! And, I like how they're sparkly but not sparkly. LOL I'll have to go try these out.

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  29. This collection is really cool looking. I especially love the green, purple and orange and the non-sparkly glitter is interesting.

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  30. I actually love them even if they don't sparkle. Like you said, it makes them look speckled, different. I want all of 'em except the light pink.

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  31. These look insane. The only place I've ever seen that sells Color Club where I live is this weird little cheapie store in the mall, maybe they'll have these *fingers crossed*

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  32. I need to get this collection! I have the most awesome pair of jelly flats- clear with multi colored glitter. They were from Target a couple years back and they're actually pretty comfy!

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  33. Go to Ross, they sell whole collections for 7 bucks. I got the undercover reveal your mystery ones and starry temptress, hoping they will have the wicked sweet ones soon!! Unfortunately the stores near me only sell them one package at a time LOL. Thankfully I'm like the only person who knows to go there, or else I'd never get color club.

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  34. I don't like how neons look on me, which is funny because I do like bright colours. However, the finish of these is really interesting, so I might be tempted to buy a couple...

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  35. These are AWESOME! I love neons, and this "new" glitter idea is super cool! Gotta get some!! :)

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  36. These are the most awesome nail polishes they have it all....glitter and neon color!

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  37. Just picked up this collection and the wicked sweet collection at Ross for $7.99 each! They are soo beautiful in person!

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  38. ooo, maybe I'll be able to find these at Ross when I go to Austin?? *holds breath*

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  39. OMG I totally just bought these today at Ross for $7.99 for the whole set, and I come home to find you have posted on them. Perfect! I am totally excited to wear these now, I usually dont like neons but mI went for it.
    Plus I love your post. They do reminds me of Jellys and Lisa Frank!

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  40. I just bought these are Ross and came home to this post, perfect! Im looking forward to trying these out.

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  41. I love these! I wish I could buy them around here - or maybe it's better I can't, I'd probably buy them all!

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  42. So I looked it up and there isn't a Ross in Louisville or even in the entire state of KY. Any other suggestions?? :(

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  43. hey scrangie, what kind of top coat are you using here? Ive been on the hunt and tried everything lately and nothing seems shiny unless its seche and i cant handle all of the shrinkage there. Help!

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  44. om my . I litery said O....! when i saw this . need them . amazing

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