Friday, November 18, 2011

Color Club Backstage Pass Collection Fall/Winter 2011 Swatches and Review

What's that? More glitter!, you say? I think I can help with that. Have a look at Color Club's latest release: The Backstage Pass Collection. Six chunky glitters in all different shapes, sizes and colors.


Color Club Backstage Pass. This is very large silver and purple hexagon shaped glitter, plus a little bit of smaller hex and normal sized purple and silver glitter in a clear base. It's extremely thick and chunky and doesn't apply like normal glitter polish. Instead you have to dab it onto your nail and spread the glitter pieces around with the brush. Some of the glitter in this one seems curved... U-shaped... 3D. Like a taco. Those pieces tend to flake off the nail after the polish dries, even after topcoat is applied.



Color Club Fame and Fortune. This is a magenta jelly base with a random assortment of shattered holographic silver pieces. This is not normal glitter, not that flaky, crinkly mylar glitter like the old NYX Avenue polishes and not traditional 'flaky' style glitter. It is large, irregular, shattered pieces of plastic. Very, very cool looking and unique in my collection. Even if this is a pain to apply, the end result is worth it.



Color Club It's A Hit. This is just a very large purple hexagon glitter in a clear base. Some of the glitter in this has that curling/curving problem like the glitter in Backstage Pass. These large hex glitter shades are best left for layering.



Color Club Platinum Record. Large and small pewter hex glitter and small, round silver and grey glitter in a slightly smoky-tinted clear base. Again, best for layering.



Color Club Take The Stage. This is regular gold glitter and a small amount of the shattered hologram glitter that's in Fame and Fortune in a clear base. The holographic accents are cool, but not that noticeable.



Color Club Wish Upon A Rock Star. A multicolored glitter in a clear base. There's silver, red, green, gold and purple regular glitter plus some large lavender hex glitter and maybe a piece or two of silver broken hex in there as well. This one was the easiest to apply of all the shades and it's possible to wear this alone, but it's definitely easier to layer.

Here's a few of the shades layered:

Backstage Pass over white.

It's A Hit! over pink.


Platinum Record over white.


The formula on these was not good. That's normal for this type of glitter, but knowing that doesn't make it any more fun to apply. The base is thick and glue-like, while the glitter all clumps up in the bottom and sides of the bottle and on the brush stem. You have to make globs of polish on the nail and then individually place the glitter with the brush instead of brushing it on like normal glitter. I did three 'coats' (drop/push technique coats) each, except for the layered pictures which are only one coat. Drying time is good, but none of them dry flat, so multiple coats of topcoat are required.

Overall, I like the colors for the most part, but the application is dreadful. They're so chunky and gooey, it really requires patience to get a nice, even glitter distribution with these. That, and removal is a bit more rough than normal glitter, these big hex pieces really love to stick to the nail.

My picks are Fame and Fortune, Wish Upon A Rock Star and Backstage Pass. Wish Upon A Rock Star has the easiest application and all three have really interesting color mixes and effects. As sharp and poky as it is, I love that shattered plastic glitter in Fame and Fortune! Especially in the hot pink base.

(These were sent to me for review.)


24 comments:

  1. You made Fame an Fortune look amazing!

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  2. Holy crap! What? LOL IDK how I feel about these..might be too much.

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  3. I have Platinum record and Take The Stage they looks amazing but application is awful :(

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  4. I agree with ShortAndSweetNails its a bit too much. But thank you for the swatches Scrangie, I bet this post took forever especially with the removal of the glitter!! You are awesome (:

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  5. I think the only one I like is Take the Stage. They're just too chunky for me, but definitely different.

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  6. The look much better when layered.Did the hexagonal pieces sort of scratch when you tried removing them?

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  7. Wow! Never seen anything like it! x

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  8. Wow. A bit to much chunky glitter for me but pretty to look at.

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  9. You have fabulous nails, but the colours in this collection do nothing for you! I really don't like the look of any of these, and just knowing how terrible the formula makes it even worse.

    But, hats off to you, Scrangie, for having the patience to swatch these. I don't think I could've!

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  10. These polishes are hideous! Wonder what makes the polish companies think we want more and more glitter, and bigger and bigger pieces that stand erect off the nail? Kudos to you for even making the attempt. BTW, I got my bottle of re-released RBL Scrangie yesterday. Now THERE'S a polish! I love it!

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  11. Take the Stage is great but OMG those other shades with the curved glitter would drive me crazy! I can't stand anything sticking up off my nail like that (it's a hold-over issue from when I used to bite my nails), and I've noticed that even the regular larger glitter pieces in other polishes tend to do this.

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  12. I was wondering what these would like on the nail! I have to say, these polishes aren't my thing. The pieces of glitter are just too large and chunky. Also, I think that you always show polishes to their best advantage and with the best application, and if I still don't like these polishes when you swatch them, I'm probably not gonna like them more when I do.

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  13. These look so cool. I won't be buying these. They sound llike too much trouble.

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  14. OMGAH, talk about bling bling! Backstage Pass over white looks pretty cool though..but yeah, I bet they are a big huge pain in the ass to apply and remove..

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  15. I just bought this collection, it's pretty nice.. but the glitter was definitely hard to work with.

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  16. Hahaha. Beware of the taco glitters!

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  17. these are amazing!! i love glitter polishes but they are soooo hard to take off so i never wear them except for like NYE. i love that first purple one and the platinum one.

    Xo

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  18. Wow, that was hard work!! I think it´s too much for me... companies are going to make us beg for cremes haha
    how does Fame and fortune compare to OPI I lily love you? It´s like the extreme version?
    Thank you for your swatches, beautiful pictures as always
    ps, I use the foil method to remove glitters and it´s really easy, zero damage to the nail

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  19. I have this collection!! I'm wearing Fame and Fortune over a dark blue base (Royal by Revlon) it looks like shattered glass!! I LOVE it!

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  20. They are definitely interesting but not my cup of tea

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  21. This collection is such a fail for me! I've heard nothing but terrible things about the application.

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  22. I LOVE THEM ALL! WANT THEM ASAP! OBSESSED

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  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! WHERE CAN I GET THEM NOW?!?!?!?!

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