Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Finger Paints Gumdrops & Lollipops Collection Spring 2012 Swatches and Review

One more Spring 2012 collection... This one is Finger Paints' spring set, called Gumdrops & Lollipops. Isn't that promo picture adorable? The polish colors are mostly your standard spring shades, but there's a few nice surprises thrown in to keep it from being too predictable.


Finger Paints Blue Raspberry Taffy. This is a typical bright blue/slightly deeper sky blue creme shade. There really isn't anything different about this one that sets it apart from the dozens of other bright blue cremes that come out every year. It's a pretty color, but very, very common.


Finger Paints Choco Mint. This is a little more green than most of the turquoise/pastel teal cremes we've seen so far this year. The name Choco Mint is spot on- this looks exactly like mint chocolate chip ice cream without the chocolate chips. Anyone know of a dark brown chunky glitter I can layer over this? I could use Nubar Black Polka Dot, that might work...


Finger Paints Circus Peanuts. The bottle color is deceptive- this dries a whole lot darker on the nail than it appears in the bottle. This one isn't quite the color of real circus peanuts, but it's vaguely similar. I'm sure they weren't going for an exact match, but if this was more orange and less pink/peach/coral toned, it would be perfect. Have you ever had circus peanuts? They're... different.




Finger Paints Grape Gumball. This one is a nice surprise! It's not a creme like the others, it has a speckled-looking finish. The shimmer particles are flat and silvery, but reflect a little blue and green at certain angles. But they're not all that shiny, really more of a 'speckle' than a 'sparkle'. Oh, and this is mostly blue, not pure purple or grape-colored. Perhaps this is Finger Paints' answer to the speckled blues in the OPI spring collection?


Finger Paints Lemon Sour. This is my favorite one. It's a light (not too whitish or washed out) lemon yellow creme. It's soft-looking and easy to wear and has one of the best formulas for a yellow polish I've ever used. It's smooth and opaque, not streaky or lumpy like most yellows tend to be. Perfect in two coats. Dreamy.



Finger Paints Pop Rock Pink. Pop Rocks! I love Pop Rocks! And this is a really good Pop Rocks color- translucent and candy-colored with a little bit of fizz to it. It's a bright coral pink jelly base with duochrome glass fleck shimmer. The glass fleck shimmer particles in this are very small compared to other similar-finished polishes. It's also very shiny and pretty, shifting colors between orange and fuchsia.

The formula on these was good. The cremes were smooth and opaque and applied very easily. The shimmers were just as nice, but a little less opaque. I did two coats of the cremes, three of the shimmers. The application was great, but I did experience some bubbling due to the thickness of the polish. The dry time on these is also a little longer than most. Like other thick/dense/bubble-prone polishes, it's best to apply very thin coats and let them dry for a few minutes before applying the next one.

The colors are cute and the formula was good, but I think I'm a little burned out on spring colors already. The only one from this collection that I really love is Lemon Sour.

This collection will be available both in store and online at Sally Beauty starting in March. Retail price is $4.99 a bottle. Limited edition.

(This was sent for review.)

37 comments:

  1. i crave circus peanuts every once in a while! seeing that picture is making me crave them now, hehe!

    these polishes look lovely. thanks for the swatches

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  2. Awesome.
    If only Sally could ship internatonally..

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  3. Circus Peanuts are disgusting tasting to me. Pretty shades but nothing I want to buy.

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  4. Awesome swatches - I really love the last color!

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  5. These are so pretty! I especially like Grape Gumball and Lemon Sour.

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  6. Very standart colors right? I only love Grape Gumball, look pretty amazing (and of course, I´m crazy for purple!)

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  7. CIRCUS PEANUTS. Omg, so nasty. Ugh, ugh.

    Not aware of a commercially produced dark brown chunky glitter, but I can suuuure make you one!

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  8. wow! i want Pop Rock Pink badly! But wait... Blue Raspberry Taffy and Circus Peanuts looks pretty!!! I want :D Thanks for the swatches and Review <3

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  9. Once upon a time I LOVED Circus peanuts and then I got sick off of them....Never again. XP But Lemos Sour looks like something I would love also.

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  10. I like Grape Gumball but the rest doesn't look too exciting. There are Spring collections - like OPI Holland - I like better. Yet the colors themselves are pretty and Spring appropriate.

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    1. Grape Gumball FTW! I'd say it's the best of the Collection. : ) Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I could be talked into Lemon Sour as I have nothing else similar... Can probably live without the rest of the collection. Awesome swatches as usual, thank you!

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  12. This is a great collection Circus Peanuts and Grape Gumball look amazing!

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  13. Grape Gumball and Pop Rock Pink are gorgeous! Love the subtle shimmer in those 2.

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  14. I'm in love with Grape Gumball and Pop Rock Pink!

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  15. grap gumball, pop rock pink, and circus peanuts for me! pretty swatches, as always.

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  16. !! Choco mint looks like an exact dupe for Color Club's Bloo-ming.....

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    1. It's not. Blue-ming is far brighter

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  17. Grape Gumball and Pop Rock Pink are my faves!!

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  18. Adorable collection!! Must have circus peanuts just for the name I think, have a few similar shades but can't resist.

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  19. These are really cute names and colors for Spring. I can honestly say I don't usually like or buy "yellow" polish, but Lemon Sour might just be my first! I like Choco mint a lot too, but have a few colors like that. Circus Peanut is interesting too! Hate real circus peanuts...gag me!

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  20. I want them ALL.
    Would you say the yellow one is lighter than Lemon Fizz by China Glaze? Say Yes and give me a reason to buy it. LoL

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    1. Hmm... from memory, I think it's actually a touch darker, but has a different finish- Lemon Sour is softer looking, Lemon Fizz is more of a white-based dense type of pastel yellow. I remember really liking Lemon Fizz, will have to get that one out and wear it again! I <3 yellow polish so much

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    2. What what the heck, I'm getting all of them! lol
      I <3 your blog!!!!

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    3. Lemon Sour is insanely close in color to Lemon Fizz. Lemon Sour is very very slightly lighter.

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    4. Oh, I should also mention that I LOVE Grape Gumball! It is nothing like the two OPI speckled blues from the Holland collection. So much better!

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  21. Hey there! I just discovered and really love your blog! I'm looking to get some creme/pastle polishes and was wondering if you could give me some recommendations on polishes/brands I could check out?(: Preferably those that are easy to apply, non-streaky and don't require more 2 coats :(

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  22. Hey there! I just discovered and really love your blog! I'm looking to get some creme/pastle polishes and was wondering if you could give me some recommendations on polishes/brands I could check out?(: Preferably those that are easy to apply, non-streaky and don't require more 2 coats :(

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  23. Hi! I just doscovered and really love your blog! I'm looking to collect pastle/creme polishes and was wondering if you have any suggestions for brands? Preferably some that are affordable, easy to apply, non-streaky(gosh can't stand the brush streaks) and opaque after 2 coats! Are these the best? :D

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    1. Hi Jesslyn!

      Thank you :D

      Streaking has a lot to do with your application technique, so be sure you're not sitting there painting lots of little strokes. Covering the nail in 1-3 wide, smooth, even strokes with enough polish is ideal for preventing streaking.

      As for which creme and pastel polishes are the best... Actually, most brands are making amazing creme formulas nowadays. China Glaze, OPI and Essie are the three easiest to find brands with great formulas. Rescue Beauty Lounge and Illamasqua are a bit higher-end and expensive, but they have some of the best creme formulas ever. Those are my favorites, at least :D

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  24. Grape Gumball, Lemon Sour, and Circus Peanuts are must haves. Thanks for these!!

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  25. Circus Peanuts, Grape Gumball, and Lemon Sour are must haves. Thanks for these!!!

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  26. Circus Peanuts, Pop Rock Pink, and Grape Gumball are the ones that stand out to me. But all of these look hot on you.

    Shame about the bubbling, but thanks for the heads up about it!

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  27. I don't know why but I love that blue!

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  28. Okay. So last summer I got Choco Mint. It my favorite polish ever! but I cant find it anywhere. Is there any place?

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  29. I love these colors. Believe it or not they are no where to be found. Not on Ebay or Amazon. Not at Sally's. They have vanished. =(

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