Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jessica Heavy Petal Collection Spring 2012 Swatches and Review

It's been a while since I've seen anything new from Jessica. Their new Spring 2012 Collection (called Heavy Petal) was a surprise in more ways than one. One, because I haven't seen a new collection from them in so long that I wasn't sure if they were even releasing a spring collection. And two, because at first glance these all appear to be stereotypical "spring" colors, but there are two polishes in here with an awesome, unexpected surprise:

DUOCHROME SHIMMER.


Jessica Born 2 Pansy. This is such an amazing color. It's a creamy semi-sheer pale purple base with lots and lots of color-shifting glass fleck shimmer. The shimmer shifts from blue to teal to pink, purple and gold. Most of the time the shimmer looks blue and green, but in certain lights, it's pink/purple duochrome with only a little blue. The base color of it is so perfect and very unusual. It's very light and pastel but it's so vibrant. It looks mostly like a bright (but very pale) blue-toned purple to me, but in some lights it looks much more pink and a lot warmer. If you were disappointed by Essie To Buy Or Not To Buy, you should really check this one out. It has that same multichrome shimmer, but in this polish it actually shows up and is quite noticeable.


Jessica Dazed Dahlia. This is a deep fuchsia creme with a little bit of a jelly finish to it. This is a pretty basic color, not much else to say about it.


Jessica Geranium Gypsy. You know... for a frost, this wasn't that bad. The application was flawless and most of the streaks go away as it dries, leaving it with a near chrome-like metallic finish. The color is a soft purple that changes a little bit depending on the lighting. Maybe it's because it's purple, maybe it's because of the unexpectedly nice application, but I actually kinda like this.


Jessica Hotter Than Hibiscus. This is a shiny, silver-based metallic frost like Geranium Gypsy, but instead or purple, it's pink. The same oddly nice application (frosts are usually a nightmare to apply), same shiny finish... But I don't like it like I like the other one! (Did I just say 'like' three times in the same sentence?)



Jessica Rolling Rose. This is just like Born 2 Pansy, but with a pink base instead of purple. It has all of that lovely color-changing shimmer and it actually shows up on the nail. In the bottle this one seems like a warm pink, but when I'm wearing it, it looks like it has a blue undertone. Could be from all the pretty blue sparkles, but it definitely looks different on my nail than it does in the bottle.


Jessica Witchy Wisteria. This type of color always turns out looking so dark in my pictures. It does dry a lot darker than bottle color, but it is at least a shade lighter than this in real life. This is basically a less-shimmery version of OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI? / Zoya Tru. Red-toned grape purple with red, orange and gold shimmer.

The formula on these was great. It was a little thick, but it flowed smoothly and didn't run or bubble or pool. I was really impressed with the application of the two frost shades in particular because frosts are usually horrible to apply. I did three coats of each color, but only the Born 2 Pansy and Rolling Rose needed the third. Dry time is long, so don't forget your quick-dry topcoat!

Overall, I guess I'm pretty pleased with this collection. Born 2 Pansy really, really impressed me and I love it intensely. Rolling Rose is one of the nicest pale pinks I've ever worn. The rest of the colors don't stand out to me, but those two are so pretty and unique that I've started to think that maybe I'm not as sick of pastels as I thought I was. Still not excited about the idea of bringing back frosts (Please, no. Don't do it, polish companies! I'm begging you!), but at least the two frosts in this collection applied well.

This collection is available now on jessicacosmetics.com.

(This was sent for review.)

33 comments:

  1. NO frosts. Absolutely NO frosts. Do they not try these things out? Crazy people!

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    1. I'm with you. DEATH TO FROSTS. Though there is always the occasional one that actually looks good and not like streaky shiny garbage.

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  2. I think all the colours are lovely, especially Born 2 Pansy and Geranium Gypsy!

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  3. Oh Scrangie, I just came across a swatch of RBL Scrangie...that's so amazing :P Both the idea that you have a polish named after you, and that this polish is so gorgeous.

    Moving on though, I really like Born 2 Pansy. Your swatches are great...but the rest of the colors are easily duped and I think I already have them in my stash haha.

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    1. Thank you so much! We worked hard on that color and it was the experience of a lifetime, so it makes me really happy to hear you say that :)

      Agreed on your point- except Rolling Rose, I've seen similar colors but nothing quite exactly the same!

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    2. I wonder if I can find it on sale somewhere...I've never bought a(n) RBL polish. Rolling Rose is a pale pink with blue shimmer/glass flecks. I swear to you I have something like it. I'm going to find it and show you xD

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    3. It's soo expensive T_T Sells on eBay for $35, and I only see 2 up there. Makes me so sadddd.

      Rolling Rose though...I'm going to find it, the dupe I feel like I have. Pale pink with blue shimmer/glass flecks/something or other. The base colors might be slightly different, but it's close enough that I wouldn't buy another polish.

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    4. BAH that was so stupid. I forgot you approve the comments before they appear and rewrote my post D: Stupid Pryanka T_T

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    5. No worries! I think blogger has also been glitching out since they introduced threaded comments, lately when I post comments it looks like they didn't go through.

      Anyway, I know of two *similar colors*: Nicole Kim-pletely In Love and something by Zoya... I want to say it's actually Zoya Rose? But I'm sure there's another polish that might be closer to it than those two, I just don't own one :)

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  4. I like a lot of these. Geranium Gypsy is pretty, and I detest frosts!

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    1. I don't know of any stores that sell Jessica anymore, but there's always the website!

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  6. Love Born 2 Pansy and Rolling Rose. They look absolutely delightful. Now I want them... haha.

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    1. Delightful. Perfect word for those. :D

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  7. Witchy Mysteria sortof reminds me of Dutch Ya Just Love OPI? Beautiful swatches!

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    1. Yep, mentioned that right below the picture. lol

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  8. I love Born 2 Pansy and Rolling Rose. Are these colors available at retail, and if so, where? Thanks.

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    1. Probably, but after Target stopped carrying them, I haven't seen anther place that stocks them. Sorry!

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  9. Witchy Wisteria...is there anyone who ISN'T releasing a variation on this color this Spring?

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    1. I know, seriously... I mean... I like it, but come on guys, have you copied each other enough yet? (See also: OPI Catch Me In Your Net) Hahaha

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  11. i wonder if rolling rose is similar to nicole by opi's kimpletely in love from the kardashian kolors line. either way, i'll be buying it! :-)

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    1. It is, I liked that one too! The base colors are a bit different, and there's more shimmer in Rolling Rose, but they're definitely similar colors!

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  12. Jessica Rolling Rose is gorgeous. So pretty and delicate!

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  13. Lots of these are really surprisingly pretty on the nail! When I saw the thumbnail of all the bottles lined up, I expected a much more typical spring collection, but I really like the duochrome shimmers.

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  14. Thank you for the swatches. I absolutely adore Born 2 Pansy !

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  15. I like Born 2 Pansy - only one I would wear out of this collection...also really hard to find this brand anywhere around me. Cannot believe they put in frosts to this collection. I was one who was among those disappointing with the lack of shimmer showing up in Essie Buy or Not to Buy. It was too chalky. I liked Play Date from the previous Essie collection a lot, esp with an 'effect' over it (be it CND or Essie Lux effect).

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  16. Pretty swatches! Born 2 Pansy looks very similiar to NOPI's One Big Happy Fame-ily from the new Kardashian spring release.

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  17. Love the look of Born 2 Pansy,but it was your swatch of Rolling Rose that made me buy it.Unfortunately,even with four coats I still have a clearly visible nail line (my nails are quite long(over 15mm) and i have really white tips so i should have realized) :-( Best nail blog out there! x
    p.s I got it from feelunique.com

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  18. Your swatches look better than everyone else's; don't know how you do it. Did you ever look at a nail polish for, like, weeks because you didn't want to spend the money, but then you finally broke down and bought it because you figure you wanted it long enough and you were just wasting so much time looking at it online? That's what happened with me and Rolling Rose and Born 2 Pansy.

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