Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SV by Sparkly Vernis Frosted Sweets Collection - Winter 2014

It is really hard for me to write this post and be completely unbiased.  Which is why I have enlisted a couple of Bloggers and Instagramers to post this collection.  Click here for @erinspolishplayground swatches, here for Robyn's swatches, here for @atlcatsmeow, and here for Amandalandish.  I will try my best to blog about this, as I would with any other brand.  I will comment about my own experience about making each of them as well.

Mint Frosting is a green that I would probably wear year round.  I don't know know why, but it felt Wintery to me.  This award winning photo might explain it better.  When I made it, I didn't want it to be the dark forest green that we see every single Holiday, I wanted something different.  If you've read this blog for a while, you know that I rarely wear green, so I wanted to make something that I would actually wear, and it had to have a slight blue tint to it, and this fit the expectations.  I will not sugar coat it (no pun intended), this was a pain in the neck to make.  I had to adjust the formula a million times, and in the end, I was still unhappy with a few aspects.  The first one is that, there is not enough shimmer for me.  I wanted more, but I learned that shimmer and holographic pigments clash with each other.  One has to find the right balance, and more often than not, the sacrifice is made for less shimmer.

On the other hand, Gilded Lemon Drops, was the easiest one to make.  The difficult part for me was to find the right amount of yellow.  I love it that there is no green undertones in this one, because green with gold is a deal-breaker for me.  I like the way that this looks on my nails, but I find that the formula is really thin and it sometimes shows my nail's imperfections.  I think it has to do with the pigments used, or perhaps the base.  I have more research to do for sure.  I found that adding an extra coat or applying basecoat helped a great deal.  I'm happy with the color and the shimmer in this one.  Drying time was really fast.  The first time that I applied it, I thought it was too sheer, then I learned that I just needed to pick up a bit more nail polish with the brush, for the second coat.

Blurple Ice Cubes went through a few transformations.  First it was too pink, then too dark, then too blue for me.  I finally settled with this shade and I am really sure that I can call it a 'blurple'.  These type of undefined, in-between shades are very hard to make.  I was happy to find that I had no close dupes in my stash of blurple holographics.  If I move my hand in different angles, it changes from blue to purple.  The shift is very subtle, so I'm not calling it a duo-chrome.  I had to make the purple one so perfect, since it is my favorite color.  It was quite a journey.  I predict that there will probably be a purple in every upcoming collection, since I have so many ideas, and so many different hues in mind, that I want to make for this color.  A quick note about this and Periwinkle Sprinkles, on some monitors, they will look similar to each other, but they are totally different.  I have posted some comps here.

The first nail polish that I made 'from scratch' was Cotton Candy Sugar.  At the time, I was thinking of a perfect girly holo that would be a staple for the Winter.  This is the one that started it all, and the one that determined the frosted theme for all the others.  The iciness of it, transported me back to my days in Minnesota.  I wanted the other colors to have this same look, and that is basically how this collection was born.  The final formula for this one was a bit watery, but none of my test subjects seemed to mind.  I made it a bit thicker and I didn't like it myself.  For some reason it worked, and I left it at that.  Same as with Gilded Lemon Drops, if I pick up a bigger drop of nail polish for the second coat, I get a perfect coverage.  Some will prefer to do 3 coats for it, so it really depends on the user.  This turned out to be a cool-toned pink with lilac undertones, and I love the color and the shimmer.

The last one that I made was Periwinkle Sprinkles.  This one has the best coverage of the whole set.  It was a perfect two-coater.  I like the fact that it is a bit icy, but not too metallic in the shade.  This one has a really strong holographic flame, and can shift a bit to lavender in certain lights.  The rainbow effect with the shimmer is really special.  Blues are infamous for staining nails, and I can happily report that this pigment is all-natural, and does not stain your nails upon removal; even if you don't use basecoat.  However, it has a really weird smell.  I am not sure if I will discontinue it for this reason, because it can be a bit annoying at first.  I have a feeling that for blue lovers, they will find that the color is totally worth it.

Overall, I love the holographic effect on all of these.  Although they are mostly matte, I am ok with this, because I always wear topcoat.  I want to change the base, to a glossy one, but this one dries so fast, which is important to me.  For high gloss, I use OPI DS Topcoat (reviewed here) or Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Topcoat (reviewed here).  They are the best ones for holographics, and I find that they both work well with SV.  The Sally Hansen will dry faster, but the OPI will be glossier.  I really like these bottles, I 'settled for these' and I'm glad I did.  However, I noticed that the brush is on the stiff side, and it takes a bit to get used to it, especially for that second coat.

I know that this review was rather lengthy, but I tend to be really hard on myself, so I saw this coming.  If you made it this far, I want to let you know about my giveaway to this collection, click here.  Also launch info is here.







Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Mint Frosting
OPI DS Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Gilded Lemon Drops
OPI DS Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Blurple Ice Cubes
OPI DS Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Cotton Candy Sugar
OPI DS Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats SV Periwinkle Sprinkles
OPI DS Topcoat

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