Posts tagged: duochrome

Prom night

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I want to start reviewing entire nail polish collections as the come out! So today I am reviewing the Essie fall collection.

Amazing holo

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Mutagen – green multi chrome metallic. The base colour is rich green that changes into dark green, gold, brown-green, blue and purple. When I put my nail into a bowl of water, the colours were changing into blue, orange and pink. I’ve applied one coat of Mutagen over black but two coats by themselves are opaque. The colour is slightly streaky an dries fast.

Sweet pink

Dollish Polish Looking For My Mr

Looking For My Mr. Big is a violet with a beautiful duo-chrome, flashing from Violet to Blue and linear holo pattern! The holo in this was pretty subtle but it was more noticeable in real life than it came out in my photos. The formula was the same as it was for Master Chief, I used 3 coats for the photos below!

SFO

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This is another collection that I’m way behind on posting, but I’ve been getting a lot done around here so I’m finally ready to share it. The OPI San Francisco collection should still be out and available in stores now and you should definitely be able to find it online if you are looking!

OPI Muir Muir on the Wall is a very pretty duochrome that shifts mostly from purple to green. This is two coats, but I think this polish would work very well layered over a black base.

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I’m loving this crazy blue!

IKB: 2012: A bright, vibrant, electric blue with blurple (blue-purple) in a jelly finish, hence, the creation of the most densely pigmented jelly-like finish I’ve ever made.

Surprise pink

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Halcyon is a gorgeous sage green with lots of shimmer. The application was smooth and easy and fully opaque in two coats. No issues to report. (And this one is still available as I type this…for NOW. But they are Limited Edition so if you want it, hurry!) It was difficult to capture the duochrome qualities of the shimmer but in person it’s not difficult to see at ALL. It shifts from pink to copper!

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Bad Apple 3D Arkansas is a blue duochrome with a shift to dark blue and purple. In its lightest it almost looks like turquoise, it’s very beautiful! I’ve applied one coat over China Glaze Tongue & Chic which is dark emerald/teal shimmer. The formula was easy to apply but not very pigmented. I would need three coats for full coverage so I’ve layered it over darker nail polish. Dark or black polish makes the duochrome effect to stand out much more and you’ll need just one coat of 3D Arkansas.

Cocoa

Pixi Nail Colour Classy Cocoa Swatch 2

I’ve seen good reviews of Pixi Nail Colour on the PolishAholic and Vampy Varnish, so I was eager to try it. But the price tag was a bit of a deterrent. At $8 for 7ml, it’s pricier than what I would expect to pay for a polish at Target. So I decided to splurge for one shade and picked out this gorgeous brown called Classy Cocoa.

Pixi Classy Cocoa is one of those shades that is classic, but also complex. It’s a rich cocoa brown with a warm shimmer and cool-toned/taupe undertones. It’s one of those shades that is hard to describe, but hopefully my swatches capture some of the depth of this polish.

Blurple

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The formula here is very easy to apply, a little thin as duochromes are. As I did with my original swatches, I’ve applied the colour over a plain black creme base – if you do it that way, you’ll only need one coat of colour, compared to 2 or 3 if you wear it alone. I’ve used 1 thick coat of Persian over Barry M Black, with top coat.

At some angles, the purple takes on a blurple quality

Atlantis is the new glitter topper released alongside Persian. It’s different from the glitters in the original collection – instead of shards, we’ve got hexes, diamonds, irregular shapes (the pink pieces are not something I’ve ever seen in polish before!) and a smattering of tiny hexes. I do love the colour combination of pink, purple, blue and silver, but it seems a lot more sparse than the originals. I’ve used 1 coat over Persian (with a bit of dabbing to fill gaps) but as you can see, it really needs some placement! It also needs quite a thick top coat to tame it down. 

Supersonic

Priti NYC String of Hearts 2

Finally, we have Priti NYC String of Hearts, a steel blue to purple duochrome.  This is one of the strongest duochromes on the nail that I have ever worn!  String of Hearts is definitely in the same family as OPI Peace & Love & OPI and Essie For the Twill of It, but when comparing to the OPI, I feel like the Priti NYC polish is a bit less “glowy” with the shimmer and the magic comes from the base of the polish itself.  I prefer the Priti NYC!  I wore this as a full manicure last weekend, and no matter the lighting, the duochrome was visible and beautiful!

Sigma Delta Tau

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In addition to being for a great cause, I think OPI Girls Achieve Grapeness is a gorgeous color! In the bottle, it looks like it gives a duochrome effect, which is very slight on the nail, but the color is packed with multidimensional shimmer.