30 January 2014

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine swatches

Good day :)

Today I have some swatches of the two Sally Hansen Lustre Shine polishes I managed to snag. The Lustre Shine lacquers are rich, opaque duo- and multi-chromes infused with real silver, and boy are they beautiful!

Having seen the entire collection (you can peruse them all here), I have to say these two--Scarab and Firefly--would be my favourites anyway! The only one I wish I'd been able to get aside from these is Lava.

This is a very pic-heavy post--duochromes always need it, there's so much to see!--so I'll post the swatches after the jump:

Before we jump in, two things to mention are:

1) As is the case with most chrome-finish polishes, these are very unforgiving of any imperfections in the nail. You will notice the difference in the surface between the first shade and the second, as I noticed and buffed them well before swatching the second colour. You want smooth nails and a good base coat for these.
2) These are not thin and sheer like most duochromes tend to be. In these swatches I have used two coats of the polish alone on my index and ring fingers, and one coat over black for the middle and small fingers. Also topcoated with Seche Vite.

So, first up is the lovely Firefly. It is a rich, warm copper that shifts to a lighter yellow-gold, then to green and teal! It's one of the most multifaceted colours in the collection. I shall now show you this beauty at about a million angles:

You can really get a feel for the shift in this one, and see the difference in it alone vs. over black
bit lower lighting--look how rich!
In the shade, where I think it's just stunning. That lighter gold comes out more here as you can see. I wish more of that strong blue shift made it out of the bottle and onto the nail, but alas. It's primarily copper and greenish-gold.
And one inside with flash. Hello, gorgeous shiny copper!

I can't decide which way I like Firefly best--with or without the black undercoat--but there's definitely a noticeable difference. It's beautiful both ways!

Secondly, the luscious Scarab. Oh my lord, this is the best polish ever. It's primarily bright, metallic, radiant teal with a slight gold shimmer at some angles and darker royal blue at the extreme "edges". It doesn't shift as much as some of the others, but when you're this gorgeous you don't need to change, now do you?

You should click to enlarge this one. It is just LUSH. omg. So rich and brilliant it looks like you can dive into it <3
Bright and glorious, shifting to dark and deep. Like the soul of an artist.
In the shade. It started to rain right as I moved in for this, so the water droplets you see are just raindrops I didn't wipe away. But as you can see, it's a rich lovely metallic teal even with little light.
Last but not least, indoors with flash. Appears darker, but again with that amazingly bright shine!

I love Scarab so much I'm wearing it as a full mani now :D I'll add some art and show you that soon!

Do you have any of the Lustre Shine polishes? These are so lovely I might have to see if I can get my hands on the others. I have a real problem with duo/multichromes--I LOVE them, but feel they are so pretty on their own that I don't want to cover them with any kind of design, so I don't end up wearing them often. Doesn't stop me wanting to own them, though!

Have a great day, and I'll see you soon! xoxo

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