03 May 2014

2 Springy 2 Sinful

terrible 2 fast 2 furious reference there

*ahem* Hi! Finally back in my house (new kitchen and tiles = AWESOME! it feels like a new place!) and I have some new (to me) polishes to show off. Those of you who follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook will have already seen the cute look I did with these shades for one of the friends who kindly let me stay with her. Today I have swatches and a gradient look for you, featuring Sinful Colors Unicorn and Rain Storm!



First up is Unicorn--a pale, lemon-yellow crelly. I was excited to find this, since I do not have a pale yellow like this in my collection... and my Cult Nails It's A New Day collection hasn't arrived yet (New Day should be quite similar, and I'm looking forward to comparing)!

Indoors with flash

The formula was... eh. Streaky, hard to manage, that unfortunate combination of thick yet runny that ends up being tough to apply evenly and keep out of the cuticles. This is three coats, and in some areas it could have maybe used a fourth, but I wasn't going there. It's quite common with soft pastel shades like this, so I kind of expected it--but some companies have managed to perfect the formula for light shades since this came out, so I'm not sure how much patience I'll have for it. It is, however, very shiny--these photos are without topcoat!

Outdoors in shade

It is really pretty, though, and it has that squishy, yummy look. This would be flattering on a lot of skin tones--I think it would be especially beautiful on dark skin!

Outdoors in sun

Next up is Rain Storm, which I am pleased to report has a much better formula!

Indoors with flash

Rain Storm is a gorgeous, creamy, dusky blue. Unlike Unicorn, it applied easily. This is two effortless, buttery coats--again, without topcoat. 

Outdoors in shade
Outdoors in sun

I think the sunny yellow + the "rainstorm" blue make this a great duo for spring. I decided to do a simple gradient with these two. Unicorn didn't even want to work well in a gradient, being easily overtaken by the more opaque and darker blue--but fortunately, I am familiar with the First Rule of Creme Gradients: Glitter covers a multitude of sins. So I called upon China Glaze Fairy Dust, and the finished mani is quite nice! (This one I did topcoat--with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.)

Indoors with flash
Outdoors in sun

And, because I will never get tired of rainbow-holo-sparkle, one blurry shot to show it off:

Outdoors in sun

So, there you have it. Two nice polishes for spring, and only $5 a pop! I was so surprised to see this brand here in Australia, and at such a good price to boot. (It's at Target, for you other Aussies... yes, I know it's autumn here, shut up... lol)

I think I'm feeling a water marble next. Check back soon to see it! xoxo

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