Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Madam Glam Chameleon (Thermal) Gel Polish

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Madam Glam Chameleon Thermal Gel Polish Swatches and Review

Hello Loves!  Madam Glam recently added some fun new thermals to their gel polish line.  I have the full collection of Madam Glam Chameleon Gel Polish to show you!  Yep, all twelve of them.  Since I have a lot of photos for you, I'm going to try to keep this post on the shorter side.  (Stop laughing.  I'm not ALWAYS long winded.)

These are a little different than the regular Madam Glam Gel Polishes.  How?  Well, they're thermal, of course, but they are also in slightly smaller bottles.  The regular Madam Glam Gel Polish bottle is 15 ml.  The Chameleons are 10 ml.  They also don't have the color preview on the top, but that makes sense if you think about it.  The preview would never be accurate since it would keep changing based on the temperature of the room.  lol

Ready to see them?  Of course you are.  I'm happy to say that most of them are quite unique to my collection.

First up is a sweet mauve to purple shifter called Man Eater.  Man Eater also has silver micro glitter that spices it up a little.  Below is three thin coats.
Madam Glam Chameleon Man Eater Swatch

Since there are so many polishes in this collection, I decided to change up the way I do my warm/transition/cold shots.  Instead of three separate photos in a collage, I decided to do all of the phases in one shot.  For all of the non-bottle shots in this post, the index finger is cold, the middle and ring fingers are in transition, and the pinky finger is warm.  Let me know in the comments if you like this new format or if I should stick to the old way.  :)
Madam Glam Chameleon Man Eater Swatch

Voulez-vous is an earthy, rusty orange in the warm phase and a deep plum toned brown in the cold phase.  This one also has the silver micro glitter for a touch of sparkle.  I'm not sure why, but it makes me think of Mars.  This one is opaque in two coats.  Pretend you don't see the finger prints on the polish.  Oops.  lol
Madam Glam Chameleon Voulez-vous Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Voulez-vous Swatch

Heaven is a fun magenta leaning purple when warm and transitions to a deep purple that is borderline blurple in the cold phase.  Look, there's that silver micro glitter again.  I used three coats in this swatch as I found it was a tad sheer in the warm phase in two coats.
Madam Glam Chameleon Heaven Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Heaven Swatch

Do You Really Know Me? is another with the silver micro glitter.  This one is a blue toned purple when warm and transitions to a deep burgundy (or is it maroon?) when cold.  Three coats again.  It was almost opaque in two for me, so it might be a two coater for you.
Madam Glam Chameleon Do You Really Know Me? Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Do You Really Know Me? Swatch

What Color Is The Dress? is one of my favorites of the dozen polishes in this post, but I admit I groaned at the name.  lol  This one transitions from a medium blue when warm to a deep burgundy when cold.  In the transition phase, the blue appears more navy.  She is a nice two coater for me.
Madam Glam Chameleon What Color Is The Dress? Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon What Color Is The Dress? Swatch

We move away from the micro glitter with Dancing In The Moonlight.  Dancing in the Moonlight transitions from a dusty pink when warm to a medium purple when cold, but it has a chunky silver shimmer that gives it an awesome metallic look.  I'm still wearing this one. I just couldn't bring myself to take it off!  Good thing I swatched it last, right?  I did use three coats in the swatch below.  It was opaque in two, but I'm a little heavy handed with my brush and needed a third super thin coat to even out the shimmer.
Madam Glam Chameleon Dancing In The Moonlight Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Dancing In The Moonlight Swatch

Pop Goes My Heart might look a little familiar.  ;)  This blue to purple thermal is packed with varying sizes of silver glitter.  The consistency is very nice and the glitter was easy to distribute.  This is two coats.
Madam Glam Chameleon Pop Goes My Heart Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Pop Goes My Heart Swatch

My Boo is like Pop Goes My Heart but without the glitter.  My Boo is a squishy, royal blue when warm and transitions to a royal purple when cold.  Yeah, so it really does go completely blue.  I decided to skip the water for the shots in this post and opted for my A/C and hair dryer to get them to transition.  By the time I made it to this shot, it was so freaking cold in my house that I could barely keep it warm long enough to take a picture.  lol  Oh yeah, I needed three coats for it to be fully opaque in the warm phase.
Madam Glam Chameleon My Boo Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon My Boo Swatch

I can't remember if I've seen Hot Hot Hot before, but it is unique to my collection.  Hot Hot Hot has the same multi-sized silver glitter as Pop Goes My Heart.  In the warm phase, she has a nice yellow-orange base and when cold she transitions to a deep red-orange.  This is two coats and applies nicely.
Madam Glam Chameleon Hot Hot Hot Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Hot Hot Hot Swatch

Glamorous Me starts as a soft, milky pink and transitions to a hot pink with purple undertones.  There's that silver micro glitter again, but this time there is a lot more of it in the bottle.  I swatched three coats, but you'll notice the milky pink is still a little sheer in the warm phase (second photo).  As much as I hate VNL, I found that I really like this one when warm.  It's soft enough that the VNL doesn't bother me.
Madam Glam Chameleon Glamorous Me Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Glamorous Me Swatch

Love me Crazy is like a pinker version of Glamorous Me without the micro glitter.  She starts as a milky white with pink undertones and transitions to a nice hot pink.  She is completely opaque in three coats in the cold phase and just a little sheer in the warm phase.  I know it doesn't look opaque in the photos, but that's  the result of warming my house up a little too much.  I had trouble keeping it cold.  Sheesh...I'm going to regret this swatch session when I see my power bill this month!  But at least my fingers aren't waterlogged.  ;)
Madam Glam Chameleon Love Me Crazy Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Love Me Crazy Swatch

I'm super surprised by how much I love Sunshine.  I'm not usually a fan of bright yellows, but the yellow to orange transition in this cream based thermal is just stunning.  Coverage and application are superb for a yellow.  I swatched three thin coats but I really could have gotten away with two.
Madam Glam Chameleon Sunshine Swatch
Madam Glam Chameleon Sunshine Swatch

So, there they are!  The entire Madam Glam Chameleon Collection.  :)  I count four color combos that I have seen in other lines, but even then two of them have different finishes.  Are any of them screaming your name?  Tell me which ones!  And don't forget to let me know in the comments if you like the new format for the phases or if I should stick to the collages.

You can pick up any of these gorgeous polishes from the Madam Glam Chameleon line here.  Also, be sure to sign up for Madam Glam's email list.  They send out amazing offers that drop the prices of their gel polishes dramatically.  ;) 

~Michelle

*The Chameleon Gel Polishes featured in this post were provided by Madam Glam for my honest review.  All links in this post are courtesy links and do not benefit ManicTalons.com.  

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Brights and Funs from Daisy Duo

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Daisy Duo Gel Polish

Hello Loves!  I have four fun Daisy Duo Swatches compliments of Esther's Nail Center to show you today.  Two bright creams, one fun shimmer and a really awesome glitter.  Daisy Duo gel polishes are a 2 step system (no base needed) and come with a bottle of matching nail lacquer.  Want to see them?  Of course you do. 

First up is a bright pinkish coral pastel called Pastel Orange.  Yeah, not the most creative or accurate name, but the color is gorgeous!  This bright, creamy orange just screams "Wear Me" for summer.  Application was nice and even and offers full coverage in two coats.
Daisy Duo Pastel Orange Swatch
Daisy Duo Pastel Orange Swatch

If you prefer cool tones, check out Baby Blue.  Again, not the most creative name, but this pastel blue cream is bright and super cute.  Application on this one was also creamy and even with two coat coverage.
Daisy Duo Baby Blue Swatch
Daisy Duo Baby Blue Swatch

Ready for something a little more unique?  Berry Cocktail Ice is an absolutely gorgeous, crelly red base that is packed with silver shimmer.  The result is a strawberry red with tons of dimension that applies beautifully.  I swatched three thin coats below to build up opacity.  Because, you know, I'm not a fan of VNL.
Daisy Duo Berry Cocktail Ice Swatch
Daisy Duo Berry Cocktail Ice Swatch

I always like to save the best for last, so take a look at this fun polish!  Just 4 You is a clear base with pastel purple, black and metallic blurple glitter.  It builds to opacity in three thin coats and application was surprisingly easy for a glitter.  The first coat was a little patchy, but the second and third layered without any fuss at all.  I'm impressed!  And I adore the textured effect.  :)
Daisy Duo Just 4 You Swatch
Daisy Duo Just 4 You Swatch

If any of these shades grabbed your attention, you can pick them up with their matching lacquers at Esther's Nail Center.  Oh, and if you missed my full Daisy Duo review with wear test, check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

~Michelle

*The gel polishes featured in this post were provided by Esther's Nail Center for my honest review.  All links are courtesy links and do not benefit ManicTalons.com.
 
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Friday, May 15, 2015

KBShimmer Summer 2015 Collection: Select Swatches

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KBShimmer 2015 Summer Collection Sample Swatches

Hello Loves!  KBShimmer has done it again, and this time on an epic scale!  Twenty-Eight new polishes in the 2015 Summer Collection are launching today.  Yes, you read that right!  28!  Today!  They are broken down into three sets:  Summer Collection Part 1, Summer Collection Part 2 and The Flakes.  I have three from each set to show you today, and I'm going to be completely honest here...they are amazing.  But I'm also kind of glad I only have three from each.  I have a feeling that 57 photo post would crash my blog.  You know, 'cause I'm all about keeping collections together and I like to show two photos of each polish plus a cover photo...

Ok, ok, I hear you.  Stop rambling and show us the goods!  So here we go.  I'm going to start with The Flakes.  The Flakes consist of 6 jewel toned, shifty polishes and four silvers with flakes in various sizes.  They can be layered over a base color or worn on their own in two to three coats.  I chose three of the jewel toned flakes.

Moody Hues is a gorgeous blue to purple shifter.  She also has some copper tones at just the right angle, but I failed to capture that in my photos.  This is two coats without a base color.  I found that that these apply best when kind of dabbed onto the nail since they are very dense with flakes.
KBShimmer Moody Hues Swatch
KBShimmer Moody Hues Swatch

Look On The Nightside is my favorite of the three I chose.  One quick look at my swatches will show you why.  She shifts from purple to teal to blue.  Yep, there I go with those teals and blues again.  I also found this one to have the strongest shift of the three, though they are all quite stunning.  This is two dabbed on coats without a base color.
KBShimmer Look On The Nightside Swatch

This shot is a little blurry, but it captured the shift better than any of the others I took in this pose.
KBShimmer Look On The Nightside Swatch

Finally, Pros and Bronze shifts from a golden hue to bronze with hints of red.  I was a little iffy about this one when I picked it since it isn't my usual choice of colors, but I really love it!  Again, this is two dabbed on coats without a base color. 
KBShimmer Pros and Bronze Swatch
KBShimmer Pros and Bronze Swatch

Moving on...Summer Collection Part 1 consists of 7 bleached neon creams and two holographic glitter top coats.  I chose three of the neon creams to show you.  Let me tell you, it was a tough decision!  Be sure to click through and check out the other colors in this set.  Seriously, do it.

I have to admit, I struggled with the application on these at first.  Neons and pastels are super tricky for me (not to mention polish itself is tricky since I'm so used to the way gel polish behaves).  I emailed Christy for a few pointers and it made all the difference in the world!  So I'm going to share what Christy shared with me.  Float the first coat of polish onto the nail.  It will be streaky.  Don't let the brush drag or touch the nail.  Then float the second coat the same way.  Add a third to even out any streaks if you have them.  :) 

The first color I have to show you is Sarong Place, Sarong Time.  This is a red toned purple neon.  I adore this shade so much!  It is bright and lovely but not so bright that it freaks out on my pale skin.  This is three coats, but if you are better than I am at applying lacquer, you can likely get perfect coverage with two coats.
KBShimmer Sarong Place, Sarong Time Swatch
KBShimmer Sarong Place, Sarong Time Swatch

Oh look, I chose a blue.  I know you're shocked.  ;)  In Yacht Water is a bright, pastel, sky blue cream.  This one did freak my skin out a little, but it will be perfect when I pick up a little color this summer.  I swatched two coats below.
KBShimmer In Yacht Water Swatch
KBShimmer In Yacht Water Swatch

Finally, Rum Me The Right Way is an awesome bright yellow.  I want to call it a sunshine yellow because it reminds me of the yellow crayon I always used as a kid.  But whatever you call it, this baby is BRIGHT!  It dries much brighter than it appears in the bottle, which surprised me a little. :)
KBShimmer Rum Me The Right Way Swatch
KBShimmer Rum Me The Right Way Swatch

Summer Collection Part 2 consists of glitter, sparkle and holo!  This one is what I would consider a standard KBShimmer collection - it has something for everyone.  Of course, I gravitated toward the holos, but I'm going to share the press release photo to give you an idea of the other offerings.  I have swatched the bottom three in this photo for you today.  :)
KBShimmer 2015 Summer Collection Part 2

You might recognize What Are You Wading For? from a previous post.  This gorgeous blue holo grabbed me as soon as I pulled it out of the box, and I had to wear it right away.  This is two easy coats.  The holo shows best in the second photo.
KBShimmer What Are You Wading For? Swatch
KBShimmer What Are You Wading For? Swatch

Alloy Matey! is an awesome, microfine silver holographic glitter.  It makes a beautiful topper in one thin coat but builds to full coverage in two coats.  I see myself using this one a lot!  I swatched two coats below.  The holo is scattered and is quite strong. 
KBShimmer Alloy Matey! Swatch
KBShimmer Alloy Matey! Swatch

Finally, We Be Jammin' is a purple polish that is so packed with action I'm having trouble describing it.  It starts with a red toned purple base.  Then pile on the blue toned purple shimmer.  Then finish with a scattered holographic shimmer.  And my brain is fried.  There's just so much going on in this bottle that adds up to an amazing polish.  Love, love, love it!
KBShimmer We Be Jammin' Swatch
KBShimmer We Be Jammin' Swatch

Seriously, y'all, be sure to head over to KBShimmer's website and check out the other shades in this release.  I know I gush over KBShimmer a lot...way more than one might expect a gel polish blogger to gush over lacquer, but these really are just amazing.  Christy and her team pour their hearts and souls into every bottle.  And the formula is fantastic.  Let me tell just just how fantastic - we use OPI at school and I can't polish with it to save my life.  But hand me a bottle of KBShimmer and it's like I've been working with lacquer for years.  Even the neons that gave my inexperienced hand a little trouble are easier to apply for me than the OPI.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing OPI...KBShimmer is just that good.  :)


~Michelle.

*The polishes featured in this post were provided by KBShimmer for my honest review.  All links are courtesy links and do not benefit ManicTalons.com

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