Monday, June 9, 2014

IBD Just Gel Social Lights Collection - Swatches and Review

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IBD Just Gel Social Lights Collection Swatches

Hello Loves.  I have the full IBD Just Gel Social Lights collection to show you today.  The Social Lights Collection is made up of 6 light creams and 2 glitter toppers.

You may remember that I wasn't 100% blown away with the last IBD Just Gel Collection (Haute Frosts), but I can honestly say that IBD has redeemed themselves in my opinion with the Social Lights!  I didn't have any of the application or curing issues with this collection that I experienced with the Haute Frosts.

With that said, onto the swatches!

Chic to Chic is a muted, yet still somewhat bright bubblegum pink cream.  Application was nice, though I did find this one needed three coats to be fully opaque.
IBD Just Gel Polish Chic to Chic Swatch

Cashmere Cutie is a soft, purple cream.  Application was nice with this one as well.  Two coats were sufficient, but I swatched three as usual for consistency.  Excuse the strange shadow at the top of the index nail.  I have no clue what happened there.  Photography blooper, I guess.
IBD Just Gel Polish Cashmere Cutie Swatch

Full Blu-um is a blue cream.  This one is a bit brighter than I was expecting for this collection, but I is a gorgeous shade that I will likely wear often.  I do love my blues!  Application was nice, but I felt this one needed three coats for full opacity as well.  I should probably note that my coats are on the thin side, so if you tend to apply thicker than I do, two coats will likely suffice.
IBD Just Gel Full Blu-um Swatch

Gala-vant is a bright coral orange cream that reminds me of Gelaze Flip Flop Fantasy.  Definitely a nice color for summer - especially if your skin isn't translucent like mine.  ;)  This one was a bit tricky to apply, as I find is common with gels of this color.  The third coat was certainly needed for a streak free appearance.
IBD Just Gel Polish Gala-vant Swatch

Polo Can U Go is a muted lime green cream.  This one applied nicely and is opaque in two coats.  Again, I am showing three here for consistency.  This is my least favorite of the creams in this collection - for no reason other than it doesn't work well with my skin tone.  It is a gorgeous shade.  Shame my skin tone doesn't agree.
IBD Just Gel Polo Can U Go Swatch

Dockside Diva is a gorgeous taupe cream.  This one surprised me most out of the entire collection.  I wasn't expecting to like it as most taupe gels do not compliment my skin tone, but I feel I can wear this one with ease.  Application was nice.  It can be worn in one or two coats for a sheer look or three coats (as I have swatched it here) for an opaque finish.
IBD Just Gel Polish Dockside Diva Swatch

Now for the glitters.  Billion-heiress has a mix of fine pink glitter and holographic strips in a clear base.  I'm not sure why IBD is so hung up on strip glitter lately, but I'm honestly not in love with it.  I find that it is difficult to apply without all of the strips lining up.  I had to do a little bit of glitter positioning.  This is three coats.
IBD Just Gel Polish Billion-heiress Swatch
Below is one coat of Billion-heiress layered over Cashmere Cutie.  Again, I had to position those strip glitters to keep them from lining up on the nail.
IBD Just Gel Billion-heiress Swatch

The final gel in the Social Lights collection is Yacht-a Yacht-a Yacht-a.  This is a gorgeous, silver shimmer in a clear base with multi-colored hex glitters and multicolored strips.  Of the two glitters, I like this one best because it is much more versatile.  Application was tricky with this one as well.  The shimmer in the base applied nicely, but I had a hard time getting the larger glitter pieces off of the brush.  I ended up having to dab them on.
IBD Just Gel Polish Yacht-a Yacht-a Yacht-a Swatch
Below is one coat of Yacht-a Yacht-a Yachta layered over Full Blu-um.  You can see how the strips started lining up in this photo.  Since I had to fight with the hexes, I didn't bother to rearrange the strips.
IBD Just Gel Polish Yacht-a Yacht-a Yacht-a Swatch

Do you have a favorite from this collection?  I'm personally torn between Dockside Diva and Gala-vant!


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  1. Thank you so much, Michelle, I was really waiting for these swatches!


  2. I am looking for a light pink or bubblegum creme. One that does not fade, of course. Do you have a recommendation or two?

    1. Let me poke through my swatches and I'll get back to you :)

  3. Thank you so much for these swatches. I've been waiting for them and I am definitely tempted by full blu-um. Thanks again!

    1. I'm happy to help :) I plan to continue getting all IBD collections going forward. They usually have really fun colors and finishes :)

  4. Thanks so much for these Michelle, I've been hanging out to see them!!
    How does "Chic to Chic" compare to "Funny Bone" and "Cashmere Cutie" to "My Babe" ?
    Thanks again, Amy x

  5. These are great! Thanks for doing so many swatches for us! Any chance you could compare full blu-um to some other blues for me? I have a lot of those now and an trying not to duplicate!


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