Hello Loves! I'm finally starting to feel a bit better, so I decided to celebrate with another swatchathon. I have the full IBD Just Gel Floral Metric Collection to show you today. :) Wanna see them? Of course you do!
I'm generally pleased with the colors in this collection. From the IBD color dots, I didn't think they would really speak to me, but thankfully those dots were wrong. For the most part, the collection is consistent in that it applies well. Of course, with every IBD collection there seems to be that one polish that just isn't up to par. Wanna guess which one?
Let's get to the swatches, shall we? The first color in the collection is one that really doesn't seem to fit with the color scheme to me. Flowerful is a light peachy pink cream. I would almost call it a bleached neon. Sadly, this one is also the dud in this collection in my opinion. I gave her a vigorous shake with my Robart paint shaker and she still didn't want to behave. (Side note: If you don't have a Robart, you don't know what you're missing! Seriously, this little shaker is key to making difficult gels behave.) The photos below are 4 coats - yes, four coats - and it's still a bit streaky. So sad! She really is a lovely shade. Undies might make her behave, but I have yet to try. The streaks show much worse in person than they do in the photos.
Next up is Retro Rosette. Now this is a gorgeous polish! I would love to say that I captured her in all her glory, but sadly I did not. The swatch photos below are as close as my little Canon could get (they are close, but not perfect). In reality Retro Rosette has a bit more of a magenta tone with a purple glow. She's a cream finish with flawless coverage in three thin coats (two if you apply a little thicker than I do). I even tried to capture her with a video, but that failed as well. So imagine her a bit brighter, bolder, and tons more fun! The non-bottle shot is closer to her true tone than the bottle shot. Looking at that photo, imagine the same color but more vibrant.
Moving on, Eye-Poppie is one of my absolute favorite shades in this collection. Also a cream (they all are except for the glitters, by the way), Eye-Poppie is an incredible orange that leans a tad burnt - very much like an orange poppy flower. This one also offers flawless coverage in 2-3 coats. She's a great selection for a Halloween orange if you need one. ;)
Hippie Dippie is a slightly dusty blue that just makes my heart sing. Seriously, you know how much I love my blues, right? So I guess it's no surprise that I love this one. Application was quite dreamy and she was opaque in two coats for me.
Folklorical is one of the two glitter toppers in the Floral Metric Collection. This is a clear base with silver micro glitter and larger white hex glitters. Honestly, this one doesn't really wow me. I love the shimmer, but the white glitters were a little tricky. I had to do some fishing even after shaking the heck out of it. Shown below is three coats.
I can say that Folklorical does redeem herself when layered over a darker base. She looks lovely as one coat layered over Hippie Dippie. So I guess I won't kick her out of my collection. ;)
Patchwork is a slate grey cream. This one doesn't excite me as much as many of the others. I'm not really sure why. It is a nice shade, but I think I've seen too many that are close to it lately in other brands. She's definitely a good addition if you need a nice, medium grey though. Application was great with this one as well. She's opaque in 2-3 coats and self leveled nicely.
Petal Imprint is a slightly maroon toned brown cream. I found that I really, really like this shade. Browns are usually difficult for me to love because they don't always work well with the yellow undertones in my skin. The mild maroon tones seem to work well for me in this one. Application is similar to Patchwork - she's opaque in 2-3 coats and leveled beautifully.
Finally, the second glitter in the collection is Banjos Make Her Dance. And well, yes...yes they do. I do enjoy a good banjo...but that's another story for another day. Banjos Make Her Dance is a clear base with scattered gold, red, brown and orange micro glitters. On her own, she really isn't much to write home about. Of course I swatched her anyway - every girl needs her chance to shine. Below is three coats.
Wait...let me show you why I love her! Banjos Make Her Dance is absolutely stunning when layered over a dark base. Especially when that base is a brown that allows the glitters to really pop. Below is one coat over Petal Imprint. The second photo without the bottle shows it best (slightly blurred to capture what I see with my eyes).
What do you think? Are there any colors in this collection that need to find their way into your collection too? I definitely see myself using some of these for fall manicures this year. Especially Eye-Poppie, Hippie Dippie, Petal Imprint and Banjos Make Her Dance!
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