Hello Loves! As promised, I have TWO Bundle Monster Gel Polish collections to show you today: The Hawaiian Escape Collection and the Sedona Collection. Let's start with Hawaiian Escape and end with Sedona.
To my knowledge, the Hawaiian Escape Collection is the first gel polish collection of it's kind. To create the illusion of texture, this collection actually has sand in it! The result is similar to what you might get if you applied a top coat over one of the OPI Liquid Sand polishes: Depth and texture with a smooth finish. They make me think of little, speckled Easter eggs!
Before I show you the swatches, I should mention a few things:
- These polishes are not textured to the touch. They only look textured.
- They are designed to be one coaters. The polish itself is quite thick. Apply them in three, even strokes for even sand coverage.
- After you cap the free edge, you might need to press the edge with a dry brush to remove any sand that is sticking to the edge. Otherwise, the tips of your nails will be a little rough and uneven.
- Your coats might need to be a little thicker than you would usually apply due to the sand. I haven't found the thicker coats to be an issue for wear.
Ready to see them?
The first polish in the collection is a pale, peachy beige base with orange sand called Coco-Nutty. The base in this one is what is often referred to as a "crelly" finish in the Indie Polish world. It isn't an opaque cream, but it isn't a jelly either. It's a semi-sheer, "squishy" finish. For this swatch and the others in this collection, I used a regular gel top coat on the index, middle and pinkie nails. I used a matte top coat on the ring finger to show you how they look matte. :) (P.S. I'm nursing a few low splits, so I'm wearing a gel overlay under the gel polish in these photos - this makes it appear a little thicker than it would be without the overlay.)
The next polish is a beautiful, fuchsia pink jelly base with dark purple, pink and white sand called Guava Drop. This one might be my favorite of the collection and is much prettier in person than in my pictures. The depth from the jelly base freaked my camera out a tad. It couldn't decide where to focus! lol
Papaya Passion is an almost neon orange crelly base with red sand. I couldn't get this one to photograph quite right. It is a bit brighter and less pastel in person.
Poha Picker is a slightly blue leaning, green crelly base with dark blue and yellow sand. The base makes the yellow sand look neon green. :)
Lilikoi Lover is a pastel yellow base with orange sand. I found the sand less noticeable in this one. It kind of fades into the base. This one also gave me trouble with application. I ended up using two thinner coats to get even coverage.
Finally, Kula Lavender is a pastel purple base with dark blue sand. This is my second favorite in the collection.
What do you think of these super unique gel polishes? Would you wear them? I think they're adorable! You can pick up the set or the singles on Bundle Monster's Website here or on Amazon here (the Amazon listing shows Poha Picker first, but the other colors and the set are an option under the same listing).
Moving on to the Sedona Collection. Sedona is made up of three thermal gel polishes. Bundle Monster is killing it with the thermals lately! Like previous collections, Sedona does not disappoint. All three of the shades in this collection are tri-colored thermals. I have swatched them in their primary phases (warm, transition and cold) but will show you the super cold phase on swatch sticks at the end. The super cold phase really only shows up in cold winter weather or in the presence of ice water. ;) Ready to see them?
I'll start with the one that many of you have asked about. Purple Rain is a soft, pastel purple in the warm phase and a deep, red toned purple in the cold phase. It has an iridescent green shimmer that adds a subtle sparkle. It is opaque in two coats in both the warm and cold phases.
Straw-Melon is a soft, shimmery pink when warm and a hot, strawberry red when cold. Like Purple Rain, Straw-Melon also has an iridescent green shimmer. Straw-Melon is also opaque in two coats in both phases.
Finally, Summer Daydreams is a soft, pastel/mint green in the warm phase and a soft, pastel pink in the cold phase. This one is a true cream. Summer Daydreams was a little trickier to apply for me. I found it needed 3-4 coats to be fully opaque without streaks. The end result is definitely worth the extra coats in my opinion. :)
As I mentioned above, all three of these shades are tri-color thermals. In extreme cold (or exposure to ice water), they take on another color. Since it is a bit warmer here now and I didn't want to completely waterlog my fingers, I decided to show you on swatch sticks. :)
From left to right: Summer Daydreams takes on a blue toned purple in extreme cold. Straw-Melon takes on a deep, reddish brown in extreme cold. And Purple Rain takes on a deep wine shade in extreme cold. I can't wait to wear these next winter!
Purple Rain and Summer Daydreams are currently out of stock as single polishes on Bundle Monster's website and on Amazon. They do appear to be available as part of the three piece collection (linked above). However, they should be back in stock as singles sometime in the next few weeks. So if you want them, keep an eye out for the restock. :)
*The Bundle Monster Hawaiian Escape and Sedona Collections featured in this post were provided by Bundle Monster for my honest review. This post uses Amazon Affiliate Links. Purchases through these links generate commissions that help fund this site. All other links are courtesy links and do not benefit ManicTalons.com