Hello Loves! So, I've been working on an Epic Madam Glam swatch project. Basically, I'm working my way through their entire gel polish color line. I've swatched a good many over the past year, but I barely made a dent in their collection. So now I'm swatching like a mad woman to make it through over 300 gel polish colors! I think it was around 130 colors I hadn't swatched yet, and I'm 69 in at this point. I showed you the 10 One Step Gels a few weeks ago, so that leaves 59 that I have swatched but haven't shared with you yet. I feels like they are multiplying as I go and my "to swatch" pile keeps growing!
So, let the Epic Swatch-a-thon commence! I'm going to break these into multiple posts to keep from completely crashing my blog. I'm also going to alter my typical review format a little just to make things easier. I mean, we are talking about 118 photos that are finished and ready to share with more being produced each week. lol So let's jump right in. These are in no specific order (well, they're alphabetically for the first few parts of the series just because I had them listed that way as I uploaded the pictures, but they'll become more random as the project progresses).
Polish: Amor Azul
Description: Super light, pale blue cream
Application/Notes: Flawless. This polish is nice and creamy, which allows for great coverage and application. She's opaque in two coats.
Polish: Back to Cali
Description: Classic nude cream with slightly purple/pink tones
Application/Notes: Flawless. Opaque in two coats. I love this one! It's a great color for my skin tone.
Polish: Behind the Scenes
Description: Vibrant medium blue cream
Application/Notes: Application is average. Not quite as creamy as some, which gives it a gorgeous wet look but also allows for a little bit of shrinkage at the free edge. Shrinking corrects itself with careful application of the second coat (which I didn't do here but discovered in the salon lol). It offers two coat coverage. :)
Polish: Cafe au Lait
Description: Cream toned cream
Application/Notes: Application is very nice. Smooth and easy to apply with no shrinking. I did find I needed three coats for even full coverage, but that is common for me with polishes in this color family. You might be able to do two coats without issue.
Polish: Call of the Wild
Description: Light grey cream with purple tones
Application/Notes: Flawless application. Perfect coverage in two coats. Polish is creamy and smooth.
Polish: Caribbean Sea
Description: Bright light blue cream with green undertones
Application/Notes: Average application. Polish is very creamy and stays where you put it. However, I did need three coats for flawless, opaque coverage.
Polish: Color Me Coraly
Description: Medium/Bright coral leaning pink cream
Application/Notes: Flawless! Perfect coverage in two coats with a slightly glassy finish.
Polish: Dark Magenta
Description: Deep, rich purple cream
Application/Notes: Beautiful! Opaque in two coats. Deep wet look with minimal shrinking at the tips on the first coat. Corrects itself on the second coat with careful application (yet another where I wasn't careful to wrap the tips in the swatch)
Polish: Dark Orchid
Description: Muted, blue toned, light purple cream.
Application/Notes: Creamy polish. Smooth application with two coat coverage.
Polish: Down to Earth
Description: Olive green cream
Application/Notes: Perfection. Smooth and easy with a deep, wet look. Opaque in two coats. I didn't think I would like this one since I'm not usually a fan of Earthy greens, but I love it!
Polish: Early Bird
Description: Creamy mint green cream with a bright pop
Application/Notes: Nice. Smooth and creamy. Perfect coverage in two coats.
Polish: Fancy Pink
Description: Deep, medium pink base with pink iridescent glass fleck shimmer
Application/Notes: Polish is thick and offers nearly full coverage in one coat. Two coats is perfect. No shrinking or streaking. It doesn't get much better than this.
Polish: Flower Child
Description: Shimmery gold base with fine gold glitters scattered throughout
Application/Notes: Interesting. Coverage is nice, but the glitters make things a little tricky. I found I had to stroke over the nail several times for even glitter distribution, which left marks in the gold shimmery base. Opaque in two coats, but I needed three because of the glitter to get a smooth finish. Even with the third coat and top coat, the polish appears slightly textured.
Polish: Fluorescent Lights
Description: Silver glass flecks and purple shimmer in a clear base
Application/Notes: Can be worn as a standalone polish or as a topper. I swatched three coats here and you can see slight VNL. Application is smooth and easy. No fighting at all when wearing alone. Over a base color, you may need to smooth over the nail a few times for even distribution. But look! Just look! Isn't she gorgeous????
Polish: For Green Lover
Description: Green jelly base that is loaded with multiple sizes of green holographic glitter
Application/Notes: Average application. Glitter distributes easily over the nail. There is some shrinking at the dips as is to be expected with a jelly finish. Almost paque in three coats. I should note that this one was difficult for me to photograph. The color looks right on my screen, but the vibrancy is a little off. It pops much more in person.
Polish: Games People Play
Description: Peach leaning nude cream
Application/Notes: Applies nicely. No shrinking or fussing. Polish is nice and creamy and is opaque in two coats.
Polish: Glittery Purple
Description: Blackened purple base with purple micro glitter
Application/Notes: This polish is a huge hit at the salon, despite being a little difficult to apply. It does have a bit of shrink back, but it is manageable in three coats. The glitters have a little bit of a copper color shift as you can see on the index nail in the first shot. Gorgeous polish - well worth a little extra time for application.
Polish: Green Garden
Description: Light, pastel green cream
Application/Notes: The polish is thick and creamy. Application is smooth, but be careful if you have to stroke over the nail. It doesn't level quite as nicely as some and can leave brush dents as you can see on my index nail.
Description: Bright, sunshine yellow cream
Application/Notes: I love this yellow! If you're looking for a bright yellow that doesn't cross into highlighter or neon territory, this is is. Application was a breeze, which is odd for yellows. I did need three coats for full opacity, but experienced no shrinking or streaking.
Polish: High School Stories
Description: Bright, almost neon lime green with very slight blue undertones
Application/Notes: While this isn't really a color I gravitate toward, I can appreciate the brightness and pop. Application is average. I needed three coats and feel that four might have been better. You can see some areas are a little thin around the cuticle line in the pictures, but it was not noticeable in person.
Whew! Twenty down, a bazillion left to go! lol This concludes Part 1 of my Epic Madam Glam Swatch-a-thon. Hopefully it loaded ok for you. If not, please let me know in the comments and I'll reduce the number of polishes for future Swatch-a-thon posts. If you need any of these polishes in your collection, you can pick them up on Madam Glam's website here. Remember, they are always having awesome sales and specials. If you don't catch one on the first try, give it a few days and you'll hit a deal. :)
Also, if you can't the polish you're looking for on their website, it might be out of stock. They take listings down when they sell out and put them back up when they restock. So keep checking back if the polish you want isn't listed. :) Since the listings tend to come and go with availability, I didn't direct link each color throughout the post this time.
I'll be back in a few days with the next round of swatches. And yes, I promise it will only be a few days. I won't disappear for weeks again until I at least get caught up with these. ;)
*The gel polishes featured in this post were provided by Madam Glam for my honest review. All links within this post are courtesy links and do not benefit ManicTalons.com