Hello Loves! I'm back with a new review. Whoo Hoo! I know I've been MIA for about a month. Sorry about that. Check my last post for the quick and dirty on why I've been gone. ;)
So, Madam Glam released a new line of One Step Gel Polishes not too long ago. I had the chance to swatch them all and put them through a mini wear test. The One Step gels come in smaller, 10 ml bottles compared to the regular Madam Glam gel polishes and their 15 ml bottles. Want to see them? Let's start with the swatches. I'll comment on application throughout and finish on wear and removal.
First up is your basic black called Black is the One. Application was quite nice and I found it offers full coverage in two easy coats. I love that this is a true black and doesn't lean red or blue. Whoo Hoo!
This next color is a funny and flirty raspberry called Glitter Lady. Application was similar to the black above, though it did shrink a little on the first coat. I was too lazy to flash cure, but the second coat stayed where I put it. ;)
Hubby's Favorite is a soft, peachy pink cream. This one is not MY Hubby's favorite. He prefers blues. I love the application and coverage, though. It went on smooth, no streaky layers that are common with lighter shades, and full coverage in two coats. The shine is nice too.
Pastel Lilac is a very soft purple cream. Again, application was great with two coat coverage. I did have to shoot this one a little dark to get the color right - my camera kept wanting to blow it out and make it look lighter than it is.
Pink & Holo is a really fun polish. This pink base is packed with silver and silver holographic shimmer. Unfortunately, my camera refused to pick up the scattered holo effect. Imagine if you put a very thin coat of fairy dust over what you see in the photo. That's what you would see in person.
Rise & Sky is a really pretty, light blue jelly base with silver shimmer. I love the idea of this one, but it definitely needs undies. As you can see, it is still a bit sheer after two coats.
Reddy or Not is a gorgeous dark blood red cream. Application was a little trickier with this one. I found it wanted to apply thinner in some spots (as you can see in the middle of my index nail). But two coats provides beautiful coverage.
Perfect Plum is my favorite of the darks. This deep, plum toned purple applies beautifully and covers in two coats. I love the almost black but still definitively purple color.
Moving on to a really fun polish, Blue Fiesta is a frosty, metallic-ish (yes, I made up a word) blue that leans a little purple in some light. But the "fiesta" is made up of a scattering of multi colored glitter. Application is flawless and it covers in two coats.
Here's a closeup that shows the glitter better. I see blue, green, teal, pink, orange...and a few others. Like party confetti. :)
Believe it or not, I saved my absolute favorite for last. I usually hate polishes that show the natural nail line, but Baby Girl is the perfect mix of pinky nude sheer coverage. It provides a very soft, natural look. This is two coats.
I love Baby Girl so much that I decided to use it as a base for some freehand sugar designs. I attempted to do a sweater pattern, but I'm not sure I hit my mark. To create this look, I applied and cured two coats of Baby Girl. Then I used a dotting tool to draw the designs with Baby Girl and sprinkled white acrylic polymer over the design before curing. One Step Gels are the best for this type of art! They lock in the powder beautifully since they don't have a tacky layer to deal with.
Here's another look that shows the texture a little better. I love this design, but it sadly didn't love me. Never again! Textured white is not my friend. It became dingy pretty quick. Especially with all the filing I do at work. It also grabbed nail dust like a magnet. And don't even get me started on my foundation in the mornings. ;)
Ok, so I'm not a good blogger these days. Of course, you knew that based on my absence. I wore the sweater nails for a full week before I had enough. I soaked them off at the salon and forgot to take pictures. I will say that they wore perfectly - even my thumb nail that I constantly bump with the e-file. Removal was a breeze too. Unlike many one step gels, these actually flaked off instead of going chalky. I'm impressed!
If you need any of these colors for your collection (Blue Fiesta!), you can pick them up on Madam Glam's website here (or click on any of the color names throughout the post to go directly to that color). Remember, if you're between sales, just wait a day or two and Madam Glam will offer a special. They are awesome about sales and specials that help save us addicts money!
*The Madam Glam One Step 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.