Hello Loves! Are your ready for Part 3 of the Epic Madam Glam Swatch-a-thon series? In case you missed the previous entries, you can see all of my Madam Glam swatches in my Madam Glam gallery here. I have 20 more swatches for you today...and still more to come in the near future. Whew! Madam Glam has been keeping me busy. ;) As always, the polishes featured in this post can be found for purchase on Madam Glam's website.
Description: Gold toned nude shimmer with a slightly frosty finish
Application/Notes: Shell is a tricky one for me to describe. I want to call it a nude, but maybe it's more of a metallic? Either way, she's gorgeous with a softer golden tone. Application is pretty standard for Madam Glam. The shimmer is prone to showing brush strokes, but careful application mostly solves that issue. I did find she needed three coats for optimal coverage.
Description: A deep, brownish copper toned polish with a glowy shimmer
Application/Notes: Nope, that's not a typo. This polish is named Shells, not to be confused with Shell above. I love this one as a golden alternative. She has the metallic look without the boldness of a gold. Application is nice for a heavily shimmered polish. She will show brush strokes if you aren't careful, but they are easy enough to work around. I found I needed three coats, but if you have a lighter touch than I do (to avoid visible brush strokes), you can get away with two.
Name: She's All That
Description: A super deep, slightly blue leaning, dark grey cream
Application/Notes: Yes, she really IS all that. This deep grey is simply gorgeous. Application is a dream and she's opaque in two coats. I love the depth of this polish!
Name: Shimmer Sexy Berry
Description: A shimmer packed berry purple with a glowy finish
Application/Notes: This one really kicked my photography butt. In some light it appears more berry with purple tones. In other light it appears more wine with reddish undertones. Either way, she's a beauty. Application is average. I did find that she needs three coats to fully build. Otherwise you might see lighter areas that don't have the same shimmer coverage (you can see what I mean near the cuticle on my pinkie nail here). But she's totally worth the extra coat!
Name: Shimmer Sunny Yellow
Description: A shimmery yellow that lands somewhere between pastel and medium bright (if that's even possible)
Application/Notes: I'm going to call this the perfect transition from spring to summer. This yellow isn't quite pastel soft, but it isn't in your face bold either. Application is nice with 3 coat coverage (pretty standard for yellow, I think).
Name: Silver Glitters
Description: The name says it all. Small, silver glitter in a clear base.
Application/Notes: I'm not going to lie...this one can be a pain to apply. The glitter is larger than most of the Madam Glam glitters. I'm guessing around a 0.08. As a result, it wants to clump together instead of gliding effortless over the nail. So you will need to do a bit of glitter manipulation with this one. But...it builds to nice, full coverage with two coats and the end result is quite fabulous, I think?
Name: Slow Burn
Description: A deep, shimmery blue with indigo undertones and a glowy finish
Application/Notes: Be still my heart! I love this polish so much it hurts. Seriously. I've worn it twice and have tried to talk all of my clients into wearing it too! lol The blue shimmer in this indigo base makes this polish absolutely glow and adds amazing depth. She also offers full coverage in two coats. Perfection!
Name: Sophisticated Grey
Description: Light to medium grey cream with slightly blue undertones
Application/Notes: Applies nicely and offers full coverage in two coats. Sorry, I don't really have much to say about this one. For a grey, she's gorgeous. But she's just grey. lol
Name: Sparkly Autumn
Description: Blackened purple base with multi-chrome shimmer that shifts from purple to copper
Application/Notes: Hello gorgeous! This polish calls hard to the vamp in me. The shimmer gives it a gorgeous shift into the golden/copper area. The base is less opaque to allow the shimmers room to shift, so she does require three coats for full opacity, but wow!
Name: Strawberry Infused Pink
Description: A red leaning, bright pink
Application/Notes: Ok, my camera hated this one. HATED it. The first photo is the more accurate of the two. This pink is BRIGHT with definite coral or red tones. In some light, she looks like a pinkish red. In other light, she looks like a reddish pink. You know, like a strawberry if you made a strawberry radioactive so it was super bright and almost glows. lol Application is nice, but this is an almost neon shade...so it needs three coats for full coverage.
Name: Take Your Time
Description: A deep, jewel toned purple with a golden microflake shimmer
Application/Notes: Madam Glam is killing it with these fall inspired shades! Take Your Time is a fun twist on a classic beauty. This jewel toned purple base takes on a reddish tone thanks to the golden microflake shimmer. Application is beautiful and she offers two coat coverage. Not going to lie...this shade makes me really wish Fall lasted year round. I can wear fall colors in spring, right?
Name: Taste of Iron
Description: Light to Medium grey cream
Application/Notes: Taste of Iron is similar to Sophisticated grey, but a tad lighter and with a little more blue in the base. Application is smooth and easy with two coat coverage. But, again, I find it hard to get excited by grey creams. lol
Name: Treat Me Like Fire
Description: A medium metallic nude
Application/Notes: If metallic silver and metallic gold had a baby, this would be the result. The finish is quite frosty, but I didn't have many issues with brush strokes at all. It applies smoothly and offers full coverage in two coats for me.
Name: True Blue Game
Description: A frosty blue with a glowy, metallic finish
Application/Notes: Another changer depending on the light. In direct light, the shimmer in this polish explodes to create a gorgeous, frosty, metallic look. In indirect lighting, the burst from the shimmer is muted and the blue takes on a slightly teal tone - so not as true blue as it looks in these direct light photos. Application is nice and I found it provides great coverage in two coats.
Name: Very Chic
Description: A brownish red cream
Application/Notes: Ok, it finally happened. This is the first (and so far only) Madam Glam that just doesn't do it for me. The Earthy brown toned red color is gorgeous, but I'm not loving the way it applies. I found that the pigments like to pool on the nail in spots, so even coverage is quite difficult. This is three coats and you can see where some spots are darker compared to others. With that said, you might be able to get it even in four super thin coats, but I didn't try it. There are other brown toned reds in the collection that are easier to apply and close enough in color.
Name: Vintage Pink
Description: A pink meets mauve cream
Application/Notes: I wouldn't have named this one vintage pink, but I have no clue what I would have called it. This muted, dusty pink cream has definite mauve tones. Application is beautiful and she provides two coat coverage.
Name: Water Winds
Description: A muted, aqua base with golden shimmer
Application/Notes: I love, love, love this polish. The golden shimmer in the aqua green base makes her a true shifter depending on the light. Sometimes blue (as seen on the pinkie nail in the second photo) and sometimes green (as seen on the index nail in the second photo). Sadly, she's a little weak on the coverage side. This is three coats and you can still see my natural nail line when the shimmer isn't hit directly by the light (again, reference the pinkie nail on the second photo). But I suspect she would be perfection with a similar color as a base coat.
Name: What a Night
Description: A deep blue base with a silver shimmer
Application/Notes: What a Night is the blue sister to Slow Burn. This is a royal blue base that is loaded with silver shimmer. The result is an eye catching, sapphire blue that pops and sparkles. Application is dreamy with two coat coverage.
Name: What's Your Type
Description: A red-orange cream
Application/Notes: I have a really hard time deciding if I want to call this one orange or red, honestly. My bestie, Pamela, would call it a tomato red. I'm going to call it a cream, but its really more of a crelly finish. It appears jelly on the first coat, but builds to full coverage in three coats. The result of the crelly finish is amazing wet look depth.
Description: A purple leaning berry with golden microflake shimmer
Application/Notes: A-list is what happens when you put the golden microflake shimmer from Take Your Time in a purple toned berry base. In other words - gorgeous! I seriously love these microflakie polishes. The dimension is indescribable, the consistency of the polish is fab, and the coverage is flawless.
Whew...another 20 swatches down. And only...um...60ish more to show you? lol Yeah, I know...I've been swatching like a mad woman and I'm way behind on blogging them. So sorry! My swatches are being added to the Madam Glam website as I finish them, so be sure to take a look there for the ones I haven't shown here yet. Of course, if you want my thoughts on one of the colors before I get the post up, you can always hit me up on facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to tell what I think!
I promise, I'll be back with more Madam Glam swatches soon.
*The Madam Glam 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.