Sunday, June 22, 2014

KBShimmer Summer 2014 Collection

Press Sample

KBShimmer just released their new Summer 2014 Collection this past Friday and I was able to try out 6 of the 12 polishes in the collection.  If you've been following me on Instagram, you probably already saw a few swatches that I had posted leading up to the release, but today I've got a whole lot more to show you.  Picture heavy post so follow the jump cut below to see all the swatches.

First up is a new cream called Radiant Orchid.  Just as the name suggests, this is a take on the Pantone Color of the Year 2014.  The formula was fantastic and the color is so rich.  I had perfect coverage in two thin coats and it went on extremely smooth.

I followed up Radiant Orchid with another new polish from the Summer 2014 Collection, a glitter topper called Scribble Me This.

Scribble Me This was inspired by graffiti artwork and is full of bright colors in different shapes and sizes.  There are multiple sizes of hex glitters in pink, purple, aqua blue and a neon green that shifts to a more chartreuse/yellow shade at different angles.  It also contains black circle glitter, black star glitter, and both black and aqua blue triangle glitters!.  It definitely gives off that graffiti feel.  I was really excited about this one when I saw the original press release and it did not disappoint!   I want to try this glitter over so many different creams.  All this past week I have been wearing it over KBShimmer My Life's Porpoise, from Spring 2014 Collection.  I applied just one coat but dabbed on the glitter for more control, rather than using normal brush strokes

All the glitters lay perfectly flat, but the triangles, circles and stars are just a bit thicker than the hex glitters, so you may want to do double up on your top coat, or add a layer of Gelous before applying the top coat of your choice.  All of my swatches of Scribble Me This are shown with 2 coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat.

Another great glitter polish in the new collection, but this time a crelly, is Mixed Peelings.  Shown is 3 thin coats topped with Clearly On Top top coat.

Just when I thought I was starting to get bored with crelly polishes, BAM!'s comes this combo from KBShimmer.  I love the glitter used in Mixed Peelings.  I haven't been this happy about a new crelly polish in a while.  Christy was inspired by the flavors in rainbow sherbet and the color choices really reflect that.  They lean towards neon but still with a pastel feel.  And I like that it's not overloaded with glitter, they kept it simple.  There's just some micro glitter, and hex and circle glitters in a few different sizes.  It's a perfect ratio of glitter to base, in my opinion, and a perfect crelly for the summertime.

Speaking of polishes perfect for the summer, the other new cream in this collection is an insanely neon shade called You're So Shellfish.  Seriously, this polish freaked the hell out of my camera at first.  My initial attempts at photographing it came out looking like my fingertips had been exposed to some type of radiation.  It took some fiddling with the camera settings to get some more color accurate pictures to post.  I think I came pretty close, but this polish might be just a bit brighter in person than in these pics, but in an awesome sort of way.  I can see this polish being really popular with anybody that loves China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.  It's similar to Flip Flop Fantasy, but You're So Shellfish leans more towards orange/peach/coral tones rather than pink.  It's a powerful neon and would be amazing for a pedicure.

You're So Shellfish had a really good formula and was quite an opaque polish.  I noticed just one or two streaks showing after the second coat, so I did apply a third coat.  But I bet if I go just a bit slower with my application the next time I wear this, 2 coats would be enough.

With summer comes July 4th, and if you get the urge to get your patriotic vibe going then you should check out Red, White & Blue-tiful.  I also used a dabbing method with this glitter topper to get even coverage, and to help prevent the stars from sticking together.  I used one coat of Red, White & Blue-tiful over KBShimmer Sky Jinks and topped it with Clearly On Top top coat.

This is another glitter topper that I love because it's not over-complicated, like some patriotic themed glitters can be.  It's a clear base containing just a bit of micro glitter, a few different sizes of smaller hex glitters and a ton of star glitters, all in red, silver and blue.  There's no way to deny this is a patriotic look and it does it without trying too hard.

And finally, who doesn't love a great holo?  The lone holo polish in the collection, Mint-al Vacation is a beautiful sea foam, mint holo shade with a white shimmer.  All swatches show 3 thin coats of Mint-al Vacation and no top coat.

Indoors, the white shimmer is more prominent than the holo and up close, it has an almost flaky, micro-particle look to it.  The linear holo can be seen indoors but it is much more subtle.  Out in the sunlight though, the holo really comes alive.

Along with the new polishes, the release also included something new for KBShimmer, the introduction of their own line of vinyl nail decals.  There are 6 different types of sheets available for purchase and they retail at $5 per sheet.  I did receive a few samples of the vinyls as well and hope to test them out very soon!

The Summer 2014 Collection is available now at  Glitter and holo polishes retail at $8.75 each and creams retail at $7.50.  International purchases can be made through Harlow & Co.

*Polish sent for honest review.  Review contains only my personal opinions.*

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