Illyrian Polish – Bioluminescent swatches and review

Hi all!

This is an indie brand debut for my blog: I’m going to show you the first polish I bought from Illyrian Polish, a small but successful indie brand from Houston, Texas owned by Vanessa. Actually, I had planned to tell you a little more about the brand, but none of my attempts to contact Vanessa and ask her some questions were successful. 😦

Illyrian Polish is making gorgeous unique shimmer nail polishes, which is why I fell in love with this brand. So far I have tried 3 Illyrian Polishes: Bioluminescent, You Know Nothing, Jon Snow and Gold Lion.

Bioluminescent from the Eerie Woodlands Collection is a light purple jelly base with a strong blue shimmer. It is quite sheer (jelly!) so 3-4 coats is necesarry, if you wish to wear this on its own. The application is also tricky, the consistency of the polish is pretty thick and goopy, and dragging is a big problem which is why a lot of patience is required if you want a nice looking manicure with this. Bioluminescent dries semi-matte, so I added a layer of HK girl top coat for the pictures below. The wear was not great, I had major chipping after a day. So for me personally, even though this is a beautiful and vibrant polish, I had to go through a lot of hassle to achieve a nice looking manicure. If I wear this again I will definitely layer it over a base colour.

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In Germany, you can buy Illyrain Polish from Harlow & Co and Color4nails. I bought mine at Color4nails when they had a restock. Illyrian’s own shop does not ship internationally.

Thanks for stopping by and happy Sunday!


The mighty quest for Mirror Chrome Pigment Powder – Part two

Hello everyone!

… and welcome to part II of my mighty quest for the epic Mirror Chrome Pigment Powder that you see all over the internet lately. In my first posting about this I shared my first impressions of a powder that was sold to me as chrome powder, but the results were disappointing. Today I will show you two more powders and compare them to the first powder I tried.

These are the chrome pigment powders I tried:

Chrome Mirror Pigment Powder Comparison

From left to right:

  1. Trendnails Chrom Effect Weiß (white) 1,4 grams, 2,85 € per gram
  2. Nailland Chrome Mirror Effect Powder for Nails – Silver 2,5 grams, 1,60 € per gram
  3. Aliexpress Chrome Mirror Powder from Angel Fashion 10 grams, 0,90 € per gram

Just like last time, I tested all the chrome pigments over a black UV gel nail polish by Trendnails (Lac & Go (A1-02)). I heard that it is important that the UV base you use is a non-wipe gel (you do not want to have a sticky layer after curing the gel).

I made a video of their applications, I recommend watching it as it says more than 1000 words 🙂

Here are the photos of the results:

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As you can see, the trendnails powder (on the right) is the weakest with regards to a true mirror effect. It is a pretty effect, but not true chrome. The base colour is much more visible than in the other two colours and the surface is not as reflective. Considering the fact that this pigment is by far the most expensive of the three, I do not recommend it if you are looking for the real metal chrome mirror effect on your nails.

The Nailland powder (in the middle) is my favourite: the pigment spread evenly across the nail and left almost no bald spots. The mirror effect is nice and strong. Plus this pigment comes in a pretty little container, making it easy to handle. Price wise, this pigment is right inbetween the trendnails and Aliexpress powders.

The Aliexpress powder (on the left) is almost as good as the Nailland powder. However, you might be able to spot all the little black dots, making the surface look turbulent and constraining the mirror effect a little bit. First I thought I didn’t use enough product or didn’t work it in carfully enough, but I tried again and got the same results. I feel like the mirroring/shiny effect is really strong with this pigment, but I just couldn’t get it to spread evenly without any black spots. Too bad! Also, when you order this pigment, it comes in a plastic bag, which makes the application a little harder. It is, however, the cheapest option of the three.

I will keep my eyes open for more powders, but I think I found what I was looking for in the Nailland powder. My next lemming is… holographic chrome powder! Love love love that effect. Any recommendations?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Catherine 267 Passionfruit swatches and review

PR sample

Hi beauties!

Today I would like to show you 267 Passionfruit from the Catherine Pacific Collection. Passionfruit is a beautiful deep purple shimmer colour that is right up my alley!

The challenge was to show the polish in a summery scene, which was indeed challenging as the weather has not been very summerlike so far. But I caught a little bit of sunlight recently, and it was worth it to show the shimmer of this beauty! And for the even more summerly look, I tried a floral stamping and I actually liked how it turned out!

Application was great, two easy coats was all I needed. The wear was satisfying, I got 3 full days out of it. Removal was easy (no staining). So, I’m very happy with this polish and will definitely wear it again!

The pics below show Passionfruit in two coats with one coat of HK top coat.

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Catherine 267 Passionfruit

I hope that summer will be here soon – I desperately need some sun! Happy weekend to everyone!

Thank you, Catherine, for providing Passionfruit!