I hope everyone is having a good weekend! Recently I took out all of the Colors By Llarowe I owned, and took pictures on a sunny day. I originally planned to show off the pink shades leading up to Valentines Day, but since I wasn’t able to do that- I decided to just show ALL of them in one go! Be prepared for lots of blindingly beautiful pictures! 🙂
I’m a new convert to CbL’s- I resisted for awhile (I have so many polishes, I usually wait to try new brands until there’s something I just can’t live without)- and that ‘can’t live without’ polish came when I saw pictures of Precious Metal. I got a few- fell in love- got a few more- and now I’m hooked! I don’t have a ton yet, but every single one of these is absolutely amazing.
I don’t say this lightly- these are some of the nicest polishes I own. Not that I’m an expert, but at over 1,000 polishes- that’s saying quite a bit. Every single one has blown my mind with it’s beauty. Every single one applies like an absolute dream. The 2 shimmer polishes were a touch thicker than their holographic sisters, but still applied great. Many of the holographic polishes are opaque in 1 coat. There’s some in the lineup that aren’t quite my cup of tea, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything from Colors by Llarowe that isn’t pretty.
First up is Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, which was (sadly) a Limited Edition polish that came out alongside the Valentine’s Day polishes. It is a simply stunning brown jelly filled with an intense gold to red to green shimmer. I adore this polish on looks alone, but the name really gets me.
I love the Platters- I grew up listening to their music because my mom and my grandma played it constantly. I can’t think of any of their songs without thinking of my Grandma’s house, because I’m fairly confident it’s all she ever played (or rather- I don’t remember anything else!. I miss her so much- so this makes me think of her and therefore I love it :). I saw that one of the upcoming polishes is called The Great Pretender- which I plan on getting regardless of what it looks like!
Next is Sparkles Are a Girls Best Friend!
This is a stunning, bright pink holographic polish filled with purple flash and extra sparkle. It’s SO bright and fun!
The polish that started my collection- Precious Metal.
Precious Metal is a cool, blue toned grey polish filled with an orange shimmer that is noticable even indoors, though never blinding. I find myself staring at my nails every time I use this one!
Next we have Dirty Diana!
I confess, I did buy this one 90% for the name. But I am SO glad I did! Dirty Diana is a beautiful magenta strong holographic polish. When I’ve worn this on ‘normal’ days (and not taking photos), I only use 1 coat! This was beautiful inside, as well as outside in the sun.
This pretty purple polish is Tank Tops and Flip Flops.
I believe Tank Tops and Flip Flops is retired- but keep your eyes open at blog sales, I occasionally see it pop up! This is a beautiful muted violet holographic polish. Just gorgeous!
Next is another of my very favorites- It’s Shocking!
It’s Shocking! is a bright, hot pink holographic polish with a bit of a blurple sheen. SO bright and pretty- my camera had a hard time capturing it!
Now we have Beat It, from the Michael Jackson collection (which Dirty Diana was also part of)!
Beat It is a charcoal holographic polish with a blue flash. I’m not sure if this is retired or not- it may be. If so, I’m sorry for making you drool! Super intense linear holo, and really pretty indoors as well.
Last but not least, we have Rizzo!
Rizzo is a pale baby pink linear holo. It’s a bit more ‘metallic’ than some of the other polishes I showed today- it reminds me a bit of Color Club Halo-Graphic, but more baby-pinkish! But that same kind of metallic feel. This is probably the most intense holographic CbL’s I have!
There you have it- my Colors By Llarowe collection! I can’t wait to get more- if you’re interested, you can keep up to date on pre-sales and new releases by following Colors by Llarowe in the following places:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Colorsbyllarowe and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Llarowe/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/colorsbyllarowe and http://instagram.com/llarowe
Llarowe mentioned last night that today’s Brand of the Day would be HITS. When I saw this at like midnight I was sitting at the computer, bored- both kiddos are sick right now and the youngest was curled up on my lap trying unsuccessfully to sleep- so I decided to paint my nails with the only HITS polish I currently have, Cutie Pie. I had no other post planned for today, so why not?
I won’t lie, it makes me a little sad seeing all the beautiful swatches from other bloggers pour into Llarowe’s page. My poor nubbin nails just can’t show off the pretty polishes as well! Hopefully I can start growing them out soon… curse you acrylics! NEVER AGAIN.
As an added twist, I pulled out my Cheeky stamps and added some space images. This polish just seems space like to me! All pictures are 3 coats of Cutie Pie (2 would have been enough), and the stamps used O.P.I.’s DS Radiance. I used stamp plates CH4 and CH5.
And now to show off a bit of the color shift:
The HITS Mari Moon polishes (which Cutie Pie is a part of) are just amazingly beautiful polishes. The Mari Moon collection colors cost $8 each (for 6mL) on Llarowe’s site. Not a cheap purchase (from a dollar to mL standpoint), but they’re definitely worth splurging for when you can.
I had great intentions of posting this earlier. For whatever reason, I’ve been dragging my feet today. Which is silly really, because I have a BEAUTIFUL polish to show off!
I was stumped over what polish to feature today for Try It On Tuesday- even though probably 75% of my polishes are untried- and had originally settled on O.P.I.’s Metallic 4 Life. Then this morning (before I had painted my nails), Llarowe announced on Facebook that today’s Brand of the Day would be Enchanted Polish- and I just happen to have 1 lone Enchanted Polish that is untried!
I was planning on saving this for an Indie Wednesday, but I decided to bump it forward a day instead!
I was lucky enough to snag Across the Universe during Llarowe’s generous Birthday Sale. I think this is the *only* polish I have ever opened and gasped out loud when I first saw it- when there was no one else around. Stunning is an understatement!
Across the Universe is a multichrome holographic nail polish. As you can see above, in the bottle it shifts from green-gold to blue to purple, though on the nails it’s really more of a purple to blue shift. The scattered holo effect is very vibrant and stunning. This polish went on easily and smoothly, and didn’t require much clean up.
Another bottle shot- truly, I can’t stop staring at this bottle. So stunning!
For all of the pictures I was wearing 3 coats of Across the Universe with a coat of Poshe quick dry topcoat. Coverage was fine at 2, but I really wanted it brighter. I did notice that the multi-chrome effect was much stronger on just 1 coat, though it was too thin on it’s own. It’s possible that with 1 coat over another base color it can show off a bit more! I’ll have to experiment soon 🙂
I took all of these outside in the sunlight to maximize the holo goodness.
I did notice on some earlier photos the way the sun hit my nails, it looks as if I have a giant spot of unpainted area on my pointer finger. As you can see in the picture above, that’s not the case- it’s just a very weird instance of lighting.
And finally, here’s a closeup of a nail to show off that holo sparkle!
Here’s a list of everyone participating in Try It On Tuesday- go check out their posts as well!
365 Days of Color
Beyond Beauty Lounge
Peace Love Lacquer
Tall Girl In Heels With Pretty Painted Nails
Jilltastic Nail Design
Polished by Maddie
Samples By Entaeyen
Shelly’s Sassy Nails
Nail Polish Anon
Nails By Ms. Lizard
Enchanted Nails and Fluffy Dog Tails
Two Lacquered Girls
Love & Lacquer
Sparkle and Shine Nails
Sincerely Obsessed with Polish
Polish and Such
Something Polish Like
Fancy Schmancy Nails
And for those that have made it all the way to the end: Enjoy!