June 01, 2015

Pretty & Polished Summer 2015 Collection Swatches & Review

Hello readers,
Today I have four polishes from Pretty & Polished's Summer 2015 collection.  This collection features a variety of colours and finishes so there's bound to be something for everyone.


Strawberry Lemon Ice

 

Strawberry Lemon Ice features a very pale pink crelly base with pale pink, white and yellow hex glitters.  The formula on this one was easy to work with.  I brushed on the polish and then did a tiny bit of dabbing to ensure even coverage of the crelly base.  It does dry a little uneven due to the glitters so I used a coat of Gelous to smooth things out.  Photos show two coats of Strawberry Lemon Ice with one coat of Gelous and one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.
 
Pretty & Polished Strawberry Lemon Ice Swatch Pretty & Polished Strawberry Lemon Ice Swatch

Pretty & Polished Strawberry Lemon Ice Swatch Pretty & Polished Strawberry Lemon Ice Swatch

 Solar Flair


Solar Flair features a sheer milky base with tiny yellow and red glitters along with larger yellow hexes.  When exposed to sunlight the base turns a sheer bright red that borders on pink.  The formula was very easy to work with.  I used two coats over Sally Hansen White On to get good glitter coverage and then sealed everything up with a coat of top coat.  Photos show two coats of Solar Flair over Sally Hansen White On with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in indoor (daylight spectrum) lighting.

Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch

Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch

This is where things got a little tricky.  When I went outside to take pictures of the colour change the polish in the bottle changed to red right away but the polish on my nails stayed clear.  What's going on here?  After some experimentation I discovered that my top coat was inhibiting the colour changing property of the polish.  It must filter out whatever wavelength triggers the colour change.  Photos below show the colour change (or lack of colour change) with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.

Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch

I added one more coat of Solar Flair (so three coats in total if you're keeping count) and didn't put on a top coat.  You can see that there's a nice rosy colour shift now.

Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch

With this new knowledge I went and did the entire mani from scratch - two coats of Solar Flair over Sally Hansen White On - but this time I didn't use any top coat.  Unfortunately, by time I had finished repainting my nails the clouds had rolled in.  In cloudy daylight there's still a good colour change as you can see below, but not as strong of a shift as you get with direct sunlight.

Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch Pretty & Polished Solar Flair Swatch

Nina of Model City Polish reviewed the same shade with Gelous as a top coat and didn't have any problems getting the polish to change colour in the sun.  Moral of the story... If you want a strong colour shift from this polish, make sure you do a test swatch with your top coat of choice before hand.

I'm Just Orchiding


I'm Just Orchiding is a bright medium purple creme  It was also the most difficult polish to photograph with any colour accuracy.  The photos below are pretty damn close, though in some lighting it leans a tiny bit less blue to the eye.  The formula was great.  I used three coats to reach opacity.  It dried to a matte finish so a top coat is definitely needed.  Photos show three coats of I'm Just Orchiding with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.

Pretty & Polished I'm Just Orchiding Swatch Pretty & Polished I'm Just Orchiding Swatch

Pretty & Polished I'm Just Orchiding Swatch Pretty & Polished I'm Just Orchiding Swatch

Who Wears Short Shorts


Who Wears Short Shorts features a dusty blue crelly base packed with fine shimmer and an assortment of small blue and aqua glitters.  The formula on this one was perfect.  I used three coats to reach opacity.  This polish dries smoothly with a waxy finish so top coat is recommended for shine.  Photos show three coats of Who Wears Short Shorts with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.



Conclusion

My personal favorite of the four is Who Wears Short Shorts with I'm Just Orchiding in second place.  I love the combo of shimmer and microglitter and the formula was just perfect.  These four polishes along with the rest of the summer collection release today, June 1st 2015.  You can find Pretty & Polished on:


Happy polishing,

Michelle

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