August 05, 2015

The Polish Bar Late Summer Collection (A Selection) Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
Today I have a selection of polishes from The Polish Bar's Late Summer collection to show you.  This collection features a variety of colours in scatter holo and glitter crelly finishes.  There are seven polishes in total, 4 holos and 3 glitter crellies.  Let's take a look at some of The Polish Bar's new creations.

Lanikai


Lanikai is a bright magenta scatter holo.  The formula on this one was very easy to work with.  I used three coats to reach opacity, but if you have shorter nails or a nail line that isn't super distinct like mine then two coats would be more than enough.  The shimmer in this one is very pretty, and in some lighting it even took on a slight purple flash.  The scatter holo is fairly subtle but does make an appearance in direct sunlight.  Photos show three coats of Lanikai with one coat of Essence Gel-Look top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.

The Polish Bar Lanikai The Polish Bar Lanikai

The Polish Bar Lanikai

Cape Cod


Cape Cod features a white crelly base filled with yellow, pink purple and blue glitters in a variety of shapes and sizes.  The formula was quite easy to work.  I didn't have to do any dabbing or fishing for glitters.  However, I did find it a bit sheer.  After three coats my nail line still shows through a little bit.  If you have a distinct nail line like me you may want to layer this one over a white base.  The polish dried fairly smoothly, especially for a glitter crelly.  One thin coat of topcoat was enough to smooth everything out though you may want to add a second if you want a perfect glassy finish.  This polish reminds me of that cake mix with little colourful sprinkles throughout.  Photos show three coats of Cape Cod with two coats of Essence Gel-Look top coat in daylight spectrum.

The Polish Bar Cape Cod The Polish Bar Cape Cod

The Polish Bar Cape Cod The Polish Bar Cape Cod

Bora Bora


Bora Bora is a bright pink leaning purple with a soft scatter holo shimmer.  The formula on this one was the best of the bunch.  It only took two coats to become opaque and was very easy to work with.  My nail lines are showing a teeny tiny bit in the bright direct lighting of my light box, but I promise that in all normal lighting this polish is definitely opaque.  Photos show two coats of Bora Bora with one coat of Essence Gel-Look top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Hanalei Bay


Hanalei Bay features a white crelly base with a bright matte glitters in a variety of shapes (including stars!).  The formula on this one was more difficult to work with unfortunately.  I had to go fishing for the larger glitters and after three coats the white crelly base was still quite sheer.  I would suggest layering this one over a white base.  On a positive note, this polish did dry quite smoothly for a glitter crelly.  If you have flatter nail beds one coat of top coat would be enough to smooth everything out but if you have arched nail beds like me two coats is best for those bigger glitters.  Photos show three coats of Hanalei Bay with two coats of Essence Gel-Look top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.

The Polish Bar Hanalei Bay The Polish Bar Hanalei Bay

The Polish Bar Hanalei Bay The Polish Bar Hanalei Bay

Conclusion

So what do you think?  My favorite of the bunch is Bora Bora with Cape Cod coming in second.  Lanikai is also a great polish if you like hot pinks.  I wanted to like Hanalei Bay... I even visited its namesake earlier this year... but the combination of fishing for glitters and a sheer base just missed the mark for me.  The full collection of seven shades will be available from The Polish Bar on August 7th, 2015 at 4PM PST.  The complete set will be available for $60 for full-size bottles and $30 for mini bottles.  Individual holo shades will retail for $11.50 and the glitter crellies will be $8.50.  You can find The Polish Bar on:


Happy polishing,

Michelle

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