Monday, 20 April 2015

Superficially Colorful Happy Hour Collection

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Hey there!  Today I have an exciting, upcoming collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer, a handmade 5-free indie brand.  The Happy Hour collection, a group of four thermal textured polishes (yes, you read that right...thermal AND textured) that has been a long time coming as Jin searched for the right pigments.  But she has found them and they're wonderful!  But they are limited edition as she isn't able to get more of the supplies needed to make them.  Once they're gone, they're gone so you better jump on them.


The Happy Hour collection was inspired by some yummy, grown up drinks.  She's even going to be posting the recipes for the inspiration with the listings so, if you're in need of a drink, you could try out one of her recipes as you wear the polish.  How cool would that be?


For each of the swatches, I used 2 coats of polish.  They applied amazingly, especially for something with texture.  I'm also showing each swatch with top coat (either HK Girl or KBShimmer Clearly On Top) for those of you who aren't completely sold on textured polish.  I'm including Jin's descriptions (in italics) followed by my take on the polish.  

Cupid's Cup - "Changes from a dark to light pink, inspired by a juicy pink cocktail."

Cupid's Cup is a pink/purple thermal polish.  This one gave me the least distinct hot/cold line between my nail bed and the free edge of my nail.  On me, the naturally warm color is a dark pink but when I used warm water to heat it it turned a bright Barbie pink so this one could be a bit of a chameleon depending on how warm or cool you are.  
 


Warm (left)/Cold (right)

With top coat

Great Raspberry Flute - "Changes from medium blue to light green, inspired by a lemon-y cocktail."

Great Raspberry Flute is a green/blue thermal polish that appears to have a golden shimmer to it when worn with top coat.  This one was very heat reactive so it was difficult to get a fully warm or cold photo of it.  As you can see below, almost immediately after taking my hand out of the cold water it was warming to the lighter green color or vice versa so it creates a natural gradient really nicely.  Wouldn't it be beautiful as a base for some oceanic nail art?


Warm (left)/Cold (right)
With top coat

Steamy Affair - "A metallic dark brown that changes to silver with a little bit of holographic glitter, inspired by a black coffee cocktail."

To my eyes, Steamy Affair is a silver/dark pewter or black thermal polish.  Thanks to the holographic glitter included in it, it's the sparkliest of the collection.
 


Warm (left)/Cold (right)

With top coat

Tequila Sunrise - "Changes from red to orange, inspired by the beautiful cocktail."

Tequila Sunrise is an orange/red thermal polish that appears to have a golden shimmer when warm with top coat.  It gave me the most distinct warm/cold boundary of the four polishes in this collection.  When worn naturally it switches between a warm peachy-orange and a dusty dark pink color.  But when cooled with cold water you can see how it turns red.  Again, it's so heat-reactive that it was hard to get a complete cold photo.  Tequila Sunrise was my favorite of the collection.  So much so that I'm wearing it again today, with some stamping, so you might be seeing it on the blog again soon.



Warm (left)/Cold (right)
With top coat

The Happy Hour collection will be launched on Sunday, April 26, 2015 on the Superficially Colorful website.  Each individual polish will be $9 US for a 12 mL bottle or $33 for the entire collection.  As I mentioned this collection is a VERY limited edition so jump on it while you can.  Once the stock is gone, it can't be re-released.  Lastly don't forget to follow Superficially Colorful on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest news.

'Til next time...