Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Smitten Polish Summer 2014 Collection Swatch and Review

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Smitten Polish's Summer 2014 Collection to share with you! This collection consists of 5 new holographic microglitter polishes and 3 new holos in beautiful summery colors.

I'm going to start off telling you about formula so I don't have to repeat myself over and over throughout the post...

For the holo microglitter polishes, the formula is practically identical on all of them. They all start off on the sheer side, but build up nicely in 3 thin coats (you can get away with 2 coats of Her Name Was Rose and The Oncoming Storm if you are careful because their bases are more saturated) I found that they applied quite easily and weren't runny, which was great because I didn't want to have to worry about clean-up with microglitter (which can get everywhere if you are having to do a lot of clean-up). For all of them, I recommend using 1 coat of a thicker topcoat (I use Essence Gel-Look Topcoat) and then 1 coat of a quick dry topcoat (I use NYC Grand Central Station) to smooth them out to a glassy finish.

For the holos, the formulas were basically the same on all of those as well. I thought they all looked best at 3 thin coats. No special base or topcoats are required with these and I did not find that topcoat dulled the holographic effect.

So now...on to the pretties!

Jellyfish Rave is a light purple/lavender jelly base filled with silver microglitter. When I first saw this, I thought it was going to be super sheer, but it built up so nicely on the nail. I think it is because the microglitter is really fine and thus gets opaque even with a lighter base. The sheerer base also allows for ultimate sparkle of the holo glitter to shine through.

Seahorse Rodeo is a turquoise jelly base filled with silver holo microglitter. It had a similar sheer quality to it like Jellyfish Rave, but also built up just as nicely. This polish definitely does look like it is straight out of the sea, and is perfect for a summer mani!

Her Name Was Rose has a raspberry jelly base with silver holo microglitter. The color is beautiful and and saturated and covers well in 2 coats. I've been on a pink kick lately, so this polish was really a winner for me. It reminds me of some sort of delicious sparkling jam.

The Oncoming Storm has a royal blue jelly base with silver holo microglitter. The color is deep and rich, even a touch darker in real life than in pictures. Because of the darker color of the base, two coat covered perfectly for this polish. This is a stunning shade!

This is My Tiara! is an opaque silver holo microglitter in a clear base. This is all glitter folks! This is the only one of the holo glitters that does not have a tinted base, but the glitter is very dense so it easily becomes opaque on its on with no undies! This is super sparkly and fun! I wore this to lunch with my mom and the waitress was grabbing my hand asking me where I got it. By the do you answer that question when normal people ask you without sounding a bit crazy? LOL! MUGGLES DON'T KNOW WHAT INDIE POLISH IS!

By the way, both this polish and the next one I'm going to show you were inspired by Amy Farrah Fowler off of The Big Bang Theory (and the tiara episode is one of my favorites from her).

Gif From: Corina Writes

Girl Sprouts is a medium, grass green linear holo. I mean...just look at it. This polish is practically perfect in every way (ya Mary Poppins would say). The holo flame on this polish is insane and the color is just lovely. It seems to have an ever so slight golden twinge to it that really sets it off.

Amy: I guess it must have been back with I was in the Girl Sprouts.
Bernadette: Girl Sprouts?
Amy: My mom made it up as an alternative to the Girl Scouts. She didn't want me selling cookies on some street corner like a whore.
~The Big Bang Theory 

Nuclear Sunshine is a near neon yellow linear holo. This polish is so insanely bright and gorgeous! I know that yellows don't work on everyone, but this one seems to have a slight greenish twinge to it that makes it look flattering on me. I'm actually wearing this one today and I enjoyed it so much on my car ride to work as it flashed in the sun!

Safety Dance is a corally orange linear holo. This one leans slightly more pink in real life than it looks in pics. Gah, this polish is gorgeous! If you are an orange/coral lover like me, you need this polish STAT!

The Smitten Polish Summer 2014 Collection is set to be released on 6/29 for pre-order in Smitten Polish's Big Cartel Shop (time TBA). Smitten Polish can also be purchased Femme Fatale CosmeticsEdgy Polish, and Shoppe Eclecticco. Be sure to follow Smitten Polish on Facebook and Instagram for updates on restocks and new collections. Thanks for looking everyone!


  1. Looks great! Amazing swatches :) And thanks for mentioning my store!
    Kind regards from Katarina at Edgy Polish

  2. You make all these look so beautiful. Would you find time to compare zoya dream and Smitten Polish Oncoming Storm. I have Zoya Dream but it is too dark. I am looking for something vibrant. Any advice?

    1. I'm looking at them side by side and they are both dark, but Dream is more of a navy blue while The Oncoming Storm is more of a royal/cobalt blue so it has that extra brightness/vibrancy to it that Dream does not while still being a dark blue. Is that the sort of thing that you are looking for? Also, do note, that The Oncoming Storm has holo glitter so the finish isn't quite the same as Dream which has those smooth holo flakes.

  3. Thank you so much...great verbal comparison. It really helps me to decide. BTW, you have beautiful nails!

  4. These are all gorgeous! Great swatches.