Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Random Pure Ice Swatches

12 swatches after the cut

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From left to right:
1. Bedtime- violet jelly with magenta micro glitter
2. Busted- super sheer lavender jelly with color shifting glitter that changes from purple to pink to gold
3. Bite Me- gold micro glitter in a clear base
4. Heart Breaker- super sheer mint green jelly with aqua and green micro glitter
5. Home Run- mint green cream
6. Cheatin- sparse blue and purple glitter in a clear base
7. Wet T Shirt- hot pink jelly with glass fleck
8. Excuse Me- frosty sunshine yellow
9. Spit Fire- sparse, complex glitter with lots of holo hex glitter and red micro glitter, smells like lighter fluid
10. Rio- magenta jelly with hot pink, aqua and purple micro glitter
11. Strip Tease- peachy baby pink with glass fleck
12. Wild Thing- bright spring green cream, stains nails even with base coat

Let's just get this out of the way first, those polish names are bad, embarrassingly bad. Personally a terrible name won't stop me from buying a cosmetic item but it will garner an eye roll and a groan every time I use it.

As for the polishes themselves they are for the most part excellent quality with pretty fast try time. Only Spit Fire has an obnoxious smell. Most of them are quite sheer which makes them fabulous for layering and doing gradients. The two creams are opaque in 2 coats, the frost needs 3 coats. #s 1, 7, and 11 need 3 to 4 coats. #3 needs at least 5 coats for full opaque golden goodness but is passable at 3 coats. #10 looks best at 4 coats. #s 2, 4, 6 and 9 will never be as they appear in the bottle and are really best for layering. #2 really shows its multichrome powers with a matte top coat.

Pure Ice polishes are pretty unique and I find myself reaching for them a lot. I purchased all of mine at my local Walmart, not sure if they are sold any where else.

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