Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Barielle Summer Keys Collection

(Press Sample)

Hello!

Today I'm gonna show you a bright, fun, happy summer collection from Barielle, their Summer Keys 2014 summer collection. I love this collection, and I think you're gonna, too. :)

Let's take a look at the polishes, and then I have a surprise for you nail art fans at the end...

I'm going to start with my favorite from the collection, Hawaiian Sunset. This is a rich mandarin-orange-tangerine shade with a lighter, more yellow-orange shimmer:

Barielle Hawaiian Sunset
Barielle Hawaiian Sunset

Barielle Hawaiian Sunset
Barielle Hawaiian Sunset

Barielle Hawaiian Sunset
Barielle Hawaiian Sunset

This shade had a depth and saturation to it that feels fun but adult at the same time; the shimmer adds a sparkle of light over the surface. In a season of neons, this is an orange that will get and keep attention not for blinding you, but for sheer beauty. This is two coats, and the application was perfect.


Next we have Miami Heat, a salsa-licious red creme that will take you from beach pin-up babe in the day to sexy dance floor sizzle at night:


Barielle Miami Heat
Barielle Miami Heat

Barielle Miami Heat
Barielle Miami Heat

Barielle Miami Heat
Barielle Miami Heat

Barielle Miami Heat
Barielle Miami Heat

No summer is complete without a red creme, and this one is gorgeous. Two coats of perfect application, and you're on your way to classic hotness, in Miami or anywhere else. :)


Next we have Panama Pina Colada, a banana-yellow creme:


Barielle Panama Pina Colada
Barielle Panama Pina Colada

Barielle Panama Pina Colada
Barielle Panama Pina Colada

Barielle Panama Pina Colada
Barielle Panama Pina Colada

Okay, now I want a Pina Colada. Or, ooo, one of those frozen bananas covered in chocolate! Mmm...

I have yet to find a yellow creme that doesn't give me an aneurysm when I try to apply it. The application on this wasn't perfect--I did have to watch myself--but this is by far the easiest yellow creme I've ever applied, with only a small amount of pulling. The outcome is gorgeous, and I don't break out in a cold sweat when I think of wearing it again. Give this one a try if you've shied away from this color in the past because of application issues.

I also like that while this is a soft type of yellow, it's not just a blah pastel. It has a citrus kick to it that definitely classifies it as summer rather than spring, I think.


Next up we have Topless In St. Tropez, and you're never going to believe this but...this is my second favorite in the collection. I know, I know--a pink! Yes, it's true, this is a pink creme. But there is something about the way this plays with the edge of coral that makes me love it:


Barielle Topless In St. Tropez
Barielle Topless In St. Tropez

Barielle Topless In St. Tropez
Barielle Topless In St. Tropez


This is like the glow on a sweet little girl's cheeks. It's subtle and elegant. It's the kind of neutral I can get behind, and it's the perfect polish for a job interview.


Moving on from the soft neutral to the jazzy juice, we have Barefoot In Bermuda, a hot hot HOT pink creme that stops just short of going into a magenta: 

Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda
Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda

Barielle-Barefoot-In-Bermuda
Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda

As with all the others, this is two coats, and there were no problems with this application.  If you're looking for a match for that punk-pink micro-mini, look no further, my friend. :)


And finally we have Paradise in the Tropics, which takes us full on over into the land of magic magenta creme:


Barielle Paradise In The Tropics

Barielle Paradise In The Tropics
Barielle Paradise In The Tropics

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. This feels sassy and sexy and flowery and fun. Two coats again, perfect application, and your fingertips have a dose of daring. (Was that enough alliteration for you?)

Overall, I love the concept of 'Summer Keys' for a polish collection. Of the places in the polish names, I've only been to Hawaii, but I can say that the colors in this collection represent it perfectly. I see beautiful tropical flowers, refreshing tropical drinks, teeny bikinis, and fun summer beach paraphernalia. This will go beautifully for whatever summer or vacation wardrobe you have, so your fingers are kickin' it just as tropical as your clothes and your spirit. :)

I promised the nail art lovers a surprise...These stamp beautifully, even the yellow! The only one that didn't really work was Topless In St. Tropez, but I was stamping on darker colors. Take a look: 


Please ignore the fur from my long-hair and focus on the Panama Pina Colada Stamping...




Barielle Miami Heat



Barielle Paradise In The Tropics



Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda--yes, over that darkness!!

If they'll work for stamping, you'll also get good color from them for nail art. So if you want to save a little money and buy some polishes that are great for wearing and for stamping, these will work wonders for you. :)

You can find this collection on Barielle's website, or anywhere else that sells Barielle. And of course, Barielle products are Big-5 free. :)

So what do you think? Do you love the tropical focus of this collection?

Hope your week is off to a great start!
M.

62 comments:

  1. Great swatches from this collection. I like the reds/pinks colors in here too.

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  2. Beautiful swatches and beautifully written! I'm in love with the orange and yellow, and I've been looking for a sweet, pale pinky-coral, as a palate cleanser and I think Topless in St. Tropez just might fit the bill. Thanks for the post! <3

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    1. Yes, that's a perfect way to describe it, as a palate cleanser. :) Hugs {{}}

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  3. Oh I like that yellow! I never like yellows, that one has a really pretty tone.

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    1. It's pretty darn nice. I normally don't really care for yellows on me, but this one just had a little something. :)

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  4. Scrolling down I'm like, "I need that orange, no that yellow, no the pink." Darn it, now I want them all!

    Katreena

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  5. You have seriously GREAT nails. I am so jealous. I totally agree with above, I was scrolling down and was ooohhhh I need St. Tropez, ooh wait I need the tropics. I decided I need them all!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm going to do a post soon about their protein rebuilding basecoat, because without it the nails would just not be cute, lol. I used to have horrible peeling. :(

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  6. I have this set, and I really need to get them on my nails! Your swatches are seriously flawless! <3

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    1. Thank you!! That's very sweet of you to say! :)

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  7. What a cute set- and seriously, your nails rock!

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    1. Thank you! And I agree about the set--very cute and very versatile. :)

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  8. I love the creamy yellow color! Your nails look incredible btw!

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    1. Thank you! And I was really happy and surprised with how well that yellow applied. :)

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  9. pretty colors! now i just need to get better at painting my nails!

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    1. Here's a tip. Use a small brush dipped in your remover (or acetone) to clean up any that you get on your cuticles without smudging your polish. That makes it tons easier!

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  10. I loove the pretty coral! So girly and fun!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

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    1. Yes yes yes! Very soft but also pretty and sweet. :)

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  11. Hawaiian sunset is the perfect orange shade! My hubs favorite color is orange so anytime I treat myself to a pedicure I paint my toes that color. This would be the exact orange shade I would be drawn to at the salon.

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    1. Okay, so now I have to go do a pedicure with that orange...brb...:)

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  12. loving all these summer colours! makes me so excited for summer to get here in Australia!

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    1. I'll trade you--my fav season is winter. Continent swap!

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  13. Such fun summer colors! I love the pinks! :)

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  14. I really like the bright red and yellow!! They're all really summery and fun though!

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    1. Hmmm...I think I need to do some nail art with the yellow and the red together...

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  15. What a cute set your nails look great :-)

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  16. I want all those colors! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm with you. I buy all the colors, I say!

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  17. Love these fun summer colours. Surprisingly I really like the orange.

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    1. Right? Some oranges can be a annoying and overwhelming. This one is rich without being overboard. :)

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  18. Pretty colors, I love the orange the best!

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  19. That red is so bold, and beautiful! Love your designs too.

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    1. Such a great set for summer, makes me want to go on a tropical vacation...sigh...

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  21. wow I love the look of your nails.

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  22. My fav is the yellow! So bright and cheery! Great collection!

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    1. It really is very versatile and beautiful. :)

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  24. These are all such pretty colors! I'm in love with the Hawaiian Sunset one.

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    1. They have plates for it, that have patterns engraved into them. What you do is brush the polish onto the plate over your image, scrape the extra polish off, and pick up the image with your stamper. Then you stamp it where you want it on your nails. It's a great technique for anybody who isn't that great at free-hand work (that would be me, lol!). I can link you to some stuff to get you started if you're interested. :)

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  26. wow, GORGEOUS colors for the summer!

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  27. I love all these colors and designs. The first color is my favorite!

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