Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio from Live Love Polish

(Press Sample)

Today I have another exclusive to share with you from Live Love Polish...and OMG, it's gorgeous, and ready-made for nail art.

Colores de Carol has collaborated with Live Love Polish to put together a a Valentine's Day gift set of three polishes, one of them exclusive to Live Love Polish. It comes in this adorable box:


Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio from Live Love Polish

Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio from Live Love Polish



The awesome packaging is absolutely fitting for the awesomeness inside...Let's start with Colores de Carol Amethyst, a medium-to-strong linear holo in a glowing orchid shade:


Colores de Carol Amethyst
Colores de Carol Amethyst

Colores de Carol Amethyst
Colores de Carol Amethyst

Colores de Carol Amethyst
Colores de Carol Amethyst

Colores de Carol Amethyst
Colores de Carol Amethyst

Colores de Carol Amethyst
Colores de Carol Amethyst


Colores de Carol Amethyst
Colores de Carol Amethyst


This polish. THIS POLISH. I absolutely live for it. It's soft. It's squishy, It's vibrant. It's holo. It's wonderful in every possible way.

I've had lots of jelly holos that take 4 coats to reach opacity, and when I first saw this, I wondered if it would be one of those...absolutely not. This is two coats, full coverage, and those coats applied like butter. I had almost zero clean up because control on this was absolute. I have one coat of Seche Vite, but this polish doesn't need it, in terms of amazing shine.



Next up is Jesse's Girl, made exclusively for Live Love Polish, a glitter topper with predominantly pink, red, and purple glitters, and a smattering of blue and yellow-green to keep you on your toes:


Colores de Carol Jesse's Girl over China Glaze Tart-y For The Party
Colores de Carol Jesse's Girl over China Glaze Tart-y For The Party


This is one coat over China Glaze Tart-y For The Party, with one coat of Seche Vite. Application was very good--this mostly brushed on evenly, and I only needed one or two teeny dabs to make sure I got coverage everywhere.


Colores de Carol Jesse's Girl over Zoya Sage
Colores de Carol Jesse's Girl over Zoya Sage


This is two coats over Zoya Sage, with two coats of Seche Vite. The polish dries quickly, so I really didn't have to wait between coats--I started on the second as soon as I was done the first. It's also a very versatile polish; I'll show it below over Amethyst. 


Colores de Carol Jesse's Girl over Zoya Sage


And here's a macro so you can see the glitters up close and personal. This polish is like the glitter version of a spring Monet painting, with some holo flash thrown in. :)



And finally we have the oh-so-perfectly-named Bling, a glimmering concoction of silver holographic glitter that looks like a bottle of liquid diamonds:



Colores-de-Carol-Bling
Colores de Carol Bling


These swatches need a little explanation. This polish covers well enough with two coats that in real life, it looks like full coverage even if you have your fingers right up to your eyes. However, under the lightbox lamp, it looks a little sparser. So what I did here was put three coats on my ring finger so you can see what it looks like IRL, and left the two coats on the other nails. Believe me--you won't need three coats IRL to get the effect you see on the ring finger here. Below, I also show one coat of Bling over Barry M Silver Foil, and over Amethyst, so you can see a range of different looks with this polish. Each have one coat of topcoat.

Application was exceptional. When I look at a polish like this, I drool, and then brace myself for all of the glitter that's going to get onto my cuticles and be a nightmare to clean up. I didn't have that problem at all with this polish. The glitter went where I wanted it to go, and nowhere else. I was careful, of course, but not inordinately so--and often with glitters like this, it doesn't matter how careful you are. But this was a dream to work with.



Colores de Carol Bling
Colores de Carol Bling

Colores de Carol Bling
Colores de Carol Bling


Colores de Carol Bling
Colores de Carol Bling


On my thumb I have one coat of Bling over one coat of Barry M silver foil--I personally prefer Bling on its own, but this is a good option if you want to stretch your mileage.


Colores de Carol Bling
Colores de Carol Bling



I said at the beginning that this gift set is a nail art waiting to happen--I couldn't resist playing with them a bit and showing them together. First I have one coat of Bling on my ring finger and one coat of Jesse's Girl on my pinky and thumb, over two coats of Amethyst:



Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio Gift Set for Live Love Polish
Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio Gift Set for Live Love Polish

Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio Gift Set for Live Love Polish
Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio Gift Set for Live Love Polish



And here's two coats of Bling and Jesse's Girl over Amethyst:



Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio Gift Set for Live Love Polish
Colores de Carol Valentine's Trio Gift Set for Live Love Polish



Final verdict: This is an amazing set of specialty polishes for the polish addict or the polish beginner alike. This is a perfect gift to give your friend who likes nail polish and nail art, but doesn't quite know where to start--the polishes go beautifully together so you can combine them in so many ways with foolproof results. I still have the above manicure on, and don't want to take it off. It's stunning and light catching and I just want to stroke it and kiss it and hug it and love it.

And yet, any experienced polish collector/nail artist will be over the moon with this set, as well. A top-notch holo, a sparklicious holo glitter, and a versatile glitter topper--how can you go wrong? Even if the 'gift' is for yourself. Especially if the 'gift' s for yourself. :)

If you want to get the special packaging, you should head over there quickly--the sets are already in the 'low stock' category. But, you can also buy each of the polishes separately; just don't count on being able to get all three, because Bling is also low stock.

And don't forget: Live Love Polish has free shipping in the United States if you spend over $20--so guess what, not only do you save money over buying these separately, that means no shipping cost on the set. You can't beat that with a stick.

Happy holographic polishing!!!
M.

40 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous set this is! Love how it came packaged and the colors are stunning. I'm really liking the first and last one the most.

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    1. Totally agree with you on all points. I can't say enough about Amethyst, and Bling is so amazing. In any other set, Jesse's Girl would be the centerpiece, so that just shows you how amazing all three are!

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  2. the colors are just gorgeous in the set! I love the first polish you swatched!

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    1. I'm a sucker for a holo, and this is such a beautiful color...

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  3. Gorgeous set! Beautiful swstches.

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  4. I really like Amethyst and Bling. Very pretty and the packaging is really cute!

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  5. Lovely colors and beautiful swatches!

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  6. Great swatches dear.. loved all the shades

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  7. Wow, beautiful. What a cute little box!

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    1. Such a great gift box...it would never make it out of my hands, but still, lol!

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  8. Cute box! The purple holo is my favorite!

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    1. I live and breathe for that polish...sigh...:)

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  9. I love Amethyst but they are all super pretty!

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    1. Yes, exactly--all three are so nice, and they work so beautifully together :)

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  10. Amethyst just blown me away. Your swatches are perfect and love your review.Wish I was in USA

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    1. Live Love Polish ships overseas!!! Check it out. :)

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  11. Gorgeous swatches! Amethyst is my favorite cause I have a soft spot for purples but I don't have anything like Bling, it's so pretty.

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    1. Right there with you. I will always have a special spot in my heart for purples and reds. And the look of Bling, even all on its own--so sparkly and fun. :)

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  12. Amethyst and Bling are my favorites. I've been meaning to try this brand for a while and juat haven't gotten to it. Beautiful swatches!

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    1. I was the same--these are my first Colores de Carol, and I've heard so many good things. These lived up to all of that. :)

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  13. Amethyst is absolute jelly holo perfection!

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  14. These are all very gorgeous polishes!

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    1. Totally agree! They did a great job with these. :)

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    1. Yes yes yes!! Totally agree. So beautiful. :)

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  16. Gorgeous swatches! Amethyst and Bling are absolutely stunning!

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    1. They are so beautiful, and I was amazed at how easy Bling was to work with. Perfect.

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  17. Beautiful swatches, I have been so excited about this trio since swatches started popping up. Amethyst looks gorgeous on you.

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    1. Thank you! Though I have a feelng that polish would look good on anybody and everybody, lol!

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    1. So right there with you...I'm in total fangirl mode, lol :)

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  19. Wow, my eyes about popped out of my head over Amethyst! Such a beautiful linear holo!

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    1. I am currently completely obsessed with it. :)

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