I love small collections. 5 piece collections seem perfect to me. Why have 12 blah polishes when you can have 5 good ones? That’s what Barielle was aiming for with their Carnival Fiesta collection for the holidays. Did they hit the mark?
Holiday Madness is an olive green shimmer which required only two coats. It actually reminds me of a China Glaze polish I have seen in the past - Peace On Earth from the 2011. I don’t have it to compare to, but you can see it here on Vampy Varnish.
Jillian’s Jammin’ is made of AWESOMESAUCE. The base is a green-teal jelly, and it is filled with purple and blue shimmer particles. Definitely click on it to enlarge the picture! Please! This also required three coats.
Lindsay’s Dancin’ is a blue based red shimmer that is perfect in just two coats. Rio’s Rockin’ Bands is a violet based shimmer which requires a bit of attention in order to avoid brush strokes. Both of these polishes have that “lit from within” quality which makes polish lovers go ga-ga.
Wanna Samba is a grey-green-purple duochrome. The color shift is not strong, but it is there! I only used two coats for these pictures, but now I see I should have used three. It reminded me of Zoya Ki, but as you can see from the comparison above, the base of Wanna Samba is grey, where Ki’s is more plum.
I also wanted to compare Wanna Samba to Color Club Port-folio. They look so similar in the bottle! On the nail, however, is where the similarities end. Port-Folio’s base is much more of a violet purple, and the green flash is much, much stronger.
I enjoyed this collection’s departure from the normal holiday theme. I really enjoyed Jillian’s Jammin, Wanna Samba and Holiday Madness. The only thing I really didn’t like? The names!
Barielle Carnival Fiesta is available on their website for $25.00, though they often have discount codes. Definitely sign up for their email list or follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with the sales!
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