This year's SoftShades collection was inspired by the movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, and today I have those seven polishes to share with you.
Don’t Burst My Bubble is a milky white sheer polish. Of the three sheers in this collection, Don’t Burst My Bubble is my favorite. This is two easy coats. It’s almost a ghostly white, don’t you think?
Lights of Emerald City is a sheer polish filled with large white square “confetti” glitter and smaller color shifting confetti glitter. It was easier to apply than I expected! I applied one coat normally, and then on the nails that didn’t have enough of the larger pieces I dotted extra ones on. I also wore Lights of Emerald City sandwiched in between two coats of Don’t Burst My Bubble, which you can see here. Surprisingly, I like it as a glitter topper better!
I Theodora is a ballerina pink crème. I think it may have been intended to be worn sheer, but I couldn’t get the polish even and ended up using three coats, which ended up making it opaque. This is a very very girly pink… a little to girly for me!
Which is Witch? is a mix of small holographic hex glitter and micro holographic bar glitter. I don’t think I have even seen micro bar glitter before, so this one intrigues me. It applied very smoothly, would dense coverage in just one coat. I can’t wait to layer this over a pale blue, and mint green, or a smooth grey crème.
Glints of Glinda is a nude sheer. Of the three, this was the only one I could get away with wearing just one coat. I think it is rather “blah” on me, but I think it would be lovely on women with darker skin tones.
When Monkeys Fly! is a large gold hex glitter, small holographic hex glitter, and micro holographic glitter in a clear base. As soon as I saw this bottle, I realized what people meant when they say “taco glitter.” The edges of the gold glitter tend to curl. It wasn’t dramatically obvious when applied to the nail, but I would be lying if I said they laid flat.
What Wizardry Is This? is a brown Liquid Sand polish. This one is bumpier than the previous Liquid Sand polishes, most likely due to the fact that it is all “sand” and no large glitter pieces that we saw in the Mariah Carey collection. To get the high shine you see in the second photograph, I used two layers of Barielle Manicure Extender topped off with one layer of Seche Vite.
What do you think of this Oz inspired collection? Which are your favorites? Mine are Lights of Emerald City, Don’t Burst My Bubble, and Which is Witch?
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