I am very new to the Bonita brand. They are available in Rite Aid stores and I don’t have a Rite Aid within 100 miles of me! I was pleasantly surprised when I received 4 bottles of Bonita polish in my recent polish swap! I haven’t worn any of these polishes as a full manicure, but as I was swatching them on sticks, I realized quickly that they were all 1-coat polishes. I decided instantly that I wanted to try stamping with them and once I had — I just had to do a full review about them, since I am so excited about the results!
The colors I received were Sea Me (seafoam green metallic), Greetings Earthling (dusty metallic blue), Truth Fairy (dusty metallic pink) and Penny For Your Thoughts (bright copper metallic). Shown above is how these polishes look in their bottles and on swatch sticks (you can click on the image to view a larger version). These metallics are more shimmery in nature, rather than chrome. They dry to a demi-matte finish on their own, but I like them better with topcoat.
These are all beautiful polishes, but I think that their hidden value is in how well they all stamp over both light and dark colors. They pick up perfectly and you don’;t have to work as fast as you do with some chrome metallic polishes (Essie – Good to Gold for instance) because the drying time isn’t quite as short. These polishes seem to work best over lighter colors! The look good over dark, but because these are shimmery polishes, the undie can show through, so darker polishes make the finish look more grainy.
Sea Me is a lovely seafoam green. I love how this one looks! That green was obviously meant for mermaid manis! I used Bundle Monster – BM-XL24, one of the nautical plates, to stamp with. I love this pattern, I had no problem picking up these very fine lines. Here is the macro shot:
Greetings Earthling is a very silvery blue. The shimmer is gorgeous on this one! For this one, I used MoYou London – Time Traveller 03, one of the 70’s plates. I pressed a bit hard and smudged my lines on one side, but it isn’t super noticeable in real life. Below is the macro shot:
Truth Fairy is a sparkly pink – you can see how on darker colors this looks a bit more grainy – however, it is not nearly as pronounced in real life as it appears in these pictures! I used Bundle Monster BM-XL08 for this one. If I was using this stamp for more than a swatch, I would probably use a dotting tool to add some color to the center of these dots. Bright Magenta would probably look really cool! Macro shot below:
Penny for your Thoughts
Penny For Your Thoughts is a bright copper color. My camera had fits with this color combination! New Bohemian is actually a much more muted shade (like a dusty turquoise) but this is true to color of Penny. So pretty! For this one, I used Born Pretty Store BP-L 003 usin another very fine pattern. Macro shot below:
I had no issues with pickup or placement (aside from pressing a bit too hard here and there) using my Vivid Lacquers rectangular squishy stamper. I am so seriously impressed with all of these polishes! I really want to invest in getting the rest of the metallics they have available as well! These particular polishes retail on the bonitacolors.com website for $1.99 and I imagine a similar price in Rite Aid drug stores (if you have one near you *sigh*). I figure I really need Tickle my Pickle (a light and bright metallic green ) and Do the Tootsie Roll (mocha). Totally worth the investment if you are into stamping!