Hello again! Today I am posting part one of my swatches for the Sinful Colors Winter 2015. This collection has 25 polishes in it(26 if you find them at Walgreens). Completely UN-shockingly, most of them are re-promotes. By my count (please correct me if I am wrong) there are five new polishes this go-round and one of them is a Walgreens exclusive, so you’ll need a mule to get iti f you don’t have any Walgreens stores in your area. Let’s get started with part one!
I’m breaking my swatches up into two posts simply because of the picture load. I decided to swatch 12 of the polishes from the collection – some I already had, some were new to me and 4 of them are brand new! Some of these polishes I have already swatched before but I think my photography skills have improved quite a bit since last year. This post will deal with the solids and part two is about the toppers. Let’s dive in!
Touch of Class
Touch of a Class is a light, dove gray frost filled with lavender shimmer and is one of the new polishes for this season. Sadly, the shimmer doesn’t translate well to the nail and is practically invisible in my photos, though you can see it a bit on my nail sidewalls in the close ups. This polish does have a frost finish, so careful application is required to minimize visible brush strokes.Su
Do you see how lumpy this looks? It’s the polish, covering up the shimmer. This isn’t as drastic as what OPI is doing, but really, what the heck is the point of putting cool shimmers or glitters into a polish if you are going to use a finish like this? It looks gross and lumpy. This one looked really pretty in the bottle, but I am obviously not a fan. Shown in my swatches with two easy, streaky, lumpy coats topped with Seche Vite.
Supernova is a lovely metallic rose gold loaded with shimmer. This is a re-promote from a few years back and I am so glad because it is one I didn’t have. This is probably my favorite of all the polishes in this collection. The formula is quite good but does require careful application to minimize visible brush strokes; however, this can be applies with a sponge for a smoother effect if you are willing to lose a bit of the brilliance.
I really love how clean and sparkly this looks! Shown with two coats topped with Seche Vite.
Pine Away, another re-promote, is a gorgeous kelly green metallic, loaded with silvery micro-shimmer. This is one of those polishes that a still shot does not do justice to, because as you move your hands, the micro shimmer picks up the light and flashes it, making this super sparkly and super perfect for the holidays! I picked up my bottle last year and while the formula was a bit on the thick side it was still really easy to apply.
Special note: this is one of those polishes that can stain pretty badly when you remove it, especially on dry cuticles. Shown in all swatches with two coats and topped with Seche Vite.
Purple Heart is a rich royal purple metallic loaded with silver micro-shimmer. This is another re-promote and is another one I didn’t have, so I was happy to grab this up. The picture doesn’t do this polish justice at all – in movement it is flashy and glitzy. The formula on this is similar to Pine Away, and is a bit on the thick side, but still applied easily.
Shown here with two coats topped by Seche Vite.
Velvet Ribbon is a fiery red metallic loaded with golden shimmer. This is one of the new polishes this year and it is a similar flashy style to Pine Away and Purple Heart. This one is a real stunner – the shimmer flashes gold as your fingers move and it has an almost inner glow. The formula on this one is similar to the other two metallic shimmers. A bit on the thick side, but easy to control and apply.
Shown in all swatches at two coats topped by Seche Vite.
Sugar Sugar is a deep metallic red with scattered red micro-glitter. This is an oldie, but goodie. It goes on perfectly and has tremendous color payout – the scattered glitter and some flash and sparkle. As implied, this is a re-promote, but I don’t think this one will ever go out of style!
This is a highly pigmented polish, so careful application is required – any left behind on your cuticle is a beast to clean up. Try not to go there! Shown in my swatches at two coats topped with Seche Vite.
Ruby Glisten is a deep red jelly loaded with tiny red glitter. This is definitely Sinful Colors equivalent of Dorothy’s ruby slippers. This is another one you need to see in person, because a still photograph cannot do all that glitter justice. This is fairly similar to China Glaze – Ruby Pumps. It is a slightly darker red and doesn’t have quite so much glitter.
The formula on this is really nice and goes on super smooth! This polish dries to a somewhat textured/flat finish, so if you want it to be smooth and glossy you will need topcoat. Shown in my swatches with two coats and topped with Seche Vite.
Stamping tidbit: I tested all of these polishes for possible stamping utility. Pine Away, Purple Heart, Velvet Ribbon, Ruby Glisten and Sugar Sugar all stamp reasonably well (though they lean more pastel than jewel toned when stamped) over white. Supernova stamps reasonably well over both black and white. Touch of Class actually looked cool stamped over black. It kind of had an opal look to it – not sure if that is enough to redeem the polish overall though lol!
That’s it for the solids! My favorites here were Supernova and Velvet Ribbon but I liked all of these polishes really well with the exception of Touch of Class. My second installment will cover the toppers.
Let me know what you think of these polishes! Which is your favorite? If you are ready to see the rest, click here for Part 2!