Today I have some polishes to share courtesy of Barielle and my friend Lucy, who did all the work to get these for review and will post her own entry on them once they make it across the ocean and into her stash. First up is Pink Quartz, a candy pink creme. I used two coats and found it a little streaky, which isn't surprising for a color like this. I'm guessing it would have evened out with three coats but since I planned to layer on top of it I didn't test that theory.
What I layered on top of the pink was one coat of Buddha-ful. This is a warm pink jelly with greenish flakies. (There was an earlier version of this polish which had more of an ivory/peachy base, but now it seems to have settled on being pink.) I really should have added some topcoat to smooth this out a bit, but I was in a swatching frenzy and didn't want to take the time.
The last polish in the trio, Amber Sparkler, was my least favorite. I liked the color—bronze with a touch of silver—but it was very difficult for me to deal with the brushstrokes. I had to be very careful when applying and a second coat didn't seem to help things settle out as I'd hoped. I think what's missing for me is some sparkle; if there were little flecks of something in there I bet I wouldn't notice the lines so much.
It did look better from a distance; the frostiness was not so obvious in real life, when my hands are very rarely as close to anyone's eyes as they are to the camera lens when I am taking pictures.
Since I had Buddha-ful within reach, I tried adding that on top of Amber Sparkler. I had hoped only to obscure the brushstrokes, so was quite pleasantly suprised to see that the darker base brought out a periwinkle shift in the flakies. I saw hints of that over the pink, but over the bronze it was really obvious and really pretty.
Pink Quartz and Amber Sparkler are both part of Gem Stone Earth collection for Spring 2012. Buddha-ful was originally released as part of last year's Karma collection, but it's still readily available and would be my pick of these three. Barielle polishes retail at $8 for a .45 fl. oz. bottle and are often on BOGO50% sale at the Barielle website.
The polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider.