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Friday, August 27, 2010

Color Club Untamed Luxury Part 1 (Diamond)

Okay, normally, I don't like to split up collections, but Untamed Luxury is so large, at 14 polishes, that I am breaking it up based upon Color Club's own division in the collection... the Diamond polishes and then the Indulgence polishes (which will be up soon).

I was really excited about this portion of the collection because Color Club does amazing glitters, and the glitters and glitter-variants in this collection (mostly) did not disappoint.


De-Luxe-Cious - Blue-grey foil with holo glitter.  Reminded me of a more-pigmented and foil-y version of the Color Club Japanese glitters from last year.  I think this is a very pretty, definitely unique, though you will have to use probably 2 coats of TC in order to even it out.  The formula was a little thick.  Pic is 3 coats, and due to the thickness of the formula, I had drag on my 2nd and 3rd coat.  To combat the drag, you would just need to wait a bit longer in between coats.

Ms. Hautie - Gunmetal grey satin finish polish with rainbow holo glitter and copper micro-glitter.  In the bottle, the copper glitter gives it a slight duochrome effect, and this one was probably my favorite of the collection.  In the bottle.  On the nail, it was a bit disappointing, though I am reserving final judgement until after I put a TC on it, wear it as a full mani, and see it in sunlight.  For me, with the copper glitter, this one had the same concept as Barielle Falling Star*  (which is a slate blue with larger copper glitter dispersed throughout), though they are not at all similar in finish or color.  This one was a bit better in formulation than De-Luxe-Cious, but there was still the risk of drag.  Pic is 2 coats.














Red Velvet - Jelly black base with red glitter. If Ms. Hautie was my favorite in the bottle, then Red Velvet would be my favorite on the nail.  If you like the concept of China Glaze Lubu Heels or OPI Midnight in Moscow, but were disappointed in the end result, then you will LOVE Red Velvet.  For me, I found the glitter in Lubu Heels to be too dark to stand out and Midnight in Moscow was too muddy.  Red Velvet is neither of those things.  Because of the jelly base, the red glitter was able to be suspended in the base and become more pronounced with following coats (though you won't need many).  Also, unlike OPI Midnight in Moscow, this one does not look brown from a distance.  It is definitely a black with red glitter.  It's crazy awesome and I can't wait to wear it as a full mani.  You will need a coat of TC, probably 2 coats to even out the finish, but that's pretty commonplace for glitters.  Pic is 2 coats and the formula is fantastic!

Untamed Luxury - Turquoise blue jelly base with blue and green glitter.  Now, I've never been there, but something tells me, if you could take the Caribbean Sea and turn it into a glittery nail polish, it would be this polish.  In tone, it's very similar to Zoya Charla and her dopplegangers (okay so OPI Catch Me in Your Net and Orly Halley's Comet aren't evil, but they are triplets with Charla and I just wanted to use the word doppleganger.  LOL), but it's not similar in finish.  Charla, et al, are glass-flecked foils, whereas Untamed Luxury is a straight up glitter polish.  They aren't dupes at all and if you love blue-greens and green-blues, you need this one.  The finish on this one reminds me of the Color Club Holiday glitters from last year.  Formula was great, but as it's a glitter, it has the tendency to do the free-edge-glitter-drag (as I call it), but if you go slow and take a little time between coats, you'll be fine.  Pic is 3 coats.

Resort to Red - Burgundy red pearl finish with red and pink micro-shimmer.  What can I say?  It's pretty, but it's also pretty common.  The pink and red mico-shimmer make it a bit unique, but you don't notice the shimmer unless you really study this polish.  That said, I think this would be a great polish for the holidays. Because of the pearly finish, this one did have a tendency to show brushstrokes, so you'll have to watch your strokes.  Formula was fine, though, and pic is 2 coats.

Snakeskin - Grey-based olive satiny foil with a golden shimmer.  In the bottle, this one looks like the olive/golden version of Ms. Hautie.  Yet, while Ms. Hautie disappointed on the nail, Snakeskin did not.  It has a similar finish to Ms. Hautie, in that it dries to a satiny finish (though not nearly as matte as Ms. Hautie).  In the bottle, there was a grey/olive duochrome thing going on that didn't quite translate to the nail.  It's a gorgeous color and if you love muted olive shimmers (the one coming to mind is OPI At Your Quebec and Call, though I don't have it to compare), you are going to love this one.  Like Resort to Red, it was apt to show brushstrokes, but given the foil finish, the stroke marks actually looked good with Snakeskin.  Formula was great.  Pic is 2 coats.

Covered in Diamonds - Clear top coat with large-sized, rainbow holo flakies.  In other swatches of this top coat and in Color Club's own PR pics, I wasn't really drawn to this polish.  For me, it looked a little odd, like someone had just crumpled up cellophane on their nails.  However, in person, this is a totally different story.  I can see how this color would transform any color into a completely different polish (tomorrow, I will have a pic of this over black.  AMAZING).   If you like flakies, and layering top coats, then you definitely have to check out Covered in Diamonds.  Pic is 2 coats, and, due to the slight thickness of the formula and the big flakies, I would wait a few minutes between coats so you don't get free-edge drag. 

All in all, I love this portion of the Untamed Luxury collection.  Resort to Red was a bit ho-hum and Ms. Hautie was a bit of a miss on the nail, but I still feel Color Club did an awesome job.  Red Velvet, Untamed Luxury, and Snakeskin are worth the price of admission alone.  This collection is available at both TD and VNS and color club is usually in the under-$3-range.

These were sent to me for review

EDITED: To change this from Wishing on a Star (which I think is a black with silver glitter by Misa)

3 comments:

Spaceinvaders said...

Oh I love them all!

Serena said...

I love Untamed Luxury and Red Velvet!

Aurora's Nails said...

Whoa Untamed Luxury! These pics really make me want this collection haha!

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