Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Iconic Effect New Releases Swatches & Review

Hello dears! I have four brand spanking new polishes from Iconic Effect to show you today: Christmas Sparkle, Snow Balls And Ice, The Big Freeze, and Astral Plane:

"Christmas Sparkle"

One coat over a pale green base

"Christmas Sparkle" is a clear-based glitter topper consisting of red foil squares and hexes, green foil squares and green holographic hexes, fine red and green glitter, and extremely fine (almost hair-like) green strand glitter. The particles are well packed in the base and very evenly distributed, making it easy to apply, and it dried smoothly and quickly. I chose to apply one coat over a pale green creme. Very sparkly and festive - the most aptly named polish ever!


"Snow Balls And Ice"

One coat over a very pale lilac base

"Snow Balls And Ice" is another clear-based glitter topper. The particles in this include fine white glitter, small and medium white hexes, and iridescent hexes and strands. As with "Christmas Sparkle", the mix is perfect, making it easy to apply and achieve an even spread of particles. I chose to apply one coat over a very pale lilac base to give a pretty snow-sprinkled effect, but I think this would also be well suited with a dark base as well, which would bring out the iridescent particles a bit more. Again, very aptly named!


"The Big Freeze"

Three coats

"The Big Freeze" is a white milky based glitter polish with a variety of blue glitter particles (light and dark, small and medium, round and hex). The milky base is by nature a little bit sheer, so I chose to apply three thick coats. If your nails are less stained than mine or you quite like the squishy, slightly VNL look then two coats would be adequate; otherwise I would recommend three coats on their own, or two coats over a white base. How you apply it is of course up to you, though. Application was easy, with an even mix of glitters on each coat. This is a very icy-looking polish, it reminds me somewhat of milk lollies and minty toothpaste!


"Astral Plane"

Two coats over a black base

"Astral Plane" is a holographic duochrome polish, with the colour changing from blue to purple (and on to a coppery pink at an extremely oblique angle). The holographic effect is softly linear, bordering on scattered. This polish is very sheer, so I applied two coats over a black base. This allowed the duochrome aspect to really come alive, and it is how I would recommend you wear it too, although perhaps three coats on its own would provide a soft, delicate look to the nail. Application was as easy as you could hope for, the consistency was smooth and easy to control, neither too thick nor too thin, and dried quickly.


These four Iconic Effect polishes are from a new collection which will be launching very soon. You can purchase them (and all of Iconic Effect's polishes) from the Iconic Effect Etsy Store, and don't forget to check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with new releases and restock dates!

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

**Products sent for honest, unbiased review**

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