Good evening! I’ve got another monster swatch post for you 🙂
I got three new models own nail polish from the Beetle Juice collection recently. Since this is very much an autumn/winter collection (for me, at least), I thought it would also be a good time to go over the swatches I did of my original three, and maybe even improve on them!
First up, Emerald Black. This is a nicely covering black creme with a lovely green shimmer. I’ve had this one for over a year, and I have to say, the formula hasn’t thickened at all. I used two coats – one was almost enough!
The shimmer does have a pretty good colour shift, there is bright green in there, but also flashes of blue and purple. I didn’t have any brush-stroke problems with this polish, which is a bonus!
Golden Green is also one of the ones I already owned for a while. I’ve gotten down to about 2/5ths of this bottle, and it’s time I ordered a back-up. It takes just two coats, dries super super fast, and brush strokes are pretty minimal.
The bottles must close pretty nicely, since these formula are all just as nice as the day I bought them! Golden Green has the least colour-shift, but there is a lovely microglitter sparkle in there. Plus, it’s that special acidic-green colour that seems to suit any skin tone!
Pinky Brown Beetle Juice has a micro-glitter texture. As the glitter is pretty fine, it’s not especially hard to remove, and this does make for a lasting mani. That’s why I’ve already used half of this bottle, too! I used two coats again, and it dries super-duper fast! So it’s great when you need a quick and easy mani.
The polish applies very smoothly, no brush strokes, and the glittery surface is great! Out of direct light, it’s a rusty colour, and in direct light, it flashes purple and red.
Don’t you just love the super glittery effect?! I wore this a lot last winter, to bring some warmth to my nails 🙂
Purple Blue definitely has the strongest colour-shift of the lot. The black base suspends a microglitter which shifts from green (like my little finger) through blue to a warm, deep purple.
And if you hit the light right you can even get all the colours in one go ! I’d like to point out that my base colour is totally clear, and this is just two coats. With other, more expensive brands, you’d have to put a black base under it!
Aqua Violet has a more pearly finish, the colour tones are quite similar to purple blue though. I definitely need to match them up for a mani!
I used three (thin!) coats here to get perfect coverage, two will normally be fine, I think.
Pearly finishes like this are usually the most prone to brush strokes, so it’s good to see that models own doesn’t suffer from this problem
The most sheer of them all is Hayley’s Comet, I did use 3 thick coats here. It’s definitely worth it though! The brown-apricot base has the most gorgeous pink-silver-blue-green shimmer; the colours are pretty delicate, but they are all there!
I do feel that this is the most office-friendly of the 6 – what do you think? It certainly isn’t a colour scheme that I’ve seen elsewhere, but it is very flattering! And the reflections give off an impressive range of colours.
Again, the formula gave me no trouble at all. It is worth noting (personally I struggled to find this information) that all models own polish is three-free (check out this link) and do not test on animals (yay!). They do smell a little more strongly to me than other polishes, but that doesn’t last – it’s only while you are painting your nails.
I’d say that all of these are a good, inexpensive (£5, 6€ or about $8 I guess) alternative to more expensive duochrome brands – but which is your favourite?