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Gelish Collection Review

Urban Cowgirl Collection Review

Hi everyone. Here are my swatches of the Gelish autumn collection from Nail Harmony UK. With this collection I have completed all the “colour in the spotlight” blogs so I should be able to give you some really useful information. You will find the colours in different  lights so you can get a truer reflection of the colour and there is no editing effects or smoothing, just my nails painted with the legitimate colours.  Let me know if there’s anything else you want to know or see.

The Urban Cowgirl collection consists of 6 core colours and 2 trends. It was launched in the UK on the 4th August 2015 with singles released on the 29th August 2015.

Tan My Hide – 3 coats

A light tan with pink tones in a crème consistency and a subtle shimmer. As it’s a crème consistency it applied a little more thickly so make sure it’s nice and warm when applying. I had no problem with shrinkage or sliding. There has been some mention of fading but personally I didn’t have a problem. This is my favourite colour of the collection and a definite must for your collection due to the unique colour.

Tan my hide - light variance

Holy cowgirl – 2 coats

This sage green crème has a beautiful subtle gold shimmer and grey tone, it’s another brand new colour to Gelish and I love it for autumn. The application was perfect and I have absolutely no complaints about this colour at all.

Holy Cowgirl - lighting variance

From Rodeo to Rodeo Drive – 2/3

This a creme taupe has quite a grey tinge with a hint of purple to, along with a subtle silver shimmer to it.  This is the only core colour in the collection with no matching Morgan Taylor polish.

Personally I didn’t experience any problems with removal or fading with this colour but some people have suffered with fading. There is also a possible batch problem with it causing it to lift and peel after only a few days. If you do think you have one of these bottles then contact nail harmony.

Rodeo Drive - Lighting

Pumps or Cowboy Boots – 3 coats

This is a black brown crème colour with burgundy / red tones. It has a smooth application but it is really highly pigmented so thin colours are a must and make sure you dry brush otherwise it can run. It is similar to black cherry berry and love me like a vamp but I don’t have either of these.

Pumps or cowgirl boots - lightring

Plum Tuckered Out – 2 coats

I love this colour, a dark purple crème which can look almost black but outside you can see it’s true plum colour. It’s so smooth and creamy, not to thick and not to thin, Gelish nailed this one. Diva is very similar but with the perfect consistency and application this one will make your life so much easier.

Plum tuckered out - lighting

Texas Me Later – 2 coats

A coppery pink with a frost finish, it’s smooth and fluid so easy to apply. There aren’t any similar Gelish colours so a nice addition.

Texas Me Later - Lighting

Trends – neither of these are “toppers” but colours in them selves.

Seal the Deal – 2/3 coats

A dark burgundy which nail harmony portrays to have pink and purple flecks in. It does have them but I would say when it’s on you notice more orange, gold and red flecks. Unless in a very specific light, which wasn’t that often. Out if all of the collection I had the most compliments about this one. The application was good but make sure it’s not too thin. If you like who’s cider you on you will love this one.

Seal the deal - Lighting

Chain Reaction – 1/2 coats

A pewter silver, so on the mid to dark side of what we have seen before. It has a frost finish and a great application so is perfect for art as well. So if you are looking for value for money this is the silver for you.

Chain Reaction - Lighting

Colour comparisons

Tan My Hide - Comparison

Rodeo - Comparison

Texas - Comparison

Seal the deal - Comparison

Rodeo - Comparison

Pumps or cowgirl - Comparison

Holy Cowgirl - Comparison

Plumb tuckered out- Comparison

Summary

I love this collection, with good applications and several really new colours it’s a great buy.

Seal the deal - Main
Colour In The Spotlight

Colour in the spotlight – seal the deal

Name: Seal The Deal

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: a dark burgundy which nail harmony portrays to have pink and purple flecks in. It does have them but id say when it’s on you notice more orange, gold and red flecks. Unless in a very specific light, wasn’t that often. That being said I had lots of compliments about this colour and it is beautiful. It reminds me of embers burning out from a bonfire.

Matching nail polish: yes seal the deal by Morgan Taylor.

Viscosity: shimmer

Application: I would say a 3 coaster for a good application but you could get away with 2. Other then that nice to apply and a good consistency. Don’t make the costs to thin with this one.

Seal the deal - Application

Lighting variance: (indoors, LED, outdoors)

Seal the deal - Lighting

Sparkles & trends: as this is a trend I didn’t do sparkles or glitter over the top.

Longevity: no problems

Fading: none

Seal the deal - Fading

Removal: no problems

Similar colours: to me I think it’s the step between berry merry holidays and whose cider you on, so if you already have these you could probably spend your money elsewhere. However personally I love this colour as it has the different colour flecks in it.

Seal the deal - comparisons

Artwork:

Seal the deal - Art 2

Seal the deal - Art 1

My verdict: nice colour and application, I’m glad I brought it.

Next week: meet the king.

Colour In The Spotlight

Colour in the spotlight – chain reaction

Chain Reaction - Main

Name: Chain Reaction

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: this is a pewter silver so a nice mid silver with a frost finish.

Matching nail polish: yes Morgan Taylor chain reaction

Viscosity: a thicker frost

Application: great, you can almost get away with one coat, obviously I wouldn’t recommend this. As it’s a frostish finish try keeping your strokes straight when applying.

Chain Reaction - Application

Lighting variance: (indoors, LEF, outdoors)

Chain Reaction - Lighting

Sparkles & trends: as this is a trend I didn’t do sparkles or glitter over the top.

Longevity: no problems

Fading: none

Chain Reaction - Fading

Removal: no problems – quite quick as you don’t need many coats.

Similar colours: there are lots of Gelish silvers available, especially bringing out 3 in as many collections. This one is a good middle ground.

Chain Reaction - Comparisons

Artwork:

Chain Reaction - Art 1

Chain Reaction - Art 2

The snake skin effect will not work with this dense colour, obviously you can use it as the base though.

My verdict: this colour has fantastic application even in one coat, so makes it ideal for art work. I have to confess although not a colour I would wear every day, I did catch myself driving and thinking ‘oooh what an awesome colour’. So if you are looking for a silver that’s value for money and to use for art this is the one for you.

Next week: seal the deal

Colour In The Spotlight

Colour in the spotlight – texas me later

 

Texas Me Later - Main

Name: Texas me later

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: A coppery medium to dark pink with a frost finish, this isn’t really a colour I would chose but has been a popular choice on more mature clients.

Matching nail polish: Yes, Morgan Taylor – Texas me later.

Viscosity: smooth and fluid so easy to apply.

Application: An easy two coats,  this is a frost finish though so make sure all strokes are straight to give a neat finish.

Texas Me Later - Application

Lighting variance: (indoors, led, outdoors)

Texas Me Later - Lighting

Sparkles & Trends: I love my jewels keep me warm and all that glitters is gold with this colour.

Texas Me Later - Trends

Longevity: no problems

Fading: I do think this faded slightly and lost some of its initial pink rose tints and went to the more coppery side (sorry for the blurry picture).

Texas Me Later - Fading

Removal: easy

Similar colours: there currently aren’t any similar colours to this in the Gelish collection. The closest non Gelish is Sally Hansen raisin the bar.

Texas Me Later - Similar

Artwork:

Texas Me Later - Art 2

Texas Me Later - Art 1

Texas Me Later - Art 3

My verdict: although this colour really isn’t one I would personally chose it’s a nice colour and popular with more mature clients so is worth the investment especially as it applies so nicely in two coats

Next week: chain reaction

Gelish Collection Review

Red Matters Collection Review

Hi everyone, here are my swatches for the Red Matters collection launched by Nail Harmony on 28th September 2015 in the UK. This collection has 6 core colours and 3 trends. I think this was originally meant to be the Christmas collection however has been released early so it is unlikely there will be another collection now until spring. As a result of this there hasn’t been much lead up, pictures or content about this one so I hope you find this helpful when deciding colours choices. You will find the colours in different  lights so you can get a truer reflection of the colour and there is no editing effects or smoothing, just my nails painted with the legitimate colours (indoors, LED and outdoors).  Please let me know your thoughts and opinions on the colours, as per usual these are my thoughts and in not those of Nail Harmony UK.

Fire cracker – 2 coats

This is a bright red creme with a slight orange tinge and applies nicely in 2 coats.

Fire Cracker - Lighting

Scandalous – 1/2 coats

This is your pillar box red, it’s a hot red creme and is seriously pigmented. Out of all these colours you had to apply this seriously thin and warm before hand to avoid wrinkly. You could do this in one coat, but I would always do two for longevity.

Scandalous - Lighting

Ruby Two Shoes – 2 coats

This is a beautiful scarlet red colour it has a slight shimmer to it which is just beautiful it also applies beautifully in 2 coats.

Ruby Two Shoes - Lighting

Man of the moment – 2 coats

This is a medium red creme which applies well in 2 coats

Man of the moment - Lighting

I’m so hot – 2 coats

This is a beautiful red / burgundy shimmer which applies really smoothly. Think queen of hearts but a bit darker.

Im So Hot - Lighting

Red Alert – 3 coats

This is a deep red cream which looks seriously shiny. I did find it a little on the runny side so make sure you dry brush or flash cure to avoid running into your cuticles.

Red Alert - Lighting

My Secret Santa – 3 coats

This is a fine white glitter, I was pleasantly surprised at how good a coverage you could get in just 3 coats with this trend. This is the only topper of the collection though and I think will look beautiful over the reds.

My Secret santa - Lighting

Tinsel My Fancy – 2 coats

Yet another silver, but what makes this one different is the beautiful subtle blue metallic sparkles it has in it.

Tinsel my fancy - Lighting

Put A Bow In It – 2 coats

This is a sage green metallic colour which has brown specks in it. Very Christmassy.

Put a bow on it - Lighting

Comparisons

Red Matters - Swatch sticks

Red Matters - comparison mid

Red Matters - comparison light

Red Matters - comparison dark

Silver Comparisons

Green comparison

Trend compairson

Full after hours collection
Gelish Collection Review

Gelish After Hours Collection

Hi all. Here are my swatches of the latest Gelish autumn collection from Nail Harmony UK. There hasn’t been much lead up, pictures or content about this one so I hope you find this helpful when deciding colour choices. You will find the colours in different  lights (indoors, LED and outdoors) so you can get a truer reflection of the colour and there are no editing effects or smoothing, just my nails painted with the legitimate colours.  As this is the first of such posts I am doing please let me know if there is anything else you think I have missed in my initial quick review.

Sweater weather – 2 coats

Nail Harmony UK consider this to be a mellow charcoal grey. To me it is a cream mid to dark grey with a slight purple tone. It had a good application in just two coats.

Sweater Weather - Lighting Variance

Rhythm and Blues – 2 coats

A beautiful denim metallic blue completely different from any other Gelish colour. It had a great application in just two coats.

Rhythm & Blues - Lighting Variance

A Little Naughty – 3 coats

This is a on the darker side of a red / brown. It had a good application in 3 coats. *Nail Harmony have now updated their website and actually class it as a purple, so think it girl with a mortared / brown tone.

A Little Naughty - Lighting Variance

Last Call – 2 coats

This colour is awesome. It’s a copper / pink metallic and applies beautifully in 2 coats. If your you or your clients are a fan of oh what a knight this one is definitely for you.

Last Call - Lighting Variance

Give Me Gold – 2 coats

Another beautiful metallic gold which is quite light and fantastic to apply in just 2 coats.

Give Me Gold - Lighting Variance

A-Lister – 2 coats

Another silver following the success of chain reaction from the urban cowgirl collection. It’s not quite as good a consistency so instead of 1/2 coats this one is a 2/3 coats. Personally though I much prefer this colour it is a light bright metallic silver.

A Lister - Lighting Variance

Colour Comparisons

Copper and gold comparisons

Deep Red Comparisons

Silver Comparisons

 

I don’t have many greys at the moment so this is a picture I took at the recent Nail Harmony South West Road Show.

Grey Comparisons

I am so pleased with this collection, its offered me many new colours, I can’t but help think that I would have liked 6 metallic colours perhaps a green and a maybe a purple, but all in all I love this collection especially with the application and consistency  its great value for money. And if you grab it now then you actually get one polish free. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments below.

Colour In The Spotlight

Colour in the spotlight – Plum tuckered out

Plum tuckered out - main

Name: plum and tuckered out

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: a dark purple crème. Inside this colour can look almost black but outside you can see it’s true plum colour.

Matching nail polish: Yes, Morgan Taylor plum and tuckered out, UK release 1st September 2015

Viscosity: smooth and creamy, not to thick and not to thin. Gelish nailed this one.

Application: awesome! Perfect in two coats, as it’s a highly pigmented colour you need to keep to thin coats to avoid any wrinkling. But I confess I was a little heavy handed withy thumb nail and still ended up wrinkle free. So a great application with no sliding or shrinkage.

Plum tuckered out - application

Lighting variance: (indoors, led and outdoors)

Plum tuckered out - lighting

Sparkles & trends:

Plum tuckered out - trends

Longevity: no problems to report.

Fading: none

Removal: easy

Similar colours: Gelish diva is very similar, but again I don’t currently have this colour

Artwork:

Plum tuckered out - art1

Plum tuckered out - art7

Plum tuckered out - art6

Plum tuckered out - art5

Plum tuckered out - art4

Plum tuckered out - art3

Plum tuckered out - art2

My verdict: an awesome colour for the autumn and winter? which looks stunning in the sunshine and with 2 coats and a perfect consistency and coverage when applying, it’s a great colour to have even if you have similar as its application is awesome.

Next week: Texas me later

Colour In The Spotlight

Colour in the spotlight – Pumps or cowboy boots

Pumps or cowgirl boots - main

Name: Pumps or cowboy boots

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: a black brown crème colour. It has red tones as you can see from the first layer.

Matching nail polish: Yes, Morgan Taylor pumps or cowboy boots UK release 1st September 2015

Viscosity: a nice smooth application.

Application: This is a really highly pigmented colour and therefore thin layers and dry brushing are a must. I did find in slid a bit during application.

Pumps or cowgirl boots - application

Lighting variance: indoors, led and outdoors

Pumps or cowgirl boots - lightring

Sparkles & Trends:

Pumps or cowgirl boots - trends

Longevity: no problems

Fading: none

Pumps or cowgirl boots - fading

Removal: really easy, lifts off nicely.

Similar colours: Gelish love me like a vamp and black cherry berry are very very similar. It’s only in bright sunshine you see the brown tone as opposed to the red tone of the similar colours. As well as black shadow when lighting is not great.

Artwork:

Pumps or cowgirl boots - art 2

Pumps or cowgirl boots - art 3

Pumps or cowgirl boots - art 1

My verdict: I once again love this colour and as I do not own either if the two mentioned above it’s a good colour for me.

Next week: plum tuckered out

Colour In The Spotlight

Colour in the spotlight – from rodeo to Rodeo Drive

Name: From Rodeo to Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive - Main Pic

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: this is a Crème taupe. Personally I think it’s more grey with tones of purple and taupe. It has a beautiful subtle silver shimmer to it.

Matching nail polish: No, alas this particular colour has been replaced by Morgan Taylor with a touch of sass, a dark red crème, UK release 1st September 2015.

Viscosity: crème base so can run quite thick in the cold, I didn’t have any issues with this though.

Application: 2/3 coats with no shrinkage or running. As this is a crème colour, if you are in a cold salon you might wish to warm the bottle before application to keep the polish thin for easy application. You can do this by standing it on a warm wheat bag, placing in a bowl of warm water or any other method you prefer.

Rodeo Drive - Application

Lighting variance:

Rodeo Drive - Lighting

Sparkles & Trends:

Rodeo Drive - T&S

Top: lots of dots, escargo to Paris, June bride, grand jewels

Bottom: am I making you Gelish? Vegas nights, izzy whizzy and rough round the edges.

Longevity: no problems

Fading: I didn’t notice any fading, that being said I think in all 3 lights it looks lighter.

Rodeo Drive - Fading

Removal: 8 minutes of soak off and no problem.

Similar colours: I don’t have a similar colour to this in my Gelish collection. I really couldn’t find a similar colour to this one any where so no comparison to show.

Artwork: all the colours used are from the Urban Cowgirl collection and the glitters are from the nail space.

Rodeo Drive - Art 1

Rodeo Drive - Art 5

Rodeo Drive - Art 4

Rodeo Drive - Art 3

Rodeo Drive - Art 2

My verdict: a new colour with good application and so a good addition to your collection. Personally this is not a colour I would ever choose myself but actually I’ve quite enjoyed this colour, a lovely autumn shade.

Next week: pumps or cowboy boots

Colour In The Spotlight

Colour in the spotlight – Holy cowgirl

Name: Holy Cow Girl

Holy Cowgirl - main

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: this is a sage green crème with a beautiful subtle gold shimmer and grey tone, again it’s another brand new colour to Gelish and I love it for autumn.

Matching nail polish: yes, Morgan Taylor holy cow girl available in the UK 1st September 2015

Viscosity: crème base so can run quite thick in the cold.

Application: just 2 coats.

Holy Cowgirl - apllication

This applied like a dream, no shrinkage, wrinkling or running.

As this is a crème colour, if you are in a cold salon you might wish to warm the bottle before application to keep the polish thin for easy application. You can do this by standing on a warm wheat bag, placing in a bowl of warm water or any other method you prefer. 

Lighting variance:

Holy Cowgirl - lighting variance

Sparkles & trends:

Holy Cowgirl - Sparkles & Trends

Top: lots of dots, escargo to Paris, grand jewels, June bride,

Bottom: am I making you Gelish? Vegas nights, rough round the edges and izzy whizzy.

Longevity: this lasted really well. As you can see from the pictures I quite substantially broke my nails this week doing a big declutter and clean. Thankfully the Gelish held even with 2 coats and stayed strong even though my nails underneath had cracked.

Fading: none

Holy Cowgirl - Fading

Removal: easy removal on this one.

Similar colours: this is a really new colour for Gelish and I have struggled to find a similar gel polish. The nearest is possibly LeChat tranquility but this does not have the shimmer.

Artwork:

A dotty design using tan my hide, from rodeo to rodeo drive and pumps or cowboy boots

Holy Cowgirl - Art 1

My verdict: this colour is great, with 2 coats I was amazed at its strength and application. It’s a completely new colour from anything around and with its gold shimmer is just awesome for the colder months. You are definitely on to a winner with this one.

Next week: from rodeo to rodeo drive