Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I♥NP Ultra Chromes - Swatches and Review!

Llarowe not only makes amazing nail polishes, she is a nail polish connoisseur as well. About a month ago she posted some swatches she had found of these polishes and I immediately went out and found the link for the Pre-Order.
I Love Nail Polish makes a ton of other colors: holos, cremes and shimmers. I had heard of their polishes previously through Instagram, but didn't end up purchasing anything from them until the Pre-Order for the Ultra Chromes.
The Ultra Chromes are a set of four polishes that are super super multichromatic. Other duochromes in the past were pretty awesome but these just knock them out of the park. At certain points, you'll see the entire spectrum of color shift on your nails and it looks incredible.
Here are the four colors, with very basic descriptions because the pictures are the best way to see how they actually look:

  • Birefringence - metallic turquoise that shifts to a magenta, purple, dark blue, bronze, and golden orange.
  • Cygnus Loop - metallic bluish purple that shifts to a magenta, purple, dark blue, orange, and lighter golden orange. This one is much more purple to orange than Birefringence, which was a little bit more rainbow.
  • Mutagen - metallic grass green that shifts to a steel pink like shimmer, as well as deeper shades of green. At extreme angles the polish also goes turquoise and a deep magenta as well.
  • My Little Glacier - metallic icy blue with a slightly deeper blue shift as well as a slight pink shimmer. 
Formula-wise, it was pretty great across the board. The polishes are opaque in two coats with the full multichrome. If you want to use less, then you can always just use one coat of each polish over a black base to get the full effect of the multichrome. They don't get sticky or thick or anything so that's a super plus for me. They also dry fairly quickly so another thumbs up for me. 
Each polish is available on I Love Nail Polish's website and retails for $12.50 each. For me, the shipping was pretty great. I got the email that the polishes were going to ship and within 2 business days they were on my doorstep. 
The Ultra Chromes definitely piqued my interest so I am excited to start exploring the brand further. What do you think? Do you guys like duochromes? And have you tried any of the polishes I Love Nail Polish has to offer?


SWATCHES:
Each color is swatched over black as well as on it's own. On my Index and Ring finger, there are two coats of the polish on it's own. On my middle and pinkie finger, there is one swatch over a black base.

Birefringence
with flash

Birefringence
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

Birefringence
outside in natural lighting at different angles

Birefringence
outside in natural lighting at different angles

Birefringence
indoors, with fluorescent lighting at different angles


Cygnus Loop
with flash

Cygnus Loop
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

Cygnus Loop
outside in natural lighting at different angles

Cygnus Loop
indoors, with fluorescent lighting at different angles

Mutagen
with flash

Mutagen
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

Mutagen
outside in natural lighting at different angles

Mutagen
top: indoors, with fluorescent lighting at different angles
bottom: outside in natural lighting in shade

My Little Glacier
with flash

My Little Glacier
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

My Little Glacier
outside in natural lighting at different angles

My Little Glacier
with flash as well as with two indoor lights to show full effect

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