I am exited to show you several polishes from Bellaluna Cosmetics Winter 2014 Collection! This is the premiere collection of 12 polishes for this new indie brand brought to you by the lovely Samantha. Shall we take a look? WARNING: Serious photo spam after the jump!
When I asked Samantha why she decided to launch her brand she told me that she has always loved nail polish. I can relate to that! But she was longing for something more unique than some of the mainstream offerings and knew she could make her own and add a unique spin to it, which is what she feels indie polish is all about. I couldn't agree more!
I also inquired about how she chose the name for her company and learned that she originally hoped to use Moonstar Cosmetics until she found out it was already a popular Hollywood brand. Go figure! Based on her love of the moon and stars, she pondered Stellaluna, after the children's book, but ultimately settled on BellaLuna which translates to beautiful moon. Once that was decided she got to work on designing the super cute logo you will see on all of her labels.
I have chosen to describe all of the colors in my own words and I don't want you to be confused or surprised if you see them described a little differently elsewhere. No worries, we are all talking about the same polishes! I am wearing Glisten & Glow's HK Girl Topcoat for all of the photos, but I will note what each polish is like without topcoat, as many of them give you a completely different look that way...2 for the price of one! All of my photos were taken indoors using a daylight bulb except for those marked with the "Southwestern Sun" in the top left corner. Alright, let's get this party started!
Belle Of The Ball is an evergreen to emerald green with lots of copper sparkle. Samantha was inspired to make this polish after seeing bloggers asking for it year after year. The first coat goes on semi-sheer but it built up easily to full opacity in 2 coats on me. She added a mica to this formula to give it additional depth and you'll see that gives it a metallic sheen under some lighting conditions. As with other polishes that have a "metallicy" finish, you'll want to use a little extra care when applying this beauty to avoid streaks. Without topcoat this polish dries down to a metallic sheen with a slight texture.
I am not usually a green person, but this polish won me over. I just love the coppery gold sparkle and how well it works with my fair skin tone! Absolutely perfect for the holiday season or year round if you are a green polish lover.
Enchanted Woodlands is a red crelly intensified by loads of gold & silver micro holo glitters. It has a slight orange lean under some lighting conditions, but my camera didn't seem to notice. Again, the first coat goes on semi-sheer but easily built up to full opacity in 2 coats on me. The sparkle in this polish is extreme and can be hazardous to your health in direct sun!! Do you prefer a matte, textured glitter look?? No problem, just leave off the topcoat!
This is one gorgeous red! It is probably a good thing that I didn't try this one first because I don't know if I would have had the discipline to take it off and finish my review! For me, red tends to be a seasonal color, but don't let that stop you from wearing it year round.
Peppermint Stick is a soft white crelly with subtle tiny red and micro green glitters. This one didn't start off as sheer as some of the others but I still needed 2 coats for full opacity. Sometimes white polishes can go on streaky but I didn't experience that at all. Without topcoat this one also dries to a matte textured look and I bet it would also look great with a matte topcoat.
This was my first pick from Samantha's collection and Enchanted Woodlands was the second because I was super excited to try them together...hint, hint! It is completely unique in my collection and, based on the color combination, will probably only come out for the holidays. That's OK though as it will make it last longer!
Starry Night is a rich blue crelly loaded with navy, sapphire and silver micro glitters. This is another stunner in the sun so be careful! I am sure many of us look at dark blue crellies like this and worry about staining, so let me put your mind at ease. I applied 2 easy coats for full opacity over 2 coats of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel. I used acetone to clean up around each nail immediately after I applied the polish and it swiped away easily leaving no trace on my cuticles. There was no indication I had worn this deep blue polish for 2 days when I finally peeled it off. Be sure to wear good topcoat and apply as I did and you'll be fine. Without topcoat this shade also dries down matte and somewhat textured.
I had to have this amazing blue! Samantha called it a standout in her description and she's not kidding. I wear blue year round and this beauty will be on my nails often!
Snowdrift is a very dense flakie topper with a violet-blue shimmer. Over a white base it is subtle and shimmery like freshly fallen snow on a sunny day. When you apply it over a darker base it looks more like the moonlight bouncing off of a frozen layer of snow after dark. I used one coat over both colors and just brushed it on like you would with any topcoat. I spent a little extra time experimenting with this one and found it can really enhance other creme colors, such as navy blue or the "berryish" purple that is popular this season, if you dab it on with a very light hand. A versatile and unique topper!
This polish will definitely make an appearance in a winter wonderland nail art design!
So there are the five polishes I had for review. While some of my picks leaned more towards holiday, don't forget that there are 7 more polishes in this collection. From nude to berry, light blue, deep purple and black there is something for everyone and many will work well all year long. Overall I am very impressed with all of the polishes I tried and think Samantha did an amazing job! But I am sure you want to know more, so let me give you a few specific Likes and Dislikes.
What I Liked
- The colors and unique glitter combinations! HELLO? You saw the pictures, right?? Need I say more?
- The formula! It is perfection! Not too thin, not too thick, just the way I like it and every polish was easy to apply. The crelly glitter polishes also dried very quickly. If I had received these as a gift I never would have guessed they were from a new indie brand that opened shop last month.
- The bottles, handles and brush! Samantha has chosen a slimmer round bottle with a taller handle. It felt great in my hand and was very comfortable to work with. For comparison, the bottle is the same size Jindie uses and the overall height of the bottle and handle is the same as a Julep bottle. The brush itself is just a tad thinner than an OPI Pro Wide but still allowed for perfect 3 stroke application on my not-so-small nails.
What I Disliked
- The dangling color identification tags. I hope this doesn't break Samantha's heart because she uses the cutest tags and they look handmade to coordinate with the logo. They make for a nice presentation, but they just aren't practical. They have radar for seeking out and sticking to wet polish, so they have to be removed before use. Once that happens they are on their own, most likely never to be attached again in my case. Fortunately this is so easy to turn into a LIKE by adding a label to the bottom of the bottle and letting customers choose between the decorative tag, the label or both.
Here is a peek at the tall, slim bottles I was telling you about. From left to right: Snowdrift, Enchanted Woodlands, Peppermint Stick, Belle Of The Ball and Starry Night.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these polishes and I thank Samantha for sending them to me for review! She was also kind enough to provide me with a special discount code for you. Use AQUARIUS17 now to PRE-ORDER any of her polishes and save 17% (a lucky number that we happened to have in common)! There is no minimum order and this discount is good through December 24th. Samantha has indicated that all orders will ship no later then 12/18.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these polishes! Can you see yourself wearing any of these beauties, or the other gorgeous polishes in Samantha's collection?
Thanks for reading! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the fun nail art design I created using several of these polishes!