Saturday Swatchfest – Shleee Polish

Hello all!  Over the past few months I have gotten an excessive amount of nail mail (on which I have spent an outrageous amount of money), with an impressive number of new-to-me brands.  One of the brands I happened to buy after my enormous ‘Christmas’ haul was Shleee Polish.  I managed to snag five gorgeous polishes that I thought I would share here today.  And the best thing about every single one of them?  You could probably get away with one coat for each!  Although I did two for all of them to make sure I didn’t have any visible nail line.   And just a note…I’m going to apologize ahead of time for the varying skin tones.  I had to do some correcting to get better color accuracy for the polishes (as I often do), and this means I had to sacrifice the actual color of my skin in some photos 😛

Anyway, first up is Starkiller, a deep orange with gold shimmer.  And I’m not sure if it was the lighting or my imagination but I kept seeing tiny flashes of purple too.  Starkiller is supposedly a thermal and is supposed to shift from orange to a darker red-orange, but I didn’t notice any change after using hot and cold water.  So unfortunately you don’t get any photos of the color differences.

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Next is what I thought would hands-down be my favorite of the bunch: Fangorn Forest.  It is a stunning emerald green holo with holo microglitter.  It doesn’t sound terribly unique, but I personally don’t own anything else like it and so I fell in love.

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Siding Spring was probably the most ‘problematic’ of the five, but that isn’t really saying anything because it was still opaque in two thick coats.  It’s another stunner too.  A shimmery pink-lavender base packed with light blue microglitters makes the overall effect a very sparkly cross between periwinkle and lavender.

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Life on Mars is a rusty red microglitter polish with an added bit of shimmer and holo microglitter.  The overall effect is extremely eye-catching and moved this one into my top three of the group, even though I thought it would be one of my least favorites.

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Last is the one that surprised me the most.  Jakku is a polish densely packed with gold and coppery flakies with some additional microglitter thrown in.  While flakies are growing on me, I still in general don’t like them.  But I bought this one because the swatches looked pretty and it was inspired by The Force Awakens (so was Starkiller, by the way).  I was more than pleasantly surprised when I saw it in person though.  It’s so shiny!  And it got even better when I put it on my nails.  It went from expected bottom of the bunch to my absolute favorite of the five.  My housemate agrees, and put it on her nails the day after I got it.

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And that’s all of them!  I can’t believe how different everything was to my expectations.  Knowing my own polish tastes, Fangorn Forest should have easily claimed the number one spot and Jakku should undoubtedly have been at the bottom.  But Jakku did manage to push Fangorn Forest to the number two slot, with Life on Mars taking number three.  Definitely not what I expected at all!

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