I've got here three new shades from SpaRitual Illuminate collection for Holiday 2013. Two of them have been provided for a review, one I've borrowed from a friend to swatch.
The Illuminate collection consists of six shades in total and it "borrows luminous color from the master glassmakers of Italy. Cool electric hues reflect a rich heritage of craftsmanship. Iridescent shades catch and play with light. Recycled glass beads magnify vibrant colors. Bellissimo."
Intellect - blue jelly packed with fuchsia, silver flecks. The shade itself is very pretty, especially because of the fuchsia flecks but very sheer. I'm wearing three thicker coats and topcoat and I can still see my nail line showing a bit. Otherwise it applied easily.
Intuition - grape purple base with blue glass flecks. This is my favourite out of all three shades, the purple is very pretty and the base has a slight colour shift. It is also very sheer and I needed three thick coats to achieve the opacity in the pictures.
Intention - red jelly base with red and gold glass flecks. The red base is leaning towards orange and tomato red tones, it's very fresh looking colour. I'm wearing two thick coats in the pictures but three would be better. Apart from the low pigmentation, the rest of the formula was good and easy to work with.
When I saw the promo pictures of this collection I was very excited to try the shades. They looked very sparkly and partly duochrome. Unfortunately the sheerness is a big minus for me because I won't love any polish that needs more than two thick coats for full opacity. On the other hand they are great for layering and they do indeed look great over black. Check out review from Spit & Polish where she layers these over black.
You can get the SpaRitual polishes at:
UK: SpaRitual UK website,
US: SpaRitual US website
....and at Feelunique.
Have a lovely day and see you tomorrow with some nail art!