11 April 2013

Pahlish Coney Island Queen Collection Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I don't think I've made it a secret how much I love the indie brand Pahlish. Out of all the indies I own (heck, out of all the polishes in general), my Pahlish collection reigns supreme. I was just updating my spreadsheet today (which I know I need to post!), and I own more Pahlish than any other brand in my collection, including OPI, China Glaze, and even Julep with their cheap add ons! Every collection that Shannon comes out with just gets better and better.

The latest collection, the Coney Island Queen collection, is no exception. It reminds me of the pastel speckled polishes that a number of the bigger brands have come out with recently, only this collection is by far more interesting and intriguing in my books. It also has more variation and I think there's something here that almost everyone can appreciate.

Pahlish Coney Island Queen collection

I should also mention that the collection is inspired by the lyrics and style of the singer Lana Del Rey. So if you like her music you might appreciate the polishes for that reason. Me, I've tried to get into her music, but so far I just can't, I don't know what it is. Maybe I'm getting old! ;) But nonetheless, I still appreciate the collection.

The formula on all of these were consistent, so I'll discuss that first before getting into each one. All six polishes are cremes with shimmers, and the majority also have small sized glitter. For each swatch I used three coats plus a top coat. I found that almost all needed the three coats, but there were a few where you could get away with two. Every single polish in this collection applied flawlessly, they were very creamy and smooth, also perfectly self-leveling. I did find that when these polishes settle, they tend to get thicker, which is common for indies, so make sure you give it a good shake before applying and in between coats.

Anticipating and Pacing seems to be the one that stands out in this collection since it's darker and more vibrant, and yet it also works perfectly. The base colour is a berry red, kinda muted, but reminds me of the colour of strawberries. It has a red shimmer in the form of micro-flakes and royal blue tiny and small hex glitter. I know it wasn't intended but this makes me think of berries. :)

Pahlish Anticipating and Pacing

Pahlish Anticipating and Pacing

Coney Island Queen is a nude creme with a gold shimmer. The shimmer is very prominent and made up of gold micro-flakes - it's absolutely gorgeous! I really love nude indies and this is one of my favourites! It's a great colour, and unlike many nudes it's not boring at all.

Pahlish Coney Island Queen

Pahlish Coney Island Queen

His Favorite Sundress is a pale pastel coral with gold shimmer and gold micro-flakes. The shimmer is not as prominent as you see in Coney Island Queen. There are also small orange square and hex glitter. This isn't a colour I normally gravitate towards because I feel it's not as flattering as cooler toned colours, but I really enjoyed this! It's a very nice spring colour.

Pahlish His Favorite Sundress

Pahlish His Favorite Sundress

Mind Like a Diamond is a mid-toned grey with darker grey flakes and a purple-rose-gold shimmer. At first it looks like just a plain grey, but the shimmer really makes this a stand-out for me. The shimmer (especially the purple) is very prominent as you can see from my pictures and it's a beautiful complement to the grey.

Pahlish Mind Like a Diamond

Pahlish Mind Like a Diamond

Singing in the Garden is a pale green with green shimmer and small green hex and square glitter. The polish is not so much of a mint green, but more like a pale grassy green if that makes sense. If I hold it up to a colour like Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet, the Pahlish is a tad more muted in tone. The shimmer is also in the form of tiny micro-flakes and there is the very oh-so-subtle hints of purple in it.

Pahlish Singing in the Garden

Pahlish Singing in the Garden

Sugar Venom is a muted bubblegum pink with tiny and small magenta square glitter. It also has pink micro-flakes that have a purple shimmer to them when they hit the light. I love how this is very girly, but not Barbie convertible type of girly! 

Pahlish Sugar Venom

Pahlish Sugar Venom

This collection is available from the Pahlish Etsy store and Llarowe, however, you can only buy the full collection at a discount on Etsy. In terms of the Etsy store, if anything is out of stock, you can message Shannon and she'll get back right away. And despite the fact that this is a fairly new collection, there's going to be a bunch of new polishes released on Etsy this Friday April 12th, including a new April Showers duo. If you're interested check out the Pahlish Facebook page for more details and pictures.

What do you think of this collection? Any stand out to you?

21 comments:

  1. Hi Megan, a great Collection and beautiful swatches!! I prefer this set of Pahlish polishes over any of the speckled polishes I have seen!!! My favorites would be Anticipating and Pacing and Mind like a Diamond :-)

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    1. Hi Christine, I'm glad you liked them. And I agree with you 100%, these are much better than other speckled polishes out there. I like how indies can do a better job than the big brands when it comes to stuff like this.

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    1. They are aren't they!? I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

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    1. Thank you! And I'm glad you liked them.

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  4. Love them all, but Sugar Venom, Coney Island Queen and Anticipating and pacing are the once that stand out to me

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  5. I'm a huge Pahlish fan as well! She has such great colors!

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    1. For some reason I think I already knew that! I'm sure because I've seen Pahlish swatches on your blog! I have to agree with you there, she does have great colours! :)

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  6. Fantastic! I've already bought 3 of them, but looking at your swatches, I definitely need to buy the rest.

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    1. I hate to be an enabler, but.... I'm glad that my swatches were helpful for you. It really is a great spring collection and fantastic formulas. You won't go wrong with the other three!

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  7. Beautiful polishes and swatches! These colours are all perfect for spring.
    My favourite of the bunch is Sugar Venom, I seem to have a penchant for pinks. :-)

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    1. Thanks Chantal! Sugar Venom is wonderful, I'm a big pink fan as well. :)

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  8. Beautiful swatches:) Sugar Venom is so cute!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I agree, Sugar Venom is cute and I can see why it's such a popular one in this collection. :)

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  9. hi Meghan just love this collection, I'm a Pahlish fan - I think, I must buy 2-3 of them f.ex. Mind like a diamond, His favorite sundress and Coney Island queen :)
    love the swatches and pics - you're so talented :)

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    1. Thanks so much Mette! :) Those are some great choices, hopefully you also enjoy the Pahlish I'll be showing today! :O

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  10. Mind Like a Diamond is very pretty! I love the whole collection & the inspiration behind it. I personally really love Lana Del Rey's music & style & some of her previous stuff too. :)

    Love your swatches, although at 370 polishes myself, & not even a blogger, I've sworn off purchasing any more! HAHA.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the collection! I wish I had the willpower to stick to a no-buy. I can do it for maybe a week or two at a time, then I'm done. Currently at around 570, yikes! :o

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