19 September 2013

Polished by Alexandra Autumn Harvest Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Tonight I have the soon to be released fall collection from Polished by Alexandra. For an introduction to this brand check out my review of Alex's summer collection. This collection has exactly what I want from a fall collection - warm shimmers that evoke the feeling of the changing seasons and the colder weather - so I was very excited when I got these in the mail.

Polished by Alexandra Autumn Harvest collection

I was happy with Alex's first collection several months ago - as a customer and blogger I don't expect the first collection from an indie polish brand to be perfect. Yet I found myself loving this collection even more. And I also see improvement in terms of strong colours and stellar formula. In terms of formula, each polish was 2-3 coats, went on very evenly, and was perfectly self-leveling. I had no issues with any of them.

Don't Scare My Crow is a pale yellow gold with a metallic finish. The brushstrokes are quite visible so take care when applying. I find that this is a bit too streaky for my taste - at least when it comes to a full manicure. However, I think it will be useful when it comes to nail art, and for others, stamping. I did notice that the brushstrokes were less visible in person than in the photos. And for a gold colour, it's very flattering on my skin tone. This was 2 coats.

Polished by Alexandra Don't Scare My Crow

Polished by Alexandra Don't Scare My Crow

Falling Leaves  is a beautiful red-brown shimmer. I really love the nice neutral colour on this one. This was a bit more sheer than the others, so I needed 3 coats for full coverage.

Polished by Alexandra Falling Leaves

Polished by Alexandra Falling Leaves

Polished by Alexandra Falling Leaves

Gourdeous is a warm penny copper shimmer. I really love the vibrant and rich shimmer on this one, and it's such a pretty and flattering colour, despite the fact that I'm normally not into copper polishes. I used 3 coats but 2 would also work.

Polished by Alexandra Gourdgeous

Polished by Alexandra Gourdgeous

Mulled Wine is a maroon red shimmer, and is darker and more red than Falling Leaves. After swatching the China Glaze Autumn Nights collection, I thought I would be tired of red shimmers, but I think because this one is more on the brown side, it's interesting for me. This was 2 coats and it has a great formula like the others.

Polished by Alexandra Mulled Wine

Polished by Alexandra Mulled Wine

Polished by Alexandra Mulled Wine

The Witching Hour is a warm purple shimmer. I love purples so this one stood out for me. It looks a bit brushstrokey in the photos but not really in person. I used two even coats for this one.

Polished by Alexandra The Witching Hour



Polished by Alexandra The Witching Hour

Polished by Alexandra The Witching Hour

I love how the colours all complement one another. I've already used two of them together for some nail art, and I'd really love to do more nail art with these polishes - maybe another gradient, but some freehand would be nice. I'm also curious to see how Don't Scare My Crow works for line work.

What do you think of these? Do any stand out?

The Autumn Harvest collection launches on Sunday, September 22nd. It will be available on Alex's Etsy shop Soaps by Alexandra, or you can go to www.polishedbyalexandra.com, which will also link to her Etsy store. Follow Polished by Alexandra on Facebook or Instagram (@polishedbyalexandra) for updates and info.

*Polishes were provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

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  2. Meghan, you've done it again! THANK YOU SO MUCH for your swatches and your blog review. I really appreciate your hard work and your talent. I hope we can work together again soon! :)

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