04 December 2014

The Polish Bar Winter 2014 Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I'm back with a beautiful winter collection for you. When I think of holos, one of the brands that comes to mind is The Polish Bar. Janice always does such beautiful holos, ones that have the perfect balance of colour and rainbow effect. So I was very excited to see the gorgeous colours in her winter collection, which are paired with very celestial names. And I couldn't resist taking lots of pictures of these.

The Polish Bar Winter 2014 Collection


Formula and application:

The collection consists of five polishes, all have a jelly like formula. You can build them up to full coverage - I used 3 coats for all these swatches - but they have the squishiness and consistency of jellies. That's not a bad thing, they just take a bit of extra care when applying. I found it was necessary to wait a minute or two in between coats. And use thin, careful coats. Otherwise they all had very good application.

The polishes: 

All swatches are 3 coats topped with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Cosmic Sea is a deep green subtle holo with some scattered holo effect. It also has a mix of small to medium holo hex glitter in red, gold, and maybe lavender? This is very similar to Dream Galaxy although I found, even after three coats, that this wasn't as intense as the blue version.

Cosmic Sea (lightbox)

I really love the effect of the holo hex glitter with the holo base, it fits perfect with the celestial theme of the collection!

Cosmic Sea (direct light)

Dream Galaxy is a deep blue, almost blurple subtle holo (perhaps also with some scattered holo) and a mix of small holo hex glitter in different colours. The glitter appears to be predominantly pink, fuchsia and turquoise.

Dream Galaxy (lightbox)

Three coats gives this polish a very rich and dreamy look. The colour is deeper and more intense than my swatches show.

Dream Galaxy (direct light)

Mystic Sky is a dark navy blue holo, with a medium holo effect. The colour is gorgeous, and not too dark that you don't see the blue, but still dark enough to have intensity. This was one of my favourites, mainly because I love this shade of blue.

Mystic Sky (lightbox)

Mystic Sky (lightbox)

Mystic Sky (direct light)

Starlight is a light silver/white holo with a bit of iridescent shimmer. This is another stunning one and very unique. It can be layered although it's not a holo top coat, or it can be built up to almost full coverage. I used three coats here, and you can still see some VNL.

Starlight (lightbox)

Starlight (direct light)

Star Voyage is another stand out of the collection. This is a deep raspberry holo with a very subtle golden sheen in some lights. I just love the deep berry colour, a tad muted, but still very beautiful. I don't know how unique it might be but it's one of those colours that is so flattering.

Star Voyage (lightbox)

Star Voyage (lightbox)

Star Voyage (direct light)

Final thoughts:

I love the mix of rich colours, but with a very winter feel to them. For nail art, Dream Galaxy and Cosmic Sea might be difficult to incorporate. But I can picture some beautiful winter nails using Starlight, Mystic Sky or Star Voyage - perhaps some stained glass or some abstract design. My picks are Mystic Sky and Sky Voyage. I love the dark, rich colours.

Availability:

This collection is available now from The Polish Bar Etsy shop. You can also follow The Polish Bar on Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think of these? Do you have a favourite?

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

20 comments:

  1. These are so pretty! Great range of colors in this collection. Wonderful swatches as always!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! And I definitely agree, it's a nice range of colours. :)

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  2. All of these look so lovely, but I think that opinion is colored by your beautiful nails ;).

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    1. Lol! Thanks Deborah! Got to do my best to show stuff off! ;)

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  3. What a great collection! I love the first two especially :)

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    1. Great choices! They are very unique and pretty. :)

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  4. Your swatches give me so much life. Beautiful collection

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

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  5. Mystic sky is a fave. I can't get enough holos!

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    1. Holos are so beautiful and that's a gorgeous colour!

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    1. It feels like the perfect Xmas colour doesn't it!?

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  7. I looooove Starlight! It's so pretty!

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    1. I love that one too, it's very soft and delicate. :)

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    1. It's very beautiful in real live too! :)

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  9. These swatches look great ;)
    Thanks for sharing them with us <3

    xx

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    1. You're very welcome! I always love sharing new Polish Bar polishes. It's a great brand. :)

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