Isadora: Get The Glow Collection

IsaDora: isadora; make-up; smink; cosmetic; kosmetik

This collection was released shortly after the main summer collections from my favourite drugstore brand Isadora, this is a much more playful collection compared to earlier releases the last two years which is something I talked about in my review of Isadora Summer Collection 2017 – Blue Bliss.

Which brings me to something else about this collection, it is in my opinion a mini collection with adding products from existing lines and a few products that are “variations” of existing products, personally speaking I like it when brands do that since I believe that if you already have a formula that is well-loved and popular then why not extend the product line?

This collection contains five nail polishes, six lip glosses, a lip glitter and a highlighter palette.

I bought the items I found interesting.

 

Gloss Glace  3-D Mirror Shine

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This product line has been out for a while now but for this collection they came out with new shades.

I bought the shade 26# Iridescent Glow.

 

Description from Isadora:

Cover your lips with a glaced gloss effect and 3-D shine!

Gloss Glace  is a moisturizing lip gloss with a plumping effect that will visually make your lips look fuller.

  • 3-D Mirror shine.
  • Plumping.
  • Moizturising.
  • Long-lasting.
  • No transfering.
  • Easy and quick application.

Contains 16 ml e 0.54 oz of product. This is free from perfume and is clinically tested.

 

My opinion

I’m not a huge fan of lip gloss even though I like the look they can give.

Last year I bought the lip gloss set from H&Ms Global Fusion Collection and I really did enjoy those shimmer glosses as they were non-sticky and comfortable to wear which made me more curious about glosses.

This lip gloss is very intense on the lips. I enjoy this colour as it has a really intense blue iridescence and lilac shimmers, which is strangely flattering in my opinion and definitely makes this for me a very unique shade for me as I have nothing similar in my makeup collection.

It looks much more intense and iridescent in real life than in my pictures below.

When it comes to the claims Isadora has about this lip gloss, I’m not entirely sure if I can completely agree. It does slightly fulfill those claims but not in an extraordinary way

It does have a mirror like shine, I’ve never had a lip gloss this shiny before and yes, since it is a tube the application is neat and clean. But it is not completely transfer proof but it’s definitely long-lasting, more so than most lip glosses and not extremely sticky either.

It is a lip gloss that is very comfortable to wear and I really like the look. It has a very faint vanilla smell which derives from the aroma Isadora has listed in the ingredients list.

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Loose Lip Glitter

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This was one of the items I was the most excited about as it was among the standouts of this collection.

 

Description from Isadora:

Loose lip glitter which gives an iridescent and holographic effect. It has a weightless feeling that is comfortable and it can be used on top of any lipstick or lip gloss but also on other parts of the face and body. It is also easy to remove.

Contains 5 grams of product.

 

My opinion

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I’ve used cosmetics glitters in the past but what makes this one stand out in for me is that it features an intense iridescence but is still very comfortable to wear since it does not give the “sand grains” feeling on the lips.

The glitter particles are made of different colours such as lilac, green, blue and orange which combined with the iridescence, creates a very bright effect and contributes to the extreme sparkle this product has.

I’ve used a lip balm below in the swatch photos.

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Face Glow Prisma Wheel

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This is the star of the collection and probably the item I was most eager to get my hands on. I do have many “coloured” highlighters in my makeup collection but I just had to get my hands on this.

These are also eye safe.

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Description from Isadora:

Iridescent facial powder in five pearly shades. Can be used alone or be mixed together for a special effect.

Contains 18 grams of product. Fragrance free and clinically tested.

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My opinion:

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I have to be honest in that I feel the formula is not among the greatest that I’ve tried, it is a little bit chalky and the fall-out can be immense and truthfully I am a bit disappointed by that especially since the last “face wheel” I tried from Isadora had a silky and buttery formula.

But I have found myself using this quite often lately, because yes it has its cons but I still find this product incredibly enjoyable to use. It is also very practical when traveling.

These were extremely difficult to photograph btw and they look much more vibrant in real life than in the swatch photos below.

 

Since none of the shades is given a separate name, I’ll start with the purple shade in this palette and go clockwise.

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The first shade of the wheel is a medium purple with a cool undertone. In the pan it also looks to have a hint of both blue and grey, to be honest this one did not excite me as I already have two purple highlighters in my makeup collection and it looked too muted to look good on me.

But it is flattering on skin since this turns into a purple highlighter with an intense blue iridescence running through it depending on the light source. It is a gorgeous shade that I feel I will use a lot in the future specifically as a blush topper.

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I initially thought the second one would be a regular silvery highlighter, these shades are usually the ones who go best with a pale complexion but I already own highlighters like this so I really did think that this one would remain mostly unused.

Boy was I wrong!

This one is the least subtle of the highlighters, it’s the only metallic highlighter in the wheel and combined with the iridescence it is one intense highlighter. It is so intense that I rarely use it on my cheekbones since it often becomes too much for my taste.

It also lightens the area it is applied to.

But I do really enjoy this one more than I initially expected.

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The third one looked like a subtle beige highlighter in the pan, it even looks a little bit boring and not like it would pack much of a punch.

On skin however this is the highlighter that I didn’t knew I needed in my life, this is a stunning highlighter with the pink duochrome effect on a shimmery beige background and it does contain a small amount of micro-glitters.

It gives a “glow from within” effect on my skin.

Usually the only highlighters that looks “natural” on me is the pale white/silvery ones but I am happy to have come over a highlighter that falls outside that without looking muddy on me.

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This swatch came out as more cool-toned than it really is.

 

 

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The next one in the wheel is a darker version of the last one and I love using it as a blush topper.

It is too dark for me to use as a highlighte ron my nose or cupids bow but I really enjoy it as it gives a subtle warmth to any blush I’m sporting. It is really lovely as it’s not over bearing on even my skin tone.

It has the same pink duochrome as the last one but on a peachy background and I feel this one is going to be perfect for people with medium, tan or even deeper skin tones. It’s gorgeous!

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The last one is my least favourite to be honest.

It is a minty green that will look bomb on a lot of people but I don’t feel it suits my skin tone that well.

When I try this out I feel that it makes me look very sick, which I find sad since the shade itself is very beautiful and I’d wish I could have pulled it off.

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Nail Glow

These are welcome in my makeup collection.

I bought two of these, namely shades #843 Aqua Glow and #842 Lilac Glow.

 

Description from Isadora:

Get glowing and iridescent nails with these nail polishes! These come in five different shades and you apply these with two coats or more depending on the wished effect.

Contains 6 ml of product. Clinically tested.

 

My opinion:

If you are looking for something opaque then you need to look elsewhere, these polishes are more for effect or on top of other nail polishes.

They are lovely in their own right but frankly not super special in my opinion, I believe I have a Depend nail polish somewhere with a similar effect but it needs to be said that I enjoy these since they do have a lovely glowy effect but also dries quite fast.

These are an extension of Isadora’s wide brush line, which means that the brush are more of a rectangular and wide shape which makes it easier to avoid a streaky application.

I really enjoy these and I believe they will look gorgeous if you are out and about during night-time.

 

#843 Aqua Glow

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This one is a lovely shade with teal and light blue iridescent shimmers with some hint of lilac iridescence.

Depending on the light source it really does glows but it looks boring in broad daylight.

It also lasts sufficiently long.

I like it when I apply it in three coats.

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#842 Lilac Glow

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This was the one I was the most excited about but for some strange reason it never lasts longer than two days, which is weird since the other shade lasts almost a week before starting to crack.

I like the shade but since it takes three coats before I like the look, it just becomes a waste of time for me to apply this.

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Verdict

I love this collection as it is very playful and unique from a drugstore brand.

There were products with some cons but overall I am very impressed with this collection and I do hope that Isadora release more playful collections as they have done very well lately.

 

What do you think?

Is this something you’d personally wish more brands released?

 

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H&M: Instant velvet top coat

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I remember some years ago when matte nails where the rage. unfortunately I never got to test out the trend but I’m happy that I was gifted this top coat for my birthday.

This top coat is ,according to H&M, a quick dry top coat and give your nails a super matte finish and in this review I’m pairing it with my beloved Isadora Wonder Nail 191 Black Lacquer.

 

Packaging

It comes housed in a card box but the bottle itself is shaped like the regular nail polishes from H&Ms line.

I have to mention that the formula in this works much better with the brushes that comes with the H&M nail polishes.

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Formula

The content in the bottle is a white casted liquid which is a bit thicker than the nail polish formulas from H&M.

It is a formula that is extremely easy to apply and get even and without streaks.

It is fascinating to watch this go from shiny to matte in a matte of seconds only thing to mention is that just because it looks matte does not mean that it is dry.

 

So how did this perform?

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I really do enjoy this product and I do already have some future plans for some nail art with this.

It is a quick drying top coat and it leaves the nail with a very beautiful matte finish, but the biggest con with this is that it shortened the nail polishes life span considerably.

With the nail polish I used in this review, I can get it to last almost a full week without chipping but with this nail polish it only lasted two days before chipping 😦

I like the effect but I won’t repurchase this.

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Thank you so much for reading!

H&M: Gel Studio Nail Colours

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Not that long ago I posted a review of some of the nail polishes from H&M, which was a very mixed experience to put it mildly as I’ve never experienced any nail polish line having such quality differences between different shades before.

But as always I am curious to try new offerings when it comes to budget friendly brands.

Before I go any further into this review let me just tell you straight away that these gel nail polishes is not anything innovative in my opinion but I tend to like them since they usually last longer than regular nail polishes. A lot of other brands have these polishes were you have a main shade and a sealing top coat.

I’ll have to say that this line seems to be much more sophisticated than their regular line as the colours are deeper and more saturated. There is only one shimmer shade and it is the one I picked up called Green as gold.

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How to use

Apply two coats of Gel Studio Nail Colour, allowing 2 minutes drying time. Once dry, apply Gel Studio Top Coat.

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The shade

I really love this colour despite being a bit disappointed in that the bluish hue in the bottle did not translate to my nails, but this is nonetheless extremely pretty and very different from anything else I have.

It’s a colour that I would like to describe as an olive with a very strong gold shift.

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Application

The formula of the nail polish is much thicker than what I associate with gel nail polishes, it is also very gloppy wich makes this difficult to apply evenly as the brush strokes can become quite visible.

This can be quite annoying plus that it sometimes will create air bubbles on the nails, which is weird and something that I can’t remember experiencing with any other nail polish.

After applying two coats of the nail colour and letting both dry completely, it is time to apply the top coat and I am very impressed by it as it dries very quick and leaves a smooth and shiny surface.

 

How long does it last?

1-2 days unfortunately 😦

It’s also very strange that it comes off in one piece.

 

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Conclusion

I really love the colour but I am very disappointed with the application process and wear time.

I will likely not buy any of the other shades in this line.

 

Thank you so much for reading!

Tell me what you think of H&M’s nail polish lines, do you like them or not?

 

Is it as good as I remember? Depend Nail Polishes

 

This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

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This is an old classic for me.

I remember my mom buying Depend nail polishes all the way back in the 90s and she would sometimes paint my nails, these small polishes are very likely the first beauty product I ever tried out in my life.

When I got older and started to earn my own money as a teenager, these were some of my favourite items to stock up on since they come in a great selection of colours and finishes, combine that with them being cheap and often on a buy 3 for the price of 2 sale and you have a product that is extremely affordable.

Although I never saw them as the perfect nail polishes I really did enjoy them since they were cheap, small and had an amazing selection of shades.

But the important question is what do I feel about them now?

 

Packaging

The packaging of these have changed over the years but currently they come housed in a tall but small glass bottle. They contain 5 ml of product.

One thing to note is that on the label at the front has a symbol that signifies whether the coverage is sheer or opaque.

Whenever I bought any of these I always make sure I write down the number of the shade, since the back label have a tendency to fade easily.

 

Shades

In this post I have done my best to try to showcase the variation of their line.

None of the shades in this line has any proper name just a number.

 

# 419

 

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This is a lovely dark purple with both purple and small amounts of blue shimmers in it.

This shade needs to be shaken, which is just simply to turn the bottle down and up, in order for the pigments to blend before applying. The first time I used this it came out sheer on the first coat and in the second coat the polish became really thick and the end result was a little bit textured.

Second time I used this it was a little bit more even but it still requires two coats to be opaque. Something weird happened in my swatch photos here, they come off as a bit sheer but in irl these are opaque.

One thing I really like about this polish is that It can last for 4-6 days without chipping, which is very good.

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#494

 

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I believe this is an effect nail polish. It contains opaque white glitters with some larger silver glitters in a clear base.

I love this polish best alone since I found it weird as a top coat.

Alone this is stunning because it does look like you have snow on your nails, you need to shake it and put on two coats for this to reveal it’s beauty. It is a nail polish that manages to stand out but still be “neutral” enough that you can wear it on any occasion.

It is beautiful and extremely long-lasting. I don’t know how long this can be worn without cracking. I wore this for almost two full weeks before removing it, it almost looked like it did when I first applied it only that the clear base had started to get a little bit”yellowish” as clear nail polishes can become after a while.

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Verdict

I can’t argue against the price, it is ridiculously low even for the amount you get.

The quality is not the best but it is far from bad, I would call it an average formula and to be fair I have bought more expensive nail polishes which still cracked after two days.

These tend to be a bit more stubborn in my experience and they can be difficult to remove.

I believe I will buy more of these in the future.

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

H&M: Nail polish

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Cinnamon Spark, Imaginarium, Space Race and Toprock.

A couple of months ago I started to want to paint my nails again.

It was two years since the last time I painted my nails regularly and threw out my last polishes. I’m not sure why but I just could not be bothered anymore and besides that I always hated the smell of both the nail polish and remover.

I started to find my old favourites again and I have reviewed some of them.

But some time ago I went to my local H&M and I found myself mesmerised by their selection of nail polishes and the price tag.

They were also hailed by a well-known norwegian beauty magazine, who is usually very biased in favour of luxury brands, which in itself is such a rarity that I wanted to try them out just based on that alone.

I also like the new packaging, it’s not extremely high fashion but in my opinion it does not matter when it feels sturdy and the shade name is on the bottle itself. It is elegantly simple.

The polishes contains 8 ml of product which is not bad at all and I do find myself liking the brush which makes it easy to coat the nail in one swipe.

But how do these stand up?

Disclaimer: My swatch pictures are not perfect, I have done my best using two different cameras and taking pictures at different times of the day. I am not entirely happy but I really do hope they showcase the shades with a certain accuracy.

 

Space Race

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It was very difficult to capture the holographic effect correctly.

Do you remember the holographic craze some years ago? Everything from nails, lips, eyes and various clothing featured this effect and it was everywhere before it died out (at least from the mainstream)

It has lately re-emerged but in a very different light and “texture” than earlier. This nail polish however reminds me of the earlier incarnation of this trend, it does look eerily similar to a nail polish I owned around 2012-2013.

It is a silvery holographic nail polish that goes on fairly opaque with the first layer, it also dries down quite fast and the surface of the coat is a little bit texturised compared to other nail polishes. I like the fact that this one dries down so quick compared to most other polishes on the market.

I like this one quite a lot but a huge minus is the fact that this polish does start to chip already the next day, even with two coats it is not long-lasting at all. It is gorgeous but I have never experienced a polish that already starts to crack the next day.

With one coat however it starts to fade already after five hours, which is a strange effect to say the least since it looks like it is the pigments only that goes away, not the polish itself.

But I do actually like this one despite that huge flaw and I will perhaps even buy it another time.

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Imaginarium

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This is one of the most unique nail polishes I’ve ever seen or used, the shade is a colour shift between green and purple with an added metallic brilliance. On the nails it can in some lighting conditions look like it is a tarnished silver shade.

One thing is important to note with this one and that is that it does require two coats in order for it to be a bit more opaque, with only one coat this polish falls short and frankly looks more like a child’s nail polish and, as is the case with Space Race, it will start to fade after a few hours.

But it is a little bit on the sheer side no matter what and that is very visible in the pictures I’ve taken here. But I personally don’t mind it that much.

With two coats on the other hand this one is brilliant but also long-lasting aswell as non-chipping.

 

 

Cinnamon Spark

This one has a similar finish to Imaginarium but it features more of an iridescence and not the metallic finish that Imaginarium has.

Cinnamon Spark is a gorgeous shade with a teal iridescence on a red-brown background.

Compared to the other two in this post, this is a much more transparent shade and is also one that takes a long time to dry completely down. It requires two to three coats to become somewhat opaque and combined with the long dry down time, it leaves a little bit left to be desired for me but I enjoy this shade.

I find it beautiful and it is also the most long-lasting of all four.

It is really unique but not perfect.

 

Toprock

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This is a pale turquoise with a slight lilac iridescence. It is a very “glowing” shade  which I’m not sure looks good on me. In the bottle it looks great but on my nails I think it looks extremely cheap on me and that lilac iridescence is almost gone. It might have looked better if I were a little bit more tan.

The wear time is among the better ones of the H&M nail polishes but by god the dry time was long. It took forever for each coat to completely dry and as with the rest of this line this nail polish start to chip quite quickly and does not last long enough in order to excuse the long dry down time.

This might sound quite contradictory when compared to my review of the other nail polishes in this post, but where I can tolerate some of the other polishes in this line because of their shade but this one does not look good on me+long dry time and not being long-lasting at all.

 

Summary

Overall I’m not sure if I can give these a super high-grade.

I feel quite disappointed with the inconsistencies of the formula, of course it is normal for variations in different shades but I think that when I buy five different shades and they vary this much just in formula? That’s more than just disappointing and makes for a less than stellar experience.

I love the shades and the variety that H&M has to offer but such a lackluster formula makes me wary of buying more of these. I can buy from other brands and while they also can differentiate a bit between shades, I have never experienced something like this before with any nail polish line.

 

Have you tried any of these?

What do you think?

 

 

 

Isadora: Gel Nail Lacquer

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Official pic from Isadora.

This is among my favourite products from Isadora.

These nail polishes feature a gel nail formula that when used with the gel nail lacquer top coat, it is not hardened by a UV-lamp but with either natural or indoor light.

It is a hypo-allergenic formula with non-irritating ingredients according to Isadora and also supposedly easy to remove but also to stay perfect for at least a week, with no flaking or dimming of shine.

In this review I’m using 264 Rebel Red and 210 Top Coat.

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Instructions

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  • Apply two coats of gel nail lacquer of your chosen shade. Let each coat dry in between and when you have applied two coats let it dry for three minutes.
  • Apply one coat of gel nail lacquer top coat and let it dry completely. It is important to use this top coat since it is in combination with it and gel nail lacquer that creates the gel effect and keeps the nail polish from flaking.

 

How does it measure up?

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The shade I’m using is one of my favourite shades of all time, a deepened red with both blue and pink undertones, it is a perfectly vampy shade and I’m not someone to care if it falls under “autumn/winter” shade in other people’s mind.

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The claim about seven days shine and no flaking is not always true though. It really depends on your routine entirely as I’ve found this to not last long when I’ve had a lot of chores/work to do, especially not if it involved any kind of water.

At most I’ve had this last five days, which in my point of view is not bad at all when it comes to a nail polish but if you are looking for something that will last longer than that, then I would suggest to you to be on the look out for something else.

It is however easy to remove with nail polish remover and I do like this nail polish since I find that this has less fumes than most other nail polishes, something that has been keeping me from applying nail polishes as often as I used to.

The shine is also gorgeous and another thing is that Isadora’s nail polishes in my opinion comes with the best brushes, they are square in shape and make it easy to apply an even coat, which is something to note about all nail polishes from Isadora is that they are very opaque and can have a tendency to go on too thick. This is luckily prevented by the brush.

 

I will recommend this but with a disclaimer about it not being as long-lasting as Isadora claims.